When Stormy Weather, a country character in her own right, watched the first episode of ABC’s NASHVILLE, she knew it was just the kind of show on which she wanted to dish online at opry.com each week. “Fashion. Young love. Old enemies. The potential for a catfight at every turn. Music born in the songwriting rooms of Music City. What’s not to love?” Stormy asks. Visit this page for Stormy’s unbridled thoughts on each episode as the series takes off and as we’re all introduced to Rayna James, Juliette Barnes, and the rest of the characters that make up NASHVILLE.
ABC promised an explosive winter NASHVILLE finale, and they didn’t disappoint. Let’s revisit episode eight so we can contemplate those previews, shall we?
Hailey tempts Scarlett with a job lead, fronting a band. Indecisive Scarlett is torn between her songwriting obligations with Gunnar and taking her place in the spotlight. Hmmm, or is she really afraid the band will take her away from cutie pie Gunnar? Career or love, Scarlett, what shall it be? It’s the year 2012; you can have it all, you know? Gunnar doesn’t take the news well at all and confronts Hailey, firing accusations left and right. Gunnar accuses Hailey of plotting against him out of jealousy. (Well, duh, Gunnar! ever met a woman scorned?) Hailey declares it “over” with Gunnar. Gunnar finds Scarlett and lays it all on the line and on Scarlett’s lips. A shocked Scarlett informs Gumnar that he can’t just go around kissing people just because he wants to. And why not Scarlett? Why not? Scarlett later revisits the whole topic with Gunnar, a discussion that doesn’t go well at all.
Uber hip producer Dominic likes what he hears in Avery and invites Avery to record in Atlanta. Avery drops by to see Scarlett and gifts her with a sentimental bottle of bubbly. Scarlett wishes him well and doesn’t chase after him. She doesn’t flinch or utter one syllable toward begging him to stay. You go, girl! On Dominic’s posh plane headed to Atlanta, Dom proposes that Avery pursue a solo career. Ditch the band, dude, you’ve got a career all by yourself. Will Avery ditch the band? Yes, if his bedmate ruthless manager Marilyn has any say in this. And Stormy is betting she does.
Rayna tears into Coleman for threatening to release those photos of troubled Teddy and Ole Peg. Honestly, Rayna is in mama bear mode, wanting to protect her daughters from the mudslinging. Coleman hands the photos over to Rayna who storms out in search of Ole Teddy. She finds him back at the house with Daddy Lamar and sister Tandy who are plotting their strategy to save the campaign.
Not done yet and rightfully dissatisfied with troubled Teddy’s explanation, Rayna heads over to Ole Peg’s house just in time to see medics carrying Peg out on a stretcher. Peg doesn’t look good. Little does Rayna know that Ole Peg went to campaign headquarters to confront troubled Teddy, who shunned her. A nosy neighbor tells Rayna that Peg took pills. It was sleeping pills. Might as well have been truth serum pills because troubled Teddy finally comes clean with Rayna about stealing $2 million from a bank and bribing an auditor. Rayna accuses him of being selfish and dishonest before admitting that she can no longer trust him. At least we think so. Next on Rayna’s list: Tandy, the sister who hid all of this from her. Good to know Tandy has Rayna’s back. Stormy wonders how Rayna would up with Teddy and not Tandy? Teddy and Tandy seem to be a better couple, especially since Rayna and Teddy have all the chemistry of a flat soda.
Abs of steel Sean proves to be more of a challenge than Juliette thought. At church on Sunday, Juliette meets the delightful Butlers. At the invitation of Sean’s little sister, Juliette sings a solo with the choir. Juliette seems pleased when she accepts an invitation to Sunday dinner at the Butlers where she shows up with flowers in hand along with the coveted red boots that Sean’s little sister admired. Nice try, Juliette. The Butlers and Juliette enjoy a Norman Rockwell meal, gathered ’round the table. Mrs. Butler is on to Juliette, though, and most certainly one step ahead of the country star. Mrs. B confronts Juliette who tries to endear herself by clearing the dirty dishes from the dining room table. Mrs. Butler is no dummy, though, and she’ll not have some wild country music star tarnish the image of her golden boy Sean. And she tell Juliette in blunt mama-ain’t-havin’-none-of-this mode. Juliette may have met her match. At the very least, the overprotective Mrs. Butler is a sticky thorn in Juliette’s side. Apparently, you’ve got to go through Mrs. Butler to get to Sean. What’s a girl to do? In Juliette’s case, put on a gorgeous dress and propose marriage to Sean poolside. Put that in your crock pot and slow cook it, Mrs. Butler.
Deacon stops by Juliette’s place with a note from her rehab-bound mother. Turns out Deacon has been communicating with Juliette’s mama. Proof that no good deed goes unpunished, Juliette shows Deacon the door, but not before she insists that he stop meddling in her affairs. And since these two had a little tryst, Stormy supposes this means Juliette won’t be co-writing or co-habitating with Deacon anytime soon. We’ll see how long that lasts. After spreading a little goodwill at Juliette’s house, Voice of Reason Deacon shares a riverside visit with Rayna, informing her of his chance to do a two-tour with the Revel Kings. Later, Deacon accepts the group’s offer.
Teddy speaks at a press conference to clear up the confusion about the photos with Ole Peg but the main objective is to save his political fanny. Uncertain as to whether Rayna has written him off at this point, Teddy’s sweatin’ it. Troubled Teddy, Lamar and Tandy take a collective sigh of relief when Rayna shows up and bestows the virtues of.Teddy to the assembled media. Rayna takes the high road, and man, is it high! Later, Rayna meets her record executive who informs her that her single with Juliette is topping the charts. It’s hotter than a firecracker so they need to strike while the iron is hot. He once again proposes a co-headling tour for Rayna and Juliette that takes them to 80 cities. (If it got Stormy away from Teddy, Stormy would be the first one on the tour bus and ready to ride!) Rayna doesn’t turn him down once she finds out that she and Juliette will alternate between who closes and who opens on this tour. Rayna may be able to salvage this yet.
“When the Right One Comes Along,” one of Gunnar and Scarlett’s tunes, underscores the evening and the brief glimpse into the upcoming episodes. Will Scarlett finally succumb to her feelings for Gunnar? Yes, if there’s a brain in that sweet girl’s head. Will Avery ditch the band for a solo career? Some things are a given. Will Rayna finally ditch Teddy? Stormy predicts sparks are going to fly between Rayna and Deacon. Speaking of Deacon, can he maintain his sobriety with the drug-free Revel Kings? Stormy sees too much temptation in the future for this guitar slinger, thus prompting his return to Nashville to rescue Rayna. Does Juliette make it to the church on time? Better yet, does Sean show up at all? Stormy is on the edge of her seat!