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.
I DO BUT I DON’T
“I only hate sunburns and hangovers. This is just business.” Rayna has been teasing Stormy with that line for weeks, and finally, last night, the wait was over.
Episode nine was all about marriage. Crumbling marriages, to be precise. First there’s Rayna, who by all appearances, seemed to be a bit spunkier in 2013. But it was short lived. Stormy has been harping on Rayna’s troubled hubby Teddy for eight weeks now, only to learn that Rayna is no angel. Lamar dropped the bombshell right there where Rayna lives, in the kitchen, when he announced that Teddy isn’t little Mattie’s father. Rayna later confronts her daddy down at campaign headquarters, giving him that eyes-half-open steely glare that only Rayna can deliver. Once dead set on taking the girls on tour with her, Rayna reconsiders. Rayna, Teddy and the girls share a painful goodbye at the bus before Rayna leaves town for her five-month tour with Juliette.
So who is Mattie’s daddy? Obvious choice is Deacon but that seems too predictable. The big question is how long will it take Teddy’s opponent and family friend Coleman to make this little moment of indiscretion public knowledge?
While Rayna and Teddy try to hold their sham of a marriage together, we learn that Juliette and her star quarterback Sean are married, too. But wedded bliss is in short supply in Music City. Sean fumbles when he tries to help Juliette by arranging for her to see her mother at the rehab facility. Their reunion only serves to unsettle Juliette who’s set to marry Sean on Saturday in a proper church wedding, all arranged courtesy of Juliette’s new cold-as-ice mother-in-law. Juliette is all set, white dress, family heirloom cameo, bridesmaids and a church full of people but she just can’t get the ball in the end zone. Instead, Juliette backs up and punts when she bypasses the church and her wedding and heads straight for a waiting jet at the airport. Her mother-in-law will have a hissy, to say the least.
While the women of Nashville had it rough, the men faced their own trials and tribulations. Deacon is now a rockstar, complete with over-gelled hair and plenty of hot babes backstage. He’s hooked up with a reporter from his past, a past that just seems to haunt him. Meanwhile, Avery informs his bandmates that he’s got a solo deal, and they do not take the news well. At all. Later, Avery visits Scarlett to return her key. Avery discovers that Scarlett has moved her sofa, but that doesn’t keep them from doing a bit more rearranging of their own if you know what I mean. Once Scarlett realizes that scumbag Avery ditched his band for a solo deal, she shows him the door. Hopefully, for good this time. Scarlett gets the ultimate revenge when she steps into the spotlight, fronting Avery’s former band. And she’s good. Scarlett channels a world of hurt into her songwriting with Gunner. There’s bound to be a hit in all of this for her.
Looks like D-I-V-O-R-C-E is in the works for at least one of the ladies of Nashville next week. Rayna and Juliette’s tour gets under way, and we can expect these two to lock horns frequently and with intensity. Life’s a mess for these two. How will they fix it?