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.
Too Much Tension To Mention
Deacon got fired. Teddy has a new job. Juliette shed a husband. Rayna doesn’t know what to do with hers. Just another week in Nashville.
Rayna and Juliette kick off their Red Lips, White Lies tour across the country in San Diego. Both ladies whip the crowd into a frenzy but these two have a world of trouble on their minds. Back at home, quarterback Sean calls foul and serves Juliette with court documents where he reveals that a divorce isn’t going to cut it. Sean wants out but it’ll take an annulment to get rid of him, forcing Juliette to admit that their marriage was a fraud. Not the best move for Juliette’s career but what’s a girl to do? Score one for Sean as he gets in one last stinging comment when he lets Juliette know that she was right. He didn’t like her once he got to know her. Ouch! Juliette feel the wrath of a quarterback scorned. Juliette puts on a tough game face but deep down, Stormy believes Juliette is truly heartbroken. At the very least, Stormy thinks Juliette might have had a few good intentions. She didn’t really mean to ruin Sean’s life. It’s just that Juliette’s life reads like a sad country song, and her divorce is just the latest chapter in a sad, sad saga. Will Juliette find true love? Stormy predicts she’ll find a suitable substitute as the tour heads down the road. Give her time.
While the girls sang in San Diego, the rest of the gang headed to Austin. Deacon and the Revel Kings played a gig while Scarlett and Gunnar were gone to Texas, too. Deep in the heart of the Lonestar state, we learn that Gunnar has a fugitive brother. His name is Jason, and he’s bad news. He and Gunnar part company, but something tells Stormy we haven’t seen the last of Jason. This is the kind of brotherly love that Gunnar doesn’t need turning up on his doorstep back in Nashville but that’s exactly what Stormy predicts.
While Gunnar’s failed family reunion fizzles out, Scarlett hangs out backstage at the Revel Kings’ show. Uncle Deacon signs autographs while simple Scarlett is doing her darndest to resist the unwelcome advances of the band’s lead singer, skeezy Cy. Cy’s not taking “no” for an answer so simple Scarlett does what any girl would do—she knees him in the groin. Go, Scarlett! Just as Cy doubles over in pain, Deacon pushes his way past Cy’s personal security guard and tears into Cy. It’s curtains for Deacon. Cy sends him packing. Uncle Deacon and Scarlett head back to Music City.
As luck would have it, Rayna convinced Liam to join the band as her reluctant guitar player. She even gifts him with a new pair of cowboy boots. Try as she may, Rayna can’t use Liam to fill the void left by Deacon’s absence. BUT, as soon as word gets back to Rayna that Deacon is unemployed and annoyed, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite on the Red Lips, White Lies tour? Count on it. All this tour needs is a little more tension. Tension between Rayna and Juliette plus some tension between Rayna and Deacon. The Too Much Tension To Mention coming to a city near you!
Back in Music City, the mud slinging is over as Nashville voters head to the polls to decide the mayoral race. Putting her best public face forward, Rayna plays the good wife and heads back to await the election results, standing by her man Teddy. Teddy wins. As if her country career weren’t enough for Rayna, the woman now has to be Nashville’s first lady. Teddy is staring down four years of being Lamar’s puppet. Oh, the wickedness deeds these two will do. While Rayna plays the good wife, Teddy’s opponent Coleman concedes with a loving tribute to his wife. The speech is like a blazing hot spotlight shining on the 200-ton elephant in the room for the loveless Rayna and Teddy. What’s Rayna to do? She proclaimed last week that she’d keep this marriage together for her children. If she leaves Teddy now, she’d not only disappoint her girls but an entire city. As Rayna feels the weight of the world on her shoulders, who but good Ole Peg reenters the picture. And the new mayor doesn’t appear to be all that upset to see her. Somebody cue the band. Strike up a cheatin’ song. These two are trouble with a capital T. When Rayna finds out, Stormy’s got a feeling Peg’s gettin’ a one-way ticket to Fist City from Rayna.