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.
Teddy, Teddy, Teddy. When last week’s episode of Nashville ended with Deacon boarding the plane, Teddy assumed that Rayna had hired her former lover and guitar player to join her on tour. Once on board, we learn that it’s actually Juliette for whom Deacon will be working the swizzle stick. Teddy’s not havin’ it. He’s had enough of Rayna flaunting Deacon in his face. Teddy’s a powerful political figure now, and he’s going to act like one.
Enter Ole Peg. What started with a look led to a kiss and ended with the ultimate betrayal for Teddy. He and Ole Peg at least show some remorse after the deed is done. Meanwhile, tension is building between Deacon and Rayna as the tour criss-crosses the country. The lovelorn duo shares some classic sixth-grade romantic moments, like sharing the same elevator space but refusing to acknowledge each other. Rayna and Deacon finally graduate to acknowledging their feelings with Rayna going so far as to send Deacon her room number. Just when we think these two are going to rekindle their romance behind closed doors, who but Teddy thwarts their efforts. The man has all the timing of a really bad waiter. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, be it right or oh so very wrong.
As we cling to the edge of our seats, waiting for Rayna to open the door to Deacon who would scoop her into his arms in a moment worthy of Fabio on a cheap romance novel cover, Teddy shows up at the door instead. It’s hard to tell if Rayna is genuinely surprised to see Teddy or so saddened that it’s not Deacon (Stormy is banking on the latter.) Deacon turns the corner just in time to see what’s going down at the threshold of Rayna’s room and her life. Rayna invites Teddy in where he proceeds to tell Rayna that their sham of a marriage is over. Good riddance, Teddy! He wants a divorce. Fine, Teddy! Your approval rating as Nashville mayor is about to go down the toilet. Does Lamar know you’ve done this? Did you run it past your advisers? Likely not. That might require your brain to engage in forethought, and it’s clear Teddy is not thinking with his brain at this time, if you know what Stormy means.
Once Teddy drops the bomb and Rayna’s left alone in that hotel room, will she turn to Deacon for a shoulder to cry on? Stormy predicts Deacon will have more than a shoulder to offer Rayna as she deals with the demise of her marriage. And Stormy is leading the cheering section for these two. Let Teddy have Peggy or anyone else he wants. With Rayna and Teddy’s impending divorce (impending because Stormy isn’t sure that Lamar will let this pass committee; Rayna and Teddy may be stuck with each other), but if the duo does divorce, will Rayna get the house? Stormy is such a fan of that spacious kitchen. At least Rayna paid for the house with hard-earned money. Anything Teddy contributed is likely dirty money from one of his under-the-table business deals gone bad. Doesn’t Teddy have a Music City mayor’s mansion he can move into, with a secret door through which he can sneak Ole Peg in and out of the house?
While Rayna deals with escalating feelings for Deacon and Teddy’s declaration of divorce, Juliette seemed to be turning over a new leaf. With history as our best indicator, that’s not likely to last long. Stormy hates to be critical, but it’s about time for Juliette’s mama, Jolene, to roll back in and derail everything. Avery and Scarlett have another run-in because self-centered Avery won’t pay sweet Scarlett his past-due rent. That little low-life! Scarlett makes lemonade out of lemons by inviting Gunnar to be her roomie. That’s some sweet lemonade, as far as Scarlett is concerned!
Stormy is hopeful for next week’s episode. It airs on Valentine’s Day Eve. Do Rayna and Deacon finally hook up? Do things finally heat up for Scarlett and Gunnar? Let’s hope this episode is devoted to a little less talk and a lot more action in Music City. In the words of Ole Peg’s real-life husband, maybe all involved will find their “Southern Comfort Zone” in Nashville.