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.
Oh, Nashville, how dare you tug at Stormy’s heartstrings and make her cry! Stormy can take the cheating, lying, back-stabbing and occasional really bad fashion ensemble but this week’s episode cut Stormy to the very core.
Juliette can’t muster up the courage for family therapy with her recovering addict mother but she does find time to toss a humdinger of a birthday party for Deacon at The Bluebird, complete with “Deacon faces on a Stick’” for everyone to enjoy. An odd choice, it seems, for a guy who doesn’t like surprise parties. As for Stormy, any time Vince Gill shows up, it’s an occasion to celebrate. The only time a real live celebrity showed up at Stormy’s birthday party, it was at the McDonald’s at 12th and Broadway where Stormy and her 10 best girlfriends fought over the Barbie prize in the Happy Meals. Sadly, that’s not a childhood memory. Back to the party. Juliette is forced to leave early when her mother, Jolene, succumbs to the power of too much bubbly. Juliette takes matters into her own hands and gets her mama home where she puts her to bed to sleep it off. Stormy actually felt sorry for Juliette, until Gunnar, but more on that later.
Speaking of happy meals, life is no picnic for Ray-Ray. Seems the tabloids are hot on her tail, alleging secret affairs with Liam and Deacon. Of course, Ray-Ray is livid. But Stormy, she can’t fault the tabloids. Lies they may be but many’ s the time a good headline has provided just enough distraction to prevent the purchase of that king-sized Kit-Kat candy bar. You know, the one large enough to feed a family of four and still have leftovers? Gimme a break! Just as Stormy reaches for that chocolate vacation, she spies a headline like “Dolly & Elvis Spotted in the Capt. D’s Drive-Thru.” Well, what’s a girl to do? Stormy’s inquiring mind has to know, who was driving? Elvis or Dolly? Before Stormy can say “thank you very much,” the store clerk is asking for money and massive calorie overload avoided, yet again. So Stormy has a love/hate relationship with the tabloids, unlike Ray-Ray.
As for Teddy, he’s going the way of the dearly beloved Hank Snow, and he’s movin’ on. He and Ole Peg are hot and heavy, and, if that weren’t enough to rub Ray-Ray’s nose in, Ole Peg is now on the new mayor’s payroll as a financial consultant–so that’s what they’re calling it these days. Ole Peg is apparently on the executive fast track which includes frequent personal consultations with the new mayor. But the best part about these secret office liaisons is the wait. Stormy is just counting the days until these two are caught red-handed, pushing some public policy of their own. Who’ll be the first to catch Teddy and Ole Peg goin’ at it? Stormy predicts that, unlike Yahoo! employees, Ole Peg will be telecommuting before long. Along with Lamar’s political agenda, Teddy’s got to push through a divorce from Ray-Ray, who Stormy predicts will be no pushover. No, ma’am. Speaking of politics, Ray-Ray’s sister Thandie is campaigning for sister of the year, helping Ray-Ray navigate the stormy (no pun intended) divorce waters.
Speaking of Ray-Ray, she was firing on all six cylinders when she sang a song for Deacon at the party. If Stormy had one of those Deacon faces on a stick, she would have been fanning herself because that was as steamy as all get out, girl! And Deacon is sexy on a stick. That much steamy and sexy in the same room, and sparks are bound to fly.
It was Scarlett who got Uncle Deacon to his smashing party, under the guise of hearing her and Gunner sing at The Bluebird. Earlier, at the house, Gunnar discovers his brother’s gun; Scarlett demands that he not leave the house with a loaded weapon. Gunnar complies; he leaves the house with an unloaded gun. Gunnar meets his brother down by the river and tosses the gun, hoping to steer his recently incarcerated brother from harm’s way. Instead, Gunnar gets called away from Deacon’s party for a trip to the morgue to identify his brother’s body. And Stormy cried and cried. Thank goodness Juliette gifted Deacon with that absolutely adorable puppy.
Poor Gunnar, the guilt and all. How will he ever get past this? Will he turn to the loving arms of Scarlett? We’ll take that sofa tango as a yes.