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.
Let’s see, where are we now? Deacon learned the power of a cute puppy. No woman can resist a guy with a furry friend. Will Deacon finally find love at the veterinarian’s office? At the very least, the vet gave Deacon a little check-up, and she wasn’t looking for heartworm. Hug that little puppy, Deacon. Boom-chica-bow wow!
Rayna and Teddy are sharing the family home, and Rayna laid down the law about Ol’ Peg–Teddy’s not to bring his special projects home from the office. Teddy knows better than to cross Rayna. If anything, spreadsheets are the only thing Teddy and Peggy should be sharing in the house that Rayna built.
Lamar barged into Teddy’s office, obviously intent on reminding Teddy that Teddy’s the puppet, and Lamar is the puppeteer. Teddy’s not having it, though. Lamar storms out. How is Lamar going to take Mayor Conrad down a notch? Reel him in? Teddy’s just drunk with power. Lamar’s not happy–and he doesn’t even know that his granddaughter got cracked in the head by a completely empty and out-of-place-looking shelf.
After calling Rayna the b-word, young Mattie defies her mother and attends Juliette’s downtown concert–the Melee in the Gulch–where she was clocked in the head by the aforementioned shelf. Deacon immediately spots her in the sea of people just in time to come to her rescue once the crowd spirals out of control. “She’s like family,” Deacon tells Rayna at the hospital while their daughter is getting a CAT Scan. And the Understatement of the Year Award goes to . . . Deacon. Come on, Rayna, how much longer are you going to leave this poor man in the dark? Rayna takes the opportunity to give Juliette a stern wakeup call, literally a reality check via a phone call where Rayna talks hard to the little diva. Later, Rayna gets all sentimental at the door of their once-shared home with Teddy. Dear, me, woman. Move on; you looked desperate.
Guilt over his brother is consuming Gunnar while Avery is discovering what a jagged little pill regret is to swallow. The men in Scarlett’s life have got some kind of trouble. One’s drinkin’ alone in the middle of the day; one’s lighting big fires in a dark alley. Maybe it’s time Scarlett widens her social circle. Or, at the very least, go hang out with Deacon’s puppy. A little puppy breath cures a world of hurt.
Oh, the drama of a parking lot confession from Deacon, spilling his heart out to Gunnar. Once Scarlett and Gunnar get home, Gunnar is under the impression that Scarlett is going to console him. Wrong! She sends Gunnar to his room. Well, he did screw up the showcase, after all. Their separation is short-lived and, ironically, underscored by Avery’s heartfelt song. Scarlett awakens to a phone call from Mr. Bucky announcing that Rayna wants to sign Scarlett to a solo recording contract. Gunnar’s going to wake up in Scarlett’s bed only to discover he’s out in the cold. Will Scarlett sign and leave Gunnar behind? Will she pass on a contract with Rayna so she can seal the deal with Gunnar? Will Avery ever comb his hair?
Rayna headed off to the Katie Couric show where Katie asks some hard-hitting questions. Deacon sees Rayna talking about her divorce and it compels him to go back to the vet. The vet whose already given him a complete check-up. Now these two are going to date, at Coleman’s recommendation. Based on the previews of next week’s episode, it looks like the vet prescribes some self-evaluation for our buddy Deacon. Someone’s bound to be barking up the wrong tree next week.