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.
Ho Hey from Nashville
Are Ray-Ray’s daughters too cute or what? The oldest one talks back to her mother and look what happens? The littles get scooped up and forced to go on tour with Rayna, their mama. Such a sad life. No school. Catered dinner every night. Cool parties with celebrity friends. Yeah, it’s tough being Ray-Ray’s offspring. To Rayna’s credit, she’s smart enough to try, with little success, to redirect her daughters’ attention to something other than Juliette.
Now when it comes to mothers and daughters, which Nashville seems to have plenty of right now, is there anyone more annoying than Jolene? No, there isn’t. Stormy wants to feel some compassion for this woman, but she simply can’t. It’s not Jolene’s fault; she’s just drawn that way. First of all, the name. You’ve got to be bold to carry a name like Jolene. For the love of everything, at least give the woman flaming locks of auburn hair. No. And now Dante (again. where do they get these names?). A real winner he turned out to be. Jolene needs a sober partner whose head can’t be turned by the manipulative daughter. When Juliette suggests that Jolene attend Juliette’s crew’s AA meeting, Jolene should have refused. Stand up for yourself just this once, Jolene. Claim that which is yours, even if it is that pathetic Dante. Instead, Jolene just wanders away. Is it no wonder this woman drinks?
Rayna’s not left the Nashville city limits before Ole Peg shows up at the house to greet Teddy. As quick as Peg can drop her trench coat, she and Teddy are playing house in the mansion that Ray-Ray built. Just when Peg gets cozy, Lamar shows up and makes a strong accusation toward Peg about leaking the Teddy/Rayna story to the tabloids. Gasp! And what is it with Lamar and that stadium? What’s the big deal and who cares? Stormy simply wants to know if Lamar can survive the evil clutches of Ole Peg. Does Peg do him in because Lamar knows too much? Is Peg completely corrupt? Let’s hope so. If Ole Peg can out villain Lamar, this just might get interesting.
And speaking of interesting, Stacy the vet is not at the top of Stormy’s list. Come on, Doc! Throw down with a complete hissy fit at Deacon when you find out–from someone else, no less–that he and Ray-Ray have a history. A quite varied one, at that. Scoop up little Sue and hit the road. Deacon is code for “man hung up on another woman.” Dr. Stacy, get a clue, take Sue and get out of there. Stat.
When will these women learn? Ho hey, indeed.