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.
It was the night that the lights went out in Music City for Dante. You see, mama don’t miss when she aims her gun.
What becomes of young Juliette now that her mother is dead? Stormy truly felt Juliette’s former boyfriend/manager turned extortionist was expendable. But to script Jolene a murderer and to take her own life was a bit of a shocker. Will Juliette bounce back in time for the CMA Awards next week? Likely, she will. After last night’s episode of Nashville, we’re certain Juliette is in for one heck of a roller coaster ride in the just-confirmed second series. Let’s hope the guilt of blaming everything on her mother just prior to Jolene’s untimely death doesn’t consume poor Juliette. She’s got to be strong for the next leg of the tour, whether or not she takes that Female Vocalist of the Year trophy home next week.
Innocent Scarlett’s career is taking off. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut only to send Gunnar packing after the show. Unfortunately, she had to bail Gunnar and neighbor boy Will out of jail before she told him to hit the road. Looks like Scarlett is fair game for season two. Does she go running back to the familiar arms of Avery or will she find new love?
Speaking of Gunnar, he seems a bit obsessed with his being an outlaw. He played in a downtown bar, the same downtown bar where he drank too much and eventually got into a barroom brawl that landed him and his sparring partner Will in jail. If you ask Stormy, they’re off to a great start with their country careers. All they need now is a divorce or two, a pickup truck and they’re good to go. Ah, but not before we watch Gunnar run from his demons for a few more episodes. The boy’s gotta learn. You see, his sweet girlfriend has landed a record deal with Ray-Ray’s newly announced record label Highway 65 Records. Scarlett has places to go, people to see and things to do. She has a future and right now, Gunnar has no place in it. Gunnar hath really screwed up this time. Now who will take Scarlett to the big CMA Awards show next week? Uncle Deacon? Or will Uncle Deacon and Ray-Ray take their romance public on the awards show’s red carpet?
Well, not if Ray-Ray’s soon-to-be ex-husband has anything to do with it. Ray-Ray is rockin’ the side ponytail in her kitchen when Deacon shows up for dinner, a “beautiful” pie in hand. Teddy surprises everyone during family night at the house and the mood quickly sours. Teddy gets his revenge in the form of a temporary restraining order preventing his daughters from being within 100 feet of Deacon. Mess with her daughters and Ray-Ray wastes no time in going to her daddy Lamar for a little favor, asking him to meet with the judge. Now, what amazes Stormy most, aside from the fact that Ray-Ray would actually ask her daddy for help in keeping this little custody battle quiet is how effortlessly Ray-Ray transitions between her bedazzled stage attire to her more subdued, yet not matronly, courthouse wardrobe. Ray-Ray rocks that high-neck blouse with the big bow! And don’t even get Stormy started on that Pinterest-worthy pencil skirt she was sporting.
Stormy loves the fact that the sneaky snake Lamar is back in business. His other daughter Tandy questions his ability before meeting with the board where she plots to overthrow him. Lamar may be cardiac compromised but don’t count him out just yet. Tandy takes her seat at the head of the boardroom table just in time for Lamar to reclaim it. Stormy is liking Lamar a little more each day. Take that, Tandy! Lamar’s got a little life left in him, and let’s hope he uses it to mess with Teddy, too.
Now when last we saw Teddy, he was concerned that his daughter Maddie would find out that Deacon is her daddy. And as luck would have it, Maddie is on the phone in the show’s closing moments saying she thinks her daddy might not be her daddy. What has Maddie learned about her daddy? And does it rhyme?
Stormy simply cannot wait for the season finale’s cliffhanger next week. Will Deacon discover the truth? Will the deception drive him and Ray-Ray apart? Will Juliette numb her liver to get through the awards show? Will Scarlett man up when it comes to the men in her life? The speculation is surely to leave Stormy facing a few sleepless nights as she tries to unravel the plot twists that are sure to unfold next week.