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.
The first season of ABC’s Nashville has come and gone. And all of our new friends have gotten quite a workout. From zig-zagging the country on a big tour to bussing tables in Music City, these characters have found a special little place in Stormy’s heart.
Remember when Ray-Ray was happily married to Teddy? Of course you don’t, because she never was. Ray-Ray spent the whole season denying her feelings for Deacon, not to mention denying the paternity of her teen-aged daughter Maddie. Now Ray-Ray’s life hangs in the balance because she couldn’t drive AND battle her baby-daddy’s drinking demon at the same time. Darn those busy intersections and high-profile SUVS! What’s a girl to do? Stormy predicts this hospitalization will reveal Ray-Ray’s true father. Listen very carefully.
You see, sister Tandy queued this one up just right. Remember when Lamar informed Tandy that she’d been demoted? Tandy turned on her heels and announced that Lamar could only have a good relationship with one of his daughters at a time. Pivotal moment. Currently, Ray-Ray is in Lamar’s good graces, and he’s about to receive the phone call that every parent dreads–that his daughter has been injured in a horrible traffic accident. Ray-Ray must surely suffer some catastrophic injury. She’s going to be in that mangled SUV all summer so, come fall, she’s going to need a blood transfusion. Perhaps even a kidney? At which time her doctor will order a CBC (that’s standard television medical talk), and Lamar will look puzzled when he discovers he’s no match. All because Ray-Ray’s mother had an affair with Watty, and Watty is indeed Ray-Ray’s daddy. Introducing an entirely new subplot for season two.
Now speaking of Deacon. Poor thing, he’s been cheated. Been mistreated. When will he be loved? In the season finale, Deacon seeks and finds comfort in the bottom of a glass–not to mention several subsequent glasses and multiple bottles. Who remembers just how many times this man has trashed his house in just one season? And who keeps purchasing more home decor for him to smash and bash? Deacon has toured with everyone at some point this season. Does he visit Ikea while he’s on the road and have new lamps and tables shipped to Nashville? Does sweet Scarlett replenish her Uncle Deacon’s furnishings after every venting session? How does this man do it? There should not be a stick of furniture left in that house at this point.
And sweet Scarlett. What a big year she’s had, hmm? She’s gone from waiting tables at the Bluebird to signing her first record deal with Ray-Ray’s Highway 65 Records. And she really didn’t suffer that much, unless you count her cheating boyfriend Avery, who made a weak attempt to win Scarlett’s heart in the season finale. Of course, Scarlett fought her own emotional battle as she waged a war against her feelings for Gunnar. When she finally succumbed to them, Gunnar’s recently incarcerated brother gets killed. If that weren’t enough, new roommate Will moves in–and makes a move on Gunnar. Gunnar decides to become an outlaw, but it’s short-lived. Will Scarlett accept Gunnar’s proposal of marriage? Can she devote herself to this man AND pursue her recording career as Nashville’s rising singer/songwriter? Not likely. That all seems a little too calm and predictable for a young lady who has a front-row seat on life’s emotional roller coaster.
Aside from Ray-Ray’s stellar duet with Brad Paisley, the CMA Awards were a real let down. Where was all the glitz and glamour? It was replaced by drama, and lots of it. Backstage is where Deacon learns he has a daughter, and Juliette comes to realize that she needs to deal with her mama Jolene’s untimely demise. Instead of the typical graveside sitdown, Juliette, still dressed in her CMA gown, bid her mother a tearful goodbye as she sat beside her casket in the funeral home. Creepy, yes, but all the more effective. The scene showed Juliette at her most vulnerable and her most human. By the time Jolene’s parting letter arrives at Juliette’s house, you can’t help but feel sorry for the CMA’s newly-crowned Female Vocalist of the Year.
Dare we venture to guess how many episodes deep we’ll get into season two before that crystal award gets smashed against the wall? Stormy is betting three. Three episodes before that glass bullet shatters. Now, devoted viewer Stormy has one burning question to ask: Exactly where does Juliette live in Nashville? Stormy is puzzled only because Juliette lives in an ultra-modern uber-chic all-white mansion. Quite contemporary, to say the least. However, each time someone came to the door in last night’s episode, the view revealed a couple of traditional ranch-style houses across the street. Juliette’s house must stick out like a sore thumb?
As if Teddy didn’t have enough to deal with (his not-yet-ex wife has been in a terrible accident and now the world knows his oldest daughter isn’t his biological daughter), now that pesky business deal down at the Music City Credit Union has reared its ugly head again. And to make matters exponentially worse, Ol’ Peg is knocked up. Get out! What’s a mayor to do? Three, count them three scandals: a daughter who isn’t his, allegations of embezzlement, and a pregnant former mistress. Four if you count the fact that Ray-Ray is lying on the side of the road in a mangled SUV with the true love of her life. Stormy predicts that troubled Teddy will actually be Maddie’s biological father after all. That paternity test was 13 years ago. Unless Teddy, Ray-Ray, and Deacon were featured on “The Maury Povich Show”, where paternity tests are obviously part and parcel to what they do, here’s betting someone somewhere made a clerical error, and Deacon’s not the daddy.
September can’t come soon enough for Stormy–much less Ray-Ray and Deacon who have to dangle upside down in that overturned SUV.