TGIT. Thank God It’s Thursday! (Cause we can talk about last night’s Nashville, duh.) Rayna and the gang are back to their old southern soapy shenanigans and we get to watch! Let’s cut the introduction short and just get right back into it because it’s been a long week without a healthy helping of a scheming, eye rolling, and jealous Juliette Barnes.
Episode three finds Rayna and Teddy finalizing their divorce. After all of the talk, it is finally official in a civil manner. Remorse is conveyed, but the two realize that it’s not going to work anymore and their kids are better off. Jeff Fordham, the newly introduced head of Edgehill records meets with Juliette, apologizing for getting off on the wrong foot. Juliette, still upset over Jeff’s new youth star hire, refuses to sing at the shareholders showcase along with Will, Rayna and Scarlett. She has a previous obligation to sing at a fan’s private five-year anniversary party.
Rayna, wanting out of her Edgehill contract, meets with her former album producer and lover, Liam McGuiness, to try and get her old record back on track. After refusing her, Liam changes his tune, as he agrees to help Rayna finish her album only if she apologizes for leaving him at the airport late in season one. The chemistry is still hot and heavy!
Elsewhere in Nashville…
Teddy visits Peggy, dropping off money that takes care of her during, what he believes to be, her pregnancy. Peggy, desperate to get Teddy back, tries to lure him in by showing her soft family side. Gunnar, obsessed with perfecting his new song, once again tries to ignore Will, who believes the song to be great. Even though he has a song writing contract, he seems to be stuck in a rut, as Will and Scarlett’s careers keep rising. These two ‘rising stars’ are treated to a stylist session for the showcase, where Will asks Zoe to attend the concert with him. She agrees, but finds out the she, Scarlett, Will, and Gunnar will be going all together (In an Edgehill limo nonetheless!).
Taking a backseat this week, Juliette and Avery are in Maryland for a private concert for a wealthy family’s anniversary. Olivia and Charlie Wentworth have paid a lot of money to have Juliette to perform, so when Charlie asks to play guitar along side of her for a song, she happily agrees. Avery and Juliette have been getting closer as of late, so when she refers to him as somebody “just on payroll,” he gets offended. During the performance the tension is felt, especially when Charlie is onstage. Post concert, Avery and Juliette have a blow out that ends in his firing. Once again, Juliette is alone by her own undoing.
Her first former guitarist is dealing with demons of his own. Deacon, after deciding to get help from the doctors to manage his hand pain, has returned to AA. Coleman, his friend and sponsor, reveals to Deacon that he’s moving away to escape the drama of Nashville. Before leaving, Coleman expresses his love for Deacon, but warns him to deal with his father issues. Until he can come to terms with that aspect of his life, he can never handle the Maddie situation with clarity. After visiting Teddy, insuring him that Teddy will always be Maddie’s dad, Deacon goes back to AA to finally share his past. In their talk, Teddy opens Deacon’s eyes. Maddie will never unlearn the information of Deacon’s fatherhood, so she will always be watching him and his choices. In a very moving scene at AA, Deacon exposes his childhood through a story about how his mother was beaten by his father in front of him. He is afraid he’s already become his drunkard dad.
Rayna’s Surprising Revelation…
Jeff speaks with Rayna about performing at the showcase. She hesitantly agrees, but when she’s at a recording session, we find out that—
BOMBSHELL: Ranya can’t sing! AHHHHH!
Her voice hasn’t been the same since the intubation and she doesn’t know if she can rerecord the tracks for her new album! She can’t sing at the showcase either! Liam agrees to try and delay the album until she can possibly recover. Then they make out and sleep together because, well, it’s Nashville! Also, their chemistry is through the roof!
Finally, all the missing music comes out to play at the shareholder’s showcase. Will, who decides to play Gunnar’s song, is a big hit. Gunnar, after starting angry, finally comes around, secretly enjoying the success of his song. It’s that he’s not into the help from Will. Rayna, following up Will, deceives Jeff and introduces Scarlett who performs instead of her.
Where We Are For Next Week…
Rayna and Jeff have aggressive words with each other. Jeff is slowly realizing that Rayna wants to split, but doesn’t know of her vocal condition. Teddy, missing the idea of a family, ends up kisses Peggy, who is getting exactly what she wants. How’s she going to explain the non-pregnancy? And finally, poor, poor Juliette. As she stumbles around drunk after the concert, Juliette runs into Charlie, who kisses her. Per usual, she makes the poor decision and closes her door with him inside.
And that’s your Nashville for the week.
Something is missing from this season. I’m definitely not having as much fun as I once was, but it’s more than that. Sure there’s less music and more convoluted plot, but it comes down to character building. It seems like the characters are only hitting plot points and not earning the relationships that intertwine with them. For instance, we haven’t spent enough time with Avery and Juliette bonding for us to care about their fight. The writers are banking on the fact that we like them from season one, so we’ll buy into it all. Same with Gunnar, Will, Scarlett, and Zoe’s love quadrangle. Zoe is a newly random character who we have no attachment too and Gunnar’s been such a downer that we’re apathetic to anything he does. We haven’t spent enough time caring about everybody, so why would I care what he or she does or who he or she is kissing? When the characters suffer, plot is obsolete. “Real” heartfelt moments are being sacrificed for “GASP” moments and it’s not working.
- Charles Esten is doing some excellent work on this show and that should not go overlooked.
- I am so over all Juliette making the same mistakes over and over and over and over again. Better shows have their characters move on and make new mistakes.
- Gunnar needs to change immediately. It is not fun to watch somebody mope for an hour with no purpose. Why have him as a character if we’re not going to have fun with him!?
- I like Will, but they need to give him more to do. He’s getting way too one dimensional, but still more fun than Gunnar!
- Rayna has healed incredibly well and insanely fast for somebody recently on the brink of death.
- We need more music throughout the whole episode. By keeping it all for the end, the show has no time to breathe. We get plot overload for 45 minutes and then 15 minutes of too much stop and go time!
Let’s get it back on track Nashville. I believe in you! Until next week…
Keep on Watchin’!