Nashville. Someday You'll Call My Name.
"Go home. Go to hell. But don't you stay here." - Sassy Rayna is my favorite Rayna
If there's anything Nashville has taught us so far, it's that behind the glitz and glamour of country superstardom, celebrities are just like us. They have their money issues, their unrequited loves, their occasional bouts of misdemeanor crime, and when their parents aren't resenting them for things completely out of their control, they're standing outside the front gate of their kid's mansion hopped up on a cocktail of Oxy and misguided maternal feelings. Totes relatable, right?
"Because you and music? There's no difference. You're the same."
With Teddy's campaign funds and past financial digressions finally creeping up and Rayna's Big Tour Paycheck not in existence, they're beginning to find themselves in a bit of a money-flavored pickle. Rayna's father, of course, swoops in with a big fat check to save the day, but there are a few stipulations attached - namely, Rayna has to tell her career to suck it and focus on her family. Turns out, Rayna's mom was a two-timing skank and had an affair with someone (A songwriter? I couldn't hear, and I couldn't rewind because I was also recording MTV's The Challenge. Judge me, bitches.) and Rayna's dad has always been resentful of Rayna for what he saw as her following the same path to family abandonment. Rayna calls him on his shit, but it does make her stop and think about Deacon and the tour and the potential that has to affect her family. She talks to Deacon, and amidst the tears and vomitting of feelings, possibly calls off their tour and definitely calls off the emotional boxing match the two have going. I feel for Rayna, because Deacon is the physical representation of the passion she feels for music, and she's losing them both. But as hard as she tries to be a good, present mother, her touring schedule would leave little time for making sure her eldest daughter keeps the side-boob in check, which is obviously a huge problem. No, really, she needs to lock that girl in her room until she's 18. Slut can skip generations. I looked it up.
"Do you even know me? The answer is never 'no.'" - Juliette, moments before being told 'no.'
Juliette is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. First, her walking drug dumpster of a mother is stalking her around Nashville, getting arrested, and moving in. Then, even after some sex and an awesome recording session, Deacon STILL wouldn't agree to her tour. And, finally, when all she wants is to dip her feelings in Ranch Dip, watch The Notebook and cry, she gets caught on video pulling a Winona on a $2.99 bottle of nail polish. Turns out Mommy Dearest isn't the only one with a dirty little addiction. But what I can't decide is if she wanted to get caught, or she really is just the worst shoplifter of all time. She knew those girls were standing there, and she didn't even try to create a diversion by "spilling" her purse and "accidentally" scooping the nail polish up with the rest of the contents. I mean, really? Has she never seen any of the Oceans movies or surveillance videos of Lindsay Lohan? You gotta be smarter than Lindsay, Juliette. That's the rule.
Scarlett O'Conner & Avery
Scarlett has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to record her songs with the legendary Watty White, and she's pissing all over it because she's scared of what her greasy boyfriend will think. But, surprise! He's suddenly being supportive, and comes to the studio to encourage her from inside the booth. What a swell guy, right? False. That dude has rape eyes, and I don't trust him just as much as he doesn't trust shampoo, apparently. I'm getting the feeling that Scarlett's singing career is going to be less Patsy Cline and more Tina Turner.
C+ Avery D
"If You Don't Like Country Music You're Lying" Pick of the Week:
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"Someday You'll Say My Name"
- Juliette's greatest strength is her "Fuck you" eyebrow raise. I'm pretty sure that thing could conquer nations. Someone find me a .gif!
- Close pick for the "If You Don't Like Country..." award: Gunnar and Scarlett's duet, Fade Into You. Listen here.
- The next time Juliette steals nail polish, she should choose a color that better compliments her skin tone. Or the Crackle polish, because that's science, and science is badass.
This show had me hooked in just 2 episodes. The great music is just the cherry on top of the cake.
Oh man, I agree. I love that they're releasing the tracks for download, because I need some soul injected into my iPod.
You’re so clever; I never would’ve pictured Deacon doing drugs with Juliette’s mom! I can’t wait until I go into my office at DISH Monday morning and tell some of my friends, who are following Nashville, this possible plot line. I just figured that he would tour with Juliette, and Rayna would stay home incredible bored and jealous. Although I did just finish watching this episode, I think I’m going to have to go back to watch it again. I didn’t really understand all that Rayna told Deacon, so I’m glad that my Hopper’s Primetime Anytime feature doesn’t get rid of these temporary recordings for eight days. It gives me more than enough time to watch what I want, and saves me the hassle of cleaning them out myself. I was surprised about the nail polish, but I’m looking forward to that biting Juliette in the bum next week!
First...I absolutely love your assessments of one of my new favorite shows. Your country-girl smartassness is just my style.
Second...yes, it was a singer/songwriter that Rayna's mom had an affair with. Her dad is a douche. Pisses me off immensely that he is holding her responsible for what her momma did. What b.s.
And third...I snorted Dr. Pepper out of my nose at "You gotta be smarter than Lindsay, Juliette. That’s the rule."
Just for the record, Dr. Pepper should *not* come out of one's nose in a fit of snorting laughter..it hurts! But still, freakin' hilarious.
Loved Rayna's daughters singing!