I know that divorce is a devastating process, but on last night’s Nashville I couldn’t stand to listen to one more second of Rayna whining about it. I’m fed up with all the Teddy/Rayna drama. Their proceedings haven’t even begun yet, and already Rayna is making an appearance on Katie Couric’s talk show to assure everyone she’s okay after their very public split. I hate that they both try to blame the other for the problems with their marriage. The fact of the matter is they’re both to blame. Rayna has never really gotten over her feelings for Deacon, and Teddy has been having an actual affair for who knows how long. And those are just two examples of why this couple doesn’t work. Trust me, there are many more.
I wish we got to see more of Rayna in a different capacity, but lately she’s been very focused on her personal life rather than her professional one. We got to see her play super mom this week, but even then I found her annoying (probably because of the Deacon thing, but more on that later).
Played By: Juliette Barnes
This week Juliette once again proved what a bratty little diva she can be. After disagreeing with her record label’s plan to introduce her new music at an intimate fifty person gathering, Juliette decides to tweet the details of the performance to all of her followers. As you may have guessed thousands of screaming teens flocked to the venue, and people got hurt as eager fans tried to rush the stage.
One of the people who got hurt was none other than Rayna’s daughter, Maddie, who snuck out to the concert after telling her daddy she was doing homework. This led to possibly the best Juliette/Rayna confrontation we’ve ever seen. I couldn’t help but agree with everything Rayna was saying. Juliette never takes responsibility for her actions, and the fact that she was trying to blame everyone else for this pissed me off. Thankfully, Rayna’s words made her think twice. It was nice to see her own up to her mistakes. Plus, she actually tried to make an effort with her mom at the end of the episode.
Deacon had to have some sense knocked into him this week. He had such a cute flirty chemistry with the vet that checked out his nameless pooch. After they hooked up though, he kind of blew it. Thankfully having Coleman point out his Rayna addiction spurs Deacon into action. I think it will be nice to see him with someone who isn’t connected to the country music scene. An uncomplicated relationship might be just what he needs. Though I’m not convinced she’ll last very long after discovering his complicated relationship with both Rayna and Juliette.
Also, did anyone else get irrationally angry with Rayna after watching the Maddie/Deacon scenes this week? It was so adorable when he rushed to save her during his concert with Juliette. And later on at the hospital when he tells Rayna it was no trouble because Maddie’s like family. I can’t even. There’s a part of me that just wants him to find out already, but I’m also incredibly concerned with how he’ll take the news.
“Let There Be Lonely”
Played By: Avery Barkley
It’s hard for me to see Avery as anything other than Scarlett’s douchey ex-boyfriend. But this week I had to sympathize with him a little. He’s still upset over Dominic Wells changing his sound from country to a bizarre blend of country and dubstep (I can’t really blame him for this. It’s one of the worst things I’ve ever heard.) So while Wells isn’t in the vicinity, Avery steals all of his recorded tracks and lights them on fire. This proves that he has balls, but I’m not sure it was the smartest legal move. He signed a contract with the guy after all.
“Looking For A Place To Shine”
Played By: Scarlett O’Connor
The last time we saw Scarlett she was slipping into bed with poor grief-stricken Gunnar. I was incredibly worried about the aftermath of this carelessly made decision. Mostly because the two of them live together, write music together, play music together, etc. No big deal though, right? Wrong. In a surprising departure from his usual nice guy persona, Gunnar is a total a-hole. He tells Scarlett that them sleeping together “doesn’t have to mean anything.”
I know he’s grieving, but still he deserved a slap in the face. Luckily for him, Scarlett is more forgiving than me. They end the episode back in each other’s arms. But not before Gunnar’s drunken binge causes him to miss the incredibly important audition the duo had for Rayna’s record label. Scarlett performs all by her lonesome, and totally kills it. Rayna must agree because later on she offers Scarlett a record deal—a solo record deal. Uh oh. I predict more trouble ahead for these two.