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Nashville Review: Crossroads

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Nashville returned this week after a long hiatus and we were rewarded for our patience with a lot of revelations in "Be Careful of Stones That You Throw."

All of the major characters were in play, as we had news of one marriage, an illegitimate child and the dissolution of a band for one man's future success, among other developments. 

Sing It, Scarlett!

It was weird enough that Sean got married without discussing it with his family, being as close as they are, but even more bizarre that he, a grown man, chose to call his parents over to the house and tell them without his new wife present. I did love that Deb and Brock had no choice but to accept Juliette into the family, even briefly.

It's too bad I don't have the same faith in Sean standing up to them when they inevitably get their nasty opinions ingrained into their son's brain. Deb's snark about Juliette's mother and rehab, especially as a Christian woman, were just too over the top and painful. The underhanded talk to Sean about meeting her mother? Unacceptable. I'm kind of hoping the arena tour is bus-driven and that Deb finds her way in front of one.

Even though that whole plot line felt rushed and contrived, it rivals what happens in Hollywood. We read about people who get married only to annul their vows within weeks all the time. Because Juliette and Sean weren't married in the church, can their marriage be annulled? Or does it have to be dissolved in some other way? I'm going on the assumption Juliette's jumping onto a jet instead of walking down the aisle means their wedded bliss has come to an end.

Even though Teddy initially put up a fight at the thought of Rayna taking their girls on the arena tour, I wound up feeling proud of his admission to Tandy that he didn't really think he should fight her on it. How could he not realize the truth behind her seeing their current environment as toxic to their children? An election is difficult enough on children, but when you toss in a fraud investigation, an alleged affair and attempted suicide leaving for a while seems like the very best option.

We can all stop wondering now whether Rayna and Teddy rushed their marriage for a specific reason. Maddie isn't his child, and he's known about it all along. You had to love the look on Lamar's face when that little nugget came out. It was priceless.

I thought it was wonderful how Teddy's response to Lamar gave Rayna a different perspective and she felt comfortable enough to let the girls stay with him while she went on tour. I didn't know if Teddy had it in him to put Lamar in his place, but I'm damned glad he did.

I wonder whether Deacon has any idea about Maddie. Could that be the rope that held he and Rayna together? If it was, I'd think we would have seen a moment of he and Rayna talking about it already. 

Deacon on tour is unsure of his own future. He clearly misses his old life and took the gig to get away. It might make him see things more clearly, but what that might mean in the long run is anybody's guess. Rayna turning to Deacon would be a bad idea, but I could see it happening if he had ended up on the road with her instead of where he is now. He's not the only one making difficult choices at the moment.

Avery doesn't have the easiest decisions to make, and I really don't think he wanted to leave his band behind. But when you are in a cut throat business like the music industry and someone offers you a chance, you have to weigh what's best for you. Part of me thinks he made the wrong decision to leave them behind, but then they were hardly supportive of his success, so what kind of mates were they, really?

Given an opportunity for a guitarist to join an established band, were we supposed to believe one of them wouldn't jump at the chance? If the idea was for us to think it was band and music over success, they didn't adequately portray them in that sense. Scarlett's reaction was essentially the same, and her own actions could hardly be held up as stellar. She had no problem jumping onto the stage when she knew how Gunnar felt about it interfering with their writing. What made her decision different than Avery's?

I liked Scarlett much better when she was timid and shy. This flamboyant stage bunny persona doesn't work on her. Her swagger and sway on stage felt insincere instead of powerful. I don't know what it is, but her stronger side is a turnoff to me. Maybe I liked the idea of having at least one woman on the show who didn't feel like she had to lead the world by the balls.

I am all for strong women, but I don't believe all women are strong and when they start being written that way, I get worried. Before you jump to conclusions, I feel the same way about male characters, and believe Nashville has a wider emotional range of men than it does women at the moment. That's a rarity.

In the end, Scarlett did choose to write with Gunnar, but I wasn't clear on whether she had put the idea of joining the band behind her or not. She can certainly see the seductive side of success now and maybe will cut Avery some slack the next time she sees him.

There was a lot of music in the episode, making it just fly by. Even though I dislike the idea of Scarlett performing with the band, I prefer her style on stage to her vocals on the couch and outside of the character enjoyed the track she sang a lot. I'd like to hear more from the band Deacon is touring with, but I don't think he'll be with them long enough to get a song onto the next soundtrack album.

If you want to know about the songs of Nashville, be sure to check out our Nashville music section. 

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Ok, I have never disagreed with our writer of these reviews before but I sure do on this one. I personally think it is high time they showed a girl who was shy and having a hard time with an idiot boyfriend come out as a strong woman. She is still the shy girl ... she just is finding herself now. She is still failing miserably at times like with being back in bed with Avery when his is nothing but a fame whore. That's right I said it! His band mates were happy he was working on a deal for THEM and then he throws them away like yesterday's newspaper. I would have been furious too. And Scarlett taking over for him with the band was one of the nicest things anyone could have done for a friend. Or maybe friendship doesn't count. Scarlett was great on stage and writing with Gunnar. I could listen to that kind of singing all day! Plus, doesn't anyone see what they are doing here with Scarlet, Avery and Gunnar ... do they not compare just ever so slightly with Rayna, Deacon, and Teddy just a little?!?! It appears to me almost like the back tale of Rayna, Deacon and Teddy's story when they first began. As for the other characters in the show ... Julliet should have listened to her mom ... too many demons inside that shell to be exorcised by some little sweet Momma's boy football player. Deacon worries the heck out of me ... why can't we keep a strong man in a series who does wear a white hat and will not fall back into the drug scene within one performance of a new show. Sure he is missing Rayna but he is strong and can make it through anything. And as far as Rayna's firstborn ... well, what if Deacon doesn't know himself? Lemar getting put in his place was grand and Teddy standing up to him, however unexpected it was, was great! I usually love your reviews but this one I think you were way off and almost insulting. I personally thought this was one of the best shows they have done so far!

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I loved Scarlet's onstage performance. She was amazing! It's the only episode of Nashville that I've downloaded, thus far.

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She did not have anyones support in regards to her marriage and there does come a time where if you are happy then it should not matter what others think but in this case it was just too much.
My only issue is when Scarlett was singing at the gig you could not hear her that well.

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This was a pretty good episode!
The big shock for me was that Teddy knew that Maddie was not his! We all knew she wasn't but I was not expecting him to know she was not his! I still think Teddy and Rayna's marriage can not be saved but they both seem to want to make it work. Well at least from what Teddy said to Rayna in their bedroom it sounded like it. However I am not sure if Rayna feels the same way.
Scarlet had a set back with Avery but I think she was finally 100% done with him when he told her he was dumping his band. What was up with Gunnar? He was being super mean to Scarlet.
I did not like the reporter that Deacon knows and slept with, there was just something about her I was not a fan of. Also I do not think Deacon will last long with the band, the lead singer's ego will not take everyone fawning over Deacon.
I feel bad for Juliette. I really liked Sean but I would not be able to marry into that family, his parents are not nice people. She did not have anyones support in regards to her marriage and there does come a time where if you are happy then it should not matter what others think but in this case it was just too much.

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I know I'm in the minority but the whining voice and face of Scarlett just turn me off. I like she and Gunnar's duets, however when she's working on songs and singing I don't like her voice. I think most people would have made the same decision Avery made. Fame or keep on trying to scrape out a living. The whole idea is to get a contract. May not seem fair to his longtime friends but I have no doubt they would have done the same.
I really have new respect for Teddy as he stood up to Lamar and now to see how he has loved Maddie as his own child. I had wondered about the triangle of Rayna, Teddy and Deacon. Teddy has to be pretty secure in his marriage to allow Rayna to keep performing with Deacon even though he knows their history. Most husbands would not be able to handle it. I'm not sure how a five month tour will affect Rayna's marriage, although I don't think it can help.
Juliette is dislikable but you can't help but feel sorry for her. A drug addict Mother who has always caused problems in her life. I can't stand Sean's Mom, such a hypocrite. You just know this is going to end bad. Maybe Juliette will learn to respect Rayna and find some real happiness in her life.
Deacon and the reporter? He just doesn't seem happy with the new band but touring with Rayna at this time is a recipe for disaster.

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Great song at the end btw Scarlett and Gunnar.
Will Deacon end up on the Rayna/Juliette tour?
Loks like Rayna's marriage is over.

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continued: I enjoyed most of this episode except the train wreck of Juliette/Sean. After last week's ending, it was hardly a surprise. Got to give a shout out to Teddy. I LOVED him standing up to Lamar. He has been my least favorite of the cast and tonight he finally made me like him. More please! Over all, I do like where the show is going. I thought sending Deacon out with a new band was a bad thing but I like the fact that he seems to be looking into himself for what he really wants. Please let that man catch a little break soon that he can be comfortable with. Up front rock star doesn't seem to be it. But really, I didn't think it would be. I'm the kind of viewer who just loves to be entertained well. And Nashville always brings it! I can't wait to the next ep~!

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@Terrie - I have to agree with you about Scarlette and disagree with the reviewer. I love watching that girl perform. And the wild abandon she shows on stage is damn infectious. Very few of these musical type shows ever get under my skin, let alone make me want to stand up and dance and then buy the music. Claire Bowen is hands down the main reason I bought the soundtrack and will buy the future volumes as they come out. I haven't dislike anything she's performed yet, just like some a little more than others. One thing, I think Scarlette has bursts of confidence and then she shrinks back again because she is very shy normally. I know so many people with this personality that can be so out going one night in a club but at random parties they are super quiet. The only part of her I didn't like was when she was with Avery. Glad to see that is probably done. (But I do believe it was a good way to introduce her character!) I enjoyed most of this episode except the train wreck of Juliette/Sean. After last week's ending, it was hardly a surprise. Got to give a shout out to Teddy. I LOVED him standing up to Lamar. He has been my least favorite of the cast and tonight he finally made me like him. More please! Over all, I do like where the show is going. I thought sending Deacon out with a new band was a bad thing but I like the fact that he seems to be looking into himself for what he really wants. Please let that man catch a little break soon that he can be comfortable with. Up front rock star doesn't seem to be it. But really, I didn't think it would be. I'm the kind of viewer who just loves to be entertained well. And Nashville always brings it! I can't wait to the next ep~!

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Well, I live in Memphis (a great music town a show could be staged in.) But I also love Nashville and am really enjoying this show very much.
I'm hoping Juliette softens
that Rayna finds happiness somewhere
that Scarlette quits being so whimpy or over the top wild onstage but settles into a definite character ...more middle of the road.
I won't write about the men today...maybe more next time, maybe.annie

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What's annoying me about the show is this is the second episode in a row where they've taken a song and buried the female lead vocals with the accompaniment. The music on the show is like another character. I could almost, ALMOST forgive them for Wrong Song. Connie's voice just isn't as strong as Hayden's. But to cover up Clare Bowen's voice when she was singing with Avery's band is unforgivable!! If they don't think the girls can sing the rockin' songs then they shouldn't be written into the scripts!