Nashville Review: Pushed to the Edge
There were big changes and accusations on "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight," as a lot of feathers got ruffled. While Rayna felt powerless, Juliette tried wielding some power of her own with unintended results. A break in the tour couldn't have come at a better time.
I hate to say it, but Juliette is proving just how young she is by making changes to her tour in the middle of it. It's great that she wants to grow up and alter the focus of her music. There will be time for that. Including her new song into her current tour as a preview of what's to come is a brilliant marketing ploy and gives fans the chance to ease gently into the new Juliette Barnes.
With all the pushing and pulling Glenn and Juliette were doing, they never had a real conversation about why he disagreed with her decision to change things up. Might it be because her fans, her current fans, bought tickets to see a pop-tart country singer wearing sequined dresses and singing bubble gum hits? If I were her manager, that would be the advice I'd give her.
I'd also coach her and tell her how brilliant her acoustic set was, to include at least one new song into every tour stop and pick maybe three "special dates" where tickets haven't been sold yet to showcase her new material so fans know what they're buying. I'd imagine an acoustic-based concert will gather more fans of the Rayna Jaymes generation (which only months ago Juliette found unworthy of her talents) than the teeny-bopper set that is probably buying up the other half of the tour tickets. I could be wrong, but it's a hunch.
Remember at the beginning of the season when everyone wanted so desperately to believe Teddy never cheated on Rayna? Bastard! Not only did he admit to cheating, he was stupid enough to talk about it out loud within earshot of his children. The way he pushed Rayna to tell the kids the minute she arrived home was disheartening, and it gave her no time to process what was happening. It's not surprising that he cheated and embezzled because he appears to have no foresight at all.
Teddy's entire future is enmeshed with the family of Rayna Jaymes. He is the father of her children and his political career can be bulldozed by one push of a button from the hand of Lamar Wyatt. He's gotten pretty cocky having his lover by his side, but she's already proven to be fairly unsteady on her feet. What will it take to push her over the edge again? And is he willing to be the one to put her there?
Everybody was able to read Rayna, including Juliette. Deacon reacted to the missed cue on stage and offered his hand to her, but she knew if she opened up to him, she would break. She wasn't ready to go there yet. Instead, she took the road less traveled and the "guy with no strings attached" (check out the Nashville quotes section for the full line) and spent a night out drinking and dancing with Liam.
It was pretty handy that he just so happened to be in town when she needed him, and I liked how Liam was there for her, even if his motives weren't always clean. Are anybody's? Even though it was pretty obvious he was going to hit on her, and that she would probably take him up on it, I didn't expect her to crack in the bathroom.
It was really great that she chose Liam to confide in, because he had the same experience in childhood that her own kids were going to have, and she needed to hear what it would do to them. It would hurt like hell while it happened, but when they looked back on it, it could be one of the best moments of their lives. Rayna will have to hold onto that as she faces them.
It was interesting that Deacon didn't find any similarity between his evening with Juliette and Rayna's with Liam, but immediately jumped to the conclusion that Rayna was in some way intimate with Liam instead. If Rayna had seen him get into Juliette's truck and then get out of the elevator, would he have appreciated the same conclusions on her part? He knows her so well - and yet not at all.
Avery spent the hour regretting his decision to sign with Dominic. It's a damn shame that I don't care. They've made it really difficult to like him, or believe in him. Jonathan Jackson is cute as hell, and performs well on Nashville, but he got that bum part as Avery. It's possible being involved with Hailey could turn the tides for his character, but it's going to be a rough road. Even when Avery was practically begging to be heard about the musical choices not matching his talent, essentially saying he was being set up to fail, it was hard to feel for him.
There were moments when I was on the fence with Avery and thought he would fall on the good side of being the bad boy, but then he made such crappy choices. Sure, he was excited and driven by the idea of making money, but there just weren't enough good times to balance out the bad. Yet. I'll hold out hope for him. He has $100,000 now, though, and that will probably tip the scales against him
I'm not sure about the Gunnar and Scarlett story, especially with Jason back in town. Rayna wants to sign theme to her new label, but with Jason and his gun hanging around they're bound to get themselves in trouble. I liked that Jason finally told Scarlett about his past and really dug the eggs Jason made for him. I'm going to give those a try this weekend.
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