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Nashville Review: Pushed to the Edge

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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.

Rayna's Old Pal

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.

Things are starting to happen in Nashville Season 1. Chat about it in the comments!

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I think it is about time for Rayna grows up and start acting like a mother and wife instead of an over the hill country singer with an alcohol problem. It might make for better storylines than this can't trustful from all concern.
The show is sitting on the bubble and looks like ABC might pull the plug.

Joyeful

Rayna - SO GLAD she didn't sleep with Liam. I hope she keeps that friendship going. She couldn't talk to Deacon because Deacon was part of the drama in her life. Deacon - Love how he consistently grounds Juliette. HOWEVER, he's got such a weird reaction to all things Rayna. It's like he's not sure whether to love or hate her. Juliette - she's still got so much growing up to do. She and her manager are both right. She should get to grow as an artist, but she needs to do so gradually and not suddenly. If she and her manager would just have a conversation rather than a screaming/power match... Avery - I'm willing to bet money that he hurts himself before the end of the season - all that self-loathing, negative relationships, bad decisions...not going to end well for him Gunnar/Scarlett - if Gunnar's brother messes things up for them, I'm gonna be so pissed.

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Can't wait till next episode to find out about tabloid big secret that Maddie finds out about her mother and it won't be good. The deep dark secrets come out about Rayna and how Deacon and her were in an affair after marrying Teddy.
Can't wait!!!!!

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I just didn't trust Liam. I kept waiting for him to do something bad. Glad he didn't! Scarlett and Gunnar are one of my favorite things on the show, I just love them and the way they sing together!

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Hope Glenn comes back Juliette needs him.
Teddy is a rat.

Blu

Agree with this review completely!! I actually like the friendship between Rayna and Liam. I figured they probably wouldn't hook up so my unmentionables weren't in a twist during the hotel stuff. Her telling him about her divorce rather than Deacon made sense to me. I've come to see them as kindred spirits and solid friends. He has an outsider perspective with no real stakes or expectations. He's just hers...he isn't aligned or invested in anyone else in her circle. Deacon and the double standard. I think most of all he just misses being her confidant. Still love him. He'll get over it. Teddy is the worst. Just ugh. Gunner and co have been more interesting than they were. And Avery is difficult to like.

Deann

I loved this episode, especially, as usual, the fantastic music. This is probably the only show on TV that has never aired a bad song, which is saying something.
I hope that Jason leaves Gunnar and Scarlett alone, because they are on the verge of getting what they want for a change, and he could ruin all that because he's a jerk and a tool who uses people for his own gain.
I hope that Rayna gets back together with Deacon, because they have SMOKIN'chemistry and I think that they do love each other, though it would have been really hard for me, if I were Rayna, to say no to luscious Liam, who looks very sexy to me. Still, I think she needs to ditch that pathetic excuse for a husband and get on with her life. Teddy is just a huge wimp and a loser, and I hope he doesn't try to get custody of the kids. Avery is scrawny, boring and a jerk, so I could care less if he gets screwed on a record deal. Juliette is about to get her comeuppance, methinks.

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Just don't mess up Scarlett and Gunner I say and let her sing. That is one of the best parts of the show. Rayna's girl giving her the information about her cheating stupid husband was wonderful! Can't wait to see how that plays out! Deacon was such a man in this episode ... expected Rayna to be like him and jump in the bed with the first good looking thing that comes along when in reality, like most men, wanting her to stay in the hotel room and the whole time pine away fr Deacon. Avery is just Avery! Just don't mess up Scarlett and Gunner too cute a couple!

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THIS IS THE BEST SHOW ON T.V., LOVE IT, what a great cast.
o.k., Juliet is so awesome, love her, but have to admit she was a bit of a beatch at times in this episode, and very immature about her tour.
I love that she wants to expand, but she needs to know when, and how before just doing so. I CAN'T STAND TEDDY, never have liked him, he was the one the forced Rayna to leave the kids at home while she tours, then he complains that he was the one at home having to raise them. Can't stand Jason, knew he was trouble from the start, and I just knew he had the gun with him, I can see this leading to alot of problems, especially with Rayna wanting to sign Charlotte and Gunner. Deacon is great, but shouldn't jump to conclusions.
And before this gets cut off, how hot is Bucky, yee haw !!!

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Not my favorite episode. Which means I'll only watch it 2or 3 times. ha! I totally get Juliette's anger, but she's going to miss Glenn, I'd personally like to see a story line where Glenn runs off with all Juliette's money, or invests it badly whatever, and she has to sell the jet.... It's been 3 episodes without Daddy, which is probably why Teddy wanted to confront with the girls so fast, before Lamar could weigh in. And Rayna, it's been months for her without Teddy, and now 2 incredibly hot kisses, and she can quit? What a woman.

Nashville Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

Twenty years. I've never seen her miss a cue.

Deacon

Man, I didn't make it this far foldin' up like a tent when things get bad.

Rayna

Nashville Season 1 Episode 13 Music

  Song Artist
Song It's My Life Connie Britton
Buddy miller looking for a heartache like you Looking For A Heartache Like You Buddy Miller iTunes
Song Don't Love Me Too Much Escondido
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