While Rayna (Connie Britton) is finally coming to terms with her father Lamar (Powers Boothe), Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is acting like a spoiled brat and alienating everyone around her. Some things never change.
Let’s bitch it out…
I’m back from vacation and ready for a fresh episode of Nashville! Naturally Dante (Jay Hernandez) is giving me the creeps 3 minutes in. Who the heck is this guy? Are there actually people out there who are employed as “sober companions”? (Editor’s Note: Clearly thedude hasn’t been watching Elementary) Rich people can pay for anything these days apparently. Well, this sober companion isn’t doing a very good job, considering Jolene’s (Sylvia Jefferies) sobriety is about the last thing on his mind now that he’s knocking boots with Juliette. The woman admits that she almost fell off the wagon while he was secretly banging her daughter, and he decides to keep her on this ridiculous tour so he can keep sexxing it up. Yeah, sounds like a real trustworthy “companion”.
And please, let’s be real here: you are automatically my enemy the moment you go up against my beloved Deacon (Charles Esten). Dante is done before he started, he just doesn’t know it yet. Plus his greasy hair is just too much. That right there is indication enough that he needs to hit the bricks on outta town.
Now…on to the new and creepy friendship between Scarlett (Clare Bowen), Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Will (Chris Carmack). I get it – Scarlett is trying to get Gunnar back in the music game, but when your boyfriend wants to spend the day celebrating, why would you invite the random new neighbour you met two seconds ago? Their whole interaction just has this weird threesome vibe that I haven’t quite figured out yet. And if he has started Gunnar on this new “thrill seeking, death defying attitude” I’m going to have a big problem with him too (Is it possible I just don’t like new people coming in and messing with the dynamics of my fave men?!)
In my humble opinion, Lamar’s heart attack(s) bring(s) about two positive events – the first is Rayna and her father finding common ground again in a touching father/daughter scene that brings tears to my eyes. I love Lamar, so it’s nice to see Rayna appreciate him for once. The second thing is even better than the first: it brings Rayna and Deacon together again. Now that is what I want to see! Come on, he could tell by her voice in a message that she needed him?! If that’s not soul mates, I don’t know what is. Get that weirdo vet out of here, and make room for a Rayna/Deacon reunion. That girl has nothing on the great Rayna James. (Ok… now I’m sure of it. Apparently I don’t like new guest characters! Can you blame me? They are only here to cause trouble, I swear)
- There’s one good thing that came out of the random new neighbour, and that is a beautiful new song by Gunnar. That alone makes everything better (Kinda. Sort of. If the neighbour wasn’t involved)
- Seeing Avery (Jonathan Jackson) as a roadie for the tour cracks me up. He’s finally getting his comeuppance for what a dbag he has been since the beginning of the season. So much so that I almost actually start feeling bad for him when he gets fired. Almost.
- Looks like Teddy’s (Eric Close) little mistress Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) might get what’s coming to her next week. I’ll admit that I was actually surprised it was her that went to the tabloids because I always thought it was secretly Teddy. But she should have known better than to try and throw the Rayna/Deacon love under the bus like that. Hopefully Teddy sees the light and spares us any more tearful confessions of love from Peggy in the future. Time to cut the apron strings there I’m afraid.
Do you agree with my opinions on all the new characters? Or are you liking Deacon’s new (healthy) relationship? What about the new random neighbour Will? How much longer do you think we will have to wait until Rayna and Deacon can finally be together?! Sound off below!
Nashville returns May 1st at 10pm EST on ABC