With a paternity secret threatening to break them apart for good, Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) struggle to find their way on this week’s episode.
Let’s bitch it out…
Well, there are only two more episodes before the end of the first season, and I am more convinced than ever that we will end on a cliffhanger revealing that Deacon is Maddie’s (Lennon Stella) biological father. Tonight’s Nashville drinking game could’ve been to take a drink every time they mention the secret of Maddie’s paternity and how Deacon can never know, so it’s obvious that he will find out soon enough. The more a character “absolutely can never find out” about something, the more likely it is that they will. And Deacon’s little speech about how he just doesn’t care about whatever Rayna is hiding from him solidifies my assumption. He will find out before the next two episodes are through. Mark my words.
On another note, is it just me that thinks that Rayna doesn’t seem particularly invested in their relationship? I understand that keeping life-changing secrets from two people you claim to love can wear on a girl, but seriously! She seems so indifferent to Deacon every time she sees him after their romps in the sack. And I nearly lose it when Tandy (Judith Hoag) dares suggest that Rayna and Deacon sleeping together is just a FLING?!?! Ummm.. that must be a joke. Hasn’t she known them for the past 20 years? Wouldn’t she know better than anyone the chemistry they have? I don’t know about this sister.
Like mother, like daughter: Another Nashville drinking game is to take a drink every time Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) does. Lord, that girl can go through a few cocktails, and she certainly has expensive taste! (At least she’s not developing an alcohol addiction on the cheap stuff). From an outsider’s point of view drinking bottles of champagne by yourself during the day is likely an indication that you’re headed in a bad direction. However, in true Juliette style, she breaks my heart when she cries to her mother that no one cares about her. In that moment, I completely forget that she’s pushed everyone away by being a raging bitch – even to my darling Deacon! – because I’m so affected by how absolutely vulnerable and how hurt she is. Kudos, Ms. Panettiere. I am officially a loyal fan.
- Please let there be a Juliette sex tape! That would be such a topical storyline and would provide so many options for some patented Juliette-kicks-some-greasy-haired-man action. I love how she doesn’t even have to identify what kind of tape there could be, because we all know. Now it makes more sense why greasy haired Dante (Jay Hernandez) looked almost gleeful when Avery (Jonathan Jackson) walked in on them getting it on in the bus a few episodes back. Ah sex tapes. The bobbleheads would not approve
- Uhhh… is it just me or do these father/daughter dances only exist for TV? I never got to attend a fancy dance in an expensive dress when I was a surly teenager. I am surprised that all is forgiven between them by the end of the evening and she had “the best time” considering how she felt when they left. Those dances must be magic
- Even when she’s drunk, Juliette still puts on a really great show. It is actually impressive considering how she could barely stand up before going on stage
- The whole Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) storyline has just turned so weird lately. He’s stealing his brother’s songs but keeping it from her, he doesn’t want to record with her or get on a label with her, but will record his brother’s dark and dangerous music instead? Plus, the weirdo joke he made about how everything in the songs is real, except for stuff that doesn’t have a statute of limitations… I mean, come on. That is not the Gunnar we all know and love. I miss the puppy dog love songs he would sing with Scarlett that made my heart melt. I haven’t downloaded a Gunnar song from iTunes in ages because this new stuff is too weird.
So what did you think of this episode? Do you agree that they’re foreshadowing Deacon learning the truth about Maddie soon? Do you think Juliette will be able to save herself from alcohol addiction? Do you miss the old Gunnar? Sound off below!
Nashville airs Wednesday nights at 10pm EST on ABC