Nashville: Be Careful of the Stones You Throw Review

Nashville tunes itself to 2013 as Rayna prepares to go on tour, Juliette plans her wedding, Deacon gets used to rock n’ roll, and Scarlett lets loose in this solid return entry.

As per usual, Rayna and Juliette provided all the best material. Though they have so few scenes together, Connie Britton and Hayden Panettierre have such electrifying chemistry, that once this tour finally goes off, Nashville is going to get a whole lot better.

I’ve noticed a trend, however, that the show likes to entice you with a big opening, and fail to deliver. Nashville has yet to deliver a fast episode, choosing to let every waking moment play out before anything exciting, or even fun, can happen. This week was one of the more exciting episodes, and the future looks incredibly bright for the show.

This week we finally had Rayna and Juliette in a room together agreeing to go on tour. But, that was the very beginning. From there we saw two marriages begin to crumble and eventually give way. Rayna and Teddy plan to disguise their split to the press, as well as their kids, with the tour and campaign. Their goodbye hug was surprisingly powerful.

Juliette on the other hand is determined to prove everyone wrong and go through with the wedding as if it’s the right thing to do. Juliette’s decision to run away is one of the more grown up ones she’s made.

Meanwhile, Scarlett is struggling to find her footing after her break up with Jonathan. I loved how she let loose on stage for the first time on the show. But then she was right back to her timid old self with Gunnar. This side of the story continued to be a weak point of the series.

A smaller story this week saw Deacon on tour with a rock band. Clearly he longs for country, and therefore Rayna. We know he’ll head back to her, but the question for now is when?

Be Careful of the Stones You Throw was a good return for the series as things actually happened in the hour rather than pointless meandering. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty (Note: usually, Nashville is reviewed by Mike, but he is vacationing in Italy for the next couple of weeks so I am reviewing it.)

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