Nashville: We Live in Two Different Worlds Review

Flames, both old and new, come out to play in yet another excellent episode this week.

One of the best things about Nashville is that it uses clichéd ideas–relationship drama, a public scandal–but it make them feel fresh and exciting again.  This show is proving more and more to be a real, grounded drama instead of your typical nightime soap.

This week, a lot of things were set into play.  First, Rayna begrudgingly agrees to perform at her family’s country club for a fundraiser for her husband.  She learns from her sister that he’s 12 points behind in the polls, and wonders why he didn’t tell her that himself.  Well, unfortunately for Rayna, that’s not the only thing he neglected to mention.  Teddy’s former fling returns to help with the campaign and, after a heated conversation between the two of them, it’s clear that they’ve definitely kept in contact over the years.

The straw that breaks the camel’s back in this marriage, however, might be Rayna’s relationship with Deacon.  He’s nervous about performing at the fundraiser, especially since opposing candidate Coleman Carlisle is his substance abuse sponsor.  When he finally does show up, a shouting match starts up between him, Teddy, and Lamar.  Rayna knows this can’t continue and, after a heartbreaking conversation, she let’s Deacon go from her band.  The back and forth between these two is great, even when it’s a serious discussion.  Rayna and Deacon obviously had a passionate relationship, and those are hard to shake.  It’s not clear what Deacon will do next, but the episode’s end suggests that he may be joining forces Juliette.

Speaking of Juliette, the young singer had some real problems this week when she dealt with the fallout from her little shoplifting incident.  Her publicist convinces her that she needs to set the record straight by going on Good Morning America.  This only makes things worse.  Juliette tanks the interview by saying she did nothing wrong, and walking out when the topic of her mother is brought up.

Ah, her mother.  She’s trying hard to help Juliette, but Juliette doesn’t want anything from her and doesn’t trust her at all.  Hayden Panettiere turns in a great performance this week as she struggles with the feelings she has toward Mama Barnes.  In a moment of honesty, she confesses to her manager that she stole the nail polish because it’s something she used to do as a kid to make herself feel independent.  Obviously she could probably buy out an entire store’s worth of nail polish today, but there was a time when she feared she wouldn’t be able to take care of herself.  Now that her mother’s back, so are the fears from her past.

Finally, in Scarlett-Gunnar-Avery territory, Scarlett and Gunnar get a publishing deal with a recording label and Avery acts like a whiney brat about it.  This storyline was the most forgettable of the night, although there were some interesting things that came along to shake up the love triangle.  Namely, an assistant at the label who hooks up with Gunnar.  Scarlett seems a little jealous, but also still seems to care a lot about Avery.  It’s confusing for sure, but it’s also pretty obvious that Avery has got to go.  Dude is just bad news.

This week’s episode was another great hour of television.  These days, premium cable seems to dominate the market for great dramas, but Nashville might just be able to give them a run for their money. Grade: A-


One Response to Nashville: We Live in Two Different Worlds Review

  1. Bobbi says:

    I haven’t watched last night’s episode of Arrow yet, so I can’t say that Nashville was THE best thing on TV Wednesday. I did love this episode, and even though there weren’t a lot of new songs, I still thoroughly enjoyed the drama that was built up between all of the characters. The new episode of Arrow is still waiting for me on my Hopper, and I’ll get around to it soon since many of my coworkers at DISH wanted to talk about what happened on the show. I’m so glad that I’m able to follow multiple shows thanks to the fact that the Primetime Anytime feature on my DVR records up to six different channels at the same time during primetime, which includes the four major networks. If ever I thought that I wouldn’t follow this show, the writers have definitely nixed that for me because I’m a FAN for LIFE!

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