Nashville Review: Mother and Child Reunion
It doesn't matter if you've had the best life in the world, or the worst. Whether you're past your prime, or just getting into it, your relationship with a parent may be the most difficult thing to handle.
"Someday You'll Call My Name," the second straight episode of Nashville named for a Hank Senior song*, spent much of its focus on Rayna dealing with her troubling father and the fact that Juliette was forced to interact with her dead beat mother. Both plots were intriguing, yet neither held a candle to Deacon attempting to figure out what was going on inside his own head. So yeah, it was another great hour spent in Nashville.
*I figured they would name each episode after a song title, but with its first two episodes after the pilot named for Hank Williams, are they going to try to go with all Hank songs for the season? The series? Bold. When will they run out? And will they start to not have anything to do with the episode?
Any time you can take the least redeeming character on the series and give him some heart, you are doing a good thing. Lamar Wyatt was anything but likable through the first two episodes, and he probably still isn't anyone's favorite, but by making him even just a little bit easier to sympathize with, the series created room for the man to grow on us.
He will most likely still be a stern and mean old man to Rayna most of the time, but at least we know the reason for it now, and that reason is one that is easy to accept. The man had his heart ripped out by his wife, and his daughter's work reminds him of that. It's tough to hate on him for wanting to sideline that work as much as possible. Do I agree with his execution? Of course not, but it's nice to see Powers Boothe not playing the one-note character it seemed Lamar might have been after the premiere.
Conversely, we didn't learn anything new and/or redeemable about Jolene Barnes, but her continued appearance gave us a bit of a deeper look at how difficult it has been on Juliette to have a drug addict for a parent. As would be the case for almost anyone in that situation, Juliette seemed to absolutely break down not only when she saw her mom in person, but also just at the mention of her name.
Every time she turned her mother away, I wondered why she didn't want to just help her out. I understand not wanting to help because Jolene made Juliette's childhood a mess, but there's also something to be said for going above and beyond what others have done for you. With all of the resources Juliet has, I'm sure she could find a way to help mom get off the dope. Then again, I've never been even close to that situation, so I'm not sure how that interaction would or should go in real life.
What we did learn about Juliette, after Jolene did in fact come to live at the house, is that sadness makes her steal. I'm sure that phone video will come back to haunt her at some point, but for now, it is her inability to deal with her mother that is haunting Juliette. The junk food was a given, but watching her steal something so cheap because she obviously needed to do it was difficult.
It's disheartening to see her so upset because Juliette's smile can sure light up a room. Heck, it got Deacon back into bed, and when she flashed it during some of that pillow talk, it almost got him out on tour with her.
But in the end he decided to finally turn down Juliette's offer. Honestly, when he told her that she was a tough girl to say no to, I was hoping that that meant he was going on tour with her. I know it wouldn't have been a good idea, but what can I say, she won me over. Maybe I'm easy to get with a smile and some new songs, but I think it could have been fun.
Instead, it seems Deacon is stuck in between a rock and a woman he loves but can't have. That's not the expression? Well, he's in a sticky situation, and it's not going to get any easier. Now that Rayna knows what her mother did to her father, I can't imagine she will be able to even talk to Deacon without thinking about that.
Rayna's speech to Deacon about holding hearts in her hands was - to play along with her metaphor - heart breaking. It wasn't my favorite speech of the hour, though. That belonged to Avery.
I couldn't get enough of his plea to Scarlett to get her to record. hat bit about it being a piece of her that she is obligated to share was one of the more brilliant lines I've heard in a while. And thankfully it worked, because that Mazzy Star number that Scar and Gunnar sang together in the studio as the episode came to a close was beautiful.
Finally, I have to mention how great Lennon and Maisy Stella were as Rayna's daughters. The combination of the side boob bit and their amazing performance in the talent show quickly won me over. I had never heard of the two girls before, but apparently they're pretty huge. I just checked them out on YouTube and they have a crazy amount of hits.
Your Nashvillian Moment of the Week was Juliette's jab at Rayna about living in a "mansion in Belle Meade."
So what did you all think of "Someday You'll Call My Name?" Are you still in love with Nashville? Or are you losing interest? What was your favorite moment from the episode? What do you think about Juliette's stealing issue? And how great were the Stella girls?
Nashville: "Someday You'll Call My Name"
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.