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Nashville Review: Mother and Child Reunion

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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?

Rayna Spends Time With the Kids

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?

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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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About those Hank Williams song titles for each episode. No need to worry about running out of possibilities; between his alter-ego Luke The Drifter and as himself with he Drifting Cowboys there are enough titles to cover over 50 episodes. The difficulty will be tying the song title in to what's happening in the episode. And if the series sticks around long enough, they could always keep things in the family by going over to Hank WIlliams Jr. titles.

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I think this show is so amazing!!! I love it! Best show ever!!!!!!!

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Still dont like Avery. Think he is using Scarlett to further his career and not actually be supportive because it is whats best for her. During 'Fade into you' it was horrible to see Scarlett looking at Avery while she was singing whilst Gunnar only looked at her and was thinking of her the whole time.

Joyeful

Hmmm...I enjoyed the episode, and the caliber of the acting makes it a little easier to get past how slowly the story is going along. I feel like what's happened in the past 4 episodes could have happened in 2. But the actors' portrayal of their characters, their confusion and their pain, their many layers...it makes the time worth while.

Sarah-silva

It is obvious that Juliette stole the nail polish BECAUSE she saw those girls watching and knew they would take a photo or video and that would deter people knowing her mom was a druggie. Also she probably thought it would make Deacon change his mind. This was the first episode I really liked.

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I'm sure as the series progresses Juliette and Rayna would find out they are more alike than different. I hope the characters come together and find a bond of sorts, they are both worth rooting for. I wonder what Juliette would think when she finds out Deacon had drug problems of his own.
I have a feeling Avery would try to further his own career through Scarlett, I'm not buying the selfless, supporting boyfriend bit and Scarlett going all Bella Swan is a bit annoying, I hope they find other things to define her than her insecurity issues with her boyfriend and her music but her duets with Gunner are definitely extraordinary.

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As a fan of grittier shows like Sons, Walking Dead, Dexter and American Horror Story, I'm not sure what made me watch this pilot, probably the sheer sexiness of Connie Briton, but I'm really enjoying it. I was a Heroes fan so seeing Hayden as a slut and a evil sort of character is enjoyable. Hayden is doing a great job with this character. The music is great and the story has potential, so I plan to keep on watching.

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I don't understand some of the complaints, like about the lip-synching (which I had not even noticed - seemed fine to me); or Rayna's whining (which is part of the plot); or the country music sounds and lots of singing. When I tuned in to see Nashville, and before that, when I saw the promos, I knew exactly what I was getting into, and got exactly what I expected. And it's all been GREAT so far! So I honestly don't understand what people expected the show to be, because what they said, and the promos that were shown, are exactly what a show about Nashville is expected to be. And I love it all. And I'm not even country!

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Lennon and Maisy were my entire reason for even watching the show - if they keep appearing I'll keep watching. Their music is hauntingly good and I can only imagine how much better its going to keep getting. Now if only the rest of the show wasn't so, my dog died, my woman left me and your cheating heart I might like it more. Once I get over the country song theme, I may actually come to like it. So far, besides the girls, the best character is Juliette Barnes - seems like she can be downright bitchy when needed - thank god because, Rayna's whiny I would rather have the guitar player act is already old.

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My favorite part of the epsiode was Lennon and Maisy Stella performing Juliette's song. My next favorite was the song performed by Gunner and Scarlett. can't wait for that triangle to explode

Nashville Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Maddie: ...and side boob.
Rayna: Side, what the hell did you just say?

Deacon: Rayna took her knocks.
Juliette: What? In a mansion in Belle Meade?

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