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Nashville Review: Leave It All In Your Rearview Mirror

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After last week's introduction of Teddy's ex Peggy (Kimberly Williams Paisley), we were left wondering what big secret she and Teddy were hiding. It didn't take long for us to learn.

In "Move It On Over," it turns out that Peggy helped Teddy embezzle, and then return, $2 million when his finances fell on hard times.

Teddy's Campaign's in Jeopardy

Peggy panicked when auditors started sniffing around, so Teddy turned to the only person he could think of: Lamar. Lamar is easily the best and worst person to go to about a problem. Yes, he probably has the resources and balls to deal with just about anything. On the other hand, he doesn't always wield his power for good. Teddy just made a deal with the devil. Lamar can pretty much make you or break you.

Do you think Lamar had anything to do with the photos taken of Teddy and Peggy? Could it be some sort of test of resilience? Or is this purely political? I'm not sure if I think Coleman would really stoop that low. Then again, Coleman did make some pretty below-the-belt remarks at the debate. 

Then there's the added factor that Rayna would flip out over what Teddy did and that Teddy went to Lamar for help. She has been very ardent about not wanting any assistance from her father. That relationship isn't exactly rock solid; then again none of Rayna's relationships are at the moment. I admire her for trying to put her husband first for once and leave the past in the past, but that's hard to do when it means cutting out somehow who has been a significant and influential part of her life.

It figures that Deacon and Rayna would go their separate ways... only to end up writing songs about each other. Just think about the lyrics for Deacon's song "Sideshow:"

If you know what's good for you, you'll just let it go                                                                                                                                                               Or you'll end up next to me in her sideshow. 

The problem is that these two can't live with and can't live without each other. Their relationship is unhealthy yet essential to both of their makeups. Were you surprised to see Juliette bail Deacon out of jail towards the end? It's good that he took his own advice. Sometimes you just need someone to be your friend. It didn't surprise me that Juliette's way of thanking someone was trying to sleep with them. 

Juliette basically has no one and she and Deacon are actually probably good for each other. Her mother would not have willingly gone to rehab if it weren't for Deacon's help. I still can't believe that unprovoked slap Jolene laid on her child! Juliette does need a new start and its great that she channeled her energy into her work and something healthy. However, picking up and moving won't always solve her problems. She saw a therapist only once? Yikes!

Sometimes, even if you aren't trying to look in your rearview mirror, the past is going to affect your present anyway. Scarlett and Avery will never be the same. It's sad but it's simple. He is jealous of her success, even if he tries not to be and she has feelings for Gunnar even if she tries not to have them. I'm glad Gunnar looks to be moving on with Hayley, but there is still heat between these two songwriters.

What did you all think of this week's episode? Don't forget to check out our Nashville quotes section and hit the comments! 

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So love this show.

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This is one of the most wonderful shows on TV today. Connie Britton is fabulous as always, and Charles Esten is superb. Their chemistry is awesome, in that in the few first scenes of the first three shows, you can understand the depth and complexity of their relationship. They are still in love with each other, and their love is probably the truest love either one will ever experience. However, he is/was self-destructive and his addictions did the relationship in. Connie had no choice...she had to move on to Teddy, and yet she kept working with Deacon, and he kept supporting her in every which way he knew how, knowing she had created a life with another man and had children by him (so those of you who criticize him for sleeping with Juliette need to keep in mind that he is a single man).. even though it seems that Maddie the 12 year may be actually Deacon's child.
But Deacon has a great great gift, and it has been in the shadow of Rayna, and he must come into his own and become her equal if the relationship has any future hope...because she is kidding herself that she is in love with Teddy, and she knows it deep in her heart.
But there is nothing as wonderful, as poignant and as real (amazing chemistry) between two characters on TV today, as there is between these two...
Juliette's character is a cliche, and is boring in its melodrama even though Hayden is doing a lovely job at it...but we understand why it is set up in contrast...but Rayna and Deacon are the reason among many that I adore Nashville...and I hope hope hope ABC renews it for more seasons!

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I am glad Scarlett stood up to Avery for being a douche, she says she chooses him but then she walked out of the house. Gunnar is better off with Hayley....at least in my opinion.
I think Rayna writing her own songs is the boost her career needs!

Sarah-silva

I am glad I stuck with the show. I watched the premiere and tape Chicago Fire but then switched and I know watch CF and record this as I was not sure about. I do have to say it gets better and better.
For the first time I feel for Juliette, I think they started out having her be a beyotch and they must have had a focus group that said she was too mean. She has been more likeable each week.
It is hard to imagine that Rayna being this huge country singing sensation that she and Teddy were so hard up for money that he had to embezzle money. I think if Teddy came to Rayna in the first place she would have been upset but she does not seem like a materialistic person and I think she would have sold their house if it came down to it. I fear the photos will be the last straw in the marriage and she will leave, however I like Deacon more than Teddy so if she ends up with Deacon that will be good!
I am glad Scarlett stood up to Avery for being a douche, she says she chooses him but then walked away......I think Gunnar is better off with Hayley!
I think Rayna writing her own songs is the boost her career needs!

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Love this show. I'm a huge fan of Juliette's story line, especially now that she's crashed and is actually moving forward. I hope the show starts connecting her with other characters now that her mom is out of the picture (for a while at least). Her and Deacon are good as friends, but she can do so much more with the other characters. I like Gunnar. Out of all the characters, he seemed the most innocently genuine. He doesn't hide the fact that he likes Scarlett, but he doesn't let that create a roadblock for his future. I'm pro Gunnar and Haley for now. I personally don't like the Deacon/Rayna thing bc I'm so against cheating or even the possibility of cheating. Hopefully Deacon can finally take his own advice and let things go.

Terrie

I love this show. I live in Tennessee and I LOVE NASHVILLE......but wouldn't want to live there.......... I think Juliette is FINALLY starting to realize the error of her ways........ I haven't quiet given up on Rayna and Deacon....... Of course Teddy is going to go down in flames........ So glad Scarlett finally stood up to Avery.....Avery is a jerk...... Can't wait to see what happens next....

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I really don't like Rayna. I love Connie Britton but she's just not doing it for me in this role. The Rayna/Deacon thing feels very forced and contrived, there is not enough chemistry there to convince me they are star-crossed lovers doomed to love each other no matter what. I really wanted to like this show and have hung in so far but I'm near ready to throw in the towel.

Marisa1983

I just saw the ratings and people really gotta start watching, because 6 millions is not high enough on a network like ABC. I'm afraid it could get cancelled. It would be such a shame, this is really a good show, better than Smash imo.

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I love how the show uses some of the current issues (the proposed baseball stadium) in the real Nashville today. I think the writers are doing a great job getting viewers to love and hate the different characters. The music on the show is awesome. I would like to see more of the city and the actors as they go about living like the stars really do here.

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It would help if Scarlett would stop making moon-calf eyes at Gunnar every time they sing. Also, my partner, who is a guitarist and side-man, said that what Avery did on the guitar really shouldn't have been such a big deal - he actually enhanced the song and made it sound more like how it would actually be performed. If they didn't want that, why bring in the second guitar?