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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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I am so over Avery I can't stand it. Scarlet needs to grow some courage, look at the matter clearly, and realize that this is a harmfully dysfunctional relationship. WHAT does he give to her? Besides grief, pain, emotional abuse, etc.? They have not shown what makes her so "all in" with him- NONE of his redeeming qualities have shown. I think Deacon and Juliette are good as friends. He and Rayna can only stay away from each other for so long... and at some point their relationship will hit critical mass; likely, right when the picture of Teddy with the other woman comes out and Rayna realizes Daddy Dearest is funding and fixing Teddy's run.

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I was glad to see Scarlet man up and say it to Avery's face for once. I do hope Avery reflects a little bit and tones down the asshole act. Or something needs to happen to make him realize what he's got in Scarlet.

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I'm getting tired of Avery, I hope it's the last time Scarlett chooses him because she's basically choosing him over herself. I like Juliette and Deacon as friends, I too think they are good to each other. And they, I both need a friend right now, more than they need a lover. i was surprised with the embezzlement storyline, I thought Teddy had an affair.

Nashville Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

You're not gonna get in the middle of something because there's nothing something to get in the middle of.

Gunnar

I don't know what to do anymore. The more I try to ignore her, the more noise she makes.

Juliette

Nashville Season 1 Episode 5 Music

  Song Artist
Hayden panettiere yellin from the rooftop Yellin' from the Rooftop Hayden Panettiere iTunes
Song American Beauty Connie Britton
The dirty guvnahs fairlane Fairlane The Dirty Guv'nahs iTunes