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Nashville Review: Dog Days Aren't Over

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There is the great music, and there is the juicy drama - but one of the main reasons Nashville has been so good in its first season is the fact that Deacon Claybourne is just so easy to love. That was never more obvious than in "Dear Brother."

The someone-doesn't-like-celebrating-a-birthday bit has been done to death in every medium, but the same old story didn't feel so old here due in large part to Chip Esten being so darn charming.

The Tabloids Attack

Whether it was every time he talked about watching Old Yeller on his special day, the fact that he didn't cause a fuss when he showed up to the surprise he never wanted or how concerned he was for Rayna when finding out about the divorce, Deacon was unbelievably likeable throughout the hour.

If I had Kip Moore, Vince Gill, and whoever Pam Tillis is showing up to MY birthday party, I'd be pretty enjoyable too. After smiling once again at Vinny Gill sarcastically calling Juliette "charming," let me introduce you to the rest of the band...

Juliette Barnes
Quietly, in comparison to other episodes, a lot went down for Juliette in "Dear Brother." She spent the entire hour preparing for Deacon's party, which could have been completely generous if it wasn't also a place for her to showcase her new music.

She's a complex little thing. I loved seeing how torn she was in finding her mother back off the wagon. She was upset, but was it more about Jolene's health or Juliette having to miss singing her new material?

I'm not sure I like the fact that this addiction counselor seems to be helping Juliette through some of her issues. I would have rather it be a character we already know who works with her, which would have given her emotional story about the ninth birthday party, and wanting her mom to die, more weight.

To top the hour off, Juliette gave Deacon the cutest puppy I've ever seen. For somebody who couldn't get enough of Old Yeller, he didn't seem to want that dog at all, which made the moment even funnier.

Rayna Jaymes
The intricacies of Rayna's marriage and now divorce have been much less interesting than her musical career.  As much as I feel for her eldest daughter, and what those kids are going to go through, the emotional severity of the situation never really landed.

I was much more taken back by the musical performance at Deacon's party. Connie Britton has become very good at pouring her heart into a song on screen. With momentous events like Juliette taking care of her mother and Gunnar identifying his brother going on during it, that was easily the best musical moment of the night.

Teddy Conrad
So we are back to the political game, huh?  He's appointing Peggy to some job, he's making Coleman his deputy mayor... and I couldn't care less about any of it. Unlike with Rayna, Teddy's trials and tribulations with Rayna have been the most interesting thing about his character. Please don't bring the politics of it all back into the foreground. We were so happy with it taking a back seat!

The Kids Club
Many of you may enjoy yourselves some Gunnar or some Scarlett, but I have never connected with either of them. I wanted to care about what was going on with Gunnar and his brother, but I never did. It all felt a bit forced to me, so when Jason turned up dead, I thought "oh well...moving on."

Avery, on the other hand, continues to interest me. I think Jonathan Jackson is doing a terrific job. In the smallest of scenes, like asking Watty White for advice in the guitar shop, or staring into the Blue Bird in pain, Jackson tells us so much about Avery. The kid is at a huge crossroads in his life, and I can't wait to see where he goes next.

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What did you all think of "Dear Brother?" What were your favorite moments? Did you have any least favorite moments? And what movie would YOU watch every year on your birthday?

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I actually don't mind the political stuff with Teddy. Maybe because I'm a long time Eric Close fan and I'm just happy to see him. Although it was wrong of Teddy to cheat Rayna has been "lusting in her heart" for Deacon and flirting with the record produce/guitar player. Teddy married Rayna apparently knowing she was pregnant with Deacon's child and I really give him props for blasting Rayna's dad for trying to use Maddie's paternity. he is a a loving dad and for that too I like him and hiring his former opponent was pretty cool in my book.

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WHEN DOES THE NEW SEASON START!!!! I DIDNT EVEN KNOW THE LAST "NEW" AIRED EPISODE WAS THE LAST EPISODE OF THE SEASON...(WTF..SERIOUSLY?!) I LOVE THIS SHOW AND LOOK FORWARD TO IT EVERY WEDS.. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN SEASON 2 STARTS?
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WHEN DOES THE NEW SEASON START!!!! I DIDNT EVEN KNOW THE LAST "NEW" AIRED EPISODE WAS THE LAST EPISODE OF THE SEASON...(WTF) I LOVE THIS SHOW AND LOOK FORWARD TO IT EVERY WEDS.. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN SEASON 2 IS SUPPOSED TO START?
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My mistake Teddy's one night stand was before he wanted a divorce, now after watching the rerun and listening to why the divorce I can see Teddy's side and if I were a male I would have done the same thing. Rayna is oneway her way or the highway she will end up very depressed and all alone.

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@Kristen
The conversation maddie overheard was after Teddy asked Rayna for a divorce not before.
And Deacon will not be the one in the end, Rayna will end up a very loanly woman.

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@Wizarddrummer I feel exactly the same way!! EVERY single show that I absolutely love and get invested in get cancelled! (See Zero Hour) @rush I don't understand why you say Rayna brought the daughter into things? I don't remember the scene you're talking about, must have missed it, but the oldest daughter DID hear her father talking to Peggy on the phone. Saying something that made it obvi they were having an affair. It was the night before he asked Rayna for a divorce I believe. @love this show! I've loved Jonathan Jackson for close to 20 years so, as big of an ass as his character is, I can't hate him. It does seem like Avery is starting to realize how badly he screwed up and how much he has lost. I'm hoping he starts to redeem himself.
I was thing the same thing about Rayna's oldest being Deacon's. It seems like they're going to get together now that she's getting divorced, I think you're right about the season finale. They will be together and then he will find out about his daughter...he won't be able to forgive her for that!

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Question has everyone forgotten the episode that alluded to Rayna’s eldest daughter not being Teddies? Do the writers think we will forget that? I think she is Deacon’s daughter. If that ever come out what will Deacon do he will be crushed…possible season finale topic??

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1. Scarlett and Gunnar…..LOVE LOVE LOVE but am a little bummed out they picked this time to hook up, I want them to last and the death of the brother is more that enough change for Gunner to deal with right now.
2. Teddy and his mistress…boring, I always wanted to like Teddy but never did, I hope it comes out how he embedded that money with Peggy
3. Avery …I can not stand him, he is ugly, wimpy, and over all backstabbing ass who ditches his friends and companions just to get a head…I liked that he could not get into the restaurant and was peaking in the window and saw Scarlett and Gunnar singing together again.
4. Deacon …you are prefect, he betters all characters he interacts with, and he is so dam sexy, I just want someone he can love and who loves him. I want him and Rayna to do more show together they are fun to watch.
5. Rayna ….love the conversation with her father, I like his character, dirty, strong, villain, typical politician character Question has everyone forgotten the episode that alluded to Rayna’s eldest daughter not being Teddies? Do the writers think we will forget that? I think she is Deacon’s daughter. If that ever come out what will Deacon do he will be crushed…possible season finale topic??

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Pam Tillis has been around for years! She was big in country years ago. You can see it know, the addictions councellor will be Juliette's next love interest.
How heartbreaking was the scene when Gunnar was in the morgue and saw that it indeed was his brother on the table. I had tears in my eyes! I have been pro Gunnar and Scarlett for so long, however I think Gunnar will be too devestated for awhile to want to start a relationship.
I like Rayna's dad for once!
It is only a matter of time before Rayna and Deacon get back together!

Nashville Season 1 Episode 14 Quotes

Deacon's having a birthday party? What are they doing a public screening of Old Yeller?

Rayna

I'd love to forget about my past but it ain't gonna forget about me.

Jason

Nashville Season 1 Episode 14 Music

  Song Artist
Hayden-panettiere-we-are-water We Are Water Hayden Panettiere iTunes
Moon-taxi-mercury Mercury Moon Taxi iTunes
Song I Want Change The Record Company
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