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Nashville Review: Happy Days

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Whether it be anger, pity, sadness, excitement, joy or a long list of others, Nashville has evoked nearly every emotion from its viewers over the course of the first season. After "I Saw the Light," I was just plain... happy.

How could you not have been left with the biggest smile on your face after watching Maddie and Daphne knock the snot out of that Lumineers track during sound check?

Knowing that they were going to have these kids perform multiple times, they couldn't have done a better job choosing these two young singers. They have been fantastic each and every time they have been asked to deliver, and their rendition of "Ho Hey" might have been their best outing yet.

I understand the situation might give Rayna fits down the road, but for now, it's difficult not to just be happy after witnessing that performance. The kids' obsession with Juliette was also pretty fun to watch.

Is Juliette a Bad Influence

Do you know what else created that feeling of joy? Deacon continuing to make an effort to settle down with the vet. First he invites her out on the road with him, and then he decides he wants to quit the tour to spend more time with her? Either he's turned a new leaf and become super serious about her, or he's just overcompensating for his Rayna feelings.

I'm hoping it's the former, because the honesty he showed when the vet confronted him on his lie of omission regarding Rayna was some of the most sincerity I have witnessed in a while. Charles Esten is so good that even something as subtle as Deacon's inner confusion on the matter came through in spades.

The happiness grew as Juliette grew up some more this week. Sure, she stole Jolene's sober coach to help sell herself in that meeting, but the girl isn't going to change overnight.

Hearing the pop star dedicate her song on stage to her mother, and seeing Jolene's portray a combination of surprise and joy, had me smiling from ear to ear. "Thank you for being here tonight Momma." It broke my heart.

While it is completely sick and twisted, the ending made me happy as well. Who knows what Lamar's fate will be, but the chance that he died in those final moments made me as happy as a lark.

The only thing about Nashville that continues to hold it back is this plot regarding Lamar, Teddy, Coleman and Brad Paisley's wife. I tune out when they get together to chat, so Lamar dying would leave that storyline one step closer to vanishing from the show all together. Here's hoping!

I am quietly a huge Avery Barksdale...I mean Barkley...so the anticipation of him joining up with Rayna, Juliette and the gang on tour has me extremely happy. It was depressing seeing him play the role of scary weirdo playing guitar on the streets of Broadway, so even if it is as a roadie, I'm glad Avery will be joining the stars of country music for a while.

Finally, the other side of the Kids Club made me happy when Scarlett and Gunnar eventually reconciled over their need to please each other. He's not Avery, so he won't get jealous of Scarlett. Instead, Gunnar wants her to sign with Rayna. Good for them. That is some healthy living right there.

What might not be so healthy is having Chris Carmack living upstairs. Not only do I foresee him coming in between the happy couple in one way or another, but you never know when he might beat the snot out of Gunnar and blurt out, "Welcome to NashVegas, bitch!"

So with all of the happy feelings "I Saw the Light" left me with this week, I wouldn't be surprised if next was a complete downer.

But what did you all think of the hour? What were some of your favorite moments? What were your least favorite parts? And what emotion did the episode evoke out of you?

Review

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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (78 Votes)

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

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Sarah silva

I can understand Rayna not wanting her daughters to follow in her foot steps because she was worried about the bad things that come with fame. However Rayna has a good head on her shoulders and I think the girls would do well under her label. She could help them do it the right way.
I new that Dante would hook up with Juliette, however next week her mom kisses him, I really hope that Dante did not initiate it. I think that this will once and for all be the final nail in the Juliette and her mom's relationship coffin.
I said weeks back that there would be a reason that Deacon would quit the tour and Avery would end up taking over and it look like am right.
I can not stand Teddy and Peggy.
I am not a Lamar fan either but I loved what he said to Peggy. I do not think he will die, I think this heart attack will change him for the better.
Loved the OC reference, Dan!

Joyeful

1. Seriously Teddy? Bringing your mistress to your wife's house? That's just trashy. 2. I hope Lamar lives - just to see if having a near death experience changes how he lives. 3. I just want Deacon to be happy. And MAN, I love Chip Esten! 4. Holy crow - is there ANYONE Juliette won't sleep with? 5. YAHOO to Scarlett and Gunnar! I knew that's why he was upset, we all knew he wouldn't pull an Avery. 6. Avery - I really hope he finds himself somehow.

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Dan. I loved your review but disagree about two things, (1) your feeling about Lamar and the Teddy plot line, which I think is a good diversion from the singing so you have a sense of life outside of the music industry, and (2) the fact that you feel next week could be a downer. Why expect the negative? Anyhow I loved the ep and agree with everything else. But I feel Gunnar's ugly head of jealousy will rise eventually. Seems Scarlett is too good and talented for these men.

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Dan. I loved your review but disagree about two things, (1) your feeling about Lamar and the Teddy plot line, which I think is a good diversion from the singing so you have a sense of life outside of the music industry, and (2) the fact that you feel next week could be a downer. Why expect the negative? Anyhow I loved the ep and agree with everything else. But I feel Gunnar's ugly head of jealousy will rise eventually. Seems Scarlett is too good and talented for these men.

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I actually hope the vet is using Deacon. He's such a good guy that I don't want him to be lying to her. I can see her as a star struck wannabe using Deacon to get close to Juliette or rayna...how can she live in Nashville and not know country singing stars that do commercials? And Juliette doing a cell phone commercial after that tweet that caused all the injuries is just wrong. Live this show! I'm foreseeing an Avery-Juliette hookup

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I love everything about Nashville....the drama,acting, and Wonderful music !!!! Wednesday night is reserved for Nashville !!!

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See, I am of the other mind, in hoping that not only does Lamar lives but that this becomes the wake call he needs to realize, that while Deacon and him may never be the best of friends or anywhere close to it, that when the Rayna or her girls are need that it always has and always will be Deacon that will be their rock of support. So that after Lamar recovers he can set his sight on Rayna's sleazy slimy louse of husband, Teddy and his oh so perfect b**chrella girlfriend Peggy, and teaches them that nobody, upon nobody screws with Lamar Wyatt's daughters or grand daughter, before he completely aniiliates them and runs them out of town on a rail.

Deann

Oh, and I have to say that though Rayna's two girls are adorable and can sing beautifully, I agree with Rayna in not wanting them to become involved in the music business until they are adults, at least out of high school. Seriously, show biz is a rough place for kids, and it has messed up a lot of young lives (you only have to read the memoirs of some former child stars and child music stars to see how it can totally ruin their life) so I hope that the girls listen to Rayna and not to Juliette and stay home and in school until they are much older. Also, I think it is a huge mistake for Juliette to sleep with her mothers sober companion, and I gather that he's enough of a jerk to sleep with her mother, too. EW. Juliette seems to take two steps forward and three steps back, which is a shame. And I hope Avery gets lost, he is a jerk and a creep.

Deann

Sam Sam, no you are not the only one who wants to hurl every time we see Peggy the skeevy b*tch come around to evil slimebag Teddy's house. They're so disgusting and vile, they deserve each other. And I, too, hope that Lamar bites it...that man is the devil incarnate. I hope that if he is too evil to die that he's had a stroke that lands him in a wheelchair with aphasia, so he can't speak and can only sit inside his decaying body without being able to voice his vituperation. Karma should fix his wagon!
But I have to say that I enjoyed most of the rest of the show, except what the heck is it that make Deacon such a hound that he sleeps with all the major female players on the show? I don't actually believe he can be monogamous, especially since he didn't even tell the vet that he'd already slept with Rayna and Juliette and every other female over the age of 20 in Nashville. Sheez!

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Lamar is too evil to die. Deacon-Rayna need to get together and just be happy. I think she will always just be Brad Paisley's wife. Evil little B@#$%. I had no doubt she was the one
to leak the information to trash paper's. Her going to the house took a lot of "balls".