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Nashville Review: Rayna's Resurrection

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Nothing brings out the drama on Nashville quite like an event that showcases a bunch of the artists at once. This week on "Don't Open That Door," it was Luke Wheeler's benefit concert. 

With Edgehill buttering up its younger stars and some staged stuff with its more established artists, the hour was chock full of PR disasters waiting to happen.

Goodbye to Edgehill?

First, we've got the newbies. Layla is a well oiled mini-Juliette machine that the press and teenyboppers are destined to love. The difference is, Juliette's been through enough to know that sometimes you have to act like an adult, respect people and grow up. I don't think that Scarlett's big problem is going to be her nerves and lack of perfect backstory on the red carpet.

What's going to hurt Scarlett is not having been taught to deal with little backstabbing bitches like Layla. Layla, hunnie, that act's gonna get tired real soon.

By the way, as awkward as Scarlett was, she knows how to answer a question with a smart mind. For instance, when asked about Deacon's accident, she said it was a personal matter. Conviction and self assurance will build as her exposure does and she gets more experience in these situations. If that happened in real life, E! News would be replaying the clip about a hundred times and talking about "Scarlett's family drama."

If anything, the less manufactured you are these days, the more press you get anyway. I don't think there's any manager in their right mind who told Miley Cyrus to hump a foam finger.

But back to Nashville: luckily Will had Scarlett's back. He seems to be getting the hang of balancing his true instincts with what the label wants. He admits he messed up with Gunnar, he apologized and he moved forward. He knows how to go out and tweet #LaylaandWill. He also knows to call a spade a spade and not to fall for Layla's little act. Will's instinct is to protect his friend Scarlett. She might not be too happy with his old pal Gunnar, however, when she finds out he slept with her best friend.

Some of the stars of Nashville are attracted to trouble, even if they don't try. Deacon wants to be out of the music scene because he doesn't want to be a part of that world and everything that comes with it. Deacon will still be Deacon whether he's selling guitars or playing them. His talk with Rayna was absolutely my favorite part of the episode.

Rayna: You don’t need to be anybody’s guitar player. You might need to take a minute, figure out who you are without a guitar in your hand, but don’t you ever say you’re done with music.

Deacon: You either, okay? | permalink

Per the whole problem surrounding Rayna's voice, it seems her voice coach was right about anxiety prohibiting her from feeling completely normal again. When Luke Wheeler forced Rayna to stay on stage she didn't have much of a choice. The crowd and Luke backed her up when her voice cracked and the tears could be chalked up to being emotional about coming back after the accident. Now if only Jeff would get off of her case, especially because she doesn't exactly have Wyatt family backing anymore to pull out of Edgehill.

Lastly of our showcased artists, but certainly never the least, was Miss Juliette. Please please please tell me that the Rayna/Juliette peace won't be disrupted after she overheard Luke Wheeler's comment to Rayna. People are going to think she's a pop princess until that image changes with time and new material, and even then it still might not change. The girl still does extremely well for herself. Personally I've just really been enjoying the shift in the Rayna and Juliette dynamic.

So what did y'all think of the latest Nashville? Will Tandy's guilt take her down before Lamar can? Will Avery end up back on tour with Juliette? Will Teddy take the heat for Lamar's arrest?

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Ronald simkins

Avery and Gunnar make a great couple both professionally and whatever. I hope they take the town by storm. I know the show is aimed to wards the estrogen crowd but give me a break Rena ( Connie is a godess), Juliet, Scarlet and Juliet Jr.

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I want to see Deacon be a father, I know he can do it and it would make him feel so good about himself. Lets face it Rayna and Deacon have brought out the worst in each other but lets face it they belong together and deserve a chance to be happy together. I was bummed out they ripped them apart so quickly. I know it mad for a great drama but still lets give them a chance!

Joyeful

Oh - and this is how I predict this whole Lamar mess ending. Lamar is convinced Teddy sold him out, therefore puts a hit out on him OR exposes his embezzlement. Teddy either goes to jail or dies, exposing what's-her-face's fake pregnancy scheme, AND allowing Deacon a chance to be a father to Maddie. And that's how Rayna and Deacon get back together (we all know they will). Also - If someone had told me last season that Avery would become one of my favourite characters and I'd end up liking Avery more than Gunnar, I would have thought they were nuts. But here we are.

Joyeful

I'm going to start every comment on Nashville from now on by singing Chip Esten's praises. It never ceases to amaze me how he knocks it out of the park every week, even when he's barely on screen. Next - the music. The duet between Deacon and Scarlett was one of the most beautiful things I ever heard. Went straight to iTunes to get it after that. My favourite scene was Rayna finding her voice on stage after the audience gave her the strength to do it. That really moved me, and Connie Britton really shined. Lastly - (sigh) Gunnar. I was in his corner until this episode. Sleeping with your ex's best friend, while you're still in love with her? And some best friend - what the hell? Terrible.

Leigh r

@Emily - is that what Rayna said when she first walked on stage at the benefit?

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I'm really happy when they get back to the music. I love the show's stories but I really watch for the music too. I haven't bought much music in the last couple years but Nashville songs make up most of what I have bought.

Sarah silva

I am glad to see Deacon took his conversation with Rayna to heart and realized he could still make music and play the piano. Deacon going home and not drinking when he found out that Rayna may have lost her singing voice due to the accident, shows that Deacon is making great progress.
I wonder how Avery would feel knowing that he was Juliette's second choice for guitar played for her tour.
I said it last week that Deacon and Gunnar would make a great Country Music duo!
Scarlett is going to go flip her lid when she finds out her BFF slept with her ex!

Sarah silva

I did not think that Layla was messing with Scarlett when they were getting ready but I guess she was messing with her as Will pointed out. However she was super jealous when she saw how Will is with Juliette. So I am sure we do indeed have a mini Juliette on our hands.
I am so glad Rayna can sing! However she should have secured the funds before confronting Jeff and saying she was sending him the paper work for her buy out. Yes she had no clue at that point that her dad was arrested, but no matter what when we are talking 20 million dollars is a lot and she should have had that in had first! Now she is screwed.
I do not know why I felt bad for Juliette when Luke called her a flash in the pan, BUT I did eventhough Juliette is a mean girl herself.
I am glad to see Deacon took his conversation with Rayna to heart and realized he could still make music and play the piano. Deacon going home and not drinking when he found out that Rayna may have lost her singing voice due to the accident, shows that Deacon is making great progress.
I wonder how Avery would feel knowing that he was Juliette's second choice for guitar played for her tour.
I said it last week that Deacon and Gunnar would make a great Country Music duo!
Scarlett is going to go flip her lid when she finds out her BFF slept with her ex!

Terrie

Tandy will continue to let her father think Teddy was behind his arrest. After all it was part of the deal she made that she not talk about it to anyone--not even to Rayna. I am one that thinks Rayna and Deacon belong together. Don't know if it will happen..........but I hope it does. I was glad Rayna got her voice back. What Gunnar did will certainly bite him in the ass when Scarlett finds out and no doubt she will find out........... Deacon and Scarlett's performance was awesome............so was Gunnar and Avery's......... Juliette is trying very hard to change but things like her over hearing that remark about being a flash in the pan will continue to drive her right back to her old ways as evidenced by the previews and her going back to that married guy.............

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I find Scarlett's 'lil' girl shy' incredibly irritating. She's got a great voice but the character is being written very badly. Far too cardboard.

Nashville Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

You might wanna stop poking that bear.

Glen

I really think it's time that Jeff Fordham met the Wyatt side of Rayna James.

Rayna

Nashville Season 2 Episode 5 Music

  Song Artist
Song Be My Girl Sam Palladio
Song Built It Just For Us Achertown
Charles esten this town This Town Charles Esten iTunes