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Nashville Review: Breaking Point

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Rayna spent the majority of Nashville Season 2 Episode 15 acting as if the death of her father meant little, even in light of her last words to him:

"As far as I'm concerned, both of my parents are dead."

It was pretty obvious that wasn't a state she was going to be able to maintain, but she put on a great show as friends and family worried over her lack of reaction.

Setting Emotions Aside

Was it wrong that I wish the man who had walked out of Teddy's office alive had been Lamar instead of Teddy? Even when Teddy finally cracked and admitted to Megan (Teddy, can you just find an appropriate woman already?) that he had the power to save Lamar but did nothing and tears of regret streamed down his face, I still wished him ill.

One of the biggest reasons I believe Nasvhille has lost ground in the second season is due to the unnecessary political machine that runs in the background. Lamar's dead and now it's time for Teddy to hit the road. Just get out. If you take Megan with you, so be it. Buh bye!

You know who else can grab onto the bumper of Teddy's moving van as he drives off? Scarlett. Her whining has reached the pinnacle of annoyance. Poor Rayna put all of her money on Scarlett becoming a success but she's a mess both personally and professionally. 

Liam is far too likable of a character to be sucked into the vortex that is Scarlett O'Connor. Please let that come to a head and let's see them torn apart. The song they cut together sounded like a cat in heat and it's not going to make a dime for Rayna so she can just cut her losses and start fresh. Too harsh? Too bad.

Deacon's need for a guitarist that turned into a trio including Avery, Gunnar on drums and Zoe singing backup was magical. Their upbeat excitement to be playing with THE Deacon Claybourne kept him from running away from a gig after he was knocked back to midnight and by staying he earned an open invitation to play as an opening act any time. 

The dynamics between Avery, Gunnar and Zoe was really fun and they decided to form a band together. Remember when Avery and Gunnar couldn't stand to be in the same room together? If you stick it out long enough, great things can happen. 

One of the best things to happen on Nashville has been the pairing of Avery and Juliette. They're the shining light on the series at this point and are simply delightful in every way. Their chemistry is real and they have staying power. It's terrific the way they support each other without jealousy. 

The entire time Juliette was being wooed by Howie V, I kept wondering why she was so enamored with a guy who was taking her backward, to the girl she was when we met her -- a pop princess with a more grown up production value. Glenn could see it, but was afraid to rain on her parade. 

One of the things that makes Avery and Juliette work so well is they're the two characters who have grown more than any others. Their arcs have been from spoiled and nasty brats to mature and kind-hearted adults. They understand each other completely. Glenn also understands Juliette, but he missed a couple cues that she was riding on Howie V out of anxiety that others might not touch her.

Juliette's decision to go with her gut and choose to produce Avery's version of "Don't Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet" felt like a final growth spurt for her. She's on the right path and knows how to get there -- by being true to herself.

It's also so funny to remember the animosity between her and Rayna and to look at them now, concerned and there for each other when things get tough. 

Waiting for Rayna to break was difficult to watch. It wasn't possible that she would just carry on with her life after losing Lamar. Finding herself surrounded by things that reminded her of him at a different time and likely reliving her last conversation with him finally pushed her to the edge and Connie Britton nailed the grief Rayna was feeling. 

It was a mourning so sudden and all encompassing and the cries were so genuine I instantly began to sob with her. That kind of acting amazes me, but it didn't shock me coming from the amazing Connie Britton. 

What did you think about the episode? Are you sorry to see Lamar go? Do you wish Teddy would take a hike and Scarlett ride off with him? Chat about it in the comments. In the meantime, you can revisit Britton's brilliant acting when you watch Nashville online!

Which version of Juliette's song did you like better?

 

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I do think moving to LA with Howie V would be a step backwards for Juliette it looks like he was trying to eventually strip country away from her. But that orchestra was amazing. Don't put dirt on my grave is an amazingly written song and sounds good in both arrangements but I don't like that they kept using the word big in front of the howie v arrangement like it was a bad thing. That arrangement would have been a country anthem and would be a better way to relaunch a career. I don't think the vocal was any less gritty in that arrangement than in Avery's. I don't think there was anything poppy or tweeny about that arrangement if anything it was like a country rock feel.

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@ jerseyboy9085

I agree with you. I voted for the Orchestral version in the poll myself! :-)

Sarah silva

We all knew that Juliette would not move to LA. It just solidifies my theory that by seasons end Juliette will be an artist on Rayna's label. It really looks like Juliette has changed. I hope it sticks when she has a record deal again. I like that she only wanted Avery's version of her song to be heard, not the one she recorded in LA. I also like that she did not let Glenn quit. He has been somewhat of a father figure for her too.
As soon as Gunnar, Avery and Zoe were singing together I thought of Lady A and I hope Rayna signs them too! I really like the 3 of them as a band.
I do not see things ending will for Scarlett and Liam.
I kind of too wish it was Teddy that died, I know it is harsh and Lamar was not a good guy on any level, but neither is Teddy.
I have this weird feeling something with happen between Teddy and Megan.
Yes I too saw Rayna's breakdown coming.
I am a little mad at Rayna for not telling Juliette Thank you for coming to the funeral.

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I also wish that it would have been Teddy who died rather than Lamar. I enjoyed Eric Close in Without a Trace, but can't stand him in this series. He's a whiny loser. And Powers Booth is one heck of an actor. Hoping that Teddy leaves town with Deacon's lawyer GF, paving the way for a reconciliation between Deacon and Rayna.

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So-o-o want Scarlett to go! That character has just become more and more irritating the longer the series has been on. The storyline with her issues with Zoe and Avery was ludicrous - at the time, she had a relationship, so why should she have cared if Zoe and Gunnar were together? And the character is also portrayed as incredibly unprofessional and, yes, whiny. When she and Gunnar were offered the opportunity to write a song together for Kelly Clarkson, a professional would have said "Hell, yes!"

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@ Suzanne

Totally in agreement with you on Scarlett. What a boring character who mopes through every episode. Such a turkey. The lively trio of Gunnar, Avery & Zoe was great!

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@ Suzanne

What's funny is that somehow Avery and Gunnar managed to get over all of their crap that was wedged between them (Scarlett) and the person who caused it can't. I'm so glad I'm not alone Suzanne!

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I love how Juliette could be selfish and bitchy and do the horrible things she does sometimes and people still like her because "she's growing." But poor Scarlett who is a decent person, albeit a little naive, and she is just "whiny" and "annoying" and whatever else. Liam is not getting "sucked into" Scarlett, this is the way Liam is; he totally gives off that vibe of womanizing big-time producer who sleeps with all the females he works with!

Terrie
@ LizzyB

While some here might be saying that Scarlett is "whiney" and "annoying" ........she is definitely headed for rock bottom if she doesn't suck it up and get over Gunnar and Avery having moved on. There comes a point that you have to just move on and Scarlett doesn't seem to be doing that.

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@ LizzyB

To be fair, I hated Juliette and Avery at the beginning of the series and I liked Scarlett. I was rooting for her and Gunnar. Then she blew all of that up. Avery grew first and I fell for him and then Juliette followed suit. Scarlett has continued to fall despite opportunities personally and professionally. They switched places for me. Additionally, every single person on the show sleeps with everyone they work with, Scarlett included. She was telling Liam about her two exes, so she didn't sound innocent.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Scarlett didn't blow up her and Gunnar-he was a hot mess and she needed stability to be focused on her career. Have the tables turned, yes, but I agree with Lizzy that everyone's all done with Scarlett but Juliette can be as awful as ever and gets the benefit of the doubt. Let's remember Juliette has only been "sweet/growing" for about two episodes. Liam is a total predator, no matter how engaging he can be, Scarlett was given mixed signals and pills so what do you expect? I'm continually surprised at how fans (blogs on other sites) focus on Scarlett's whining and don't see her character as an example of how talent goes awry in this business.

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@ 3dhouseofmagic

Juliette's been growing for a long time. It began when she had to confront her early life and where she grew up, face the realities of her childhood and how living with her mother affected her. When her mother died, her demeanor changed drastically toward those around her. She still makes mistakes, as we all do, but she's taken ownership of her life. I started to change how I felt about Scarlett in January of last year when she replaced Avery in his band as singer completely against type. http://www.tvfanatic.com/2013/...

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The music this season is even better than last season imo. As for Scarlett, I can't hate her. Her coming clean about her childhood a couple episodes ago explains a lot and she needs get to the point where she doesn't bury her feelings until they blow up. Her growth will come when she realizes her feelings are as important and worthy as others are (sort of the opposite of Juliette who needed to learn that others feelings are as important as hers).

Terrie

The review was a bit harsh in spots, however, I have to say I do agree that it's time for Scarlett to stop whining about Gunnar and Zoe and just move on already.........Should it be with Ian? I don't know about that..........It seems Scarlett has yet to accept that both Avery and Gunnar have moved on and she just can't seem to.........I do think we'll see her hit rock bottom with the drinking and pills.................Her song this week was a bit different from what we've heard her do so far...... What will Rayna do when she finds out that Teddy could have done something to save Lamar and he didn't? I expect to see Teddy break down and tell Rayna the truth.............I don't think her relationship with her sister will ever be the same............

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I don't think Scarlett isn't that bad. She broke up with her boyfriend, who quickly ran out to another girl's bed. Her best friend is dating her other ex boyfriend, and now they are all together in a band. I believe that's something hard on her. And by the way, the song she made with Ian is AMAZING, one of the best songs of the season so far. Also, kudos to Connie Britton! That was some great acting, but like you said, one shouldn't be surprised, she's THE Connie Britton.

Nashville Season 2 Episode 15 Quotes

Well, life's too short to hold on to resentment. It's toxic, isn't that what you told me?

Teddy

No, I don't want tea, I want you to talk. If anybody understands how complicated your relationship was with Lamar it's me, OK, I was there.

Deacon
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