Nashville Review: Flirting with Disaster

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Thank you, Luke Wheeler, for finally pointing out what I've always thought: those paintings of the girls in Rayna's bedroom are kind of creepy.

All joking aside, Nashville Season 2 Episode 16 finally brought us the moment so many of us predicted weeks ago. Juliette will be joining Rayna's label!

It's been a long road and we all saw it coming, but what finally got Juliette to ask for Rayna's help was a process that showed us a lot of the growth viewers have been arguing about in Juliette.

The Juliette we first met in Nashville season 1 was a pop princess manufactured by the label. That Juliette would have jumped at all those luxurious gifts the new labels were sending to her.

I'm not saying that Juliette has turned into someone who is constantly poised and controlled - because we all know she isn't. Hell, that stunt with the $10K champagne was ballsy, but I'm not gonna sit here and say I didn't love it.

What I mean about Juliette is that she's starting to realize how important it is to have the right people around her, those who actually care about her, respect her and will help stay on a better path.

Juliette's gut is changing. She knew in Nashville Season 2 Episode 15 that Howie V and all that hoopla was just backpedaling. She knew she couldn't accept Glenn's resignation without a fight because he's the one who has always fought for her.

This week she knew that the respect of Avery, the guy who helped her in her worst moments, was more important than that d-bag Jeff Fordham.

She took a risk, but she's making her decisions with some integrity now. I'm sure it felt a little weird having to put herself at Rayna's mercy, but like I said before: we all knew it was coming. Tandy's slip-ups over the money were just another bump on the journey for Highway 65. Rayna's been struggling since before the label was even founded and now losing Liam is taking another huge hit.

Of course, losing Liam was Rayna's choice. I have to say I didn't initially agree with this. I thought Scarlett's a big girl and she can handle herself, but can she?

Everyone's biggest complaint all season was about how "whiney" Scarlett has seemed and how she couldn't handle her fame. By the end of the episode, I realized that maybe Liam leaving wasn't such a bad thing.

She didn't seem too torn up about it. Plus, Liam was the one feeding the pill habit and pushing her too hard. Yes, he got great stuff out of her, but Rayna is completely right:

What you need to know is everything he brought out in you was already there. You can't let anybody else control who you are as an artist. You have to own it. Trust me on that. And most importantly trust yourself.

Rayna [to Scarlett]

Scarlett was flirting with disaster when she was with Liam. And with that being the running theme this week, can we talk about Megan and Teddy? Megan went a little bit farther than just flirting and let's just say it's another word that starts with an "F."

I can't say I didn't see it coming, but my question is WHY?

I feel like Megan is attracted to damaged men and being the one who fixes them. Is that messed up of me to say? Whatever. She got together with Deacon after bailing him out of a DUI case that almost killed Rayna. He was admittedly very messed up. Now she keeps going back to help Teddy. I get she is empathetic to him losing his spouse, but it's gone beyond that at this point. Her hand reached over to hold his.

Well, at least I can say I'm proud of Deacon. He avoided temptation in his old AA buddy. Maybe he should just dump Megan and get the pain out by jamming with Avery, Gunnar, and Zoe because they have been rocking these past two weeks! Let's just see how long it all lasts.

With that said...let's see how long it takes Rayna and Juliette to start bickering. What was your reaction to their inevitable collaboration? 


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (23 Votes)
Sarah silva

This was my favorite episode in a long time if ever for Nashville!
Ever since Rayna started her label I knew Juliette would sign! I also have predicted that by seasons end so will Luke and Gunnar, Avery and Zoe. However Avery needs to stop having attitude about the band and realize that if he listens to Gunnar they will go far!
I also predicted Teddy and Megan would sleep together! Poor Deacon. He needs to dump her quickly!
I am happy that Rayna fired Liam he was bad news for Scarlett.
Luke will have to admit he is gay very soon as he no longer can fake it when he and Layla are in the sack!
I really hope that Rayna is done with Tandy! She can hit the road with Teddy and Megan.


Juliette made to great choices in 2 weeks regarding her career around luv for her self and Avery. Was afraid she was going all Miley Cyrus on us. I enjoy her relationship with Ryna. Megan is evil and I hope when Deacon finds out about her cheating butt,he goes off on her big time.She is a tramp and needs to go.Hope the hurt wouln't destroy everthing Deacon has overcomed lately


I watch this show mainly for the incredible music but I would like to see the storyline become a little less schizophrenic from week to week. Last week Avery extolled the virtues of playing music with friends who "get him" as the main reason for his happiness and then he is suddenly in some sort of crisis because he isn't rich enough to impress the girlfriend who already loves him for who he is. He wont even talk about his relationship with Juliette and when he provokes Gunnar for no particular reason he gets the "go cry to your rich girlfriend" slap in his face (and almost gets punched Gunnar...Oh Avery...when will you learn.) They wrap the scene off with a really great song and appear to be able to just ignore the tension when you stick microphones in front of them. What's in store next week? Daphne and Maddie join a cult secretly run by Luke Wheeler, marry Luke and end up shackled in a compound in Idaho? Don't worry...They sing a beautiful song at the end and it makes it all better. Okay...Most of that last bit was hyperbolic and sarcastic but my point is...Is there no room on this show for just a little stability in the characters or is it crisis crisis crisis for everyone all the time? I know it's a drama/soapy show but every time I start to root for a character they go and make him or her a complete douche the next episode. Frustrating to be sure but I will watch again next week because the music trumps everything.

@ 33_Buckshot

Disagree about the ignored tension between Avery and Gunnar. That whole song looked like they were trying to one up each other with singing and solos.


i hate megan now. deacon respected their relationship enough to not give in to temptation meanwhile his sbag supposed girlfriend, swas sleeping with his enemy. can't wait till deacon gets that low life trash out of his life


I know the reviewer can't discuss the previews but next week the bickering between Rayna and Juliette will start...................... What will it do to Deacon when he finds out what Megan and Teddy did? What's done in the dark always comes to the light.........................I can't say I didn't see this coming .................. Scarlett needs to gain some self confidence .................Liam would have just kept her pilled up and drinking and that isn't what she needs............

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Nashville Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

The difference is I'm a grown up and that girl is a kid. A very fragile kid.

Rayna [about Scarlett]

I loved the woman I thought I knew. I never would've married this. Or done what I did.


Nashville Season 2 Episode 16 Music

  Song Artist
A thousand horses landslide Landslide A Thousand Horses iTunes
The court yard hounds watch your step Watch Your Step The Court Yard Hounds iTunes
Song Come Find Me Clare Bowen