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Nashville Review: Country Strong

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After a very Scarlett-centric installment, Nashville shifted back to the worlds of Rayna and Juliette this week.

Nashville Season 2 Episode 21 started off with Juliette sobbing in the shower in a world of guilt.

Hun, there's not enough soap to scrub off the shame of cheating on Avery with Jeff Fordham.

Gunnar: I saw her and Jeff Fordham sneak out of the screening at the BMI party last night.
Zoey: So they watched a movie?
Gunnar: Yeah only it was NC-17 and they were both starring in it!

Look, I know Juliette has so many issues, I'm not ignorant to her past. People have slip ups and sometimes regress. Cheating just doesn't fly with me. Juliette needs to keep her jealousy in check because it leads to her making dumb decisions!

I will say that she returned this week to being the girl I was growing to really like in Nashville Season 2. Have we ever heard about Juliette's father before? I'm glad Rayna stood up for her and Luke realized he was making some judgments without really knowing her. Loved their duet!

However, the highlight of the episode had to go to Maddie, Daphne, Rayna, and Deacon performing "A Life That's Good." That song combined with everyone performing for the troops just got me all emotional.

It's actually the track that the cast performed at the end of the Nashville concert in NYC Tuesday night and you bet that the whole crowd was singing along.

I want to say that I don't understand why Luke was so edgy about telling Rayna he loved her, but sadly I get it. That chemistry she has with Deacon is undeniable. His apology at the concert was just perfect. He even made an effort with Teddy.

I told you I was never gonna forgive you for not telling me about her 14 years ago and I'm not. Because that would mean you did something wrong. You didn't. You were just protecting our little girl. I finally get that.

Deacon

It looks like the love triangle is going to hit its peak on next week's finale. This week was a great episode with guest appearances by Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler. It did leave us with a lot of questions, though.

Where is Scarlett going? Is Will going to cheat on Layla? The one I'm going to leave you with tonight is about our dear Juliette.

Should Gunnar have told Avery that Juliette cheated? Vote below and sound off in the comments!

 

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Sarah silva

This was probably one of my favorite episodes!
I knew Jeff slept with Juliette, so that he could blackmail her into coming back to Edgehill.
When Juliette was talking to the soldier, I liked her in that moment! Then you remember she slept with Jeff and all the other horrible things she has done.
I hope Scarlett does not leave town.
I loved every Deacon scene, love seeing him and Maddie together. I also loved what he said to Rayna and him asking Teddy to tell him about the day Maddie was born.
The look on Teddy and Luke's faces when Rayna, Maddie, Daphne and Deacon all sang "A Life that is Good" was price less. Just shows us even more that Rayna and Deacon are meant to be together.
I do like Luke but not for Rayna.
I think that Will, will hook up with the trainer and get caught, Jeff will release him form Edgehill and Rayna will sign him.
Personally I think that Gunnar should have told Avery, I would have said no if it was last season's Avery but he has come a long way this season and I really like him.

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Juliet Barnes is my favorite person on this show. She has it all,beauty, talent, business acumen and street smarts. All of which you need to survive in entertainment. What I love about her is that she makes no apologies for who she is and she keeps her loved ones close to the chest. When she went to the troops, I knew it was most likely due to her father. Luke Wheeler realizing that she doesn't use her life to exploit for publicity and her face clearly stating that I am here for them and not you and Rayna was priceless. I have regrets about her relationship with Avery but I believe they like to make drama with the twenty somethings by constantly shaking them up. Next will be Chloe and Gunnar, who surprisingly, I have come to like. Scarlet, Oh Scarlett !!! Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson- Our Greatest Fear True, power is not for everyone but if more humble people chose to take the wheel instead of sitting in the passenger seat. We might actually have a better world and better role models. Scarlett has a great support system in Rayna, Deacon, her friends and even Julliette to let her talent shine, she needs to walk in the light and stop hiding. This helps no one. She thought she could go back, come to find out EVERYONE has moved on towards their greatness.

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Lots of good stuff in this episode! Loved the song with Deacon, Maddie, Daphne, and Rayna. Although I like Luke, I too am team Deacon. Will's storyline is not particularly well drawn. It's obvious that he is headed for a big fall: One minute he and his new wife are "acting" in a reality show; the next minute he blows up about being on camera. He ignores his clueless wife, and will probably cheat with the guy he met at the gym. I usually like Oliver Hudson, but his character Jeff Fordham is a real slimeball!

Terrie

Did I hear Scarlett say Los Angeles? Maybe I didn't hear that right.......I think she's made a turn around BUT she did seem taken aback by the people she waited on at The Bluebird............. Last night was a major turning point for Deacon. He definitely loves Maddie and wants to be a father to her. I just don't know if Teddy is ready to let that happen. It's been clear from the beginning that there is (and always will be) chemistry with Deacon and Rayna. I think Luke sees that which lead to their conversation ......... Will .........good lord, I don't know WHY this boy can't just accept what he is.............this storyline is starting to bore me........ Juliette/Avery/Jeff Fordham : No doubt Juliette will own up to her transgression to try to stay ahead of Fordham ...she doesn't want anything to do him ............but will it cost her Avery??? I think it just might........

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@ Terrie

There should be no competition between Teddy and Deacon. I think sometimes that people forget that Teddy raised those girls. He took them to school, was there when they were sick, rode their first bike and other milestones. Especially when Rayna was on tour with her on/off again boyfriend for over 20 years. Teddy kept the home fires burning for a woman he actually loved, while she made music with her former lover. I am not on any team because Rayna constantly acknowledges the part Teddy has played in creating her family, which is very mature. I wish more people took that road. They are the modern family, Rayna hasn't met the mother of Luke's children yet and then the shoe is on the other foot. This is life in 2014.

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@ Aykme

I never said Teddy didn't raise the girls...........but, in my view, Teddy will always have animosity toward Deacon........which is why said what I did. Perhaps with Teddy being asked what he was by Deacon, he will now see that Deacon is a changed man........

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@ Terrie

I am only addressing the overall shunning that Teddy is receiving across the board. I find it hard to believe that so many viewers want him to disappear or so willing let Deacon take on the father role just because he is blood and let Rayna and Deacon live happily ever after. That is not the story that is being played out or Rayna's story. Deacon is not a father. Teddy raised those children through thick and thin. Deacon will eventually be a father but he is still lying to Maddie about his alcohol addiction to seem perfect for her. He needs to tell the truth this is part of the 12 steps. I am not for either, because both of them are Maddie's father and always will be. Sure Teddy has animosity towards Deacon. Wouldn't you, after all that he put Rayna through? However, he is not banning Maddie from seeing him or refusing him access. If he has reluctance, its quite valid and should be shown. Connie Briton brings a maturity to the story that is badly needed and people should listen to the story she is telling.
She acknowledges this time and again especially when Deacon and his sister needed to realize that they blame others constantly for their realities or when Deacon asked Teddy about Maddie's day of birth and Teddy told their story to include him. Their familial story is entrenched across the world. Step-parents, biological mothers and fathers, the new family medley. Their story is normal and frankly not that dramatic.

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I know it won't happen this way, but I'd love to see her confess to Avery. Sometimes writers need to realize that there is drama without having to make MORE drama (ie having someone else tell Avery). Avery knows who Juliette is. If he can't forgive her (especially since he went and got himself a sugar momma when he was with Scarlett) than he hasn't grown as much as we thought either. Juliette was stupid, but it's believable. She was protecting her heart. What she saw was Avery doting over Scarlett - who wouldn't think he would leave her to go back to sweet ex girlfriend.

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Great episode. Not sure where Scarlet is going but I hope she confides with Deacon first. Reyna is facing tough decision. I am team Deacon.
As to Juliett , sadly I don't think she will have a choice. I believe Jeff is going to blackmail her to the point that I think she might do it again judging by the preview. A is really a great guy and I believe he really luvs her but this will crush him . She can blame it on being drunk or jealous of Scarlet but the truth is she's turning back to her old ways. Her loss. Maybe A will leave with Scarlet.

Nashville Season 2 Episode 21 Quotes

I was trying so hard to help Scarlett that I didn't stop and think how it might look to you.

Avery [to Juliette]

Gunnar: I saw her and Jeff Fordham sneak out of the screening at the BMI party last night.
Zoey: So they watched a movie?
Gunnar: Yeah only it was NC-17 and they were both starring in it!

Nashville Season 2 Episode 21 Music

  Song Artist
Chris carmack then i was loved by you Then I Was Loved By You Chris Carmack iTunes
Song Angie's Song Doug Seegers
Goldhouse feelgood FeelGood Goldhouse iTunes