Nashville – Lovesick Blues

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Nashville – Lovesick Blues
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As Rayna (Connie Britton) continues to work with her new producer (Michiel Huisman) on refining her new sound, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) deals with the unexpected consequences of dating a young football star (Tilky Jones) when fans and tabloids begin to blame her for the quarterback’s less than stellar stats since the two began seeing each other (making it even more difficult not to draw comparisons to Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson‘s relationships with Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo from which the show’s writers were obviously inspired). Both women are shocked, and less than pleased, when the record label insists the pair perform together to close out the upcoming country music showcase.

Hailey’s (Chloe Bennet) attempt to lift Scarlett’s (Clare Bowen) spirits following her breakup with Avery (Jonathan Jackson), who is preparing his band to play the biggest venue of their careers after sleeping with their new manager (Rya Kihlstedt), have the unintended consequence of Gunnar’s (Sam Palladio) viewing his songwriting partner in an entirely new light. Hailey is less than pleased to learn her boyfriend has obviously strong feelings for Scarlett, who is also shocked when she begins to glimpse the depths of his feelings as well.

With his back to the wall Coleman Carlisle (Robert Wisdom) threatens to release compromising photographs of Teddy (Eric Close) with his longtime friend and campaign worker (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) that would not only sink his career but drag his marriage through the mud, whether there is any truth behind them or not. Respecting the underhanded tactics of his former friend, but also realizing it could cost Teddy the election, Lamar (Powers Boothe) pulls some strings to get Carlisle’s recent drug bust prosecuted while urging Teddy to keep his distance from Peggy and come clean with Rayna about the shitstorm that’s about to be unleashed.

After yet another knock-out, drag-out, take no prisoners fight over when the two are unable to agree on a song to perform together Rayna and Juliette pull and all-nighter to co-write an original song to close the showcase. The divas manage to not kill each other long enough to finish the song and successfully perform “Wrong Song” to close the showcase and episode. With only one more episode before the show’s Winter hiatus there’s plenty left to cover including the truth behind Teddy’s relationship with Peggy, the label’s renewed interest in a Rayna/Juliette tour, and the fallout from Gunnar’s obvious attraction to Scarlett.

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