Nashville – You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave)

by Alan Rapp on November 16, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Nashville – Someday You’ll Call My Name
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“Sometime you’ve got to blow up the box.”


The amazing thing about soap operas is you can miss a couple of weeks of episodes and not miss a single beat. And, in both good ways and bad, Nashville is very much a soap opera. Despite not watching the previous two episodes of the series it took me less than 2-minutes to get caught up on the show’s ongoing stories, which (in typical soap opera fashion) haven’t made all that much progress in my absence. That said, “You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave)” works well enough that I may return in a couple of weeks to see what else Nashville has in store when it returns after a short Thanksgiving break.

Still trying to find a way to jump start her flagging career Rayna (Connie Britton) seeks the help of a Grammy-winning rock ‘n’ roll producer (Michiel Huisman) to make some dramatic changes to her sound. Despite the man’s initial reluctance, the country star manages to convince him to give her a second chance which leads to a late night drunken recording session that releases the sound she’s been trying so hard to find.

To repair her tarnished image after her shoplifting misadventure, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) makes a public appearance at a zoo benefit and agrees on a public date with a clean-cut American rookie quarterback (Tilky Jones). Although the mismatched pair get off to their own rocky start, followed by a night of misadventure that leads to the quarterback attacking the paparazzi to defend Juliette’s honor, they both have enough fun to agree to a second date.

Trailing seven points in the polls with election day looming ever closer Teddy’s (Eric Close) refusal to go negative is tested by Lamar (Powers Boothe) and Tandy (Judith Hoag). Despite the “harmless” interference Teddy agrees to he is unprepared with how low they will sink, including getting his opponent (Robert Wisdom) arrested on the way to a public event, to get a leg up in the campaign. After discovering evidence of Teddy’s affair with Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), Carlisle has to decide if he’s willing to fight fire with fire, and possibly destroy Rayna’s marriage, in order to win the election.

And in the episode’s final story, Avery (Jonathan Jackson) is approached by a manager (Rya Kihlstedt) who wants to take his band on as a client. When Scarlett (Clare Bowen) hears Deacon (Charles Esten) nixed the deal she’s upset, but nearly as upset as when she learns why, especially when Avery returns home after spending the evening with the woman who only targets acts with handsome young men who are willing to sleep with her. Although it doesn’t appear much happened over the past couple of weeks, this episode does move the Scarlett/Avery story in a new direction as well as introducing a new love interest for Juliette and new career direction for Rayna.

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