‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 17 – RECAP

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This episode picked up where last week left off, showing Juliette officially signed to Highway 65. In the first official meeting to discuss strategy, Rayna and Tandy’s intentions to keep her signing under the radar until Rayna’s album release piss off Juliette, who wants to offer digital downloads and shout from the heavens about her return to country music. Grouchy about the fact that her new label head is praising other artists and not her (how much re-assurance and attention does this girl need?!), at an industry party to preview Rayna’s album Juliette gets up on stage and drops the bombshell, prompting the press in attendance to go crazy and infuriating her boss, who knows that things have been screwed up. She decides to invite Juliette to perform a duet with her at her Grand Ole Opry performance the next night, but the reaction isn’t exactly overwhelming and things aren’t looking peachy for Highway 65.

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 16 – RECAP

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Following the drama of last week, Nashville was back with a bang in episode 16, as we begin to inch towards the season’s climax. Rayna was on the warpath this week, discovering Liam was sleeping with Scarlett and firing him, after a conversation where Scarlett admitted she was falling for him, and firing Tandy after her poor keeping of the books led to cheques bouncing and The Cadillac Three choosing to sign with Big Machine instead of Highway 65. Refusing to have people around her who break her trust, Luke is back and tries to convince Rayna that she needs to deal with the pain of her father’s death, but of course she continues to bottle and just be generally angry at everyone. 

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 14 – RECAP

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The drama builds as we move towards 2/3rds of the way through season 2 of Nashville.

Juliette and Avery have slept together, and the former is using his place to hide out and ignore the calls and messages from Emily. She wants to lay low, and to Avery’s dismay decides to change all the furniture to something a lot more feminine, while watching his weird artsy movies that she doesn’t understand. In the end Avery tells her to change all the furniture back, and convinces her to come out of her hole, and she turns up to Deacon’s recording at the Bluebird. 

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Nashville, Season 2, Episode 13 – RECAP

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Rayna and Luke have gone public with their relationship, and Luke is really bonding with Maddie and Daphne, especially Daphne, who is enjoying the father figure with a lack of Teddy in the picture. Luke has casually bought Rayna a freaking NASCAR ad on the actual car and invited her to perform her new single and announce her album drop date at a private sponsor showcase he’s playing. Rayna spies Sam Boone, who is basically Mr. Walmart, and decides to woo him for shelf space, offering to show him round the Opry etc. It’s all going well until he tells her that shelf space is decided over a year in advance so she won’t be able to get any. However, growing public outcry against Juliette means Sam decides to stop stocking her albums and he tells Rayna her albums can replace them; one withering look from Maddie and she declines, not wanting to do business the Edge Hill way (girl there’s this thing called iTunes, you’ll be fine). It’s clear also that Luke is pro-Rayna despite being signed to Edge Hill and Jeff is furious, attempting to block off her release with those from Edge Hill.

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Nashville, Season 2, Episode 12 – RECAP

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The drama continues as Juliette tries to overcome the fact that thousands of fans are burning her albums. However, many venues are pulling out of her tour, for threat or for political reasons. Juliette is furious, but becomes increasingly deflated as the episode goes on, and considers that she might lose her entire career. Avery steps in to save the day (after she’s downed a bottle of vodka and passed out), and decides to remind her what she loved about her life in the first place, but dressing her up in disguise and taking her down to the street to perform as someone else. A crowd gathers, and she loves it, but Juliette still decides to go home and mull over everything instead of spend further time with THE GUY WHO IS DOING EVERYTHING FOR HER. Jeez, this girl needs glasses. Meanwhile Jeff turns up at Juliette’s house to have a go at her and threaten her, right up in her face! He demands that she apologizes to the public, even though she doesn’t want to lie. She finally goes to church and makes some peace, and then arrives at Avery’s house to write a song, having “made her decision”. 

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Nashville, Season 2, Episode 11 – RECAP

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Nashville returned with a bang last Wednesday night after a Winter hiatus that saw fans eagerly awaiting the news of whether Peggy and Will would bite the dust. Turns out it was Peggy (cue a huge sigh of a relief from most fans of the show) and Teddy is shown having to deal with this intense tragedy, holding back tears during a press conference to announce the detaining of the culprit. However, wrought with grief, he pours over the papers of the investigation, convinced that the murderer’s loss of job 5 years ago is not entirely to blame for his intent to kill. He allows himself to believe that this may be a larger, group plot, and extends the investigation, telling Rayna to keep the kids away so that they don’t come into any potential harm.

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 8 – RECAP

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This episode carries on where the last left off, with the aftermath of Olivia kissing Juliette. The latter backs away, angry, discovering that the couple were grooming her for a threesome. She tells Olivia to leave and gets out of the city as fast as possible, returning to Nashville to write with Avery. She tells him what happened, and he convinces her she doesn’t need to be pushed around by rich people like the Wentworths. Juliette flies to Dallas just to confront the pair and throw carefully calculated abuse at them, and it looks like they’ve been written out of the show. The shocker comes when Charlie turns up at her house to tell her he’s falling in love with her. 

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 6 – RECAP

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Well this was an interesting episode. There’s a polo match thing going on (does this sound very Gossip Girl to you?) and it seems like everyone’s attending even though they don’t want to. Tandy convinces Rayna that she should go now that Lamar’s assets have been frozen and Rayna wants to buy out her contract, to get some business investment. She hates all these fancy people events but turns up anyway, and proves very popular. But she is having trouble securing people for investment, due to her relationship to Tandy, who everyone is suspicious of because she was CFO at her father’s company for so many years, and must have known about the terrible dealings. Tandy is defensive, as you can imagine, but still doesn’t tell Rayna what she did. 

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 5 – RECAP

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I found this episode an odd one. It was hyped as a big,
dramatic one, and kind of disappointed on that front, as well as cutting short
every good/emotional scene. Anyway.

Rayna is still struggling to get her voice back, even through
voice coaching sessions. Jeff is spreading rumors about her voice being gone
and is demanding the masters of the album, as he owns it. Rayna decides she
definitely wants out of Edge Hill and goes to Lamar to ask for a business
investment into going out on her own. Lamar accepts, and goes to Teddy to ask
if he can invest in his hometown again after the Metro contracts were cancelled
(clearly to cover his losses with Rayna), but Teddy refuses. Meanwhile Tandy
must promise not to tell Rayna about convicting Lamar to ensure her own
immunity. It kills her to find out that Rayna is resting everything on her
father’s shoulders, but she keeps mute, and Lamar later gets arrested in a bar
Teddy is also drinking in. A look from him makes Lamar think that Teddy is the
one who ratted him out, and Tandy is not about to correct him, as she feels
horrible about doing what she did. 

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 2 – RECAP

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Nashville just keep bringing the amazing episodes. Edge Hill
has been sold and Marshall was fired, in favor of a new label head called Jeff.
He’s a pencil pusher and isn’t too keen on Juliette, as the more mature sound
on her new album isn’t selling enough records. She’s being outsold by ‘The Best
of Rayna Jaymes’ seemingly exploitatively released while Rayna was in hospital.
Juliette is getting irritated by the constant attention on her rival, and
decides to do a CMT special to promote the album. Going back to her hometown
(which is, of course, a trailer park), she seems cool and collected until she
is confronted by old neighbors she grew up with, and old memories, particularly
of her dad, who we find out passed away when she was a kid (drugs?). Meanwhile
she and Avery are getting closer, and I really ship them as friends (with
benefits?). Juliette’s plan works and her single hits #1 on iTunes, rubbing it
in Jeff’s face when she goes to a party at his house. Unfortunately, she soon
finds out it has been knocked straight off #1 by Layla, runner-up on American
Hitmaker (like American Idol), who is younger, more impatient and bouncier than
Juliette. She also performs one of Juliette’s songs at the party, which
apparently was one of her most popular performances on the show. Juliette now
knows what it feels like to be Rayna! 

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