“Nashville” has struck a chord with fans after its first two episodes aired on ABC. The show is so much more than just the rivalry between country music royalty Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and hot newcomer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). There are family dramas, romantic rivalries, political intrigue and plenty of good (and bad) people doing everything in their power to get ahead.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out this show, it’s not too late to join the party. Chicago TV Examiner has your first look at Wednesday’s new episode, “Someday You’ll Call My Name.”
The battle for Deacon (Charles Esten) is still raging as Rayna and Juliette both want to tour with him. Juliette was hurt in the last episode when Deacon chose to sing with Rayna instead of her at the Bluebird Café, but she’s not ready to bow out of the race just yet. She ups the ante as she tries to sweeten the deal to convince Deacon to tour with her. Things are looking good when he shows up to record a song with her, but will he sign the contract?
Juliette has another problem in the form of her drug addict mother who shows up in Nashville. The singer is furious when she finds out that her manager gave her mother more money, but Juliette still refuses to talk to her mother, even as she follows her around, begging for her attention. Juliette is obviously struggling with her decision to keep her mother at arms’ length and it might not be what’s best for the situation or Juliette’s reputation.
Rayna and Teddy (Eric Close) are having money problems and the fact that he’s running for mayor is not helping. They sit down with their advisors and once again, Rayna is encouraged to go on tour with Juliette. She insists that’s not going to happen so the financial advisors suggest that she borrow money from her father. Rayna is not about to do that either. But her eyes are opened to a new side of her father that she knew nothing about and it sends Rayna into an emotional tailspin. Will she lean on Teddy or Deacon?
Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) are rehearsing their song and Avery (Jonathan Jackson) is not amused to return home and find them singing together. His initial reaction is petty and it clearly rattles Scarlett. When the two go to record the song at the studio, Scarlett cracks under the pressure and the studio suggests that Gunnar should find someone else to sing with. Gunnar thinks Avery’s disapproval is the problem and goes to talk to the other man about Scarlett. Will Avery come through for her or will his bitterness ruin Scarlett’s chances before she gets started?
There’s a lighter, adorable moment amidst all the drama when Rayna’s daughters sing in the school talent show. Rayna and Teddy are there to cheer them on and the audience will definitely be clapping just as much as the proud parents are. It’s a fun, refreshing breather in the middle of an angst-filled, emotional episode.
“Nashville” airs Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 9:00 p.m. CST on ABC.
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