Monday, November 19, 2012

What I’m Watching: Nashville

Nashville: Season 1, Episode 6 “You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave”) (B+)

This episode’s most meteoric development didn’t have anything to do with Rayna or with Juliette, but instead with sweet ingénue Scarlett, who finally worked up the courage to leave Avery. He had it coming, of course, going to Marilyn’s home with the full knowledge of what she wanted from him and then coming home to Scarlett expecting credit for having the option to cheat and then not doing it, and deserved it even more once he returned to her house to close the deal after Scarlett walked out. It was interesting to see the relationship between Deacon and Scarlett, one which isn’t filled with tenderness but does possess a very paternal quality to it. Rayna’s path to success is definitely going to be a wild ride, and while getting Liam McGuinnis to give her a chance after his rude initial dismissal was an impressive success, it’s not going to be easy for her to find someone else willing to work with him. I recognized actor Michiel Huisman, who played Liam, from his other musical role as Sonny on HBO’s “Treme,” an equally carefree but generally less productive Southern citizen. It was refreshing to see Juliette make a human connection aside from Deacon with Sean, who she at first thought was boring and didn’t mind coming right out and telling. Paying $25,000 to keep his photo from being leaked was steep, and I think he earned that second date. He’s a nice guy, though, and something tells me that they’re not going to last too long. Through little fault of their own, this mayoral campaign is getting very dirty, and both candidates are about to experience some major misery.

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