Nashville Recap: Your Cheatin’ Heart
“We Live in Two Different Worlds” is the title of last night’s everyone’s-spiraling-downward episode of Nashville, that found our sprightly, Swift-ian antagonist, Juliette Barnes, facing her demons, the dangers of live television and the repercussions of swiping a bottle of Sally Hansen Quick Dry in Pompous Pink. It’s also the third episode of the show to be named after a Hank Williams recording, which is kind of like people calling their kid Dylan or Jagger and hoping they grow up to be rock legends. It’s pretty big shoes to fill.
Of course “real” country music, or at least traditional country music, doesn’t make much of an appearance on Nashville. Not to say that there wasn’t scandal in the days of Hank Sr. – he died in the back of a car, after all. But scandalous dealings – musically, romantically, nailpolish-ly – are trendier than black trucker hats in the capitol of Tennessee. Apparently, they’re even trendier than music itself. So here we go.
Wait a minute. Is that Deacon and Rayna sweetly under the sheets together, in that moody day-for-night lighting? Well, not exactly. Rayna’s just having a juicy dream, which her uptight husband rudely awakens her from. Lady even has civilized sex dreams! Look, we know Rayna and her band man fantasize about each other. That’s no secret, probably not even to Teddy. Later, as Rayna is metaphorically splashing cold water on her face in the kitchen, her sister, Tandy (a.k.a “the mouth of the South”) breaks the news that Teddy is twelve points behind in the polls. “I can sing,” suggests Rayna, when she hears that he’s hosting a really boring fundraiser for guys in suits. Maybe she feels guilty about her dirty dreams..
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