Nashville Season 1 Review “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)”

Nashville (ABC) Episode 2 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) (1)
I’m always glad when my first impressions aren’t wrong, so the fact that I enjoyed the second episode of Nashville, “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)” would seem to prove that the pilot wasn’t just a fluke. I did notice one thing, though. Juliette seemed to have been toned down a bit. I mean, she was still a bitch who had no problem using her body to get what she wanted, but she seemed a little softer around the edges.

I’m not sure the writers have totally decided whether Juliette is a out-right villain or just a kid desperately trying to be an adult. It’s obvious that only her teenage fans and the record label executives like her music; everyone else thinks that she’s a joke. Even Deacon would rather sing a duet with Rayna like the old days, athough he has no problem writing songs and skinny-dipping with Juliette. I think we’re supposed to feel sorry for her that no one will take her seriously, I really don’t.

We did find out why Rayna married Teddy when she and Deacon were so hot and heavy. According to her, he had a bad drug problem that drove her straight into Teddy’s stable arms. All of this came out when Teddy and Rayna were put through a vulnerability study as he goes into the mayoral race, to determine if they have any secrets that will need to be buried. But did they both tell the absolute truth? I’m inclined to say that Rayna did, although that’s not totally certain, but it’s clear Teddy didn’t. I doubt the papers he was throwing into the fireplace were just doodles. Doesn’t seem to be a problem for his father-in-law, who think he’ll be easier to control if they have something to hold over him. Nice guy, that Wyatt. Can’t imagine why Rayna hates him.

On other fronts, Scarlett debated back and forth at nauseum about whether she should take Watty up on his offer to produce her and Gunnar’s demo. Like Tammy Wynette before her, she wanted to stand by her man, Avery, who has been desperately seeking fame with his slightly punk band. Seriously, he’s totally in the wrong town. Seattle would be better for that. I think she was convinced in the end when Avery gave her his approval, but the fact that she felt she needed it says a lot, and none of it is very good.

By the end of the episode, as they sang their duet, it became clear to us as well as them that there are still feelings between Deacon and Rayna. Living together on a tour bus is probably the worst thing they could do, but at least they both acknowledge it. Denial would have been so much worse and so much more cliched.

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