Time to throw Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) an annulment shower! (That’s a thing, right?) In this week’s Nashville Season 1, Episode 10, “I’m Sorry for You My Friend,” Deacon (Charles Esten) is officially Superman, Gunnar and his brother sing some jailhouse rock, and Rayna (Connie Britton) is now the First Lady of Nashville — as if she weren’t already.
Another Day, Another Guitarist
The episode begins with Rayna and Juliette giving a press conference from Cali, where Juliette refuses to address the fact that she basically recreated the film Runaway Bride (although Sean is no Richard Gere). And then Rayna is asked about embarking on her first tour sans Deacon. If we were Rayna, Deacon is the one thing we wouldn’t leave home without, but that’s just us.
The mayoral election is two days away, with Teddy (Eric Close) and Coleman (Robert Wisdom) still neck-and-neck. Lamar (Powers Boothe) informs Teddy that people are counting on him to win, so he should consider buying a few votes. Note to Lamar: Do you not think that Teddy has enough controversy to deal with as it is?
Rayna talks to Liam — her lovable-loose-cannon of a producer — about the fact that her new guitarist has unexpectedly quit, so Liam begrudgingly agrees to fill in for now. It’s almost as if Liam doesn’t find it flattering to be Rayna’s third choice for guitarist. (Funny thing about that.)
By the way, Liam definitely doesn’t like wearing cowboy boots, as Rayna learns after trying to give him a pair for the tour. These boots might be made for walking, but they weren’t made for Liam.
Till Death Do Us Part — Or For at Least the Next Few Days
Juliette and Sean’s marriage was so quick that it made Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' marriage seem to have stood the test of time by comparison, and Juliette wants the divorce to be equally speedy. But Sean won’t sign divorce papers, leading Juliette to finally address their split in the media, hoping that will speed things up. Yep, Juliette is quite the sentimentalist.
Contrary to what she'd hoped, Juliette’s public comments lead to Sean serving her with annulment papers. Suddenly, Juliette goes all anti-love, banning her smash hit “Love Like Mine” from her setlist and refusing to let Rayna take the stage for her soundcheck. Way to keep things civil.
And to retaliate against Juliette for her long rehearsal, Liam lies down on the stage in front of her, as if he’s auditioning to play a corpse on a CSI show. Did we mention how much we love Liam?
You Mayor Kiss the Bride
Juliette flies to a football stadium to meet Sean, where Sean says he wants an annulment because he only wanted to get married once to the right woman, and Juliette ain’t it. Following this convo, Juliette agrees to play “Love Like Mine” on tour, and when she and Sean meet up again with lawyers in tow, Juliette finally admits to fraud and grants the annulment. Bravo, Juliette.
It’s now election night, and although Rayna had opted not to join Teddy in Nashville for election results, she has a change of heart and flies back to see her family. The numbers are in, and Teddy is elected mayor — without Lamar needing to buy him votes! So Lamar did the right thing for once? Consider us shocked.
And in a startling final scene, Teddy hears a knock on the door, and it turns out to be his biggest (and most unstable) fan, Peggy. Peggy says she wishes she hadn’t overdosed on pills, but she thinks Teddy will be a great mayor. And then she touches Teddy on the back of his head in a way that married mayors shouldn’t be touched. This woman is going to be trouble.
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s
Superman a Guitarist!
Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) head out on a road trip, but instead of doing cool stuff like seeing the world’s biggest ball of yarn (what — that’s not considered cool?), they spend the drive working on songs. When they arrive in Texas, Scarlett meets up with Deacon, while Gunnar goes off to see his brother, Jason. If you didn't know Gunnar had a brother, well, neither did anyone else.
And where has Gunnar’s brother been living, you may ask? He’s done six years in the Gray Bar Hotel, after an armed robbery incident in which Gunnar abandoned him.
But it turns out that Jason’s got a voice. We love hearing these two harmonize together — those are some musical genes! — but we don’t love that he sells Gunnar's guitar and is now packing heat. Apparently, firearms-loving Jason should have been the brother who was given the first name that contains the word "gun."
Deacon takes Scarlett to see his Revel Kings show, and afterward, the band’s frontman Cy gets a little too handsy with her. Deacon’s Spidey senses are tingling, and so he busts into the room in the nick of time and tosses Cy into a table. Come to think of it, if there is a cooler way to tell your boss you quit than by throwing him into a table, we haven’t heard of it.
Avery (Jonathan Jackson) is still sleeping with his manager Marilyn — ever the professional, that Avery is — when she informs him that label honcho Dominic has offered him a bad contract. Avery pays Dom a visit in Atlanta, where Dom somehow convinces him to sign the deal after letting him borrow his fancy car. So who’s telling the truth: Marilyn or Dominic? Uh, can we choose “c.) none of the above”?
Three Predictions for Future Episodes:
1. Right now, our favorite thing is trying to guess who Liam is going to sleep with — since you know he’s gonna end up sleeping with somebody. We initally thought he might start hooking up with Rayna, which next week’s promo seems to hint at. But now we’re wondering if he and Juliette might be cute together, after their sexual-tension filled tete-a-tete in the hallway. Anyone else want to join us on Team Juliam? No one?
2. So did Avery make the right choice in going with Dominic, or was Marilyn telling the truth? Marilyn doesn’t seem like the most trustworthy person ever, but given that Deacon is friendly with her, and that she’s been working in Nashville for so long, we can’t imagine she would be swindling her clients. Dominic, on the other hand? Well, that we could imagine.
3. How soon until Deacon joins the tour with Rayna and Juliette? We’re thinking it’s only another episode or two, although Teddy probably won’t be thrilled with that. And speaking of Teddy, how soon until he does something corrupt in office? Again, we’re gonna play it safe and say an episode or two. (And we can’t wait to see what Crazy Peggy is up to.)
Long story short, we can't wait until next week. In the meantime, we want to blow off some steam. Anyone got a fancy car we can borrow?