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ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Recap Episode Two

 

After a previously on intro, (here is my full monty recap) we get a truncated version of the aerial shots that opened the pilot.

Rayna James (Connie Britton) might be country music royalty but stars are just like us and get caught in traffic jams while driving their kids to school. The elder of the two daughters gets a tweet, the reason for the delay is the root of all Rayna’s woes, new countrified pop sensation, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) The James Girls attempt to defect and join the crowd as “the greatest singer in the world” is shooting a video in  a local park. But Mama Rayna is having none of it and locks them in the car before they can flee.

 

Apparently the rest of Nashville’s teenyboppers are home-schooled or just have negligent parents as they mindlessly screech while Juliette and her band of back up dancers cavort over what I assume are some city landmarks. I don’t know if Hayden Panettiere was simultaneously shooting another project and the hairdresser was under duress, but her lace front wig game is OFF.  I know how cranky I can be about bad hair, so no surprise after overhearing some less than flattering remarks about her craftsmanship, Juliette orders a production assistant fired. Her ire up, the pocket diva demands to know why Deacon Clayburne (Rayna’s ex and current band leader) hasn’t committed to tour with her, as she is doing her part, i.e. straddling him by firelight.

Watty White (still Nudie suit-less) lyricist/svengali country music whisperer tries to convince Rayna and Deacon to tour as a duet and make it like it was when they were young and in love. Obviously Rayna’s husband Teddy is none too pleased with this plan. Having gone from Stay at Home Dad to mayoral candidate, Teddy is stressed out as is, but the couple agree to think on it. The hair folks might be strugglin’ but the design team is on point, wholly believable bedroom set decoration in this scene.

At The Bluebird Cafe, Watty White gives Deacon’s niece Scarlett (waitress/poetess) and her friend Gunnar (who would like to be more) the chance of a lifetime and offers to record their demo.

Juliette and her bad lacefront take things up a notch and attempt to poach Deacon on Rayna’s turf before a rehearsal session. This will be the first of several uses of “songwriting” as a euphemism.

Scarlett and her skeevy boyfriend, Avery are not experiencing domestic bliss. The first clue is his lackluster hair but he goes on to say things aren’t working out on the music front for him. Because being a good girlfriend means not being more successful than your man, Scarlett squelches news that the kingmaker of Nashville wants to record a demo with her.

After rehearsal, Rayna is pleased when Deacon reconfirms his commitment to her band. That is until Juliette picks him up to play in a classic Chevy truck. They end up on a scenic piece of land Juliette has purchased (formerly owned by Tanya Tucker) which will eventually serve as her refuge from the outside world. Softer side of Juliette alert! After presenting Deacon with a vintage guitar (fortunately NOT pronounced gee-tar) they get down to “songwriting“.

A shot of a modest house (by Hollywood standards, in other words a dream house for most Americans) is the scene for a chat between Rayna and mayoral candidate Bunny Colvin, Coleman Carlisle. Her father Lamar has Teddy running against him because Coleman spoke out against his plans for a new baseball stadium. Long time family friends, they both nod knowingly over the intense cauldron of diabolical that is Powers Boothe.

Next up, Rayna is late to a formal fundraiser where she is forced to schmooze with society matrons who lurve Juliette and want to know if Rayna’s CD is available at Starbucks. That this was treated as an insult puzzled me. The salted caramel drinking, lulemon wearing ladies who lunch are the target audience for Shania Faith Rayna. Going from the frying pan to the fire, Rayna has a conversation about the impropriety of her visiting  Colemn Carlisle with Daddy Lamar. They allude to some dark family secrets. If this show was on HBO this would lead to an incest or a Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson storyline but its ABC so who knows.

Aw snap, Juliette and Deacon really are songwriting, and she has pen and paper out to prove it. The production company earned their money because a capella Juliette does indeed sound like an angel. This looks like another music video as the couple is perched on the back of her old-timey and incredibly expensive truck. She ends round 1 of their songwriting session by pulling off her shirt. Thankfully Deacon follows suit and gets rid of the horrible pale pink floral number he was wearing.

In a room that looks like new money’s idea of an English hunting lodge (complete with over sized oil portrait of dogs over the mantle) Teddy is being vetted for his mayoral campaign. He brushes off suggestions that he did something illegal with a development deal gone wrong, and we are quickly on to skeevy Avery performing. Sweet Scarlett breaks the news about Watty White’s interest in her duets with her co workers. Jealous boyfriend manages to put his rage on simmer and congratulate her. I doubt this show will last long enough for him to have a full on abusive boyfriend meltdown.

The Neo Classical mansion shot is the the show’s Bat Signal for Powers Booth and home to showcase showdowns. I haven’t spotted a dual staircase yet but if I do, I’m calling a fall/push/miscarriage/death. This week Daddy Lamar takes on Coleman Carlisle. This Simple Simon version of political chess, makes me miss The Wire even more. Lots of teeth gnashing and bad dialogue about loyalty and people getting what they deserve is beneath the talents of both actors.

The prize fights aren’t finished this week as Deacon and Rayna have it out after Juliette sends him a guitar valued at $50,000. As with any argument between long time friends and former lovers, old hurts are brought up and Deacon accuses Rayna of not supporting his solo gigs at The Blubird. Connie Britton normally looks fantastic, I could write a 1,000 words on her hair alone, but the skirt she has on in this scene is embarrassingly bad. I’m relieved when she and it storm off.

Another heated  discussion takes place in a room with more textures and layers than a My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding cake. This one is all Juliette, though as she hates her new video. And having had him in the biblical sense, wants to know why her manager  (whose highlights come from The Brooks & Dunn Hair Academy for Men) HAS NOT GOTTEN DEACON CLAYBOURNE for her tour.

It’s now Rayna’s turn to be vetted in her formal living room/hunting lodge. Like last week’s walk of exposition it serves to tell the audience what all of Nashville no doubt knows. Rayna and Deacon ended things because he had a substance abuse problem and she paid for his rehab. The time line when she left him and got with Teddy is fuzzy, which we know because  Lamar was screaming who’s the daddy last week about one of Rayna’s daughters. I should also mention that the inquisition is scored and interspersed with scenes of Juliette doing some soulful crooning in a studio. The head phones make her sound magical but don’t appear to help with lip synching.

Sweet Scarlett visits her would be musical partner, nice guy Gunnar, while he’s at a hokey gig that pays the bills. He’s in full country gear, fringed bolo and hat. They exit a broke down music hall and have a heart to heart by a pool straight outta Beverly Hills. Complete with several hundred dollars in floral arrangements and twinkling lights shining in well manicured bushes. I’m all for romance but a little continuity would be welcome. Despite Gunnar’s please, Scarlett won’t be swayed to record a demo with Watty White, if it jeopardizes the love she has with skeevy Avery.

This weeks kitchen convo between Rayna and Teddy isn’t upstaged by the fabulous furnishings but another inanimate object, Rayna’s eyelashes. Was she supposed to have been coming from a performance and it was edited out? Either way I hope her stylist gives those lashes back to Muppet Janice along with the awful skirt she is still sporting. Honestly I don’t know what was supposed to be decided in this scene even after rewinding and ignoring bad hair and wardrobe decisions.

Score another for set design, as Juliette pulls up to Deacon’s house in a sporty green car. How many cars does she own? She’s like Jay Leno. Juliette’s not there for more songwriting however  and gives him a disc of her soulful croonings in hopes that Deacon will play on the final cut.

Over Direction ALERT! If you are prone to motion sickness, now is the time for Dramamine. I don’t know why they insist on these multiple angles and constant panoramic shots whenever Powers Booth is plotting. We get it, he’s shifty, you don’t have to literally show us! Dutiful Daughter makes a cameo appearance as the men who vetted Rayna and Teddy, spill the goods to Daddy Lamar. They all surmise that Teddy’s real estate deal was sketchy but this pleases Daddy Lamar because ” a man with secrets is easily controlled“.

If this lasts a full season I will probably compile an Art of War meets The Prince book of truisms from Daddy Lamar for my own amusement. Cut to Teddy having a bonfire of the vanities and a drink as he burns a boatload of documents. In this day and age you better also hire some knowledgeable college student to scrub your computer but that’s not nearly as cinematic.

We end our night in Nashville at The Bluebird Cafe. It must be Thursday because an adoring Juliette beams while Deacon is on stage strumming. Enraptured, she doesn’t notice Rayna’s entrance to the club. So when Deacon announces a special guest, Juliette is crushed when Rayna appears and takes her rightful place alongside him. The audience loves it and and an inspired Scarlett agrees to record a demo with Gunnar for Watty. Connie Britton is sporting an ill advised braid (youthful embellishment?) but Juliette’s hair is the best its looked all episode as she storms out of the cafe.

Fortunately for Rayna, her tires are safe but her emotions are in turmoil as she and Deacon sit in his car. So much confusion here, because this scene screams post coital regret but Rayna simply says she wishes they hadn’t sang that particular song. Rayna goes home to her spectacular kitchen, her spineless and apparently fraudulent husband and it’s a wrap.

With strange editing choices and sub par hair and make up, let’s hope this is a case of the sophomore slump and the third episode will be a charm!

‘Nashville’ Recap By Kia K., Y’all!

Hayden Panetierre and Connie Britton

 

Nashville opens with picture perfect aerial shots of Music City, a song about gee-tars and the power of dreams. Y’all, we are in the South!

Inside a modern mansion, two pre-teens and a dad kiss Connie Britton goodbye. It is quickly established that Mom’s not headed to Club Applebees for a Ladies Night Out–she is the bread winner in this family.

Pin curls and bathrobe give way to a lush mane and sequin jacket as mom has transformed into country superstar Rayna James. Connie Britton is at The Grand Ole Opry, singing something about independence, but I’m distracted by her fabulous highlights. I always thought Tami Taylor had professional stylists! She exits the stage and schmoozes with her long time writer and event honoree, Watty White. I wish they would have gone for broke and pulled out a  Nudie suit but wardrobe showed restraint, as Watty’s jacket has flower embroidery but is a sober gray. Rayna catches up with her band leader Deacon’s niece. Scarlett is new in town, dreams of being a poet, idolizes Rayna and has a song writing beau, Avery. Role of wide eyed innocent and skeevy user boyfriend? Check!

Next we are introduced to Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) seated in a dressing room as a bunch of assistants attend to her. Young, pretty and apparently a BFD, she is very displeased that her mother has her phone number. Juliette spares her head lackey the full Naomi Campbell treatment. Too much movement might cause her dress, which is taking sequins to the next level, to disintegrate. A manager type gives Juliette a pep talk about being nice, as she fluffs her hair. Which is not anywhere near as fabulous as the presumed person she is supposed to be sucking up to.

Said person, legendary Rayna, continues to blow kisses to one and all before bumping into a gracious middle aged black couple. Bunny Colvin is running for mayor, y’all! Rayna agrees to sing during his official announcement and lets drop that her dear old dad doesn’t approve of her career.

While prowling around backstage Juliette does find someone to fawn over, Rayna’s band leader and guitarist Deacon Clayburne. She also literally bumps into his niece’s pretty boyfriend and gives him the once over. Juliette is the only person more styled than the wanna be songwriter, so maybe they will get together down the line. Either way they have established her man eater bona fides.

Rayna and Juliette meet and it is appropriately salty. The younger star throws shade about age and the older one gets in a dig about her bedazzled dress. Puzzled as to why the big wigs in the room arranged a meet and greet between the two, Rayna is brought up to speed. With her new record a failure, she can either tour with Juliette or not tour at all. Alone, a disgusted Rayna watches Juliette on TV singing about black mascara tears, thoroughly unimpressed.

Next stop, the steps of a government building as Rayna dashes inside. Powers Boothe is in his fourth decade of playing evil, and his turn as Rayna’s rich, power broker father continues the tradition. Late attending a ceremony in father’s honor, after a few choice word between the two, Rayna tells her sister she will decline anymore family invites.

Meanwhile Juliette is in the recording studio, laying down a different track about mascara, with the help of auto tune. A Producer Guy (I never did catch his name) basks in the come hither looks the starlet is throwing him, an older management type (the one who tried and failed to get Juliette to sheathe her claws at The Grand Ole Opry) is only interested in riding the money train that is country’s newest sensation.

You know who else enjoys ditties about wine and mascara? Rayna’s daughters. The real life sister act of Lennon and Maisy Stella are quickly shut down by their TV mom, who has Juliette on the mind and doesn’t need her coming through her car stereo as well. A conversation with her husband about the situation doesn’t bring any clarity as he is not dead set against Rayna touring with Juliette OR the possibility of being helped out by her father. Still searching for answers, Rayna finds her way to the home of Producer Guy. Even Connie Britton’s defeated hair belongs in the 1%. A grim Rayna tells him how she really feels about things and compares a certain someone’s music to the sounds of feral cats. Because this is a soap opera, Juliette is in the bedroom listening, wrapped in a sheet while narrowing her eyes. This tour should be a blast!

Deacon Clayburne, band leader and crush of Juliette, is soulfully strumming at The Bluebird Cafe, where his niece works. Mega star Juliette is apparently rendered invisible by a magical fedora and watches from the audience mesmerized. Deacon doesn’t have a lot of faith in his niece’s shady songwriter boyfriend, who tries to push a demo on him. So the caring Uncle asks another dark haired young guy, Gunnar, to keep an eye out for Scarlett. Love triangle? Check!

Juliette propositions Deacon to join her um band. His surprise is completely at odds with reality. Handsome, successful musicians are not puzzled when women hit on them. But we are not watching a documentary and the more screen time for Chip Esten the better.

Powers Boothe as Lamar

In the next scene, Powers Boothe looks like he dipped into his Deadwood wardrobe but I guess his old timey clothes are just another gentle reminder that we are in the south, y’all! Anyway, he and his right hand daughter decide that it serves their best interests to get Rayna’s unemployed husband to become Mayor. Hey less glamorous red headed sister, so much for not inviting Rayna to anymore BS family functions!

All the pressure of to tour or not tour has Rayna pitching a hissy fit during a rehearsal. However, she’s been brought up right, apologizes to her crew and asked Deacon to accompany her on a walk of exposition. Their working relationship is shadowed by a past romance and Rayna doesn’t take to kindly to Juliette’s play for her bandleader. This is an outdoor scene complete with soft wind and low sunlight so excuse me if I missed anything, Rayna’s highlights glamoured me! Luckily the next scene is in doors. Furthering the new vs old country line, Watty (still no Nudie suit in sight) tells her he believes Juliette’s career has longevity and we learn that Rayna’s mother died when she was 12.

Juliette’s mother, who I’m not sure looks more like a Breaking Bad or Walking Dead extra, is alive. But not for long, if she doesn’t parlay her daughter’s fame into a stint in Celebrity Rehab. Poor little girl lost denies her mother’s pleas for money, hangs up (her assistant really should be fired) and proceeds to devour kiss Producer Guy.

It feels as if Oliver Stone suddenly grabs the wheel with multiple camera angles and weird close ups as Teddy, Rayna’s husband, is wined and dined by her father and sister into thinking running for Mayor would be a good idea. Teddy might be a royal screw up but he has integrity and insists he will only run if Powers and dutiful daughter do not smear the Bunny Colvin’s good name. Insert whichever version of The Scorpion and The Frog you prefer.

Teddy wastes no time in telling Rayna about her Daddy’s  his plans. The gloves come off in the family kitchen, a fabulous room that threatens to upstage the actors. Accusations about being second best while still supporting her career seem to take the wind out of Rayna’s righteous sails.

The Bluebird Cafe set gives us some more time with Scarlett and her would be protector. Kindred spirits bonding over a love of poetry. Classic example of an audience being completely baffled by a character’s “true love” with a jerk when a kind, supportive and cute guy is waiting in the wings.

Sweet is followed by spice, as Rayna awaits her showdown with a record exec in a big, gleaming tower of capitalism. The writing is on the wall, in the form of a life sized poster of Juliette Barnes in the lobby. The meeting goes down hill from there and Rayna James storms out of the negotiations, telling the head of the label to kiss her grits.

Feeling combative, Rayna’s next stop is a formal mansion (as opposed to her own warm, feel good one) that belongs to her family. Even a truly splendid tablescape doesn’t detract from all the scenery chewing, as father and daughter go toe to toe. Powers shouts she owes him her career and goes for the jugular when he implies that one of his granddaughters might not be Teddy’s. The hysterics Connie Britton had to employ during her American Horror run are already coming in handy. Dutiful daughter escorts her star sister off the premises,  with Daddy Dearest snarling his enemies don’t fare well. Family, gotta love ’em!

Scarlett and Gunnar stop working at the Bluebird Cafe long enough to sing a soulful duet over a closing montage.

Juliette shuts her door on Producer Guy’s face. Deacon has taken her up on her offer and straddling him, they get down to business.

Dressed in a Nancy Regan red dress, complete with pearls and up do, Rayna is power walking through a hotel kitchen. She stops to take a phone call from Watty. He’s at the Cafe and thinks he’s found the next big thing while listening to our star crossed duo.

The good wife arrives at the end of Teddy’s announcement and plants a kiss on the candidate’s cheek. Lamar and Tandy (I finally looked up their names!) aka Powers and Dutiful Daughter are all smiles as Rayna does a pageant wave to the crowd.

If you have gotten this far, you are either related to me or have strong feelings about this show.

Believe it or not, I still have plenty to say about Nashville. Please leave us your thoughts in the comments.

 

Is Robert Downey, Jr. Spreading Gossip on Celebrity Blogs?

Wow.  I know.  This could be really good. Really good.  Now listen up.

Photo via SadAndUseless.com

We here at Dipped in Cream do, of course, read other celebrity gossip blogs.  That shouldn’t come as a surprise.  All bloggers do it, and we own our lust for gossip.

So.  Two very reliable blogs have posted some interesting/juicy Blind Items regarding Hayden Panetierre, her parents’ alleged (?) abhorrent behavior/sexual deviancy, and the speculation that Robert Downey, Jr. may be providing these very detailed pieces of information.

The awesome blog, Crazy Days and Nights posted a Blind Item not too long ago wherein most commenters assumed Hayden Panetierre was the person in question.  (You all know CDaN–I like to post a link every six months to “Enty’s” site when he divulges the answers to the Blind Items! (It’s my pleasure to share all of the reveals with you by sending you over there every New Year’s Day and July 4th…it’s so juicy!)

Still with us? Good.  Here is the initial  Blind Item in question via CDaN.

Hayden Panettiere

“This former B list television actress who was on a really big hit network show just a couple of years ago now just seems to float mindlessly and flit between boyfriends. She comes from a broken home and abusive home. Her dad used to beat her and get into bed with her. Her mom just let it happen because she was being beaten herself and did not want to provoke.

Well, now the actress who is still very young only seems to date boyfriends who are abusive and willing to hit her. Her last boyfriend (former A list athlete with B list name recognition) was so scared that he would kill her he broke up with her. Her new celebrity boyfriend does not punch nearly as hard but seems to love it. Probably getting out his anger because he is closeted.

Then, all of a sudden, a person named “Himmm” commented on that particular post with some very lengthy and detailed information–that really, only an insider would be privy to knowing.  Here’s an excerpt and the link to Bomomoth.com, who provided everything in one place for ease of reading:

“PART ONE:

Okay folks, here goes. Excuse the spelling as I’m on an iphone w/o spellcheck. First, sorry for unleashing all of this. Second, I am NOT judging this young lady – just saying that help is there for all of us if we accept it and want to help ourselves.

And third, if this BLIND ITEM hits and spreads through the web far, wide, and rapidly, I may have to remove this comment. It can cause problems I cannot explain right now. (Don’t want trouble for “Enty”, so don’t be shocked if the whole item and/or my comment gets erased to avoid trouble).

So here goes: Yes, this IS Hayden.

100% totally. I know this for a FACT. The wording of this item is NOT 100% correct – which may be intentional to deny it legally, but it is close. But there’s far more to this than is being mentioned, revealed, or even hinted at. For all you GoogleSleuths out there just look up the past news stories about her Dad getting arrested on “domestic” issues – then her mom dropping it. It’s not just about a fight, smack, or basic domestic issues. It’s about sexual perversions, videotapes, witnesses, and the loss of MONEY and FAME.”

Blink. Blink.  I know, right? Oh, it gets worse.

Believe us. You DO want to read the rest of this post by “Himmm“. Your eyes will pop out, your jaw will drop. Details, huge celebrity names, everything.

We’d love to know what your thoughts are about this…do you think,”Himmm” is RDJ after reading the entire piece? Come back and let us know.

Oh, one more thing? I’m just tellin’ ya what I heard.