Nashville Recap: Don't Open That Door

Nashville Recap: Don't Open That Door

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen Nashville Season 2, Ep. 5 – “Don’t Open That Door”.

Our girl is back! After weeks of tentative singing and hushed whispers about never performing again Miss Rayna Jaymes silenced all the naysayers with a rousing rendition of “The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts”. And all it took was one annoyingly pushy Luke Wheeler (seriously, I kept expecting it to be revealed that Jeff had put him to the surprise performance because it was a pretty dick move. Everyone in Nashville was whispering about the possibility Rayna had lost her voice and you’re gonna put her on the spot like that in front of millions? Dick.) and the support of her fans and Nashville’s own little Tinkerbelle was ready to fly again.

Unfortunately she flew straight into a shit covered fan. Thanks to Tandy’s meddling and her shockingly low esteem for her father, Lamar was arrested on countless charges of being super shady and all his assets will be frozen for the foreseeable future.  That means Papa’s money won’t be bailing Rayna out of her Edgehill contract. That’s unfortunate because thanks to her confidence boosting performance Rayna also found her voice to tell Jeff to take his label and shove it. Now hopefully she can a find a voice to say umm, never mind.

Juliette, for once, had a completely endearing episode. She was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, was touchingly moved by it, showed up at The Bluebird to apologize to Avery , and her bitchy asides were only directed at Jeff, who honestly deserves worse. Our little girl is all grown up.

But out other little girl is getting banished from the red carpet like a naughty puppy. I knew Layla had some malice behind that sickly sweet exterior, but I’m surprised to see them directed at someone below her rather than above her. I guess she realized she’s not ready to spar with Juliette just yet (smart move) so she’ll settle for messing with Scarlett’s head in order to get some alone time with Will. Frankly, I’d find it more interesting and less cliché if her motivation were ambition rather than a boy. But I liked that Will immediately called her out on it and I’d say having to be a public beard is good enough punishment.

Layla wasn’t the only girl code violator roaming the streets of Nashville this week. Avery and Gunnar were working on a new song (Umm what? When did this bro-mance happen? I understand civility towards a coworker, but there has to some step between tolerance and two part harmony) and decided that the song needed a female touch. Did the song with two men singing falsetto really need a female singer? Probably not, but Zoe needed to get some alone time with Gunnar. And that alone time needed to turn into naked time. They’ve been setting this up for a few episodes, but it still feels forced. Like they don’t know what to do with Gunnar if he’s not in a relationship so they created a new character solely for that reason.  I’m not really complaining, just commenting.

Your turn. Thoughts on “Don’t Open That Door? Is Layla’s reign of terror just getting started? Will Lamar be able to exact revenge on Teddy from behind bars? Will Tandy let him? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


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