Last Week on Nashville: Fixing It


Rayna and Bucky are happy with the good publicity the Bluebird performance brought.  Rayna’s mood quickly shifts when she receives a delivery meant for Maddie: a diamond necklace from Edgehill.

Avery is pulling double duty tending to the very pregnant Juliet and producing Sadie’s album.  Avery’s Juliet distractions are not the only hurdle in this album.  Sadie is derailed by the constant threats from her ex-husband, Pete, who is not too happy about the restraining order she took out against him.  In fact, he serves her papers to get what he delusionally thinks he’s owed of her money.  When Avery finds her crying, she confides in him.  He goes to confront Pete, who is 100 feet away as the order demands, but still right in front of the studio.  As he does, Sadie suddenly gets brave, tells him to get lost, and is ready to finish her album.  Get it, girl.

Scarlet’s optimism and Deacon’s pessimism are at odds about his cancer.  Scarlet basically forces Deacon to actually speak to Maddie.  Facing Maddie with this secret is hard for Deacon, who has convinced himself he only has six months left to live, despite no definitive prognosis.  Face to face with Maddie, (on Facetime,) Deacon agrees to a guitar lesson.  As Maddie struggles with a chord transition, Deacon tells her not to ever give up and basically convinces himself not to give up on life.  I literally cry.

Luke has a sensitive, honest moment writing a song with Gunnar.  I hate him less for seeing that.

Layla’s released from the hospital.  I forgot about her.  After Jeff comes to visit and compliments her hipster performance in the park, Layla shows up at Edgehill all decked out in dark colors.  She never gets called into the meeting.

Rayna confronts Teddy after finding out he signed Maddie’s Edgehill contract.  Maddie still knows nothing of the contract, but Rayna is prepared to strip Teddy of his parental rights, since Deacon is her biological father.  Teddy comes clean with Rayna on the blackmail, and she agrees to save the family from the scandal.  At Maddie’s Edgehill presentation to the investor, it’s Rayna who shows up instead!  Power move for the Queen of Country!

Rayna drops the bomb of Layla’s attempted suicide and Jeff’s manipulation of Teddy.  She gets the contract nullified!  Jeff gets fired!  Then I think he sleeps with Layla?


What I’m hoping for tonight: I’m starting to think Deacon will never tell anybody about his cancer.  It’s time to tell the people you love, Deacon; they can help!

Since Scarlett’s been flirting with Deacon’s doctor a bit, maybe that poor girl will get a storyline.  I’d love her to get back together with Gunnar, but that’s far-fetched.

We didn’t get a single glimpse of Maisy (ehm, Daphne) last week.  Now that Rayna has told Teddy the girls are going to be sticking with her, I’m hoping we see both of them tonight!


Last Week on Nashville: Past Wounds

Reeling from the break-up, Luke has taken to touring and performing whenever possible.  Rayna, on the other hand, has been home with her family and not appearing publicly.  This worries Bucky, as the rumors are flying.  Rayna agrees to perform at the Bluebird to alleviate this.  When she gets there (with Sadie, who’s covered her healing black eye with makeup) though, too many memories from her relationship with Deacon flood her mind.  She decides she is not quite ready.

Maddie’s teenage attitude is flaring up when Deacon keeps canceling their guitar lessons.  We can’t properly feel bad for her since we know why Deacon is unavailable, but even without this in mind– your mother is the freakin’ queen of country; treat her better. Maddie and Daphne perform in the Edgehill Student Studio.  This gives Marshall the opportunity to finally put his evil plan in action to sign Maddie to Egdehill.  I gave Teddy a lot of credit throughout this episode for saying no, but he eventually gives in since Marshall can blackmail him.

On the brighter side, Maddie eventually apologizes to Rayna, who invites her to write a song with her.  Rayna, Maddie, and Daphne perform said song at the Bluebird.  This is what this show is about, right here.

Gunnar goes to see Micah, who is acting up.  Micah thinks he’s bad since his father was bad.  Gunnar defends his brother, who he clearly loved unconditionally.  Hopefully they’ve taken steps toward repairing their relationship.

Scarlett invites her mother, Beverly, in hopes of finding a match for Deacon’s liver transplant.  At first, Beverly is a complete terror refusing to even get tested.  Deacon didn’t ask, and wouldn’t ask, but Scarlett feels she is owed this favor from her mother.  Things get nice for a while– Beverly gets tested and even sings a few notes with her brother and daughter.  She gets a call with the test results and lies that she is not a match.  She basically leaves her brother to die.

Hey, just how pregnant is Juliet?  She seems large, but notes that she has a very long time until the baby is born.  Anyway, she decides to finish her album for lack of other work.  She can’t catch her breath properly due to the pregnancy.  Avery is wonderfully supportive.


What I want to see tonight: Um, Rayna and Deacon being in the same room!  Still waiting on him to tell Rayna and Maddie about his cancer.  Really, I’m just not looking forward to Maddie and Edgehill.  Oof!

What did y’all think of last week & what are you hoping to see tonight?!

Last Week on Nashville: Heavy Hearts

"I love you," Rayna tells Deacon, "I've loved you since the first time I ever laid eyes on you, first time I ever heard you play a note on a guitar, first time I ever heard you laugh. And even through all the hell we put each other through, I love you now."

“I love you,” Rayna tells Deacon, “I’ve loved you since the first time I ever laid eyes on you, first time I ever heard you play a note on a guitar, first time I ever heard you laugh. And even through all the hell we put each other through, I love you now.”

Rayna has just called off her wedding and Luke is not doing well with being jilted. Remember that ugly side we saw of his as the CMAs? Well, that’s back. He slaps Rayna will a bill for the wedding that wasn’t, since People Magazine will not be footing the bill anymore. He also does some real insane things like driving his truck into the cake and barging into Deacon’s house accusing him of taking Rayna from him.

Our dear Rayna is hurt. Just because it was her decision to break things off doesn’t mean it doesn’t break her heart. With all the public relations issues, she stays strong. When she breaks the news to her girls, things don’t go well. Daphne is upset because she loved Luke. Maddie is upset because she’s still not marrying Deacon.

One of the two roughest stories of the episode is Gunnar’s.  After he tells Micah that he’s his uncle, not his father, Micah feels betrayed and decides to live with his grandparents. With the custody battle lost and Micah barely speaking to him, Gunnar is left broken hearted and watching his only family member go.

Deacon is the other rough story of the episode. That maybe-cancer from the mid-season finale turns out to be cancer: a tumor in the liver that necessitates a transplant. Scarlett offers part of hers, but is not a blood type match. We learn that if Deacon’s tumor grows much more, he will be ineligible for a transplant at all.

The silver lining: Rayna comes to see Deacon and confesses her undying love for him. We don’t unfortunately make any progress, because she understandably needs a little time.

Juliette and Avery have a little tiff over Avery moving all his furniture into her house, but really she’s quite well behaved and I hope there’s a lot of happiness in the future for them!  Avery tells Gunnar that he and Juliette tied the knot in a glorious bromance moment.

Layla’s not dead. Will and Layla finally settle on getting a divorce. Will is no closer to accepting his sexuality.

Poor Sadie’s got a gnarly shiner.

As for songs, “Roots and Wings” was absolutely lovely!  I also loved the use of “No One Will Ever Love You” in the preview for tonight’s episode!


What I’m hoping for tonight: more Javery fun, more songs, Deacon revealing his painful secret to Rayna, and some progress on the Rayna/Deacon love story!

What did you think of last week’s episode?

What are you hoping to see in tonight’s?!

WCW: Connie Britton & the women of Nashville

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It all started with Lennon & Maisy Stella.  I saw their Youtube cover of Call Your Girlfriend years ago and fell in love with their voices then.  I always thought they seemed sweet, and knew they were extremely talented.  When that song recently popped into my head, I looked them up and learned that they were on a show called Nashville.  Now, I’m not a country music fan, but I am a huge fan of music.  After a couple of clips of them singing, I knew I had to watch Nashville.

So I binged.  The two and a half seasons went fast.  I started watching for Lennon & Maisy, but recognized Chip Esten right away from his days on Drew Carey’s Whose Line is it Anyway?  Hayden Panettiere is not someone I’d ever been interested in, but I find her performance completely moving.  This show has totally proven her as an actress and a singer to me.  Though her character, Juliette, is hard to like, I find when Juliette’s crying, I’m crying.  And Clare Bowen?  Unbelievable voice and gorgeous!

Who I truly fell in love with almost immediately is Connie Britton.  I’d seen her in American Horror Story’s debut season, but there’s something so endearing about her accent in this!  As Rayna James, she reigns as the queen of country music, and Connie rocks it.  And hey, girl can sing!  Her mix of superstar and sweet mother to Lennon & Maisy’s characters has me loving every single minute she has on screen.  And I’m totally Rayna/Deacon!

I’ve been watching Friday Night Lights lately to soak up more of my beloved Connie, but the best news is the Nashville returns tonight!

I’ve been playing the seasons’ soundtracks non-stop, so if you like music and a little bit of drama, I highly recommend Nashville!  Who else is watching tonight?!

Loretta’s Last Call

It poured all day last Monday. It didn’t let up at all. It was cold, damp, and I was in need of some delicious comfort food to combat the weather. Luckily, Loretta’s Last Call in the Fenway area provided just that!

This was my first time at Loretta’s Last Call. I am by no means a country girl, but I found the atmosphere completely charming!

rock me mama like a wagon wheel... loved these chandeliers!

rock me mama like a wagon wheel… loved these chandeliers!


Loretta’s Last Call treated me and a group of lovely Boston bloggers to a bunch of delicious dishes. I dined with Elissa of Style Wire, Emily of Shell Chic’d, Holly of HollyDolly, and Rachel of La Mariposa. I must admit, I was too busy eating to take pictures most of the time, so you’ll have to pop over to Elissa’s blog to see more! Here’s what we ate:

sweet potato funnel cake, tobacco onions, fried green tomatoes!

sweet potato funnel cake, tobacco onions, fried green tomatoes!

Fried Green Tomatoes with bacon ranch & picked okra
These were to die for! I had never had fried green tomatoes before, but this will certainly not be the last time I do!

Tobacco Onions
Crispy, salty, delicious onion rings!

Sweet Potato Funnel Cake
Hands-down my favorite thing I ate that day! This sweet and savory delight in unlike anything I’ve had before. It was a big hit with all the ladies.

Hushpuppies with Honey Bourbon Butter
We ate a lot of fried food that night, but these hushpuppies were not overly heavy. The slightly sweet honey bourbon butter was a nice complement.

Hot Chicken Bites
They mean hot with these! I’m a big fan of spicy things so the kick of spice was nice, but I wimped out on them. They were served with ranch, pickles, and celery— the former two helped me out.

Fried Green Tomato Biscuit with bacon
This was basically a fried green tomato sandwich with bacon. I was happy to have more of the tomato I enjoyed so much! The biscuit had such a interesting smoky flavor.

Andouille Corndogs
These sausage corndogs were fun and easy to eat! The spice was mild.

Frito Nachos
What’s not to like about Fritos covered in cheese and chili?! This was super fun to eat, because I don’t think I’d eaten Fritos since junior high. So yummy.

Double Chocolate Fudge Cake with homemade strawberry ice cream
The chef himself brought us out dessert! This was a decadent flourless chocolate cake. The strawberry ice cream was amazing. It was so fresh tasting; nothing like the artificial strawberry flavors I associate with ice cream. It was also topped with a delightful bourbon whipped cream!


For a rainy Monday night, there were plenty of folks around but nothing overwhelming. We could hear each other talk and sway along to the live music. I’d love to come back for the weekend crowd. I’m a sucker for drinks that come in mason jars! Speaking of which, I took a sip of Emily’s Front Porch Sweet Tea— peach moonshine, lemonade and sweet tea. It was dangerously delicious; you couldn’t taste a hint of alcohol! Will be back to drink that, for sure.

If you’re in the Boston area, I recommend checking out Loretta’s Last Call!  Check them out on Twitter (@LorettasTweetin) for fun events and live music updates!


[Full Disclosure: Loretta’s Last Call provided our food. All opinions are my own.]