Nashville has always been extremely clever with its episode titles. They always feel like the start of a country song filled with woe and clearly that’s the point considering the series’ subject matter. Wednesday night’s title was no different; in fact it might be the most aptly named for all of season 3 so far. “Nobody Said It Was Going To Be Easy” perfectly described Juliette and Avery’s struggle to accept their roles as parents together, Gunnar’s need to get to know his son, Rayna and Luke’s journey toward individual success (which most certainly will lead to tension in their relationship), and pretty much every other smaller story line we were shown.
As per usual it seems with season 3 so far, the best storyline arguably came from Juliette’s pregnancy and how it continues to affect not just herself but everyone in her life. But surprisingly, many of the other characters’ stories are finally getting some movement toward the interesting. To sum up some of the plots that are only just now starting to get some traction: Teddy’s lovely female interest from last week’s episode was a paid escort by Jeff, who tells the Nashville mayor about his mistress in the night. Teddy obviously freaks out and pouts at Jeff. But he later picks up the phone to call Natasha back, presumably for seconds of the talking and the hanky panky, which Jeff described as playing Marco Polo naked in the water. Obviously this relationship will crash and burn when everyone finds out. And everyone will find out simply because of Teddy’s politician status. Hasn’t he learned anything from Eliot Spitzer, Mark Allen, Barney Frank, David Vitter… alright let’s not go any further at the risk of getting depression over the state of politics in this country.
Maddie decided that her rebellious, i.e. obnoxious, teenager phase would include throwing a rager with the help of soon-to-be stepbrother Colt, with whom she later shared a kiss. Thankfully for everyone, Colt stopped Maddie’s kiss and the cops arrive to stop Maddie’s party. Rayna and Teddy decide that the girls need a nanny for constant supervision. Can’t see that ending well either, but, hey, the show had to eventually use the obvious nanny plotline, right?
Scarlett attempted to learn more about her Blues-singing, former family having homeless friend Terry by getting him a job to clean out Deacon’s gutters while he was away and washing Terry’s clothes for him and cooking him dinner in repayment. When Scarlett went poking around Terry’s past, the poor man freaked out and left Scarlett and his normal resting spot behind the writing studio.
Layla continues to burrow further and further below rock bottom by drinking away her anger toward Will (doesn’t work) and her frustration toward her career and personal life (also doesn’t work). Despite having gnarly bruises on his face and going through constant personal struggles, Will is still the more mature and stable adult in their relationship.
And finally in the last small plotline of the evening, as much as many of you Nashville fans hate Pam (and my goodness do you really hate her), she still seems to be doing Deacon a lot of good. She’s the only person who helped the man realize that he still loves playing music. Hell, she even inspired him to pick up his guitar and write a catchy (if not slightly repetitive) song that actually showed some joy on that sourpuss face. Alright, time for the good stuff.
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