Nashville 2×11 ‘I’ll Keep Climbing’: There is no God

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Nashville did a pretty good job this week of being equal parts satisfying, frustrating and ridiculous. Relationships were tested, googly-eyes were spotted, incriminating vines were made and some of my favorite characters returned!

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Juliette’s assistant is back from taking care of her ‘sick aunt’. I approve of anyone in Juliette’s life that is loyal and trustworthy. Speaking of loyal and trustworthy people in Juliette’s life, Avery is still hanging around trying to figure out how to get past the awkwardness of Juliet’s proclamation of love before the break. In typical Juliette-fashion, she decides to ignore the problem and brush him off. She’s got enough problems without boy drama, since people are still protesting her for breaking up ‘Charlivia’. Here we encounter my first probability problem in this episode: would people really be that vehemently upset? Anyway, Juliette lets them get under her skin while she’s with Layla and tells one rude man that ‘There is no God…that would listen to a crackpot like you.’ I’m no PR expert or anything, but maybe don’t put, like, a 3 second pause after you say ‘There is no God’. Maybe just speak like a normal human being and say it in one breath. Anyway, between the long pause and the clear phone in the shot, you knew this was going to be trouble.

And it is. The offending phrase ends up being Vine’d and Juliette’s haters multiply and get more vicious, even throwing black paint on our precious star! It seems her career is in a death spiral, so Juliette turns to the only other witness that could vouch for her — Layla. Layla, in huge character development, agrees to help Juliette out of the goodness of her heart. Just kidding! She just really wants Juliette to owe her one. Even with ‘pure-as-the-driven-snow’ Layla vouching for Juliette in a press conference called just for that purpose (really?) the hate doesn’t let up. Juliette is incredibly upset that people seem to intensely hate her now, and she cries as she watches people burn her photos and CDs on TV (Again, really?). While ignoring (a newly single) Avery’s call. Dang it, Juliette, just pick up the darn phone and let someone help you!

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Have you noticed that Rayna and Juliette rarely interact any more? I miss it. Anyway, in a completely unrelated storyline, Rayna is finally launching her own label, Highway 65. But that’s not even the best news – LIAM IS BACK. He swaggers in like the bearded hipster hunk he is and immediately tries to plant one on Rayna, who informs him she’s seeing Luke. Ugh, that guy’s still around? Rayna is worried that the single she picked for her new album won’t be successful (as the market research is showing), but Liam gives her the whole ‘you’re an artist, trust your vision’ spiegl. She eventually realizes that she’s not just an artist now, but the head of a record label and as such, needs to ensure her label financially succeeds. She tells Liam that she’s going to drop Better Days as the single to put stability for her daughters first. Liam sweetly agrees (ugh get back together already). Also she signed some band called The Cadillac Three which I assume is a real band because they name dropped them like five times.

Elsewhere in Nashville:

Peggy died. When they showed her poor corpse, I could practically hear the sigh of relief from fans and writers alike. RIP Peggy, I guess. Go work your crazy up in heaven, girl. Teddy is devastated and even holds a press conference himself to address the event. Again, is that realistic? Doesn’t he have people to do that for him? He takes refuge in going over the police reports multiple times and finds a bunch of inconsistencies and starts to believe more is afoot. I bet that ‘more’ has something to do with Rayna’s dad’s assumption that Teddy ratted him out.

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I’m about done with Scarlett. Girl needs to stop being a whiny wimp. At least she figures out that Juliette stopping by Avery’s room at two in the morning wasn’t business-related. Before she can really process all of that, she gets a call that Kelly Clarkson wants to record her and Gunnar’s song! The two harmonizing angels reunite to sing for Kelly and man, is it beautiful. More please always. Kelly loves it and wants the two of them to write more for her. But since Scarlett can’t be professional for one dang second, she tears up and tells Kelly that it would be impossible and then runs out. The panic in Gunnar’s eyes summed up my feelings perfectly. As she rants to Avery later, he asks what we’re all thinking: why is she so bothered by Zoe and Gunnar for this long? Is she really over Gunnar? She immediately brings up the whole Juliette thing, and they decide to call it quits. RIP Scavery. Things are looking up for Scunnar and Javery fans until we learn Gunnar and Zoe are still going strong (UGHHH) and Juliette is refusing to answer Avery’s sweet messages of help.

Since Peggy died, we know Will is alive! When Brent notices he’s been missing for a few days, Brent enlists the help of Gunnar to figure out what happened. A quick internet history search (so dangerous) shows that he conveniently googled a park right before he disappeared. Gunnar hunts him down only to find Wilderness!Will. Can that guy rock the scruff all the time? Yes to scruff, no to crazy self-loathing. Will’s hate for himself is teetering on madness but Gunnar manages to talk him down. It makes me so happy that Gunnar is such a good friend to Will, that’s exactly what he needs. However, once he rejoins civilization he runs into Brent and its clear that his confusion and hate hasn’t changed one bit. I have a message for Brent: You won’t fix him, he won’t get better, move on sweets.

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Deacon is in the middle of a writer’s block with a deadline looming. He ends up snapping angrily at lawyer girl in his frustration and I started to get hopeful that this couple might bite the dust, too. But then he admits that he can’t write because he’s always written from a place of pain and sadness and now, with her, he’s too happy to write from that place. Lawyer girl makes googly-eyes at him and I made a barfing sound. However, the episode winds down with Rayna and her daughters at Deacon’s, listening to a song Deacon and Maddie wrote together. And Deacon is definitely making googly-eyes at Rayna. They would be the cutest little family band ever!

What did you all think? Are you glad/upset Peggy died? Do you think Liam will stay forever? Can Juliette pull herself out of this career death spiral? Let me know in the comments below!

Katie Anaya

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