Is everybody ready for the second episode of my new favourite show? Juliette is. She opens the epi by prancing around in shorty-shorts and a bustier last seen on Xina in the Lady Marmalade video. Tres trashy! Capping off the look is cowboy boots. Now, I grew up in Alberta so I know my cowboy attire. These things do not look good on anybody but a cowboy wrangling up some cattle. When chicks wear them, I just wonder about how funky their feet smell after being in them. Much is made about Juliet’s fans being preteens, yet her new song features lines like “You left your secrets in my bed.” Ummm, totally not appropriate for the target audience, amiright? That shit is disturbing.
Rayna is just trying to her kids to school on time, being superwoman and all, yet she’s stymied by Juliette again. All the roads are clogged because Juliette is shooting her new video.
See? I’m superwoman! World-famous country legend AND I take my kids to school myself. No nanny! And I’m raising my girls right – see the oldest in the dorky glasses and shirt buttoned up to her chin? And the adorable pinafored poppet in the back seat? Because I’m a mom first.
So, Juliette’s arc appears to be that she wants to be taken seriously as an artist. She is tired of people assuming she’s only good at singing pablum for infants. She wants more out of her career. I know I’ve said it before, but I really do love her character. She’s smart, she’s rich off her OWN money and she wants to challenge herself. She’s actually a pretty good role model in certain respects. Not sartorially but she’s not the she-demon I was thinking she would be after the pilot episode.
Rayna meets with her manager Bucky and mentor Watty to discuss next steps. Watty’s big idea, and it’s a pretty good one, is to change Rayna’s stadium tour to a small venue, intimate duo tour – just her and Deacon. Like the old days. When they were young and in love. And Deacon was stinking drunk or drug-addled.
Rayna and Teddy discuss the sitch in bed. Teddy is loaded down with papers and notes about his campaign. He tells Rayna he is not comfortable with the idea of her touring a deux with her ex-lover. She sasses back that she wasn’t comfortable with his decision to hop aboard Daddy’s train to Hell and run for mayor. He asks her, very sincerely, “Isn’t it enough that it’s important to me?”
Seriously, she says that. With a mean little smile on her face. What a bitch! Rayna, stop being like this! You’re making me hate you. And I don’t want to hate you, with your forty-something sexiness and your pants and your not-surgically-enhanced face. I’m begging you.
Watty is all up in everybody’s bidness as he makes a proposal to Scarlet and Gunnar. Write three songs together and he’ll produce the demo. Given Watty’s stature around Nashville, this is a huge endorsement and pretty much guarantees entrée into the real music scene.