Dug this episode. There was some definite progress storyline-wise and major character growth. First, Rayna, who's still fighting the good fight where her career and marriage are concerned. The former is worth saving; the latter, otoh, not so much. Rayna has had to do some things she didn't want to do for professional reasons-the "Greatest Hits" album, the commercial, firing Deacon- but they were for the greater good, career-wise, plus they gave her the incentive she needed to go in a new direction. On the Raycon front, as much as I heart Deacon, Rayna was right not to bail him out of jail. Deacon should have known better than to let some drunken douchebag get to him where Rayna's concerned. Given Deacon's past issues with addiction, I didn't blame Rayna for jumping to the wrong conclusion.However, Deacon does deserve props for helping Ma Barnes get into rehab and telling Coleman about the pills. That deacon has still managed to stay clean despite being around drugs and his memories of rehab is to his credit, as is his keeping things with Juliette platonic this week. "Side Show," the song Deacon performed at the Blue bell, could have just as easily been about Juliette as it was about Rayna. Raycon's taking a break from each other is the right thing to do for now, but given Teddy & Peggy's little secret, their secret meetings and the photos of them together, chances are that won't last long, which is fine with me.
I actively dislike Rayna. Other than being played by Connie Britton who is outstanding, I find nothing likable about Rayna James. She is an entitled, bratty little diva who wants everything her way.
I respectfully disagree. IMO, those words apply to Juliette, not Rayna. Juliette may have had to struggle for her career, but so has Rayna. For one thing, back in the day, the girls at her country club & in high school dissed Rayna for liking country music. Lamar may have been financially supportive of Rayna's career re her first album, but he wasn't emotionally supportive of her or her mother, which is apparently why the latter cheated on Lamar. Rayna didn't even know
about Lamar's paying for her first album, much less asked for it. In her own way, Rayna has had to fight just as hard for her success as Juliette. I've never seen Rayna treat her employees or the cops the way Juliette has. If Rayna wanted "everything her way," then she would have just relied on Lamar where her career was concerned. Rayna's not perfect, but she's not spoiled, either.
Re Teddy & Peggy, they're not only bores and liars, their trusting Lamar makes them fools as well. Those photos of Teddy & Peggy may not be kinky, but they do
prove that they're hiding something big, at least big enough for them to meet in secret under cover of darkness, which makes Teddy's asking Rayna if she slept with Deacon or even though about it both annoying and hypocritical. Rayna hasn't told Teddy everything about her feelings for Deacon, but she's been way more honest with Teddy about Deacon than Teddy's been with her about Peggy. Even worse was Teddy's giving Rayna the same lame response to Rayna that Avery gave to Scarlett: "I'm trying." My response: "Try harder, asshole."
When it comes to character growth, Scarlett has definitely done some in this episode, especially in the spinal area re Avery. It's about time Scarlett saw the light where Avery's concerned. It may have taken a while, but better late than never. Scarlett asked Avery for help, but he helped himself instead, at her & Gunnar's expense. As much as Scarlett has proven her loyalty to Avery, he should have gotten the message a long time ago. Scarlett got tired or constantly reassuring Avery and told him so, in no uncertain terms. Avery's all for Scarlett's being herself, as long as she doesn't steal his sunshine-what little that exists, that is. About Gunnar & Hailey, they are cute together. I like that Hailey has set boundaries in their relationship, but I also liked Gunnar's telling Hailey that she shouldn't be the only one to d it.
Edited by DollEyes, Nov 18, 2012 @ 2:57 PM.