Nashville has gotten into the good habit of fulfilling my wishes. The last episode, “You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave),” delivered both a breakup for Scarlett and Avery and an age-appropriate love interest for Juliette. This week’s episode, “Lovesick Blues,” brought another long-awaited moment: a Rayna and Juliette duet.

Even if I had hated everything else about the episode, I’d have to give “Lovesick Blues” some serious credit for that duet. Rayna and Juliette’s performance of “Wrong Song” was really enjoyable to watch. It was a surprisingly good song, and the two looked like they were having a lot of fun on stage.

The storyline building up to the duet was pretty great as well. The dynamic between Rayna and Juliette was one of my favorite aspects of the pilot, and I was thrilled to see its re-occurrence. However, there’s been a shift in the way I view the pairing since the pilot. Rayna had my full support in the pilot, but my loyalties have since started to lean towards Juliette. Both were pretty nasty towards each other in the episode, and honestly Juliette’s attitude was worse than Rayna’s. It’s just hard not to feel bad for Juliette after seeing how insecure she really is. In the pilot, Juliette came off as a villain who wanted all the glory for herself. In this episode, she came off as a scared young woman who was afraid to rely on anyone but herself.

Juliette’s insecurities also affected her relationship with the Tebow-esque Sean. (Side note: I really wish the guys in this show would wear nametags. I have the hardest time keeping their names straight.) When Sean refused to hook up with her, Juliette immediately assumed that he was gay or simply not really interested in her. Her reaction to his refusal was rash, but from what we’ve seen of Juliette’s relationships, it makes sense that she’d have a hard time accepting that someone wants to be with her without wanting anything from her. I’m thrilled that Juliette has found someone who is age-appropriate and treats her well. Sean bringing her flowers was really sweet, and I hope he sticks around for a while. I’d also love to know how the “choirboy” felt about the scandalously short dress Juliette wore on stage.

On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind if Rayna’s man just went away. I’ve tried to be somewhat optimistic about the election storyline, but the truth is that it’s just boring. In fact, I’m having a hard time mustering up anything else to say about it. I don’t think I would mind Teddy too much if he was just in the background, but the election story is such a drag that it’s making me really resent him.

Surprisingly, I also felt a bit of resentment towards Gunnar for the first time. The Scarlett and Gunnar storyline is messing with my emotions. Part of me wants them to be together, but the other part of me just feels bad for Hailey. Jealousy was a bad look for Gunnar, and I thought he was pretty unlikable in this episode. It’s understandable that he’d be conflicted about his feelings for Scarlett now that she’s no longer with Avery, but his attitude and actions in this episode were pretty over the top. Then again, I did think Scarlett’s line to him was pretty cute: “If I’m going to lose someone, I’m glad it’s not you.” I’m just not sure what to feel anymore when it comes to these two.

I’m still hoping that Scarlett and Gunnar will cross over into Rayna and Juliette’s storylines in the near future. While I was glad to hear Scarlett mention Rayna to Deacon, she and Gunnar still seem like they’re in their own little world. Who knows? Now that Nashville has fulfilled my wish for a Rayna and Juliette duet, maybe they’ll tackle the integration of Scarlett and Gunnar next.

How did you feel about “Lovesick Blues?” Were you as thrilled about Rayna and Juliette’s duet as I was? Are you still rooting for Gunnar and Scarlett? Does anyone actually care about the election storyline?

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Written by Julie Matthews. You can find more of Julie’s television-related thoughts and share your own by following her on twitter @iliketvandmovie or by visiting her blog I Like TV and Movies.



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