You know, I almost didn't bother saying anything about last night's episode of Nashville because the storyline I'm most interested in wasn't even featured and the storyline that irritates me the most got sent into downright offensive overdrive. And really, kind of in the way I once got sick of my every GH post being "Ugh, Sabrina sucks" and once got sick of my every OLTL post being "Ugh, the Fords suck," I didn't want to just show up here every week and post a rant about Scarlett. But I also really have trouble keeping my mouth (or typing fingers, as the case may be) shut when something is so egregiously horrible as the latest installment of the "Woe Is Scarlett" saga. Because really. Did y'all know she has a really, really mean completely one-dimensional and over-written plot device? Sorry, I mean mother?
Well, she does.
Look, there she is, being erratic and verbally and almost-physically abusive!
Look how subtle and nuanced this is! Scarlett cowers and whimpers at her mother's touch? WHAT COULD THIS MEAN?! Boy, you really have to watch this show closely to see what they're trying to tell us. You've got to be a real sleuth! (I was going to make a cute comment about having been quite the detective as a child but then it reminded me of How I Met Your Mother and I'm still angry and that can't be healthy.)
Anyway, it's basically as if the writers sat down and realized one of their central characters is not the manic pixie dream girl they'd intended but is actually a whiny annoying unsympathetic mess and said, "Oh hey, remember how we built dimensions for Juliette and Rayna? Difficult relationship with a parent! Let's introduce out of nowhere that Scarlett's biggest issue is a mustache-twirling cartoon character of an abusive mother! And even though we haven't seen a single sign of any of this, let's have one interaction lead to a total public mental breakdown for Scarlett! What heartless viewers wouldn't love her then?? Simple dimple!"
Well, I can't really defend anything they ever wrote about Rayna's relationship with Lamar, but thankfully she'd earned plenty of good will for us in other arenas. But it's really a bummer that the same team who wrote such an excellent and humanizing arc for Juliette about her mother (who actually was written with compassion and complexity) thought that this lazy trick was a good idea.