nashville season 1 finale rayna deacon connie britton charles esten abc 'Nashville': Disasters multiply until Jolene kills Dante

Disaster was inevitable in the “Nashville” episode, “A Picture from Life’s Other Side.” With romantic entanglements, legal troubles and general angst from every quarter, disaster may have been inevitable. It’s even possible that the murder-suicide of Jolene and Dante was necessary before the end of this one.

Here are the main disasters we get.

Romantic disaster

Everything is going peachy between Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten), but that’s not exactly sitting well with some other people. And by other people, I of course mean Teddy (Eric Close). After Teddy walks in on Deacon spending time with Rayna and the girls, he overreacts and issues a restraining order.

This is because Teddy is the mayor and is now a big man and tough and a total jerk.

Alas, Teddy has forgotten that Rayna is the tough and occasionally ruthless one in this relationship. She goes straight to her father to take care of the legal situation. He does.

Paternity disaster

Not that it matters. In all of this, the adults seem to have forgotten that Maddie (Lennon Stella) is a teenager with more independence than sense. She pokes around until she finds a box with every bit of incriminating paternity information.

This is going to be messy.

Opry/prison disaster

Poor Scarlett (Clare Bowen) — she really doesn’t have that much luck with guys acting appropriately. While she’s happily making her Grand Ole Opry debut and getting announced as Rayna’s new act, Gunnar (Sam Palladio) is acting like a gangster and getting sent to jail for fighting. Will (Chris Carmack), meanwhile, crashes Rayna’s boy-on-the-label auditions (thanks to Scarlett mentioning them). He impresses. But then he goes to jail with Gunnar.

At least Avery (Jonathan Jackson) shows up for her show.

Will and Gunnar get a little bonding time in prison (not that kind of bonding, you dirty-minded people!), but that does nothing to help either man’s relationship with Scarlett. She declares herself done with such foolish boys upon bailing them out of jail.

Business disaster

Tandy (Judith Hoag) thinks her father is old and feeble. Lamar (Powers Boothe) disagrees. We will apparently have to wait until next season to find out where this is going. We can wait.

Sex tape disaster

Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) woes with the evil Dante are far from over. He wants millions for the sex tape and doesn’t have an upper limit for his blackmail demands. Eventually, Juliette decides that she’d rather go public than keep paying.

Jolene (Sylvia Jefferies), however, has different ideas about how to solve her daughter’s problems. A helpful dealer with a whole lot of pills and a pistol later, Jolene confronts Dante and demands the sex tape. When Dante refuses, the inevitable happens.

A short time later, Juliette arrives to find Dante shot dead on the floor. Jolene is on the sofa, dead from an overdose.

We probably shouldn’t be shocked that it’s Juliette who is left to cope with the biggest disaster of them all.

Posted by:Laurel Brown