This week, Maddie came back (then left again), Juliette thought about her career choices, and Deacon kissed his lawyer. Just a typical week in Nashville.
First things first, let’s get the boring storylines out of the way. Edgehill thinks that Will’s song (also known as the song he “borrowed” from Gunnar in last week’s episode) could be a hit. After asking Gunnar for permission to use the song, Gunnar turned him down, claiming that he wanted to keep the song for himself. This did nothing positive for their friendship, but hey, it’s Gunnar’s song so he should be able to keep it.
In other boring news, Zoe and Scarlett went to a bar and sang a duet together. Teddy proposed to Peggy in the least exciting way possible, which makes a lot of sense considering their characters are the least exciting people ever. Also, is it just me or is anyone else having a hard time keeping up with the status of Peggy’s pregnancy? Has she been lying this whole time? Have I been fast-forwarding through her scenes that often? Either way, she doesn’t seem to be pregnant, and she is lying. I don’t care. I don’t trust anyone who does care.
Now for the exciting stuff. Maddie came back and she was brattier than usual. After attending a gala with her family and seeing the shiny rock on Peggy’s hand, she ran away. Rayna seemed to think she might have gone to Deacon’s, but when she got to Deacon’s and found him with his lawyer (not as interesting as it sounds), she realized she wasn’t there. Instead of running to Deacon, Maddie enlisted the help of Juliette, who picked her up at a gas station and made sure she was reunited with Rayna. This allowed Rayna and Juliette to have a bonding moment after it was announced that Rayna would not be touring with Juliette due to a need to “spend more time with her family.” Juliette claimed that she understood and suggested that Rayna talk to Maddie about Deacon. Rayna eventually took Juliette’s advice, and later found Maddie and Daphne singing one of Deacon’s songs (so happy they finally had a song this season!).
Rayna’s family time may mean that Juliette has no one to tour with anymore, but after some careful consideration, she surprisingly chose her mini-me, Layla Grant, to open for her. This choice will allow Juliette to focus on her newer music while still appealing to her younger fan base via Layla’s “youthful” image. This was a smart career move on Juliette’s part, but this only means that we will be seeing much more of Layla, who I personally think is a sneaky little girl.
Speaking of sneaky, Tandy has been investigating her mother’s death. In this episode, she seemed to believe that her father had something to do with it, and she is determined to bring him down. This storyline isn’t very strong yet, but I do believe it will bring some more scandal to later episodes of Nashville.
So, what do we think is going to happen next? Will everyone soon find out that Rayna’s voice isn’t what it used to be? Will Maddie and Daphne sing more duets? Will Juliette’s tour with Layla go smoothly? Will I ever find Peggy interesting? I guess we’ll have to keep watching to find out.
Lauren Mahaffy is a Syracuse, NY native and a recent graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in music business. As much as she would love to be in LA eating burgers at In-N-Out and working at a record label, she is currently spending some time at home with her dog, Princess Sparkle. When she is not job hunting, she can be found binge-watching TV shows on Netflix, posting funny gifs on Tumblr, and singing Miley Cyrus songs in the car. Read her embarrassing tweets @laurenmahaffy