Last week on Nashville Teddy and Peggy were shacking up, Maddie was having a teen angst breakdown (though it led to us finally getting a little Maddie/Deacon conversation, so I’m all for it), Deacon was making out with the lawyer (of course), Scarlett and Will were struggling with their new roles at Edgehill, Gunnar was brooding about literally everything, ever (Gunn, you were my favorite, stop disappointing me), Juliette was bitching over having to sing her old songs and turned to up & coming pop country star Layla to take some of the bubblegum flack on her new tour (sans Rayna) and Avery was a bar back at the Bleubird. All caught up? Good. Because things are about to get real emotional up in here y’all.
Of course, we’ve known for the last couple of episodes that Rayna’s voice just isn’t what it used to be after the accident. But tonight’s episode brought that story line to a head with lots of the drama we’ve come to expect from Nashville. After planning to show Jeff “the Wyatt side of Rayna Jaymes” she talks to her father about lending her $20 million in order to buy her songs and take Highway 65 with her (Though he gets arrested for racketeering and having his assets frozen later in the episode so that’s probably not gonna happen. Sorry Ray.) But after being put on the spot at Luke Wheeler’s benefit to perform for her adoring fans, Rayna’s emotions may get the best of her but her voice… oh her voice in on point. It was a bit anticlimactic to have her go from no voice to perfect voice, but I guess when you’re a legend like Rayna Jaymes miracles can happen.
Deacon is still hooking up with the lawyer, yadda yadda. Whatever. What I really loved seeing this week was the scene with Juliette. The two used to be close and I appreciated seeing them hash out some emotions over music and, naturally, breaking the news to Deacon about Rayna’s voice. We already got see him feel incredibly guilty over the accident when he thought Rayna was dying but watching him feel guilty over the death of Rayna’s career as a singer was no less emotional. It was music that brought those two star crossed soul mates (yeah, I said it) together in the first place and watching neither of them think they’ll ever be able to play is almost like watching their relationship end a second time. We get to see a little glimpse of what Deacon’s next step in the industry might be as he plays a gorgeous duet on piano with Scarlett at the end of the episode… and I’m seriously happy just to hear him playing again. Let’s get back to business Deacon!
Juliette is happy to be back in the spotlight (of course) with her headlining tour but is discovering that adding Layla to the bill was probably not the greatest idea (obviously.) She is having a hard time finding her footing without Rayna, without a band manager and, clearly, without Avery as she comes down to the Bleubird to apologize and offer him his old job back. He declines (because saying yes would have been TOO easy) but does take the key to Juliette’s recording studio. Can those two just get together already? It’s probably the biggest ship I’ve got sailing on this show at this point and that’s kind of saying a lot.
How are the new kids at Edgehill doing, you ask? Well, Scarlett is going through an age-old struggle with the big record company taking her down-home folksy style and trying to turn her into a blinged out country star complete with memorized sound bites and glitzy outfits. And who decides to help her feel more comfortable with the press? Miss Layla Grant. But, wait! Layla’s got eyes for Will who is convinced that Will’s only got eyes for Scarlett. So “helps” by telling Scarlett just to be herself. Which, none of us are surprised to find out, Jeff is none too happy about, going to far as to kick Scarlett out of the event completely. Ouch.
Meanwhile Will is no longer Jeff’s Golden Boy after Gunnar refused to hand over his song. But with Juliette’s big idea to add some male energy to her tour, Jeff has decided to add Will’s name to the roster, if he can knock it out of the part at Luke Wheeler’s benefit concert. Does he? But of, course. Expect some serious drama with Layla on the tour, as he has already gotten the inkling that she sabotaged Scarlett and then Jeff asked Will to pretend to date her for the publicity. #LayalAndWill! Uh oh.
Elsewhere in town, Tammy got Lamar arrested, but in order to do so has to sign a gag order (keeping her from telling Rayna about her father’s role in their mother’s death.) Nothing can possibly go wrong there, huh? Meanwhile Lamar thinks it was Teddy who sold him out (and Tandy more than lets him believe that) and vows to get back at him.Will Teddy regret this as much as Lamar says he will? I mean, probably. This is Lamar we’re talking about and that old man has always got something up his sleeve.
Oh, and can we talk about Gunnar and Avery working on music together? Because it’s actually kind of the best. I never thought I would see the day when these two would be able to sit in a room together without wanting to punch each other but it’s working out well for my eardrums. Of course Zoe had to be added into the mix (to keep her character relevant? Why is she even here?)
And here we go y’all, Gunnar and Zoe, hooking up just as I expected. I did not throw my remote at the TV but I just have to say again, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME NASHVILLE WRITERS? NO. PLEASE NO. JUST NO. What Gunnar’s story line really needs is an old girlfriend to come back into the picture, the first girl who broke his heart, the one he wrote all those love songs about before he met Scarlett. Maybe she was his first writing partner. One who knew his brother Jason as well as he did, but who wouldn’t give up everything to move to Nashville with Gunnar and be a waitress at the Bluebird while they tried to make the music thing happen. Clearly I’ve given this a lot of thought. Hit me up ABC. Let’s talk. I’ve never acted before but I’d also be willing to audition for the role…
Kerri Jarema is the creator and editor of Lydia Magazine. She was born and raised in New York City and still calls it home. When she isn’t busy writing and editing she can usually be found with her nose in a book, watching way too much TV, fangirling on Tumblr, singing very loud when no one is around, obsessing over everything British and exploring her favorite neighborhoods. Find her on Twitter @kerrajar.