Excited for episode 4 of the hit show but struggling to remember what happened last week, or you just missed it and forgot to DVR? Well look no further.
The first thing I am gonna say is Sideboob-Gate! Apparently going into the 8th grade requires you to bare belly and sideboob. Definitely a lol! moment for me from Rayna’s young daughter. Plot-wise Juliette’s mother, Jolene, turns up and the drama unfolds. Juliette tries to avoid her and then when she shows up at her house unannounced she gets security to escort off the premises after a heated argument. However, Jolene shows no intention of skipping town and begins causing trouble in Nashville, getting into an altercation and stealing some food. This provokes Juliette’s manager to advise her to let her mother stay in her house, in order to prevent her getting into any more trouble. Juliette reluctantly agrees but refuses to be in the same room as her, instead going shopping, stealing some nail polish and being caught on camera by some teenage girls.
Juliette is also still attempting to win both Deacon’s heart and his place on her tour. She wants him on an exclusive tour contract, but he refuses. She sucks up to him by asking him into the studio to record the song they wrote together and magical moments and things happen. They go back to her place and sleep together, and Deacon seems to be coming round to the idea of touring with her, until at the end of the episode Juliette goes to him and he outright refuses to go. This seems to be their official break-up and Juliette storms out furious.
Meanwhile Rayna has been avoiding speaking to Deacon about their tender moment singing their old song on stage, but eventually Rayna sums up the courage to ask to meet him to discuss things. Tearfully, she says she knows she has to let him go, but she doesn’t want to, because him and music to her are the same, no separation. It’s a tender moment amongst the rest of the episode’s drama, where she implies that she still loves him but also loves Teddy and has no idea how to navigate the situation. Deacon leaves without really responding.
Rayna is also struggling with her relationship with her father, and when Teddy is found to be in huge debt because of the campaign, she receives a cheque from her father for $500,000. However, this is not without stipulation, as in order to take this money she must agree to a contract which severely limits what she can do career-wise. She confides in her sister about her frustrations only to discover that the reason her father hates her career so much, is that before her mother died she had been having a ten-year affair with a singer-songwriter. She confronts her father about it and we find out that he has been absent from her life because of running away from the memories of her mother. Although close to tears, Lamar is very defensive, hating that he feels Rayna puts her happiness above her own family, obviously relating to the trauma he still feels from his wife’s betrayal. The conversation does not end well.
The question as to what Teddy has done in his past continues as the debt issue causes Rayna to suggest taking a loan against the house. She offers to go with him but he quickly declines, looking suspicious. When he goes to enquire about the loan, the suspicion becomes worse as Teddy decides against the loan due to the threat of an investigation into his financial past.
On a completely different note, Scarlett and Gunnar go to the legendary studios to record their song, but she chokes and can’t complete it. She goes home upset after Gunnar says that as it’s only to get publishing, any girl can sing on the record, and she doesn’t have to have anything to do with it. Avery, upon hearing of this, convinces her to try again and stands in the control room while she sings to him from the live room. It’s implied that she feels guilty singing these love songs to Gunnar and this makes her feel uneasy about her relationship. I still have a feeling that she and Gunnar will end up together however, and he is obviously lovesick.
This week was all very tangled, complicated and love-triangle ish, and I’m torn as to what I want to result from each situation. However, I’m sure things will really start to develop in episode 4, tonight on ABC, 10/9c.