Nashville! Wednesday Night. Best Night Ever! Rayna. Deacon. Scarlett. Will. Gunnar. Teddy. Super crazy Peggy. What will happen this week?
Okay. Okay. Fine, I’ll tell you.
Deacon and his Life: After deciding to leave the music business for his own good, Deacon finally finds himself in a solid place. He’s still dating the doctor and as happy as he could be after he recent car accident past. People recognize him as the “Deacon Claybourne,” but he only says that he used to be that guy. Juliette approaches him, asking for him to return as her band leader for her newly devised tour. He declines, admitting his hand isn’t better and that he no longer wants to live that life style. Juliette lets it slip that Rayna is having trouble singing and getting back to her old form. Deacon is shocked by this information, so he visits her to talk. When these two get together the chemistry always flows. In the episode’s best scene, Rayna and Deacon tell each other that they can’t give up on the music industry that they’ve helped to shape. There is no other choice for these two musicians. Deacon uses this pep talk to influence his advice with Scarlett later on. She wants to give up, as she isn’t keen on the non-music aspects of the business. Deacon attempts to convince her to stay in the game, as she’ll miss it too much, as he is beginning to realize.
Rayna and her Voice: Rayna is still trying to course correct her vocal issues with vocal instruction, but isn’t making much progress on the mental aspect of her recovery. She’s so afraid that is won’t heal, that her voice isn’t healing as fast as it normally would. Her life is full of stress and tension at this point, as Edgehill is pushing her to finish the record and only see her label as a side project to help artisits that the big conglomerate will eventually sign to a contract. Rayna then asks her father for the money to buy out her contract so that she can make the album she wants with no outside hands harassing her or her music. Later at the concert, Rayna makes a surprise appearance to invite Juliette to join the Grand Old Opry, but it’s really just a ploy to get her onstage. When she is basically forced to sing, her fear takes over. After the audience and band leader help her by singing along, she gains the courage to finish the song. Boy does she nail it. Now, with her voice and confidence back, she called Jeff out on spreading the rumor of her voice disappearing and reveals her plan to leave Edgehill for her own record.
Scarlett and her Naiveté: Will, Layla, and Scarlett are prepping for the music school benefit performance. The show features the “youngsters” of the Edgehill label, so they are all being taken in for media training. Scarlett, who isn’t the red carpet type like Will and Layla are, is told to condense her story and be more direct about it. She can’t alienate her fans by saying she “fell into” a singing career. As Layla and Scarlett are preparing to head out onto the carpet, Layla suggests that she ditch her notecards, just be herself, and wing it during interviews. Scarlett does this to with no success. Edgehill’s Jeff watches her crash and burn, so after the tense argument, he sends her away. Luckily this distraught singer/song writer goes home to her uncle for a little pep talk. When she goes home from the event, Will sees Layla smiling and calls her out on sabotaging Scarlett. Will, holding a little grudge with Layla, is asked by Edgehill to create the illusion that they are together, as the fans love it!
Juliette and her Pride: Even though Juliette suggested that Layla open for her revamped tour, she’s already over the annoying new pop princess. In an effort to shorten Layla’s set time, she negotiates with Jeff to pick and Edgehill male to play with the two girls. Juliette picks Will (who is grateful to his ex-lover/PR guy for the opportunity), but still needs a band leader. At the concert, she is surprised to see that Rayna is onstage, but is shocked when she’s asked to join the Grand Old Opry. This is a tremendous honor for the young star. As she is backstage with her manager, they over hear Rayna discussing how her invitation was just a ploy to get Rayna at the event. Seeing that even close people can’t be trusted, she apologizes to Avery, who is thankful for her apology, but also turns her deal, to rejoin the band, down.
Gunnar and Friends: Gunnar and Avery have teamed up to write music. Now that they both work at the Bluebird Café, they have time to sit and create during the day. After Avery suggests that their new song needs a female voice, they bring in Zoey to fill in the vocal blanks. This, of course, leads to Gunnar and Zoey hooking up and causing a whole new web of issues. Zoey sneaks away in the morning, unsure of what just happened in the context of their friendship.
Lamar and his Daughter: Lamar meets with Teddy in an attempt to settle their differences once and for all. Lamar offers to be a sponser on a Nashville music festival that Teddy is trying to put up, but is denied. He wants no part in Lamar’s want to get back into the financial circus that is Nashville city development. After learning that her father may have been behind the death of her mother, Tandy turns her dad into the Federal Government. In order to receive immunity, she is not allowed to mention what she has done to anybody. Just and Tandy is about to confess to her father, the episode ends with Lamar swearing his revenge on Teddy, who he believes is behind this all.
After a few weeks of uneven storytelling, this episode is more along the lines of what we want from this show. Plots and characters have settled and begun to develop, but the music is still lacking. I did, however, enjoy Avery and Gunnar’s new song. Now that the larger puzzles are falling into place, I expect this show to cruise nicely through this nice season.
Keep On Watchin’!