Last night’s episode of Nashville was a big one. Aptly named, “Where He Leads Me” had all of the characters facing some pretty major changes in their lives.
At the center of it all was Rayna James (Connie Britton), who finally learned her husband’s dirty little secret. She can rest assured he hasn’t been cheating on her, but she doesn’t look too thrilled he embezzled money either. It looks like they have a rough road ahead them. She married him because he was supposed to be the safe one, but now all her trust in him seems to be gone.
Speaking of the man Rayna left behind (well sort of), Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), was grappling with some pretty big news himself. He had an invitation to join what appeared to be a legendary country group called The Rebel Kings. No one understood why he wouldn’t jump at the chance to hit the road with these boys. I’d imagine all that time away from Rayna probably had something to do with it. In the end, he actually makes a smart career move and decides to join the band on their tour. Though with his longtime love going through such a rough time in her life (cough marriage cough), I doubt he’ll be away long.
But these two weren’t the only ones dealing with drama last night; the rest of the cast was too.
Things seem to be going pretty well for Avery since his dramatic confrontation with ex-girlfriend, Scarlett (Clare Bowen), last week. His extracurricular activities with that cougar record exec lady are clearly paying off, since he gets an offer to play his stuff in Atlanta from Dominic Wells (Wyclef Jean). But the celebration gets cut short when Wells informs him that if he wants his big break he’ll have to leave behind the band he’s played with since middle school. Talk about a buzzkill.
“For Your Glory”
Played By: Hayden Panettierre (Juliette Barnes)
I wasn’t so sure about the Juliette’s relationship with her kinda-sorta boyfriend Sean Butler (Tilky Jones) after he revealed last week that he’s saving himself for marriage. I was even less convinced that they were going to last when he invited her to church with his family. But it seems like he’s a good guy who’s genuinely interested in her, so I thought maybe this would be good.
When she arrives at church, she’s greeted by his picture-perfect loving family, complete with a sister who’s Juliette’s number one fan. Juliette seems to warm up to the family right away, and even agrees to sing a song with the sister’s church choir. They all enjoy a family dinner together after church and it looks as if Juliette has found the family she never had growing up.
That is until the claws came out. Sean’s mother makes it clear that she doesn’t want Juliette anywhere near her precious baby boy. Couple this with the speech Juliette receives from Deacon about her own mother, and I could feel a storm brewing. As soon as Sean pulled up to Juliette’s house, I knew what was coming. She lit candles, laid out flowers, and then she proposed. As in marriage. To a guy she’s not even really dating. This should end well.
“When The Right One Comes Along”
Both Scarlett and Gunnar are back on the market this week, both fresh off of break ups. Gunnar’s girl finally decides to call it quits after he jumps down her throat for suggesting Scarlett try out for another band. I felt bad for Hailey, but Gunnar’s feelings for Scarlett have been obvious since the beginning. Well, obvious to everyone but Scarlett of course. She looked like she was going to have a heart attack after Gunnar finally kissed her.
It looked like they were going to be taking a break from each other for a while, after Scarlett’s freak out. But then they got the news that someone is interested in their song “Fade Into You.” It looks like these two won’t be able to avoid each other after all. Score!
Things are certainly heating up in Nashville. At the end of this episode, Rayna seemed to almost welcome the idea of going on tour with Juliette. Talk about a plot twist! Too bad we have to wait another month to find out what happens next.