‘Nashville’ Recap: Rayna and Juliette’s Tour Hits Some Bumps in the Road

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Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) have hit the road! Their first stop brought them to San Diego and things were hotter than that Southern California sun.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s episode, “I’m Sorry for You My Friend.”

What’s an exciting tour without some last minute drama? When Rayna’s obnoxious new guitarist quits at the last minute she begs her manager to find her someone she can work with. Of course, nobody is going to be Deacon (Charles Esten) but she got herself the next best thing: her recording partner Liam McGuinnis (Michiel Huisman).

Liam is a pistol who was just not feeling any of Juliette’s crap. He didn’t have to be so hard on the pop princess when everyone knows she’s got personal crap going on right now, but then again he doesn’t owe her anything. I will say this for Juliette, I do think she works harder in the face of adversity.

For instance, she was going to skip out on a certain song because of the memories it ignited, but in the end after a dressing down by her ex Sean Butler (Tilky Jones) she seemed to put things into perspective. That was a sad scene between Juliette and Sean. I think she genuinely did care for him. Juliette just has a shaky background that has led to commitment issues.

Sean feels more sacred in regards to marriage. He thinks Juliette married him to get sex and an impulsive rush, in which case he would be correct. However, two people said, “I do.” In the end, Juliette conceding to the annulment was the right move. She already hurt him and humiliated him enough.

Does this quickie marriage with one party’s refusal to divorce remind you of anyone else? Hmm, perhaps someone whose ex feels like they were defrauded? C’mon Nashville, now you’re just pulling straight from the Kardashians – err, headlines!

While Juliette was trying to solve her divorce drama before the show, Rayna had to decide whether or not she wanted to fly home for election night to support Teddy (Eric Close). Do you think she made the right move? They both know their marriage is kind of beyond repair, it was just illuminated by Coleman’s (Robert Widsom) comment in his losing speech.

Coleman couldn’t help but lament that it didn’t matter if he won or lost, because he was just lucky to go home to his wonderful wife. Coleman knows about Rayna and Teddy’s marital strife, not just as an old family friend but because he was the one who leaked the photos of Teddy and Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley).

I can’t believe I actually bought that their relationship was only about shady financials. Did you see that almost kiss? Things are only gonna get more intense from there. Speaking of, what did Lamar (Powers Boothe) mean when he implied Teddy bought that election for himself?

Big ups to the writers for getting me really invested in Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett’s (Clare Bowen) storyline this week! I cared about Gunnar’s past and I felt like we finally got an understanding as to where his attitude was coming from lately. I wasn’t too surprised that Deacon’s bandmate ended up being a skeeve, especially since I remember him from his role on True Blood.

Avery? Eh still don’t care much. Who would you choose, the fast talking executive who makes lofty promises or the manager who won’t sign you unless you sleep with her? Tough call.

Buzz Moments

OMG: Juliette apologized to another human being. I’ll be damned.

Thank You, TV gods.: Liam stating the obvious: “I put on the boots, clicked my heels three times and didn’t turn into Deacon.” About time.

Awk-ward: Coleman’s backhanded dig at Teddy and Rayna’s crappy marriage. I’m sure he is grateful for his wife, but he knew what he was saying had a double meeting.

Hotness: Juliette’s wardrobe this week. That red dress and the Loubs, I’m green with envy!

Fab-u-lous: Deacon kicking Cy’s (Daniel Buran) ass when he almost sexually assaulted Scarlett.

Can. Not. Wait.: The reunion between Deacon and Rayna.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8. Great episode. Nearly perfect minus Avery and the political storyline that is starting to lag.

How are you enjoying the tour so far? Will Deacon join the tour? Will Teddy and Peggy hook up?

Leigh Raines

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