What a sad, sad, sad episode for Nashville’s ““The Slender Threads That Bind Us Here”. Nobody wants to feel anything — Rayna, Juliette, Deacon, Scarlett are getting the brunt of the misery in this episode. Will anything ever get better for these guys in the land of country music? At least they’re getting in good writing in for their work, but jeez! How much more of this can we take?!
The gloom and doom begins with Beverly’s funeral. Deacon doesn’t even look at Scarlett, Rayna or the girls. Understandable, since you just lost your younger sister, but you need your family just as much right now, Deacon!
Zoey (Chaley Rose) is back! We find her singing a beautiful song at the funeral. Gunnar spots her and asks her for a meetup with coffee to catch up, but she shoots him down because she has a boyfriend back home. Gunnar, how many women do you need to pine over? First, Scarlett, now Zoey? Make up your mind! But it’s good that Zoey is there for Scarlett, because she really needs a friend.
Scarlett can’t confide in Deacon, Gunnar or Caleb. To be honest, I don’t know what she sees in Caleb. He’s too critical, too clinical. We know he means well, but it doesn’t come across and comforting. He doesn’t support her music, either. But Caleb finally catches on, because he asks Gunnar for help, and Gunnar writes a song to help the lovin’ going. Little does Scarlett know, when Caleb gets her back, that Gunnar actually wrote the song. Wait until she finds out! That’d be too funny!
But you know what’s not funny? Seeing Juliette go an even further downward spiral than before. She’s sleeping late hours, taking sleeping pills, even calling some scary doctor to help her “not feel anything” when she sees tabloid pics of Avery and Emily and Cadence looking like a happy family at a shady radio station.
While pretending that everything is sunshine and city lights in the spotlight, Juliette is calling Emily a “backstabbing whore”, when the full story is that Avery just needs someone to confide in because Juliette is never around.
What makes matters worse is when Cadence is sick with a high fever and calls Juliette’s useless assistant, Juliette says “if it’s not work then I don’t care”. I’m just so over Juliette and her nonsense; it has to be more than her PPD at this point.
On more positive news, it’s Grand Ole Opry time for Rayna, Layla’s debut and new artist Markus Keen!
Deacon doesn’t go because he doesn’t want any more sympathy thrown at him. Layla does a good job performing her lovely song, and Rayna is so proud, but it all pauses when Markus butts in and steals the spotlight from Layla. Layla is left with a temper tantrum to Jeff while Rayna and Markus rock it out on stage. Rayna isn’t too happy with him either, but Avery still has to produce his next album, so we’ll see.
Avery meets Markus, and he seems put off by the rock star only being able to remember the outrageous things about him, even calls him “Juliette Barnes’ baby daddy”. Sounds like someone needs a slice of humble pie.
Between Deacon, Juliette, Layla throwing tantrums and Rayna stressing over two high-profile music stars, life is not pleasant in Nashville. Hopefully things will patch up next episode.
Note: I’d like to wish Hayden Panettiere (‘Juliette’) best of luck in therapy as she deals with her own postpartum-depression. It’s life imitating art in the most heartbreaking way, and I hope she gets the help she needs.
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Synopsis and promo video for next week’s “Stop The World (And Let Me Off)”.
Rayna pushes back on Layla’s romantic relationship with Jeff, and Markus pushes back on his producer, Avery — which does not go well. Maddie joins Colt on Luke’s tour, giving the teens opportunities for more freedom than Maddie can handle. She turns to Juliette for advice and shocks Luke with the results. Meanwhile, Deacon and Scarlett head to Natchez despite their falling-out, and Gunnar enlists Kevin and Will’s help as “wingmen” in an effort to pick up a new woman.
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ABC’s Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10/9c.