Your Musical Guide to Last Night’s Nashville: Rayna Wants To Go On Tour and Juliette Pulls A Runaway Bride

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Well to be honest, there wasn’t much music in last night’s episode of Nashville. That may seem odd for a show that’s supposed to revolve around the music industry, but don’t worry there was good reason for the change up. And of course that reason was drama, lots and lots of drama.

The last episode before the break was pretty explosive for the show’s two leading ladies, Rayna James  and Juliette Barnes, and this episode picked up right where they left off. Juliette begins the episode in the back seat of her chauffeur-driven car with new husband, Sean Butler. I’d like to say I was surprised, but sadly I was not. This is a horrible idea, which Juliette only came up with because she was (a) pissed off about the way Sean’s mother treated her and (b) determined to have a happy life after what she endured with her mother.

The problem with all of this is that Juliette hasn’t actually fixed any of her problems. Sean doesn’t even really know her (which is a shame because I decided tonight that I actually do like him). He only sees the sides of her that she wants him to see, and obviously that isn’t a way to have a healthy relationship. It’s sad that her ex-addict mother, whom she has a horrible relationship with, is the only person who has the balls to say this to her. So naturally Juliette doesn’t listen. And while she did manage to get herself all dressed up for the big church wedding Sean’s parents insisted they have, she never quite makes it to the ceremony. Oh well, I guess that just means more drama for next week!

Rayna is still upset with husband, Teddy (Eric Close) this week. She needs to get away from him, his political campaign, and everything that goes along with it. So naturally, she decides to go on tour with Juliette. The catch? This time she wants to bring the girls with her. Since obviously that wouldn’t look good for Teddy’s campaign, Rayna’s father is quick to threaten her with revealing Maddie’s paternity. What a tool! Thankfully, Teddy immediately tells him to go to hell and we learn that he’s known all along that he isn’t Maddie’s father.

Rayna decides to go on tour without the girls, and the couple leaves things awkwardly. But even I must admit that I gained a new respect for Teddy in this episode. (I still one hundred percent think she should get back with Deacon, though!)

“Twist of Barbwire”

Played By: Scarlett (Clare Bowen)

Scarlett is the only one to do any real singing tonight, and she totally kills it. Though, she wouldn’t have even had the opportunity if her ex-boyfriend, Avery, wasn’t such an ass. He leaves his band without a frontman, and Scarlett fills his shoes for a night.

I’d just like to say that I’ve never really been a fan of Avery. At first, I thought maybe it was just because I desperately wanted to see Scarlett dump him for Gunnar. But now that he and Scarlett are over (at least I think they are, even though they hooked up this week), I still find myself with a dislike for Avery. He gave me every reason to in last night’s episode when he screwed over his oldest and dearest friends for a shot at fame. Here’s to hoping that Atlanta record exec ends up being as big a creep as he seems.

Things are as crazy as ever in Nashville, and it looks like it’s only going to get more intense next week. The Juliette/Rayna tour is finally happening, plus I can’t wait for the backlash from Juliette’s stint as a runaway bride.

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