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Nashville “Can’t Let Go”

Photo Credit: Mark Levine/ABC

Photo Credit: Mark Levine/ABC

Last season left us with some crazy cliffhangers — Scarlett kissed Gunnar, Juliette had a post-partum meltdown and walked out on her Highway 65 contract, Teddy got ‘cuffed, Will outed himself, and someone’s surgery went south. We all went into the summer wondering if it was Deacon or his horrid sister Bev.

Thank heaven that question was answered right off the top. We fast forward a month from last season and find Deke is okay but keeping vigil over his comatose sister while Rayna tries to keep Highway 65 from spiraling downward. Juliette is taking the same path as her abandoned label, with all night drunken parties and Hollywood premieres while Avery is back at his parents’ house with their baby in tow. From the sound of things, the two newlyweds haven’t talked in weeks. In a moment of toilet-hovering clarity, Juliette dials Rayna, weeping and asking for help. And that’s how the Season 4 opener begins. If that’s any indication of how the season is going to play out, this will be a fun fall indeed!

Will Lexington spent the entire month in bed hiding from the world after he revealed his sexuality to a room full of reporters. He took Luke Wheeler’s advice to “lay low” to the extreme and his songwriter boyfriend has about had enough of the pity party. I suspect we will watch Will grapple with his new public identity all season as he tries to hold on to his career in a music scene dominated by men who sing about making out with their girlfriends in the beds of trucks whilst sipping on a six pack.

Although I am super-relieved Deacon made it thru the liver transplant intact, I worry how his and Ranya’s relationship is going to play out. If Bev doesn’t make it out alive, that could throw a wrench in their re-blooming love, and with Teddy in prison, Daphne is feeling pretty resentful of Deacon’s role in their lives.

Over in Juliette’s drunken haze, things keep getting worse. And even after getting screwed over by Juliette, Rayna still can’t relinquish her mother-hen instincts! She flies across the country to check up on the star, who greets her with pecking jeers.

Gunnar and Scarlett pick up their beautiful music after a month apart and before they even finish rehearsing one song, they have their tongues down each other’s throats. Scarlett stops things before they round second base. She says Dr. Hottie makes her feel “safe” and that she would like to be “in love” with him. Things don’t look good for that relationship, if you ask me. I predict she and Gunnar will be limbs entangled by the end of the October.

Meanwhile, back in Ohio, Avery decides it’s time to head home to Nashville and get back to the business of pursuing dreams and raising his daughter. Avery rolls into town and it looks like a scene from Three Men and a Baby. Gunnar, Will, Avery & baby Cadence are roomies, y’all!

Looking ahead to this week and beyond, will Beverly get better or be an end that devastates those around her? Can Juliette and Avery move beyond her abandonment of family for career? And will Highway 65 get an injection of talent that will take it from “vanity label” to a real Nashville contender?

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.

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One Comment

  1. Wow, Juliette is a hot mess. I don’t even know why Rayna bothered going out to visit her…and then I guess she got what was coming to her when Juliette finally called her out for running a vanity label. Argh I love this show but one thing that bugs me is almost everybody is unlikable now.

    I did love that they used “Hold Me Up” by Conrad Sewell during the crazy party in Juliette’s hotel room. It’s crazy to hear how much influence Michael Jackson still has on music these days, this song is a great example.

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