Between Juliette’s career crisis and Rayna’s marital woes, it was a wonder that the ladies were able to perform any shows on their tour this week on Nashville. The men in their lives struggled to stay out of the way of these two troubled tornadoes.
Rayna’s Rocky Marriage
Rayna (Connie Britton) was irritated when her husband Teddy (Eric Close) called her to discuss their impending divorce right before she was due to go onstage. She seemed a bit shell-shocked onstage and missed her cue, but she quickly recovered. Deacon offered his ear to Rayna, but she held him off, wanting to talk to her children before anyone else.
Teddy, unfortunately, wasn’t as careful, and his daughter overheard him discussing the divorce on the phone with his mistress, Peggy. Rayna, meanwhile, drowned her sorrows with her guitarist Liam, and after a few drinks found herself kissing the cute younger rocker outside his hotel room. She flirted with taking things further and wound up in tears in the bathroom, but Liam comforted her. Deacon noticed their closeness the next day and stomped off in a huff.
Rayna was less than thrilled to be home to break the divorce news to her daughters. The older girl told her mother about overhearing her dad and his mistress on the phone.
Juliette Takes Charge
Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) was happily finding her own way through a changing stage show, much to her manager’s dismay. Juliette’s manager Glen went behind her back to meet with her production team and veto all of her new decisions. Deacon was annoyed to be excluded from the meeting and confronted Glen. When Juliette learned of the secret meeting, she pitched a proper diva fit and screamed at all of her staff in the middle of the night, causing Glen to quit. Deacon scolded her for her childish behavior and warned that it would not endear her to the crew.
Juliette settled in to her new home, chosen by her assistant. In a lonely mood, she called her mother to offer her extra room after rehab.
Elsewhere in Nashville
Rising star Avery (Jonathan Jackson) had his own frustrations as he was struggling to pay rent while waiting for his record deal to pay off. His creepy cougar manager offered to let him shack up with her again, but he wanted to stand on his own. He considered selling his publishing rights, not willing to trust the warnings of the cougar. He was later flabbergasted to receive a check for $100,000.
Gunnar’s jailbird brother flew back into town claiming to want a relationship. Scarlett wanted Gunnar to ask him to leave, but Gunnar explained that he felt guilty because his brother never told the police that Gunnar was at the scene of his crime. Scarlett relented and allowed the fugitive to crash with them. Gunnar admitted that his brother had serious musical talent of his own, and the three roomies performed a pretty song to close the show.
The next episode (in two weeks) looks explosive, with Juliette’s drunk mother and Rayna’s extramarital exploits causing even more drama for the tour. Will the ladies regret their bold moves this week?