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‘Nashville’ Recap: Rayna & Deacon Make Sweet Music Together

Thu, October 18, 2012 12:49am EDT by Andy Swift 3 Comments
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A steamy duet brought back Rayna’s old feelings for Deacon — and Juliette isn’t about to let him go.

At first it seemed like Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) vendetta against Rayna (Connie Britton) was purely motivated by a drive to succeed in country music, but the Oct. 17 episode of Nashville revealed the real reason behind the ladies’ feud: Deacon (Charles Esten). And marriage be damned, Rayna definitely came out the victor this week.

No matter how many how times Juliette took her top off, or opened her mouth ever-so-slightly to talk dirty, the heat between her and Deacon paled in comparison to his chemistry with Rayna. He eye-humped the crap out of her during their duet at the Bluebird, and they sounded amazing.

As I watched Juliette sobbing in the audience, I wanted to step into the show, shake her, and tell her to go deal with her crippling daddy issues. At one point this week, she literally said to Deacon, “Something about you makes me want to grow up.” If you really break it down, that’s pretty messed up.

Before all of that went down, Teddy’s (Eric Close) team grilled Rayna on her past with Deacon, which led to a few surprising revelations: Not only did Deacon have a near-fatal substance abuse problem, but Rayna paid for his rehab, and visited him regularly. She also never “officially” ended her relationship with him, which is also super awkward. I guess this adds more fuel to the theory that Rayna’s oldest daughter is actually Deacon’s.

Meanwhile, Scarlett (Clare Bowen) is quickly learning that every step forward in her music career means a step back in her relationship with Avery (Jonathan Jackson). He wasn’t too happy to find out she’d been making music with Gunnar (Sam Palladio), and even less excited when she told him Watty White (J.D. Souther) offered to produce their demo.

I give their relationship another three episodes. Oh, and Scarlett will kiss Gunnar within the next two.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Which couple is going to give into temptation first, Rayna and Deacon or Scarlett and Gunnar? Vote below, then drop a comment with your thoughts on the episode!

— Andy Swift

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