‘Nashville’ Recap: Rayna & Scarlett Stand By Their Men

Thu, November 8, 2012 1:20am EDT by Add first Comment
Nashville Season 1 Episode 5
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Rayna & Scarlett both put an end to their love triangles — for now.

After weeks of awkward sexual tension between Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Eston), the country queen finally made a declaration on the Nov. 7 episode of Nashville: Her marriage to Teddy (Eric Close) is the most important thing to her. And she sealed it with a ‘click,’ rejecting Deacon’s late-night phone call — from jail.

Deacon had gotten into a little scuffle with a heckler outside the Bluebird and ended up in the back of a squad car; and Rayna might have been more likely to take Deacon’s call if she’d been aware of Teddy’s big secret.

We learned this week that Maggie (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) helped Teddy embezzle $2 million to help make ends meet. He claims they never hooked up, even though Maggie definitely wanted to, but a nosy photographer caught them holding hands at the end of the episode — so I guess we’ll all know the truth soon.

Mommy issues:

With an extra push from Deacon, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) was able to coerce her mother into rehab — but not before Jolene (Sylvia Jefferies) squeezed in one last little bender. And yes, waking up with some guy in your undies, then slapping your daughter, counts as a little bender for Jolene.

In all seriousness, though, I think Juliette/Jolene was my favorite part of the episode. Hayden and Sylvia are really selling this storyline, and I’m curious to see what their relationship is going to be like post-rehab.

Juliette returned Deacon’s favor by bailing him out of jail, totally unaware that she wasn’t exactly his first choice. It’s been a while since Rayna and Juliette actually crossed paths, but when they do, they’re going to have a whole lot more to fight talk about.

Three’s a crowd:

Nashville‘s other love triangle also took an unexpected turn, as Scarlett (Clare Bowen), Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery (Jonathan Jackson) agreed to settle their differences with a threesome — a musical threesome. But a jealous Avery overpowered Scarlett and Gunnar’s voices with his guitar, costing them a major recording opportunity. So… worst threesome ever.

Avery and Gunnar nearly came to fisticuffs at one point, even after Scarlett made it clear she’d chosen to stay with him. Gunnar tried to explain that he and Scarlett were just “acting,” to which Avery accused him of being a “good actor.”

And that’s actually true!

Are you rooting for Scarlett to leave Avery for Gunnar? How long do you predict it’ll take Rayna to change her mind? And who do you think hired the photographer to follow Teddy? Drop a comment with your predictions.

— Andy Swift

More Nashville on HollywoodLife.com:

  1. ‘Nashville’ Recap: Juliette Freaks Out On National Television
  2. ‘Nashville’ Recap: Rayna Learns A Shocking Family Secret
  3. A New ‘Nashville’ Scandal, Vanessa’s 90210 Return & More TV Scoop

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