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Nashville recap: 'I'm Tired of Pretending'

It’s Juliette vs. Layla, Deacon vs. Teddy, and Will vs. his demons in “I’m Tired of Pretending”

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NASHVILLE Tired Of Pretending
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TV Show
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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
Current Status:
In Season

War time! It’s Layla Grant (the country Katy Perry) vs. Juliette Barnes (the one and only Juliette Barnes, thank y’all very much). After Juliette downsizes Layla to opener-opener instead of second-opener on her tour, Layla tells the tabloids Juliette was having an affair with Charlie Wentworth. BITCH!

But here’s the thing: Those two barely liked each other in the first place! Charlie Wentworth is terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad for Juliette… and for once, she realizes this herself. She’s all, “Stop trying to push this,” and he’s like, “I love you,” and she’s like “I think you love games.” Juliette is so smart. But Charlie doesn’t seem to necessarily value her intelligence. He revels in the proof that she’s in the top percent of the one percent. That’s hardly any way to bring out the best in one’s romantic partner — both Will and Manager Glenn nudge Juliette towards this belief, but ultimately Juliette cuts the cord on Charlie herself.

Charlie’s so in love with games that he files from divorce from his wife and fellow Juliette Barnes stalker, Olivia. Mario ‘n’ Maria told us personally, so we know it’s true. I still feel like this whole Char-livia thing came out of nowhere and I’d be glad for it to disappear at any time. He’s so oppressively intense, and with no good reason. Even she’s not buying his act. Is he? At one point I outlandishly wonder if maybe Charlie’s sabotaging her — like he’s in on some sort of scheme and is, like, Layla Grant’s secret brother or something. But nah, pretty sure he’s just a shady rich-jerk character who’s just as uninteresting as we suspected.

Is Charlie going to die next week?! That would be awesome.

Anyway, Layla’s a monster who also assumes the power to give herself an encore onstage — after which Juliette is almost as rip-roaringly mad as her favorite jeans.

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(I hope these are jeans?)

Speaking of Juliette’s elegant fashion motifs….

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….she continues to favor a thong neckline! Even in a long-sleeved sweater. Thank God.

NEXT: Will would rather fling his face to the floor than date a female