And we’re back y’all! Approximately zero minutes have passed since Rayna broke the news to Luke that she was not ready to get married, and he took it about as well as expected: By driving his car into his wedding cake. Clearly he didn’t think through his actions because not only did he waste a perfectly delicious post break-up snack, but car clean up is going to be a nightmare. Wednesday night’s midseason premiere of Nashville focused heavily on transitioning relationships from the aftermath of Juliette and Avery’s surprise wedding to Will and Layla’s partnership in the aftermath of her suicide attempt. But of course the crux of the episode was spent dealing with Rayna’s next move after calling off the wedding, and how it affected all of her loved ones.
If Rayna thought her kids were upset before about marrying Luke, they’re definitely more upset now. Daphne stormed out on her mother because she was looking forward to being Sage’s sister, and Maddie was so angry that Rayna wasn’t immediately running to Deacon’s door that she threw her own tantrum. Rayna cannot get a win today folks. Well that’s not entirely true, she definitely dodged a bullet with Luke. After processing the news that his wedding is off, Luke immediately drives to Deacon’s home, cake still on his car, and confronts him about always being in the way and confusing Rayna away from happiness. He then utters a hideous line, “I should’ve known better than to ever go sniffing around that bitch,” which justifiably gets him punched right in the face. When Rayna goes back to Luke’s house to try and reconcile at least a little so the former couple can make a joint statement to the press, he decides to do the exact opposite of reconciling by insulting Rayna’s desire to be in a relationship with him in the first place. He tells her that being together has put her back on the map and away from the danger she was headed toward of essentially becoming a has-been. He does however get one thing right, Rayna was always and would always be in love with Deacon, and that connection was too difficult to ignore for all parties involved.
Juliette and Avery’s storyline for the episode was a rather tame and slightly boring one, which actually made it all the more realistic and sweet. The newly married couple agreed to start moving Avery’s possessions into Juliette’s house so they could properly start their life together. Just one problem: Juliette’s none too happy about seeing her house changed and cluttered with Avery’s stuff. The two get in a fight over where to place Avery’s “comfortable chair,” but it’s resolved rather quickly when Gunnar’s actual problems make Avery realize he’s got it pretty good right about now.
As for Gunnar, the poor guy not only found out he’s not Micah’s father, but he also no longer has any legs to stand on in his custody battle against Micah’s grandparents. Obviously, there’s no way the judge would rule in Gunnar’s favor at this point because Micah’s grandparents are financially better prepared and, as we find out from Micah’s grandmother Linda’s testimony, she’s been raising Micah with her husband since the day he was born. To add insult to injury, Gunnar finally reveals to Micah that he’s his uncle and not his father—Micah immediately accuses Gunnar of being a liar and proclaims that he never wants to see Gunnar again. Gunnar and Rayna should really get together and swap stories of their awful days sometime. And maybe Sadie should join in, as the newest addition to the cast buys a gun anonymously thanks to a nasty shiner from her abusive ex-boyfriend and files for a restraining order that is sure to cause more drama and violence in her life. No abusive ex in the history of soapy television has ever looked at a restraining order and thought, “Oh, well since the law is involved now, I guess I’ll just apologize for all the hurt I caused and leave you alone forever now.”
NEXT: Will and Layla get a huge weight lifted off their shoulders