Oh Teddy. Poor, stupid Teddy. Your past has officially come back to haunt you in a big, big way. Wednesday night’s episode of Nashville was perfectly titled “I’ve Got Reasons to Hate You,” not only because many of the characters in tonight’s episode dealt with feelings of hatred and anger, but also because the audience got the chance to really hate a few of the same characters as well. Jeff Fordham is back to being his usual hateable, Satan-like self, while Teddy is definitely hated for inevitably attempting to silence his idiotic mistakes. But there was so much more drama than just the Teddy and Jeff of it all. So let’s just jump in head first without thinking, much like Teddy himself.
Rayna is still definitely in bad shape after calling off her wedding to Luke, but Luke is acting more like the dump-er than the dump-ee as according to Mario Lopez and the Extra team (who randomly make a cameo), Luke has consistently made public musical appearances since the news broke. Apparently Rayna’s public image has gone from Queen of Country and strong woman, to a broken, rehab resident. According to Sadie, who visits Rayna at her office, people believe that Rayna is either in a psych ward or rehab facility to deal with her depression over the end of her almost marriage, or she’s in Mexico with Deacon. Honestly, if the latter were true, that’d be a great twist in the series. Bucky tries to put his manager’s hat on by attempting to get Rayna out of the house and back into the spotlight in a good way, but apparently that hat doesn’t really fit all that well in this particular time of crisis. Rayna finally agrees to perform at the Bluebird as that is the only place worth going in order to come out of her self-imposed exile.
However, things don’t go well when Rayna gets to everyone’s favorite cafe as she sees a picture of her and Deacon performing and reminisces over their life together, mostly through the difficult moments. The flashback makes Rayna too upset to stage her comeback performance and she leaves just in time to have Maddie berate her about Deacon—until Maddie realizes how badly her mom is dealing with her conflicting emotions. Sometimes Maddie can be a huge brat, but she clearly loves her mother and only wants her to be happy. She, just like many of us, sees that Deacon is the one who can make that happen for Rayna, but Rayna and Deacon are still not ready to do so. So instead, Maddie and Rayna decide to write a song together and perform with Daphne at the Bluebird as Rayna’s big comeback appearance. The moment together onstage is beautiful to be sure, but it would just be even more special if Deacon were around to join.
Speaking of Deacon, his life is getting more and more difficult as his liver cancer continues to ravage his body much faster than previously thought. This storyline is genuinely devastating to watch especially considering how good a person and family man Deacon has become. He is none too happy to see Scarlett’s mother, Beverly, pop in for a visit, especially after he realizes that Scarlett tricked her into coming to get tested for a liver transplant. Deacon’s not ready to reveal the news about his cancer to Rayna or anyone, much less his estranged, crazy sister. And unsurprisingly, Beverly is also none too happy about the trickery, as she was hoping to patch things up with Scarlett rather than be asked to cut out part of her insides.
Beverly ends up taking the test to appease Scarlett but then lies and says she’s not a match when she was clearly approved for the second round of testing. Sure, being asked to donate part of your liver for someone is a difficult decision, especially if the family members are as estranged as Deacon and Beverly. Her reasoning isn’t completely off-base, she doesn’t understand why she needs to help her brother out of a dire situation that he created for himself with his drinking, and even Deacon understands the logic. But Scarlett does not and honestly I’m not too fond of it myself considering how much Deacon has tried to turn his life around. So with the angriest face I’ve ever seen on a human, Scarlett basically disowns her mother for the betrayal. That kind of hatred is unlikely to go away anytime soon.
NEXT: Jeff finally uses his biggest and blackmail-iest card against Teddy