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Nashville recap: 'Road Happy'

Juliette makes the dumbest move in the history of text messaging and pregnancy news as Will starts to break down once again thanks to his difficult secret.

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Nashville Recap


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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
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In Season

A text Juliette? A TEXT? And I thought getting dumped via Post-It note was the worst form of communication I’d seen on television. Along with featuring Rayna dealing with parenting issues, Deacon bonding with Will, and Gunnar getting some obvious yet still obnoxious news, Wednesday night’s episode of Nashville also showcased Juliette with a devil may care attitude rather suddenly when she decided to finally tell Avery he is the father of her baby, via a text message that just read, “I’m pregnant. It’s yours.” I’m surprised she didn’t throw in a baby emoji just for giggles.

Clearly the currently downward spiraling baby daddy did not take the surprise well, especially considering he received the message as he started his court-mandated community service for being found drunk in some random family’s car in their driveway. Avery tried to get more information, mainly he tried to make sure this wasn’t all some sick joke, but instead got his phone taken away by the roadside trash pickup, community service monitor. Before we immerse ourselves too deep inside the psyche of Miss Juliette Barnes, we have to talk about the episode as a whole. “Road Happy” showed many of our favorite (and perhaps not-so-favorite) characters juggling life on tour with other dilemmas and story lines.

Starting with Rayna and Luke, both big time stars continued their separate tours. Whatever happened to their joint “Honeymoon Tour” by the way? Seems like that idea fell by the wayside rather quickly. Rayna was enjoying her time schmoozing with press and random important fans and bringing Sadie for the ride when she received a phone call from her younger daughter Daphne saying she missed her mother. After complaining about not getting to see Rayna all that often, Daphne asked her mother when she and Maddie would see her again? Ray eventually plans a fun trip with the whole family, including Luke and his son but excluding Luke’s daughter who apparently had dance camp to attend. (If it’s anything like Camp Rock, count me out. If it’s anything like that jazz dance class in Center Stage, count me so in.)

Daphne wasn’t really feeling this family trip as “Ruke” had to go off and take care of commercials, interviews, and whatnot intermittently, so she throws a typical pre-teen/teen tantrum, tells her mom she sucks, and storms out of the trailer. Rayna makes it up to the girls by taking them bowling and spending some fun times with them where Rayna also gets to bond with Maddie, who has seen a less-than-flattering picture of herself in a tabloid mag and starts doubting her beauty. Rayna tells her daughter that when she dealt with the “haters” of the Country world and beyond, she decided to be the best version of herself (presumably that means selling her soul to the Devil for the perfect hair), and advises Maddie to do the same.

Maddie takes her advice but the process is one Rayna was not too happy about as Teddy realizes Rayna is very clearly the cool parent out of the two of them and decides to make up for his boring-ness by taking the girls to a “beauty day”: Daphne gets her ears pierced and Maddie gets highlights. Rayna is not pleased at missing the transformations to her daughter and for the first time in… well, ever, I can’t put all the blame for the bad decision to overcompensate on coolness on Teddy alone. The poor, dumb man was influenced and persuaded to be the fun parent by Jeff Fordham, who is very clearly only chatting up Teddy to eventually sign Maddie and Daphne to Edgehill with just Teddy as the signer. It seems like a smart move until you think about the plan in detail: Can Maddie actually get signed if Teddy gives permission? Technically, she’s not his daughter, she’s Deacon’s. And no one better mess with that duo, despite how good Daphne says she’s getting on the ukelele. Teddy also meets a lady tonight and impresses her by telling her he’ll get her out of her parking ticket. The joys and seduction of local government, ladies and gentlemen.

NEXT: Gunnar, can’t you get your own storyline?