I don’t know if y’all have heard, but apparently Nashville has the wedding everyone has been waiting for! As a relative opponent of the Deacon/Rayna pairing, I take issue with this label of “everyone” imposed by the ABC overlords. But, I promise that won’t affect this recap. For all the Deacon/Rayna stans out there, let’s do this. The wedding bells are ringing.
“Forever And Always” is, of course, all about Rayna and Deacon’s big day, but it’s also a typical episode of Nashville, meaning that everybody’s drama gets some time to shine because none of these people can put their nonsense on the back burner, even on a glorious wedding day. Things start off well enough though, with Deacon getting fitted for his suit and practicing his vows while Rayna basks in the success of Markus’ singles. She can take most of the credit after all, considering Markus bailed on his publicity tour because he’s a giant manbaby who somehow dresses like an even sadder version of Steven Tyler.
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Everything seems to be going well until the rehearsal dinner at the Bluebird. First, when Daphne and Maddie get up to sing a song to the couple of the hour, Daphne just stops singing. She’s been at odds with her sister for some time now, and it seems the wedding has only made things worse. It doesn’t get much better from there though. When Deacon, Rayna, Maddie, and Daphne leave the Bluebird through a back exit, they’re swarmed by paparazzi. When they get just a little too close to the family, Deacon calls on his typical anger and pushes one of them to the ground. So much for a small, quiet wedding.
The next day, not only has the footage of Deacon getting aggressive with a paparazzi gone viral, but the location of their wedding has also been leaked. Rayna’s publicist says this is a worst case scenario, that not only will there now be paparazzi posted outside her wedding the whole time, they’ll have to deal with helicopters. Damn, Nashville is intense! Luckily, said publicist has a solution and sets about reconfiguring a private barn for the ceremony.
So, what’s happening with all the people who aren’t getting married? Well, Avery is currently losing his mind over Juliette. He hears that she’s getting better every day, and that her time with Cadence has been good, but he’s sick of living the lie. He’s had to pretend that everything’s okay for weeks now, and he’s reaching the end of his rope.
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Meanwhile, Cole is putting out word that Will is difficult to work with after Will dissolved their songwriting partnership. That leaves Will in a tough spot, so he decides he’s not going to the wedding because he can’t stand the idea of being around all those people in the industry. Essentially, Avery and Will are in similar boats — they’re having trouble balancing the truth with lies — but whereas Will decides to just ignore it all, Avery runs head first into the drama of the wedding. Spoiler alert: He doesn’t handle it very well.
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