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Nashville recap: When There's a Fire in Your Heart

As Scarlett and Gunnar head out on Autumn’s tour, Rayna deals with feelings of loss, and Maddie begins to rebel

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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
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In Season

Last week’s Nashville was surprisingly pleasant as the return of Juliette Barnes seemed to signal a shift in the show’s tone. This week, things aren’t quite as optimistic, but there’s still levity to ” When There’s a Fire in Your Heart,” which makes it one of the more enjoyable episodes of this season. A little heart goes a long way!

But seriously, any episode that starts off with Gunnar professing his love for James Taylor is fine by me. He and Scarlett have shown up for their first date as the opening act on Autumn’s tour. They sit in on her weekly tour meeting, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. It’s not long before things take a turn, though. Autumn straight-up fires a guy who’s been on her tour for six weeks right in front of everybody. That immediately worries Scarlett, and for good reason; it turns out she fired her last opening act, too.

Meanwhile, everyone else is trying to enact some changes in their life. Juliette is feeling good but is eager to get back to work; she just doesn’t know where to start. Then there’s Rayna, who’s planning a benefit concert for a charity for at-risk youth, and Maddie, who’s eager to get her songs out into the world. Things are changing for that whole crew, and by the end of the episode, things have really changed.

Then there’s Layla. She’s completely stuck in a rut, frustrated that Avery has no time to record her album and pissed off that the Exes got the tour slot with Autumn. She’s eager to figure out a plan quick, but just like Juliette, she’s not sure where to start.

Rayna, on the other hand, is starting to put all sorts of plans into motion. With Layla’s spot with Autumn falling through, she has a new plan for her up-and-coming artist: She’s going to bring her on a ten-date tour of her own. That’s right, Rayna James is eager to get back out on the road, partly because she’s sick of being seen as just a businesswoman these days. My question: What about the at-risk youth you were just so excited about?!?

Juliette is trying to do the same thing, essentially. She wants to get her life and work back in order, and that naturally leads her to Glenn. She approaches her old manager and friend with the hopes of rekindling some sort of business partnership. Unfortunately, Glenn has no interest in engaging in that volatile situation again, leaving Juliette to brainstorm other options.

Meanwhile, Maddie is getting a little rebellious, and Cash isn’t helping the situation. She tells Maddie about how she used to sneak out of her parents’ house to play shows when she was Maddie’s age, and SURPRISE, that gets some ideas in Maddie’s head. Who would have thought? She convinces Cash to get her a set at a local underground bar where she usually plays, and surely nothing could go wrong with that.

Then there’s Will. Poor, poor Will. He’s back talking to Luke and excited to work on the album, but not everyone at Wheelin’ Dealin’ Records is excited for him. Still, Will is doing what he can and trying to get along with everyone. That’s a good strategy to have considering Luke decides that he wants Kevin to work with Will on his album. No breaks for Will ever.

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