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Nashville recap: Didn't Expect It to Go Down This Way

It’s nothing but chaos as Maddie runs away, Riff is in the hospital, and Autumn is still trying to break up the Exes

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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
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In Season

After a few weeks of relatively upbeat episodes, tonight’s Nashville gets back to the messy drama we’ve all come to know and (mostly) love. There’s runaway teenagers, misguided romances, alcohol binges, and escorts. “Didn’t Expect It to Go Down This Way” has a little bit of everything, and it’s kind of a lot of fun.

Things pick up exactly where last week’s episode left off, with Autumn flirting with Gunnar for one reason or another. She’s doing her best to bring him into her life, even offering to take him with her when she goes to New York the next day so that he can meet his idol James Taylor. He smartly declines the offer, though, after he realizes she doesn’t want Scarlett to come along.

Meanwhile, a few folks are getting back in the game, but the game means a few different things here. There’s Juliette, who’s having breakfast with Emily and Ed, stating that she’s eager to keep her career going. She’s not about to go on the road or anything, but she wants to get started on a new album. Then there’s Will, who’s just trying to get back in the dating game after working with Kevin day after day. Working with your ex will leave you feeling a little wanting, that’s for sure.

For the first time in awhile, Layla gets some good news. She’s told that her opening set is going to be filmed. There’s only one problem, though, and she just doesn’t know about it yet. Riff is still missing, and there’s a chance that Luke will have to cancel the show if he can’t find him or a replacement.

She also doesn’t have a bandleader as Avery was hesitant to accept that gig. Well, at least he was hesitant until Juliette came over with the baby and started talking about her own album plans and her idea of having Avery produce. Then he jumps at the opportunity, telling Juliette that he’s heading out on Layla’s tour. Damn Avery, you really have to get your affairs in order. You’re looking a little frazzled.

What’s even crazier is that he’s planning on bringing Cadence on tour with him! Now Juliette will have even less time with her daughter. Like, I get where he’s coming from; the dude’s been through a lot with Juliette. Still, he got all upset about her leaving to film a movie, which she then dropped out of, and now he’s heading out on tour? And with a baby in tow? Seems kind of hypocritical to me.

Back at the James household, things aren’t going so well. Rayna is finally back home and talking to Deacon about what happened with Maddie. Once she hears it all, she decides to sit down with her and figure the whole thing out together. When she goes up to her room, though, it’s empty. Maddie’s run away and a number of frantic phone calls confirm that nobody knows where she is. She does text them at least to say that she’s safe. I guess that’s something.

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