Every now and then, Nashville gets a little crazy and goes off the rails. It’s just part of the show’s DNA. Story lines build up, and then they come crashing down in a flurry of insults, misunderstandings, and straight-up terrible behavior. “The Trouble With The Truth” is one of those episodes — just about everyone acts like a horrible human being and everything that can go wrong does go wrong.
The episode opens on Rayna and Deacon prepping for court, and they don’t look too happy about it. Their lawyer assures them that everything should be fine, though, that they have a lot going for them and Maddie doesn’t have much to back up her claim for emancipation. For a while, it looks like Rayna and Deacon will be just fine, but this is Nashville, so that doesn’t last long.
Meanwhile, Scarlett and Gunnar are late for their interview with Rolling Stone, but they couldn’t be in a better place. “It wasn’t just the scotch,” says Scarlett after Gunnar worries she’s going to think they made a mistake. Rather than be filled with regret, the two seem closer, even slyly holding hands under the table during the interview.
Will and Juliette are doing pretty great, too! Will hears his song on the radio while he’s in the shower, and his joyous reaction is adorable. That dude deserves it. Then there’s Juliette, who learns she’s snagged an Oscar nomination for her first film role. Things are looking up for those two, at least for now.
Of course, things take a turn for the worse when Juliette calls to tell Avery the news and realizes he’s still in bed with Layla. That’s when she just goes off on Emily for some reason, saying that the only way this could happen is if Layla is manipulating Avery for some larger purpose. Um, yeah, you might want to take a step back and think about that for a second, Juliette.
Juliette can’t leave it there, though. She calls Luke to deliver the same diatribe, shouting about how poisonous and manipulative Layla is. Luke, somehow, is the voice of reason here. He tells Juliette that she’s probably being paranoid. She doesn’t want to hear it though and just throws her phone. Everything’s fine, totally fine, nothing to see here.
Because this episode is largely about everyone being terrible, Will and Luke have to come under fire for “pushing the homosexual agenda.” That’s what Cynthia Davis, an anchor in the Fox News mold, says on air about Luke and Will’s appearance on Good Morning America. Luke tries to fight the thing head on, going on Cynthia’s show to defend Luke, but a poorly timed “technical difficulty” means his message doesn’t get across. Let’s just say it: that’s a stupid, contrived way to tell a story, Nashville. Shame on you.
Thankfully, despite all the nastiness (and ridiculousness), this is turning into one of Nashville‘s better story lines. There’s something interesting in the way both Will and Luke are approaching the pushback to Will’s sexuality. As Luke says, though, it’s not about to get easier. Will finds that out at the end of the episode when his car is vandalized, slurs spray painted across the whole vehicle.
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