It was a night of reconciliation on Nashville. Everyone wants answers to their particular plight in life, and most received a verdict, whether they agreed with it or not. Rayna needs Highway 65 to be seen as a viable label. Avery wants his wife to acknowledge his existence. Will hopes that Luke will keep him around after coming out of the closet. Gunnar longs for Scarlett to ditch the doctor. Layla just wants to be seen and heard by anyone on her team. And Deacon prays that his sister recovers from the surgery that saved his life. That’s a tall order for an hour-long show, but in true Nashville form, we plowed through them all in the most dramatic way possible.
After Juliette told Rayna that everyone thinks Highway 65 is a joke, our perfectly coifed leading lady makes it her mission to sign the next big thing to her label. That “big thing,” according to the Conrad sisters, just happens to be Markus Keen (Riley Smith) who recently left his rock & roll band in search for a solo career. Rayna is blown away by her daughters’ acoustic version of his band’s song at the school talent show. She manages to magically score a seat next to Markus on a flight departing from L.A. By the time they land in New York, she has convinced the rocker that country music needs him and Highway 65 is happy to give him a home. Sign, sealed, delivered.
Next up is Avery. It’s been five weeks since he’s seen or spoken to Juliette, and watching her lose it on Live! with Kelly and Michael because “it’s so hard being away from my family” is beyond confusing. Avery’s hair is also confusing. At a launch party of her new album in Nashville, Jeff warns Juliette that in order to stay at the top of all the charts, she needs to put in some time with Avery and the baby. Juliette tells Jeff that Avery hates her, so Jeff convinces Avery to move back in the house because Juliette is too scared to ask him herself.
When Avery shows up holding the baby, every stranger within a 20-mile-radius is boozing it up in his living room. Juliette barks for the randos to leave. She begs Avery to stay, asks for his forgiveness, showers affection on her little family, and utters one very sad sentence to her daughter: “Hi. I’m your Mama.”
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Juliette and Avery walk the red carpet at her album party the next day and the paparazzi pepper them with questions. Avery hoists the baby up and announces that they are all going on tour together. Inside, Juliette takes the stage while the baby tests her little lungs with some massive crying. When the song is over, Juliette rushes over to see why her baby is suddenly possessed. Pam Tillis (the Pam Tillis) assures her that the baby just needs her mama. And probably a diaper change. Juliette bumbles through an explosive baby diarrhea situation before Avery steps in to save the day. He encourages her to mingle with her guests.
What he didn’t expect was for Juliette to skip out on the rest of the party, throw away her cell phone, and hop a plane with her entourage to finish the rest of the tour. With all the red carpet pics from that night and a brand-new phone number, she should be good to go for several more weeks without any pesky family issues getting in the way of her career. I hope Avery cuts his hair in protest.
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