There’s only one episode left in this season of Nashville, and with the news of ABC canceling the show, it certainly changes how we view these past few weeks. The show is more disjointed and messy than ever, and there isn’t much time for the show to end on a satisfying note, especially with the finale already filmed and ready to air. Nashville could end up somewhere else (it’s not likely, though), but for now, all we have are these last few episodes. So let’s get to it!
“It’s Sure Gonna Hurt” picks up with Luke making an appearance on The View, and it’s the start of the episode’s best subplot as Luke and Will continue to get the most interesting material week after week. Luke once again jumps to Will’s defense, but that kicks off a chain of events that nobody sees coming and calls Will’s relative silence into question.
Meanwhile, Scarlett and Gunnar still can’t see that their life is a romantic comedy and that they’re destined to be with one another, so they’re still not talking to each other. That allows for both of them to go their separate ways when Scarlett takes off for the headphones commercial she agreed to do and Autumn invites Gunnar on a trip to meet Elton John. Apparently Autumn knows every single white male musician from the ’70s. I’m looking forward to Gunnar meeting Paul Simon next week.
Nashville doesn’t have too many couples doing too well right now. Rayna and Deacon have booked a whole day of therapy, both as a couple and as individuals, while Avery sees that Noah has decided to stay in town with Juliette, and that makes him feel all sorts of jealous things. Of course, Layla isn’t too happy to see it bothering him, but Layla hardly ever seems to be happy these days, mostly because no one seems to care about her at all. Hard to blame the girl. (Side note: Are we getting to any revelations about Jeff sometime soon? I sure hope they address it in the finale.)
At their therapy session, both Rayna and Deacon go on about how magnetic their relationship is. Rayna describes it as “inevitable,” as if the two have no choice but to be together, and Deacon calls Rayna his “everything.” It’s nice to see those two be vulnerable and honest, but there’s no guarantee they can fix what’s wrong with their relationship, especially with Maddie still out of the picture and the family fractured.
Speaking of fractures (nailed it!), Luke gets a call from a hospital in Fort Benning saying that Colt’s been injured in an accident. When Luke shows up at the hospital, his dad fills him in on what happened. He says Colt got jumped because Luke’s been defending Will in the media. Luke’s father isn’t one to mince words, so he just straight up blames Luke for what happened to Colt. Solid parenting there.
Back at therapy, the doctor only has one suggestion for the unhappy country couple. He says that Deacon needs to learn to unburden himself of his guilt in regard to his actions when he was an alcoholic, and Rayna needs to begin taking steps toward forgiveness and tearing down the emotional wall she’s built up. Back at the house, though, Deacon isn’t so sure. He thinks he’s nothing but a bad part of Rayna’s life, and it looks like he might leave just to give her some peace.
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So, Gunnar gets a big surprise when he meets Elton John: The man wants Gunnar to perform a song on stage with him. This just keeps happening to him! Anyway, Gunnar of course accepts, and the two share a song on stage, and it’s a dream come true for Gunnar. Of course, Autumn, a vulture in human form, is there to swoop in and make sure he knows whom he has to thank for the opportunity. And by “thank” I mean “have sex with.”
It’s such bad timing because back at Scarlett’s photo shoot for the commercial, she’s forced by the photographer to open up about her feelings to truly capture what she feels when she hears her songs. So when she hears her duet with Gunnar, she cries, and a montage of previous moments flashes across the screen. It’s moving and touching, but it might be too late for Scarlett. She’s finally ready to admit she’s in love with Gunnar, but surely things won’t be so easy now (or ever).
Things aren’t any easier for Avery and Layla as he’s looking at his phone during her whole performance and then gets overprotective when Layla is trying to show him that she needs a little more attention. Things get weird when her showcase goes well, and Avery offers to take her out to celebrate, only to make a bit of a face when Layla calls him her “boyfriend.” It’s unbelievably awkward. Well, what did you think you were, Avery?!?!
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Elsewhere, Juliette makes things a little easier with Noah. As sweet as his rapport with Cadence is, Juliette just doesn’t think there’s a connection, so she breaks things off with him. He seemed kind of boring anyway — he hated Tommy Boy! — so I can’t blame her. It looks like we’re heading toward the eventual reconciliation of Avery and Juliette, but it’s unclear if there’s enough time left in the season for that to happen.
Alright, back to Will and Luke, the episode’s best subplot. Colt’s injury and an awkward radio appearance have both Luke and Will reconsidering their public fight against homophobia. That all changes, though, after two supportive comments. First, Colt wakes up and tells Luke that he was standing up for him, that he’s proud of what his dad’s been fighting for. Then a man shows up at Will’s home and tells him that despite what he thinks, he is speaking for a community of people. He says that hearing Will come out allowed him to accept himself.
That leads to Will calling Luke and saying that this is his battle to fight from now on, that he needs to start taking responsibility. He wants to go on Cynthia Davis’ show and talk to her face-to-face. Luke, with a smile on his face, agrees to the proposition. “Go get her, son,” he says.
“It’s Sure Gonna Hurt” ends with Rayna and Deacon, though. There’s still a divide between them, but they obviously feel drawn to each other. Deacon hasn’t left, so he hasn’t given up, and Rayna recognizes that, reaching across in bed and grabbing his shoulder. He reaches back and grabs her hand, the two of them trying to figure out just where they go from here. Nashville might be trying to figure that out, too.