Nashville knows exactly what we want after last week’s episode. It knows we want deliberation over the health of Beverly. It knows we want to see if Juliette can pull out of her tailspin. It knows we want to see Avery, Will and Gunnar do everything with Cadence — seriously, I could handle a spinoff that’s just those three guys with the baby.
Thankfully, “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” gives us everything we want, even if that means a lot of tears along the way. The episode opens by checking in with everyone and seeing where they stand. There’s Juliette waking up from another bender, but also hopping on a treadmill. Is she turning her life around? Not likely, but hey, stranger things have happened. There’s Scarlett and Deacon looking on as Beverly is being tested and diagnosed, and there’s Maddie recording a song while Daphne sits in the principal’s office.
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Back to all that in a minute though because we need to start with Avery, Will, and Gunnar. Avery is doing his damndest to get through to Juliette on the phone, but he’s having no luck. Gunnar is doing his best to keep the situation in check, making pancakes for everyone (this guy!!) and telling Avery that he needs to calm down and focus on Cadence. Will, on the other hand, is eager to get out of the house that has a screaming baby in it and heads over to Kevin’s.
In fact, everyone leaves Gunnar hanging, as Avery also takes off and has a visit with Glenn, who tells Avery that he just needs to give Juliette some more time, that she always comes back. Avery doesn’t have the time or patience for that anymore, though, so he makes the only decision he thinks he has available to him. He gets Emily to look after Cadence for the day while he goes to visit….wait for it…a divorce lawyer! It’s drastic, but perhaps justified.
Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Scarlett and Deacon receive the worst news possible. Beverly’s suffered severe brain damage. She’s basically being kept alive by machines and her chances of recovery are slim to none. When the doctor suggests that taking her off life support and using her death to help other families through organ donation is a serious option, Deacon refuses to even listen. That decision isn’t up to him, though, as Scarlett learns that she still has power of attorney and needs to decide whether to take her mother off of life support or not.
That’s not an easy decision to make, especially as Deacon is so adamant about keeping her alive. Naturally, she turns to her boyfriend Dr. Caleb for advice, but he gives her a vague answer. He tells her that he can’t tell her what to do, that she needs to be sure of her decision, not him. He’s not exactly wrong, but what he doesn’t realize is that Scarlett needs someone right now. Get it together, Doc.
Thankfully, Caleb’s stubbornness allows for a brief reunion between Scarlett and Gunnar. Gunnar walks in on Scarlett singing a powerful song — seriously, those high notes! — and before he can even get a full sentence out, she’s hugging him and crying into his arms. I know this is a sad way to bring them back together, but damn, I just want these two kids to make it!
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