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'Nashville' recap: 'Stop the World (And Let Me Off)'

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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
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In Season

Several Nashville relationships are teetering the line of a pivotal make-it-or-break-it moment. This is good news for anyone who is weary of watching a record producer with terrible hair bounce a screaming baby while being emotionally abused by his country music artist wife. If Ross and Rachel taught us anything, it’s that people need closure. And boy, did we get some closure.

Juliette and Avery

One of the more annoying members of Juliette’s entourage welcomes her out of a drug-induced sleep. She hands Juliette a few pills and a mimosa — the breakfast of champions. Juliette sees her red-faced reflection in the mirror and immediately flushes the pills down the toilet. She’s ready to reach out to her husband, even though he is currently signing his name to divorce papers. 

Juliette kicks herself for thinking that there was something going on between Avery and Emily. She calls Emily to apologize and texts Avery with her new number, asking him if he can talk. This sends Avery over the edge. He’s not going to drop everything to be at her beck and call. Especially since he’s producing for Markus now. 

You remember Markus, right? He’s the dude who decided to become a country music artist, yet he has no clue about the genre or time management skills for that matter. He needs Avery. Unfortunately, when he sees Avery on the phone talking to his lawyer, he becomes an obnoxious famous person and later fires Avery for “talking on the phone like a girl.” Also, it’s best if you keep your mouth shut while Markus is working. He probably only drinks the water with the special electrolytes too. Before Avery’s blood has a chance to start boiling at that “keep your mouth shut” comment, Markus fires him. CLOSURE. 

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Meanwhile, Juliette learns that she has no memory of Avery calling to tell her that the baby was sick. She fires everyone around her and rushes to the jet to head to Nashville. She runs into Avery just as she’s leaving. She throws her arms around her husband and apologizes for everything she’s done. Avery asks for a divorce and full custody of the baby. CLOSURE AGAIN. 

Deacon and Scarlett

It’s time to clean out Beverly’s house, and Deacon is there to make sure Scarlett doesn’t toss out anything sentimental since she has a habit of throwing things away. Ouch. Scarlett is unable to bounce back from Deacon’s blatant dig on her ending her mother’s life. She melts down and leaves the house. Deacon receives a call later from the local bartender. Scarlett is drowning her troubles away, telling anyone who will listen about her unforgiving uncle. Deacon scoops her up, lets her sleep off the hangover, and apologizes for not being there for her when she made the hardest decision of her life. Both are extremely emotional, but soon cradle each other in a hug. I cried a little bit too. Not only was it sad, but Scarlett’s shortalls brought a tear to my eye. CLOSURE. 

NEXT: Maddie and Colt are sitting in a tree [pagebreak]

Maddie and Colt

Rayna allows Maddie to go on a date with Colt to Luke’s concert in Atlanta, but she’s not allowed to spend the night. She has to fly right back home like a good little girl with access to a private jet. She and Colt talk about finding some alone time, which is code for exactly what you’re thinking in your head right now. When Luke goes downstairs to meet with the Coca-Cola reps, Maddie gives Colt the green light. Or I should say that Maddie’s very revealing dress gives Colt the green light. Nothing happens because Maddie gets scared. When she starts to feel like a prude, she runs to Juliette of all people to get some advice. To make her feel better, Juliette invites her up on stage to sing and Maddie shines. It’s too bad that Luke is stuck having to call Rayna to explain that her daughter is showing the entire front row her bits, thanks to a dress purchased from Build-A-Bear.

Maddie is on an adrenaline rush afterwards, feeling very sexy. Colt escorts her to the empty tour bus. Nothing good ever happens on a tour bus. Later, Luke finds them walking down the hall. He’s livid and sends Maddie to the airport. Colt smiles when she leaves. Did Maddie’s v-card experience a closure of its own? We don’t know for sure.

Luke and His Right-Hand Woman

Gabriella is determined to re-brand Luke’s image. In order to do that, she needs sponsors. Let’s hear it for Coca-Cola and Ford product placement, y’all!  She also has to narrow down a list of potential CEOs for the label. To no one’s surprise, Jeff Fordham wants to be considered for the job. He reminds Gabriella that he is a powerful business man. Pay not attention to that pesky label that folded under his watch. He has a Harvard business degree on the wall! Oh, and by the way, all of the current candidates are alcoholics or drug pushers on the side. Gabriella thinks that Jeff is ideal for the job. With that said, Luke thinks that all he does is parade Layla around his events to get her publicity. Gabriella wants to know if Jeff can put Luke first and keep his tongue out of Layla’s mouth. His answer is yes. CLOSURE. (Although Layla doesn’t know it yet…) 

Layla and Rayna

Rayna is concerned that Layla is seeing Jeff in a romantic way and warns her that she is definitely going to get hurt. Layla brushes off Rayna’s concern and defends Jeff every step of the way. Rayna continues to push, and Layla leaves to get some air. When she comes back, she admits that Jeff is a horrible person. Her head tells her to stop seeing him, but her heart won’t let her. Grab your guitar, because that’s a bona fide lyric to a country song. Layla and Rayna work through the afternoon and write sad lyrics about good-for-nothing Jeff. ALBUM CLOSURE.

Kevin and Will

Gunnar tags along with Kevin and Will on a road trip to Atlanta. Their first order of business is to hear Luke sing their song. The second order of business is to get Gunnar laid. Gunnar’s flirt is on the fritz, as evidenced by a terribly awkward exchange with one of Luke’s stage roadies. In this babbling conversation, Gunnar announces to the random girl that he is not gay, even though he once kissed Will. This surprises Kevin, but everyone moves on in the spirit of Gunnar’s libido. Newsflash: She initially turns Gunnar down and then changes her mind after Juliette fires her.

After Luke performs the song, Kevin is ecstatic to learn that Luke wants to buy it for his next album. Will is not as enthusiastic at this news. He wants to keep the song for himself so he can sing it on stage one day. Kevin tries to rain on this particular parade, reminding Will that writing songs is a perfectly good occupation. Will thinks it’s settling. It may not be actual closure, but it’s definitely a step in that direction. 

What did you think? Will Jeff dump Layla? Is this the end of Juliette Barnes’ career? Do I need to embrace the shortalls? Even if they are making a comeback, I’m not sure I can do that.