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Nashville recap: Please Help Me, I'm Fallin'

Juliette and Jeff are literally pushed to the edge.

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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
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I was prepared to say some nasty things about Jeff in this recap. Not because he’s that horrible in this episode, but rather because I’m not totally buying into the slight redemption of his character that the show is trying to pull off. Now that he may be falling to his death, though, it doesn’t seem totally appropriate to pile on. That won’t stop me from making those points, but oh man, could this be the end of Jeff? More chaotic speculation later.

So much of tonight’s episode, like so much of this season in general, focuses on how just about everyone is going through something truly heartbreaking, difficult, or emotionally exhausting. I’m pretty sure this show used to have some joy in it every now and then, but as of now, everyone is down in the dumps.

Juliette is obviously the worst off right now. Not only is she dealing with her impending divorce from Avery, a curveball delivered to her at the end of last week’s episode, but she’s also likely dealing with a fair amount of guilt. Couple that with her obvious addiction issues, and you have a recipe for disaster. She spends most of this episode in the darkness or in slowmo shots, so you know she’s pretty far gone. Oh, and she attacks a fan who tries to take a selfie with her. Can’t forget about that!

Meanwhile, Gunnar is connecting, at least on a physical level, with Erin, the roadie who came home with him and the guys last week. They have a one-night stand, and Erin takes off without offering a phone number. Gunnar finds an earring in his room though and thinks, hey, that’s something women do to suggest they want to be chased. So that’s what he does because Gunnar is hopeless and naïve but ultimately cute, so it’s fine.

He tracks her down in the most stalker-ish way possible, calling around and lying about needing her for a sound gig. She tells him that she wasn’t even wearing earrings last night, but that doesn’t mean she won’t accept his invitation to see Will play later that night.

Oh, Will. The guy finally comes out of the closet, is dropped by Luke but finds a ton of support amongst his fans, friends, and Kevin, and yet he’s still struggling. It’s understandable, too. This can’t be easy for him, especially as he and Kevin seem to be on different paths, or at least at different points in their lives. Will doesn’t want to sell the song they wrote; he wants to be on stage. Kevin reluctantly agrees, doing what he can to help boost his confidence, and gets him on a bill for later in the night.

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The show goes really well, with Will looking like his old, stage-conquering, charming self again. That is until a group of women that he’s singing to push a gay man to the front of the stage. It throws Will off, and while he (presumably) finishes the set, his drinking in an alley after the show certainly doesn’t suggest that he’s okay.

Will is seeing his dream slip away, and the way the women treated him during his set signals to him that he’s being pigeonholed, that he’s only going to be known as the gay country artist now, rather than just Will Lexington. What he doesn’t realize, and what I think Kevin does, is that those two identities can coexist; in fact, Will Lexington has been a “gay country singer” all along, even if it hasn’t always been obvious.

NEXT: Free fallin’ in more ways than one