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Nashville recap: Unguarded Moments

As the divide between Rayna and Deacon grows, Scarlett and Gunnar kick off their tour, and Markus finally gets into the studio.

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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
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After weeks and weeks of absolute chaos, everyone on Nashville is finally starting to find some steady ground. Deacon wants to catch up with his daughter, Maddie is feeling independent and adventurous, Rayna is in the studio with Markus, and Gunnar and Scarlett are finally on tour, headed to Boston for back-to-back shows.

“Unguarded Moments” really is the most positive and joyous episode of the season so far, and it’s a welcome change of pace after weeks of depressing story lines and out-of-nowhere character deaths. Things aren’t all roses and rainbows by any means, but for once most of the characters seem to be on the right track or at least getting there.

Rayna and Markus in particular, despite working long hours, seem to be working toward something special. While I don’t find Markus’ song appealing in the slightest, Rayna clearly sees something in his vocal take. She’s excited that they’re hitting all the goals they need to, even if it means working until the early morning.

When Rayna gets back home, Deacon has to head right out because he has a construction crew coming in to work on The Beverly. There’s an obvious strain in their relationship, even if Deacon doesn’t really notice it. That strain is only heightened when Maddie comes downstairs with newly dyed hair, now blond like Juliette Barnes. There are worse things in the world as far as I’m concerned, but Rayna flips. Add to that a phone call saying that Sony is interested in signing Maddie, and we suddenly have all the ingredients for family drama.

Out on the road, Gunnar and Scarlett’s tour seems to be going well so far, but Scarlett can’t help but worry about Gunnar losing focus. He’s half-present at a meeting with their tour manager and quickly leaves the table to go hang out with Erin. Later, when Scarlett heads down to the venue early to meet with some fans already lined up, Gunnar skips out because he has important bed and shower business with Erin. Not exactly the right way to show how dedicated you are to the tour, dude.

If there’s one person who’s focused, though, it’s Colt. He’s still upset about the fact that his father is lying about Juliette and what Colt saw, and he sulks in his hotel room and refuses to go anywhere. When Luke tries to get him to come to his show, even offering up a meeting with Kid Rock, Colt gives the answer we’d all give in that situation: “I don’t need fun or Kid Rock.” Seriously Luke, nobody wants to meet with Kid Rock.

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Meanwhile, Avery might not be on tour, but he’s at least getting some steady work! He’s signed on to play a few riffs for commercials, including a horrendous, annoying jingle for “Big Al.” It’s really something, but Avery’s got a kid now, so he’s got to make that dough where he can. I can respect that.

Avery may be busy writing jingles, but he’s not too busy to notice that Will seems to be hiding something in his bedroom. He’s been in there for days on end, and Avery is starting to think he has someone in there, some sort of rebound hookup. I was honestly worried for a bit that it was Layla, reeling from Jeff’s death, but thankfully we learn later that it’s something much more sweet.

NEXT: The History of My Heart