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Nashville recap: 'Stand Beside Me'

Rayna James, meet your stalker and his huge knife

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TV Show
run date:
Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
Current Status:
In Season

We gave it a B+

In other news, remember when Damien didn’t leave town? Well, now he and Scar are meeting for lunch. There are cheek kisses, compliments, and talk from Damien of honoring what happened between them. Scarlett tells him she honestly doesn’t know what she’s doing right now. I’LL TELL YOU, SCAR: You’re eating lunch with a man who is not your boyfriend, whom you recently kissed and potentially have feelings for. (Sorry, even kinda-cheating makes me mad.) Anyway, D-man thinks they should eat lunch and get to know one another, and then he’ll go back to his hotel room (hmmm, I wonder why the hotel room was mentioned?), and she can go back to her life and think about what she wants to do.

They do just that, and after a spot of soul searching over at Deacon’s, Scarlett heads to Gunnar’s place to more or less break up with him. She basically tells him she can’t be with anyone right now; she feels something for Damien, and she need time to figure that out. She then (needlessly and cruelly) says she feels nothing for Gunnar and that scares her, but she’s not going to let fear stop her anymore. All Gunnar hears is, “I want to have sex with Damien,” and he walks away. And that, country music fans, is why you don’t form a band with your ex.

Approximately ten minutes later, Scarlett has taken all the time she needs to be alone and figure stuff out. She’s donning a hotel robe — I told you that earlier reference wasn’t thrown in there for nothing — and Damien is clad in a towel, wheeling out a room service cart of post-coitus champagne. She claims she’s leaving, but then they get down to having some more fun instead. R.I.P Scunnar.

Okay, we’re getting down to the good stuff, but first here’s a quick debrief of everything else that happened in this episode:

Avery does a spot of recording, but Juliette isn’t a fan of the song and thinks he should be past the whole “angry kid” thing. Don’t preach, J — just because you’re evolving, it doesn’t mean everyone else has to be spiritually woke, too.

Daphne gets her period for the first time, and Rayna want to throw her a period party to commemorate the occasion, complete with a tampon-shaped cake. Not really — she just gives her a gift from Tiffany’s.

NEXT: The dramatic stalker showdown is here