Maddie continues her standoff with her parents while Layla, Juliette, Avery, Scarlett, and Gunnar get wrapped up in all sorts of feelings

By Kyle Fowle
April 28, 2016 at 04:28 AM EDT
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Well, the honeymoon couldn’t last long. After a few weeks of relative normalcy on Nashville, “Baby Come Home” sees relationships and business partnerships staring to spiral out of control. Maddie continues to be swayed by Cash; Layla, Avery, and Juliette are stuck in a love triangle; and Scarlett and Gunnar are getting drunk and maybe doing things they’ll regret. Nashville, baby!

At the James household, there’s the sense of normalcy despite the fact that Maddie is still living with Cash. Southern Living magazine is there to shoot the whole family, but Bucky keeps things focused on Rayna and Deacon in light of the situation. Here’s the problem, though: The situation is only getting worse. As the photographer leaves, Rayna gets a delivery. It’s a summons to appear in court in two days for Maddie’s emancipation hearing. It looks like she’s really going through with it.

Meanwhile, Juliette and Layla are about to kill each other. Okay, I don’t know if it’ll actually come to that, but Juliette is back on stage on Luke’s tour, and Layla is looking on from side-stage like she has murder on her mind. We shall see.

Things aren’t so good between Scarlett and Gunnar, either. As the episode kicks off, Scarlett is still under the impression that Gunnar slept with her idol, so she’s giving him the cold shoulder, even when Will calls to let them know they’re on the radio in Nashville. C’mon, Scarlett, you at least have to celebrate that!

Relationships are flourishing elsewhere, though! First, there’s Luke continually standing up for Will. He’s organized a showcase for the radio programmers so that they can hear Will’s single and consider it for airplay. Then there’s Avery and Layla, who have a late-night meeting in the tour bus to work on a song and end up kissing! It totally happened. It was on my screen, and I saw it, and it was cute. That is all.

Meanwhile, with Maddie’s court date in two days, Deacon gets some bad news. He has no sway in the hearings because Teddy is still considered her legal guardian. That means that Rayna has to plead her case to her ex-husband and get him to sign an affidavit saying he agrees with her. But, of course, Maddie has organized a visit with him, too, and plans to plead her own case. Kids these days, am I right?

About halfway through the episode, everything starts heating up. After Scarlett confronts Gunnar about sleeping with Autumn, he tells her the truth, including how he’d never do anything to jeopardize their band or friendship. Just as they make up, in an elevator no less, a blackout hits their area and they get stuck in the lift. I smell a rom-com setup!

Then there’s Avery and Layla. They meet the next morning after their kiss, and Layla makes sure to put her feelings out there. Avery admits that he likes her, too, but that things are too complicated and they should keep their relationship as it is. Layla can’t help but vocalize her disappointment, though, saying that she’ll respect his wishes but that she’s upset because she thought they had something real.

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Okay, back to Will’s showcase. It seems like it’s going to go off without a hitch…right up until nobody shows up. Well, two or three programmers show up, but the rest of country radio ditches the event. That leaves Luke pissed off. Will suggests they just scale back the release a bit, but Luke is angry, so he wants to go bigger.

For Luke, that means giving Will his performing spot on Good Morning America the next day. Not only that, Luke also calls out the radio stations for avoiding airplay of an openly gay artist. It’s nice to see Luke taking a stand, and it does seem like he genuinely believes what he’s saying. As his manager points out, though, Luke just pissed off all of country radio and that might come back to bite him in the ass.

Speaking of asses, Cash remains the worst person in the world. Rayna tries to meet with her and talk some sense into her, even threatening her when it comes to deals in the future — maybe not the best approach but certainly warranted. Cash stands her ground, though. What’s worse is that she says something to Maddie later, something about what her mother said. Knowing Cash, it’s probably a lie. I don’t trust that one.

To be fair, Maddie is feeling kind of bad. She’s left Daphne to play a show at the Grand Ole Opry all on her own, and a last-minute meeting with her mother in the street outside Cash’s house shows that she’s still torn about what to do about the emancipation. Rayna pleads with Maddie to come home, knowing too that Teddy is willing to sign her affidavit, and for a minute it looks like things are going to be fine.

That’s because Maddie shows up at the show and helps Daphne out. They play their song together, and I’ll admit, it got me a little misty seeing those two supporting each other and everyone reunited. But it’s apparently not meant to be. When Rayna and Deacon come out to hug the whole family, Maddie confirms that she’s not “back home” and storms off the stage and out of the building with Cash, a.k.a. the worst person in the world. What did she say Rayna said?!?! I need to know!

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What about Juliette, Avery, and Layla, though? Well, after Juliette pleads with Avery to work things out, he’s left with a tough decision. He lingers outside a hotel room, but whose is it? He knocks. Juliette looks up and answers the door. She sees Emily with Cadence. Layla opens her door, and Avery is there, and the two start kissing. His choice is made…for now. I am all in on Layla and Avery — Layvery? — until further notice.

But there’s another couple I love even more! After drinking a whole bottle of whiskey in the elevator and playing one of their old songs all steamy and sexy-like, Gunnar walks Scarlett back to her hotel room, and she politely closes the door on him and says goodnight.

But then! Then she opens the door right back up, and he’s standing there with those eyes, having said all sorts of nice things about how she changed his life and that she’s an extraordinary woman, and the two full-on start making out and make their way to the bed. I know this could get messy with the tour and everything, but I just want these soulmates together. They understand each other, and they deserve love. Let’s make this happen for real, Nashville!

So that’s where we stand. A few romances are kicking off, one seems to be ending, Luke and Will are in a difficult spot, and Maddie seems to be set on emancipating from her parents. At least the love will get us through the tough times.

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