March 13, 2015 at 07:19 PM EDT


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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten

Glenn lets down Juliette easy — if this is really what she wants, he won’t stand in her way. “I don’t belong here…. It’s been such an incredible journey with you… I’m so proud of what you’ve become, but it’s time for me to step away.” Uh, Glenn, forget Juliette — YOURS is the worst Hollywood transformation I’ve ever seen. “I gotta get out of the way and let you be a superstar.” What?! This is totally crazy. It’s like they’re all pretending Juliette is not already a huge star.

I suspend my disbelief all the time for this show (and adore doing so), but let’s not get it twisted. Some vocal members of the religious right turned on Juliette. But she’s still sold a bazillion records and must have at least a few million dirty rotten pagans still on her side. So yeah. We all know Juliette doesn’t need to sell out in this weird new way. Glenn knows it. And Juliette obviously knows it, too, deep down in her tarred-and-feathered heart as she tearfully watches her father figure leave her side.

It was all incredibly preposterous. But at least we got a sweet reconciliation scene between Juliette and Glenn. “They all want me to be somebody I’m not. You are the only person who’s stood by my choice to be myself.” (Ahem, so has Avery!)

Line of the night: “Oh, he’s seen worse.” -Juliette to Avery after Glenn walked in on the two of them sexin’ it up.

In other news, Avery, Gunnar, and Zoey are now a trio making tour stops beyond just Gunnar’s sofa (or the fire pit of the sofa they all burned earlier in the series, for that matter). They land an unpaid gig slumming it with Deacon at a bar an hour away — the midnight slot, but whatever! They’ll do it for the love of music and friendship! This “younger crowd” has a profound effect on Deacon. “They reminded me what it is I love about making music,” he told the crowd at his regular Thursday gig at the Bluebird the next night (following a hilariously brief moment of silence for Rayna’s evil father). “It’s about people coming together and making that sweet, sweet sound.”

As the trio belts out their gorgeously harmonized song “I Ain’t Leaving Without Your Love,” mopey/speedy Scarlett lurks outside the window and laments her friendless, lonely-at-the-top fate, while Juliette snuggles up to Deacon by the bar and marvels:

Heck yeah! Juliette + Avery forever. (Special thanks to the Nashville Twitter account for doing my job for me sometimes.)

NEXT PAGE: Good God, Scarlett!

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