Nashville Review: Hold Onto Your Babies

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Children grow up so fast don’t they? Before you know it they transform from adorable infants to teenage terrors. If Rayna James thought she could avoid this phase of motherhood, she overestimated what crazy things hormones are, especially in a place filled with such drama as Nashville. That being said, I’m not sure anyone was prepared for the pain that was unleashed as the rift between Maddie and her star-crossed country legend parents grew deeper than it’s ever been.

Juliette is back on the stage where she belongs. There was never any doubt of that, she just needed to get healthy again. Juliette wants her old life back, including Avery. She’s has right to be worried about Avery and Layla, who have formed a genuine bond. Juliette tries to walk the straight and narrow, but old habits die hard. Layla is furious that Juliette monopolizes Glenn and is trying to do the same with Avery. Juliette tells a white lie to get Avery to sing with her, hoping to spark things between them again. Juliette does come clean, and she begs Avery to give them a second chance. As much as Avery loves Juliette, he can’t put himself through the pain again. He chooses Layla, and sends Cadence to be with her mother for the night.

On the road Scarlett gives Gunnar the silent treatment. She mistakenly believed that Gunnar hooked up with Autumn. Gunnar clears this up while they are stuck in an elevator, and since they have some time to kill, they get to drinking a bottle of Scotch. They fall back into their natural rhythm, singing the first song they ever sang together. Hand to God, this rendition of “If I Didn’t Know Better” sends shivers down your spine. Their chemistry is so intense Scarlett and Gunnar’s simmering passion finally explodes. The reunion we’ve all been waiting for finally happened!

Luke advocates for Will on the uphill climb to introduce the first openly gay country artist. Will is willing to scale back his expectations, but Luke is done waiting for the rest of the world to stop being scared. He brings Will to his appearance on Good Morning America and asks the world to call country radio stations to request they play Will’s songs. Luke definitely just gave Will his best chance, but there may be consequences for Luke along the way.

Rayna and Deacon are forced to put on a show of happiness for the world while in the middle of turmoil. Maddie summons her parents to her emancipation hearing. Since Deacon isn’t Maddie’s father legally, Rayna must go to Teddy in prison to tell him what is going on and plead for his support. Teddy is extremely worried after getting Maddie’s point of view. He is forced to tell her that her Edgehill deal only came about because he was being blackmailed. Maddie doesn’t know what to do anymore since she feels all her parents are liars. Rayna and Maddie do have a promising conversation so that Maddie at least knows her mother loves her no matter what.

Cash roots Maddie on to separate from her parents, even setting up meetings with labels all over town. Someone should have told Cash that you don’t go up against Rayna James in a town that she owns. There’s no major music executive in country who would dare sign Maddie out of respect to her mother, and they won’t touch Cash. Rayna and Deacon are hopeful that Maddie will come around, especially when she turns up at an Opry performance for Daphne. Cash is too deep in Maddie’s head. After just one song, Maddie walks away from her family. Daphne is left clutching Deacon for support, and it takes all of Rayna’s strength to get through her set as she watches her daughter walk out the door.

Will Maddie stop this destructive path before it’s too late? Who else is in jubilation following Scarlett and Gunnar’s reunion?

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This week’s Nashville gave fans the most electrifying, long-awaited reunion they could ever have asked for.

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