Rayna admits to Deacon that she didn’t go to New York, but went instead to Natchez, where she wasted her time trying to persuade/bribe Beverly into saving his life. Then she receives a package, which she greedily tears open: could it, perhaps, contain a chunk of compatible liver? But no – it’s the cheque she gave Beverly last week, ripped up. At which point anyone who’s ever seen a TV show knows that Beverly’s going to appear in early course offering her organ on a silver plate.
But we’ll need to wait a while for that. Meantime, The Exes are shopping themselves around record labels, and their best offer is from Highway 65. Scarlett doesn’t want to sign, which she tries to rationalise away, but which at least in part looks as if it’s because she doesn’t want to be tied to Gunnar for a second longer. And while I’m normally on the good ship Gunnlett all the way, I really can’t blame her; Gunnar is once more acting like an asshat (“What were you saying before he cut you off?”), even if he – like this audience member at least – can’t quite see any sparks flying between Scarlett and Dr Moderately-Hot. Meantime Kiley is given some sort of equivalence to Dr M-H and thus seems to have been promoted to quasi-girlfriend, without Gunnar telling us. Fortunately there’s only one more episode to go in this season, or I’d be falling out of love with Gunnar entirely.
Jeff is doing what he can to create a newsworthy feud between Jade and Layla, but this storyline is a little sad: Jeff’s a horrible person, and Layla’s a lost soul whose boyfriend/manager is a manipulative creep and whose husband was gay. Although that secret looks as if it’s about to break: Luke finds out that a tabloid has photos of Will and Kevin en vacances.
Juliette is failing to bond with Cadence, leading everyone – Avery, Glenn, Emily, some doctor – to conclude that she has post-natal depression. So they stage an intervention, during which Glenn hilariously observes that she’s being “rude and irrational”. Dude. It’s Juliette Barnes. You’ve met her before.
And Teddy’s long farewell continues: having been undone by an escort wearing a wire, he in turn is asked to wear a wire to entrap State Senator Stern, who used to be in bed with Lamar. Except Stern’s dealings, he finds out, were with Tandy. Uh-oh. I wonder if Teddy’s going to be able to redeem himself by not throwing Tandy under the bus which is heading for Nashville? Anyway, decent though this episode was, it wasn’t my favourite of the season by any means: it was unusually downbeat, and I like Nashville to be a little more fun.