Nashville s4 ep 12

Avery wants to see Juliette, who is still in the treatment facility, but he gets chased away by that annoying therapist from a couple of weeks ago. Although this time she might have a bit of a point: Avery spends most of this episode being really annoyed, and while it’s justified, no doubt, it probably isn’t the best thing for someone in the throes of postpartum depression to be confronted with.

Fortunately, there’s a Layla-shaped shoulder for Avery to cry on; Rayna, seemingly determined to run Highway 65 into the ground, has agreed to throw more money at Layla and let her make a second album, produced by Avery, even though the first hasn’t been released yet. And Layla, as we know, has something in mind for Avery, although what that something is isn’t yet clear to me at least. Still, as Avery has a “producing style both gentle and commanding”, according to Layla, I’m guessing that at least part of the plan will involve Avery being both gentle and commanding in another context, and she manages to move things along a little by persuading Avery that he deserves to be happy, whereupon he returns to the treatment facility, and tells Dr Annoying Therapist that he’ll announce he and Juliette are divorced, unless Juliette does. And Juliette duly releases a statement, meaning that Avery is officially single.

Another relationship hits the rocks: Scarlett sees Erin making out with some dude and tells Gunnar. Erin reasons that she and Gunnar were casual, not monogamous; but Gunnar realises that he wasn’t that bothered about finding out, and they split up, removing yet another speedbump. So, Gunnlett time? Nope; Scarlett has a date: “Taxidermy guy from the wedding. Don’t say nothin’ about it”. (Incidentally, Clare Bowen gives this a terrific line reading. No-one else on the show has her comic timing.) And another: Colt seems to have hit it and quit it with OG who, as Cash tells her, at least gets to write a song about him. This is overheard by YG, who is presumably working out that her sister might have moved beyond her.

The troubles, meantime, continue to mount for poor old Luke, who might just be the most tragic figure on the show at the moment. The Get The Luke cover story in Forbes is a hit-job; Colt won’t return his calls; his fans don’t think he’s keeping it real any more; and his ticket sales are suffering, so he needs a new support act. By coincidence he runs into an old buddy, called – hang on – Rip? Buck? Hunt? …Oh yeah. Riff. Riff Bell. Now, Riff gave up the music business years ago to settle down with his adorable wife and kids, but Luke asks him to come out of retirement and hit the road. Which Riff agrees to do, but with his adorable wife and kids. So Luke is going to be reminded that he’s single and doesn’t see his own children. Every. Single. Day.

Will, at the Exes’ invitation, jumps on stage with them, but takes a bottle in the face from a homophobe, breaking his nose. He vows, to Gunnar, not to let the assailant away with it, but what he means is that he’s going to go back on stage and perform again, this time ensuring that the bottle-thrower is shamed out of the venue by the rest of the audience. Whether he should also have given a statement to the police remains up for discussion.

And an itinerant singer, Vita, rocks up at The Jeff to perform at the open mic night. She’s so good that Rayna wants to sign her, but Vita needs a job, so Rayna talks Deacon into employing her at The Jeff, even though – as Frankie quickly senses – there are all sorts of red lights going off. Sure enough, on her first night she finishes her shift and leaves, whereupon Frankie discovers that there’s $500 missing. Since Vita has a felony conviction and – I‘m guessing – a tragic backstory, it’s obviously her, which is to say that it obviously isn’t her. Either way, and for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on, I thought this was the most enjoyable and satisfying episode for weeks.

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5 thoughts on “Nashville s4 ep 12

  1. CJ Cregg November 19, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    HEH at “gentle and commanding” 😄

    Poor Avery. Poor Juliette as well, since Dr Annoying Therapist seems to have the sensitivity and perceptiveness of a meat cleaver.

    What is up with the staff at that bar? Even if you set the homophobic comments to one side (although I’m not suggesting for one minute they should) how on EARTH could you let the guy who had BOTTLED an act the night before back in at all? Why did it take Scarlett and Gunnar to tell him to leave? FFS.

    I thought Vita’s voice was lovely. Frankie has one expression, no matter what is happening: grumpy. I imagine having to work with Deacon would do that to anyone, though.

  2. Jed Bartlet November 20, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    It may be sexism on my part; no doubt if Juliette’s therapist were male, I’d be comfortable with his assertiveness. But my GOD. That time when she told Avery that she was there to “advocate for his daughter”, or whatever the eff it was.

    I thought Vita’s voice was… OK. Actually, I had made a note that the show seemed to be setting her up as a sort of very rough equivalent of Margo Price, a country singer with a hardscrabble backstory (and an excellent album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, released earlier this year). Until, that is, Vita did a runner with $500, or not, as the case may be.

    • CJ Cregg November 20, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      I don’t think you’re being sexist at all. It wasn’t so much the therapist’s assertiveness that annoyed me as her utter disregard for anyone’s feelings and complete lack of empathy. She was incredibly rude and patronising to Avery when any fool could see that it wouldn’t be all that hard to get him on side if she acknowledged his pain and gave him a bit of compassion as well. She seemed completely oblivious to the idea that treating Juliette doesn’t have to be an either/or scenario – ie compassion for her doesn’t mean obnoxiousness to/ contempt for Avery.

  3. Bill November 22, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    I am beginning to despair at the characters that Nashville are introducing. Frankie, Cash, Vita and Riff? Do any of them really stand a chance at becoming regulars on the show?

    Frankie is an alcoholic who is meant to be Deacon’s lifeline/sponsor, yet acts like more of a child than Deacon, and suddenly has a weird Johnny Cash obsession.

    Cash is supposed to be a successful writer who tours with lots of big names, but would rather hang out with a 15 year old girl and talk about the 15 year old girl’s love life.

    Vita really just acts as a reminder that Rayna is the guardian angel for female country singers everywhere.

    I assume that Riff is the Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors version of Luke?

  4. Jed Bartlet November 24, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Agree about the characters, Bill – my guess (which I pick up in the next review) is that there’s been a lot of covering for the absence of Hayden Panettiere, and the producers have over-compensated.

    Riff might be the weirdest of the lot: Bizarro-Luke, the one who didn’t settle down with his own lifestyle brand.

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