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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 8 Of 'Nashville'

Dec 7, 2012 - 01:02 PM
TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 8 Of 'Nashville'

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Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) joins the choir during a Sunday church service.

Rayna, Juliette and Scarlett are seriously discombobulated by the men in their life in “Where He Leads Me,” Episode 8 of Nashville. If you missed all the drama Wednesday evening, here are the Top 5 things you need to know before the series returns from its mid-season break next month. But be forewarned: There’s a bunch of spoilers here, folks.

LOVE WILL FIND A WAY: Juliette is so sweet on squeaky-clean quarterback Sean Butler that she jumps at the chance to join him and his family at a Sunday church service. And she makes a great impression on almost everyone — including Sean’s kid sister, an unabashed fan of the singer — when she performs a rousing rendition of “For Your Glory” with the choir. After Sunday dinner with Sean’s folks, however, Juliette finds that Sean’s mother is dead-set against anything — like, say, a very public romance with a notorious singer/shoplifter — that might tarnish her son’s “brand.” Her reaction to Juliette’s desire to join their family: “Not gonna happen, sweetie.” At the end of the episode, however, it appears Juliette is equally determined to get what she wants: She proposes to Sean.

STRAINED BEDFELLOWS: After the incriminating photos of Teddy and Peggy are leaked to the press, Teddy and his chief campaign organizers — i.e., Lamar, his wealthy father-in-law, and Tandy, Rayna’s sister — go into damage-control mode. Rayna isn’t entirely convinced that her husband wasn’t having an affair with Peggy, but she’s absolutely certain that (a) Teddy put her and their children at risk by concocting a sleazy (and, not incidentally, highly illegal) financial deal with Peggy, and (b) her sister betrayed her by not telling her about that sleazy deal long ago, so Tandy can no longer be trusted. The media scrutiny increases after Peggy attempts suicide. So Rayna reluctantly decides to stand by her man and join Teddy at a press conference where he accuses Coleman (the other candidate in the mayoral election) of playing dirty politics by releasing the photos. At the end of the event, however, Rayna makes it clear that she’s remaining in Teddy’s corner only out of concern for their kids.

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?: Deacon gets a tempting offer to join The Revel Kings, a popular band whose members are old friends. The good news: His potential bandmates are, like him, recovering substance abusers, so he wouldn’t be tempted with offers of drugs and/or booze during long lonely nights on the road. The bad news: All that time on the road will be spent a long way from Nashville. Juliette (who’s no longer his sometime sex partner, but rather a trusted confidant) encourages Deacon to grab the opportunity. (On the other hand, she strongly discourages him from brining her any more notes from her mom, who’s still in rehab.) And even Rayna — who, let’s face it, is the main reason why he’d want to stick around in Music City — thinks joining the Revel Kings would be a good career move for her ex-lover. At the end of episode, it looks like Deacon has made up his mind to go on the road.

HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT: After witnessing Scarlett’s tequila-fueled rendition of “Ring of Fire” last week, Hailey suggests that the demure beauty audition for a gig as female singer for a band. This upsets Gunnar, who accuses Hailey of maneuvering to decrease the amount of time he and Scarlett can work together. And that in turn convinces Hailey that it’s time to end her affair with Gunnar. And that forces Gunnar to admit to himself — and to Scarlett — that he’s very much in love with his songwriting partner. Scarlett — who’s still not entirely over Avery — rebuffs Gunnar’s romantic overture. A few scenes later, however, she says that she’s willing to keep writing songs with him. Which, as faithful viewers of this show know, can only lead to other things. One promising sign: The songwriters evidently have sold their first song to a country music star.

THINGS TO COME: Will Avery betray the long-time friends who are members of his band and sign with a major record label as a solo artist? Will Rayna and Juliette finally agree to launch a co-headlining tour and take advantage of the career heat generated by the chart-climbing recording of their well-received Ryman Auditorium duet? Will Teddy win the election? Will Juliette win Sean? Will Gunnar woo (and win) Scarlett? And will Deacon ever decide what he really wants to do with the rest of his life? These are some of the questions that will be answered — maybe — when Nashville returns with new episodes next month.

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