Feb 7, 201308:18 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 12 Of 'Nashville'
Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) figure they can save money by living together.
While Rayna remains conflicted over her feelings about Deacon – whose presence is unavoidable now that he’s performing in Juliette’s band – Scarlett and Gunnar decide to set up joint housekeeping in “I’ve Been Down That Road Before,” Episode 12 of Nashville. If you missed all the drama Wednesday evening, here are the Top 5 things you need to know before tuning in next week. But be forewarned: There’s a bunch of spoilers here, folks.
WINDY CITY BLUES: Rayna and Juliette arrive in Chicago, the latest stop on their co-headlining tour. But even though they’re enthusiastically greeted by fans and media, neither woman is terribly happy. Rayna feels more than a little awkward about having Deacon so close, yet so far away – he’s signed on to play guitar with Juliette’s band – especially now that she and Teddy are increasingly estranged from each other. And while Deacon initially makes light of the situation – as far as he’s concerned, he’s just making music for someone who’s paying him -- it’s obvious from his gruff responses to Rayna’s conversational gambits that he, too, is ill at ease. Meanwhile, Juliette is growing steadily more discontented with her image as a singer of bumble-gum tunes who relies too much on flash and filigree during her live performances. But Glen advises her not to mess with the expectations of fickle fans: “A left turn now,” he warns, “could be an exit into obscurity.”
MUSIC CITY NEWS: Scarlett may be singing with a band, but she’s not making enough money to pay the rent. And Avery doesn’t appear to be in a rush to pay back money he owes her. On the other hand, Avery makes a special point of posing in front of the house they used to share while he’s accompanied by a TV production crew shooting a piece on up-and-coming country artists. (Is he showing off? Of course he’s showing off – this is Avery, remember?) Meanwhile, Teddy runs into Peggy. He gives her a ride in his car, where they share a passionate kiss. One thing leads to another, and the next thing you know, they’re in bed together. Teddy claims he regrets what they’ve just done. But, truth to tell, he doesn’t look that sorry.
TRUE COLORS: Juliette tells Deacon that she’s been thinking about taking a chance with her music – and maybe riling her fans. Deacon sagely replies: “There’s thinkin’ about doin’ somethin’ – and then there’s just doin’ it.” So Juliette just does it: She takes the stage while dressed in simple attire, without singers or dancers or flashy stage effects, and sings a lovely acoustic version of “Consider Me” with Deacon accompanying her. Afterwards, Juliette is stung by the harshly critical Twitter posts of fans who didn’t appreciate her atypical performance. But when her assistant points out that a YouTube video of the performance is getting zillions of hits and lots of love, Juliette feels emboldened to tell Glen that he’d better get ready for some changes. Glen, it should be noted, is very unhappy about what Juliette has done – and blames Deacon for influencing her. So he confronts Deacon, and pointedly accuses him of thinkin’ rather than doin’ when it comes to Rayna. Faithful Nashville viewers know this isn’t the first time somebody has said something like this to Deacon. But Glen appears to be the first person whose words might drive Deacon to deeds.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: Gunnar and Scarlett agree they would cut down on their living expenses if he moved into her place, and they shared the rent. Mind you, there’s nothing naughty going on – they’re still just friends, and they plan on sleeping in separate rooms – but that doesn’t stop Avery from making some snotty remarks when he drops by. This is mistake No. 1 for Avery. Mistake No. 2: He throws a punch at Gunnar, who responds by more or less kicking his sorry butt. (Yes, friends: That loud roaring noise you heard reverberating throughout America on Wednesday night was the sound of Nashville viewers cheering as Avery got what was coming to him.) Bloodied and embarrassed, Avery rushes back to Marilyn’s place – and announces that he doesn’t want to be her boy-toy anymore. If this comes as a disappointment to Marilyn, she manages to hide it very well.
ONE DOGGONE THING AFTER ANOTHER: Back in Chicago, Rayna is happy to get a visit from Watty White, who reminds her that, hey, since she’s going to start her own record label, she ought to consider signing that duo -- Gunnar and Scarlett – he told her about all the way back in Episode 1. But Rayna soon is distracted from career concerns: While she and Deacon share an elevator ride, Deacon – who’s done with thinkin’, and ready to start doin’ – impulsively pulls her close to him, and plants a big ol’ steamy kiss on her lips. She protests – meekly, fleetingly – but appears upset after Deacon ends their embrace and gets off the elevator when it reaches his floor. A short while later, Rayna – still discombobulated – texts Deacon an invitation to come up to her room. But when she opens her door, she finds herself face to face with Teddy. And he’s there to drop a bombshell: He wants a divorce.