Feb 15, 201304:22 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 13 Of 'Nashville'
Rayna (Connie Britton) is surprised to find herself confiding in Liam (Michiel Huisman).
Rayna is reeling after she gets the bad news that Teddy wants a divorce in “There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight,” Episode 13 of Nashville. If you missed all the drama Wednesday evening, here are the Top 5 things you need to know before tuning in for the next original episode. But be forewarned: There’s a bunch of spoilers here, folks.
ALL SHOOK UP: Rayna is so shaken by Teddy’s announcement that he wants a divorce – and, yes, by Deacon’s passionately planting a kiss on her in the hotel elevator – that, for the very first time in her career, she misses a cue for a concert performance. The cheering crowd doesn’t notice – but, backstage, just about everybody (including Juliette) wonders whether something is wrong. After the show, Rayna just wants to get away from it all. Fortuitously, Liam just happens to be in town, staying at the same hotel. And even though he and Rayna didn’t part on the best of terms two episodes ago, she hesitates only fleetingly before accepting his invitation to go out for a drink or two or seven. When they get back to their hotel, Liam offers to be of additional help while she’s “taking a vacation from [her] life” by holding her, kissing her, and inviting her into his room.
FAMILY MATTERS: Scarlett and Gunnar are overjoyed when they hear from Watty White that Rayna is interested in signing them to her new record label. But Scarlett isn’t happy at all when Jason, Gunnar’s ex-con brother, shows up at The Bluebird Café, looking for a place to spend the night while he’s on the run. She notes, correctly, that she and Gunnar would be harboring a fugitive if they let Jason stay at their place. But Gunnar wears down her resistance by revealing to her that Jason wound up in prison in the first place partly because Gunnar panicked while serving as Jason’s reluctant accomplice and getaway driver during an armed robbery years ago. (Gunnar drove off, leaving his brother stranded – but Jason never implicated him in the crime.) The next morning, Scarlett tells Gunnar that if Jason wants to stay an extra day or two, that’ll be OK. Unfortunately, what Gunnar and Scarlett don’t know is, Jason is still packing a pistol.
MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING: Avery is tired of staying in cheap motels while on tour, tired of being told by Dominic how to play his music, tired of… Well, the guy is just plain tired, period. And broke. So when Hailey makes a tempting offer to purchase half the publishing rights to his original songs for South Circle – yes, the same place where Gunnar and Scarlett are gainfully employed as songwriters – he’s receptive. Predictably, Marilyn advises him not to accept a low-ball figure for something that might be worth millions if he becomes a star. But when Avery sees that Marilyn already has a new boy-toy to promote, he’s ready to sign on the dotted line. The next day, he receives a check for $100,000. He is happy. For now.
THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE: After her fans respond favorably to her “new sound,” Juliette decides to take command of her destiny. “I am a multi-million-dollar industry,” she tells Glenn, “And it’s time I take control of it.” No kidding: When Glenn goes behind her back to tell her crew that all changes in Juliette’s stage show must be approved by him, she reads him the riot act. So Glenn quits. Deacon isn’t exactly sorry to see him go – but he does warn Juliette that, if she ever talked to him the way she talked to Glenn, he’d quit, too. Back home in Nashville, Juliette cools down – and phones her mom to tell her that, after she completes rehab, she can move back in with her.
LOVE AND PAIN: Rayna and Liam wind up doing something more intimate than making love – they share secrets during a long heart-to-heart talk. Specifically, they talk about how much Rayna dreads having to tell her two daughters that she and their father plan to divorce. Liam reveals that he is the product of a broken home – but, looking back, he thinks his mom and dad did the right thing by not fighting all the time, and simply ending their marriage. Not for the first time on this show, characters suggest that making music together also can be more intimate than lovemaking: “We’ve made half an album,” Liam says. “We’re practically married.” The next day, unfortunately, Deacon sees Rayna and Liam exchanging good-byes in the hotel lobby, and suspects the worst. And Rayna remains too rattled to adequately respond when Deacon asks about her relationship to the Brit rocker/producer. And speaking of relationships: Back home in Nashville, Teddy and Rayna break the bad news to daughters Maddie and Daphne. Afterwards, Maddie takes Rayna aside and drops a bombshell: She overheard Teddy talking on the phone to Peggy. And it sounded like something more, well, intimate than a friendly conversation.