Jan 17, 201310:32 AMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 10 Of 'Nashville'
Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) are going to share the spotlight, whether they like it or not.
Rayna and Juliette are ready to start their co-headlining tour in earnest, but off-stage problems prove a major distraction in “I’m Sorry For You, My Friend,” Episode 10 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.
NOTES OF DISCORD: After warm-up performances in smaller venues, Rayna and Juliette are about to kick off their “Red Lips, White Lies” tour with a major co-headlining concert in San Diego. But Rayna is behaving in an atypically diva-like fashion before the big show. So much so, in fact, that a second lead guitarist up and quits shortly before showtime. Rayna calls out to a friend — Brit rocker Liam McGuinnis, the fellow who’s producing her new album — and asks him to perform in her band for a few shows. He reluctantly agrees, but pointedly tells her that (a) he knows she’s missing Deacon as her professional and personal back-up, and (b) he also knows she’s a little bit nervous about venturing outside her comfort zone. Liam doesn’t take any guff from anybody, not even Juliette. When the troubled young singer overstays her rehearsal time on stage, Liam walks out, lies down, and refuses to budge until Juliette makes way for Rayna. The face-off doesn’t last long: Juliette blinks, and leaves in a huff.
BREAKING UP: Annoyed by yet another blizzard of bad press after leaving Sean at the altar, Juliette — who’s presumably still tabloid fodder because of her shoplifting escapade — wants to arrange a quiet divorce from the football star, before her fans discover she actually married the guy when they eloped. But Sean insists on an annulment, evidently for religious reasons. Juliette eventually relents, as a kinda-sorta self-imposed penance, yet Sean is the one who gets the last word: “You once told me I wouldn’t like you very much if I got to know you. You were right.” Ouch.
ROAD GAMES: Scarlett and Gunnar drive to Austin so she can visit her uncle Deacon, who’s performing on tour with the Revel Kings, and he can attend to family business. Unfortunately for Gunnar, that family business entails an awkward reunion with his ne’er-do-well brother, Jason, on the day his sibling is released from prison after serving a stretch for armed robbery. Even more unfortunately, the reunion is short-lived: After the brothers chat a bit, and even sing a duet, in an Austin motel room, Jason departs — with a gun he purchased after pawning Gunnar’s guitar — to resume his outlaw ways. Meanwhile, backstage at the concert venue, Cy, the arrogant front man for the Revel Kings, tries to force himself on Scarlett. She responds by kneeing him in the groin — and Deacon responds by quitting the band.
UPWARDLY MOBILE: Marilyn warns Avery not to accept Dominic’s low-ball contract offer, insisting that she can get him a better deal if he’s patient. But as faithful viewers of this show well know, Avery is the very embodiment of impatience. He signs the contract, accepts a sweet set of wheels from Dominic as a bonus, and flat-out tells Marilyn that she better get with the program or hit the road. Obviously, nothing good will come of this.
WINNER TAKE ALL: Rayna surprises everyone — including herself — when she returns to Nashville just in time to spend Election Night with Teddy and their daughters. And Lamar is surprised when, after rejecting Lamar’s thinly veiled offer to buy votes, Teddy actually goes ahead and wins the mayoral race on his own. Rayna and Teddy have a few uncomfortable moments while listening to Coleman’s concession speech, as the defeated candidate talks about his wonderful marriage to a supportive spouse. (Rayna and Teddy can’t even look at each other while they hear that.) And Teddy’s discomfort level rises when, while alone in a hotel room, he’s paid a visit by Peggy, who wants to wish him congratulations. For a second or two, it looks like they just might kiss. But they don’t. Not this time, anyway.
By the way: Is it just me, or are we supposed to be picking up on a hint of erotic tension between Liam and Juliette? When they have their second face-to-face after the big San Diego show, they once again snipe at each other. Still ...