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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 11 Of 'Nashville'

Jan 24, 2013 - 11:05 AM
TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 11 Of 'Nashville'

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Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) -- together again.

Rayna is betrayed by a confidant, and uncertain about her future with Teddy, in “You Win Again,” Episode 11 of Nashville. If you missed all the drama Wednesday evening, here are the Top 5 things you need to know before watching the next episode set to air Feb. 6. But be forewarned: There’s a bunch of spoilers here, folks.

COMING AND GOING: As her duet with Juliette sits atop the charts, and their co-headlining tour continues apace, Rayna has every reason to believe that her temporarily stalled career has been jump-started. And that impression is only reinforced when Calista (Ming-Na Wen), an executive from a rival label, makes a full-court press to sign Rayna away from Edgehill Records. But when Rayna discovers Liam has been making a deal with Calista behind her back, she tells the guitarist/producer/rock star to hit the road. Liam scrams — but not before dropping another pointed (and somewhat catty) remark about Rayna’s enduring regard for Deacon. To be fair, though, Liam isn’t wrong: Rayna really does have a soft spot in her heart for Deacon. Which is part of the reason why, at the end of the episode, she’s clearly discombobulated when Deacon joins the ongoing tour — to perform with Juliette.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Truth to tell, Deacon is in serious need of gainful employment — and a distraction from his deep blue funk — after his departure/dismissal from the Revel Kings last week. Deacon left the group after the sleazy Cy tried to put the make on Deacon’s niece, Scarlett. But Cy has told the world that he had to fire Deacon because the ace guitarist had fallen off the wagon, and was back to boozing. Juliette is deeply concerned for her buddy (and former bedmate), and greatly appreciates Deacon’s taking the time to help her cope with her recovering-addict mom. And so she hires Deacon to join her on tour. Juliette’s motives, you see, are entirely selfless. Yeah, right.

RISING STAR: And speaking of Scarlett: When Avery, her selfish former sweetie, gives an outdoor concert in downtown Nashville — the latest step in his career advancement after signing with Dominic — Scarlett checks out the show. That’s where she runs into J.T., Avery’s ex-friend, who once again encourages Scarlett to join him and Avery’s other former bandmates in starting their own group. And hey, while she’s at it, she can ask Gunnar to join as well. As it turns out, Gunnar isn’t in the mood to make any immediate career decisions — he’s too busy worrying about Jason, his ex-convict brother, who never showed up at the Austin halfway house after his release from prison. But that doesn’t stop Scarlett from showing up for a rehearsal with J.T. and the band in somebody’s backyard — just in time for Avery to drive by and see (and, more important, hear) what’s going on.

MAKING UP: Juliette is far from convinced that her mother will remain sober and drug-free, even after extended rehab, so she’s less than enthusiastic when she offers testimony at mom’s latest court hearing. But when they’re back together at Juliette’s palatial home, mother and daughter tentatively begin to mend their frayed family ties. Mom says she is especially proud of Juliette because her daughter rose to the top from the absolute bottom — unlike, say, Rayna, who comes from a wealthy Belle Meade family. Juliette, it should be noted, is pleased to hear this, because it more or less jibes with her own view of things.

FAMILY MATTERS: After very nearly kissing a female acquaintance (and former co-conspirator) just last week, Teddy seems more sensitive than ever to signs that his wife may be wrestling with — and maybe even succumbing to — temptation. He flat-out asks Rayna if she and Liam had been involved in extracurricular activities before she canned the guy. She denies any impropriety, of course, and indicates that she and Teddy just might be able to mend their marriage. But then Teddy sees that Deacon is joining the tour and… well, he’s not the least bit happy about that.   

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