Nov 1, 201206:30 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 4 Of 'Nashville'
Rayna James and Deacon Claybourne appear poised to finally sever all personal and professional ties in “We Live in Two Different Worlds,” Episode 4 of Nashville. If you missed all the drama Wednesday evening, here are the Top 5 things you need to know before you tune in next week.
YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY: After shamelessly teasing the audience by starting out with a fake-out dream sequence – guess we should’ve known it was good to be true to see Rayna and Deacon in bed! – Episode 4 strongly suggests that the former lovers and current collaborators won’t be happily-ever-aftering together anytime soon. Deacon reluctantly agrees to provide guitar accompaniment for Rayna when she even more reluctantly agrees to perform at a campaign fund-raiser for her husband Teddy at a country club. But after Deacon gets into a verbal fracas with her husband (and her conniving, control-freakish father), Rayna feels compelled to fire the guy.
IMAGE CONSCIOUS: Remember when Juliette swiped that nail polish from the grocery store -- and her shoplifting was captured by a cellphone vidcam -- last week? Well, that video goes viral at warp speed, and pretty soon Juliette’s publicist (Afton Williamson) is in damage-control mode. (“You have an image to protect,” she warns her client. “Your brand depends on this.”) The scandal is such that Katie Couric – yes, that Katie Couric – appears fleetingly on a TV screen to comment on Juliette’s bad behavior. So Juliette’s people arrange for the sexy young singer to be interviewed by another real-life news reporter, Robin Roberts of Good Morning America, in the hope of making Juliette come across as contrite and sympathetic. Unfortunately, when Roberts brings up the subject of Juliette’s drug-addled mom, Juliette abruptly ends the interview – thereby stirring up worse publicity. Sponsors start to withdraw from Juliette’s upcoming tour, CMA Awards show reps drop her from their list of presenters -- and Glenn Goodman (Ed Amatrudo), her agent, threatens to take a hike unless she start taking his advice.
MAKING MUSIC: Gunnar and Scarlett set up shop in a publishing house office where they hope to collaborate on a string of songs. The bad news: Avery, Scarlett’s career-challenged musician boyfriend, isn’t nearly as supportive as he appeared to be last week. (Indeed, he seems downright jealous, and not just because his girlfriend is spending so much time with a handsome songwriting partner.) The (maybe) good news: Gunnar very quickly develops a close rapport with a lovely young publishing house assistant. How close? They wind up between the sheets after a commercial break or two. Scarlett, it should be noted, is not altogether happy about this development.
KEEPING SECRETS: Rayna is more than a wee bit upset when she sees Peggy Samper (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), Teddy’s old flame and former co-worker, hanging around the country club. But when she asks Teddy about her, he blithely dismisses Rayna’s concern, insisting that it’s been 15 years since he and Peggy were an item. A few scenes later, however, Teddy and Peggy meet for a midday rendezvous, and exchange ambiguous remarks about a shared secret. The funny thing is, we’re left with the impression that they may not be talking about a love affair.
THINGS TO COME: During a long dark night of the soul, Juliette picks up her phone – and reaches out to a conveniently responsive Deacon. He delivers the episode’s provocative curtain line: “You doin’ anything right now?”