Nov 16, 201209:35 AMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 6 Of 'Nashville'
Just when things start looking up for Rayna and Juliette, Scarlett and Avery split up in “You’re Gonna Change (or I’m Gonna Leave),” Episode 6 of Nashville. If you missed all the drama Wednesday evening, here are the Top 5 things you need to know before you tune in Nov. 28 for the next original episode. But be forewarned: There are a passel of spoilers here, folks.
MAKING CONTACTS: While performing with his band at a club in the hope of impressing a regional promoter, Avery attracts the attention of Marilyn Rhodes (Rya Kihlstedt), a manager with an eye for fresh young talent. Trouble is, Marilyn also has a taste for hot young men. When Avery visits her at her home to discuss his career prospects, she makes her move. Avery is not exactly surprised by this turn of events. But -- somewhat surprisingly, considering what a louse he’s often appeared to be in past episodes – he ultimately decides he can’t be unfaithful to Scarlett. But that’s not enough for Scarlett, who’s been warned about Marilyn’s wicked ways by her uncle, Deacon, and is upset that Avery would even think of a fling with another woman. So Scarlett packs her bag and moves in with Uncle Deacon – and Avery returns turns to Marilyn’s place.
COME FLY WITH ME: Prodded by her PR rep, Juliette reluctantly goes on a date with Sean Butler (Tilky Jones), an NFL quarterback so squeaky-clean wholesome that he makes Tim Tebow seem like Charlie Sheen. She taunts him into joining her for an impulsive trip to South Beach – “We’re young, we’re hot – and I’ve got a jet!” – where they have an unexpectedly pleasant time during some late-night partying. Mind you, Sean never drinks anything harder than club soda. But when they’re annoyed by a slimy paparazzi who makes insulting remarks about Juliette, Sean demonstrates how tough he can be by punching out the creep. To paraphrase the old Groucho Marx line: Juliette is impressed that he fought for her honor – which is more than she’s ever done.
DIRTY POLITICS: When Teddy and Coleman agree to publicly sign a Clean Campaign pledge, Lamar contrives to make Coleman conspicuously late for the event by having local cops stop Coleman for a minor traffic violation. But when the cops search Coleman’s car, they find the bottle of pain pills that Deacon gave him last week. (Deacon, you may recall, got the pills from Juliette’s mom just before she entered a rehab clinic.) Coleman is arrested and, much to Lamar’s surprise and delight, a scandal erupts. So Coleman is forced to publicly admit his past history as a substance abuser, and his current avocation as a sponsor for other recovering addicts. But he refuses to identify the recovering addict (Deacon) who turned the pills over to him.
STARTING OUT ON A FRESH NOTE: Rayna wants a new sound for her next album, and she thinks she can get what she wants if she can get Irish rock star Liam McGuinnis (Michiel Huisman) to produce it. At first, Liam rejects her overtures, dismissing Rayna’s music as all about “moms and SUVs.” But he likes what he hears when she convinces him to listen to a demo of her first self-written song. And he’s even more impressed with her singing after she’s had a few shots of whiskey. (Remember: He is Irish.) So Rayna does indeed get the producer she wants. And if the boss at her current label doesn’t want to work with Liam – well, there are other record labels in Music City.
PHOTO FINISH: Juliette pays off the paparazzi pounded by Sean – and obtains all photos taken of Sean in ultra-violent mode. This looks like the beginning of, if not a hot romance, then a warm friendship between the squeaky-clean football player and the tabloid-trashed country star. Meanwhile, Coleman wonders what he should do with some photos that he has obtained – incriminating shots of Teddy and Peggy taken last week during their meeting on a dimly lit street. Coleman knows the photos might destroy Teddy’s campaign. But he also knows they might destroy Rayna’s marriage.