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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 7 Of 'Nashville'

Nov 29, 2012 - 12:26 PM
TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 7 Of 'Nashville'

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Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) rock the Ryman Auditorium stage,

Rayna and Juliette finally do the duet most fans of the series have been waiting for in “Lovesick Blues,” Episode 7 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 for what’s being billed as the “Winter Finale.” But be forewarned: There are a passel of spoilers here, folks.

IT TAKES TWO: Marshall Evans (Todd Truly), president of the Edgehill Republic label, more or less blackmails Rayna and Juliette into agreeing to sing a duet as the grand finale for the label’s 25th anniversary concert at the Ryman Auditorium. Neither woman is happy about the situation – and their active dislike for each other gets in the way of their deciding exactly which song they’ll sing for what they hope will be a one-time-only collaboration.  Ultimately – and, of course, reluctantly – Rayna suggests that she and Juliette co-write their own song for the occasion. They do just that, and give a powerhouse performance – accompanied by Liam McGuinnis, Rayna’s new producer, and Deacon Claybourne, Rayna’s former lover – at the Ryman. Evans likes what he sees, and what he hears. Maybe he’ll try again to talk Rayna and Juliette into a co-headlining tour?

PICTURE THIS: If Teddy appears a bit distracted during Rayna’s Ryman performance, well, he is. As we saw last week, Coleman obtained incriminating photos of Teddy and Peggy during a late-night rendezvous. This week, Coleman sets up his own private meeting with Teddy, and threatens to release the pictures to the press if Teddy doesn’t drop out of the mayoral race. Teddy insists that, even though the photos might indicate otherwise, he and Peggy are not now, and never have been, having an affair. “Know what, Teddy?” Coleman replies. “I believe you. I just don’t think anyone else will.”

INCOMPLETED PASS: Juliette remains sweet on wholesome quarterback Sean Butler, and he’s obviously fallen for her.  Unfortunately, Sean’s fans aren’t happy about the romance: They think Juliette is a bad influence, and a worse distraction. As one of Juliette’s people tell her, “They’re holding you responsible for his poor passing in the last couple of games.” Still, the relationship appears to be running smoothly until, during the stress of preparing for the Ryman concert, Juliette throws herself at Sean, with the intention of enjoying some recreational sex. But Sean is having none of that: He respects her too much to engage in such tawdry activity. And besides, he thinks sex is something only married people should savor. Juliette is upset – and frustrated – and makes a few snarky comments about Sean’s, ahem, virility. But when the gentlemanly football star shows up in her dressing room to bring her flowers just before she gets on stage with Rayna… well, Juliette is all starry-eyed and lovey-dovey again.  

MATTERS OF THE HEART:  While Marilyn launches her campaign to boost Avery’s career, Scarlett slips into a deep blue funk after her break-up with the guy. So Hailey decides to help Scarlett get over Avery by talking her into joining Hailey and Gunnar for a night of honky-tonking. Surprisingly, Scarlett does loosen up after a few tequila shots: She sings “Ring of Fire” with the house band at a small club, and even gets friendly with a hunky stranger. Predictably, that friendly gesture triggers a jealous reaction from Gunnar (which, also predictably, upsets Hailey). Scarlett winds up fleeing the club, hopping into a cab and returning to Avery’s place – just in time to catch her ex-boyfriend in a compromising position with Marilyn. The next day, Scarlett and Gunnar patch things up, and agree to remain teamed as songwriters. And, perhaps, something more.

THINGS TO COME: Lamar West, Teddy’s father-in-law and major campaign backer, brushes off the importance of the photos Coleman is threatening to release. With one phone call, he tells Teddy, he can convince the proper authorities to seriously prosecute Coleman for drug possession after finding those pills in his car. While Coleman is caught up in a legal battle, Lamar says, Teddy should be able to easily “explain” the photos to voters as nothing more than pictures of two old friends having a perfectly innocent conversation. The only trouble is, Teddy will have to warn Rayna – and Peggy will have to tell her husband – that a scandal is about to erupt. Which explains why Teddy looks a great deal less than euphoric as Rayna and Juliette conclude their duet, Evans salivates at the thought of a co-headlining tour, Deacon and Liam bump fists triumphantly, the Ryman Auditorium audience cheers – and the episode ends.

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