‘Nashville’ recap: Keeping up, getting left behind
When the mask has fallen
Juliette isn't giving her an inch (not even when Jolene makes "pink macaroni," an adorably disgusting childhood favorite of Juliette's involving ketchup and cream cheese). Juliette repeatedly asks her manager to ship Jolene out of town, the better to maintain Juliette's image of herself, for herself, as a flippant hard-ass who doesn't need anybody. But the "GMA" spot doesn't go well when Juliette, acting against advice, opts for a "haters gonna hate" defense and claims she didn't do anything wrong, and it gets worse when Robin Roberts (pulling a series of brilliant confused faces) asks about Jolene and Juliette abruptly ends the interview. Tour sponsors start pulling out. The label wigs. So does Juliette, dumping out Jolene's backpack to find the stuff she's positive Jolene is going to sell to buy drugs, and finding nothing — except a worn picture of Jolene holding a newborn Juliette. A championship "ugly cry" follows; Hayden Panettiere is killing it.
A friend in need
Later, Juliette admits to her manager that shoplifting "made me feel like I could take care of myself, when nobody else would." When her manager suggests that she "call a friend, take your mind off things," she sighs that she doesn't have friends: "I have people who want to be seen with me. …Well, used to." Eating pink macaroni late at night, she calls Deacon, who asks what she's up to.
Deacon's up to plenty in "We Live In Two Different Worlds." He's advising Scarlett on how to deal with Avery's professional envy; Scarlett and Gunnar got a record deal, and Avery is still trying to be happy for her, but after a tense dinner with the label reps, most of which Scarlett spends fluffing Avery's music, he yells that he doesn't need her help. Deacon tells her he knows what it's like "to be the one always tryin' to catch up," but she can't keep pretending everything's the same — Avery's going to catch up or get left behind, "and that's it." (Gunnar's not wasting any time "catching up" on the perks of success, having a yogurt-related meet-cute with an assistant named Hailey and taking her to bed pronto.)
Deacon's also meeting with his AA sponsor, Coleman Carlisle, to commiserate about the Wyatt family having them both by the short hairs. He's valiantly pretending everything's normal between him and Rayna, agreeing to appear with her at a fundraiser for Teddy at Lamar's country club — but when he shows up late, Lamar immediately starts in on him, and Deacon can only pretend he's not furious for so long. He snaps that he's not the one Lamar's "been carrying for 20 years," and it's hard to tell if Deacon means Rayna or Teddy there, but it's Teddy who takes offense, and the two of them go toe-to-toe while Rayna shrieks for them to stop.