5 Awesome Things from Last Night’s Nashville: Best Deacon/Rayna Montage Ever

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Ain’t no montage like a Deacon/Rayna montage, cuz a Deacon/Rayna montage is JAM-PACKED WITH FEELS.Rayna is still keeping a low profile following her break-up with Luke, but his slew of gleeful public appearances are starting to make her look weak by comparison. Bucky presses her to put on a show, so she agrees to a Bluebird Cafe appearance with Pam Tillis. Deacon is giving Rayna space, as she requested, but he’s also blowing off Maddie because he isn’t ready to tell her about his liver cancer. When Micah’s grandparents tell Gunnar that the boy is acting out in school, he makes an impromptu trip to Texas so he can talk some sense into his nephew. Anxious at the end of her pregnancy and with no work to keep her busy, Juliette pushes Avery to help her finish the album. Facing dismal record sales, Jeff the skeevy exec is eager to sign a hot, young star in the style of Taylor Swift. He sets his sights on Maddie.

Scarlett surprises uncle Deacon by inviting mom Beverly to come visit her brother’s home (and perhaps provide him a liver donation). This stresses Deacon to the brink of a seizure, which is how Bev learns of his potentially fatal condition.1 Sadie reunites with boss Rayna prior to the Bluebird appearance; she pretends to have been stuck at home with the flu, though we know she was hiding from her abusive ex-husband. When Mayor Teddy catches Jeff hanging around the Edgehill-sponsored recording studio at the girls’ school, he learns that his skeevy exec friend wants to sign Maddie. Micah’s grandparents told him his dad Jason was “bad”, so Gunnar makes a point of saying nice things about his dead brother. After Scarlett begs her mom to consider donating a chunk of liver to Deacon, Bev agrees to a preliminary blood test. When Sadie and Rayna drop in the Bluebird for sound check, Rayna is flooded with emotional Deacon memories and decides to bail. Maddie is also sad about Deacon, so she and her mom cope by writing a song together – which they later perform at the Bluebird. Of course Rayna wasn’t really gonna bail. She’s the Queen!

Here are five awesome things from last night’s Nashville

Deacon’s got jokes Naturally, the one place where Deacon feels comfortable discussing his cancer is at an AA meeting. “Turns out I have liver cancer. Which is not surprising, considering what I put mine through,” he says. “But I am gonna need a new one. And no, I’m definitely not interested in any of yours.” Well that’s morbid but glad to see you crackin’ a smile, big fella!

Glen’s last laugh Juliette is raging more than usual because she’s hormonal and bored. She screams at her manager to book a studio so she can finish recording, which is an average day in the life of Glen. But the sight of her angry little body under all that baby weight, struggling to stand up from her yoga mat just makes him giggle. Enjoy your latitude while she’s still weak, Glen!

Best Deacon/Rayna montage ever Ain’t no montage like a Deacon/Rayna montage, cuz a Deacon/Rayna montage is JAM-PACKED WITH FEELS. We’ve seen great ones before — the season 3 premiere segment where we saw drunken 90s Deacon elbow her in the eye was an expert bit of exposition — but this was definitely my favorite. It contained no new material. Rather, we got a best-and-worst-of Bluebird moments. Remember when Deacon serenaded Maddie with the song they wrote together (squee!)? Remember when Rayna had to follow him to his truck, shove his drunk ass out of the driver’s seat and then they got in a horrible accident (ughhh)? But the background music was the best part. Remember S1E2’s riveting performance of “No One Will Ever Love You”? That was the exact moment I fell for this show. Ah, memories!

Not so clever Bev Don’t be fooled by her talk of new beginnings with Deacon, her prompting a family jam session over fried chicken, or her deep sorrow about not being a donor match. It took just one call to the doctor’s office for Scarlett to deduce that Beverly is both a match and a big, fat liar. Then we’re right back to that mean, histrionic martyr we loved to hate in season 2. “I just don’t think it’s fair that it’s up to me to save you. It’s not fair!” Beverly rants at her brother, and he agrees. But Scarlett’s all, “Peace out, Ma.” Yeeeesssss – “Hating on Bev” Scarlett is my favorite Scarlett!

Jeff’s ultimatum This show has issues with taking five or ten episodes to reach the most predictable plot developments, but I don’t mind that.2 And in the case of Mayor Teddy, who has always been slow on the uptake,3 these slowly dawning realizations are quite fitting. Of course Jeff wants to sign Maddie, because she’s mega-talented and he can make her hyper-protective mom miserable. Of course Teddy resists, even though Jeff needs only one parent’s permission; he’s too respectful of his ex-wife’s boundaries to even consider it. Of course Jeff is going to blackmail Teddy by threatening to reveal his trysts with a hooker, because why else would Jeff have set him up with her in the first place? Now Teddy has to choose between selling out his daughter or potentially ruining every one of her personal relationships and his political career. So how’s Rayna gonna get him out of this one?4

  1. And — surprise! — angry Bev makes it all about herself.  
  2. Like a catchy country ballad, you pretty much know what the next rhyme will be, but that predictability doesn’t make it any less enjoyable  
  3. Pig’s blood miscarriage, y’all  
  4. I’m telling you, if this show doesn’t make it to a fourth season, Ms. Jaymes would make an excellent gladiator #Scandal  

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