On Nashville this week, it’s a case of “you’ve got your troubles, I’ve got mine” for the 18th episodes of Season 2, “Your Wild Life’s Gonna Get You Down.” There’s always a way out, but sometimes, it’s worse than the path that took one in. Rayna (Connie Britton) needs to save the label that she’s put everything into, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) needs to redeem her place in country music, Deacon (Charles Esten) needs a new start with some respect, Maddie (Lennon Stella) needs her daddy, and Will (Chris Carmack) needs to tell the truth, as Scarlett (Clare Bowen) needs to stop hiding the truth! This stuff is too big for a Band-Aid, but that’s just what most folks try!
Rayna scolds Juliette for her part in making the new single go on a slide, but Juliette counters that she’s put $500,000 of her own money into the tour, so she’s “done here,” as far as being told what to do. Megan (Christina Chang) surprises Deacon with some days off, “a workaholic in recovery,” as he deems it, and seems to appreciate her gesture of support. Luke (Will Chase) and Rayna look forward to a performance of “Ball and Chain,” and Maddie finds out that she and Luke’s son, Colt (Keann Johnson) , a hip-hopper with a huge Twitter fan base, have more in common than she thinks. Maddie pleads with mom to stay home alone for the weekend, but that’s a no go. Juliette is faced with a major attitude adjustment, having to play for a very small stage, and work her boots off for it! All Maddie cares about is being with her newly reclaimed dad, Deacon. Custodial dad, Teddy (Eric Close) takes her way from Deacon once he finds out she’s at a guitar lesson. Rayna wants Maddie at the show, even though she pledged to support Teddy’s decisions. Juliette delivers a killer set, ending with “I Told the Devil to Take You Back,” but she’s spent, and sad that Avery chooses writing with Scarlett over being with her at the after party. Him him him
Gunnar (Sam Palladio) , and Will go at it again over Will’s gay truth, but Will wants Gunnar’s support for his wedding to Layla (Aubrey Peeples). When Maddie begs Teddy to let her stay for the full show, including a big finish summer with Deacon, Deacon assures Teddy, “we’re all grown-ups here-I am,” as if that would change any water under the bridge. Colt likes what he hears when Maddie and Daphne (Maisy Stella) do their “clapping song” for his “beat”collection. Layla gets no love from her family over being proposed to– in fact, she gets the opposite, threat of disownment. Will then proposes that they take matters of marriage into their own hands now, and arranges nuptials faster than a bullet, trying to head off rumors in the closet that are creeping out. In typical Juliette “my way or the highway” manner, she refuses to fire Scarlett, and demands that the shy songstress get more into after party hobnobbing. Scarlett turns to pills again, her preferred peace in a bottle.
Maddie and Rayna have a huge social media squabble in public at the show, when Rayna learns from Luke that Maddie is posting videos under the name Maddie Claybourne. She doesn’t see that her mom is in protection mode, and that makes her yearning for defiance stronger, even though they concede in an embrace. Scarlett has her own means of defiance, singing “Fallin” in place of the upbeat opener. Deacon comes up, joining in the big finish with Luke and Will, but a single, nonverbal snub perceived by Luke seems to do in his future. “It’s what you didn’t say,” that matters, comes the reply. Julliette confesses fears to Avery. Teddy stalks Megan even backstage at the show, and Deacon sees their secret discussion, none too pleased. Juliette knows Scarlett’s strength as an artist, despite their different approaches. Juliette see something of her mother in Scarlett, after her opening act has imbibed too much. Gunnar goes to the church, ultimately deciding to give Will and Layla his blessing. Megan returns home to see Deacon packed up and fed up, saying, “I’m done being saved.” The drama is revving up for the season finale in just weeks, so expect guest stars and more gushing emotion, served up Nashville style. No added spice needed!