Nashville fans have been treated to the best of music and tantalizingly tense storylines since the show’s spring return, and that trend stays true in this week’s “Guilty Street.” Soap opera fans will welcome the entrance of Charlotte Ross (formerly Eve on Days of Our Lives) to the cast as an old friend of Deacon (Charles Esten). Money woes, mournful misery, lost love, and the demons of the road all rear their wicked heads in this one!
Things start calmly enough, as Luke (Will Chase) makes homemade pancakes to start Rayna’s (Connie Britton) morning, realizing that she’s far from the flippant “I’m fine” she spouts since Lamar’s passing. It doesn’t take long for news to come that the check for Scarlett’s (Clare Bowen) studio time has bounced, with sister, Tandy (Judith Hoag) in charge of Highway 61 finances. Meanwhile, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is getting more offers to go pop than she can handle, so much so that her house cannot hold all the delivered treats. Deacon promises Megan (Christina Chang) that he will resist the ruin of the road, particularly booze, as he begins his “back to roots” outing. Gunnar (Sam Palladio) is gung ho for the new band, but Avery (Jonathan Jackson) has too many other worries to get on board, especially having a girlfriend who can buy anything without him. He asks Gunnar to check with the rest of the band before making bookings. Will (Chris Carmack) celebrates having the most requested single, but Layla’s (Aubrey Peeples) news that her showcase fell through creates a downer. Will promises full force to support her. Following the first gig, Deacon turns down a drink in favor of a bucket of ice for his recovering arm. Scarlett and Liam (Michiel Huisman) combine music and passion at the piano.
Rayna walks in on their interlude, with a none -too-pleased “How’s it going?” Scarlett has already fallen for Liam, telling Rayna, “He opened something up” and “helped me see myself.” Rayna’s chat with Liam was far less warm, ending with him getting the proverbial “pink slip” from that job. Jeff (Oliver Hudson) refuses to take Layla’s calls, and she comes excruciatingly close to calling Brent, before Will heads her off, saying he will promote her. Luke offers Rayna dollars to save her label, but she declines knowing how decimal points can cloud a relationship. Avery struggles at dinner with Juliette, as she orders every appetizer, reassuring him “I got it.” When a very expensive bottle of champagne is delivered to the table, she knows just who sent it, and pops it down on Jeff’s table just hard enough to spew it everywhere. Teddy (Eric Close) drowns himself in drink after discovering all the hidden truths about Peggy, and Megan comes in comforting consolations that becomes a guilty liaison, with silence as they say goodbye. Unsettled everywhere he goes, unable to even go to his hotel room because of the drinking occupation by his band, Deacon goes to an AA meeting in Virginia, and runs into an old friend, Ruth (Charlotte Ross) who shared a similar ride up and down the fame ladder.
Juliette gets offered a sweet contract from Jeff and Edgehill, even including a production deal for Avery, but he declines riding on her coattails. Jeff makes a call to Will, furious at how he allowed his radio interview to become a Layla promotion, insisting her 15 minutes are gone. Juliette signs the deal, her manager assuring her that all Avery-related items have been redlined. Liam speaks a casual farewell to Scarlett before going overseas, leaving her confused and heartsick, but with Rayna’s assurance that she and her album will go on with a different producer. Rayna tries to fire Tandy, the family ties get the best of her, and she and Luke go to make a bounced check bailout. Gunnar and Avery go at it over a “rich girlfriend” remark from Gunnar, but pull it together fine for the show, breaking it down on stage. Ruth makes an offer for Deacon to stay the night, but he stays straight arrow, saying “I’ve got people waiting,” even though Megan is still not answering her phone. Luke finds it distracting that Rayna’s daughters are all over her bedroom walls, but again offers to be her strong shoulder and supply line through her artistic crisis.
Juliette drops in on Avery, telling him she tore up the deal, and proposes he take her to dinner. Juliette corners Rayna, asking if the head diva would consider a Highway 65 deal for her. Wonders never cease in Nashville, and a stunned Rayna replies “I think we can make that happen..” The ride to the end of the season has just begun, so buckle the seatbelts! H
The drama airs Wednesday on ABC.
Nashville broadcast, March 5, 2014 ABC.