Nashville recap: Let Black Roses Crumble

Juliette refuses to apologize to her haters; Rayna considers the price of selling out
Ep. 13 | Aired Jan 29, 2014

UNACCIDENTAL ASSIST Brad Paisley to Juliette Barnes: "I've been misunderstood, lied about. Who cares?"

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"You really had me convinced I'd be okay if everything I had disappeared," Juliette began. "But I realized there is one thing that I need… One thing I have to have…"

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"….you." Ahhhh! I love the way her voice lilted on "you" so vulnerably, almost like she was asking a question -- but duh, the answer is absolutely, yes, let's kiss now. Avery and Juliette are a couple!!!

I'm psyched. They're great. And Avery was a fountain of solid advice, support, and intuition this week -- he helped Deacon realize that he's always been satisfied with his career of working hard for Rayna and writing hit songs -- maybe he didn't need to be famous on his own after all. Sign me up for a pre-download of Deacon Claybourne: Live at the Bluebird right now. Oh, wait. That's not how vinyl works?

We need to talk about Scarlett and "Black Roses."

First of all, Liam snatching Scarlett's private journal away -- that is the stuff of NIGHTMARES! I freaked out right along with her when that happened. But his twisted move paid off: We finally got some insight as to why our ethereal doily is so mopey and docile and eye-shifting and self-denying all the time: Her mother suffered from extreme highs and lows and spent Scarlett's childhood in and out of psychiatric wards -- and when her mother was around, Scarlett barely made a peep so as to reduce the chances of setting her off. I loved learning all of this, and I loved Scarlett demanding a piano player in the middle of the night so she could lay the track down that morning.

I can see your eyes staring into mine across the battlefield
You're on the other side
You can throw your words sharper than a knife and leave me cold again
In another house on fire
I lay low, lay low and watch the bridges burn
Now you only bring me black roses
And they crumble in the dust when they're held
Now you only bring me black roses
But I'm not under your spell

Did anyone else lose their breath when Scarlett went super high on the third "under your spell"? So much sadness, anger, and ultimately relief in that one little trill. And you know what gave Scarlett the power to really go there? The desire to take charge of her career again! Plus, amphetamines. (Generic Adderall, 30mg, thanks to Liam. Get ready for a lot of scenes of Scarlett intently folding and then refolding all her cozy shawls. Or maybe writing more beautiful music, whatever.)

Also, another house on fire! It all ties back to Juliette. Just kidding.

By the way, I'm obsessed with Liam's "Really? This guy?" glare upon meeting Luke in front of Rayna:

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Luke had a special surprise for Rayna -- he covered her eyes and everything.

And the results… were….

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TERRIFYING.

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Okay, the Rayna James-wrapped NASCAR auto was almost as terrifying as Pork Blood Peggy. Not quite as.

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Aggghh, no, it's a terrifying massacre again, make it stop!

Rayna spent the episode wooing Mr. Wal-mart, excuse me, Mr. Boone, in order to secure shelf space in his mega-superstores for her new album. After a sad display of pooh-poohing her for mixing business with pleasure (as if anyone would hang out with that guy for fun), Boone remembered oh yeah, he does have all the power, and sure Rayna can have shelf space. He'd just remove Juliette Barnes from the roster, because everyone hates her now anyway.

NEXT: Layla Grant's mind proves to be an open blank book


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