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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Rayna reluctantly agreed at first, but Maddie's "ugh, mom, she's my hero" look, a crisis of conscience, and very likely the determination to sign Juliette onto her own label all convinced her to drop the Boone's deal. "I will be damned if I take part in some corporate jackass trying to squelch her voice," she told Tandy (Tandy!) on the phone. You're probably thinking, have these people never heard of iTunes? Maybe not -- in fact I love how no one ever uses a computer on this show -- but country music fans do tend to buy the most CDs in stores. Now if someone could just remind me of what a CD is, that would be most helpful.

Meanwhile, at Will's encouragement and because he needed something to do other than bum around the apartment in boxer briefs (though I strongly disagree with that), Gunnar agreed to help Layla with her songwriting. Problem is, she's never written before. And the reason why is almost as scary as Scarlett's haunted childhood: Layla doesn't have any thoughts to write down. At least she doesn't think she has thoughts. Who knows? (Not Layla.) She's so young. People don't really start to think until they're at least old enough to legally drink until they forget what they were thinking. Sure.

Will can relate to his fake girlfriend: Like Layla, he's used to doing only what his parents expected him to do -- in her case, pageants and music; in his case, acting not gay. Will has a potentially deep Moment of Truth as he catches a glimpse of the looseleaf journal Layla's started (good call, Gunnar -- and way to compliment Scarlett as you suggested it) and heaves a great big sigh in bed. Perhaps he should be embracing his real thoughts, too.

What do you think was on Layla's journal page? My guess: "Consider thick-framed glasses to complete Zooey transformation STAT! / I don't like being homeless."

Speaking of Zs, no Zoe this week.

Oh, but some big developments in the Teddy-Tandy-Lamar realm of the show (that has nothing to do with all the others…until next week!) -- all the charges against Lamar have been dropped, so the man Teddy knows was out to have him murdered instead of Peggy will be on the loose next Wednesday. I'm already terrified -- not because Lamar is scary, but because it means I might have to catch up on what the EFF is going on here.

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Case in point: I had no idea that vague, exclamatory texts are how the U.S. Attorney's Office communicates with suspected guilty people. The more you know!

Final question: Is Deacon's awesome orange bowl, like, excessively large, or have I been limiting myself big-time in the amount of bowl space I require to make just a few eggs?

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Either way, Deacon is doin' it with class and style, as usual.

Loose, Gorgeous Connie Britton Wave of the Week:

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The one on the left gains new life at shoulder length, perhaps due to the shoulder itself or perhaps due to her hair's inherent infusion of volume and oomph; probably both.

Your thoughts on "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right"? Discuss!

Head back to week's recap: Arm Sex With Deacon and Rayna

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