Nashville recap: This One's For The Troops

A concert for the Army brings everyone together, as various secrets threaten to tear others apart
Ep. 21 | Aired May 7, 2014

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After a week of being angry at this show, tonight's episode was a breath of fresh air. Juliette brought the drama and the tears, while Deacon brought a little laughter (and a few more tears). Plus, Jeff Fordham was even creepier than usual, so what more can a girl ask for, right? Let's dig in!

We picked up with Juliette attempting to scrub herself clean of her horrible, horrible mistake. But sadly, no soap -- or obscene number of towels in her shower -- was going to get rid of the fact that she'd slept with Jeff Fordham, whom after much soul searching, I've decided looks exactly like Randall from Monsters, Inc. You're welcome.

Out of the shower, Juliette finally came face-to-face with Avery, who apologized for how he'd more or less neglected to think about her feelings during the entire Scarlett-is-cray-cray situation. It was a very sweet scene that almost turned sexual before Juliette bolted. She was meeting with song writers. Also, she needed to get checked for STDs before sleeping with Avery again. OK, not really, but she probably should.

Moving to the more functional couple, Rayna had to cut a meeting short when she found out that Luke was in the hospital. He'd been in Afghanistan for a concert when an IED killed two men and injured others. Luckily, all he had taken away from the experience was a few bruised ribs, some cuts, and a good 'ol bump on the noggin. So what did Dr. Luke prescribe? Just a little Rayna-flavored sugar. And as the cherry on top, Rayna suggested they do a concert for the troops at Fort Campbell right outside Nashville. Best girlfriend ever? Well, she's definitely better than Juliette right about now.

Back at Will's, the cameras were taking over in preparation for the reality show that's guaranteed to ruin absolutely everything. Did anyone else love the line in the song he sang Layla about how he was a "crosser of a straight line." Yes, Will. WE KNOW.

In the kitchen, Gunnar got a call about meeting with Juliette to potentially co-write on her album. As he told Zoey, his only problem was that he'd witnessed Jeff and Juliette leaving the screening room the other night after making an NC-17 film of their own. Yes, Gunnar made a funny!

He met with her anyway, but not for long before Jeff Fordham told Juliette he wanted her back … at his label. More on that later.

At Deacon's house, Scarlett was recuperating with some tea in the "girliest" cup Deacon could find. And then tea quickly turned into her deciding to pick up a shift at the Bluebird to try and get back to normal. But after a few customers had a little too much to say about her life (and failure), she went with plan b: She was going to leave Nashville. I'd explain, but that's literally all we know right now.

NEXT: Meet Tony the Trainer

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