Nashville season finale recap: Rayna's Choice

Juliette pleads her case with Avery, and Rayna has a very big (sparkly) decision to make
Ep. 22 | Aired May 14, 2014

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Back at Juliette's, Avery confronted her about sleeping with Jeff. She didn't deny any of it, but tried to convince him that she really did love him. Instead, he decided she didn't know what love was, because when you love someone, you'd rather die than hurt them. Guess he didn't love Scarlett then, huh? Before he left, he told her, "You have no idea how much I love you, but that's something I'm going to have to get over." Watching Hayden cry is something that will never lose its power over me. Is it weird that I love these two more than ever now?

With Scarlett on her goodbye tour before leaving for Ole Miss, she went to see Avery when she found him drunk in his underwear. Surprisingly, Scarlett was the one to talk some sense back into him. She convinced him that Juliette was a good person. Meanwhile, that good person was about to go on stage with Rayna, but not until after she faced off with Jeff one last time. In another of my favorite Rayna-Juliette scenes, they basically burned Jeff's house down. First, Juliette thanked him for the "worst minute and a half of my life." HA! And then Rayna showed him one of the 250,000 gift cards she'd coordinated with Sam Boone to give people downloads of her album. Adios, Jeff! Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Rayna and Juliette's high five might be the best moment of the episode. Oh no wait. We haven't gotten to the best part yet, I take it back.

After a quick prayer -- did it take her a year to talk to God about the accident? -- Rayna hit the stage, where she and Juliette killed it before Luke joined her for yet another performance of "Ball and Chain." And then, get this, he asked her to be his "ball and chain." Yep, he proposed on stage in front of the entire world. She didn't so much as say yes as kiss him, put on the ring, and smile. Meanwhile, no one in her family was smiling along with her.

And now, cue the cameo from Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of People Mag and EW! He informed the happy couple that People wanted the exclusive on their wedding, but Luke assured him there was a little time before any of that was happening. Luke hated to propose and run -- which was super crappy -- but he had somewhere to be for his son. Like that, we went from one couple to another as Avery showed up at Juliette's house.

Avery said he believed that Juliette loves him, but he wanted to know why she cheated. She didn't know. Growing up the way she did, she said she thought he was going to leave her, and when she feels like somebody's going to hurt her, she hurts herself first and "burn the house down while I'm still in it." She claimed Jeff saw her for what she really is: "Trailer trash covered in rhinestones." She knew she didn't deserve Avery. What she deserved was nothing and nobody. And yet, she still asked him to stay. "Don't make me be alone again," she said. The last we saw, it looked like he took one step back away from her, but no full movements were made.

Before leaving town, Scarlett stopped by to see Gunnar, and the two did an impromptu performance of the song he'd written for her. We were reminded of the magical connection between those two, and I think they were too. The song made Scarlett cry and afterward, Gunnar asked her to stay. "I really don't think you should go." But why? Because he still loves her?

But most importantly, after the concert, Deacon showed up at Rayna's house. He wanted to say congrats on her engagement, but he couldn't because it was a lie. He knew that he'd broken her heart 1,000 different ways, but something has finally changed: "Me." "I know how to love you now," he told her as I gasped and grabbed the nearest tissue. He told her that he's finally the man she always wanted him to be. He's ready to be a husband and a father and to give her everything they were meant to have. Maybe he's too late, but he can't move on. "You and me Ray. That's how it's supposed to be. You know that. It's Maddie, and Daphne, and you, and me." Then. they. kissed.

Before walking away, he put her old engagement ring in her hand. "This is yours. I never should've taken it back." And that's one way for season 2 to go out. Can someone grab me a glass of water, please?

What did you all think of the finale?

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