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BARNES, STABLE For Juliette (Hayden Panettiere), staying out of the spotlight would be a near-death experience.
Will gets a home visit from mystery man/all-signs-point-to-stalker Brent, a marketing and PR guy whom Jeff Fordham claims he had to "lure away from L.A." to come work with him in Nashville. We almost learned the Brent scoop in Will and Gunnar's apartment, but Gunnar was in the thick of one of his whining spells. No harm done: There's Brent at their door, moments later. "I know what you're afraid of, but you don't have to be," he told Will. Brent understands what an asset Will is to the label as "the ladies man," and he's "not gonna be the guy who ruins that." Foreshadowing… because I'm sure Will will be the one to ruin that himself by hopping back into bed with this guy pretty soon down the line.
Sure, he wants the money and fame, but was part of Will's decision to defect from Rayna's "farm team" and join "the majors" the fact that this way he'll be working closely with this Brent guy? Maybe he just wants to keep an eye on him. But, like, no way. Both eyes. On all of him. Their spark was palpable; I'm glad we got to see more of it up close.
Poor Gunnar wrote a song about his dead brother -- a plot device seemingly thrown in just to give newcomer waitress/Scarlett's childhood friend Zoey something to talk to Gunnar about. But Will seemed affected, too, by the way Gunnar can come up with something so heartfelt, well-constructed, and fast when true inspiration strikes. Will he employ Gunnar as the "voice" behind his "act"?
Maddie is still "icing out" Rayna, and when they finally talk, it doesn't go so well. "My mom's a liar, my biological dad's an alcoholic, and my dad isn't even my dad. What's confusing about that?" It is not all that confusing when she puts it that way, but I can see Maddie internally freaking out about who she "really is" and what her future holds now that she knows more about her genes. I'm looking forward to the inevitable Deacon-Maddie scenes that Maddie won't admit she wants and needs. I can see Chip Esten and Lennon Stella will be able play tense and heartwarming really well.
How soon will Rayna dissociate from Edgehill? Can Juliette and Avery remain friends? Does anyone else have trouble remembering Teddy's name at this point?