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March 13-19
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Nashville 4×06 “Please Help Me, I’m Fallin'” Recap

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Woah. 

Episode Summary: Juliette’s spiral leads to a dangerous place where Jeff pays the price. Scarlett and Deacon spend their last night celebrating Beverly at the local bar she’d always play in. Rayna produces Markus’ album. Maddie’s still rebelling. Daphne finally comes clean about what she heard in the bathroom. Avery’s tossing between forgiving Juliette and letting her go for good.

Review | Analysis: When I said we should get rid of Jeff Fordham, this is not what I meant. Much like all the episodes prior to this, tonight’s was once again a heavy one I’m having a difficult time trying to analyze. And ultimately, what’s frustrating me even more is the fact that it seems while one storyline will improve, another will fall dramatically. I can handle angst, in fact, I prefer it a lot of times, it’s fun, but this season of Nashville has just been too depressing to even think about. That said, my deepest apologies once more, as this review will be a lot shorter than it usually is.

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Nashville 4×05 “Stop the World (And Let Me Off)” Recap

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Yet another heavy episode with some improvement! Success.

Episode Summary: Scarlett and Deacon go to Beverly’s house in order to clean it out and mend their issues. While they’re on tour in Atlanta, Juliette brings Maddie up on stage to sing with her and later Maddie feels she’s ready to take her relationship with Colt to the next level. Rayna works with Layla on a new song. After finally learning the truth about Cadence’s time spent at the hospital, Juliette comes to her senses, but Avery wants a divorce. Markus Keen is trouble, Luke’s taking Will’s song, and Gunnar’s story is such a wreck, there are no words.

Review | Analysis: This week’s episode was a bit lighter, but I’m still finding myself ridiculously sad afterwards, and that’s not the kind of show I want to watch. I’m all for drama and angst, but it’s just a bit too much. I find myself constantly wanting certain arcs to play out a certain way and not because I’m displeased with what we’re getting, but I’m okay with angst if it appears it’s on the way to progress. So far, though I’m 100% thrilled that it appears Juliette’s finally getting her act together. She’s realizing what’s wrong and it seems she’ll finally work at it.

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Nashville 4×03 “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye?” Recap

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Tonight’s episode was heavy. And I mean really, really heavy. There should’ve been a warning. So in case you haven’t watched yet and you chose to read this in advance, grab some tissues.

Episode Summary: After careful consideration and an ongoing argument with Deacon, Scarlett decides it’s time to take her mother off life support. Daphne, Madde, and Rayna make their amends with Teddy. Avery reconsiders getting a divorce. Juliette’s still partying. And the drama’s intensified.

Review | Analysis: Tonight’s episode featured some of the best performances I’ve ever seen on television and for that reason alone, I almost hated it. As weird as that sounds, I wish these actors were actually bad and didn’t sell those scenes so well because then maybe I’d actually be able to write about it. That said, this is a fair warning that reviews for the series may be a bit shorter than usual because while I love my drama and excellent performances, I have a very difficult time discussing topics that are too sad.

The pacing of tonight’s episode was much better than last week’s, we weren’t jumping from one thing to another, but rather the storylines felt less overwhelming despite the nature of events.

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Nashville 4×02 “Til the Pain Outwears the Shame” Recap

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And the record keeps on skipping as the drama intensifies.

Episode Summary: Just as it appears Juliette’s finally ready to confront her emotions, she turns right around with a betrayal that’s bound to leave scars. Beverly awakes in time to make amends but by the end of the episode, it appears her time is really coming to end. Rayna finds a hip new artist for Highway 65 meanwhile Layla continues to feel abandoned. Luke lets Will go from his label. And Daphne overhears her family being ridiculed in the bathroom after an exceptional performance with Maddie.

Review | Analysis: I wish Nashville would handle one dramatic storyline at a time but that’s the core of this series. And while I pretty much always enjoy the route the series takes, this episode’s been very draining and exhausting. It’s upsetting because there’s nothing I want to talk about since 90% of the episode was just heartbreaking. Frankly, I don’t want to keep sitting here writing about how I wish problems would be confronted already because it seems I’ve been doing that since last season.

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Nashville 4×01 “Can’t Let Go” Recap

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Tonight’s premiere was engaging, but the drama that’s to come in the following weeks will undoubtedly be better.

Episode Summary: Beverly’s suffered through an aneurism. Juliette still hasn’t confronted her postpartum depression. Avery moves in with Gunnar and Will. Will’s career’s been put on pause after he publicly came out. Scarlett tells Caleb she loves him. Maddie refuses to believe Teddy’s innocent while Daphne holds on to the hope that her father will come home soon. Oh, and Deacon hasn’t died — thankfully. Although let’s be real is anyone surprised?

Review | Analysis: I’ve missed the ridiculous drama in Nashville, but mostly I’ve missed having such a powerful female figure like Rayna Jaymes on my screen. I shouldn’t ever question if I could possibly love her more because clearly the answer is always yes. And while tonight’s episode caught us up on everyone, I was mostly floored by her continuous dedication to people. Essentially most of the episode was great, but I could’ve definitely done without the overly dramatic moments like Deacon and Rayna staring at empty beds. Your other half’s not dead, y’all.

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Nashville 3×22 “Before You Go Make Sure You Know” Recap

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____________________ And that’s the cliffhanger. Surprising? Nope.

Episode Summary:  Deacon and Beverly prepare for the liver transplant but things don’t go as planned when one of their monitors flatlines. Juliette reacts terribly to Avery’s concerns and puts baby Cadence’s life in danger. Gunnar goes to Texas with Kiley to visit Micah and Scarlett decides to move in with Caleb. However, it doesn’t stop the two magnificent singers from almost rekindling an old flame. Teddy’s going to prison. Will’s finally opened up about his sexuality. And Jeff’s still the worst character on this show.

Review | Analysis:  One of the primary reasons I stuck behind Nashville despite the impeccable music are the faultless performances each actor delivers even when I despise the characters. Sadly and strangely I don’t have much to say about this episode because as you all know I don’t like to spend too much time talking about things that aren’t exactly my favorite. However, due to the reason that this is a finale, there are things I need to discuss. Nashville’s had some pretty moving season finales and while this one was probably the worst, it was also well executed because of what it could set up for next season.

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Nashville 3×20 “Time Changes Things” Recap

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Tonight’s episode gave and took a lot but mostly in left me wishing it was next week.

Episode Summary: In secrecy Rayna tries to convince Beverly to donate her liver to Deacon. And when Deacon catches Maddie ditching school in his apartment with Colt, things get pretty awkward. Juliette throws a spontaneous comeback concert on a rooftop and this time, it seems she’s forgotten there’s a little girl waiting for her to come home. Kiley returns with the gruesome truth about her past, and it’s undoubtedly changed Gunnar for good. The Exes perform together but later get into a fight and Teddy may just get away with everything he’s done.

Review | Analysis: Sometimes the drama on Nashville can get so unbelievably ridiculous, it’s hard to remember this an actual show that makes me cry more often than not because it’s so incredibly moving. That said, a lot of elements in this episode I felt I personally could’ve done without, but the important thing to remember is the series is tackling some vital issues and doing a fantastic job of them. Also, some of what’s being revealed during this arc isn’t something we often see on television and the fact that it’s so daring is highly commendable.

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Nashville 3×19 “The Storm Has Just Begun” Recap

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Sometimes things are too good to be true and that seems to be the case for a little while longer. Because obviously this is a TV series and we needs lots and lots of drama.

Episode Summary: At the Note by Note Charity Event, Deacon receives a phone call stating there’s a liver available for his transplant and the family (with the exception of Daphne) head for the hospital. Complications arise and the transplant unfortunately doesn’t happen allowing the family to really understand the reality of what’s occurring. Juliette’s not too pleased with the fact that she isn’t the shining star at the auction and when Jade bets for Layla, situations get ever more complicated. Luke and Daphne perform together. Scarlett and Gunnar decide they’ll perform as a duo until Avery returns to them. And for the time being, Teddy’s safe.

Review | Analysis:  As frustrating as the storyline’s have been recently, I love the fact that Nashville is tackling tangible issues and dealing with them in the most realistic way possible. The series is most successful when it allows its characters to shine through riveting stories and unsurprisingly I found myself most intrigued with the characters having a tough time.

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