“Nashville” Season 3, episode 9, had Luke (Will Chase) and Rayna (Connie Britton) filming a charity Christmas special, but no one was feeling the holiday joy. Rayna’s Rolling Stone cover story about her past with Deacon (Charles Esten) came out, and they weren’t happy to see their past in print. Rayna wasn’t the only one making apologies to her ex. Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) jealousy got way out of hand this week.
After Rayna’s Rolling Stone cover came out, Deacon was “about 10 different kinds of pissed.” He wasn’t the only one. Luke claimed that the only thing worse than the article coming out so close to their wedding was her obsession with talking to Deacon about it.
Eventually, Deacon had to stop by Rayna’s house to give Maddie (Lennon Stella) a guitar, but Rayna cornered him for a minute. She said that she had to talk about their relationship to protect Maddie, but Deacon still didn’t understand how she could just give away their past.
Luke needed Rayna to get past her issues with Deacon. Rayna decided to go see him to sort it out. Deacon said that he realized he was so mad because he was still in love with her. Rayna told him that he needed to move on because she already had. She was getting married in two weeks and they were over.
Juliette’s issues with her ex and baby daddy Avery (Jonathan Jackson) were a bit lighter. Juliette was jealous after she heard Avery call Sadie (Laura Benanti) “hot” during a phone call. She didn’t realize that he meant her career was hot. Sadie wanted him to produce her album. However, Juliette thought he was seeing somebody, so she went into full stalker mode.
Juliette and Emily (Kourtney Hansen) waited outside of Avery’s house to watch him. They followed Avery to a music festival to watch him meet up with Sadie. Juliette decided that she needed to wear a hat, glasses and a scarf covering the lower half of her face while driving a power wheelchair. That inconspicuous getup drew Avery’s eye immediately. Once Juliette realized that he recognized her, she tried to get away, but she backed her wheelchair into one of the vendor’s stands and knocked everything over. Suddenly, everyone’s attention was on her.
“Y’know I really thought we put all the drama behind us and figured out how to be friends,” Avery said.
Juliette went to Sadie to see if she would still work with Avery. Sadie claimed she hadn’t made any final decisions, but Juliette knew it was a no. She basically begged Sadie to reconsider. She promised that she wouldn’t be the crazy ex and Avery was the best to work with. “We’re just friends, and I’m very aware of that now,” Juliette said.
Sadie brought Avery onto her team to create her album. Avery thanked Juliette for fixing her mistake. “Gotta say, it was kind of cute that you were so jealous,” he said.
Sadie and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) were writing together, and she arranged for her manager to meet with Gunnar, Zoey (Chaley Rose) and Avery’s band. They were booked for a music festival before Zoey and Gunnar broke up. Gunnar was going to cancel the gig because of his break up with Zoey, but that was where Sadie’s manager wanted to see them. Gunnar decided that they didn’t have to break up the band just because they broke up as a couple.
The manager thought he could have be touring within a week, but Gunnar wasn’t ready. He couldn’t leave Micah (Gunnar Sizemore), and Zoey couldn’t have a kid hold her career back. She decided to leave the boys before their set began. Zoe left for California for a “new life.”
As luck would have it, Scarlett (Clare Bowen) was suddenly available after Terry (Mykelti Williamson) ran off stage. He got drunk and said he didn’t want Scarlett’s help anymore. He claimed that he didn’t want to be a musician and Scarlett was just pushing her dreams onto him. Scarlett realized that might be true. She decided to face her fears and get on stage with Gunnar and Avery.
The manager was still interested with Scarlett now in the mix, but Gunnar still turned him down. He said he couldn’t leave his new family.
Layla (Aubrey Peebles) and Will (Chris Carmack) were at the Nashville music festival too. They knew they wouldn’t get noticed at a hipster music festival. They were too mainstream. Will tried to hit on a gay bartender, and Layla ended up at a guitar vendor. She played her music for people who didn’t know who she was. Everyone loved her, including Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson).
“That was really good. I feel bad for being surprised by that, but I really am,” Jeff said.
Jeff actually showed his human side to Layla as they bonded over music. He even played a little for her, and they ended up sleeping together.
“Nashville” Season 3 airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. Do you think Will will react to Layla's new relationship with Jeff? Sound off in the comments section below!