Juliette may have finally hit rock bottom in “Nashville” Season 4, episode 6. After discovering that Avery (Jonathan Jackson) filed for divorce, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) attacked someone, got wasted and contemplated suicide. She ended up on the edge of a rooftop, and episode 6, aptly titled “Please Help Me, I’m Fallin’,” ended with a death.
Juliette: Juliette walks out of her hotel looking absolutely wrecked, but fans still immediately recognize her. She attacks a fan who tries to take a photo with her. Luke (Will Chase) asks if she has a problem with drinking or drugs, but Juliette tells him to leave her alone and locks herself in the bathroom with a bottle of alcohol.
The fan isn’t pressing charges, but the encounter still needs a media spin. Jeff (Oliver Hudson) offers to fix it in exchange for being CEO of Luke’s new lifestyle company. Gabriella (Cynthia McWilliams) agrees.
Jeff tells Juliette that she can’t leave the hotel room, and she drunkenly tries to hit on him. Jeff isn’t interested in hooking up with Juliette, though. “No wonder Avery left you. What a waste,” Jeff says.
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He returns to Layla (Aubrey Peeples) with scratches on his arms from Juliette, and his girlfriend accuses him of cheating. He quickly tells her about the job opportunity and says he wouldn’t be Juliette’s manager anymore. He wouldn’t be Layla’s manager either, which he says would make moving in together less complicated. Layla is suddenly very happy and supportive.
Jeff somehow gets the fan to blame herself. She releases a public apology and claims she was stalking Juliette. Avery (Jonathan Jackson) sees it and worries, but Jeff tells him that Juliette is absolutely fine in her hotel room.
However, Juliette gets into plenty of trouble in there. She mixes pills and booze. She even starts snorting her drugs.
As Luke’s party is ending, Jeff (who has just been offered the CEO position) sees Juliette heading towards the roof. She gets on the ledge and sees a billboard of herself. “Juliette, don’t do this please,” Jeff says. She drops her bottle over the edge and it looks like Juliette is about to jump but Jeff pulls her back. However, he ends up accidentally falling off the roof and dying.
Avery: Avery’s lawyer says that Juliette agreed to all the terms of their divorce. When he sees news about her attack, Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Will (Chris Carmack) say that she isn’t his problem anymore.
Avery goes to Glenn (Ed Amatrudo) and asks her if he is going to call Juliette. However, Glenn seems to have given up on her too. “It doesn’t matter how much you care about her if she doesn’t care about herself,” Glenn says. He knows that Avery still loves Juliette, but he recommends that Avery cut himself off from her emotionally to avoid getting hurt.
It seems that the producer is taking Glenn's advice. When Avery gets an “I’m sorry” text from Juliette, he deletes her number from his phone.
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Gunnar: Gunnar and Erin (Scout Taylor-Compton) wake up in bed together. Erin turns down breakfast and won’t even give her phone number. She clearly wasn’t looking for more than a one night stand, but Gunnar wants more. Gunnar goes to absurd lengths to track down Erin’s phone number to return an earring he found. She tells him that she wasn’t wearing earrings, but agrees to go to Will’s show with him.
Erin sees him for a minute at the concert and tells him that she and her friends are heading to another bar for a ladies’ night out. She shows up at his house late that night, and Gunnar tells her he is confused by her behavior. “What is this?” he asks.
“Fun,” Erin tells him.
Rayna: Markus (Riley Smith) tells Rayna (Connie Britton) that he wants her to produce his record. She brings her daughters Maddie (Lennon Stella) and Daphne (Maisy Stella) to Markus’ soundcheck, and the girls say the new music sounds like Markus’ old rock band, Boulevard. Markus thinks that’s great, but Rayna signed him because he wants to change his sound.
Rayna rearranges the song, but Markus hates it. He tells Rayna that maybe this was a bad idea. He says that he knows she needs an artist like him on the label. She says that he needs Highway 65 Records just as much. Plenty of people didn’t want to work with him after hearing about his diva behavior, but she still wants him. She wants to make him a real artist.
Rayna tries to have him listen to her daughters sing a stripped down version of one of his hits, but Daphne doesn’t want to sing. She heard bullies at school say that she should be embarrassed to be on stage because of her father being in prison. Rayna gives her a little pep talk, but by the time Daphne changes her mind, Maddie has already sung the song to Markus. It’s a difficult position for Rayna as a mother, but as a producer, it’s very effective. Markus finally understands how good his music can sound stripped down.
Deacon and Scarlett: Deacon (Charles Esten) and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) attend a local memorial for Beverly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) in Natchez. Scarlett wants to leave as soon as she gets there, but Deacon starts introducing her to Beverly’s friends. Scarlett discovers that her mother bragged about her success in Nashville all the time. She sings one of Beverly’s songs for her friends before heading home. The uncle and niece finally seem to be at peace with Beverly’s death and each other.
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Elsewhere in “Nashville” Season 4, episode 6:
- Will plays a gig, but he gets uncomfortable when the women push a gay guy to the front. Kevin (Kyle Dean Massey) can’t keep listening to his pity party anymore. He breaks up with Will.
- Rayna tries to tell Maddie that she needs to consider who she is as an artist before she goes out on stage, but Maddie doesn’t want to listen.
- Deacon, a recovering alcoholic, wants to become an owner of a friend’s bar.
- Colt (Keean Johnson) steals alcohol from a bar at Luke’s party. He wakes up and goes out on the balcony to see Juliette and Jeff on the rooftop below him.
- Luke “fires” Gabriella for the night so they can finally hook up.
“Nashville” will return on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.