Is fame more important than family? Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) may have answered that question in “Nashville” Season 4, episode 2. The premiere revealed that the country superstar hadn’t seen her family in over a month. She’d been touring and promoting her movie by day and partying with some questionable friends at night. Juliette finally faced her husband Avery (Jonathan Jackson) in episode 2, but their reunion didn't go as well as they hoped.
Juliette has a breakdown on “Live with Kelly and Michael” after they showed a photo of her family. It makes Avery question if she actually wants to come home. Jeff (Oliver Hudson) tells Juliette that she has to be seen with her family while in Nashville, but Juliette refuses.
Jeff visits Avery to talk about Juliette. Avery almost fights him, and Jeff explains that Juliette thinks her husband hates her. He claims Juliette is desperate to see her family. Avery visits his wife that night, but she is throwing a party. She immediately kicks everyone out once she sees her love.
Avery wants to leave, but Juliette begs him not to go. She says she loves him and that she can explain. “I want to be a good wife and I want to be a good mother. I just don’t know how,” she says.
The couple spends some time with their baby, and Juliette becomes a doting mother. She says she never stopped loving him and Avery kisses her. They even attend her album release party together, but Juliette looks nervous when he tells reporters that he might tag along on the rest of her tour.
Baby Cadence cries during Juliette’s performance, and Juliette tries to change her diaper afterward. She struggles with it, and Avery tells her to go mingle instead of changing the baby. However, that’s the last he sees of his wife. Avery can’t find Juliette at the party. He goes home and finds her cell phone in the trash.
Juliette is already on a plane with a new cell phone. “You got all your red carpet pictures, right?” Juliette asks Jeff. Of course, the celebrity wasn’t the only one with drama this week.
Can Country Accept Will? Luke (Will Chase) hires an image consultant, Gabriella (Cynthia McWilliams), and she says that his audience won’t accept a gay country star. Will’s (Chris Carmack) sexuality won’t be good for Luke’s brand, but Luke wants to prove her wrong. He invites Will to Juliette’s album release party. However, when he sees another country artist turn down a photo op with Will, Luke realizes he may have been hoping for too much. Luke drops him from the label. He offers to record some of Will’s songs so they still get heard, but Will looks too heartbroken to make any deals.
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Beverly’s Recovery: Deacon (Charles Esten) still feels guilty that Beverly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) is in the hospital. His sister is awake, but he still doesn’t want to leave her. Bev finally tells him that he is allowed to leave. “I don’t know if I can ever say this enough, but thank you,” he says. He still promises to come back tomorrow.
Beverly wakes up to see Scarlett (Clare Bowen) writing a song. The mother remembers “Black Roses,” a sad song that Scarlett wrote about her. “I know I wasn’t the mother you needed me to be, the mother you deserved. And I’m sorry,” Beverly says. The two have a nice moment where they seem to forgive each other for everything in the past.
Scarlett comes back again the next day and has a normal conversation with her mother. When she turns around to put new flowers by the window, Beverly starts to flatline again. Her recovery clearly isn’t going as well as it seemed, and now her life might be in danger once again.
Highway 65’s New Face: Rayna (Connie Britton) needs a new artist, and one of her prospective musicians just dropped out. She sees how affected her daughters are by the breakup of their favorite band, and she realizes that this might be an opportunity. She can try to sign lead singer Markus Keen (Riley Smith).
Highway 65 can’t technically get a meeting with Markus, so Rayna buys a seat next to him on his flight. They start talking about music, and Rayna gets to know him. He reveals that he has no idea what he wants to do next, and the country veteran suggests entering her genre. By the end of their flight, they seem to have a deal. Markus comes with a hefty price tag, but Rayna believes he’ll be worth it.
Other noteworthy moments from “Nashville” Season 4, episode 2:
- Layla (Aubrey Peeples) has a gig at the Bluebird Café, but everyone bails on her. However, Glenn (Ed Amatrudo), Juliette’s former manager, attends the gig. He tells her that if she ever wants to switch managers, he is available.
- Scarlett and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) can barely look at each other in a photo shoot, so their label Photoshops their images together. It’s sexy, and it concerns Gunnar. Scarlett, however, knows that it’s just marketing, so she doesn’t care.
- Caleb (Nick Jandl) tells Gunnar that he doesn’t think he and Scarlett will really be successful as musicians. “You know what? I may not be the one for Scarlett, but neither are you,” Gunnar says.
- Daphne (Maisy Stella) hears girls making fun of her and Maddie (Lennon Stella) in a bathroom after the talent show. Everyone knows that her father Teddy (Eric Close) is in jail.
“Nashville” Season 4 airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC.