‘Nashville’ Recap: Rayna Plays Fixer, Jeff Plays Teddy
Is that Rayna Jaymes in the latest episode of Nashville? Because she’s acting more like a country music Vito Corleone. Got a problem? Rayna will solve it — even if it means (figuratively) fitting an entire record label with a pair of cement shoes and dumping it in the Cumberland River. Thankfully, no horses were decapitated in the making of this episode.
This week’s drama in Music City was centered on Rayna’s skillful (if unintentional) whacking of Jeff Fordham and his Edgehill label. Things started off promisingly, with Will premiering his new single “I’m on It” on Blair Garner’s radio show, as co-hosts (and real-life country stars) Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks listened in. During their interview they wanted all the juicy details of Will’s love life, but his lips were locked up tighter than a former mob boss at Sing Sing. He then finds out about the record label’s demise and realizes his new single probably should have been called “I’m Off It.” He tells Gunnar that starting over someplace new is going to be tough “given my situation” (which is either code for being gay or having recorded a song with a really stupid title).
Will is clearly not thinking straight at all. He tells Gunnar that he is probably going to move away from Nashville. Gunnar, who is suffering from writer’s block — or dad-blocked, thanks to his late brother and his ex-girlfriend — is encouraged by Will to get away from it all, by going to his publishing company to write. When he first sees Scarlett there, she doesn’t have much to say, but later he finds her doing that ugly-cry thing that guys love. In an effort to make her stop (because his ugly cry is probably even more unattractive), Gunnar suggests they write together. It isn’t long before they reunite with Avery and are performing at the Bluebird — because nothing’s cheerier than watching the musical sparks fly between a woman and her two ex-boyfriends, one who’s now married and the other whose girlfriend had a baby with his brother. Actually, their Bluebird performance was pretty sweet.
Avery certainly needed the onstage distraction too, what with Juliette at home trying to look her sexy best while being outfitted in designer tents for a Vogue photo shoot. Note to Vogue photographer: You do not call a woman “babe.” Especially a pregnant woman. Especially Juliette. After putting his foot in his mouth, the photographer disappears faster than Jimmy Hoffa. It’s a good thing Juliette can handle herself since Avery is preoccupied with trying to finish Sadie’s album. He calls Deacon in to lay down a guitar track but it’s not long before the two of them are butting heads over the session, as the engineer, who had nice things to say about Avery last week, is starting to regret it.
Avery suggests to Sadie, who’s still embroiled in a lawsuit with her ex-husband, Pete, that she should talk to Rayna about the whole thing. “If she can get Jeff fired, she can get a lawsuit thrown out,” he says. Rayna, who never once utters the phrase, “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse,” nevertheless knows that settling the suit would be the best thing for her so she can move on. She settles with him for half a million dollars and before he leaves the room, Rayna tells him, “I will make it my mission to ruin you. And, unlike you, I have the power to do it.” Just ask Jeff Fordham and the record label she singlehandedly rubbed out. Forget Corleone, Rayna is getting to be more like Scarface. She also had a confrontation with Luke in an elevator where he accuses her of never looking back. Insisting to him that the whole idea of Edgehill going under makes her sad, Rayna tells Luke, “I hope you land someplace you love.” But with everything else she’s been up to it sounds more like, “Don’t be surprised when this elevator snaps a cable.”
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