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Last week’s episode was genuinely good, but this week we’re back to the glorious trainwreck versi...

Nashville Review: The Trouble With the Truth

By 17:16:00

Last week’s episode was genuinely good, but this week we’re back to the glorious trainwreck version of Nashville. That’s not to say I wasn’t entertained, but it’s a bit of a bummer after being reminded of the show’s potential.

Starting things off, Scarlett and Gunnar take three frustrating steps back after their reunion in the last episode. At the start of that Rolling Stone interview, it was adorably obvious that they were no longer exes, making their reversion at the end of the hour that much more disappointing. Putting aside my ‘shipper investment, that development was annoying because essentially the same thing happened when Autumn pressed Scarlett and Gunnar about their past, making the awkward interview feel like a blatant obstacle to stop them from dating again. I’m sure they’re saving their actual reunion for the finale, but why toy with us now? That moment won’t be nearly as impactful considering they got together a few episodes before.

Maddie had her day in court, and it was even uglier than I thought it would be. I was legitimately surprised that Frankie spilled those details about Deacon’s past, but with how much of a crazed jerk he’s been lately, I probably shouldn’t have been. Still, violating the sponsor-addict confidentiality was a pretty cold move, especially for a case that doesn’t even impact him that much. I felt for Deacon when he had to admit to everything Maddie’s lawyer accused him of (I wanted someone to give him a hug, honestly), but it was a terrible idea to confront Frankie at the Beverly. Sure, Frankie was saying awful things about Rayna (which again, didn’t feel all that warranted, despite the things she said to Cash), but Deacon should have realized he was being baited.

I also took issue with Maddie saying that she doesn’t feel safe around Deacon. Look, if she truly feels that way, then absolutely she should have said something. But story-wise, there isn’t enough evidence to convince me of that. In all of her talk of emancipation, she’s cited being angry that her mom wants to control her as an artist, but she’s never mentioned Deacon’s anger issues in that context, making it look like something she was saving as her ace in the hole. It’s a pretty awful thing to put your dad through, especially for some misguided quest for freedom.

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