Nashville Recap Season 5 Episode 4

Nashville Recap: Too Much, Not Enough

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Nashville recap here. 

First, Nashville‘s new showrunners brought Rayna and Deacon’s sexy back. Then they made Maddie palatable and maybe even a little likable again. In this week’s episode, they complete the hat trick by executing an admirable repair job on the beat-up ‘ship known as the Barnes-Barkley romance.

Yep, it looks like “Javery” is back in business, if the bow-chicka-wow-wow that starts at the end of “Leap of Faith” is any indication.

Elsewhere in the hour, Will’s shadiness eventually leads to his breakup with Kevin, and Rayna makes either an excellent or really terrible decision regarding Highway 65. Oh, and did I mention that Ray’s stalker is now creeping around her private property? Because that happens, too.

Read on for the highlights of this week’s episode.

TOO SOON? | We enter the hour during Juliette’s in-home physical therapy session, where she’s eager to do more advanced exercises with her slowly improving legs. Her impatience leads her to ask her therapist, Allyson, if she can use some fancy walking-assistance contraption at the clinic. Allyson gently points out that Juliette isn’t quite at the point where that device is useful and/or necessary, but you know how our girl gets when she fixes an idea in her head.

So Ju goes over Allyson’s head and calls the director of the clinic, who approves the use of the walking-assistance device in Juliette’s care plan. Meanwhile, Juliette decides to stop taking her pain medication — even though her medical team says that doing so will help her withstand the discomfort of therapy — and cancels her psych appointments.

To make things worse, once Juliette gets strapped into the special PT apparatus, she has a giant flashback/panic attack about the plane crash and nearly hyperventilates in terror. Allyson gets her out and talks her down, vaguely referring to a traumatic event in her own past, but Juliette is still determined to supercharge her recovery.

The good news: She’s progressed so far that she can pick her foot up off the ground. The bad news: It hurts her a lot, and when she later falls in the bathroom and then angrily rebuffs Avery’s attempts to help her, that hurts him a lot. He realizes that she hasn’t been taking her pills; her explanation that she doesn’t want to chance getting addicted again makes sense, but he’s too angry to give her an inch. He calls her a pain in the tush, adding, “It has nothing to do with you being hurt, because you’ve been like this since the day I met you!”

DIVINE INTERVENTION | Ju winds up at Hallie’s church, asking the pastor how she should pray. He tells her it’s simply a conversation, and when he leaves her alone in the sanctuary, she looks skyward and wonders why she survived the crash when no one else did. “I’m lost,” she says, starting to cry. “Help me, please?”

Nashville Recap Season 5 EPisode 4When Avery comes home later that night, they both apologize for the argument earlier. “I don’t want to need you, but I do. I always have,” she says, and it’s not long before she’s pulling him over her on the couch and reaching for his belt buckle. But at the last minute, he pulls back. “You need time,” she surmises. “Yeah,” he says, looking out of sorts.

But it’s really not long before Avery approaches her again, picks her up and deposits her on the bed, where he starts climbing her body like it’s Everest — y’know, breathless and marveling at being in the presence of such majesty? So, Avery, just to be clear: That “time” you needed was the amount of time it takes to poach an egg? Cool. Cool.

Nashville Recap Season 5 Episode 4BUT DON’T PENGUINS MATE FOR LIFE? | Kevin is super into a gorgeous apartment, but Will drags his heels about going to see it… or doing anything, really, that will hasten his and Kevin’s cohabitation. When Will finally checks out the flat, the realtor hits on him, and young Lexington is so freaked out — not by the overture, but by the temptation he experiences — that he lies to his boyfriend about turning in the application for the property.

And when Kevin realizes what’s happened, it’s the very sad beginning of the very sad end for the two. There are lots of tears. Kevin dumps Will’s stuff on the front porch. Will cries backstage before his gig. And when he takes the stage, he stops the band from playing the rockin’ opening number so he can instead sing a beautiful, quiet, mournful ballad he wrote with “my first love.” Aw, penguin!

NEW DEAL, NEW THREAT? | At Highway 65, Rayna and Bucky are mid-lament that they can’t afford a kickass director for The Exes’ next video when Rayna stops her digital marketing dude Randall to tell him how much she likes some work he’s done on Scarlett and Gunnar’s site. Randall almost pees himself in pleasure and scurries away. Bucky calls the guy “eager to please.” Bucky is maybe not the best judge of character and/or sanity?

Anyway, tech zillionaire and Rayna superfan Zach comes to town, and Rayna and Deacon bring him to The Bluebird to hear The Exes play. He has a blast; the next day, he pitches Rayna a deal. He wants to invest in Highway 65 but allow her to retain complete control. It sounds too good to be true, but Ray’s lawyer says there aren’t any dangerous loopholes: “There’s no such thing as free money,” the attorney advises, “but this is about as close as it gets.”

And as suspicious as I am of Zach’s offer, I welcome it with open arms and a song in my heart if it gives us scenes like the glorious everyday exchange Rayna and Deacon have as they’re getting ready for bed. She’s wearing a Sun Records T-shirt and slathering lotion on her legs. He’s hanging up his pants and padding around in bare feet and boxer shorts. They’re talking about the pros and cons of going into business with the app entrepreneur, and they are so comfortably normal and drama-free in the scene that I want to kiss both of their beautiful faces.

Long story short: Rayna agrees to Zach’s offer. And even before that, he hooks her up with a feature film director to handle The Exes’ vid. Yay, right? But then Rayna gets a manila envelope full of rose petals and crazy, and she, Deacon and Bucky realize that some trespassing, obsessed fan must’ve hand-delivered it to the house. “Been a while since we got one of these,” Bucky says when he sees it. “Remember that woman who sent you her socks?” (Heh. No, but seriously, WHO IS DOING THIS?)

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!

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13 Comments
  1. I’m so happy Avery and Juliette are actually talking things out like adults now and not letting it build. Plus, I’m totally here for what happened at the end. Thank you for saving the show, CMT and new showrunners.

  2. David says:

    Sincerely hope this show can sustain multiple years on CMT. Plot lines hopefully stay better. AND Connie Britton stays put with the show. Do not see how it could survive without her.

  3. Garaii says:

    Don’t give a flying f about anyone on that show really, but Will’s song was beyond beautiful. Really am obsessed with it! LEAK IT, PLEASE.

  4. Mike says:

    Great episode. #NashvilleCMT continues to prove that it’s much improved. Much love for the show, show writers, and actors.

  5. izzie b says:

    I am loving this show again – I felt so good when it was over last night compared to the turmoil they used to put us through. What a relief! Great to hear the music again too!

  6. Lily 2003 says:

    This could have been my favorite episode of Nashville except for two things: Will being a complete jerk and the W/K break up. I hate Will’s story line. After waiting since episode 3.15 for W/K to be a couple, they finally act like one. Something sorely missing from episode 5.02. But we get one episode only. I’m so fed up with Will. I want to be with you – no I don’t. I want to live with you – no I don’t. I’m breaking up with you then singing a really sad song about how I’m going to miss you and regret this decision. This is S4 all over again and Burn to Dark is History of My Heart part 2. Do we really need another whole season of Will trying to “find” himself? Can we keep Kevin and have Will leave instead? On a happier note, all of the J/A stuff was gold. Enough said.

    • abz says:

      I hate this storyline too. Why couldn’t they even give Will and Kevin a real chance at a relationship. Barely like two episodes with them together and the drama begins. I can understand the things that are going on with Will after just recently coming out and how he might be hesitant/not ready to be in a relationship yet, but I hate the way he went about things with lying to Kevin and asking him to move in together and then backing out. I felt so bad for Kevin especially after seeing how excited he was about the apartment and moving in with Will.
      I guess I should’ve seen this coming since the show never bothered to promote Kyle Dean Massey to a series regular.

  7. Rhonda says:

    I’m glad that the writers acknowledge the history of Avery and Juliette. He was working for her during the Dante disaster, he was her friend/employee during the Charlie crap, and he was her only friend after the No God nonsense. When he got involved with her romantically, he should have known EXACTLY what he was getting in to. This is one of the reasons S4 did not make sense. Why was Avery constantly surprised and hurt due to the Train Wreckiness of Juliette?

  8. S says:

    Too much Will and Kevin (repeating boring S4 will-they-won’t-theys). Not enough Rayna and Deacon (the greatest love story and the sexiest couple on TV). What a missed opportunity!

    • abz says:

      I hardly think it’s a missed opportunity. It’s always about Rayna and Deacon and Avery/Juliet or Scarlett/Gunner. Will/Kevin’s relationship always received less screen time than other couples on the show. I was happy to finally see more of Kevin/Will’s relationship this episode and then the writers went ahead and broke them up :/

  9. Boiler says:

    Would like at least one more song than last night but otherwise I am happy except still miss Chaley Rose

  10. I am loving the new Nashville. It does the heart good to see Deacon and Rayna enjoying domestic bliss without their bratty daughters in the background lol. I’m grateful that they’re working on Maddie and giving her screen time separate from her parents.
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    I love the friendship between Gunnar, Will and Avery. Will needs to be single and play the field. He’s insanely tempted by other men because he hasn’t experienced life as a single man yet, not to mention he’s a gorgeous rising star who will have groupies throwing themselves at him. Kevin deserves a mature boyfriend who knows who he is. Will is not there yet.
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    I was always devastated that they paired my favorite Avery with Juliette. She’s basically Poison Ivy and will drain the life out of anyone who cares about her. I liked Javery for the first time last episode, because Juliette is finally being written as a semi-decent human being. I wonder how long it’ll take before she goes back to being Hell on wheels (no pun intended). I hope we can keep this softer Juliette.

  11. Jessa says:

    Well the stalker is either Zach or Randall, the way they’re setting it up. Thinking Randall is too obvious, because they made him super weird on purpose?