‘Nashville’ – Season 2, Midseason Finale, Episode 10 – Recap & Discussion Post!

Previews tell us that a character will die in tonight’s episode. Who will it be?

UPDATE: Well, I guess we’re not supposed to know for sure, with a self-loathing Will appearing to put himself in line to be run over by a train and Peggy apparently shot by a man who apparently intended to kill Teddy. Or did the show just kill off both of them? Will’s storyline doesn’t seem complete yet and Chris Carmack was bumped up to cast regular at the beginning of this season. On the other hand, the @NashvilleWrites twitter account is sure acting like he committed suicide, and is promoting the Trevor Project. Meanwhile Peggy isn’t a popular character, though Kimberly Williams-Paisley is a lovely, appealing actress (she’s having fun with the cliffhanger on Twitter – @kimwilliamspais), and it’s not clear what her storyline moving forward would be. A grieving, guilt-stricken and ultimately vengeful Teddy would give Eric Close a storyline in addition to being father to Maddie and Daphne (and mayor).

On tonight’s episode, Juliette faced down tabloid headlines that she was responsible for the end of the Wentworth marriage, and after facing accusations (including a large “Homewrecker” sign during her set at the Music City Festival), she decides to stop lying and stop playing the media game. She gives the press a “no comment” on the rumors. After Avery helps her carry on during her set and comforts her after the fact, Avery realizes he has fallen for her. And Juliette realizes she has fallen in love with him, but of course he is with Scarlett when she goes to tell him.

Speaking of Scarlett, she feels betrayed that Gunnar and Zoe got together behind her back. She isn’t very understanding when either tries to speak with her. After vacillating on what to do with Gunnar, Zoe chooses to continue their relationship, saying if Scarlett is really her best friend, she’ll understand how happy Gunnar makes her.

Deacon decides to work around Mayor Teddy’s petty little cancellation by playing his own set right on the outskirts of the festival, having secured permission from a friend to use his private property. He invites Gunnar to join him after Gunnar realizes Jeff Fordham has dumped him off onto a far-off outer stage at the festival. Gunnar awkwardly tries to explain the Scarlett situation and Deacon isn’t here for any of the youngsters’s soapy stuff.

Luke Wheeler warns Rayna that Jeff is still planning on releasing her album with their duet and a bunch of her tracks with Liam. A furious Rayna, after consulting with Tandy, decides to risk it all by selling her house, using the money she just made on tour with Juliette, and liquidating all her stocks (plus making Tandy a partner with her $3 million investment) and buying out her contract and Highway 65 for $20 million. With Deacon fresh into solo performing, it seems like a matter of time before Rayna signs him. Tandy and Rayna in business together should be fun! Rayna going off on her own appears to mean a sort of break up with Luke Wheeler.

After Layla is too chipper about Juliette’s troubles in her talk with Jeff Fordham, he warns her that if she had anything to do with the tabloid leak, her contract status with the label will be in serious trouble. Layla of course denies her involvement. She calls Will, who started the episode appearing to be totally fine with playing her boyfriend and even sleeping with her. Will, after Brent tells him he knows the guys Will beat up were the guys harassing Brent and his now-ex boyfriend, sleeps with Brent. Brent has to leave to take care of business, and unfortunately Will appears to feel hollow and empty after their tryst.

BONUS: Check out Nashville: On The Record with “Playing Tricks” songwriters Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis (a.k.a. Striking Matches) and Adam Wright, plus Charles Esten, music supervisor Frankie Pine and producer Buddy Miller:

Check out video of Justin Davis, Adam Wright, and Sarah Zimmerman performing “Playing Tricks” acoustically:

To DOWNLOAD the Music Of ‘Nashville’ – Original Soundtrack – Season 2, Vol. 1, click HERE!

To DOWNLOAD “That’s What I Do,” written by Lori McKenna and Troy Verges and performed by Sam Palladio, click HERE!

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  • bestmusic

    I love this cheesy show.

  • bestmusic

    Okay that was an ending I was not expecting.

  • Sassycatz

    Wow, that was good. Some of that was pretty surprising.

  • bestmusic

    I guess Will is still alive.

  • Sassycatz

    That would be a cop out but I’m guessing he will be.

  • maymirabella

    I can’t stand Teddy so I hope Peggy lives just because I do not want Teddy chasing after Rayna again and trying to get her back, which I think he will do if he becomes a widower. My heart aches for Will who cannot handle the truth of his sexual orientation and is trying to commit suicide. You could see and feel his pain , suffering, depression, and hopelessness. It was heartbreaking. Bravo to Chris Carmack for his amazing performance tonight. !

    You can tell that Rayna’s daughter truly likes, admires and wants to get to know Deacon. If Teddy continues to interfere and get between her and Luke, I look for Maddie to rebel against Teddy and bring her closer to Deacon. And the chemistry between Deacon and Rayna is off the charts.
    And I could also feel the sparks and chemistry with Avery and Juliette.

  • lotrisneat

    So weird how Avery started out as one of the biggest douchebags on the show, and now he’s easily one of the most likable. I’m a totally Avery/Juliet shipper. I think they’d be good and interesting together, although this show isn’t in the business of healthy relationships. Heh heh. Scarlett is annoying the hell out of me right now. FREE AVERY!!

    I hope the Rayna/Luke thing is over. It always felt forced and awkward to me. I’m loving the new and improved Deacon, the other most likable character. I think he needs to sign with Highway 65.

    Really hope Will doesn’t go through with it. I find his struggles to be interesting and endearing. I hope if he survives, he finds the strength to be himself. I kind of want Peggy dead. The only problem is that that would make Teddy a more sympathetic character, and right now, I can’t stand him.

  • bestmusic

    Juliet is one of my favorite characters. Guess in another life I would love to be her. I agree I would love the Avery Juliet… Deacon Rayna story line. Have a feeling Luke is on the way out after their conversation at the end last night.
    Really hope their ratings go up. Want to see this show hang around.

  • heartly

    Shoot, I was off in my guesses who would be killed off. Peggy’s not as surprising as Will would be. I’d be really disappointed if they got rid of him already because they have a lot of room to explore with his character still. Peggy’s rather expendable, imo.

  • Miz

    Late to the party, but despite some annoyances it was a good show. Annoyance #1 is I didn’t see Juliette do a press conference (or whatever) after the Festival. Was there one or did I zone out?

    I have no problem with them killing off Peggy and Will since I don’t like either of their characters, but I suspect both will survive. Brent probably tackles Will at the last second and for Peggy, it’s probably just a flesh wound.

    I usually like Scarlett but they’ve been writing her as a petulant little snit and I can’t root for her right now. The Juliette/Avery/Scarlett triangle should be somewhat interesting, but at the moment I want Avery to go with Juliette and Scarlett to do some major growing up.

    Rayna partnering with Tandy has train wreck written all over it and Tandy’s involvement in putting their father away is only minutes from being revealed.

    It’s going to be a long wait for new episodes. I love this show.