Last Wednesday night, April 15, we continued Season 3 of “Nashville,” the ABC country music drama, with an episode titled, “Nobody Knows But Me.” The following recap of the television show may contain spoilers. “Nashville” stars, most notably, Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Charles Eston as Deacon Claybourne, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Jonathon Jackson as Avery Barkley and Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott.
At the end of last episode, Juliette and Avery were about to reveal the name of their baby and the show came to a close . This week we found out if they went with a regular name or a celebrity name, and it turns out it’s somewhere in the middle as the baby is named Cadence. It’s musical, it’s different, but it’s a far cry from Sparkle or Moon Unit. The baby is healthy and so is Juliette, but you can’t help but feel that this baby will change Juliette and test her strength. It’s a situation that could be good or bad for everyone involved, it all seems up in the air. Both Avery and Juliette play significant roles in this episode as both are struggling in their own ways.
Juliette struggles to write a new song for the end credits of the Patsy Cline movie and Avery struggles to be taken seriously for his role in Triple Exes. They also struggle with each other regarding time together and with the baby. Juliette hires a nanny, tries to write with Deacon and gets her hired help to take care of her business, while Avery and the band put on a show to display to the Pitchfork reporter that they’re a band, not just the duo of Gunnar and Scarlett, but a viral video of the two from Louisville is helping to prove otherwise.
At the end of the episode, when Juliette is off to deliver a song to some executives personally, she tells everyone, “You know, I don’t understand why women say you can’t have it all. We’ve got everything worked out.” Avery decides to quit the Triple Exes because he can’t juggle the baby and the band, or perhaps it’s more likely that Juliette gave him an ultimatum.
Deacon and Rayna seem good together, but Rayna seems exhausted and is letting her business dealings slip while her attention is focused on her personal life. Rayna has also lost tabs on Maddie, who has been seeing Colt Wheeler for a few weeks without anyone knowing, except for Luke, who is all aware of the situation. When Rayna and Maddie do get a moment to discuss the situation, Maddie tells Rayna, “You’re such a hypocrite,” which prompts Rayna to say, “Alright, if you feel that way about it then we can have that conversation, but you need to be able do it in a respectful way.” Maddie rubs salt into the wound by declaring, “I don’t respect you,” and Rayna, a bit stunned, tells her daughter, “Well then we have a problem.”
Deacon does have a breakthrough this episode, however, and Maddie is the one to get him there. When they discuss her new boyfriend Colt, Maddie explains that she just feels more comfortable at the Wheeler’s house because of Deacon’s cancer, which just makes her sad. Maddie tells Deacon that she believes he’s hiding the truth from everyone, but Deacon has an epiphany that he has nothing to be ashamed with because of his cancer and he really should be more forthcoming about talking about it with people.
Gunnar and Will are both in similar situations with people they are romantically inclined towards, which they talk about at their apartment. Will, who is finishing up his album with Kevin, has feelings for him but because of the working relationship hasn’t made any moves and hasn’t mentioned that he’s also gay, because he’s in the closet. Gunnar is pining for Scarlett and feels helpless now that she’s seeing Dr. Rand, and he keeps on replaying their Louisville duet that has 400,000 views on YouTube. Little does Gunnar know that Scarlett is also playing the video over and over, which prompts Dr. Rand to ask Scarlett if he should be worried, but Scarlett tells him that with Gunnar it’s strictly about the music. Will eventually gets up the nerve to ask Kevin out, and it turns out he had nothing to worry about as Kevin suspected he was interested all along.
The Jeff and Layla situation also got some airtime. Layla asks Jeff to get her an opening slot at the upcoming concert at the Bridgestone by Jade St. John, played by Christina Aguilera. Jeff claims it’s complicated because Jade was once his fiance, but Layla pushes him because he’s still her manager. Jade agrees to let Layla open for her, but she tells Jeff that in return she wants an audience with Luke Wheeler, her idol. When Jeff fails to deliver on his end, Jade tells him, “I’m surprised. The Jeff I knew used to know could sell anyone on anything.” Feeling stung, Jeff replies, “Well I thought the Jeff you knew wasn’t good enough, since you obviously saw the need to trade up.”
When Rayna doesn’t allow Maddie to go to the Jade St. John concert, Luke takes his son, and they plan to spend some quality time together and Colt has the opportunity to get Maddie a nice souvenir from the show. Luke jokes to his son, “Let’s see, what in the world am I gonna wear? I left all my sparkles at the dry cleaners.” Rayna eventually relents and has Deacon bring Maddie down to the show, setting up a situation where Luke, Colt, Rayna, Deacon, Maddie, Jeff, Layla and Jade St. John are all at the same place at the same time. That’s a lot of relationships, past, present and potentially future, in one place at one time.
When Rayna runs into Jeff at the Jade St. John show she doesn’t hold back. They discuss Layla, who is on Rayna’s label, but is managed by Jeff. Rayna tells Jeff, “It’s not about you. You might of gotten her in the door here. This is her. She’s making this happen. It’s her talent. That’s what she’s got. I cannot wait for her to realize what a washed-up bottom-feeder you are, exploiting other people’s hard work.” It’s a heavy dose of reality for Jeff and we’ll have to see how he handles it in the upcoming episodes. Rayna reminds Jeff that managers get fired everyday.
Teddy, having blackmailed his finance director Harris, finally gets the funding for his new project downtown Nashville, and he now has $500,000 to pay of the hooker he’s been seeing who is under F.B.I. surveillance. While Teddy wants to wire the money, Natasha the hooker demands cash for her blackmail, which causes Teddy a ton of stress. He relents and delivers Natasha the cash in a hotel room, but he has no idea it was all a setup and it’s all been recorded. We’ll have to see if Teddy ends up in jail over the matter, but it’s clear that Natasha has immunity for her role in the matter.