Last Wednesday night, April 29, we continued Season 3 of “Nashville,” the ABC country music drama, with an episode titled, “Time Changes Things.” 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, Aubrey Peeples as Layla Grant, Charles Eston as Deacon Claybourne, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham, Jonathon Jackson as Avery Barkley and Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott. This week the episode was written by Debra Fordham and directed by Arlene Sanford.
This week Rayna tells Deacon she needs to travel to New York for business concerning her label, Highway 65, but she’s really on a jet to Mississippi where she will do whatever it takes to convince Deacon’s sister Beverly to be the life saving liver donor before all hope is lost. Rayna finds Beverly working at a diner and her goal of becoming a singer with her brother Deacon are now a long forgotten, bitter dream. Beverly blames Rayna on her failure to succeed in the music business and feels Rayna stole Deacon and her dreams away from her. Beverly denies Rayna’s request to be a transplant donor, despite being a perfect match, but Rayna isn’t content on taking no for an answer. In the very last scene of the show Rayna confronts Beverly at home and hands her a check for 1 million dollars and says, “I don’t wanna fight with you anymore. I’m hoping that’s gonna change your mind. Let me know.”
Once again, Christina Aguilera portrayed recurring character Jade St. John, a pop music star looking for a quick break in the Nashville country music scene. Jade invites Layla, Jeff and Luke to her Malibu beachfront mansion and they are all part of the cast in a late night raging party of epic proportions. However, not everything is perfect in paradise, and despite having a fun time with her, it’s time for Luke to head back to Nashville and take care of business. Luke tells Jade, “At the end of the day, we just come from two different worlds.” Jade appears heartbroken that her dream man has just slipped through her fingers.
Layla and Jeff continue to complicate their business and personal relationship this episode as they both spiral down despite the talents they both have. Together they are simply a toxic combination and they continually fight about the direction of Layla’s career and the romantic entanglements that poison the opportunities that exist to advance Layla’s brand. When Layla sees an opportunity to be photographed with Sullivan Fitzgerald and Jade she takes it, and announces, “I’m going to tweet this.” Jade quickly replies, “Uh, sweetie, no. Um, actually, you’re not. What happens in Jade’s house, stays at Jade’s house. You know, it’s important to control your public image.” Layla is a bit shocked at being knocked down, but says, “Absolutely.” Later, when Layla is intoxicated, Jeff takes control of her phone, tweets the image out and betrays Layla, a move that we’ll surely hear about next week, even if Jade St. John is no longer physically on the show. The move will most likely jeopardize Layla’s upcoming opening slot on Jade’s tour and it will also jeopardize Jeff’s position as Layla’s manager and boyfriend.
Meanwhile, Juliette takes matters of her career comeback into her own hands and choreographs a last-minute rooftop concert in downtown Nashville meant to jump-start her career, which she sees as dying, or at the very least, fading away in front of her eyes. Avery takes measures to support Juliette while also taking care of their new baby, which is a pretty delicate balancing act for any one man considering just how spontaneous and explosive Juliette can be at any point in the day. Avery tells Juliette at one point, “Bein’ a wife, bein’ a mom, bein’ Juliette Barnes, those things aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s all about findin’ a balance.” Avery is bent on doing what he can to make his wife feel like she’s once again on the winning side of her career.
Just when we thought we’d seen the last of Kiley, she shows up to darken Gunnar’s doorstep. She explains to Gunnar how his dead brother Jason raped her at a party while she was sleeping, and that’s how she ended up pregnant with Micah. Kiley calls up Micah but he has no interest in the woman who abandoned him. Gunnar and Scarlett’s relationship takes another awkward left turn this week, despite the ground they covered last week in making their new duo act work. Now that Avery abruptly quit The Triple Exes to concentrate on raising Cadence with Juliette, and is focused on being the guitarist in her band, Gunnar and Scarlett don’t have a buffer between them.
When Scarlett decides to go visit Gunnar after a date with Caleb, she finds out that Kiley is still around and she isn’t happy about the situation. Gunnar and Scarlett argue on his front porch in a heated discussion that doesn’t resolve any problems but in fact exacerbates their relationship. Gunnar tells Scarlett, “I mean, look at you with your doctor boyfriend and your fancy clothes going around judging people. I mean, what makes you think you’re so much better than everyone else?” Scarlett, shocked, tells Gunnar, “Just for the record, I’m not better than anybody else, but I sure as hell want where I’m goin’ to be better than where I came from.” As she leaves, she tells him, “I am done reminiscing with you.”
Maddie and Colt Wheeler meanwhile get caught by Deacon while getting dressed, and he assumes they’ve just had sex. Deacon is furious that Maddie abused her privilege with the front door key Deacon gave her and they decided to fool around in his house, of all places. In a strange twist of fate, Deacon enlists Juliette to help him get to the heart of the matter and she offers to be a cautionary tale for Maddie to learn from. Deacon is relieved when Juliette tells him that Maddie in fact did not have sex, but that he should expect it’s going to happen in the near future. While Deacon keeps the news from Teddy, he tells Maddie that he’s going to have to tell her mom about her indiscretion with Colt.
Concurrently, Teddy is warned by Natasha that he’s now the focus of the F.B.I. surveillance which causes him to get his passport and pack up his belongings, but not before saying goodbye to Daphne and Maddie and buying them matching gold heart necklaces from Tiffany’s. Just when Teddy thinks he needs to leave the country, he’s visited by and old friend, Dash, who works for the U.S. attorney’s office and offers Teddy immunity for his crimes in exchange for one favor. We’re left to wonder just how shady the deal is going to get before Teddy can find himself in the clear once again.