The world of “Nashville,” even the joy of having a beautiful baby daughter named Cadence can’t keep family bliss around for long, especially when new mom, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is chomping at the bit to break out of the house, and get back to her career. The April 15 episode, “Nobody Knows but Me”(Season 3 Episode 18), features a singing superstar and more life-altering secrets.
Avery (Jonathan Jackson) dutifully fulfills his shift, lolling his baby girl to sleep before leaving for an interview for the Triple Exes, with Juliette none too excited after her first few weeks cooped up in maternal confinement– the steam that she blows off could sail a fleet. Despite Rayna’s urging, Deacon (Charles Esten) doesn’t feel comfortable moving in with Maddie (Lennon Stella) still not handling the news of his illness well. Layla (Aubrey Peeples) pushes Jeff (Oliver Hudson) to use his connection with pop superstar, Jade St. John, played by Christina Aguilera, to get her onstage as one of the show openers. She can tell by his response that the relationship is still prickly for him, but he feels obligated by Layla’s loyalty. Dr. Rand (Nick Jandl) needs assurance from Scarlett (Clare Bowen) about his place in her life, since Gunnar is making his intentions pretty clear. “It’s just music,” she tells him, but this show never leaves history alone. When Will (Chris Carmack) comes home moping over how he handled his session with Kevin (Kyle Dean Massey), Gunnar encourages him to “just ask him out,” and apologize with a nice bottle of whiskey. Maddie bails out on her mom’s invitation for a mother-daughter weekend, starting with the Jade St. John show. Juliette hears about a song offer to run in the credits of her Patsy Cline movie, which her manager opted out of due to maternity, and she jumps in, despite not having any song ready. Layla hits it on the head when she deduces that Jade was “somethin’ else” to Jeff, sensing that he still stings from the memory.
Rayna (Connie Britton) sees Colt (Keann Johnson) with Maddie in a more than casual friend position, and goes to Luke (Will Chase) to talk about their kids. Luke reveals that Maddie and Colt have been boyfriend and girlfriend for quite some time, and Maddie has made a second home at his ranch. Jeff is caught in the middle when Jade asks to meet Luke, and Luke is more enthused by a root canal than by that prospect. When Rayna keeps Maddie from the show because of lying about her situation, Luke proposes that he and his son have a boys night out at the show. Will tries to stretch time out with Kevin, but the co-writer doesn’t receive the hints as any complement. Juliette nearly destroys Avery’s interview with interruption about finishing her movie song, and in the interim, interview becomes all about Gunnar and Scarlett , and the past. Avery invites the journalist to their show that night, knowing it’s make or break for their identity as a band. Things start out good between Deacon and Juliette, as he gushes over Cadence, but Juliette’s absurd demands, and Deacon’s dealing with cancer don’t leave room for much creativity. When Teddy (Eric Close) tells Natasha (Moniqua Plante) that he will be wiring her money, she demands cash, meaning he has to make another quick hustle, with his fake public works project breaking ground.
Rayna reassures Deacon, saying, “you’ve already told the truth– let us be there for you,” but he’s still hesitant. Juliette rages further when Avery admits that he doesn’t want her at his show that night, not wanting it to become a “Mr. Juliette Barnes” debacle. She’s infuriated as “an unemployed milking machine,” and something is about to blow. Will greets Kevin with the bottle of booze, and an invitation to the show that night. Maddie tells Deacon how sorry she is about not handling things well, and that “it’s just easier” at Luke’s, with no expectations. After that mending, she calls her mom to apologize, and Rayna asks Deacon to bring her to be arena. Rayna and Jeff go to blows over who brought Layla to where she is as an artist, and she demands honesty from Layla about management decisions. When Will sees Kevin come in, and hit it off with a familiar face at the show, he disappears and ducks out, offended again. The Triple Exes offer a super-hot set, which really helps their story. Rayna tells Maddie and Colt that it’s cool with their relationship, and not to have “too much fun” with the front row tickets from Luke. Avery comes home riding high from the performance, only to find a live-in nanny looking after baby. He insists to Juliette that part of being married is discussing big decisions like a nanny together, but she is wrapped up in her song, not hearing any concerns. Deacon tells Luke about his cancer, and Luke is surprisingly supportive, encouraging him, “Beat this, bro.” Kevin comes to Will, telling him “I knew,” about his sexuality, and sharing a passionate kiss.
In the shocker scene of the night, Natasha is being fitted by officers with a wire, saying “let’s get this done,” so Teddy may be the one whose finally done! Over breakfast, the girls welcome Deacon into the home. On another front, Avery announces that he thinks he has to quit the band, for the sake of his daughter, while Juliette has boarded a plane to deliver her movie song in person. Watch out for this mama…