As the title suggests, everyone in Nashville is trying to put themselves and their lives back together.
On Nashville Season 5 Episode 3, Juliette makes progress in her recovery and starts writing again, Maddie gets back into the studio but not in the way one may expect and Deacon tries to get over the things Maddie said during her emancipation hearing.
Juliette and Avery seem a little better. She's still quick to snap at him; after all, that is her default setting but she's also quick to acknowledge it and apologize.
She's used to being strong and independent. It can't be easy to need someone to help you with everything. She feels helpless; a burden on those who have to wait on her. Plus, she doesn't know if she'll ever regain feeling in her legs.
This could be it. She could be in a wheelchair the rest of her life.
Luckily, she had some good news this week when Cadence peed on her lap, and she actually felt it.
The sincere joy expressed by her and Avery, and the sweet way they embraced and pressed their foreheads together, illustrates why they are the show's best couple.
If you can't see your way through then I'll see it for you.Avery
From heartfelt to headache, we're introduced to Ashley Willerman; internet sensation and aspiring singer. She's the queen of everything because she has 15 million followers online.
Avery and Deacon have been hired to help her with her first album but even they can't reach her. This girl represents everything wrong with the current generation – she's entitled, overly sensitive, dramatic and disrespectful.
She's like Maddie, except she wasn't born into fame, she had to "earn it" by posting ridiculous videos on social media.
Speaking of Maddie, she's interning as a secretary at the recording studio, in hopes of proving she's not the immature brat everyone thinks she is.
Unfortunately, the first thing she does is start complaining about Ashley.
Someone needs to explain to her how the pot and the kettle are both black.
Maddie holds back for exactly one day before going off on Ashley.
Daphne, acting like the older sister, puts things into perspective for Maddie in a not so delicate way.
Maddie: It was like I was her servant.
Daphne: Isn't that your job?
Daphne: You're an intern. That's literally what you get paid to do.
From the start Avery and Deacon don't know what to do with this Britney Spears wannabe. Not only do they have nothing in common with her; they don't even speak the same language.
Avery really tries to reach her, even doling out an impassioned speech about recording where great musicians have recorded before her but she's not hearing it.
When she starts to sing, Avery literally looks like he's in pain. Deacon just looks confused.
Turns out she has some signature thing she does with her voice. Her "fans" love it and she's not getting rid of it no matter how much logic and support Avery throws at her.
Ashley Willerman is the smartest person in the world, you didn't know that? She's a true genius; never does anything wrong.Deacon
Poor Avery. He pours his heart and soul into every project he does. It's a shame that none of those projects are his. It's obvious he's missing music and performing.
The only roles he's had lately are father and ex-husband/caretaker. Don't get me wrong, these are very honorable and fulfilling roles, but at some point he has to take some time for himself.
The show dropped the emancipation storyline pretty quickly, but it turns out Deacon hasn't quite forgotten the horrible things Maddie said in court.
I like that there are some lingering feelings about this. Deacon is an emotional guy and having to stand there while his daughter basically called him a dangerous monster would have severely affected him.
I'm glad Maddie copped to why she said what she did; she felt stuck and even though it wasn't true, she thought it was the only way out of the situation.
I have to remind myself she's still a teenager and has no idea what she's doing.
The reconciliation between them was sweet, but I imagine it'll take a while before they're back to what they were.
Juliette may have celebrated her physical recovery with Avery, but she turned to Hallie for her spiritual recovery. Hallie was genuinely excited to see Juliette despite the fact that she showed up at her house unannounced.
Juliette desperately wants to connect with her, but doesn't know how. This is obvious when she tries to do something nice and ends up buying Hallie a new car.
Like most normal, non-famous, non-rich folk, Hallie is uncomfortable with such a substantial gift. Luckily, the Juliette we know and love gives it another shot and this time, she simply speaks from the heart.
She's scared, confused, and feels unworthy. Hallie encourages her to pray about it.
While I think that is good advice for some people, I'm still not sure Juliette can truly embrace religion or church. She's not big on trust or faith but I hope she finds something to help deal with her emotions.
- Maddie met a guy, who's not only a potential love interest but maybe even a new artist for Highway 65.
- Overeager Randall has a crush on Rayna and is a kleptomaniac. But did he take the box because it was Rayna's or because it had Maddie's face on it? Could he actally be into Maddie?
I wantI NEED more Gunnar/Will/Avery guy time.
- Avery wants Juliette to define their relationship and so do I.
- I LOVED that Maddie went to Daphne for advice and I loved that Daphne had no problem telling her she was becoming a bitch.
- Juliette's song was my favorite and not just because the other songs were from a Britney Spears wannabe.
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