Nashville Favors Equal Rights!
And to demonstrate, it gives its gay couple as dumb a fight as that of any of its straight ones.
Such A Tease
Situation: Will is lying shirtless in bed when Kevin enters his bedroom.
What makes it awkward? What makes it awkward for the two characters is that Kevin has been looking for apartments in good faith and with relish, while Will clearly regrets his suggestion that they move in together. What makes it awkward for us, the viewing audience, is that, as I allude to above, a scene that starts with the promise of some hot gay sex just becomes a boner-killer for everyone involved.
How is order restored? Gunnar calls upstairs to ask if Will has seen his keys, and Will barks that he hasn't, prompting Kevin to mutter that Will really needs to get out of the place. And that's just as awkward as anything else in the scene, so it isn't, really.
That Quote"He just seems terrified of me."- Rayna on Randall, possibly confusing "terrified" with "worshipfully tongue-tied" -
Do You Come With The Apartment?
Jesus, where to start with this scene. So Will shows up to see this apartment in a glassy modern building, whereupon he gets a call from Kevin saying he got called into work, but it's okay because he's seen the place already. He also informs Will that he told the building manager or whatever that he and Will will be "roommates," because he's worried about getting turned down over the whole gay thing, and when Will wonders why he'd want to live there if the management were that homophobic, Kevin's like, "Hardwood floors!" Okay, Kevin is the one who (with good reason) broke up with Will over his self-loathing, not to mention the fact that he's the one who's all high and mighty about the two of them having a "real" relationship, but he's willing to trade his self-esteem for a nice place with a view? And on top of that, Will's a gay celebrity now; a routine Google search will out him. And on top of THAT, the manager turns out to be so thirsty for Will you can practically feel his dry mouth; could Kevin not clock him as on his team? The whole thing is so, so dumb, but the point is that Will crosses paths with another dude who's DTF, and even though Will doesn't act on the (somewhat) tacit offer, he clearly wants to. I was already pretty sure this wasn't going to work, but now I'm starting to hate Kevin and Will together, so they should really break up immediately. Sigh.
Patience Is A Virtue
Alert Type: Impatient Patient Alert.
Issue: Although Juliette's making progress, it's not happening fast enough for her, so she quits talk therapy to focus more in her physio. She also insists, against the advice of her PT person, on getting in a gravity-shifting harness so that she can try walking.
Complicating Factors: While in the contraption, Juliette has a flashback to the crash, causing her to freak out in no uncertain terms.
Resolution: The physical therapist, instead of saying "I told you so" as Juliette expected, tells her she's not over the trauma she went through, but assures her that even though she fell today, she'll walk in the future.
Spoiler: Juliette's going to take the good advice that she should work on healing her soul as well as her body.
Who called the meeting? Zach Welles.
What's it about? After seeing The Exes play at the Bluebird, he suggests a business marriage between him and H65, and now he's meeting with Rayna over ribs to offer specifics.
How'd it go? Pretty well? I know little enough about the music business, really, but his offer includes an annual investment to be used for operational costs and investment in new artists; in exchange, he wants twenty percent of the business and right both of consultation and to offer non-binding advice. In addition, either party can opt out of the arrangement with ninety days' notice. Rayna's pretty poker-faced about it, but even she has to recognize it's a good offer; now she just has to make her peace with whom she's getting hitched to, so to speak.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Avery vs. Juliette
At home, Juliette tries to lift herself out of her wheelchair and falls; she then hisses and spits at Avery when he tries to help her. It then comes to light that she hasn't been taking her pain medication, and although her argument that she doesn't want to risk a relapse with pills is certainly valid enough, the lying to Avery about same is not great, and before you know it, she's yelling that she knows he doesn't want to take care of her, prompting him to shoot back that she's a pain in the ass, and it has nothing to do with the wheelchair -- she's been pathologically afraid of needing anyone else since he met her and that's why she pushes people away. He stomps off, and it's kind of unfair that she can't go after him, but she's not winning this argument either way.
Plot Lightning Round
Kevin rings Will's doorbell, and Will tells Gunnar to say he's not there, but then there's a stupid thing with Will's phone and JUST BREAK UP ALREADY, GOD!
Juliette returns to the church at which she saw Hallie sing, and tells the minister she wants to pray, but she doesn't know how! He kindly tells her that she should just converse with God about what's in her heart, and when he leaves her to it, she asks why she survived and says how lost and confused she is! God doesn't answer audibly, but I'm still hoping things will be looking up for Juliette!
In bed together -- fully clothed; guess bed death isn't only for all-female couples -- there's more stuff about the stupid apartment and Will being all tortured and JUST BREAK UP ALREADY, GOD!
Rayna gets rose petals and a letter from her stalker, but before she can even digest that, Zach calls with an offer to hook her up with a famous director for Gunnar and Scarlett's music video! Rayna asks him to slow his roll, but he assures her that the offer is independent of whether they go into business together! Rayna, as long as he's not actually your stalker, which now seems impossible for him to be, you could do worse!
Upon learning that Rayna's stalker letter was hand-delivered, Bucky suggests she beef up her home security before pushing for Rayna to take the Zach deal! Rayna defers any decision on that until their lawyer looks the contract over, but Deacon slyly points out that the funding would enable them to do the concept album! Deacon, that is dirty pool and I am here for it!
And when last we visited the subject, Rayna had nine kinds of reservations, yet here we are with the douchebag director pitching a video concept to Scarlett and Gunnar that to me kind of sounds like it shares elements with that of Céline Dion's "All Coming Back To Me Now"! If you can picture Gunnar in such a scenario without splitting your sides laughing, you are a better person than I!
JUST BREAK UP ALREADY, GOD
But as dumb as this storyline has been, I do always love a scene with Will and Avery. Will confesses that he's seen temptation basically everywhere he turns, and Avery thinks he has a bad case of FOMO; he adds that he thinks that's totally normal given Will's inexperience with dudes. Will sighs that after he and Kevin broke up, all he wanted was to be with Kevin, and he then does the best job possible in illustrating just how green he is when it comes to relationships when he declares that things will be so much easier once he and Kevin move in together. Avery barely has the energy to sigh about that one, but gathers up his strength to inform Will that while moving in may end up being rewarding, one thing he can rest assured is that it will not be is easy. Will then apologizes for blithering on when Avery has actual real problems -- and not many people on this show would; Will's a mensch even if this storyline is dumb -- but Avery tells him it's fine; he'd rather focus on someone else's problems than his own. He leaves Will with the advice that he should figure out what he actually wants rather than what he thinks he should, and a pretty great scene is only slightly marred by the camera's focus pull to the "GAME OVER" notification on Avery's pinball machine.
Love, Hate & Everything In Between
Coming Ever Closer
Avery comes home to find Juliette watching a shopping channel, and they fall over themselves apologizing to one another about the fight; Avery is sorry he was so harsh, while Juliette admits that he was right: she doesn't want to need him, but she does and always has. Soon, they're kissing (with Avery cutely noting that her arms are getting strong as a perk of the physio), but when she goes for his pants, he stops her. She thinks it's because of her condition, but he tells her no; he thinks she's beautiful, but even though he loves her really a lot and wouldn't change anything that happened between them, he still needs a little time to get over all the heartbreak he endured. And even though Juliette's nod of acknowledgment is pretty somber, you have to think hearing how much Avery loves her is making her tingly all over. (Ooh, bad choice of words.)
Wrap It Up
In the trash, Kevin finds the application for that apartment Will claimed to have submitted, and tells Will he had a feeling Will wasn't ready for "a real relationship," whatever that means! And again, if this were real life, they might have visited the idea of an open relationship, but it's not, so JUST BREAK UP ALREADY, GOD! Oh good, they do!
At his gig, Will comes out to a rocking song, but quickly kiboshes it and instead sings a song he and Kevin wrote together about never stopping missing a lost love! Scarlett and Gunnar watch, surely sensing what's going on, before we head into a montage! Having earlier gotten the green light from her lawyer, Rayna signs the contract! Kevin chucks the stuff Will had at his place out onto the sidewalk and cries! And Avery apparently has healed since five minutes ago, since he carries Juliette to bed for some lovemaking! I'M NOT COMPLAINING!