Nashville continued its second season with Rayna reconnecting with Liam and Juliette and Avery finally coming to blows in “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It Now."

Deacon (Charles Esten) is working hard on his recovery post-crash and fall off the wagon. He is attending AA meetings where he reveals the abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of his father. His continuing recovery coupled with a pep talk from Teddy (Eric Close) encouraged him to clean up his act for his daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella). Deacon realizes he needs to confront his memories of his abusive father in order to become any sort of father to Maddie.

Scarlett (Clare Bowen) is forced to wear a sexy corset and sky high heels to impress stockholders at a showcase, and ends up forced onstage by Rayna (Connie Britton) as her replacement – Rayna can’t sing, her vocal chords have been damaged from the accident.

While Scarlett is busy performing and schmoozing, Gunner (Sam Palladio) attends the party as a songwriter to witness Will (Chris Carmack) sing one of his songs. Sad that he isn’t the one performing, Gunner ends up leaving the party early with Zoey (Chaley Rose).

Rayna, now officially divorced from Teddy and getting over Deacon, reconnects with Liam McGuinnis (Michiel Hulsman) at the party, and he agrees to produce her next album. Rayna tells Liam that her vocal chords aren’t what they used to be, and Liam agrees to conspire with her to delay Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) and Edgehill from pressuring her to record. The two end up in bed.

Meanwhile, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) flies over to Maryland to perform a special concert for her biggest fan, Olivia Wentworth, and her super-rich husband Charles. Juliette ends up hooking up with Charles after the concert and angers Avery (Jonathan Jackson) when he overhears her telling Charles that Avery is just a guy on her payroll. Avery confronts Juliette, angry that she refuses to let him be her friend.

Free from his marriage to Rayna, Teddy considers what he really wants to do about his child with Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) – rather the child he believes she is carrying. By the end of the episode, Teddy decides he wants to be a father to the child, not just send money every month.

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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