Nashville is a show that thrives on drama, no doubt about it. But I think people forget that it’s rather good at emotional intimacy as well. Some of its best episodes have been ones that effectively straddled the line between these two extremes, and I think that’s exactly what happened this week.
For every moment of Rayna smashing Deacon’s guitar, Sadie shooting her ex, and Scarlett panicking about her return to the stage, we had another; Rayna quietly leaning her head on Deacon’s shoulder, Luke and Sadie sharing things they’d never shared before over a candle-lit dinner, and Gunnar telling Scarlett he was proud of her, amid a hectic backstage environment.
Those are the moments where this show becomes something special, something more than your typical prime-time soap. I love twists and turns as much as the next person, but I love watching relateable characters just trying their best even more.