The Season 4 premiere of “Nashville” brought a lot of relief when it revealed that Deacon (Charles Esten) survived the liver transplant from the Season 3 finale — but Rayna (Connie Britton) is still dealing with a lot of loss.
Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) has gone through with leaving the record label. She’s a big Hollywood star now attending her first Hollywood premiere. From the outside it looks like the younger starlet has finally gotten everything she wants, but behind the scenes she is falling apart.
In a moment of clarity she calls Rayna to ask for help but never actually gets the words out before she’s called back to the spotlight. The distress signal is enough to get Rayna to put their differences aside and fly across the country to make sure Juliette is okay. However, Juliette has been sucked back into the world of Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) and puts up all of her walls instead of taking Rayna’s offer for help. Instead, she stabs her former mentor in the heart with the truth about Highway 65 records and that everyone thinks it’s a joke.
In that moment, Juliette manages to alienate the last person trying to help her out. It’s obvious that Jeff is only involved with her for the money. Avery (Jonathan Jackson) is so heartbroken over Juliette’s departure he can’t see straight and Juliette is so isolated she spends every night swimming to the bottom of champagne and vodka bottles. Without Rayna, it’s going to be a long and torturous road to being able to truly stand on her own two feet. It might be time to question if she has it in her.
As Rayna makes her way back to Nashville, she’s able to see the value in what Juliette says about the label. As a radio show pulls her mistakes as a label owner apart, Rayna stands in the empty offices with a wistful look on her face. It seems that if she can’t save Juliette in Season 4 she’s bound and determined to save herself, her label and her dream.
“Nashville” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.