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When is too much too much? That was the underlying question of the entire episode of Nashville on Wednesday night (Feb. 6). And it is a good question. Now that Rayna and Juliette have called some kind of a truce, they kicked off their tour in Chicago. And when Deacon made a comment about how grandiose Juliette’s part of the show was (“This is some entourage you got”), she gets defensive and tells him it takes a lot of people to make a good show. “Really? Johnny Cash only needed three,” Deacon quipped. Which made Juliette question pretty much everything. “Do you think I have too many people in my band?” and “What if my brand just isn’t so perfect anymore?” and “What if I decide to walk away from being that girl and nobody comes with me?”
Juliette tells her manager she feels like she’s in a straightjacket and that there is nothing artistic about wind machines and smoke. Ultimately, Juliette takes the arena stage in a button-down and jeans and does an acoustic song because, as she explains, “I just don’t know that I only wanna be this girl who dances around in sparkly dresses with smoke billowing around her.” Her fans love it, even though the self-righteous tweeting Chicago Tribune music critic does not.
Oh, and Brad Paisley ’s wife — well, the character Kimberly Williams-Paisley plays on the TV series — slept with Rayna’s husband. And Rayna and Deacon made out. Finally.