The Then and Now of Nashville Turned Upside Down

Just when you think you’ve got the Nashville TV series figured out — Rayna loves her sister but hates Juliette — the tables turn. All the drama is upside down and a little inside out after Wednesday night’s (March 5) episode.

It could have something to do with Lamar’s death. It might be because Music City is kind of a fickle place. Then again, maybe it’s just because everyone on the show got bored with the status quo.

Here’s how paradigms are shifting on Nashville.

Then: Rayna is more loyal to her sister Tandy than anyone else in her life.
Now: Rayna washes her hands of her entire family just because Tandy bounced a couple of checks. “We’re not doing this anymore, Tandy. There’s no getting past it,” Rayna tells her. “I’m out. I’m done. I really think that I have earned the freedom from this family and the mountain of crap that we have built. I am starting fresh without you.”

Then: Rayna and Juliette have an ongoing textbook girl-vs.-girl rivalry.
Now: Juliette sweetly begs Rayna to sign her to her record label, and Rayna says yes.

Then: Jeff was an ass, especially to Juliette.
Now: Jeff’s still an ass, but now he’s one who tries to bribe Juliette with a $10,000 bottle of champagne and a $250,000 production deal for her boyfriend Avery.

Then: Avery likes to make music.
Now: Avery is a baby and won’t go to rehearsals because he had a date. “Overzealous bandmate or beautiful girlfriend? It’s a hard choice,” he tells Juliette. He also turns down a producing deal because he doesn’t want to ride Juliette’s coattails.

Then: Megan loves Deacon.
Now: Megan loves car sex with Teddy.

Then: Layla was a backstabbing reality star stepping on everyone in her path.
Now: Layla’s getting dropped.

Then: Deacon has a hard time resisting temptation.
Now: Deacon doesn’t give in to the bottle or the no-strings-attached sex.

Then: Luke’s country-boy charm seemed a little forced. Maybe even faked.
Now: Luke know how to make his own buttermilk. So legit.

Then: Rayna thinks the world of Scarlett’s hotshot producer Liam.
Now: Rayna fires Liam after finding out his sessions with Scarlett weren’t just for making music.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.