TV

Nashville Recap: All the Ups and Downs

An Hour-Long Emotional Roller Coaster Ride

I am exhausted. I feel like I rode an emotional roller coaster for an hour on Wednesday (Sept. 30) night, during the new episode of Nashville.

Because everyone was wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and feelings were all over the place. And for a while, things were good. Then they turned bad. Or vice versa.

I know, it’s hard to keep up with who is up (and who is down).

Deacon felt guilty, then he felt grateful.

Will felt brave, then he felt scorned.

Luke felt powerful, then he felt conflicted.

Avery felt paternal, then he felt gullible.

And that’s just the guys.

The ladies of Nashville had their own range of emotions to contend with.

Layla felt rejected, but then accepted.

Juliette felt maternal, then cold as ice.

Beverly felt alive, but then close to dying.

But as usual, Rayna is the one who can make or break any episode. This time, she made it. Because within one episode, she convinced me that she was feeling weak, irrelevant and lonely, and then strong, fearless and savvy as hell. Flying all the way to L.A. just to board another plane next to Markus Keen, an alt-rocker she wanted to sign to her label and pretending it was all just fate? That is some Rayna-level genius.

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