Nashville‘s True Colors Revealed

Or Is Everyone Just Acting?

It is so hard to separate fact from fiction late on the Nashville TV series. Just when you think you know someone, nothing stays the same.

That’s how I felt after Wednesday’s (April 13) episode.

Take Autumn, for example. I thought she was this sweet country artist with a heart of gold. But it turns out, it is made of stone. Cold, hard stone. She pulled a classic flirt-and-bitch — like a bait-and-switch — on Gunnar when he and Scarlett joined her tour.

On their first stop in Dallas, she flat out asked them, “You guys dish, OK?” Once they leveled with her about their rocky past, she just could not let it go. By the end of the show, she and Scarlett had had words and she set her sights on Gunnar. My guess is, they were sleeping together by the time they were wheels up.

Then there’s Layla. Just when you thought she’d put some of her own drama behind her, she pulls the Colt card. Since Colt knows what happened the night Jeff died (he was saving Juliette from suicide), and Luke wants to keep Colt’s secret a secret, Layla basically bribes her way on to Luke’s tour. Then again, Riff has disappeared so there may not even be a tour.

And Maddie. Oh, Maddie? Where did Deacon and Rayna go wrong? She was such a good girl, then she starts hanging around Cash, who wants to turn every single thing into a song. The milk in your cereal was room temperature? Maybe you should write a song about it. Your school uniform makes you look fat? Maybe you should pour that feeling into a song.

It’s enough to drive me crazy. But for Maddie, she does write down everything, including a song about being a wild card and a bad, bad girl. Then she goes to play it at Skull’s Rainbow Room in Nashville’s Printers Alley, a boy strokes her leg, and Deacon loses his ever-loving mind.

The only woman on the show who did an about-face in the better direction was Juliette. For once, instead of putting herself first, she’s thinking of Avery and Cadence and her ex-manager, Glen. So much so, she even dedicated a song to him at the Opry, in an effort to win him back.

It worked.

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