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Scarlett's Forced to Put Her Doormat Away

Is the director always right? Or is it just when it’s Damien saying what everyone was thinking on Thursday night’s (Jan. 26) episode of Nashville?

Either way, man, did he nail it.

After a lot of back and forth with Scarlett, who didn’t want to play the part of the pushy bitch in the video she was making with Gunnar, Damien finally got to the heart of the issue.

“Are you, or are you not,” he asked her, “the woman who apologizes when she hasn’t done nothing wrong?”

And he told her that her response is always, “Aw, shucks. If you say so.”

I know, right? That is 100 percent who Scarlett is. Everyone knows it, and Damien was just the only one who had the guts to say it out loud.

But she did fight back. A little. On the set of the Exes’ video shoot, Scarlett accused Damien of kind of being a rich misogynist.

“Is it because you’re a man, you think you can manipulate and diagnose everybody? Or is it because you grew up rich and privileged, and you think everybody else is simple and repressed,” she demanded.

Gunnar, who is diplomatic to a fault, agreed with both sides of the battle. He drank whiskey with Damien but ultimately went home to Scarlett, who told him, “I’m OK with who I am, and I need you to be OK with that, too.”

And while that fight was all about gender constructs, Maddie and her new friend Clayton were fighting over race and mental health issues.

After Clayton took Maddie to hear music at some cool little club, she moved in for a kiss.

Same thing after working on some songs at his recording studio of a crash pad.

But he would not have it. Clayton has so many demons he is fighting, that perfect and privileged Maddie was just too much for him.

“You grew up in your big house,” Clayton told her, “and you’re gonna tell me how the world works?”

Maddie asked Juliette what to do, because God knows she’s such an expert on healthy relationships. But she did give the teenager some good advice and told her to split.

“Screwed-up men are sexy, until they’re not,” Juliette said.

Meanwhile, Clayton was minding his own business busking on the street corner when two young frat boys asked him to play Kenny Chesney’s breakout hit “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” He said no, and somehow things turned physical and Clayton took a beating over it.

Maddie found him, took him to the hospital and waited with him until he was released.

He admitted he was bi-polar, and even though she was fine with the diagnosis, it was a deal-breaker for him.

It ain’t over yet, though, because the next day Clayton showed up at Maddie’s house to introduce himself to Deacon and Rayna.

And for a minute there, it was like everything was perfect.

But then Rayna went back to work, trying to get the rest of her life in order, thanks to the generous support of her new rich pal Zach, and her alleged stalker showed up at her Highway 65 office and things started to get real ugly real fast.

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