The advice Juliette forced on Maddie on Thursday night’s (March 9) episode of Nashville was something everyone needed to hear.
That the world doesn’t wait until you’re ready.
Juliette said it in a pep talk of sorts to convince Maddie that she should go for it when the talk shows started calling her, because one day, they might not be calling at all.
“The girl is having a moment. Whether it’s a good timing or bad, these shows are gonna give you an opportunity to play your music on a bigger stage,” Juliette told Maddie.
“Isn’t that what you’ve always wanted? If you don’t seize this, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. The world doesn’t wait until you’re ready.”
It worked. It convinced Maddie to go on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, plus Harry Connick Jr.’s show Harry, with Juliette by her side as some kind of chaperone/mentor/manager. Maddie opened up a little on both shows, telling Connick, “I’m trying to be open to the idea that the world works in mysterious ways, and bad things can come from good intentions, and good things can come from tragedy.”
But back at home in Nashville, Deacon needed to heed that advice as well.
Zach tried to bully him into finishing the duets album he and Rayna had started before she died. And at first, all Deacon did was try.
He tried to listen to Rayna singing on their work in progress, he tried to go into her closet, he tried to be the father he needed to be. All to no avail.
Eventually, he went into her closet and unearthed a vintage suitcase full of memories.
He watched old movies of their early days performing and video clips from the documentary they’d been making. Then he started flipping through one of Rayna’s diaries. Then another. Diary after diary after diary, which just made him miss her more and more and more.
But when it came to recording his parts of the duets, Deacon just couldn’t.
Until Avery — always the voice of thoughtful reason — gave a lecture to everyone with an interest in Highway 65’s future.
“What the hell are you guys talking about? We all write about heartbreak for a living, and now that it’s staring us in the face, it’s like were afraid of it,” Avery said.
“This man just lost the love of his life. How’s he supposed to act? We need to be there for him, not ask things of him.”
And even though Avery didn’t come right out and say “the world doesn’t wait until you’re ready,” he was smart enough to sense the urgency and know that seizing the opportunity was the right thing to do.
So he found a way to sync up Rayna’s scratch tracks of the duets so that everyone — Gunnar, Scarlett, Juliette, Maddie, Daphne, and ultimately Deacon — had their chance to finish the songs she’d started.
Oh, and Scarlett is pregnant with someone’s baby. It could be Gunnar’s. It could be Damien’s. The only thing she seemed sure of is that she was not ready for this.
But again, the world — and babies — won’t wait until you’re ready.