Tonight on ABC Nashville starring Hayden Panettiere continues with an all new Wednesday April 22, season 3 episode 19 called, “The Storm Has Just Begun,” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, Teddy [Eric Close] hosts a gala to support music education, and Juliette [Hayden Panettiere] returns to the limelight at the event. Meanwhile, Layla [Aubrey Peeples] performs alongside Jade St. John.
On the last episode, with the arrival of his former fiancée in Nashville, Jeff found himself face-to-face with Jade St. John (played by Christina Aguilera). A powerhouse pop-star in Nashville on tour, Jeff was forced to revisit his past and work with the woman who once played a large role in both his personal and professional lives. Meanwhile, Deacon continued to cope with his cancer diagnosis – a secret that weighed heavily on his family — especially Maddie, who struggled with the news herself. While Juliette was eager to get back to work following the birth of her daughter, she quickly found balancing motherhood and a music career challenging to say the least, while Avery struggled with his own responsibilities and his Triple Exes bandmates. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the ABC synopsis, “the brightest stars of Nashville have gathered in support of Teddy’s music education initiative, “Note By Note,” where Juliette plans her return to the spotlight – and Layla finds herself thrust into it – alongside Jade St. John. At the gala, Rayna, Deacon, Maddie and Daphne get ready to take the stage and perform, but before they can, Deacon receives the call he’s been waiting for containing some life-changing news”
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#Nashville begins with Luke giving Jade St James a tour of the country music hall of fame. She shows him an exhibit on him and says she was a big fan and tells him she wants to make a country album and her label isn’t excited. She asks him to sing a duet. He says he’s not sure he has time for that right now. He says she should come to an industry event with him tonight and says maybe someone there can do it. Rayna is rehearsing with the girls and Deacon for the event.
Deacon starts coughing and Rayna says they need to pack and go. Rayna tells Deacon not to exhaust himself but he says he’s doing it. Juliette comes home and finds Avery’s mom Sandra there holding the baby. She says she’s singing at the fund raiser tonight and says his mom should come. She says Rayna is bidding enough for her to get on the stage. She doesn’t even want to hold the baby. Avery says these are decisions they need to make together. He says maybe he should just stay home.
She says if that’s what he wants and gives him a kiss then goes back to unpacking. Kevin and Will are lying in bed after a couple of days in bed. He says he’s going to the fundraiser tonight and Kevin says he’ll be there too. Kevin says he’s bringing someone to the event and says he invited the guy a month ago. Will says that’s okay and says it’s only been four days and it’s not like they’re a thing. He says he’ll see him there and leaves.
Gunnar and Scarlett are auditioning thirds for the band. She says that last one smelled like wet cardboard and is a mumbler. Gunnar says they have seen some phenomenal people and she’s dragging her heels. She says she wants a regular bather if they’re going to be spending time with it. She says maybe they should scrap the band since it’s not working without Avery. Juliette works the red carpet and she’s shocked to see Jade St James there with Luke.
Luke says they’re just friends and are big supporters of music in education. Teddy is there with them too and he thanks Rayna for letting the girls sit with him. He says things are better now and his challenges are behind him. Deacon tells Teddy that he thinks Daphne bid on a pony. Deacon gets a call from Dr Rand and says they have a liver for him. Rayna tells the girls and says they’re leaving to go to the hospital now but Maddie wants to come. She insists.
Teddy says it’s okay and Rayna agrees. Daphne stays with her dad at the event. Rayna and Maddie leave but Daphne says she was excited to sing tonight but now she can’t. Scarlett’s car won’t crank outside Gunnar’s and she curses and bangs on it. He says he doesn’t want things to be awkward between them and says he’s sorry. She gets a text that tells her about Deacon and she says he’s having surgery. She says she’ll fill him in if he’ll give her a ride.
Juliette offers to fill in for Rayna and Layla comes over to say hi with Jeff. Juliette wants to know why Glenn didn’t tell her about Jeff and he asks when she’s going to have the baby and Layla smacks him. Layla asks him to get her a more permanent spot on Jade’s tour. Jeff says no. Deacon gets checked in and they tell him they’re waiting on the organ but it will be a few hours. Gunnar drops Scarlett off at the hospital where Dr Rand is waiting on her with a kiss.
Will says hi to Luke and introduces him to Jade. He says he’s a big fan of hers and she says the same. Teddy grabs Luke and asks if he wants to fill in for Rayna. He tells Luke they found Deacon a liver and Rayna and Maddie left. He asks Luke for another favor. Layla sits down with Jade and Will and thanks her for letting her sing at her show. Will offers to get them drinks and the two talk about Jeff. Juliette asks Bucky why they signed Layla and he says she has grown a lot and Jeff is managing her well.
J says she needs to get back in the studio and finish her album. Avery rants to his mom about being alone while Juliette is out. His mom says that’s what Juliette likely felt like while she was pregnant at home and he was out. She says they both have needs and says he can lay blame or try and fix it. She says only one of those will make a marriage stronger. Dr Rand comes in and says there’s an issue. He says Deacon has a low grade fever.
He says they have to figure out what’s causing it so they can proceed. Rand says they can likely move forward if it’s something manageable. He says if it’s something like pneumonia, they can’t do the transplant. Maddie steps out of the room and Dr Rand says they’re going to run some tests and sort this out. Scarlett follows him out and begs him to do something. She says he must have sway. He says if Deacon rejects the liver, then it could have gone to someone else and saved their life.
Rand says he can’t compromise his integrity because they’re in a relationship and says it’s not fair for him to ask him that. Layla and Jade talk about their pageant pasts when Jeff finds her. He wants to introduce Layla to someone and Jade says that Layla reminds her of herself when they were starting. Teddy takes the stage and Layla tells him to sit. Teddy says Rayna was supposed to perform but Luke stepped in to help kick things off. He introduces Luke.
Luke says he’s sharing the stage with a special young lady. He says she’s a participant in the program and is a good buddy of his. He calls Daphne up to the stage. She’s thrilled and they sing Have a Little Faith. Teddy watches from offstage. Luke lets her take the lead then joins her on the chorus. Maddie sits in the chapel praying when Rayna finds her. She says she needed some quiet time. She asks if her dad is going to die if the surgery doesn’t happen. Rayna says she doesn’t know.
Maddie says she’s scared and Rayna says she is too and they pray together. Juliette is amazed at how good Daphne is. She and Luke bring down the house. Juliette goes to the restroom and sees Layla there. She tells her to take her time on her album since she’s not taking maternity leave. Layla says no one has heard from her since she dropped out of her tour. Jade shows up and says Layla is the real deal. Layla says touring with Juliette was hell after she stomps out.
Luke toasts Kevin and Will’s songwriting. Kevin’s date Chad comes over and puts his arm around Kevin. Will isn’t happy. Gunnar shows up with Scarlett’s keys – he says he replaced her car battery. Gunnar says Scarlett filled him in then Deacon says he may not get the surgery after all. He says he feels foolish for thinking it could work out and says he’s like Charlie Brown with the football. Gunnar says that’s what everyone loves about CB – that he always gets back up.
Juliette is thrilled to see that Avery is there. Bucky bids $25k for Juliette to sing. Jade bids $50k for Layla. It’s a bidding war between Jade and Bucky over Juliette and Layla. Juliette makes Avery bid $225k when Bucky hits the budget limit. Jade bids $500k for Layla to sing. Juliette has to eat it and Jade buys the spot for Layla. Teddy calls up Layla to perform. Juliette swigs her drink unhappily.
Layla does her number and Juliette tells Avery they can go. Jade hugs Layla and says she has to come on tour as her main opener. Jade tells Juliette that Layla’s performance was worth every penny. J tells Jade that they all see right through her. She says this is Nashville and Jade doesn’t belong her. Avery says they should go and pulls her away. Luke comes over and hears. Scarlett finds Deacon playing an app with Rayna and laughing. Deacon hands her the car keys Gunnar brought and says he’s a good guy.
Scarlett asks Rayna and Deacon made music with all the complicated personal stuff. Rayna says that’s what makes the music great. Dr Rand comes in to check on him and says he’s getting the surgery. He says it was just a sinus infection which is manageable. He says they’re getting him on an antibiotic drip and into surgery. Luke tells Jade that Juliette is high strung when he finds her crying. Luke says he’s going to show her a good time and says they need to restore her faith in country music.
Layla tells Jeff she’s worried about Jade and Jeff says she’s not going on tour with Jade. She says it’s a huge opportunity. Jeff says he knows it is and says Jade uses people until she doesn’t need them anymore then throws them away. He says no tour, end of discussion. Layla walks off disgusted. Juliette and Avery get home and he tells her he has no idea what she’s thinking. He says she quit nursing and took off for LA without telling him. He says he can’t do this alone and she says that’s why she got a nanny.
He says she picked a fight with a complete stranger. She says Jade was out of line but Avery says she was and doesn’t even know it. He says this was a charity event for a school not a Juliette Barnes come back. He says it scares him that she has no idea. The baby starts crying and Avery goes to check on her. Layla asks Will if he can take her home and she tells him Jeff is her manager. He asks if that’s all and she says it’s complicated. He says Jeff only cares about you if you’re making him money.
Layla says she doesn’t think that’s true then says she’ll get a cab. Daphne tells Teddy being at mom’s doesn’t feel like home right now and asks if she can stay with him. He says he’ll ask Rayna after the surgery. Luke brings Jade to the Bluebird and she says this place scares her since there’s no smoke and mirrors to hide behind. The guy takes the stage and says Jade is there and she’s a big fan of country music and asks her to sing one. Luke says no one can accused her of buying cred there.
Jade takes the stage nervously. Juliette tells Avery he’s so good with their daughter and she’s sorry. He says he just wants them to be on the same side but says he has to let her in. Juliette says she doesn’t understand all that’s going on with herself right now. She says all of her accomplishments seem so far away and she worries she’ll be irrelevant at 25. He says that’s not possible and says she’ll feel better soon. He hugs her.
Jade says she’ll sing an old song by a new friend – she does Luke’s Shotgun. Luke smiles as she sings his old song. Deacon is wheeled into surgery and Rayna holds his hand and walks beside him then kisses him. Rayna, Scarlett and Maddie hold hands while they wait. Will watches Kevin leave with Chad while he waits on his car from the valet. He looks so sad. Deacon is put under for his surgery. Jade sings beautifully and really does his song justice.
The Bluebird goes wild. She’s pleased. Dr Rand comes to tell the waiting women news. He says there’s a problem. Rand wakes Deacon from his sleep. He says there was a problem with the donor liver and says they found cancer on the donor’s lungs. Rayna says they found one donor and can find another. Rand says they can hope. Luke walks Jade back to her hotel room and he says she doesn’t need anyone singing with her to prove she can sing country.
She asks if he can come back to LA and tell her label. He says it’s tempting and she tells him she used to have a poster of him over her bed and would kiss him goodnight. He asks if the real thing can kiss her and she says it would be crazy great and he kisses her. She pulls him inside her hotel room. Layla tells Jeff it’s easy to find since he has a favorite bar. She says she’s going on tour with Jade but says she heard what he said. She says she’s ignoring his concern, not his advice.
She says she won’t turn into Jade and won’t throw him away. She touches his arm and says she doesn’t want to do this without him and can’t. She kisses him. He grabs her and kisses her back. Will goes to Kevin’s and says he doesn’t want to spoil his date but needs to say something. Will says this is new to him but he hasn’t felt this way about anyone before and it didn’t feel right him being there with someone else. Will asks if they can just date exclusively while he figures this out. Kevin agrees.
Will says he’ll let him get back to his date and Kevin says he’s not there and says he couldn’t wait for that date to be over. He steps back to let Will in who’s now grinning ear to ear. Scarlett calls Gunnar to give him the bad news about Deacon. She says she doesn’t want to give up on the band and says their friends and don’t need to replace Avery. She says the music they make is pretty special and says she’ll talk to him tomorrow.
Rand comes to sit by Scarlett and she apologizes for asking him to bend the rules and says she shouldn’t have. He says he appreciates that and says it’s been a long stressful day. He offers her a ride home but she says Gunnar dropped her car off and offers to meet him at his place. Deacon gets dressed when Maddie comes in upset. She says this isn’t fair. Rayna is praying in the chapel. Maddie asks why it’s happening when he quit drinking so long ago.
Rayna asks God if she’s offended him in some way. Maddie begs Deacon to tell her he won’t die but he says he can’t. Rayna says she has to be strong for Maddie and Deacon. She cries and begs for God to please show her the way. Juliette lies awake in bed beside Avery and a tear falls out of her eye as Rayna prays about feeling alone.
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