Nashville Season 3 Finale Recap – Major Life Changes for Many: “Before You Go Make Sure You Know”

Nashville Season 3 Finale Recap - Major Life Changes for Many: "Before You Go Make Sure You Know"

Tonight on ABC Nashville starring Hayden Panettiere continues with an all new Wednesday May 13, season 3 finale called, “Before You Go Make Sure You Know,” and we have your weekly recap below for you. On tonight’s episode, in the third-season finale, Juliette [Hayden Panettiere] prioritizes completing her album above all else, leading Avery [Jonathan Jackson] to make a huge decision. Elsewhere, Rayna [Connie Britton] and her daughters gather by Deacon’s [Charles Esten] side as he fights for his life.

On the last episode, Juliette was back in the news – and back to feeling like her old self — following her rooftop performance high above Highway 65, but while she enjoyed the attention, her team had growing concerns that she may be suffering from postpartum depression. Meanwhile, Will was surprised with an unexpected visit from his father, and learned his private life was about to become public when a tabloid obtained photos of Will and Kevin together. With Deacon’s cancer diagnosis no longer a secret, he and Rayna grappled with the future and the real possibility that their time together was cut short. 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, “Juliette is laser-focused on finishing her album – and when she puts everything and everyone she loves behind it – Avery makes a decision that impacts their lives forever. Deacon’s life hangs in the balance, but Rayna and the girls are by his side. With the clock ticking and the future uncertain, will they celebrate a life together?”

Tonight’s episode looks like it is going to be great and you won’t want to miss it, so be sure to tune in for our live coverage of ABC’s Nashville at 10:00 PM EST!

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On #Nashville, Avery is upset that Juliette is more worried about her career than their baby and she says she doesn’t have time to hold the baby. She says she has to take a recording to Rayna and storms out. Will talks to his dad who says they’re so proud of him. Will offers to take him to the Opry but his dad asks to meet the lady in his life. There’s a gay couple in the diner holding hands and his dad says that makes him lose his appetite.

Layla is on an interview about her Twitter war with Jade that he says she won. Jeff doesn’t want her to look at Twitter and says it will wound her. She says she can handle it but he asks what she would think about comments about her girth. That freaks her out. He says no phone or internet until the album is done. Luke shows up freaking out because Jeff didn’t warn him that Will is gay. Then he lashes out and says he’s not friends with Jeff anymore and says he doesn’t have many already.

Caleb asks Scarlett if she’s coming to Deacon’s pre-surgical work up but she says she has to work. Caleb asks if she wants to move in with him. He’s rambling and nervous and asks her to think about it. She bounces over to him and says she thought about it and they should do it. Kiley asks Gunnar if he wants to come to Austin to visit Micah. He says no and she asks if it’s about the kiss. He says they should forget it happens but she asks what if it’s the right time for them.

Gunnar says he can’t do that to Micah. He says he can go but just as friends. Beverly, Deacon and Rayna hear how the transplant will work. Caleb says the timing is perfect because the tumor has grown enough to take him off the transplant list and says his sister really is a life saver. Luke calls Will in and shows him the photos of he and Kevin on vacation and says a tabloid is running the story next week. Will tries to say it’s not what it looks like. Luke says he doesn’t care about that.

He says they just need to get out in front of it. He says if he and Kevin are a couple, that’s okay, he says they just need to decide how to approach this. Juliette fusses at Glenn then Rayna shows up. Juliette hands over her album and says it just needs artwork and a release date. Rayna says they need to have a discussion about some of these things. Rayna says going out on tour isn’t a good idea right now. She rants and asks if Avery talked to her but Rayna says she just had a baby.

Juliette grabs her recording and tells Bucky, Glenn and Rayna to screw them all and says they don’t deserve this. Glenn follows Juliette out and tries to reason with her. He says she’s being manic and needs to do what’s best for her and she says what’s best for her is what’s best for her career then threatens to fire him. Dash comes to see Teddy and demands an update but Teddy says Tandy was never part of the deal they made.

Dash says taking down Tandy, who kept them from prosecuting the case they built, is awesome. Teddy says he’s not comfortable with it but Dash says he can help expose the corruption or go to prison. Scarlett and Gunnar are trying to write but they are stymied. He says their best material always came from their lives but now they’re not. She says to talk and he says he’s thinking of going to Texas with Kylie to see Micah. She says it’s not her business then says she’s moving in with Caleb.

She says they should try this when he gets back and he asks her to tell Deacon he’s thinking of him. Beverly and the girls sing for Deacon. Rayna comes in and listens and says they sound good together. Daphne says she wishes Beverly was there all the time and Beverly says she might stick around for good. Deacon and Rayna share a look. Beverly asks Deacon to sing the song they used to sing at the Bluebird.

Will goes to talk to Kevin and tells him about the photos and the gay story. He says it’s not proof but since Kevin is out, it’s clear. He asks Kevin to deny it and wants him to say it’s a working vacation. Will says he has to protect his career. Kevin says he gets what Will wants but says he fought his whole life to stay out of the closet and can’t go back in for Will but agrees to make the press statement. Avery talks to a counselor about Juliette. He says she’s not sleeping and has nothing to do with the baby.

She says it’s classical detachment and then asks if she’s expressed violence. Avery says she’ll be a great mom if she’ll let herself but says she had a rough childhood. He says he doesn’t know what to do and she says to protect the baby first then show Juliette positive reinforcement. He admits he doesn’t know where his wife is. She’s beating on Jeff’s door and says they need to talk. He asks what she can possibly want from him. She asks if he heard about the rooftop performances.

She says she has a finished album of her best work but the label is sitting on it. He says they’re idiots but asks what she wants. She says she’s on the verge of something huge but everyone else thinks she’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She says she knows he doesn’t give a damn about her well being and asks him to help her get her album out. Will tells Luke that Kevin is denying it and says this won’t be a problem from now on. Luke sidelines him from the tour until things die down.

Kylie cooks dinner for Gunnar and thanks him for his support and says she needs to focus on Micah, not some guy. He says she just needs to believe that she’s great. She gets a call from Micah and he asks when she’s going to be there. She says Gunnar is coming too and Micah is thrilled. Beverly tells Rayna she’s good when she comes to check on her. Rayna says thanks again for the sacrifice and says it means the world to her. Beverly says she’s not doing it for her but because of her.

She says the million dollar check made her look awful. Beverly says none of this matters without her which makes her the hero. Rayna agrees and says she’ll pin a medal on her herself. She tells Beverly to get some sleep. Rayna then goes to check on Deacon and she says Beverly doesn’t make it easy. He says he knows and he’s sorry. He says Beverly has rough edges but is stepping up for him. He says there was nothing else they could do. Rayna asks how he’s doing. He says he’s okay.

Caleb wakes to Scarlett writing a song in the middle of the night. Gunnar gets a text from Scarlett with lyrics to a song. He reads and smiles. Deacon sleeps and dreams about the surgery. He sees himself knocked out by anesthesia then flat lining during surgery. He wakes gasping. Rayna gets a call from Bucky and says he hates to bother her about Layla and says Jeff’s contract with her gives him complete control including power of attorney and he can’t get her on the phone. Rayna says she’ll call her later.

Avery finds Juliette sleeping on the sofa and says he played Cadence one of her records and she smiles. He encourages her and says she’s great on stage and off and asks her to sing to the baby but she gets a text then says she has to go. He asks her to hold the baby and she says she doesn’t have post partum depression then angrily demands he hand over the baby. He won’t. She shouts and the baby wakes crying. She screams then throws something at his head – she barely misses he and their daughter and it shatters on the wall. He screams at her to get out and comforts the baby. She goes.

Layla’s phone rings and she calls for Jeff but he’s not there. She gets a message from Rayna that says Jeff doesn’t need to do all the talking for her and wants to make sure she’s okay. She asks her to call her back. Jeff calls for her but she sets the phone down so he can’t see. He asks why she’s in there and she says she’s looking for a book on the treadmill. He tells her he has meetings and says she doesn’t need to worry about the business. He slaps her butt then leaves.

Albert tells Teddy that Tandy was neck deep in the corruption and says that’s how she had the two million to invest in Rayna’s label. Teddy is stunned. Albert says those funds would lead right back to illicit funds. Will comes to see his dad and shows him the tabloid article. He says it’s BS and says he and Kevin, his friend, were working at his parents’ cabin. He says Kevin is gay so they’re trying to imply he is too. He says he can’t open for Luke tonight. Will says it was just scheduling.

He also says it’s not true and his dad asks if he’s changed. Will insists that he has. Glenn comes over and tells Avery that Juliette fired him and signed with Jeff. Juliette and Jeff take her album to Luke to listen to. Jeff says Juliette is a proven superstar with no secrets lurking but Luke says he can’t steal her from Rayna but she says that’s already done. Scarlett is with her mom before surgery and tells her she’s so brave for doing this. They come to get Beverly and Scarlett says she loves her and will be there when she wakes. They wheel her out.

They wheel her by Deacon’s room and he calls out a thanks then he has a flashback to dying on the table. He asks Rayna to marry him before he goes into surgery. Rayna tells him she can tell that he thinks he’s going to die in surgery but says it’s not real. She says she dreams too and says she dreams of them raising her kids and getting married properly. She then says vows to him and says she takes him to be her husband then says – your turn. He says vows then they kiss and she says he can’t die on her.

Gunnar works on music for the new song when Kylie comes in with a sandwich. She says she likes what she heard. Gunnar sings the lyrics Scarlett sent with the music he’s written. It’s about holding your head up so the other person can’t see you cry. Deacon kisses the girls then heads into surgery. Maddie and Rayna hug. Layla goes online and Googles herself extensively. She then looks at pics from Jade’s party and sees one of her passed out and Jeff with her phone. She gasps.

Teddy tries to reason with Dash about not dragging Tandy into this. He says he can’t do this to Rayna and then Dash calls in someone. Teddy says he put himself into this spot and no one else should pay for him. Teddy asks for a few days to put his affairs in order but Dash has him hauled out. They prep Deacon in the OR and it goes just like his dream and he starts to panic but then he’s asleep. Kevin speaks at the press conference and says they were working and says his being gay has no bearing on Will’s sexual orientation.

Will then takes the stage and says they got it wrong. He starts to say he’s not gay then Kevin looks back at him sadly and goes. Will says it’s not true. His dad is there. Then Will says what Kevin said isn’t true then he says he’s gay and he’s not ashamed of it. His dad glares and storms out. The press goes wild. He thanks them and goes. Luke takes the stage. He says his opening act is someone he truly supports 100% and just signed to his label. He calls J to the stage and she comes out to sing.

Jeff is on the stage side with Luke. Luke offers him his hand and they shake. Both Beverly and Deacon are in surgery. Rayna sits worrying. The door opens and it’s Gunnar. He says he wants to wish them well and asks to speak to Scarlett. She steps out with him. Maddie and Rayna are stressing and Rayna says he’ll be fine. They’re ready to move the liver. Juliette tells Avery that Will is gay and she’s going on tour with Luke. She brings in a new snow globe to replace the one she broke.

Avery says the baby is with Emily because she’s not safe with Juliette. Avery says he’s trying to understand what she’s going through and what she’s doing. He says she’s so disconnected from he and his daughter that she went to the man she cheated with. He tells her she’s sick and needs help and begs her to get treatment. She says she can’t and has to go on tour. She says he just doesn’t get it and says she needs this. Avery asks if she needs it more than she needs them.

She says nothing and he grabs his bag and walks out. Jeff listens to the gay Will news and Juliette news as he pulls up to the house. Layla is there and rants at him about sending the text. She calls him names and says he tricked her. She calls him an SOB and he says he had to be because he can’t lose her. Neighborhood security pulls up but Layla says they’re good and they drive on. Jeff says he sorry and pulls her to him. She cries and he holds her.

Gunnar plays the song for Scarlett then says he wanted her to hear it before he left. He asks her to sing it and she does. Luke calls Juliette and asks if she’s ready for the tour with her baby in mind. She says she’s never been more ready. Avery tells Cadence everything will be okay and loads the baby into the car. Will comes to see Kevin who says he didn’t have to do this and says he’s giving up a lot but Will says none of it makes him feel like Kevin does.

He says he never thought he could or would admit to who he is then tells Kevin he loves him. He takes his hand. Will seems serene for once. Avery cries as he drives away with their baby. Scarlett cries as she sings the new song to Gunnar. They stare deeply at each other then they lean in for a kiss. We see a monitor in the OR and it’s flat lined. They try to resuscitate. Caleb comes in and asks to talk to Rayna privately. They all turn away from the TV and miss seeing news that Teddy was arrested. Caleb tells her that he has some bad news. (spoiler alert – I bet it was Beverly, not Deacon that was flat lining)