Juliette in Court for Mom
Juliette returns to Nashville for her mom’s court appearance, one at which Deacon was supposed to appear as a character witness. He has been libeled in a magazine and the publication undermines is appearance so Juliette has to step in at the last minute. Loathe to saying anything positive, she simply tells the judge her mom has been an addict for as long as she can remember and no one hopes more than she does that this stint in rehab works.
Juliette and Mom at Record Party
Juliette and Rayna are being given a party for their number one hit record, Wrong Song. Deacon invited Jolene to the party as his guest but then doesn’t show up. Juliette spends the entire evening watching her mom like a hawk, afraid she will embarrass Juliette in front of all the industry big wigs. She finally swoops in as Jolene is introducing herself to Rayna James and drags her off. Privately she asks her mom if there is anything she doesn’t ruin.
Moment of Truth
Angry that he didn’t show up, Juliette heads to Deacon’s house and finds him sprawled on the couch in the midst of a room in shambles. She expresses concern about him because she knows he is vulnerable and could fall off the wagon. He tells her that he doesn’t understand why she is able to be so caring and concerned for him when her own mother is no different, an addict struggling to find her way. He tells her she should tend to her mother and let him alone.
Juliette and Jolene Bare Their Souls
When Juliette returns home, she finds her mom on the couch and apologizes to her. She tells her about Deacon and says if someone as strong and confident as Deacon can nearly fall of the wagon, she understands how her mom could too. Juliette tells Jolene how proud she is of her and that she should have told the judge that. In turn Jolene says she is just in awe of Juliette. She tells her that seeing her on that stage next to her childhood idol was amazing and that Juliette is every bit Rayna’s equal and then some. She didn’t want to say she was proud of Juliette because that sounded like she deserved some of the credit. Jolene told her daughter that “who you are and where you are, is all you.” Jolene never told Juliette because she didn’t think her opinion of Juliette mattered at all. With tears in her eyes, Juliette tells her, “It means something.” The two hold hands, tears streaming down their faces.
Juliette and Jolene have shared a rocky history and one heart-to-heart on the couch certainly won’t undo all of it. Will they be able to move forward from here or will Juliette revert to her judgmental ways at the first sign of trouble? Tune in on Feb. 6 for the next episode of Nashville to find out.
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