“Nashville” Recap: Is the Better Part Over

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On Wednesday’s Nashville, Deacon Claybourne‘s sister Beverly initially turned down Rayna Jaymes‘ million-dollar offer to donate a piece of her liver to Deacon, who is facing terminal cancer if he doesn’t get a transplant. Just when it seemed like all hope was lost, Beverly made a surprise appearance at Deacon’s show at the Bluebird and told him she would make the donation anyway. No word on whether or not Beverly intends to collect Rayna’s million dollars, too.

New mom Juliette Barnes was hyper-focused on re-launching her stalled career with surprise concert dates and a promise to deliver a new album to her label in just two days. All of this happened at the expense of her baby, Cadence. Juliette pawned the baby off on her assistant, Emily, who called Juliette’s husband, Avery, to let him know Cadence hadn’t been fed or changed in hours on Juliette’s watch.

Avery and Emily quickly called Juliette’s doctor and staged an intervention to address her post-partum depression, but she refused to listen to them and headed back to the studio.

Closeted country star Will Lexington was reunited with his father, Bill, who kicked him out of the house at 17 years old for being gay. His dad was on hand to see Will perform a new song, “I’m on It”, for country radio programmers in Nashville. Will’s dad ended up telling his son he loved him for the first time ever, but Will’s new boyfriend, Kevin Bicks, wasn’t happy to see Will reconnect with someone who had hurt him so badly.

Will’s dad and everyone else in the world will know he’s gay very soon thanks to some leaked photos of Will and Kevin on vacation together. It’s cause for concern with Will’s record label boss, Luke Wheeler, who just found out a tabloid is going to out Will with those photos next week.

Actor Chris Carmack plays Will on the show, and he admires the sensitivity the writers on Nashville have shown towards his characters’ journey to accept his sexuality.

Says Chris, “I think the writers are so on point with this character and where he’s going. Every scene I get is just, it’s just exciting to read. They’re givin’ me so much to work with. They’re givin’ Will interesting stories and interesting scenes episode after episode and I have nothing but enthusiasm for every scene I’ve read so far.”

Will Lexington’s performance of “I’m on It” is now available for download at iTunes. Nashville’s season three finale airs next Wednesday night at 10 Eastern on ABC.

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