The Best Episodes of Nashville (2012)

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2018

Chart-topping Rayna James is a country legend who's had a career any singer would envy, though lately her popularity is starting to wane. Fans still line up to get her autograph, but she's not packing the arenas like she used to. Rayna's record label thinks a concert tour, opening for up-and-comer Juliette Barnes, the young and sexy future of country music, is just what Rayna needs. But scheming Juliette can't wait to steal Rayna's spotlight. Sharing a stage with that disrespectful, untalented, little vixen is the last thing Rayna wants to do, which sets up a power struggle for popularity. Could the undiscovered songwriting talent of Scarlett O'Connor be the key to helping Rayna resurrect her career?

I'll Fly Away

#1 - I'll Fly Away

Season 5 - Episode 10

A legal dispute threatens to break apart the family. Juliette demands to perform at the CMT Music Awards. Will and Zach are drawn closer together.

star 8.30
1,194 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Liberty Godshall
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Beyond the Sunset

#2 - Beyond the Sunset

Season 6 - Episode 16

Deacon gets a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. Juliette makes a crucial decision. Daphne preps for the final round. Alannah confronts Brad. Avery, Gunnar, and Will discuss their future.

star 8.30
246 votes
Directors: Jesse Zwick
Writers: Callie Khouri
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Fire and Rain

#3 - Fire and Rain

Season 5 - Episode 11

Juliette helps Maddie navigate the wave of attention she receives after her performance at the CMT Music Awards. Zach demands the masters from Rayna and Deacon's unfinished album.

star 8.23
1,127 votes
Writers: Jesse Zwick
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I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

#4 - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Season 1 - Episode 21

A shadow has been cast over country music’s biggest night: Juliette discovers a letter from Jolene revealing her mother’s true feelings; Rayna and Deacon’s fairytale evening at the CMA Awards, even performing with Brad Paisley – who guest stars as himself — may not end in a happily-ever-after; and Gunnar will do whatever it takes to win Scarlett’s heart back — but is it too late? Meanwhile the U.S. Attorney’s office is closing in on Teddy, and Peggy returns with a secret of her own.

star 8.23
322 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Callie Khouri
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A Picture From Life's Other Side

#5 - A Picture From Life's Other Side

Season 1 - Episode 20

Rayna finds an unlikely ally in Lamar when he sides with her against Teddy about the girls. Jolene sees Juliette struggling and tries to find a way to help. Avery and Will, separately, both get a chance to shine with bigger stars -- but will it translate to career gold? And Tandy takes her own agenda to the board of Wyatt Industries.

star 8.19
292 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Dee Johnson
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On the Other Hand

#6 - On the Other Hand

Season 2 - Episode 22

As Will Lexington’s album climbs the chart with the help of Jeff Fordham’s deep pockets, Rayna enlists Teddy’s help to plan a huge, free concert at LP Field to draw attention to her Highway 65 debut. She will perform with Luke Wheeler and duet with Juliette before thousands of fans. Zoey, Avery and Gunnar rock out at a benefit for Deacon’s favorite charity, Sober House, and Avery plans to serenade Juliette with a song he wrote for her. But when he attempts to sing it, he doesn’t understand why she is not present, and Scarlett makes a decision about her future in Nashville.

star 8.16
328 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Callie Khouri
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Maybe You’ll Appreciate Me Someday

#7 - Maybe You’ll Appreciate Me Someday

Season 4 - Episode 21

Juliette needs to decide how she's going to publicly address what really happened regarding Jeff's death. Will becomes a leader in a sense. Rayna takes dire action when she finds out who Maddie has encountered, and one music duo may go their separate ways.

star 8.13
781 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Meredith Lavender, Marcie Ulin
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If Tomorrow Never Comes

#8 - If Tomorrow Never Comes

Season 5 - Episode 9

After her life-changing experience, Rayna scrambles to write one more song for the concept album with Deacon; Juliette's leg starts to hurt inexplicably; Gunnar fights for Scarlett.

star 8.03
1,231 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Geoffrey Nauffts
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Tomorrow Never Comes

#9 - Tomorrow Never Comes

Season 2 - Episode 10

Juliette is the main act at Teddy’s first annual Music City Festival, but the blowback by the fans and press over the Wentworths throws her for a loop and drags down the event. She demands that Glenn find out who leaked career-killing gossip to the tabloids so she can get ahead of the bad press by calling them out. Rayna is determined to buy herself out of her Edgehill contract once and for all, even though Tandy and Luke counsel otherwise. Should she risk all her assets on Highway 65? Deacon and Gunnar find themselves marginalized at the Festival and team up to to put on an unauthorized show, and Scarlett is freezing out Zoey and Gunnar but drawing closer to Avery.

star 8.00
321 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Meredith Lavender, Marcie Ulin
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Crazy

#10 - Crazy

Season 2 - Episode 19

Maddie’s news goes viral and stirs a media frenzy including being a "Hot Topic" on "The View." Rayna tries to manage the fallout by going on “Good Morning America” and real-life anchor Robin Roberts guest stars as herself. When Juliette faces more empty seats on her tour, she reaches out to Charlie Wentworth for a favor, and Scarlett’s mother, Beverly surprises her daughter in San Francisco.

star 8.00
319 votes
Writers: Debra Fordham
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Too Far Gone

#11 - Too Far Gone

Season 2 - Episode 14

Rayna welcomes an exonerated Lamar home from prison but Tandy is suspiciously aloof. When Rayna confronts her, Tandy unloads her suspicions about their father. Juliette hides out at Avery’s house, avoiding the fan backlash and enjoying their new relationship. But when Deacon hires Avery to be his engineer for his upcoming recording of a live concert at the Bluebird, Juliette is home alone and not loving it. Meanwhile, Scarlett is fired up with creativity and pills.

star 7.99
318 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Wendy Calhoun
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I've Been Down That Road Before

#12 - I've Been Down That Road Before

Season 1 - Episode 12

Rayna begins to settle into the tour when she discovers that Deacon has joined Juliette's band on the road, and she can't help but think that maybe the time has come to make some hard decisions. But will a heart to heart with Deacon help ease the sting of the revelation? Meanwhile Juliette is tired of her bubble gum pop success and is interested in exposing who she really is, though her team is convinced that will damage her commercial success. And Scarlett is counting pennies to keep her head above water -- until Gunnar makes her an offer she can't refuse.

star 7.98
286 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Meredith Lavender, Marcie Ulin
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Farther On

#13 - Farther On

Season 5 - Episode 21

Maddie shoots a mascara commercial but takes issue with the direction. Deacon gets invited to play the Opry, but hesitates. Avery and Gunnar embrace life on the road.

star 7.98
682 votes
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Guilty Street

#14 - Guilty Street

Season 2 - Episode 16

After performing her manifesto song at her Opry induction, major pop labels are vying to sign Juliette, overwhelming Avery, who can barely afford to take her to dinner. Rayna has major money troubles of her own, since Tandy’s been bouncing checks around town for Highway 65, affecting Rayna’s ability to sign new artists. Deacon finds that life on the road is filled with temptation when he runs into an old friend, Ruth Bennett at an AA meeting, and Scarlett becomes more enmeshed with Liam.

star 7.96
319 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Sibyl Gardner
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The Wayfaring Stranger

#15 - The Wayfaring Stranger

Season 5 - Episode 1

Rayna and Deacon face a new normal. The shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emotions throughout Nashville. Rayna sets off on a journey of discovery.

star 7.95
1,304 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz
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It's All Wrong, But It's All Right

#16 - It's All Wrong, But It's All Right

Season 2 - Episode 13

Jeff is expecting Juliette to formally apologize for her behavior during her Grand Ole Opry ceremony, but at the last minute she has a change of heart and decides to standby the choices she's made. Luke introduces Rayna to a power player that could help her get her distribution deal off the ground, and then surprises her with a NASCAR that is wrapped in Rayna Jayme's graphics. Deacon is discovering his record deal might not be what he expected and Scarlett's collaboration with Liam gets off to a rocky start. Will and Layla discover they aren't all that different and find comfort in one another's company and Teddy will stop at nothing to reveal Lamar's connection to Peggy's death.

star 7.95
321 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Debra Fordham
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Why Don't You Love Me

#17 - Why Don't You Love Me

Season 1 - Episode 19

Rayna and Juliette are both nominated for CMA Awards and Edgehill Records hosts a party in their honor. Meanwhile Teddy worries about his relationship with Maddie, Juliette copes with new challenges, Scarlett is concerned about Gunnar, and tension grows between him and Will.

star 7.94
286 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Todd Ellis Kessler
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Take These Chains From My Heart

#18 - Take These Chains From My Heart

Season 1 - Episode 18

Liam invites Rayna to run away with him to finish her album, and Deacon is surprised by his own reaction, as well as Stacy’s accusations; Jolene warns Juliette about Dante’s loyalty, which only drives the two women further apart; Teddy faces off with Peggy about the leaks, and in the wake of her father’s illness, Tandy proposes a new alliance to Coleman. Meanwhile Gunnar tries out some new music, and Avery and Scarlett reconnect.

star 7.92
288 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Meredith Lavender, Marcie Ulin
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I'll Keep Climbing

#19 - I'll Keep Climbing

Season 2 - Episode 11

In The Aftermath of the death of someone in their circle, lives are changed forever in the world of "Nashville," and a new mystery arises. Kelly Clarkson guest stars as herself and makes Gunnar and Scarlett a once-in-a-lifetime offer. Juliette's reputation takes another body blow as creative video editing seems to show her proclaiming there is no God, further fueling her detractors. Rayna's bought herself out of Edgehill, but the the pressure to succeed is greater than ever, and Deacon struggles to write during his sobriety and relative stability and finds help from Maddie and Daphne.

star 7.92
350 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Tyler Bensinger
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They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore

#20 - They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore

Season 2 - Episode 15

Juliette’s new song, “Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet,” catches the ear of a high-powered, hit-making producer, Howie V. He wants to make her a superstar and brings her to Los Angeles to record, but marginalizes Glenn in the process. Meanwhile, Rayna takes charge with stoicism in the aftermath of recent events, and Scarlett feels lost and alone but finds Liam to be a receptive confidante.

star 7.92
320 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Monica Macer
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Reasons to Quit

#21 - Reasons to Quit

Season 5 - Episode 22

With Deacon and the artists of Highway 65 taking a stand, Zach sends a message. Maddie and Juliette's conflict comes to a head. Daphne goes to a pool party. Gunnar returns from Avery's tour.

star 7.90
678 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Scott Saccoccio
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Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down

#22 - Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down

Season 2 - Episode 18

Rayna plays a mini-set on Luke’s tour, and her girls meet his son, Colt, a moody teenager who has a big social media following. Juliette’s growing jealous of Avery’s connection to Scarlett and takes it out on her while they tour together to help raise awareness of Highway 65. Will and Layla make a plan that Gunnar refuses to support, and Teddy forbids Maddie from attending Deacon’s latest concert.

star 7.89
306 votes
Directors: Julie Hébert
Writers: David Gould
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Don’t Open That Door

#23 - Don’t Open That Door

Season 2 - Episode 5

In advance of a benefit concert starring all of Edgehill’s best acts, Label head Jeff Fordham demands that his new artists sell themselves as hot, sexy personas—which is a major struggle for Scarlett, and Layla knows it. Since Rayna is unsure about her future as a singer, she plots to buy out Edgehill’s rights to her music, and Gunnar and Avery decide to record new songs with Zoey, Scarlett’s best friend. However, by the end of the concert night, nothing will be the same.

star 7.87
301 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Dana Greenblatt
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There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

#24 - There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

Season 1 - Episode 13

Rayna finds comfort in the arms of an old friend after revealing to Daphne and Maddie her plans to divorce. Juliette is invigorated by the response to her new sound and takes steps to reinvent herself -- against the guidance of her management. Things are looking up for Scarlett and Gunnar when Rayna makes an offer to sign them to her label. While their hard work begins to show signs of success, Avery struggles to find his old sound and is forced to consider an attractive offer.

star 7.87
291 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Todd Ellis Kessler, David Marshall Grant
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I Saw the Light

#25 - I Saw the Light

Season 1 - Episode 16

Rayna takes her children and sister with her on tour in NYC, but Rayna doesn’t like the influence Juliette is having on her daughters. Meanwhile Dante gives Juliette some career guidance that helps her see him in a whole new way; Deacon’s feelings for Stacey force him to reconsider his life on the road; a hunky new neighbor, Will, befriends Gunnar and Scarlett; Gunnar is thrown by Scarlett’s hiding information from him; Lamar threatens Peggy; and Avery jeopardizes his own future.

star 7.86
289 votes
Directors: Julie Hébert
Writers: Wendy Calhoun
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