The BEST Episodes of Nashville (2012)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Network: CMT

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?

Beyond the Sunset

#1 - Beyond the Sunset

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 26, 2018

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 8.32
272 votes
Directors: Jesse Zwick
Writers: Callie Khouri
I'll Fly Away

#2 - I'll Fly Away

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 2, 2017

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 8.27
1,254 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Liberty Godshall
Fire and Rain

#3 - Fire and Rain

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 9, 2017

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 8.22
1,189 votes
Writers: Jesse Zwick
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

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

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 22, 2013

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 8.16
666 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Callie Khouri
Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday

#5 - Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 25, 2016

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 8.12
842 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Marcie Ulin, Meredith Lavender
A Picture From Life's Other Side

#6 - A Picture From Life's Other Side

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 15, 2013

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 8.09
608 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Dee Johnson
You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)

#7 - You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 14, 2012

Rayna wants to change her sound and seeks out the help of a highly successful music producer, Liam McGuinnis; Juliette goes on a sham date with a squeaky-clean NFL quarterback as a PR move for her tarnished image; meanwhile, Lamar's plan to delay Coleman with a police traffic stop on his way to an important photo op for both candidates works too well, and Scarlett's relationship with Avery gets rocky.

star 8.05
615 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Marcie Ulin, Meredith Lavender
If Tomorrow Never Comes

#8 - If Tomorrow Never Comes

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 23, 2017

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 8.02
1,293 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Geoffrey Nauffts
It's All Wrong, But It's All Right

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

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 29, 2014

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 8.02
578 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Debra Fordham
Too Far Gone

#10 - Too Far Gone

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 2014

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
577 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Wendy Calhoun
There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

#11 - There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 13, 2013

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 7.99
631 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: David Marshall Grant, Todd Ellis Kessler
The Wayfaring Stranger

#12 - The Wayfaring Stranger

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 15, 2016

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 7.99
1,400 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz
I'm Tired of Pretending

#13 - I'm Tired of Pretending

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 4, 2013

Maddie wants to spend more time with Deacon and Teddy begins to feel like he’s being replaced. Rayna is struggling to strike the right balance with the two dads and their fatherhood responsibilities. Meanwhile, Lamar makes a plea to Rayna to secure Tandy’s support as a character witness. Charlie has declared his love for Juliette but she couldn’t be more distracted by the fact that Layla’s career is stealing some of her spotlight. Zoey and Avery make plans to visit Scarlett on the road in an effort to boost her spirits, though that feeling may be short-lived.

star 7.99
540 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: David Handelman
I've Been Down That Road Before

#14 - I've Been Down That Road Before

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 6, 2013

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 7.99
630 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Marcie Ulin, Meredith Lavender
Farther On

#15 - Farther On

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 3, 2017

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 7.97
718 votes
Lovesick Blues

#16 - Lovesick Blues

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 28, 2012

Marshall Evans continues to pressure Rayna and Juliette to collaborate at an event at the Ryman theater, Teddy is forced to reveal the truth to Rayna when Peggy's desperation hits its peak, and in an effort to move past her failed relationship with Avery, Scarlett finds herself getting closer to Gunnar.

star 7.93
625 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Wendy Calhoun
You Win Again

#17 - You Win Again

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 23, 2013

Edgehill Records celebrates the success of “Wrong Song” with a lavish party attended by Rayna, Juliette and real-life country stars including Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young (who cameo as themselves). But the party gets awkward for Juliette, who brings her mom along, and for Rayna when she’s aggressively pursued by Calista, an exec from a competing record label. Meanwhile Teddy confronts Rayna about his suspicions over her relationship with Liam, Gunnar deals with family issues and Avery gets too comfortable with his newfound success.

star 7.92
683 votes
Directors: Paul A. Edwards
Writers: Liz Tigelaar
Someday You'll Call My Name

#18 - Someday You'll Call My Name

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 24, 2012

Rayna immerses herself in her kids' lives and her husband's campaign, and is sobered to learn that she and Teddy are facing financial ruin; Juliette offers Deacon an exclusive contract to write and tour with her; and Juliette's troubled mother, Jolene, re-enters her daughter's life in dramatic fashion. Meanwhile, Scarlett and Gunnar's big break with Watty is threatened.

star 7.92
861 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Liz Tigelaar
Reasons to Quit

#19 - Reasons to Quit

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Aug 10, 2017

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 7.91
717 votes
Directors: Callie Khouri
Writers: Scott Saccoccio
She's Got You

#20 - She's Got You

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2013

As Teddy’s wedding day nears, Maddie feels lost and tells Rayna she wants to get to know Deacon better, forcing Rayna to confront Deacon about stepping up to co-parent. Luke Wheeler commiserates with Rayna about the challenges of exes and parenting. While on tour in Texas, Juliette angers a lecherous but very influential radio DJ who starts promoting Layla at Juliette’s expense. Deacon tries to find his way back to music and discovers an unexpected ally in Avery. While on a date with Layla, Will runs into Brent on a date with a new man, and Gunnar finds himself in a power position in his singing and songwriting.

star 7.90
603 votes
Writers: Debra Fordham
Tomorrow Never Comes

#21 - Tomorrow Never Comes

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 11, 2013

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 7.89
524 votes
Writers: Marcie Ulin, Meredith Lavender
We Live in Two Different Worlds

#22 - We Live in Two Different Worlds

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 31, 2012

Rayna and Teddy's relationship is tested when Rayna performs with Deacon at Teddy's campaign fundraiser and a woman from Teddy's past (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) shows up with a secret. Meanwhile, Juliette tries to burnish her image with an appearance on "Good Morning America" and is interviewed by Robin Roberts; Gunnar makes a connection with his publisher's assistant, Hailey; and Teddy and Coleman agree to take the moral high ground during the campaign -- but will it last?

star 7.89
664 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Todd Ellis Kessler
Guilty Street

#23 - Guilty Street

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 5, 2014

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 7.88
579 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Sibyl Gardner
Don't Open That Door

#24 - Don't Open That Door

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 2013

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 7.88
502 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Dana Greenblatt
Just for What I Am

#25 - Just for What I Am

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 22, 2014

Scarlett's career is on fire as she sings "Free" in concert with Zac Brown, but the demands of fame are burning her out. Rayna asks Deacon to help write a much-needed hit for her new album, and it's like old times--perhaps too much. Concert venues are dropping from Juliette's tour and Jeff, her label head, is furious, and Zoey is bruised by Gunnar's inattention when he gets an invitation to co-write from Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.

star 7.87
554 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Ben St. John, Mollie Bickley St. John