Primetime ‘Nashville’: Dear Brother

Pam Tillis, Kate York, Vince Gill and Dan Auerbach guest on Nashville.

Pam Tillis, Kate York, Vince Gill and Dan Auerbach guest on “Nashville.”

Scarlett and Kip Moore toast Deacon's birthday.

Scarlett and Kip Moore toast Deacon’s birthday.

“Dear Brother” Season 1 | Episode 114 | Aired 02/27/2013

Rayna’s world was rocked when news of her divorce hit the tabloids in last night’s (Feb. 27) episode of Nashville. She and sister Tandy tried to do damage control to protect Rayna and Teddy’s daughters—the oldest of whom knows about Teddy’s affair with Peggy.

Meanwhile, Teddy continued to focus on his new career as mayor and selected former opponent Coleman as deputy mayor, against the wishes of his ex-father-in-law, Lamar. Teddy also named Peggy his financial consultant.

While Nashville writers usually keep the show mostly in-line with real-life Music City, last night’s paparazzi scenes were a big stretch from what local celebs experience. On the show, the paparazzi tracked Rayna to her daughter’s dance class and then to Deacon’s surprise birthday party at the Bluebird Café.

Juliette organized a star-packed shin-dig in honor of her guitar player Deacon. Cameo appearances at the event included Dan Auerbach, Vince Gill, and Kip Moore. For a happening party, there wasn’t much upbeat music coming from the stage. Rayna offered new song “Stronger Than Me,” (written by Sarah Buxton and Kate York), accompanied by her uncle Watty (JD Souther) on guitar, and Pam Tillis and Kate York on harmonies. Scarlett and Gunnar lured in the crowd with “I Will Fall” (written by Tyler James and Kate York).

Rayna and Watty at Deacon's birthday party.

Rayna and Watty at Deacon’s birthday party.

Juliette’s fun was cut short when her mom, who was recently released from rehab, fell off the wagon. Juliette is slowly coming around to helping her mother, particularly with the aid of her mom’s recovery advisor. The singer let her guard down long enough to reveal a story about how her mom’s addiction ruined her birthday as a child. Other scenes included Juliette and her entourage shopping at the Mall at Green Hills and Juliette working on new song “We Are Water” (written by Patty Griffin).

The episode ended with Gunnar being summoned to the morgue to identify his brother’s body. After Gunnar and Scarlett kicked him out of their house, he was beaten to death in an alley. Later at home, Scarlett and Gunnar found comfort in each other, by taking their romantic relationship to the next level.

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Behind the scenes photo of Deacon (Charles Esten) and executive producer Steve Buchanan.

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