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'Nashville' react: 5 biggest moments of the winter finale

Alright, Nashies. That was a roller coaster ride! The Nashville winter finale was all kinds of crazy. We got a big reveal (kinda), a big relief (sorta), and big, big regret. Also, a wedding! No not that one, a different one. A better one. So much going on!

Here were the five biggest moments from Nashville winter finale:

5. The reveal: Gunnar is not Micah’s father

When Micah’s grandparents show up and want to take Micah back to Texas with them, Gunnar wants to know his rights. Turns out as the father, he does have a few; he just needs to prove his paternity. Sure enough, the results come back negative: Gunnar is not Micah’s father. Gunnar was literally the only person surprised by this news (except, perhaps, Scarlett, who also seemed to think that Kylie’s word was worth something).

But wait, there’s more! Not only is Micah not Gunnar’s son, but the father is actually Gunnar’s brother, Jason. So Kylie, whom we already know is a stand-up kind a gal, cheated on Gunnar back in the day with his brother. I guess her way of apologizing for that indiscretion was ditching her kid and leaving him to pick up the pieces. She’s a winner. I want to feel bad for Gunnar, but he’s too stupid to garner any sympathy. (Although I did want to punch that grandmother in the face a couple times.)

4. The relief: Deacon got drunk and passed out again. Oh, wait, no he didn’t!

After seeing Rayna and Luke on TV, Deacon heads back to his room in a state of raw misery. He sees another picture of #Ruke on a magazine and loses it. He throws the magazine right at the minibar, and next thing we know, Scarlett finds him passed out. We assume he’s gotten drunk (and to be fair, those two make me wanna drink too), but hooray! He hasn’t. Phew! It’s only cirrhosis of the liver and probably cancer. Well, guess we won’t be celebrating this victory for too long.

3. Layla ODs and winds up unconscious in a pool

OK, I’ll just say it. I’m not a big fan of Layla Grant. She’s had many different personalities, and I haven’t been into any of ’em. But, man the girl cannot catch a break. Juuuuust when it looks like Jeff Fordham actually has a ticking heart, he reminds us what a monster he really is. Poor Layla is left in pieces after being rejected so mercilessly. So Jeff brilliantly hands the girl who is falling apart a vial of pills. Not one pill to take the edge off—the whole bottle. What could go wrong?

Well, maybe nothing. Maybe Layla can hold it together. Unless, of course, she walks in on her gay husband in bed with another woman. That might push her over the edge. When Will finds her face-down in a pool, Jeff is deeply concerned. For himself, I mean. 911? No, I’ll call the mayor and start figuring out how to cover my own ass before I even know if she’s okay. Jeff Fordham is the worst. (Oliver Hudson, on the other hand …)

2. The wedding: Juliette and Avery tie the knot

After spending the first half of the episode trying to be friends with Juliette, Avery realizes it just isn’t working. They’ve already agreed it makes more sense for him to move in with her, and Avery decides to go all-in and ask Juliette to marry him. Is no one capable of doing anything at a normal pace around here?

My love for Javery takes over here, and I stop caring that the speed with which this happens is INSANE, but voila! They are married. I never felt like these two had enough time to be blissfully happy after they got together the first time, so I hope there’s a lot of lovey-dovey husband-wife-baby snuggling that happens for these two after the break.

1. The NOTwedding: Rayna calls it off

Avery decided to marry Juliette because they are having a baby together. When Rayna hears her (14-year-old) baby say that she wrote a song with her dad, Rayna suddenly realizes that she too wants to be with the father of her child. I am no fan of Luke Wheeler, but oof. Getting broken up with on the day of your wedding is bad news even when you aren’t a national sensation. But this guy really made sure their faces were in every living room across the country, so this one is gonna hurt real bad. Oh, well … can we get to the “Rayna and Deacon making sweet, sweet love” part yet?

Honorable mention: Sadie Stone’s ex-husband punched her right in the eye. Not sure what his deal is, but I can’t wait to see him get what’s coming to him.

What were your favorite moments of the winter finale? Let me know!

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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