4. Juliette rehearses “Boys and Buses” We’ve heard the song a bunch of times throughout the season by now, and we love this upbeat empowerment anthem every time we hear it. Still, something about this performance didn’t quite wow us, as Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) heart didn’t seem to be in it. Then again, we suppose that having to admit to fraud in order to grant your ex-husband an annulment would be a distraction for anyone.
3. Juliette rehearses “Telescope” — until Liam has other plans This rehearsal scene had us in stitches, with Liam finding a creative way to put an end to Juliette’s “Telescope” — by, uh, taking a nap in the middle of the stage. We love Liam for moments like this, although we can’t help but worry he may cause trouble down the road. And does anyone else think Juliette and Liam might actually be kinda cute together? Team Juliam for the win!
2. Rayna performs “Buried Under” with Liam Rayna(Connie Britton) is such a natural in front of a crowd, as she proves for her San Diego fans here. And it was great seeing her onstage chemistry with Liam, including that adorable wink that Liam gives her. Sure, we still want Deacon(Charles Esten) to be performing on guitar with her, but since you can’t always get what you want, we’ll admit that Liam is a more-than-adequate consolation prize.
1. Juliette finally agrees to perform “Love Like Mine” — as Rayna watches In a Nashville first, a Juliette performance has topped this list! We suppose that’s what happens when there’s no Gunnar (Sam Palladio)-Scarlett(Clare Bowen) duet — but we digress! This rendition of “Love Like Mine” was especially meaningful, as Juliette acknowledges Sean during the introduction. We also liked that Rayna was watching Juliette’s performance and even appeared to be — gasp! — enjoying herself. First time for everything.