Speaking of rock shows, we cut to Scarlett singing lead for The Artists Formerly Known as the Avery Barkley Band. She's rocking out so hard on "Twist of Barbed Wire" that her eyes are crossed the ENTIRE TIME. Of course, with Scarlett's involvement, the band is playing to a larger and more attentive crowd that it has in its entire existence. I will say that she sounds a LOT better than she did on "Ring of Fire," and she's happily lost the baby voice that emerges on a lot of the songs she sings with Gunnar. She and JT toast after the show, and he asks if she wants to join the band permanently. Wouldn't it be great to just have people throwing you dream jobs and shots at fame and fortune all the time? Maybe the scraggly weave is actually infused with some sort of magical success potion?
Meanwhile, Mr. Juliette Barnes is watching game tape at Juliette's house. She enters, and he asks how it went with her mom. Juliette unconvincingly lies that Jolene couldn't be happier. When Sean asks if Jolene will be able to come to the wedding and says how nice it would be to have the whole family there, Juliette suggests that they go somewhere -- like New York. But Sean's position as a godly homebody who has to meet with his trainer at dawn does not allow that. He'd rather spend the evening snuggling with his wife as he watches boring (but relevant to him) football stuff. He says "I love you," and Juliette responds with, "Me too," because she really does enjoy herself a lot as well. At least they have one thing in common.
We're then in the recording studio with Avery and Dominic, who is working on a mix that will "dirty up" Avery's sound. Avery asks if maybe the bass isn't a little TOO dirty, and it's a wonder that Dominic doesn't just clothesline him for back talk. Avery backpedals and says that it sounds great, he's just used to something a little different. Domino's silent associate just shakes his head. Avery then gets a text, and it turns out someone's sent him a video of Scarlett singing lead with his old band. Avery looks stunned, likely because he expects all those he's deserted for fame to be crying into their Holly Hobby dolls.
We then cut to Deacon's hotel, where he and Carmen are in post-coital...something... and she agrees that this was much better than a Q&A. She tells him that he's going to have to do an interview with her eventually, even though his unwillingness to talk about himself is one of his most endearing qualities. Deacon is mostly surprised that he has an endearing quality. Carmen asks if he's okay, and he wonders why everyone keeps asking him that. Um, maybe because he walks around constantly pouting and wondering what Wilford Brimley's doing these days? Carmen says that she knows Deacon too well, and he counters that maybe she should know him well enough to let it go. Carmen apparently tried that once, fourteen years ago, and she still regrets it.