Teddy then holds a press conference in which he says that Rayna has never been unfaithful and neither has he. His facility with lying is how you know he's becoming a better politician. Rayna watches the press conference on TV, and remains expressionless as Teddy asks the crowd to respect their privacy at this time. And then he gets on to the real business -- the announcement of two new appointments. One is a new head of his business advisory council. And then he announces that Peggy Kenter will be joining his administration as a "financial" "consultant" "for" "special" "projects." Why doesn't he just call her his BJ advisory team? Rayna rolls her eyes, because this whole thing is gross. And has the whole city forgotten the giant tabloid scandal of the campaign? Though you really can't debate the logic of hiring the woman who once helped you embezzle $2 million as your financial consultant.
And then Lamar shows up. Rayna assumes he's going to give her grief for how poorly her divorce affects the mayor's office, but -- ultimate shocker! -- Lamar is actually there to be nice. When Rayna announces her new plan to become agoraphobic, Lamar tells her that she didn't do anything wrong and shouldn't dare walk down the street anything less than proud to be who she is. Even though she uses her mother's maiden name (Aha! Finally we get an explanation about that!), she's still a Wyatt. She only has to explain herself to people she cares about. All the rest can go to hell. Rayna tears up, probably because she thinks this is some dastardly trick. And... is it? He's being so oddly mellow and supportive!
Gunnar and Scarlett wait for Deacon outside the Bluebird. Scarlett is feeling a little nervous about singing in front of so many big country stars, but Gunnar is preoccupied by Jason, who finally called after being gone for two days. What did he want, you may ask? Probably to let Gunnar know that he was being beaten to death in an alley. But Gunnar doesn't know that, because he didn't pick up the phone. And that would make a really awkward message. Deacon shows up and they go inside and everyone is all, "Surprise!" with Deacon-faces-on-a-stick. And for someone who hates parties so much, Deacon doesn't seem all that mad. Juliette tells him that she's taking his advice to be nicer to people. They greet real-life country singers Kip Moore and Pam Tillis. Juliette is excited to meet the latter, and after she leaves Pam Tillis turns to her friend and says, "She's nicer than I heard she was." Juliette then greets the crowd and introduces Scarlett and Gunnar, who sing the blandest version of "I Will Fall." Of course everyone is completely enchanted by them and Deacon says they're the "real deal," which seems like a very un-Deacon-like expression. Juliette adds that if she knew they were this good, she might not have asked them to perform. Ha, and then Avery shows up outside, thinking it's open mic night. Security tells him that it's a private event and he looks through the window and sees Gunnar and Scarlett on stage. She's doing her signature exaggerated lip sync, which pierces straight through his jaded little heart.