And then we're at Teddy's fundraiser. Rayna of course looks beautiful, and gets to give Teddy a quick kiss before her sister hauls him off, doubtlessly to talk to some bigwig. She's then faced with a group of polished southern ladies of roughly her age, one of whom starts complaining about the traffic yesterday that was caused by some girl she's never heard of. The other two start gushing about Juliette, which leads Rayna to introduce herself and shake the hand of the first woman. All of these ladies are big fans of Rayna -- so big that the third one says that she should put out another album. This leads Rayna to explain that it's already out, and she finally excuses herself when one of the women asks if it's sold at Starbucks. How did we suddenly morph into an episode of GCB? Things go from bad to worse when Lamar catches Rayna and starts hissing in her ear. We learn that Cole more or less grew up with Rayna and her sister, and that Rayna thinks they all owe him an apology. She asks about the vulnerability study, which Lamar says is "insurance that our past transgressions won't become our undoing." He then harasses her for a while about having something to hide, and honestly never looks happier than when he's making her miserable. Rayna heads off to try to find somebody at the party who is not horrific.
We then cut to Deacon and Juliette co-writing. No ironic quotes! The song that they're working on is quite lovely, and though it seems like Deacon is doing all the heavy lifting at first, it turns out that Juliette actually can write. She adds the refrain, which has to do with how much harder it is to shine than to undermine. I guess that one comes directly out of personal experience. The song is so pretty, but undone a bit by her whiny voice. Why is it that she sounds so good on her supposedly crappy songs, and so annoying on this actually good song? The show is trying to keep us guessing, maybe? In any case, go enjoy the song as sung by its actual writers here. Once the song is finished, a mildly shocked Deacon says that she's really good at this. If he's that surprised, says Juliette, it's not much of a compliment. Oh God, get over your complex already! Everyone thinks that you suck in part because you suck! Juliette once again tries to put the soft sell on Deacon to come on tour with her, and he reiterates that he's going on tour with Rayna. She says that they're like an old married couple, but with all of the hassle and none of the benefits. Something tells me that Deacon is already aware of this. Juliette tells Deacon to focus on the present, and what his future holds. Like, her boobs. As she strips down and jumps in the water, Deacon calls himself a dead man.