Meanwhile, Lamar is getting the results of the vulnerability study. The only area of real concern that the advisors have is around the Cumberland Plaza deal. They note that Teddy did not seem 100% forthcoming on that matter. Tandy says that the deal wiped him out, and another advisor points out that it also bankrupted a lot of good people. The main advisor would lay 5 to 1 odds that there's something fishy in the whole mess, and Lamar finds it encouraging that Teddy at least had the good sense not to tell them about it. Additionally, he says, a mayor with secrets is easier to control. Maybe he should have a button to push that releases a full stereo "Mwah ha ha!" so he doesn't have to strain his vocal cords? And then we cut to Teddy, who is burning some very suspicious looking papers in his fireplace, to the tune of one of my favorite bands (and hopefully soon yours!) Shovels and Rope! I got so excited to hear their song in a big network show that I forgot to be concerned about Teddy's dirty dealings. Real estate credit union blah blah scandal finances!
We then head to the Bluebird, where Deacon is playing with his band. It must be the third Wednesday of the month! Juliette is in the audience, bopping along with her hair finally looking decent. Watty is in there as well, and soon Rayna walks in. This gives Deacon a little extra peppy boost, and he announces that he has a very special, talented friend in the audience that he'd like to have come up and do a number. Juliette is THRILLED about this development and is writing "Mrs. Juliette Claybourne" surrounded by hearts on her metaphorical notebook, until Deacon says the words, "Please put your hands together for Miss Rayna James." This show clearly believes in karma.
Rayna is of course super cute on stage, and Deacon introduces the song as one that they first performed at the Bluebird about twenty years ago. Rayna jokes that that's impossible, since she was in preschool 20 years ago. The funny part about that is that Juliette probably was too young for preschool 20 years ago. But while her age was an advantage before, it is doing her no favors in the face of history and nostalgia. The band starts the opening chords of the song, which get a big response from the crowd. Interestingly enough, it does not sound like a country song AT ALL. What it DOES sound like, however, is foreplay. The chorus is all about how no one will ever love you like I do, and Deacon and Rayna hold each others' gazes as they trade verses. My big furry Maine Coon cat misheard the lyrics to this song as "No one will ever fluff you like I do," which led to a very awkward conversation between us about why this is inappropriate to sing in public. Meanwhile, in the audience, Juliette has a sad. She still can't help mouthing along with the lyrics, though. Everyone in the audience is very moved and stuff, and so we're just going to play along and suspend disbelief about the singing. Watty looks back at Scarlett and Gunnar, then points to Rayna and Deacon on stage. This is enough for Scarlett to turn to Gunnar and say, "Okay, let's do it." This song makes everyone horny for everything! Especially Deacon and Rayna, for each other. They finish the song to great applause, and then he puts his hands on hers, gets a shit eating grin, and licks his lips A LOT. With tears in her eyes, Juliette leaves.