The Rayna Jaymes/Juliette Barnes "Red Lips White Lies" tour has gone through two weeks of previews and is now ready to open in the big markets. Press tours happen and reporters are very curious to know about A) Juliette's status as a runaway bride; and B) how Rayna feels about playing without Deacon. We spend the episode exploring both questions. On the latter, it turns out that Rayna is having trouble with her new guitar player, just like she had trouble with the new guitar player before that. Stating that he has no idea what Rayna wants and she can't be pleased, the second new guitar player quits, just like the first new guitar player before him. Rayna cajoles Liam into doing three shows with her, even though he's there to record and isn't down with the idea of performing Rayna's old twangy hits. She thanks him with a pair of cowboy boots, and he repays the favor by telling her that she can't turn anyone else into Deacon and needs to get over her fear of being onstage without him. (In sum: he does not wear the boots.) In addition to this bit of truth-telling, Liam also tells Juliette to stick it when she hogs the sound check, making him essentially the best band member ever.
In other Rayna news, Teddy wins the election! Without Lamar even having to buy it for him! This all comes as a shock even to Teddy, I think. Despite heavy ambivalence, Rayna flies home for election night. The celebration is married by Cole's acceptance speech, in which he makes it clear how much he and his wife are in love, which is really the only thing that matters. This creates an awkward moment for Teddy and Rayna, who is probably thinking that it's going to be way harder to divorce Teddy now. After everyone has gone home, Peggy shows up at Teddy's… mayoral suite? just to tell him how happy she is for him and remind everyone that she's a creepy stalker. Still, Teddy almost kisses her. Almost.
And then there's Juliette. Sean hasn't signed the divorce papers that she had drawn up, because he wants an annulment. And neither Juliette's fake-sweet interview with CMT nor her stalker-esque showing up at one of his games will change his mind. Sean wants her to take responsibility for what she did, which was defiling his maidenhood. At the big "Red Lips White Lies" show, Juliette initially doesn't want to sing "Love Like Mine," but eventually does and somehow this convinces her to agree to the annulment, which entails admitting that she entered into the marriage fraudulently. She finally apologizes to Sean, telling him that she'd never be the wife he deserves. He agrees and also hates her, in part because the re-virginization process is going to be a bitch.
And then there's everybody else. The Revel Kings are playing a date in Austin, where Gunnar happens to be driving for rather suspicious-seeming reasons. Scarlett, oblivious to all of his hints that he'd like to fly solo on this one, invites herself to tag along so she can see Deacon and go to the show. It turns out that Gunnar has an older brother, Jason, who's just getting out of prison after eight years. Said older brother kind of raised Gunnar, and Gunnar was with him when he robbed a convenience store at gunpoint, but fled the scene. Gunnar then didn't visit Jason in the clink for the entire eight years, so Jason is a little peeved about that. Jason is a guitar player and singer too, and the brothers have great harmony on an old Merle Haggard number. Though Gunnar has made arrangements for Jason to go to a halfway house, Jason has other ideas. While Gunnar is out getting Chinese food, Jason hawks his guitar and uses the profits to buy a new gun. He takes off, leaving Gunnar to be even sadder than usual.
Meanwhile, Cy, the skeevy Revel Kings lead singer, is jealous of all the attention that Deacon is getting from both the press and the ladies. In response, he takes quite a shine to Scarlett, shuffling her off to a skeevy private party (while distracting Deacon by shoving him in the direction of a kid with a wheelchair). While Scarlett's looking at artwork, skeevy lead singer has the room cleared and starts getting VERY rapey with her. When Deacon realizes what's going on, he essentially turns into the Hulk, tearing through a giant security guard and Cy himself to ensure that Scarlett is unharmed. This gives him the perfect excuse to quit the band and/or be fired, depending on which way you look at it.
And then there's Avery. He's still sleeping with Marilyn, who thinks the deal that Dominic offered is a bad one. Avery goes to talk to Dominic on his own and is persuaded to believe his claim that the offer is standard by taking a drive in his sweet antique Mustang. The next morning, Avery has signed the contract, gotten the sweet car as a signing bonus and told Marilynn where to put it. Methinks this is not going to end well.
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Previously: Everybody was going on tour! Deacon joined legendary rockers The Revel Kings, while learning about Teddy's embezzlement scheme led Rayna to consider hitting the road with Juliette. Avery dumped his bandmates for a shot at stardom, and Juliette left Sean "Tim Tony Kris Tebow Romo Humphries" at the altar, despite the fact that they were already legally married and once sang an acoustic version of "Love Like Mine" in her private plane. I'm guessing it wasn't quite as charming as when Julia Roberts did it in that movie.
We start off in San Diego, where Rayna and Juliette are having a press conference for their "Red Lips, White Lies" tour. A reporter notes that the tour was put together awfully quickly, and asks if they're ready to perform for 30,000 fans. Rayna explains that they've spent the past two weeks doing smaller shows in fantastic towns such as Tucson and Oklahoma City, then throws it to Juliette who says that they've got it down pat and are going to give San Diego fans a hell of a show. If they don't blind each other through various claw-based activities first, that is. Another reporter asks if fans will have to worry about anyone running off at the last minute and leaving them high and dry. Juliette is all, "Haha, and also now I am going to have you killed." She refuses in advance to answer any more questions about her newfound status as runaway bride, since "they're called personal matters for a reason." And really, she might consider not wearing white dresses to these events if she truly wants people to forget the altar desertion. Another reporter notes that this is Rayna's first tour without Deacon, and asks if it's been a tough adjustment. She tells him that change is always challenging, but they've got a wonderful crew and her fans are going to get the best Rayna Jaymes show they've ever seen. Juliette pipes in to add, "But the first one for most of mine," and Rayna is forced to fake-laugh while Juliette real-smirks. So, I guess these two really bonded over the past two weeks, huh?
With that we're in Little Rock, where The Revel Kings are getting back on their tour bus. Carmen walks with Deacon and gives him a big kiss, drawing the attention of lead singer Cy, who is surrounded by a number of hot, autograph-seeking chicks but apparently wants ALL the poon for himself. As she bids Deacon adieu, Carmen says that maybe after she turns in her article she can meet up with him for a while. Deacon is all, "...Ehhhhhhh," and while shaking her head and saying that he's the same old Deacon, Carmen tells him to be kind to himself. Note that Deacon does NOT agree to this condition. Cy walks over to Carmen and asks if she's got all she needs from him. She most certain does. He asks about doing a follow up, and she gives him a dismissive, "Just... call me" and walks away. Cy then tells Deacon not to let it go to his head, since Cy didn't even try. Deacon counters that it looks like Cy tried real hard, and the other Kings laugh. Cy is NOT amused.