Rayna starts off the episode being interviewed by Robin Roberts, saying that she's doing great despite Lamar's arrest and giving a giggle-laden "no comment" when asked about her romantic life. She also tries to give Scarlett a confidence boost and has booked her a showcase at the Bluebird to be attended by some media bigwigs. There's been no luck trying to attach Scarlett to a big tour, and Rayna thinks maybe Juliette will take her on, because her tour doesn't have enough acts already.
And then everyone goes to a big old polo match! It's not usually Juliette's scene, but she's gotten a mystery invitation and so thinks she's finally got an in with the upper crust. It's not usually Rayna's scene, but she's trying to find investors for Highway 65. It's not usually Deacon's scene, but hot lady lawyer's firm is sponsoring the match. And it's not usually Luke Wheeler's scene, but he's totally trying to bone Rayna. It IS usually Charlie Wentworth's scene, and of course he's the one who invited Juliette. She's co-opted by his wife, Olivia, but Charlie manages to find a way to get her back into the stable where…she sings a song with his good-time stable jug band? I don't know, it's weird. Anyway, this (plus the sight of seeing wife Olivia slap him) is enough to make Juliette agree to bone Charlie for a six-week period under the guise of working on Teddy's new music festival. This all happens despite Rayna's unsolicited advice that country music is driven by female fans who don't like husband-stealing hussies. Juliette and Charlie retire to his penthouse and as they are boning wife Olivia walks in on them, and they're so enamored of each other that they don't even notice her. But let me assure you: she is PISSED.
The polo match is rife with other encounters, including that of Tandy with one of Lamar's former business associates who makes some dastardly implications. And then there's Rayna and Deacon. Hot lady lawyer will not even let those two have half a decent conversation, and afterwards is like, "I'm not threatened! Aren't I so awesome?" If you're so cool with it let them talk for three seconds without interruption! God. If only Liam were there to wave his scarf around and make everything better.
Elsewhere, Scarlett goes to talk to Avery about being intimidated by all the wild success in her life, and then they bone. I think it was his talk of golden handcuffs that did it, and/or their heated video game competition. And Zoey tells Gunnar in no uncertain terms that they can't bang each other anymore, because it makes her feel like a super slutty bad friend. WHICH SHE IS. Gunnar thinks this is bunk, and after Zoey learns that Scarlett and Avery might have a chance of reconciling she recants her earlier statement and kisses Gunnar right while Scarlett is onstage singing. Super slutty bad friend redux!
Meanwhile, Rayna is pleased that Luke Wheeler (who, we learned at the polo match, is divorced) has come to check out Scarlett at the Bluebird. (Scarlett kills it, by the way, which I'm sure comes as a huge surprise to everyone.) Luke and Rayna hang out in the parking lot for a minute and she asks if he'd take Scarlett on as an opening act. Luke kisses Rayna, which is unexpected and totally awkward. But he agrees to take Scarlett on the road, perhaps with the contingency that Rayna shows up every now and again. Because not enough people on this show are boning!
Previously on Nashville: Rayna got all sassy with Jeff Fordham about her buyout deal, and then realized that Lamar had been arrested and his assets frozen. Whoops! Gunnar's penis fell into Zoey's lady parts. Whoops! Deacon remained tortured about his busted hand and started plunking around on the piano. Not so much whoops there. Scarlett maybe had a twinge or two of feeling for Avery. Whoops-ish. Luke Wheeler joined Edgehill and strutted around confidently in his cowboy hat. Zero whoops. And Juliette boned married gazillionaire Charlie Wentworth after playing a fifth anniversary show for him and his wife. Quasi-whoops, in accordance with the giant whoops that is Juliette's entire life.
We open with two newspapers on a coffee table. One has as its headline news of Lamar's indictment by the feds, while the other proclaims, "Rayna is back!" Speaking of Rayna, she's being interviewed by Robin Roberts, who asks how it felt to learn of Lamar's arrest on the very night of her own triumphant return to the stage (and on the heels of her widely noted near-death experience). Rayna was of course shocked and upset, and Robin asks if any of the allegations reconcile with the man who raised her. Um, yes. But Rayna says that she likes to believe that her father is an ethical man, noting that he always kept his business dealings separate. Plus, innocent until proven guilty and all that. Robin then asks the question that Rayna's fans want to know: How is she holding up? Rayna talks about the perspective that near-death experiences can bring, and says she's focusing on the things that are important -- her girls, her music, her label. She then points out Scarlett, who is observing the interview. And THEN Robin asks if Rayna has any time for romance. Rayna says "no comment," the cackles like a lady who has felt the magic that happens when Liam takes off his scarf, if you know what I mean. Speaking of, WHERE IS LIAM? Ugh.
We then cut to Deacon, who is playing a new song on the piano. The refrain goes, "You're the kind of trouble I could get into," and on cue hot lady lawyer walks out of his bedroom. She says, "You have a really nice voice," which is about the stupidest thing a human could say in this moment. You've been boning him for weeks. Try picking up one of his records, you dolt! She confirms with him that playing piano is easier with his busted hand, and then talk turns to the Belle Meade Invitational polo match, which her firm is sponsoring. Deacon quickly plans to schedule a root canal, and hot lady lawyer tells him not to be a reverse snob. Is that like reverse racism? Anyway, she HAS to go since her firm is sponsoring it, and Deacon tells her that he's happy to be in the position where he does not have to go. She then says fine, she'll ask somebody else. He asks if there IS anybody else, and then she asks if he CARES if there's somebody else. He says no, and she says she doesn't care either. Legitimate question here: are we supposed to like these two together?