Previously on Nashville: Teddy wondered if he and Rayna had a future together, and she was basically like, "Ummmmm." Peggy existed, and though it looked an awful lot like she and Teddy were having an affair, they were actually just lovers... of embezzlement. Rayna visited Deacon out of concern, and a whole lot of emotional baggage surfaced, ending with him basically telling her that she had the Wrong Song if she thought they could be buddies. Juliette's visit of concern to Deacon fared much better, though, and he agreed to come on tour with her, much to Rayna's surprise and chagrin.
We open with the major players in the Red Lips, White Lies tour pulling up to their hotel in Chicago. A gaggle of fans await, many of them in the teen varieties. Rayna learns from Bucky that they've sold out two nights, which is of course great news, but she's still preoccupied by Deacon's surprise appearance on the plane and thus the tour. Bucky swears he didn't know anything about it, and Juliette gleefully barges in to ask if Rayna's pissed. You know, because she would be SO UPSET if she did anything to make Rayna mad. As she does in these situations, Rayna hoists up her Southern charm and asks why she'd be pissed, before giving a big smile and "Hey, y'all," to the fans. They sign a few autographs and while walking away Juliette notes that her plane is not small, and Rayna didn't make eye contact with her once after Deacon appeared. If Juliette were just a little bit smarter, she'd add a, "And where's Liam, anyway?" just to make sure the tip of the knife penetrated Rayna's pretty ginger guts.
Rayna wonders if Juliette didn't have anything better to do on the trip than to look over and see if Rayna was looking at her. Juliette wants Rayna to admit that she's pissed, and when she won't (wondering aloud if Juliette will ever grow up in the process), it's Juliette who seems to be the pissed one. She then tries to school Deacon about what a bellhop does, and he's like, "I've actually stayed in hotels before, thanks." He's looking for his guitar and says that this isn't his first rodeo. Juliette tells him that it's his first time at her rodeo, which as it turns out is a really gross, tacky kind of rodeo that is quite possibly overrun with crabs. Deacon gives her some grief about the size of her entourage. When she says it takes a lot of people to make a good show, he points out that Johnny Cash only needed three. This hits Juliette where she lives, which is The Land of a Constant Quest for Legitimacy.