We then cut to rehearsal for the Edgehill show. Rayna walks in with Liam, and passes a smirking Deacon who is noodling in the corner. She gives the band members a warm hug, introduces Liam, and finally sees Deacon. They don't say all that much to each other, but instantly commence with the eye fucking. It has a more casual timbre this time, though. Deacon confirms that Rayna is working with Liam, then calls him a bit of a wild card. Rayna says she likes to mix it up once in a while, and Deacon says, "Yes you do." Is that a sex reference? Liam introduces himself to Deacon, saying he's a big fan. After Deacon leaves, Liam notes that he's a tremendous talent, and says he never understood why Deacon didn't pursue a solo career. He was too busy being in heeerrrrrr siiiiiideshooooooow. And then Marshall shows up to tell Rayna that he'd like her to close the show with a duet that will help to bolster the reputation of a fellow Edgehill artist. And we all know who that is! Rayna is all, "Uh, no." But Marshall says that if she doesn't do it, he'll be releasing her greatest hits album immediately. Rayna gives a spirited, "Like hell you will," which I think should be accompanied by a crackling slap across the face.
Later on, Rayna complains to Liam that Marshall keeps threatening her with extinction unless she works with Juliette, or releases a greatest hits album. It is this type of passive-aggression that caused Liam to take a leak into one of Marshall's potted plants. Because that's how rock stars roll. Liam and Rayna then high five. Because that's how rock stars roll. Rayna asks for Liam's opinion on Juliette, and he says that she has a nice rack, okay voice, and is packaged to a T for fourteen year olds. In her favor, she's sold a lot of records and knows how to play the game. A little lightbulb goes off above Rayna's head, and she calls Bucky to say that she'll do the duet under the conditions that her next album is new material, produced by Liam, and the greatest hits album is off the table unless it's her idea. What Liam calls manipulation, Rayna reframes as negotiation.
Meanwhile, Juliette stands on the Ryman stage, looking woeful. Deacon approaches her. He had a meeting with a sound tech, while Juliette just wanted to see what the Ryman looks like from that angle. It turns out she's only ever been in the audience, and she says it wasn't that long ago that she was getting off of the bus from Alabama, with her last $13 stuffed in one of MethMom's empty pill bottles. Juliette is miserable about the fact that everyone thinks she's a flash in the pan, but Deacon says that this is the place to prove them wrong. Furthermore, he thinks that if she quits fighting it, there's a lot she can learn from Rayna. Like, for example, how to properly condition her hair. Juliette thinks that Rayna can learn a few things from her too. Given the negotiation scene previously, I guess she already has.