Meanwhile, Rayna shows up at Soundcheck Nashville and tries on a pretty red dress. She is quite enamored of it, and Bucky suggests that she might wear it on the cover of her new Greatest Hits album. She says that she already pushed over the dark side to do the commercial that must be featuring the red dress, and tells him not to push his luck. Rayna has apparently forgotten that she is old, or at least old enough to have a greatest hits album. Bucky calls it a peace offering from label head Marshall Evans, but Rayna is set on her next album being new, original and great. That didn't seem to work out so well with her current album, did it? Rayna then gets a call from Teddy, who's prepping for a debate with Coleman. His poll numbers are still down, and Rayna tells him to go give 'em hell. Or heck at least. They say I love you and stuff, and sound like they actually mean it, more or less. As Bucky leaves, Rayna tells him that she needs a new collaborator AND a new guitar player. She seems happy enough about this, even though I think she knows deep down that you can't FIRE the LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.
We then cut back to Teddy, who's meeting with Peggy on a rooftop balcony of some sort. She's freaking out, and says that even though no one suspects anything now, they will, and she can't go to prison. Teddy assures her that no one is going to prison, but she's quite concerned because the auditors will be questioning her this week and going over all of her accounts. And then she gets down to the dirty deed that actually occurred: they "borrowed" over $2 million. Teddy says that they returned every penny of it, but apparently it's still embezzlement. What is Peggy's job, exactly, that she has access to all this cash? Embezzlement associate? In any case, she wants to go to the feds and try to cut a deal, and Teddy is all like, "Um, I am TRYING to be MAYOR here." He asks her for a day to work something out, and although she's scared he says he'll find a way to protect both of them. I'm guessing that way starts with an "L" and ends with "Amar," and booms, "Mwah ha ha!" up to the sky a lot.
We then cut back to Rayna shooting her commercial. She's swaying and turning on a podium and singing about lying down in a field of wildflowers and feeling dew and whatnot. The chorus has to do with remembering American beauty and freedom running through her. It's unclear exactly what product she's selling, though given my obsession with Connie Britton's hair I'd hope that it's shampoo. When she finishes a take, Bucky grabs her and says that they have a problem. She thinks that the producers don't like what she did, but in fact it's Deacon. Apparently, Deacon co-wrote this "American Beauty" song, and isn't happy with tweaks made to the first verse. What are these tweaks? Was the first verse the one we heard? What was the original verse? Probably something about sexytimes, and it wasn't just freedom that was running through her by the time she got to the chorus. It turns out Rayna wasn't too happy with the tweaks either, which was part of the reason why she didn't want to do this stupid commercial. However, she's broke, and Deacon agreed to it. Except, apparently, the exact changes were not approved and now there are lawyers involved. You can't really blame Deacon for having an ounce of credibility, here. Bucky's going to work on the situation, but also suggests that Rayna just call Deacon. She says, "That's just what he wants," and shakes her head. Is it me, or is she being kind of a bitch? Maybe that's what starring in a Pantene commercial does to you.