When Juliette asks why Deacon called up Rayna instead of her, Deacon first looks at her like, "Duh." He says that he didn't do it to hurt her, and Juliette lies that it didn't hurt her. She adds that sometimes she'd like to be that girl worth choosing. Oh, Lord. Deacon points out that he did just bang her, and she says, "I don't mean this. I mean the music." I'm quite puzzled about whether her primary motivation is to have him in her band or as her boyfriend. Juliette says that if Deacon thought she was in the same league as Rayna, he'd go on tour with her. Deacon is bristling at the "exclusive" part of the contract, and says that it's the equivalent of "going steady." Remember that he's the 40-something in this relationship, or non-relationship as it were. Juliette makes a case for how good it could be -- out on the road, playing sold out venues, co-writing. They both agree that "Undermine" was pretty special, and Juliette thinks it's just the beginning. She asks, hypothetically, what he'd do if he had to make a decision right now. Deacon says that it doesn't sound half bad, which manages to be fully non-committal while still making Juliette happy. Maybe he's the one who should run for mayor.
Back at the talent show, it's time for Maddie and Daphne to perform. And in case you didn't already know, these girls are awesome. Maddie plays guitar and they both sing, and the number they've chosen is "Telescope" by Juliette Barnes. Despite the fact that they're covering a song by her archnemesis that is awfully inappropriate for youngsters, Rayna couldn't be prouder. And there's no sideboob!
Post-talent show, Rayna talks to her sister Tandy and wonders what the deal is with Lamar and her career. Tandy sighs and says that he hates Rayna's career because of their mom. It turns out that their mom had a singer-songwriter "friend." They were "friends" for over 10 years, up until the time that she died. Rayna is shocked, and Tandy says that she found out from reading letters after their mom's death. Tandy theorizes that their mom's relationship with her "friend" is what made her marriage to Lamar work -- it's like the two men together somehow made a whole marriage. Hmmm, sound familiar? So Rayna's career pushes a button in Lamar. Well then why did he finance her first record? I guess to give himself something to twirl his moustache over.
Back at the Bluebird, it's almost quitting time for Scarlett, and Avery waits for her. Gunnar buys him a beer and notes that Scarlett still seems a bit shaken up. Avery doesn't know what he's talking about, so Gunnar has to impart the news that Scarlett choked in the recording session. Avery wonders what happened, and Gunnar says that it might have something to do with him. He theorizes that Scarlett may feel that if she really goes after it, she'll lose Avery. Avery says, "That's ridiculous," Gunnar says, "I know," and then the two of them stare at each other for a long time. Wouldn't it be awesome if their fighting over Scarlett led Gunnar and Avery to realize the true depth of their feelings for each other? And while we're making this into a real soap opera, how about if Deacon turned out to be Juliette's dad? I am full of ideas, Nashville! Don't think I can't come up with a good evil twin storyline, too!