We then cut back to Rayna and Liam, sitting on the bathroom floor with their backs against the tub. Rayna cries as she talks about breaking her daughters' hearts with news of the divorce. She's thinking that maybe she should suck it up and just stay in it. Um, is that even an option for her anymore? Liam talks about his own parents' marriage, and how they stuck it out for a while in private misery but with public smiles. The best day of his childhood, he says, was the day his mom said she was finally leaving. Rayna wonders if he's saying that to make her feel better, and he makes the correction that it was the best day of his childhood in retrospect. Tomorrow, he tells her, is going to suck. Rayna sees a road of pain and tears and anger. And she doesn't even know about Peggy and her homewrecking beret! Liam asks why she came out with him, and she says she's sick of the drama - Teddy and Deacon and Tandy. Liam is the guy with no strings attached. Except for guitar strings, as he points out that they've made half an album and are thus practically married. She replies that they should probably finish that album. YES! And then they laugh and kind of push one another playfully and DO NOT have sex, but that's okay. I know Deacon is the long game here, and blah blah soul mates and all that, but I really do love Rayna and Liam together. They're so much less brooding and fraught, and also have mad chemistry.
Back in Nashville, Scarlett gives Jason wicked side eye as she returns home with him and Gunnar. She makes sure he knows he isn't REALLY welcome, maybe giving a little feral hiss in the process just to indicate she's serious.
And then we see Deacon getting into an elevator with Juliette. Let's hope he's not done talking with her, too. She's wearing sunglasses and looking tough, and he asks if her middle of the night tantrum is part of her strategy to be seen as a more mature artist. BURN. She simply wanted to remind her "family" who's boss. Deacon does not care for this side of Juliette and tells her so, even though he was the one who told her the fine distinction between thinking about doing something and just doing it. She asks if he's going to quit on her too, and he says that if she talks to him like that, she's damn right he will. He adds that the time might come when she needs good people around her, and they might just have something better to do. Like be Rayna's lead guitarist again? Well, probably not. Deacon exits the elevator and happens to see Liam and Rayna canoodling in the lobby. Their actions aren't totally incriminating, but there's a grab back of the hat, a stroke of the hair, a hand squeeze, some laughing and the general impression of some kind of intimacy. Also she might be wearing yesterday's clothes.