Back at the fundraiser, Lamar butters up the crowd, introduces Teddy (at whom Peggy is making some serious eyes), and gives a very enthusiastic introduction for Rayna. And then Rayna comes out and sings a song that was written by none other than the wonderful Gillian Welch. It's called "Changing Ground," and is further evidence that this show is doing music right. Thank you, T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller! So, several things are happening during this song -- the GROUND is CHANGING, if you will. Rayna is looking at Deacon, who is singing harmony, and Deacon is looking at Teddy. And not just looking, but staring. And not just staring, but staring-down. It makes me feel very uncomfortable, and I'm only watching it on TV. Meanwhile, Peggy makes more eyes at Teddy and motions for him to meet her outside. He shakes his head no. The other thing that's happening is that Connie Britton's voice is getting better, or they've figured out the right balance of Auto-Tune or something! Huzzah!
So, Deacon finally wins the stare-off when Teddy breaks to go shake someone's hand and gives a dorky thumbs up. I wish these two would just whip it out and see whose is bigger, already. So many problems could be solved! When the song ends to a standing ovation, Teddy walks out and Rayna looks concerned.
Backstage after the show, Deacon tells Rayna that he doesn't even know what that Teddy stuff was. It was you beating your chest like an ape! I'm surprised he didn't throw Rayna over his shoulder after and carry her offstage. Rayna says it seemed to her like it was him taking the bait. Lamar's bait! He is like a fisherman of misery. Rayna doesn't know what Deacon was thinking, and says that he's not only self-destructive, but regular old destructive-destructive. But... I mean, he totally WAS getting insulted. Though not by Teddy, who really bore the brunt of the lashing-out. Hmmmm. Rayna says, "I can't believe you put us in this position." Deacon asks, "Which us?" She can't answer. And thus begins another confusing Rayna and Deacon conversation. I'm all for subtlety and subtext, but I do wish the writers of the show would actually have these two be a wee bit clearer when they talk to each other about Important Matters and Feelings. It's a little unsettling to watch significant scenes between principal characters two weeks in a row and go, "Huh?"
Anyway, Deacon says, "I thought you needed me," and Rayna tearfully says that she does need him. He doesn't know what to do with that anymore, and neither does she. She paces and looks worried, and says that now she's going to have to go home. Instead of banging him like she wants to? What is even happening? Deacon asks if they're done here, and Rayna gives a very meaningful, "Yeah, we're done." Didn't they already break up last week, though?