Back at Rayna's house, Bucky is giving her options for the fundraiser. She thinks it makes sense to have a full band, but adds that they'll have to get someone else on guitar since there's no way Deacon will do it. The combination of a country club setting and Lamar is enough that not even Rayna wants to do it, so she's certain that Deacon will decline. Bucky then tells her that he already talked to Deacon, who didn't have a problem with it. Well, I wouldn't go quiiiite that far. Rayna looks vaguely skeptical but says that if Deacon can deal with it, she can deal with it. And everything that happens heretofore with these two is kind of Bucky's fault, given his Parent Trap shenanigans.
Back at Juliette's, the diva herself is getting wardrobed. She hates the dress she's wearing, saying that it makes her look like a poor hillbilly. She's a rich hillbilly now, dagnabbit! Jolene says that she kind of likes it, and Juliette cuts her down with a withering, "You would." Meanwhile, Glenn gets off of a call and glares at the complaining Juliette. It turns out that Juliette is welcome to attend the CMAs, but is being taken off of the list of presenters. He adds that she's getting slammed on all of the late night shows, and Saturday Night Live is doing an opening sketch that features her kleptomaniacal self. He's clearly at the end of his rope, and tells her that as quickly as she came up in this business, she can disappear. She's no Martina McBride or Rayna Jaymes, who earned their longevity. As good as she is (is she?), she'll have to earn that too. McKenna agrees, saying that this is a make or break moment and Juliette has one shot to set the record straight and be the person the world thinks she is. E.g., not a poor hillbilly. If she wants to keep the lavish lifestyle to which she's become accustomed, Glenn suggests that she take that shot. A resigned Juliette tells them to schedule the GMA interview.
We then catch up with Gunnar and Scarlett, who are having dinner with the head of the publishing company, along with Avery and Hailey. Gunnar talks about being in Nashville for three years, and it's obvious that he moved there in hopes of being a songwriter. Scarlett of course just followed Avery to Nashville. She says that the songwriting thing was a bit of an accident, though she's always written poems and stories. She then starts waxing poetic about the writing process and imagery, you know, because she's so deep. Scarlett doesn't want to go on and on, given that she's just starting out, but her publisher says that she's better than a lot of people who have been doing it for a lot longer. Zoom in on Avery, who looks none too thrilled to even be in the room. Gunnar notes that Deacon is Scarlett's uncle, but she says that most of what she learned came from Avery. She talks up what a great songwriter he is, and Avery gets very weird and hostile about it. Gunnar changes the topic by asking about Hailey, partly to cut the tension and partly to get in her pants.