Rayna shares the nomination news with Deacon, noting that he made her forget all about awards and anything else not having to do with his manly arms. He says that she surprised the hell out of him last night. She replies that she surprised the hell out of herself. Though they probably don't care, I will also add that Rayna surprised the hell out of me. They stroke each others' faces and are about to bone again, when Bucky calls. Rayna declines his call, but can't resist taking one from Marshall. Put that thing on silent, woman! TURN IT OFF! If Rayna can't even silence her phone after reuniting with the true love of her life, from whom she's been torn asunder for fourteen years, maybe she actually IS as bad for him as everyone says. Things that make you go hmmmm.
At the Jaymes-Conrad manse, the girls are abuzz with news of Rayna's ninth CMA nomination. But what Teddy really wants to talk about is Maddie's father-daughter dance on Friday. She says she has a report due, but Daphne totally busts her by interjecting that she does not. In a moment alone with Maddie, Teddy notes that he knows they've been going through a rough time and she thinks he's responsible for it, but he doesn't want her to punish him by punishing herself. She doesn't have to dance with him, but can at least have some time to hang with her friends. Maddie says she'll think about it. This would be the perfect time for her to take a stance of solidarity with all the fatherless kids who think such a dance is exclusionary bullshit. Your parent can override you if you're being a brat, but it becomes more complicated if you're taking political action.
Back at the tree trunk, Scarlett gives Will coffee and notes that he might need something stronger for his hangover. He says that "back home" -- a godforsaken place to which I hope I am never forced go -- they drink "pellet tea" as a cure for headaches. He is talking about RABBIT PELLETS. Scarlett is like, "That's disgusting, but I can poop some out for you if you like!" Gunnar's rejection of Will probably had nothing to do with his strict heterosexuality, but rather was a reaction to Will's bunny-turd breath. What is WRONG with these hicks? Will asks Scarlett if Gunnar told her about their night. He did not, apparently, and I'm sure Will is thankful for that. Gunnar comes out and things get awkward, and Will is all, "We were so drunk I didn't know WHAT I was doing!" And I mean, alcohol DOES make you gay sometimes, though. Will deflects any questioning by noting that Gunnar was approached by a producer who wants to cut a demo of his new song. Scarlett wonders what new song, exactly, and wants to hear it. Gunnar says he can play it for her, but she probably won't like it since it's "not her thing." Strictly speaking, it's not his thing either. He continues to explore his newfound asshole-ish-ness by asking Will if he has someplace to be. Aw, poor Will. He exits and Scarlett wonders if she's witnessing the death of a bromance. Gunnar objects to this term, but Scarlett says that they spend so much time together they're like brothers. And then Gunnar gets all fussy about Will not being able to replace Jason, which is of course not what Scarlett was talking about. Go eat some rabbit poop and stop being so surly, dude!