Juliette meets with Marshall and another suit from Edgehill to talk about her CMA nomination. Marshall's first question is, "Where's your new manager?" So that's awkward. Juliette credits her new material with facilitating her career turnaround, and Marshall hopes she'll play her new single at the nomination party the following night. She agrees, and hopes that she can count on Edgehill to court votes and get her the award for real. Marshall says that they plan on supporting all of their nominated artists. Also awkward! Juliette gets her patented dagger eyes and notes that Rayna has already won four CMA awards so it won't mean all that much to her. Plus, since she reunited with Deacon there's already a very special trophy in her mantle IF you know what I'm saying. But it means a lot to Juliette. Marshall tells her that she can campaign all she wants, but Edgehill has certain budget constraints. Juliette interrupts to note that it's a good thing that she doesn't. Well, if she keeps letting dudes bang her and steal her money, she might! Juliette takes this all as reinforcement that the only person she can rely on is herself. And Emily. Poor, loyal Emily.
Meanwhile, Rayna is accepting delivery of one million flowers when Maddie comes home. She doesn't waste much time in complaining to Rayna that Teddy is making her go to the father-daughter dance with him. But despite Maddie's pleas, Rayna refuses to try to talk Teddy out of it. She notes that he's excited about the dance and it means a lot to him. Maddie emphasizes that she's no Teddy fan at this moment, but Rayna urges her to be nice to him. I feel like if everyone in the world had an opportunity to shag Deacon just one time, there would be no war.
Tandy meets Cole downtown. She's kind of flirty, but he gets straight to the point: He's had a week to think about what Tandy told him about Teddy and the Cumberland deal, and isn't interested in being a pawn for her or Lamar. Tandy tries to give him grief about putting his own and the city's best interests aside, and Cole notes that Teddy isn't a bad man, adding that Tandy and Lamar are the ones who got him elected. Of course their tune changed when Teddy started cancelling their city contracts. Cole basically calls Tandy "Lamar, Junior" and all in all is being a little rough on the Wyatt/Jaymes sisters today. You know what would put him in a better mood? Yes, sex with Deacon.
Rayna heads to Soundcheck studios, where Bucky tells her that since Edgehill got eleven CMA nominations, the nomination party will be on a riverboat. Correlation may not equal causality. Or maybe it does? In any case, Juliette will perform first, then Rayna. Bucky mentions that Liam sent some mixes for her album, with a torn up plane ticket to St. Lucia inside. It turns out that Liam is not too happy with Rayna at the moment, and she tells Bucky not to ask for details. But she feels confident that Liam is a big boy and won't let anything get in the way of getting the album done. Then Rayna spots Deacon and we all go, "Liam who?" Bucky's face registers its standard emotion of confusion and concern.