Then we're with Avery, who is performing his thousand dollar gig at Winter Fest, held at Belmont College. I guess it doesn't get very wintry in Nashville, since the hot college girls in the audience are wearing Avery Barkley Band tank tops. And speaking of, the "The" and "Band" are still on the banner, so maybe he's not quite such a big shot yet. Scarlett is in the audience, dressed in a homeless lady's knit hat and baggy sweater. All she needs is a hacky sack to fit in with this mid-'90s college crowd! Is Phish the headliner? I guess the hat is a disguise, even though the scraggly weave poking out of it gives her away. I was going to say that at least the weave is a step above white person dreadlocks, but I'm actually not so sure. Scarlett walks away, pouting, before also finding JT in the audience. That is the kind of shit I would totally do, so I can't really blame these two for hate-watching their collective ex. They agree to hoist up their dignity and get out of there.
In court, Jolene's lawyer tells the judge that she's not a criminal, but a person with a disease. And she's in treatment, with only 21 days left to go. Basically, they tried to make her go to rehab and she said yes, yes, yes, and that should count for something in the judicial world. Juliette has agreed to speak on her mother's behalf, which obviously is going to go GREAT. Deacon tells her to speak from the heart, which is a mistake given that her heart is just shy of The Grinch's pre-transformation size. Juliette tells the judge that her mother has been an addict for as long as she can remember. She's glad that Jolene is getting the help that she needs, and adds that there's no one who hopes this sticks more than she does. And that's all that Juliette has to say. And, I mean, you can't blame her for that either. Her childhood brain development was probably somewhat stunted by the constant diet of pink macaroni, lead paint chips, and secondhand crack, so an eloquent speech is a lot to ask.
While the judge deliberates, Deacon gives Juliette shit for her "emotional" and "moving" speech. Juliette says that that was all she had to give, and notes that this is going to be an exhausting day. Deacon remembers that the big Edgehill party is tonight, and congratulates her. Juliette notes that he should be congratulating Rayna, since everyone seems to believe that she's the superhero who did this all herself while Juliette just held her cape. Deacon as always is team "Juliette has talent," which she appreciates, just as she appreciates him being at the court hearing. Her offer for Deacon to go on tour as her bandleader still stands, but he's planning to go off the grid for a while. Juliette is not accepting this answer, saying that he's too good to hole up and hide behind patchy facial hair. Their friendship is really sweet as long as they're not banging. Jolene and her lawyer emerge from the courtroom with the news that the plea deal didn't work. She'll have to finish rehab and then try to get the criminal charges dropped. Deacon notes that Jolene still has a free pass for the day, so they should go do something fun. Like smoke crack! Juliette begs out, saying that she has her big party. But Deacon is invited to that party, too, and has a plus one that he isn't using. Juliette is (quite reasonably) not thrilled about the prospect of her mother coming to the Edgehill party, where there will be copious alcohol and lots of opportunities for embarrassing gaffes. Jolene thinks she can handle it, or at least has to try being in the real world at some point. Juliette makes it clear that she won't be able to talk to or really even acknowledge her mother, but Deacon and his patchy facial hair volunteer to keep an eye on her.