The action heads back to the titular city this episode, but only after Rayna and Liam eyefuck all over the stage in front of (and around, and over) Juliette. What terribly obnoxious people. And has Rayna never heard of YouTube? Well, it is Rayna, so probably not, but still, this footage is likely going to get back to Teddy at some point (and what happened to Liam only doing three shows?). But after that, the ladies are going back to their hometown to celebrate their co-written song topping the charts.
Well, that and Juliette has some personal issues to deal with, namely in the shape of her nearly unrecognizable sober mom who has a parole hearing. Of course, Deacon shows up, because even though magazines are talking smack about him going off the wagon and getting kicked out of the Revel Kings, he's still the closest thing this show has to a decent human being with actual emotions. Deacon doesn't think he should speak on mom's behalf, given his situation, and Juliette does a really shitty job talking to the judge, so mom gets denied her parole or whatever. But she gets one night out and chooses to go to the big Number One party as Deacon's date. Deacon bails, because he's wallowing in his own misery and talking about selling his house and going off the grid, but his absence gives momma and daughter a chance to bond, and Juliette finds out just how proud her mother is, and there are tears.
Deacon, while sulking like a small child, isn't back to drinking, just back to being grouchy. And he has a conversation with Rayna where he calls her out on her infuriating ability to talk in circles about absolutely everything… but they still talk in circles some more. It amounts to we are never, ever, ever getting back together, except that maybe we will, but we totally won't. But, at the end of the day, it's Juliette who gets through to him because they are both all kinds of dysfunctional, and he joins her tour, much to Rayna (and Teddy's) dismay.
As for Rayna, when she's not busy on-stage molesting yet another guitarist/writing partner, she's pondering some big five-record deal from Ming-Na. See, they want to woo her away from the people who pretty much forced her on this tour with the spoiled young Juliette in the first place, and Rayna loves to have all that delightful smoke blown up her ass. Well, until she finds out that the reason that Liam is pushing this deal so hard is that he gets a lovely little side bonus out of it all, so it’s a win-win for him. Rayna objects to being lied to/used, so she sends Liam on his merry way and is, again, without a guitarist.
Teddy is mayor, but still unable to be any kind of breadwinner, apparently, given all of the talk about Rayna bringing home the bacon and whatnot. Seems all he's good for is handing out accolades for artists who have big hits, and whining about the status of his relationship with Rayna. Go to one of her concerts, Teddy, you'll see she's clearly not that into you.
Avery continues to be an ass, wheeling and dealing and behaving obnoxiously, even trying to befriend Juliette before he's quickly rebuffed. And, extra bonus points of hate for him this week as the logo on all his posters seems to be almost a direct rip-off from The Who's famous bullseye.
Gunnar still won't talk about his brother, but even moronic Scarlett realizes something's wrong when he's playing a crappy old guitar instead of his Gibson. And Gunnar's fending off calls from his brother's parole officer. Still, Gunnar's guitar gets mysteriously returned, even though we don't see Jane By Design brother at all.
Scarlett, meanwhile, is off in whatever fairy princess land she lives in and going to see Avery perform when she meets up with one of his disgruntled former bandmates who proposes again that she join them. She demurs because pixie time isn't the same as human time, but once he says she can bring Gunnar along for the ride, she's totally game. Gunnar's not, because of the brother bullshit, but then he decides to do it because he still really wants to get in Scarlett's pants (well, flighty fairy dresses). They all practice in her garage, and a depressed-looking Avery drives by, only consoling himself with the fact that his shitty song is playing on the radio. -- Angel Cohn
Previously: Rayna and Juliette did a number together at the Ryman, which caused visions of dollar signs to dance in Marshall Evans's head. MethMom went to rehab, with a hand from Deacon. Rayna needed to be letting Deacon go, and in the process turned to hotshot rock star Liam McGuinness to help rediscover her voice (and perhaps other parts). We met Gunnar's jailbird big brother, who hawked Gunnar's Gibson, bought a gun, and went on the lam. Teddy actually won the mayoral election, thus ensuring Nashville a nomination for the "Worst Mayor in America" prize. And, finally, the lead singer of The Revel Kings was positioned to "press his advantage" with Scarlett, causing Deacon to a) throw him into a table; b) quit the band.
We enter in Dallas, where Rayna and Juliette are performing "Wrong Song" as their show-closer. The crowd is loving it, and Rayna is loving is the opportunity to rock out in exceptionally close proximity to Liam. They lean against each other for a while, then he gets on his knees in front of her for a solo. Juliette and her enormous boobs try to hone in on the moment, to no avail. And whatever happens later, I still maintain that a man who can fully ignore that cleavage has some modicum of unassailable integrity. As the bridge starts, Rayna runs her hands through Liam's hair and Juliette has to elbow her to: to a) remind Rayna that she exists; b) get her to pay any attention to the fact that they're supposed to be interacting with one another at this point. To get out of the bridge, Rayna does a super high kick in Liam's direction and leaves Juliette to touch the hands of front row audience members until the song is through.
Juliette storms off the stage, complaining to Glen that this is the third consecutive night in which Rayna and Liam have acted like she's not even there. Wasn't she the one who initially put forth the condition that they not pretend to like each other during collaborative ventures? Glen doesn't seem to think it's a big deal, but promises to say something to them. Juliette's plane is waiting, and she is less than thrilled to learn that Rayna is hitching a ride with them back to Nashville for their big "Congrats on your number one record!" party. And speaking of Rayna, Bucky gives her an extra big smile for killing it onstage before introducing her to Calista Reeve, president of Countless Records. Calista flew in from LA to see Rayna, and is obviously a fan. Liam gives Calista a hug, indicating that Countless is his label as well. Calista wants to talk to Rayna about what's next in her career, but since Rayna has to hurry up and jump on Juliette's plane back to Nashville she says she'd love to talk to Calista at some later point.