And then there's Gunnar. He gets a call from a 512 area code and picks up the phone by asking, "Jason?" But nay, it's Jason's parole officer. Surprise, surprise, Jason didn't make it to his halfway house. Gunnar doesn't share the good news that at least Jason didn't shoot anybody, as far as they know. He lies that he dropped Jason off at the halfway house, and the parole officer asks if they happened to stop at any pawn shops along the way. Gunnar says that he did not, which I guess is technically not a lie. The parole officer notes that Jason is a fugitive, and if Gunnar is hiding any information that can help them bring him in, he's in violation of the law as well. So, if Gunnar gets sent off to jail for this AND Scarlett gets eaten by a bear while foraging for berries in the woods, we all can collectively agree that this show should receive one million Emmys. Speaking of Scarlett, she arrives at the Bluebird to tell Gunnar that she has a proposition for him. He's so worried about Jason that he isn't even excited about the possibility that it could be sexytimes-related.
Back at the party, Rayna talks to two guys who are probably country stars that I don't know. They talk for a second about Rayna's collaboration with Liam before Teddy enters. They hug and Rayna thanks him for coming to present her with an award. His response is, "Duty calls." And he turns out to be the LEAST biggest jerk to her in this episode! Meanwhile, Juliette wonders where the hell Deacon is as Jolene tackles a tray of sliders. She runs over and reminds Jolene that she can't touch all the food, and in route ignores Avery, who's trying to make an introduction. Marilyn laughs aloud at Avery's attempt to talk to Juliette, and tells him that she does not recommend approaching her for no reason. But Avery says that he's an artist, like Juliette is, and that is reason enough. He's such a blatant jagoff, and yet STILL manages to be more likable than Gunnar and Scarlett combined.
Meanwhile, Deacon strums his guitar in his dark apartment and ignores a call from Juliette. He starts a call to Cole, but ends it before Cole can pick up. His legendary love affair with misery really is reaching its apex, or nadir, depending on how you look at it. What he needs to do is start strumming "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and cheer himself up a little.
At the Bluebird, Scarlett outlines the nature of her proposition -- joining forces with JT and the boys to form Nashville's newest supergroup, "Bleatwood Quack." They might even get gigs at The Five Spot! Gunnar is surly and says he has a lot on his plate, which Scarlett couldn't even begin to understand because IT'S SERIOUS. Scarlett is hurt and wonders if he doesn't think she's serious. The answer is, no he doesn't. And also he's a rageaholic, get away from him before it's too late. Scarlett mentions that Deacon thinks the band is really good, and Gunnar suggests that Deacon be their new guitarist, since he doesn't have a whole lot else going on right now. She runs out in tears... and gets hit by a Mack truck in the Bluebird parking lot! Oh, dare to dream. Before Gunnar can chase after her, a co-worker presents him with a guitar that was dropped off for him, by "some guy named Jason" who was just passing through. It's his Gibson, of course, safely back from the pawn shop. And, oooh! Maybe Jason is going to shoot Scarlett! Do you think that would count as community service?