The fourth episode of the second season is rife with family drama, starting with a visit to Virginia's (the mother of Rayna and Tandy) grave. Maddie sulks, as she does through about two-thirds of the episode, while Rayna has a solo graveside heart-to-heart, admitting that she has lost her voice and doesn't know who she is without it. There's a big symphony gala hosted by Lamar in honor of Virginia. Tandy has hired a private investigator who puts forth some pretty damning evidence implicating Lamar in Virginia's death, and she struggles to get through all the "let's take a family photo in front of this painting of your beloved mother" moments. Maddie brats about, then gets really pissed when she sees Teddy and Peggy, who is wearing a ring around her neck. Yes, idiot Teddy has proposed to the still not-pregnant Peggy and given her his mother's ring, which Maddie recognizes. And then Maddie runs away! Panic! at the symphony.
Meanwhile, Juliette is delivered a fast car from Charles Wentworth, which does not seem to ease the sting of learning that Rayna wants to cancel the rest of the Red Lips White Lies tour to stay home and take care of her family. Also because she can't sing, but Juliette doesn't know that yet. Juliette can't bear to go back to her tween hits with all the accompanying sparkles and fluff, but also can't bear to play any venue smaller than an arena. Glen suggests that she take an opening slot for new Edgehill artist and hottest country singer of the moment Luke Wheeler, and she is incensed. While she schemes to try to find a solution, she gets a call from runaway Maddie, who has walked a few miles in her symphony gala heels and is lost at a gas station. Juliette picks her up, takes her home and is generally really sweet to her before calling a very worried Rayna. Rayna comes over and she and Juliette actually share a bonding moment or two as an exhausted Maddie sleeps. All of this caring activity has apparently set Juliette's brain to ticking, as she asks Layla Grant to join the tour to give the tweens what they want while still allowing her to move on to a more mature set. Brilliant!
Then there's Deacon, who through a series of events winds up taking the attorney who got him out of jail to a fancy dinner. His busted hand can't cut a steak, but he won't sue the city for improper prison medical care even though she wants him to. The two bond over life tragedies and wind up back at his apartment. They kiss, and I wonder if there isn't some 12-step rule about that. Deacon also mentions that the doctor gave him something for the pain, and I don't know if that means really strong Advil or, like, some Liz Taylor shit. I'm sure we'll find out. In any case, romantic times between Deacon and the lawyer lady are interrupted by Rayna, who comes to see if Maddie is there. This prompts some fatherly concern by Deacon, and the next day after Rayna talks to Maddie about how she and Deacon fell in love, he calls to make sure she's okay. Deacon and Maddie talk and after she hangs up the phone she calls him dad. And then the girls sing one of Deacon's old songs, written about Rayna, and Rayna overhears and cries and then I totally cry too. Gah, feelings! The song is so beautiful, though, and sung with pure perfection by the girls. OH, and in other news Tandy gives the U.S. Attorney all the evidence they need to bust Lamar. Hell hath no fury like a daughter/business associate who just found out that her dad killed her mom.
In news of the young 'uns, Scarlett is having a hard time adjusting to life in the spotlight -- particularly the part where stylists hoist up her boobs. We learn that Zoey can sing, and is a slut. The two biffles sing karaoke for no good reason. And finally, Edgehill wants Will to record the song that he sang at last week's showcase. You know, the song that Gunnar wrote and that Will sang without his permission. Gunnar is all sulky about it, but considers the offer before getting some subtle nudging from Avery that the song is going to be a big hit for somebody… it's just a matter of whom. Gunnar eventually tells Will it's a no-go, and they fight. Will calls Gunnar jealous and storms out, but I don't think makeup sex is to follow. At least not until sweeps week.
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Previously on Nashville: Rayna confessed to Liam that her vocal cords haven't been the same since her car accident; Deacon got a savvy court-appointed attorney and she was hot, of course; 19-year-old Layla Grant got a contract with Edgehill; Will sang one of Gunnar's songs at a big event; Juliette played a schmancy private concert for a rich couple and banged the husband; Maddie found out that Deacon was her father and hated Rayna a whole bunch; and Tandy learned that Lamar may have been involved in her mother's death. Jeez, that's a lot of stuff!
We begin this episode at the cemetery where Rayna, Tandy, and the girls have come to honor Rayna's mother Virginia on her birthday. Maddie is distracted, listening to one of Deacon's songs on headphones. The song is called "A Life That's Good," and Maddie asks Rayna if Deacon wrote it about her. She admits that he did and looks a twinge uncomfortable as she asks Maddie to take off the headphones and pay tribute to Mamaw with the rest of them. Maddie says in a bratty manner that she didn't even know her grandmother. Rayna comes up with the brilliant idea to take this teenage nightmare (along with Daphne, who is just perfect, always) to the Symphony Gala, where they'll get to listen to beautiful music and dress up like princesses. Daphne is all for it, but Maddie's reaction is, "Big whoop." Maybe it's time to send her off to boarding school?
We then cut to Juliette pulling into her driveway in one fancy car, and finding Glen there standing by yet another fancy car. She says in a deadpan way that she's definitely paying him too much, but it turns out the car is for Juliette and is a thank you gift from Charlie Wentworth. Nothing like getting an elaborate present from the guy you boned on his fifth anniversary to make you feel awesome about yourself! Juliette wonders if Rayna's people have been in touch about when they can start the Red Lips White Lies tour back up, but there has been no word. Glen wonders if Rayna's not up for it, but Juliette points that she's been well enough to plug her label all over town. Glen notes that she didn't sing at the stockholders showcase, and Juliette rather meanly points out that her throat might still be sore from the intubation, but that's what lip syncing is for. Glen doesn't want to push too hard, but Juliette wants to push both Rayna AND sales of her album. And I mean, we never really thought Juliette would be a sympathetic friend, much less a sympathetic frenemy, did we?