A divided familyTeddy and Rayna have a brief moment of unity over Maddie going to the Father and Daughter Dance at school. Maddie is still angry with her father, but her two parents together finally manage to convince her to go. In the end, Teddy wins her over, and she even has a good time. Maddie really just wishes her parents were back together.
The unity ends when Rayna, in a spirit of good will after his apology for the Peggy mess, tells him she and Deacon might be together. Teddy is furious, because he thinks there's no way she can be that close to him and prevent herself from revealing that Maddie is actually Deacon's daughter.
Juliette takes care of businessJuliette is circling the wagons with her new security team, trying to prevent Dante from squeezing any more money out of her without leaking anything to the press. This becomes even more important when she finds out she's been nominated for a Country Music Award. She's determined to win it, even if her nemesis Rayna is, of course, nominated in the same category.
Her assistant tries to warn her not to spend too much cash, considering the dent Dante's made, but she insists on sending out Juliette bobble-head dolls and mini-bottles of Dom Perignon to the 2,500 voters. After all, Marshall pulls the "budget concerns" on her when she tries to get him to commit to promoting her over Rayna, so she has to do her own marketing.
Juliette takes in a lot of alcoholJuliette struggles her way through the day, overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, and as she confesses later, a broken heart over Dante. When her mother expresses concern over the number of mimosas she's had, Juliette angrily protests she's not drinking vodka like an emotional alcoholic. Later we see her with vodka -- followed by several glasses of champagne.
By the time she goes on to perform at the record company party for their artists' nominations, she's so drunk that disaster seems imminent. She petulantly interrupts Deacon during an argument with Rayna, and he's so angry he refuses to go on stage with her. Needing a guitarist immediately, she asks her roadies for help. Not one to pass up any opportunity, Avery volunteers.
Avery doesn't make a moveJuliette somehow manages to get through her song and off the stage, and ends up having a drunken heart-to-heart with Avery about how fairytales are just "lies we tell ourselves to feel better" and all she gets is "frog after frog." Avery finally pours her into her limo to go home, and she tries to get him to come with. She's annoyed when he refuses, but it's probably one of the wisest decisions he's made in awhile.
Rayna and Deacon divided by her secretDeacon is blissfully happy to be with Rayna again, but he can feel that there's something holding her back. Despite dire warnings from his friend and sponsor Coleman about risking his well-being again, Deacon breaks it off with Stacey for good. When Rayna starts with the excuses about being busy with her kids and wanting to "go slow," Deacon gets angry and storms off, simultaneously quitting his gig with Juliette.
He decides to fight for it, though, and gets in Rayna's limo as she's leaving the party. He says she can tell him everything or nothing, he doesn't care. Whatever it is, he just wants to be with her. Rayna lets go for the moment, but later when he mentions that they could have had a family of their own, we can see it's always going to be an issue between them.
Scarlett and Gunnar divided by his secretsWill bravely continues hanging around Gunnar and Scarlett's half of the house, making Gunnar extremely uncomfortable. Will tries to play off that he was drunk and had no idea what he did the night before, but Gunnar knows better. When his recording studio appointment conflicts with Scarlett's invitation to the awards party, however, he agrees to let Will escort her. He thinks Will is no threat to him, which could be mistaken thinking.
Gunnar feels trapped while recording his brother's song. The producer really likes it and isn't interested in Gunnar's own music, so the only way he'll keep this deal going is by giving the guy more of his brother's stuff. When Scarlett finally realizes what he's done, she is shocked, but Gunnar doesn't want to hear it. It's just one more thing between them.
Coleman makes a clean breakThis week Coleman makes big moves. He tells Tandy she can go jump off a bridge with her offer to unite, and that he's sorry that she's just like her father. Then he shocks Teddy by resigning from his deputy mayor position. As we learn later, he's going to wait until Lamar, Tandy, and Teddy destroy each other, and then step in and clean up the mess. At least, that's what his wife has planned.
Dante is backJolene tries to take care of her drunken daughter at home, and as usual, Juliette is needy and rudely dismissive all at once. She wonders why no one can love her, which, of course, Jolene does. But it's all interrupted when Juliette gets a chilling phone call. It's Dante, but all we hear is Juliette's terse question: "What tape?"
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