After that debacle, Juliette is back in the studio with her team, discussing her new album. She has some solid tracks laid down but they still need more. Juliette is half-listening, scrolling through pictures of herself. She notes how good she looks and her PA snarks “Yeah, those whitening strips really worked.” WOW. That was a cold-cunty move from 1. An employee and 2. A person who just had to shepherd Juliette past her CrackMom, who was busy begging for scraps of money and attention in the middle of a public street. If I was Juliette, I would have fired her ass. Juliette, in no mood to be nice after dealing with CrackMom and her snarking assistant, snaps at her manager for failing to rope in Deacon. She takes matters into her own hands and leave a flirty, happy, friendly message inviting him to come record with her. Then she hangs up the phone and sarcastic-coldly looks at the feeble, helpless men. You can see the contempt dripping off her. Love it!
Scarlet chokes during her recording session because it’s part of her schtick as a cornpone, country hick. She’s all intimidated by the big fancy equipment and history of the recording studio. All snarking aside, I would be freaked too.
Bucky is running through the tour itinerary with Rayna and Deacon. You can see Rayna kind of deflate as he reads the concert venues. Reality is sinking in for her and it’s etched on her face. So sad. Connie Britton plays it so well here – very understated but we can read her thoughts on her face. Bucky goes on about how it’s going to be a lot of overnights but luckily they have a nice tour bus. Then he says something about Rayna having a big master suite and some kind of box where Deacon can tuck himself into at night. HA.
Also delightfully full of HA is the fact that Rayna, feeling all dopey and depressed by how far her career has fallen and how gruelling emotionally it’s going to be touring in such close quarters with Deacon, asks him for some privacy. Which frees him up nicely to go record with Juliette. Writers, j’adore!
“Why don’t you take your little princess break while I go strum some harmonies into that superstar chick you hate so much?”
Rayna is going through her country-glam wardrobe trying to pick out the most appropriate for the tour. Her little ones are getting in the way adorably and trying to find something to wear for their talent show performance. A courier delivers a $500,000 cheque to Rayna from Lamar. As the girls inquire, Rayna just blows it off as their pawpaw being himself.
Oh, it’s just your Paw-Paw being a Paw-prick.
Gunnar chases Scarlet down in the parking lot and tells her it doesn’t matter that she choked in the studio, that Watty can still sell their song and they can just get another singer to do Scarlet’s parts. Scarlet is less than thrilled.
Deacon and Juliette record a killer version of their song and it noticeably drains Juliette. She’s really earning my admiration here – she’s going through a lot in her personal life and she’s had a few hard jolts but she keeps on working, punching her time card and making her money. I hope she doesn’t turn out to be the kind of twat who claims exhaustion for skipping out on work commitments. Deacon probes as to who the song is about.