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Sidenote: I think Marshall’s done a cleanse or something. Sure, he still looks totally penile but not quite as squishy as before. Y/N?
I really like how Juliette defends herself against Marshall’s criticism of her and her career. She clearly states that she is not an investment (this is a big switch from her attitude before meeting and writing with Deacon), she is an artist. And then she sticks it in a bit more by reminding Marshall and Goodman that because they work with her, they’ve made a shit-tonne of money. She’s earned the right to close the show by dint of her success. And I sort of agree with her. She should be valued as an artist and given respect for the success she brought to the company. And I just like how there is no false modesty and “Gosh, shucks, y’all are just so nice to me to let me record here.” I like her as a bit of a ball-buster. Or rather, as a woman who knows her worth and is not uncomfortable about letting it show.
Rayna, the girls and Teddy are getting ready for a Conrad family night of movies and popcorn. I like this side of Rayna but I do feel that this arena (homelife) is not where she is happiest. Don’t get me wrong, she loves her kids, she loves her family but she doesn’t really come alive here. She was born for the creative life. No shame in that. Family time is interrupted by Coleman calling for a meet.
Deacon’s doing his sad-sack show at the Bluebird. Scarlett is slinging booze and trying to hide her tears. Boo-hoo. Gunnar is there with Hailey and he rushes to wittle Scarlett’s side to bolster her up. Hailey doesn’t look like she even notices (but she of course does) but their body language is disturbingly intimate for two people who just claim to be friends and songwriting partners.
Coleman and Teddy meet at the waterfront. It’s appropriately dark and deserted. Coleman is so badass, I just love him all over again. I love how he’s a fighter. He’s willing to get dirty and use underhanded tricks because he knows that Lamar is pulling out all the weapons in his filthy arsenal to keep Coleman from winning. Coleman flaunts the photos at Teddy and acknowledges that he doesn’t think Teddy cheated on Rayna. But he really doesn’t care about that because the voting public will believe it. And they will hate Teddy for it.
Goodman is giving Juliette the facts of life. If she doesn’t appear on-stage with Rayna, her career may never recover from the slump it’s in. She won’t have her record company’s support, she won’t have her tour and her fans will continue to turn away from her. Dun, dun, dun.