Rayna and Bucky are happy with the good publicity the Bluebird performance brought. Rayna’s mood quickly shifts when she receives a delivery meant for Maddie: a diamond necklace from Edgehill.
Avery is pulling double duty tending to the very pregnant Juliet and producing Sadie’s album. Avery’s Juliet distractions are not the only hurdle in this album. Sadie is derailed by the constant threats from her ex-husband, Pete, who is not too happy about the restraining order she took out against him. In fact, he serves her papers to get what he delusionally thinks he’s owed of her money. When Avery finds her crying, she confides in him. He goes to confront Pete, who is 100 feet away as the order demands, but still right in front of the studio. As he does, Sadie suddenly gets brave, tells him to get lost, and is ready to finish her album. Get it, girl.
Scarlet’s optimism and Deacon’s pessimism are at odds about his cancer. Scarlet basically forces Deacon to actually speak to Maddie. Facing Maddie with this secret is hard for Deacon, who has convinced himself he only has six months left to live, despite no definitive prognosis. Face to face with Maddie, (on Facetime,) Deacon agrees to a guitar lesson. As Maddie struggles with a chord transition, Deacon tells her not to ever give up and basically convinces himself not to give up on life. I literally cry.
Luke has a sensitive, honest moment writing a song with Gunnar. I hate him less for seeing that.
Layla’s released from the hospital. I forgot about her. After Jeff comes to visit and compliments her hipster performance in the park, Layla shows up at Edgehill all decked out in dark colors. She never gets called into the meeting.
Rayna confronts Teddy after finding out he signed Maddie’s Edgehill contract. Maddie still knows nothing of the contract, but Rayna is prepared to strip Teddy of his parental rights, since Deacon is her biological father. Teddy comes clean with Rayna on the blackmail, and she agrees to save the family from the scandal. At Maddie’s Edgehill presentation to the investor, it’s Rayna who shows up instead! Power move for the Queen of Country!
Rayna drops the bomb of Layla’s attempted suicide and Jeff’s manipulation of Teddy. She gets the contract nullified! Jeff gets fired! Then I think he sleeps with Layla?
What I’m hoping for tonight: I’m starting to think Deacon will never tell anybody about his cancer. It’s time to tell the people you love, Deacon; they can help!
Since Scarlett’s been flirting with Deacon’s doctor a bit, maybe that poor girl will get a storyline. I’d love her to get back together with Gunnar, but that’s far-fetched.
We didn’t get a single glimpse of Maisy (ehm, Daphne) last week. Now that Rayna has told Teddy the girls are going to be sticking with her, I’m hoping we see both of them tonight!