Rayna is under pressure to find acts for her new label. Scarlett is a lock, but she needs at least one more. Will crashes a secret audition session for a shot to be heard. He drops Scarlett’s name before Rayna agrees to give him a listen. Will impresses big time. He shares the good news with Scarlett, who asks him to have a chat with Gunnar. She wants him to talk some sense into her boyfriend. This bad boy image he’s developing isn’t anything she cares for. This becomes abundantly clear after she hears Gunnar fake his way through a radio interview. Scarlett takes solace in the fact that he’ll be in the audience for her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
Juliette asks Avery to help her get some new lyrics down on paper. She lets him know that she doesn’t really believe in love. Her last boyfriend, Dante, will turn over a sex video that will severely damage Juliette’s career for the bargain price of $2 million. Juliette agrees to the deal. Too bad Dante never shows for the drop. He ups the payoff price to $10 million. Juliette blames her mom for what’s happening. It’s clear that Jolene blames herself, too. She meets up with her old dealer to score some drugs. She also asks the guy for something else.
Juliette learns that Rayna and Deacon are together during rehearsals for the CMA Awards. She is in rare form as she complains about the jokes that have been written for her. Juliette also chastises a production assistant and makes some snide remarks to Glenn, who tries to introduce his new client, Sunny McKenzie. Rayna lets Juliette know that even if she does win a CMA award, it doesn’t mean she earned it. As for her problems with Dante, Juliette decides to not give him the money. That means the tape will be released.[break]
Gunnar wows the crowd during a set at a dive club. Will tries to have a chat with him, but some bar regulars interrupt. They want to see if Gunnar is as tough as his music suggests he is. This leads to a big old brawl. Everyone is arrested. Gunnar sits in jail as a nervous Scarlett prepares to take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. She receives a gift from a guy in the audience. It’s a whisk. Scarlett immediately knows it’s from Avery. He made her sing into a whisk awhile back when he was trying to encourage her to take a chance. Nice.
With her Uncle Deacon on guitar by her side, Scarlett holds the crowd spellbound at the Grand Ole Opry once she takes the stage. Avery wears a big old smile as he gazes up at her from the audience. The crowd springs to its feet with wild applause once the song ends. Scarlett is overwhelmed. Meanwhile, Gunnar and Will are still locked up. The two of them use the time to talk out their issues. Eventually, Scarlett bails them out. Will says he’ll pay her back. As for Gunnar, he’s shocked when Scarlett reveals that she can’t be around him while he’s embracing this bad boy life. She fell in love with him, not his brother.
Tandy is moving forward with plans of taking over the family business. She basically asks the board of Wyatt Industries to stage a coup. That scenario seems unlikely once Lamar shows up unexpectedly at a meeting. He asks his daughter to hop up out of his seat. Awkward.[break]
Jolene swipes a number from her daughter’s phone. She lets Dante know that her daughter has opted not to pay the $10 million. She has the original $2 million though. She’ll exchange it for the SD card with the video. Dante takes the bait. He meets up with Jolene. They both have been using. We quickly learn that the other thing Jolene wanted from her dealer was a gun. She takes aim at Dante. BANG! Jolene shoots him in the chest. She then calls her daughter to tell her that she loves her. Juliette can tell immediately that something is very, very wrong.
Juliette finds Dante dead on the floor from his gunshot wound. She rushes over to the sofa to see that Jolene is also gone after a drug overdose. Juliette is devastated. She’s crying alone in her apartment when Avery calls. He wants to know if anyone is there with her. Juliette sadly says, “No, but I’m okay alone.”
Teddy doesn’t want Deacon anywhere near his girls. He initiates a temporary restraining order to keep him at bay. Rayna fesses up to Maddie that she and Deacon are seeing each other. A judge dismisses the restraining order. Rayna knows that Teddy is afraid that he’ll lose Maddie. She promises that she’ll never do anything to hurt that relationship. She may not be able to keep that vow though. Maddie finds her mom’s old love letters. She now believes her dad may not be her real father.