S1 E12 I've Been Down That Road Before

02/06/13 | NR | CC

Rayna is still trying to wrap her mind around the fact that Deacon is now on the tour. The two of them share an awkwardly silent elevator ride in their hotel. Rayna’s phone conversation with her husband isn’t much fun either. Teddy blows her off as she tries to convince him she had no idea Deacon was joining forces with Juliette. Even with all her personal problems, Rayna still wows the crowd in Chicago when she performs “Already Gone.” Tension returns backstage though when she admits how awkward things are to Deacon, who promises to stay out of her way.

Juliette’s Chicago set is also real crowd-pleaser, but it a different kind of way. She has a bevy of background dancers and lots of glitter as she belts out “I’m a Girl.” Deacon is trying to adjust to all the flash that follows his new boss. Juliette isn’t thrilled with the brand she’s putting out there. Glenn advises her to not rock the boat with the fickle fans of music. Deacon gives her the exact opposite advice. He says, “There’s thinking about doing something, then there’s just doin’ it.”

Rayna lets Watty know that she’s finally getting her own label as long as she can bring in a few new acts. She’s thinking Scarlett and Gunnar could be her first signing. They are exactly like she and Deacon used to be back in the day. Speaking of Deacon, Rayna brings up the subject of Scarlett during another awkward elevator ride. He completely ignores her before eventually exiting on his floor. Good talk, Deacon. Good talk.

Juliette takes Deacon’s earlier advice to heart. She steps out onto the concert stage in jeans and modest white shirt. She pulls Deacon out to perform “Consider Me” while a befuddled Rayna, Watty and Glenn watch from backstage. Juliette does great, but a music reviewer sets off an online bash-fest regarding the brave experiment. Juliette is crushed until her assistant, Emily, tells her how much she loved what she did. She’s not the only one. A video of her performance is a viral hit. Juliette lets Glenn know that she’s growing up, and with growth comes change.

Gunnar is having problems with his roommates. They’ve been messing with him ever since he started playing with another band. Scarlett is also having problems on the home front. Avery owes her a bunch of money and she doesn’t have enough cash to pay the rent. Scarlett and Gunnar perform “One Works Better” at a club where the roommates from hell show up to interrupt things. The hits just keep on coming when Scarlett realizes that her pay for the gig is still going to leave her way short for the rent.

Avery is being filmed for a TV show that features segments on up-and-coming music artists. He decides to swing by his old place with the production crew. Scarlett confronts him about the rent money, but Avery lets her know that it’s not his problem. This leads her to asking Gunnar to be her new roommate. A short time later, Avery shows up to give Scarlett the money he owes. He accuses her of sleeping with Gunnar. This leads to fistfight where Avery gets decked. He crawls out of the apartment and back to Marilyn, who is shocked to hear that Avery no longer wants to sleep with her.

When Peggy runs into Teddy on the street, she details all of the recent changes in her life—like the fact that she’s now single. She also lets the mayor-elect know that he shouldn’t have to work so hard to make someone love him. This leads to a passionate kiss in the car that ends up with the Teddy and Peggy in bed together. Both have instant regrets about what they just did.

Glenn accuses Deacon of filling Juliette’s head with crazy thoughts in an attempt to fill the void he feels regarding Rayna. A short time later, Deacon finds himself in an elevator once again with his former partner. He’s still not talking to her, but that’s only because he’s too busy kissing her until he exits off his floor. Rayna stays behind in the elevator completely bewildered.

After pacing for awhile in her hotel suite, Rayna texts her room number to Deacon. Moments later, there’s a knock on her door. Rayna is stunned to see Teddy on the other side. Deacon catches site of him in the hallway. He steps away as Teddy steps inside. Rayna listens as her husband speaks his peace. Teddy realizes that things aren’t going to change between them. There isn’t going to be a magical moment when she just looks at him and loves him. That’s why he tells his stunned wife that he wants a divorce.

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