Rayna James can sing! It's a sequined miracle! Our favorite country/TV diva who's not Juliette Barnes is back in the game, at least vocally. She may have just screwed herself over, business-wise. But that's just money. Nashville is all about the music, and as we've already seen throughout the series, "The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts."
What a scene! Of course we all suspected Rayna could still sing (we can all admit the show would be lame without her), but the way she toyed with the theater audience…and us viewers…and get this -- HERSELF -- during that forced performance of one of her old favorites had me holding my breath and on the verge of tears at the same time. (Not cute.) I love how not even Rayna James knew right at this moment if Rayna James could pull this off. Forget Luke Wheeler's "Youthful Noise" benefit concert (the dress code is denim and diamonds if that matters to you). This was Connie Britton's time to shine. Props to Rayna's vocal coach, who reminded her "healing is halted by anxiety" and directed her to "feel the resonance in your mask."
Her mask! Aren't we all just anxious ghouls wearing masks when it comes down to it?
"I'm happy for Rayna, but her timing just killed my moment." Ha! That's so Juliette.
Lamar Wyatt didn't even know his daughter was scheduled to perform, but he still managed to ruin her night: He's under arrest for 42 (!) counts of racketeering, bribery, extortion, and scenery-chewing. Meanwhile, Tandy's signed a gag order stating she cannot speak to anyone, including Rayna, about the investigation. On one hand, I'm glad to not have to hear her talk more about it. But it's not like this problem will just go away. After all, Teddy's still a character on the show (I guess…) and he needs some new drama to get all barely involved in. "Teddy's gonna pay for this," snarls Lamar to the real leak, Tandy, in prison. Sorry if y'all just fell asleep.
With Lamar's assets frozen, Rayna can no longer use his money (it would be an investment on his part, not a gift) to buy her way out of Edgehill and take Highway 65 with her. Rayna sure had been right that "it's time that Jeff Fordham met the Wyatt side of Rayna James" -- just not in the way she wanted. We didn't see Jeff's reaction to the Lamar news, but I can offer up a preview of how terribly freaking smug he will look once he finds out:
What a little bitch. Hidden Gem in that screenshot: Juliette's manager Glenn (sans new hipster glasses) mouthing the words to Rayna's song. If you ever needed a reason to love Glenn! Ha, as if. Glenn has always been the greatest.
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