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HORNING IN Juliette learned all about polo on Wikipedia.
Anyway, penniless Rayna is suddenly insistent that Scarlett join up with a huge tour -- has this never occurred to her? -- to build word of mouth because Scarlett can't handle traditional, soul-sucking press lines. Luckily, the only two huge tours in all the land are also taking place on this show. Juliette says hell to the no to a Scarlett hop-on after Rayna scolds her for blatantly flirting with a married man -- the industry's female fans, who drive their sales, are not fond of that sort of thing, Rayna reminds her female fan.
"Desperate," Rayna turns to Luke Wheeler and accidentally falls into a great big kiss. Sure, Scarlett can join him on the road! But only because she's super talented. And because Luke wants to see much more of Rayna. (What did she just agree to? Is the entire cast going on this tour? I don't think I'd necessarily mind!)
Scared out of her mind to perform at the Bluebird of all places, Scarlett seeks reassurance from the cafe's longstanding mayor on Foursquare: Avery the bar back. (Every single time I write "bar back," my computer wants it to be "bareback" instead. The only reason I even mention this is because the episode was about horses.)
Avery and Scarlett sleep together! Gunnar and Zoey are doin' it in secret, so these two may as well. Avery is definitely up for a relationship again, but also seems content to give Scarlett her space.
Scarlett's Bluebird performance of "Every Time I Fall In Love" by The Farm Inc. was sweet, but not her best. I prefer her lower, sultrier register to the high and flighty one, though obviously Clare Embee's voice is beautiful either way. The "Who is she dreamily gazing at from an angelic white haze: Avery or Gunnar?" motif was a bit heavy-handed.
It's pretty clear to me that both Avery and Gunnar are still in love with the ethereal doily, and, as she's in an uncertain headspace right now, she likes the comfort of just knowing this and not having to make any rash decisions/deep lunges into another relationship. She came to Avery for emotional support, after all. The sex just happened. Meanwhile, Gunnar's still emotionally tied up with Scarlett, but the sex with Zoey just happened. Who knows what anyone's true feelings are? At least everyone's getting laid.
Oh, and stupid Teddy announced his engagement to Peggy in a press conference and had the audacity to refer to her as "the city's first lady." Uhhhhh...
Or as Deacon would say, nnnnnope.
Loose, Gorgeous Connie Britton Wave of the Week:
Eh. She can do better. Theme of the night.
How will Olivia bitchslap Juliette -- physical confrontation or a leak to the press? Are Megan and Deacon destined to stay together longer than Deacon and that Rainy-Day-Rayna-haired vet? Has anyone ever found even one thing redeeming about Tandy?