He doesn't go in. While he's out there, Deacon realizes that all of his past writing success has come from a place of pain and unrest -- so it makes sense that his natural inclination was to find inspiration at the bottom of the bottle. But why not give this happiness thing a shot, he wonders, and Megan -- a very reasonable woman, even if (maybe because!) she's not a like-minded musician to Deacon -- forgives him.
The ultimate payoff for Deacon's struggle: At the end of the episode, he and daughter (I think I can quit calling her "bio-daughter" at this point!) Maddie co-write this perfectly lovely duet together and perform it for Rayna and Daphne. It's gorgeous and delicate -- I like Lennon Stella's voice better every time I hear it. And you could see the wheels spinning in Rayna's head, because…..
…..She's also under pressure now, to deliver a single that'll help sell the new album she produced with Liam St. Lucia (nee McGuinnis). Liam's back this week, wearing an earth-toned floral patterned scarf that could only work on someone as tall and viciously hot as he is. Liam urges Rayna to ignore the market research that said there was no hit single on that record and just go with it because she's an artist. Well, this artist has a new label and a family to support. Rayna wises up and bravely decides to write a new song.
"You're so sexy when you're right," says Liam. Props to Rayna for not jumping him right then and there. I guess she's still pretending to date Luke Wheeler, but yuck.
I love that Deacon hates the word artiste. So do I!
The sense of family and happiness in that last scene will easily last until next week. Obviously Rayna and Deacon should be together eventually, but I don't mind the distance for now. The bigger the payoff in the end, I say. Watching him and Rayna, you sense all the darkness and bulls--t in their history, but also the unrelenting bond they've shared forever, the one that will never go away. I love imagining them coming up with brilliant hit songs "in between coffee and dessert." It's not out of the question for the future.... Coffee and dessert NEVER GO AWAY.
Loose, Gorgeous Connie Britton Wave of the Week:
What did you think of "I'll Keep Crying"? Did you tear up with Juliette at the end as her photos crackled in the FIRE OF HATE? Who should get together first: Juliette and Avery, Scarlett and Gunnar, or Rayna and Deacon?