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STRAIGHT AND NARROW Scarlett wows with sleeker hair.
Rayna confided in Liam that her vocal chords just aren't the same since the accident -- "Never let anyone stick a plastic tube down your throat" -- and he agreed to play the role of obnoxious producer to buy her time with new Edgehill head Jeff Fordham. "Aren't you going to ask what I want in return?" he wondered. And just when you expected a sudden cut to the pair sharing magical voice-saving serum with an umbrella in it on a sandy shore of St. Lucia -- it turned out what Liam wanted wasn't tropical at all. He just wanted to make out.
So they start kissing on her bed, as a framed poster of Rayna with a sexy, knowing look watches over them and asks "Self, are you sure this is wise?"
Carpe diem, okay? He looked hot in her bed, post-sex. His hair and beard took up the whole pillow. Just because you're starting over, all by yourself, doesn't mean the personification of a luxury island isn't allowed to share your bed.
Juliette spent the episode over in Maryland -- "I'll send you some crabs!" she promised Jeff -- putting on a private, one-night-only concert for Juliette's biggest fan and "the world's greatest husband," Olivia and Charles Wentworth. Both were pretty one-note and awful, so naturally Juliette hooked up with playboy Charles at the end of the night.
The real story here was Avery's flare-up at Juliette after he heard her tell Charles that Avery was "not my boyfriend -- he's just on my payroll." Sure, she could've said "He's just my friend," but the fact is that Avery is on her payroll and they are not dating. Avery's reaction to the diss means he must have feelings for Juliette (or zero friends in the world with zero promise of ever making a single friend again). He did light up big-time when Juliette, upon learning of how Avery had walked away from a six-figure contract in defiance, said "You know, I knew there was a reason why I liked you."
Avery got all jealous-boyfriend on Juliette when she accused him of being too sensitive. "Yeah, put it on me. I'm the problem. Couldn't possibly be that you don't TRUST anybody enough to actually be your friend. The sad thing is, it's your choice. You choose to live this way, unattached to anyone but yourself." Okay, overreaction man. That's a lot of emotional drama emitting from one tiny soul patch. Just because she wants to hook up with billionaires doesn't mean Juliette doesn't want to be Avery's friend.
I still think Avery and Juliette could make a decent couple, but she can't be strong-armed into attachment against her will. Still, I'm sure she'll show up on his doorstep, just wanting to talk," before too long. (A.k.a. next week.)
The pair did have my two favorite facial expressions of the evening -- Avery's "Aw, man, rich people get all the good guitars" eye bug and Juliette's sickly sweet smile toward Layla: "I'd imagine it takes some of the pressure off, singing somebody else's hits. It's kind of like… karaoke!"
Oh, and Rayna and Teddy finally signed their divorce papers. Plus, Peggy Kenter is gonna raise this fake baby of theirs right. "I just have this feeling that it's a boy. I'm thinking of naming him Theodore." Agggghh! Terrible!
Do you regret not going to St. Lucia? Did Avery come on too strong, or did Juliette need to hear it? Was this the best Deacon episode ever?