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Nashville's Rayna and Deacon Give Birth...To An Album!

But the labor's painful for all concerned.

  • That Quote
    "These are the facts, honey. The rest is just cheap whiskey."
    - Rayna, unwittingly giving us a handy down-home phrase to use in political arguments -
  • Character Study
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    Just Act Like I'm Not Here!

    Name: Gene.
    Age: 30s.
    Occupation: Documentarian/videographer.
    Goal: At Zach's behest, to film Rayna and Deacon's at-home writing process for future marketing exploitation; also to get Daphne to agree to an ill-advised interview in service of same.
    Sample Dialogue: [upon hearing Rayna's laundry list of stipulations] "So...when do I film you?"
  • Love, Hate & Everything In Between
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    What Even Is Happening

    Good LORD. (And speaking of: no Juliette, along with no Avery and no Will, make this episode nearly unbearable.) So after Scarlett's "revelation" or whatever the hell that was last week, she's being weird with Gunnar and about music in general; then, when their video blows up and they go on a morning show to promote it further, Damien starts talking, for some reason, and Gunnar -- normally clueless even as recently as two episodes ago -- suddenly groks to the idea that there's Something Between Scarlett and Damien, even though...there isn't, really? He then pulls that classic insecure-dude move of urging Scarlett to go to a celebratory dinner with Damien while begging off with some lame excuse himself, so it's hard for me to feel sorry for him when Scarlett admits she had some confusing feelings for Damien, although she does add that he's leaving town and she's past them anyway. Also, Scarlett talks to Rayna about how tough it is to be dating another musician, and Scarlett, I'm not exactly about Rayna's and Deacon's dramz all the time either, but for you to compare your relationship with a slow-witted badger to one spanning decades and involving an unstable alcoholic -- especially when said alcoholic is YOUR UNCLE and you know the blow-by-blow of that journey better than almost anyone -- is really just a bit rich. But at least Scarlett tells Gunnar that she's with him and he can grow up any time, and he looks chastened, so that's the end of that, right? SIGH.

  • It's A Date
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    Keep Your Mind Out Of The Gutter

    Rayna and Deacon are having collective writer's block, so he offers to take her out to get the juices flowing, creative and otherwise!

    Who's on a date? Rayna and Deacon.

    Where has he taken her? After some fancy driving to lose their determined documentarian (as someone who works in that industry, I kind of feel you, Gene), they hit everyone's favorite romantic spot: the bowling alley! (I'm serious; bowling is fun.)

    Are things headed in a horizontal direction? The only thing that could stop them is a fire!

  • Awkward
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    Hearts, And Cakes, Aflame

    Situation: Clay has come over to spend some time with Maddie while the 'rents are out, and Maddie asks Daphne to keep an eye on the MacGuffin cake so it doesn't burn. (I mean, set the timer on your phone, Maddie, this is SO SO dumb.)

    What makes it awkward? Well, for no reason other than that the plot apparently needs it, Daphne does not, in fact, get the cake out of the oven, and the next thing you know Rayna and Deacon are rushing home in a tizzy to find Clay and Maddie cleaning up the smoky mess. Hey, at least there was an adult present, right, Rayna?

    How is order restored? While Clay babbles to Deacon about what a big fan he is (and I kind of like that Deacon isn't entirely immune to Clay's fanboyish rambling), Rayna gives Maddie a talking-to, which goes over about as well as you'd expect. But even hopping mad, Rayna calmly, if unsmilingly, manages to tell Clay it was lovely to see him, which is both admirable and hilarious.

  • That Quote
    "Does it hurt?"
    - Daphne, asking Maddie about love but waiting juuuust long enough after the question for us to think she's taking about something else -
  • Awkward
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    Girl Puts Foot In Mouth, Film At Eleven

    Situation: Daphne may be too busy to take a cake out of the oven, but she's got plenty of time to sit for an on-camera interview with Gene about Rayna and Deacon's writing.

    What makes it awkward? Daph, innocently enough, enthuses about how Rayna and Deacon are great with each other and are able to navigate writing together, which seems to her to be quite the artistic challenge. Things go off the rails, however, when she talks about how they love each other "even when it seems like they don't."

    How is order restored? Gene tries to get Daphne to talk about what it's like when Rayna's and Deacon's relationship isn't working, but Daphne, belatedly sensing danger, cuts the interview off right there. Good job there, Daphne, eventually at least.

  • That'll Do
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    Oh, YOU Don't Need The Patterns And Drama, Rayna?

    So Rayna sighs, not for the first time this episode, that they're getting nowhere, but when Deacon reasonably suggests that they go to their corners for a bit and see what they each come up with individually, she accuses him of always quitting; then, not ten seconds later, she's complaining that she doesn't need all the "patterns and drama," like Rayna, ALL YOU ARE IS PATTERNS AND DRAMA UNDERNEATH SOME ADMITTEDLY FLAWLESS HAIR.

  • Wrap It Up
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    The next morning, Rayna wraps herself up in Deacon's arms! They agree that, no matter what's happened between them, they're currently where they're supposed to be! And wouldn't you know it, they both wrote something the night before, and after some "you got your lyrics in my music!" nonsense, they're recording the stupid album! YAAAAAY I guess!

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    As mentioned earlier, Scarlett tells Gunnar to grow up, but I wanted to bring it up again so that you could see Gunnar's responding Sad Badger face!

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    Apparently that exchange was a lot sexier than it seemed, because we cut to Scarlett and Gunnar in bed -- blissfully unaware that Damien has not, in fact, left town, and is saying he needs to see Scarlett! CAN SOME OTHER SHOW GIVE THIS ACTOR SOME WORK AND GET HIM THE HELL OUT OF HERE? I'm guessing no, but we'll find out next week!

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