The drama continued last week with episode 10 of 22 airing on our screens, so naturally as with any other week, I’m on hand to recap everything for you. It’s like I’m doing a service to humanity.
In Episode 10 Rayna and Juliette begin their tour together, ‘Red Lips And White Lies’. They’ve been doing small shows, and are about to do their first big show, where all the creases should have been ironed out. After abandoning her ‘official’ wedding, Juliette is trying to divorce Sean, but he wants an annulment instead. Juliette is furious as she doesn’t want to take back that they were married, however briefly, and wants it to stand as a mistake that she can learn from. However, after a confrontation between the two of them where Sean states that he only wants to be married once (no doubt due to his faith), Juliette retracts her petition for divorce and agrees to the annulment. She apologies and explains her actions but Sean still condemns her, saying that now he knew her he didn’t like her at all, in so many words. Considering the person Juliette is, I have a feeling this is going to hit her hard in the coming episodes, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she started to downward-spiral.
Meanwhile Rayna is struggling with going out on her first tour since losing Deacon as her guitar player. She isn’t happy with the performances of the first two guitar players, and after firing one and the other quitting, she eventually convinces her producer Liam to join them for a few shows. He is begrudging, so as a gift she buys him a pair of expensive cowboy boots. He tells her that it’s not his thing, and that he isn’t Deacon, or anything like him, and that she is scared of going out on stage and having things feel differently without Deacon. Rayna is also having difficulties adjusting in her marriage and initially doesn’t want to join Teddy and her daughters for the night of the election. After all things considered, she goes to surprise them, to witness Teddy winning the election. Prior to this it was deemed to be neck-and-neck between Teddy and Coleman, and it is suspected that Lamar may have bought some votes against Teddy’s will in order to get him to win. I can see this blowing up in weeks to come.
Deacon is still out on tour and this episode is playing in Austin. He has got Scarlett and Gunnar free tickets but Gunnar declines, saying he has to see family. He drives Scarlett up there from Nashville, and despite her prying gives nothing away. He then drives to seemingly pick his brother up from jail, who we later discover has spent 8 years inside for a robbery. Gunnar has set him up with a halfway house, but when he comes back to the motel they’re staying in, he finds his brother has sold his guitar or something similar, has a gun stored down the back of his pants, and has packed up to leave without saying goodbye. After a confrontation, Gunnar gives in to letting his brother leave, despite the fact that violation of his parole may mean he’ll end up back in jail pretty soon.
Scarlet isn’t doing much better, after seeing the gig she gets hit on by the lead singer, who is jealous of all the attention Deacon is getting, and who has clearly decided that bedding the niece is the best way to get back at him. He leads Scarlett into originally a ‘groupie’ type room, which gets quietly evacuated by staff who are on an understanding, and he tries to rape her. At this point Deacon realizes Scarlett is no longer hanging around and goes to look for her, punching the bodyguard by the door of the ‘groupie’ room, and beating up the lead singer trying to rape Scarlett. Deacon gets fired from the band, but he doesn’t care. It seems something was bothering him the whole time he was out (and I suspect it may have something to do with Rayna/Maddy?).
Avery is trying to make his way up the music industry career ladder still, and after sleeping with Marilyn, his manager, again, he discovers that she was keeping the contract from Dominic from him. She tells him he only gets a 9% royalty rate, which, with other detractions, is very low and that Dominic is trying to screw him over because he thinks he’s naive. Showing this very naivety, Avery is furious and goes to Dominic himself, who manipulates him by letting Avery drive his expensive car, and explaining to him that because Marilyn gets a cut, she just wants more money out of the deal. It then transpires that Avery has signed the deal, and that instead of an advance (which is money loaned to the artist, which they use to pay for everything including studio time, tours, merchandise etc, and then must be paid back to the record company with royalties before they can start earning anything) Dominic has bought him an expensive car instead. Marilyn protests, trying to warn Avery of what he has done, but Avery turns on her, snarling in her face that she should get on board, because she works for him.
I love this because it shows the true nature of the music industry in general to a mass audience, and a lot of the drama here has the potential to develop even further in the coming weeks. Are you excited? Tonight is the next instalment with episode 11, at 10/9c on ABC.