The fallout from last week’s episode of Deacon joining the tour as Juliette’s guitar player continues as the group land in Chicago for two sold-out shows. After Deacon lets on to Juliette on a couple of occasions he’s overwhelmed with the amount of entourage her tour comes with, Juliette starts to feel like she doesn’t want to do her whole ‘brand’ thing anymore and she wants to get more serious, despite the warnings of her manager. She writes a song with Deacon called ‘Consider Me’ that is more in line with that musical ethos and Deacon tells her that “there’s thinking about something, and there’s just doing it”, which appears to be the running theme for this episode. Because of this, Juliette decides to begin her second night’s set with the stripped down song as a surprise, that not even Deacon knows about. Her manager is livid but the performance appears to go really well. Back in the dressing room Juliette hears of thousands of angry tweets slamming her performance, including an important reviewer. She mulls over them until her assistant, who really enjoyed the song, shows her the love on YouTube and everything is righted, making Juliette more determined than ever to do what she wants.
Rayna is also having a difficult time, trying to adjust to Deacon being on the tour after being knocked back by him again and again, whilst facing the wrath of Teddy over the phone who’s convinced it was Rayna’s idea. Deacon mostly refuses to speak to her, and there are several awkward elevator scenes, until Juliette’s manager confronts Deacon after finding out her convinced Juliette to perform ‘Consider Me’. He says that Deacon has no business telling her the distinctions between thinking and doing, and that all he had ever seen Deacon do is think. Straight after this, Deacon gets in the same elevator as Rayna and BAM! He passionately kisses her (with her kissing back) and every fan of the couple melted (including me).
But Rayna’s guilt over kissing her former lover can be ignored, as Teddy bumping into Peggy results in him giving her a lift home after she tells him she’s getting a divorce. Sitting outside her new apartment, Peggy tells Teddy he deserves happiness, and they end up making out and then having sex. Meanwhile Rayna texts Deacon to come and talk to her about what happened, and asks him to meet her in her hotel room. Someone knocks at the door but when Rayna answers it it’s Teddy, come to tell her he wants a divorce. Deacon turns up later but sees Teddy and walks away again, disheartened?
Scarlett and Gunnar get cuter in this episode with their conversations, as both are having issues with their living arrangements. Scarlett can’t afford to pay the rent and Avery owes her money, but she doesn’t want to go near him. Gunnar’s roommates are a pain in the a** and keep waking him up and a crazy hour in the morning and messing about. They play a night with JT and the band but it’s a slow night and $25 isn’t enough to cover Scarlett’s rent. It’s also interrupted by Gunnar’s a**hole roommates.
Avery’s star is rising and he arranges to meet Scarlett at her house, but not without a camera crew who are tracking his rise to fame and filming outside what used to be his home. Scarlett breaks up the filming and is not impressed, demanding the money from Avery. When he doesn’t comply, Scarlett asks Gunnar to move in with her on a strictly friends basis, in order to pay the rent and for him to get some sleep. Avery comes by late at night to give Scarlett what he owes her, sees Gunnar staying there and immediately assumes they’re sleeping together, leading to a stand-off between Avery and Gunnar. They punch each other, then Avery leaves. Scarlett nurses Gunnar’s wounds and the two get closer. Avery then decides to stop sleeping with his manager as he’s really screwed up about the Scarlett and Gunnar situation.
Phew! It’s all going off. If the preview is anything to go by, episode 13 should be huge, so get ready to watch the fallout! Tonight at 10/9c on ABC.