Juliette is being blackmailed by Dante, who has their sex tape and wants $2 million for it. Juliette sends security to give it to him in exchange for the SD card, but Dante bails, and decides he wants $10 million instead. She knows he’ll never stop asking for more, and decides to get ahead of the game by recording an explanation video and appearing on The View to discuss it. Constantly being treated badly by her daughter, Jolene still wants to protect her, so she goes to her old drug dealer, gets some oxy and a gun, and goes back to the apartment to snort it. Once high, she calls Dante telling him Juliette’s given up, but that she has the $2 million if he wants to come over. He does, but when confronted Jolene shoots him, before phoning her daughter (she’s about to go on The View), and telling her how special she is. She then deliberately overdoses on drugs, and is already dead by the time Juliette has rushed back home to find her.
Rayna, meanwhile, is still in bliss with Deacon, but things start to crash down around her when she begins to ease Deacon back into her personal life. She invites him over for dinner with the girls, and it’s all going fantastically (including a Deacon & Maddie duet on ‘Ho Hey’!), when Teddy bursts in unannounced. He fumes at Rayna for letting Deacon hang around the girls, and later files a restraining order, stating that Deacon cannot be within 100 feet of them. Rayna goes to Lamar and asks him to help her get a court date, and she and Teddy fight it out in court a little bit. The judge decides to cover it in more depth at a later date, and resets custody arrangements. Rayna promises Teddy that no matter what she would do nothing to compromise his relationship with Maddie.
Rayna is also looking for a second act for her label. She holds auditions, but no-one really stands out, until Will drops in without an appointment and boldly convinces them to let him perform for them. She really likes him, and announces the creation of the label just before Scarlett’s performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Scarlett is really nervous, and really wants Gunnar to be there, but after being called out on his non-outlaw status at a gig he gets into a fight and ends up in jail with Will, with whom he makes up. The outlaw image is getting out of hand, involving lots of recording sessions with his producer trying to get it right, a persona on stage and a radio interview where he tries to act all tough and pretends to be a ‘player’. Scarlett hears the interview and is upset with him.
While she is waiting at the Opry to go to stage, she receives a box from someone in the audience, and it holds the whisk that Avery handed her as a makeshift microphone, when she was too shy to sing on her demo much earlier on in the season. This gives her the confidence to go out and give a great performance. When she bails Gunnar and Will out of jail, she breaks up with Gunnar, as she tells him she cannot be around this anymore, that she loves him, not his brother.
Tandy is worried about Lamar’s health, and whether him being at the head of the company is the right thing anymore. She organises with the board to take over (and I suspect she’s been waiting for this her whole life), but on the official transfer meeting, Lamar enters, and kicks Tandy out of the CEO seat, putting her in her place. Elsewhere, the episode draws to a close on Maddie, intrigued after finding out that her mom is dating Deacon again, and Teddy’s reaction to that, goes snooping and finds a box full of important papers. She finds the paternity test that says Teddy is not her father.
The season finale is tonight, and judging by sneak peeks and spoilers it’s going to be one hell of an episode! Tune in at 10/9c on ABC. You will not want to miss this!