Rayna confronts Lamar and Tandy about luring Teddy into running for mayor. Her dad bitingly reveals that he made her what she is now by paying for her first album. He also brings up a painful family secret from her past. Elsewhere, Randy visits Juliette at her home, but she rebuffs him. That’s because Deacon is already there. Juliette seductively takes his guitar away. She’s got more on her mind than just songwriting.
At the Bluebird, Gunnar praises Scarlett about her writing. He convinces her to put her poems to music. Later, Gunnar volunteers a nervous Scarlett to go up on stage. He accompanies her in performing “If I Didn’t Know Better,” the song they wrote together. They are electric, clearly connected by the music. Watty White, a local institution, is floored by their performance, calling up Rayna and holding his phone out so she can hear what’s out there.
Teddy gives his announcement speech and Lamar comments that he’s a natural. Rayna dutifully goes out on stage to stand by her husband’s side. But her face grows concerned, still uncertain of her own career and the future of her tour.