Juliette Barnes is “Yelling from the Rooftops” with the recording her latest track. She wants it to be perfect, so she has her bleary-eyed crew working into the wee hours of the morning. All-night recording sessions are a great way to avoid spending time with your drug addict mama. When Juliette finally returns home, she finds Jolene passed out next to a scruffy-looking fellow addict. The guy is literally kicked to the curb once he regains consciousness. As for Jolene, she reads her daughter the riot act on the front porch. Juliette is humiliated to see that several neighbors have witnessed the entire disturbing scene.
Rayna James wants her next album to be new, original and great. She’ll have to do it with a new guitarist now that her longtime collaborator is out of the picture. Speaking of Deacon, he’s not happy with the fact that the verses for the tune “American Beauty” are being tweaked for a TV commercial Rayna is reluctantly doing. A late night meeting between these two to discuss the matter does not end well. This has Rayna wondering if maybe she should start writing songs solo. It’s a way for her to move forward.
Teddy’s confidence heading into his first mayoral debate is shaken the moment his worthy opponent, Coleman Carlisle, brings up his father. He’s also rattled by the fact that there’s going to be an audit involving a past project. Teddy floated about two million dollars in funds so the project wouldn’t fold. He did so with the help of his partner/friend, Peggy. They returned the money, but it’s still embezzlement. Only one person can get him out of this mess. Lamar assures son-in-law that he is NOT going to turn out like his father.
Hailey is looking to keep things casual with Gunnar, who learns that he and Scarlett have a chance to showcase their tunes for Lady Antebellum’s producer. They need a second guitarist to round out their sound. Scarlett is pleasantly surprised when Avery offers to lend a hand. The Lady A producer is impressed with Gunnar and Scarlett’s performance of “Loving You is the Only Way to Fly” until Avery’s background guitar-playing makes its way to the foreground. Jealousy rears its ugly head at the worst possible time. This leads to post-session blowup between the two main men in Scarlett’s life.