For the first time this season, I felt as if this episode just didn’t work. Zach’s big idea to promote the Rayna/Deacon Story Of Our Life concept album clusterfuck is to film them writing and recording it, and he despatches one Gene Buckholder to the James/Claybourne house for that purpose. The thing is, the creative process isn’t actually that interesting, and a TV show about a uninteresting process is… uninteresting. And it becomes actively irritating when Rayna and Deacon head out, leaving The Girls baking a cake. “Do not forget to take the cake out!” Maddie tells Daphne, running upstairs to make out with Clay, and the rest – fire alarm, etc. – writes itself. Then Rayna, noting Deacon’s lack of enthusiasm for the concept album, decides to pick a fight with him for no particularly good reason, ignoring the fact that the whole stupid idea was hers in the first place.
So… are the Exes going to cheer me up? Oh no. Scarlett has now visibly decided that Damien, the tyrannical director, is actually quite hot, and goes for dinner with him, at the end of which he kisses her. For some reason she later tells Gunnar that she “felt something” for Damien; for some reason she expects him to be OK with that; and for some reason she compares it to “all the crap (he’s) put (her) through”, which as we observed last week now seems to be Nashville’s established narrative, even though it bears no resemblance to what actually happened. They make up, but there’s trouble ahead: Damien had told Scarlett that he was going to leave the country, but he’s still in Nashville. Fortunately I’m not as invested in Gunnlett as I used to be, because they’re both idiots.