I really liked that brief moment of Avery finding his song on the radio, and his glee and innocent joy in that one moment.
It reminded me of the scene in That Thing You Do when Liv Tyler and the other guys in the band hear their song on the radio for the first time and they're running around screaming, celebrating together. Contrast that with Avery getting excited but having no one to share that moment with.
Something that really solidified to me this week was how Juliette and Rayna have such different energies. Rayna is loved and lovable, expects and receives everyone's adoration. She kind of lives life on a golden cloud. Juliette is such thinly veiled desperation, with a real loser's mentality most of the time. Juliette feeling isolated on stage, and Rayna more laughing about Juliette's mom being in rehab- you could see these two in high school, Rayna the mean girl and Juliette the angry misfit.
This description reminded me of Serena and Blair on Gossip Girl (without the BFF part, of course). There are definitely differences though. I think Rayna gets respect and admiration from people because she has earned it by working her ass off for years. Juliette craves that but just expects people to give it to her right away (similar to the way that Avery thought he could just walk up to Juliette because they're both artists).
For what it's worth, I didn't think Rayna was laughing about Juliette's mother being in rehab but rather that Juliette made a big to-do about how they were flying back to Nashville for the party when her secret reason was her mom's court date. I'm not saying that she needed to confide in Rayna about her mom's court date, but it seemed to me it was more that Juliette wanted people to think she was playing nice with the record label and doing a dog and pony show when the truth was that she was going to sneak off to her mom's hearing.
The entire on stage performance of her with Liam was kind of crossing into "they're having an affair" line. I can see why Teddy asked her what was going on. Liam's you can't walk away from me, the look he gave when Teddy showed up at the party. The way Rayna was all over him on stage made it look to me that they were more than just musical partners.
I didn't see that at all, but maybe it's because I'm biased from knowing musicians, dancers, and other performers. You can have great onstage chemistry and be physically close, but that often means nothing once you're off the stage. Sugarland is a good example: Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush often lean on each other and make physical contact while performing together but they're both married to other people.
I am so glad all the campaign/election stuff is over. I enjoyed having NONE of that in this episode. I didn't miss Rayna's father or sister either.
I don't know why they bothered making that huge banner for Avery without consulting with him first, especially now that they know he's solo. That banner was a waste of money.
I love seeing Avery's Exes play together. It seems like it's a good cathartic thing for them to do, even if it's just for fun. I don't blame Scarlett and the other band guy for sneaking over to see Avery's show. It's like looking up your ex on Facebook just to see what they're up to while you secretly hope for the worst. I want to like Gunnar, but he can be such a dick. No need to get so jealous/upset about Scarlett going to Avery's show, dude. She's not your girlfriend, remember? Quit being such a control freak! Glad he got his Gibson back though.