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Kyle Fowle
December 03, 2015 AT 06:02 AM EST

Any episode of Nashville that starts with a cute tour montage is fine by me. Anything to jar this season out of its depressing tailspin is fine by me, actually. But seriously, when “Three’s a Crowd” opened on Gunnar, Scarlett, Erin, and the rest of the tour crew having fun on their bus, writing songs, playing catch, and stealing glances, I may have audibly cheered in my living room.

Scarlett and Gunnar are rolling into Charlotte for the next stop on their tour, but a kitchen fire in the venue they’ve booked has left them with a rare night off. While Gunnar and Erin choose to explore everything Charlotte has to offer — Erin seems to specifically have various bars in mind — Scarlett jumps at the chance to be spontaneous and heads to the airport to go to Nashville and spend time with Caleb.

When she arrives, though, popping in to see him at work and hoping to grab a quick lunch in the cafeteria, Caleb isn’t too excited. He’s super busy and doesn’t have time to go for lunch, but he tells her they’ll meet up at his place later and spend the whole night together. It’s not the reaction she’s hoping for, but it is somewhat understandable.

Meanwhile, Rayna is in a bit of a panic as Markus, ever the drama queen, has started scrapping songs from his record a week before it’s set for release. She has to rush off to the studio to see if they can find a song to put in at the last minute. Deacon plays the role of understanding husband for the time, but the look in his eyes says he’s not too happy.

When she gets to the studio, the two start going over some songs in the publisher’s database that haven’t been claimed, but after sifting through 40 options, Markus still can’t find anything that suits him. In walks Deacon to unknowingly save the day. Markus is excited to meet Deacon and asks if maybe he can hear some of his old demos and see if he can find one to record for his own album. Deacon is reluctant, but with Rayna on board, he jumps at the chance, if only to please her.

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While Markus is finding his final song, Will is trying to get his songwriting career off the ground. He meets with the publishers that gave their card to Avery, and they offer him a contract straight away. He’s ecstatic, especially when he learns that his song has already been claimed by a huge artist. He’s not as ecstatic when he learns that it’s country legend Wade Cole, the man who didn’t want to take a picture with Will at the launch party, presumably because of Will’s sexuality.

That leaves Will in a tough spot, something Luke knows a thing or two about. He’s sick of being ignored by Colt and wants to understand what the problem is. He thinks it’s about not spending enough time together. Um, Luke, do you remember when your son saw Jeff die and then nobody offered him any support or counseling? Yeah, that could have something to do with it.

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