ABC’s Nashville returned for its fourth season on Wednesday night answering the long-awaited question from last season … did Deacon (Charles Esten) or Bev (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) flatline? It took almost just under five minutes before any of us knew for sure.
The series had moved the story forward one month in time before even revealing who it was! But as we learn that Deacon is alive and well and up and around, Beverly had an aneurysm during the liver transplant operation that saved her brother’s life.
Bev is comatose in the hospital. Deacon is racked with guilt for surviving at his sister’s expense. However, in a touching moment, as can only be played by series star Charles Esten, Deacon is overcome with emotion when his sister grasps his hand as if she can hear him. Is she finally coming to?
Rayna’s (Connie Britton) Highway 65 record label has taken a major nosedive, and she has become the laughing stock of the music industry. She severed ties with Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). But meanwhile, Juliette is hell-bent on destroying herself as her career is sky-rocketing again! She sings a duet of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” with guest star Steven Tyler at the premiere of her motion picture about the life of the legendary country and western singer. However, Juliette is drinking and partying all night to the point where’s she’s puking on the bathroom floor. She calls Rayna for help. Rayna gets on a plane and leaves Deacon to figure out what’s going on with Juliette. When she gets there, Juliette wants her to leave. Juliette also had a major confrontation with Layla (Aubrey Peeples)! Tensions are running high between these two! Catfight coming anyone?
Avery (Jonathan Jackson) is in Ohio with his parents and baby Cadence. After debating whether to contact Juliette, he sends a text message to Juliette, but she does not reply. He then decides he is going back to Nashville and ends up moving in with baby in tow, with Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Will (Chris Carmack). A country version of .. Three Men and a Baby on the way this season?
As for Will, he is struggling with coming out. He went into seclusion, grew a beard, and cannot seem to get comfortable with his admission. After shedding the beard and cleaning up, boyfriend Kevin (Kyle Dean Massey) wants to help Will, so he takes him to a gay dance club and that completely freaks the guy out. Will is lost, still uncomfortable with who he is, and doesn’t know where to go from here.
Gunnar and Scarlett (Claire Bowen) write and sing beautiful songs together. During last night’s episode, they performed the tune “Wake Up When It’s Over”. But while they kiss and make-out in the middle of singing together, and Scarlett tries to deny her attraction to Gunnar, she eventually tells her doctor boyfriend (Nick Jandl) that she loves him!
What did you think of the season premiere of Nashville? Were you pissed about the one month jump before learning Deacon’s fate? Are you rooting for Avery and Juliette to get back together … somehow? Is Scarlett still the most annoying character on primetime TV? Did you catch former GH and Y&R star Scott Reeves during it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and watch Sam Palladio and Claire Bowen sing the catchiest tune from last night’s season opener!