Last night, Nashville returned with all-new episodes with the premiere of their second season and a lot happened within the hour! First, we learn that of course, Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon ( Charles Esten) survived the car crash, but Rayna ended up hooked up to a ventilator in the ICU in a coma, while Deacon wound up in a prison orange jumpsuit and thrown in the slammer facing involuntary manslaughter charges if Rayna dies. Instead of fighting for his freedom, Deacon feels he should remain in jail for breaking his sobriety and in his mind causing the accident that put Rayna hovering between life and death.
While she lay in her coma, Rayna flashbacks to her earlier relationship with Deacon! We see Rayna and Deacon in their younger days (still played by Connie Britton and Charles Esten) and how Rayna became pregnant with his child … they were going to marry as he proposed to her and gave her a ring …. how he fell off the wagon, and how she gave him back his ring! The doctors eventually bring Rayna out of her coma, and the fear is that she will not recognize her family! In the end, she does! So we don’t have to go through weeks of amnesia!
The “hankie moment” of the episode belonged to the wonderful performance of Charles Esten! Deacon’s lawyer, found out it was Rayna who was driving the car the night of the crash, not him. So she comes to his cell with happy news, that he’s being released because Rayna woke up and confirmed that he wasn’t driving. Watching Deacon as played by Esten, overcome with joy and relief that his beloved Rayna is OK was the moment of the episode!
Elsewhere, Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) miscarried Teddy’s (Eric Close) baby and now lied about it to his face! And when Will (Chris Carmack) helps throw a bash to help Gunnar (Sam Palladio) get over Scarlett’s (Claire Bowen) rejection of his marriage proposal, a gay guy Will knows is at the party which doesn’t sit well with him and that is an understatement! Alone with him, Will grabs the guy in a scene reminiscent of Brokeback Mountain to us! And when the young man goes into kiss Will, the country and western singer hits him! Plus, we learn that Lamar (Powers Boothe) may have been the one to cause the car accident that killed Rayna’s mother!
Finally, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) bonds with Maddie (Lennon Stella) and learns that Deacon could be Maddie’s father, not Teddy! What will she do with the info? And Gunnar and Scarlett sing together one more time, while Avery (Jonathan Jackson) looks on, but Avery seems to be on to Juliette’s shifty ways of marketing herself to the public! Is it love?
What did you think of the season premiere of Nashville? Did you like the flashbacks? What was your favorite story point? Let us know!