5 Awesome Things from Last Night's Nashville

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Rayna’s in a coma, Deacon’s in jail, Juliette’s in a rebranding crisis and Scarlett’s NOT in a relationship. Here are the highlights from the season two premiere of Nashville.

Neatly picking up in the wake of season one’s tragic car crash finale, country music queen Rayna James is two weeks into a coma, for which dry drunk Deacon is taking the blame. Rayna’s estranged husband Mayor Teddy negotiates with pregnant former mistress Peggy. Juliette obsesses over her career instead of mourning her recently deceased mom. Scarlett finishes her last week at the Bluebird Cafe before pursuing a new record contract, as Avery and Gunnar pine for her in the distance. In the midst of all that Music City mayhem, these were the top moments.

Juliette is still super bitchy Though she’s clearly distressed by news reports of Rayna’s continued ill health, don’t mistake that furrowed brow for concern. “My new album drops tomorrow. It’s hard enough to bust out of this tween demo,” she seethes to manager Glenn. “Now I have to compete with a saint in a coma.”

Scarlett is still single How can such a beautiful singing voice be so positively grating in conversation? Scarlett’s hushed, frightened little girl tone is at its worst when she’s cajoling one of her tortured artist lovers. No problem with that right now. “I’ve got to learn to stand on my own,” she tells childhood friend Zoey. Apparently, standing on your own strengthens morale and vocal chords.

Rayna and Deacon flashbacks galore Because Connie Britton couldn’t lay in bed throughout the entire season premier. Ever wonder how it was before Teddy entered the picture? Check these dreamy comatose recollections. Rayna with shoulder length hair! Post-rehab Deacon smiling nonstop! Awesome sex between the two! And lots of gut-wrenching heartache, of course. We already know how that story ended.

Juliette’s phony tribute to her nemesis If you can’t compete with a saint in a coma, at least you can borrow her spotlight. Juliette ends the public debut of her new album with a rousing performance of Rayna’s “This Love Ain’t Big Enough,” followed by an impromptu candlelight vigil march to the hospital.

Hot Deacon is back He may hate everyone, especially himself, but at least he isn’t washing down toothpaste with Jack Daniels. They don’t let you do that when you’re the most vilified man in the Nashville pokey. Wait, what’s he doing there anyway? Wasn’t Rayna driving the car? Oh, Deacon, you self-sacrificing schlub. It isn’t just that chiseled jaw that makes us love you.

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  • Aaron Mucciolo

    Honorable mention to the offscreen departure of Marshall Evans because the record company got bought out by ‘a conglomerate’. It was like one step below recasting the part and pretending nothing had happened.