Nashville season premiere recap: Connie Britton's Hair Is in a Coma

In "I Fall to Pieces", Rayna, Deacon, and Juliette (she wishes) suffer from the aftermath of the season 1 finale's car crash
Ep. 01 | Aired Sep 25, 2013

MOMMY, SING SOMETHING Maddie patiently waits it out.

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I'm sorry if I scared you with the most horrifying headline imaginable. It's okay. The tresses are intact. Everyone -- except Deacon, who could be dying in a ditch somewhere and absolutely wishes he was -- is fine. Rayna (Connie Britton) rather easily came out of the induced coma she'd been in for two weeks. A much less scraggly-haired (in most scenes) Scarlett said no to Gunnar's proposal and seems more confident and less mumbly than ever. And Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is back in sweetheart/bitch mode, either rapidly cycling between the two or somehow conveying both at the same time. Love her.

But my heart's swelling the most for Rayna James and her daughters -- that scene at the end where her family and we viewers were suspended in time, waiting for her to recognize them, had me sobbing. The reigning queen of country music would have sobbed, too, had she had full movement of her face. A single slow-trickling tear said everything for her. I'm so hungry. How are my sales? Where is that bastard Deacon?

"I am just not interested in looking behind me anymore," Rayna told her hulking dad while getting some fresh air. "I am just gonna live my life." Vague, yet poignant! Not so vague anymore: We learn from Deacon's new attorney Megan that Lamar was likely involved in the death of Rayna's mom. "Forgive me, darlin'. For everything," Lamar had croaked out over Rayna's bedside before she'd woken up. That's not gonna happen.

Maddie (Lennon Stella) had some good scenes tonight, her daddy issues intensifying just like her mom's had right around her age. And like her mom, Maddie's disappointed in her biological father, Deacon. "If he loved her so much, how could he do this?" she asked Teddy. This was when everyone still thought Deacon had been driving drunk when the SUV crashed. Apparently it took weeks for the right people to connect the dots and determine the diagonal mark on Rayna's torso signaled that obviously she was the one driving. But, you know. Television! Who cares? What's important: The truth is out.

NEXT: Juliette the Innocent wears a series of flowy white dresses

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