Since the month off between new episodes made it clear that many of us have become addicted to Nashville, it was perfect that "When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts" showcased the addictions of many of our favorite Nashvillians.
Whether it's as life threatening as drug addiction, as romantic as being addicted to a loved one or as silly as a television show addiction, there is always sometimes that one thing that is so difficult to let go of.
The obvious ones that have been on display throughout Nashville Season 1 have been drug and alcohol related. Deacon and Jolene are currently in different stages of their sobriety, but both are making it clear to others that that is something very important to them.
Jolene has been taking it so seriously as of late that the sessions with her in-house counselor were getting to be too much for Juliette. With all that was going on in the pop star's professional life, she couldn't handle any personal issues with her mother.
The problems with mom - or Juliette's inability to deal with her own issues about the situation - caused major trouble for the young starlet. Nobody wanted to see those kids get hurt at her impromptu country bash, and it was a little awkward seeing Rayna scream at the top of lungs about it - but if that's what it took to get Juliette to start seeing life a little more clearly (and all the injured people are okay), then I'm glad it happened.
Personally, I can't get enough of a previously mean or rude television character changing his/her ways. The smallest bit of sincerity out of a jerk goes a long way, so the happiness that Juliette brought to her mom's heart when she asked Jolene to come out on tour with her was multiplied tenfold for me. When the songstress then explained that she was going to go pay the hospital bills for all of the hurt kids?
That was the giant and delicious cherry on top.
Not only is Deacon a recovering alcoholic, but apparently he's a recovering Raynaholic as well. As much as I enjoyed Deacon's kiss with the Queen of Country weeks ago, I can only see Coleman goading him into something serious with the vet as a good thing.
- First, it gave us wonderfully awkward moments like Deacon responding with "yup, nope, nope" as he attempted to ask her out on a real date.
- Second, it will create even more complexities to the inevitable rekindling of the Deacon/Rayna flame down the road.
- And third, that vet is really cute, and if these two really hit it off and end up with something serious, I wouldn't be opposed to that. As long as Deacon is happy.
Seriously, how about another round of applause for Chip Esten? The former Whose Line is it Anyway star continued to impress with his superior dramatic acting skills, most noticeably in that scene outside the bar with Gunnar and Scarlett.
I mean, did Gunnar have any other choice but to turn around and get back in the car after that speech by Deacon? It was so powerful, so emotionaland so wonderfully acted by Esten that you just had to listen to what he was saying.
And Gunnar did. He let go of his need to avenge his brother's death, and decided to heed Deacon's advice. Hang on to her.
Even though they both attempted to claim that sleeping together didn't mean anything, and Gunnar obviously used his sadness about his brother as an excuse for why he could push their feelings to the side, these two love birds seemed to finally get into something serious.
The only question now is whether Scarlett's addiction to success - or maybe just doing the right thing - will cost their relationship. She couldn't help but go to that audition. She wants to excel, but she also couldn't live with herself for standing up Rayna and the gang. Unfortunately for Gunnar, that blonde's talent is so good that she was snatched up as a solo act. I can't imagine that will go over too well with her new beau.
With Rayna and Teddy's divorce causing issues with the kids, Coleman's addition to Teddy's staff causing issues with Lamar and Avery taking issue with Dominic's plans for his music, there was a lot going on in this week's episode of Nashville.
It was a welcome return for the ABC drama. What did you all think of "When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts?" What were your favorite moments? What did you not like about it? And how did we wait a whole month in between episodes?!?!
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.