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Having moved away from the city of Nashville over a year ago now, it was a bit of a homecoming having the TV show Nashville finally return with its second season premiere.

"I Fall to Pieces" was a great start to the year, servicing each of our favorite characters well and highlighting the stories of a couple of new series regulars along the way.

Rayna in a Coma

It was announced over the summer that Chris Carmack, as well as sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella, had been promoted to series regular for season two. And the writers didn't waste any time building on their hearty story lines that concluded the first season.

The two girls, new to the acting game, were amazing every time they sang in season one, but remained hot and cold in their acting performances throughout. In the season two premiere, however, they proved to be a bright spot.

Watching Maddie and Daphne react to their mother's coma, and then her waking up from it, was deeply emotional. It got a bit misty over here when the two girls realized their mom was actually going to be okay.

Mr. Carmack, meanwhile, who some of us know and love from his days on The OC, has been given the challenge of portraying this character who has such a difficult time figuring out how he wants to live his life.

Will is gay, but gives off this perception of being a womanizer because he thinks it benefits his career aspirations of being a country star. Even to his now good friend Gunnar, he can't admit that he is in the closet.

Carmack has done a great job - especially in the moment in this premiere when he had to tell the girl to head on home - of letting bits of Will's emotions seep out. The guy tries to keep them all bottled out, and at some point that's not going to work.

Let's meet the rest of the band...

Rayna
Yes she was in a coma for most of the hour, but thanks to those interesting flashbacks, we weren't withheld our moments with Rayna. I know we have known about the facts that those flashbacks were showing, but it was still a nice feature to see what the early Rayna and Deacon relationship was like.

Deacon
You had to love this guy taking all of the blame for what happened, even though Rayna was the one driving. He's right. His drinking had a lot to do with why they crashed. Luckily for us, that's not how the law works, because now we don't have to watch him sit in a jail cell for the entirety of the series.

Juliette
The two sides of Juliette Barnes were in full effect here, as much of the premiere she spent complaining about how Rayna's coma was having a negative effect on her album release. She also used Rayna's misfortunes to her advantage with that tribute to her at the album release concert. She can just be an awful person sometimes.

But then there are moments like when she gave her number to Maddie and told her to call her any time, and you have to just adore her. When that heart comes out, and she is actually nice to people, it's fantastic to watch.

The Kids Club
It looks like the love triangle might be back in full effect! Scarlett said no to Gunnar's proposal, but after his trip to the Bluebird, he might be back in her good graces. Avery, meanwhile, has been nothing but good to her for a while now, so anything could happen at this point!

It was a great jumping off point for Nashville Season 2. What did you all think of "I Fall to Pieces?" What were your favorite moments? What didn't you like? Are you excited to see Carmack and the girls have bigger roles  And which song was the best of the night?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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    HORRIBLE SHOW! Sick of it. The writer's make everyone in Nashville out to be HOARS and this is okay? NO it is not, this is actually pathetic writing, TV just a few years ago actually had some decent writers for Prime Time. SICK of everyone sleeping around like that is how people really are and then all the misnomer of being Christians, Typical Liberal idiots in Hollywood and ABC. After watching the most recent episode where the wife who is being cheated on approaches Juliette and asks why she isn't having sex with her...I'm DONE! TURN THE SMUT OFF!!! These people are ridiculous and with a society with enough problems of adultery, pornography and STD's must make all those LIBERALS proud because you hate ethics, morality so much. Disgusted and Callie Khouri I truly feel sorry for you, your family and hopefully your parents aren't alive to see how pathetic of a so called writer, producer, "creator" you really are, no one should be proud of this even the actors. STAND UP for yourselves and the show or get off the air, although ABC has a reputation for this sort of CR_P! Hayden girl, this is a pathetic role for you and not one you or your family, friends should be proud of either, if your father is alive, I'm sure he's disgusted and if not that is even sadder and I'm sorry for you. WILL NEVER WATCH IT AGAIN!!!

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    @ Kate

    Are you ok? You seem a little out of control.

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    This is another show that I like. Great cast, good music and some fairly decent writing. I hope the trend continues.

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    (contd.) really disappointed with writers. Juliette needs someone who will call her out on her BS and Avery will be the one to do that. Please writers take that road!!!!

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    @Terri Pretty sure they didn't forget about them just ignored the fact they were there like I would like to. I hate on every tv show that there is an OTP that doesn't end up together for good until the last season or last couple of episodes and i'm worried that they are going to do this with Deacon and Rayna. Rayna using this as her reason for moving on from Deacon is IMO completely ridiculous. Rayna was driving, Rayna didn't have to pull the bottle out of his hand instead of looking at the road, Rayna lied to him about who the father of her child was for YEARS. Deacon had had basically no time to process the news and was dealing with it the only way he knew how, to turn to his addiction (which is what a lot of addicts would really do in that situation). He made a choice, and so did Rayna so she shouldn't blame that choice on him. Well besides the Rayna/Deacon situation, I really want Avery and Juliette to get together. If they replay the Scarlett/Gunnar/Avery love triangle I will be really disappointed with the writers. Juliette needs someone who will call her out on her BS and he is the one who will do it.

    Joyeful

    Dan, I really enjoy your reviews of this show. Your heart for Nashville (the city) comes out every time.

    First - Can we just give it up for Charles Esten, please? My goodness, he's such a powerful actor; he impresses me more and more every episode. He really shows Deacon's brokenness. He's made such a mess of his life, but I still can't help rooting for his redemption.

    Juliette - how can one person be so revolting yet so lovely?

    Love Triangle - I have always, and will always root for Gunnar when it comes to Scarlett. However, I love Avery's redemption. I'm actually hoping that Avery will be Juliette's saving grace.

    Teddy - I've never understood the whole "let's lie about being pregnant" thing, and why writers even use it. I mean - that lie has a pretty standard expiration date. It's kind of a lazy plot vehicle.

    Drea-xoxo

    Not happy at all!!! why couldnt rayna remember deacon calling her 'baby' and saving her flipping life!! how is everyone now going to treat deacon and rayna once they find out the whole truth? teddy bore me later, will bore me later. gunner hello honey still looking hot!! hope he doe properly grow up and move on from scarlet, don't think she is good for him. avery honey no, you should be lucky that she is even talking to you!! i just want rayna to be happy and no teddy that isn't going to be you.

    the father being behind the death of the mum, twist never saw coming but hmm how will this pan out....

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    I was not impressed with this episode.

    I'm glad it's back but can't wait to see what happens next with the new characters. I'm hoping by the end of season 2 we see Deacon and Maddie getting to know each other on a different level.

    Sarah-silva

    So why did Teddy have a change of heart? I do not like him and think he and Peggy make the perfect couple. However he told her he will only be there for her financially and you could see it coming when Peggy lost the baby. However she will drag it out as long as she can pretending she is pregnant, in hopes that he will change his mind or in the least take his money.
    Will is sure a jerk, hope he smartens up. I really hope that Gunnar and Scarlet get back together.

    Sarah-silva

    I totally forgot that Rayna was driving! I was in fear that Deacon would stay in jail for a long time until the lawyer said there was proof my seat belt marks on Rayna that she was driving. I am glad that when Rayna woke up that she confirmed that. Deacon is very angry and it should all be at himself not at others, especially Scarlet.
    I wanted to slap Juliette several times. The little bit of sympathy I had for her at the end of last season disappeared as soon as she opened her mouth. I am so glad that Avery called her out on it, eventhough she did not seem to care.
    She had one sweet moment with Maddie but to me it seems like she is going to use knowing that Deacon is Maddie's dad , against Rayna. It was nice that she helped Scarlet with the bail money but it was not needed.
    So why did Teddy have a change of heart? I do not like him and think he and Peggy make the perfect couple. However he told her he will only be there for her financially and you could see it coming when Peggy lost the baby. However she will drag it out as long as she can pretending she is pregnant, in hopes that he will change his mind or in the least take his money.
    Will is sure a jerk, hope he smartens up. I really hope that Gunnar and Scarlet get back together.

    Terrie

    Can't wait to see what unfolds this season.

    You forgot about Peggy and Teddy. Looks like Peggy is going to lie to Teddy and to get him to believe she's still pregnant although she miscarried.

    I do wonder what Teddy will try to pull now that Deacon is not going to be in jail.

    I also wonder if Rayna's sister will turn on their father and if he really is responsible for their mother's death.




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