In the "Nashville" Season 2 premiere, "I Fall to Pieces," we get all the fallout from the accident. Rayna fights for her life in the hospital, while, in prison, Deacon gives up on his. Scarlett struggles to help her uncle, and Juliette once again tries to make everything about herself.
After the accident
We see Deacon, his arm severely slashed, dragging an unconscious Rayna from the wreckage. Flash ahead two weeks to the hospital. Tandy and the girls watch over Rayna, who's in a doctor-induced coma to deal with swelling on her brain. Meanwhile, Teddy attends Deacon's hearing, determined to use all his clout to get Deacon the maximum sentence.
Deacon claimed to be the driver, and since he was drunk, it's a serious offense. He pleads guilty and says he doesn't need a lawyer. The judge sets the bail at a million dollars and tells Deacon that if Rayna dies, he'll get involuntary manslaughter charges -- and he should get a lawyer. As Deacon gets taken back to his cell, the guard ominously informs him that a lot of the prisoners are Rayna James fans.
All about Juliette
Selfish as usual, Juliette's only concern is that her album drops the next day, and because of the accident, all of Rayna's old hits are climbing the charts. But Glenn informs her that their record company's been bought out, so he really has no control over what happens with the album.
Will and Gunnar's party goes up in flames
Since Scarlett said no to Gunnar's marriage proposal, she's moved out. Will suggests a wild party to help Gunnar move on. The house fills up with hot girls, but Will is surprised to also see his ex-boyfriend. He handles the sexual tension in their private argument poorly and lashes out with violence. When his girlfriend stumbles on the scene, Will claims he was hit on, and his ex runs from the room.
A drunken Gunnar gets talked into purging Scarlett from his life by burning the couch she left behind. The whole crowd gathers on the front lawn for the bonfire. The flames get too big, the fire department is called, and the party ends sooner than planned. Later that night, Will sulks in his bedroom, gruffly sending his girlfriend home because he's "not in the mood."
Scarlett struggles to help her uncle
Scarlett visits Juliette and asks for a loan for Deacon's bail money. Jealous that Avery still has a crush on Scarlett, Juliette cruelly tells her to cut her uncle loose and that addicts will always let you down.
When she visits Deacon in jail, he tells her he's a drunk and that she should just stay away. When she says he's been like a father to her, he explodes, shouting that he's nobody's father. He storms back to his cell, leaving her in tears.
Gunnar decides not to move on
Gunnar shows up at the Bluebird for the party celebrating Scarlett's record deal and her last day as a waitress. She asks him to duet with her on one of the songs they wrote. Feeling emotional after her terrible day, she's touched that he's being understanding about their break-up. "You don't give up on the people you love," he tells her.
Peggy tries to hang on to Teddy
Peggy tells Teddy she wants to have the baby. He says he can provide financial support and nothing else. She reluctantly agrees.
When she goes for the ultrasound, however, Peggy learns that she miscarried. When she meets Teddy for dinner later, she tearfully tells him that she heard the baby's heartbeat that day. Once again, crazy Peggy is going to lie to keep Teddy in her life.
Furious that she can't compete with a woman in a coma, Juliette plays up her relationship with Rayna at her album release concert. She even urges the audience to join her at a candlelight vigil at the hospital, so she can get as much publicity and fan approval as possible. She plans to just slip out the back door as soon as she arrives but runs into Rayna's daughter Maddie.
Feeling lost, Maddie blurts out that the accident was her fault, because of what she found out about Deacon possibly being her father. We can't help feeling Juliette is the last person on earth she should have confessed that to.
Juliette's hard shell seems to soften, however, when Maddie drags her into Rayna's hospital room. Maddie says she must miss her own mother. Juliette is startled, but then shares the story of how her mother loved Rayna's music and they used to listen to it together. Back at home, Juliette has a real candlelight vigil of her own, with a picture of her mother next to a CD of Rayna's. She calls Scarlett to let her know she'll post Deacon's bail.
Rayna wakes up
Though an argument between Teddy and Lamar seems to send Rayna into a dangerous seizure, the doctors rule it a natural effect of her subconscious reliving the accident. Her family is relieved when she's brought out of the coma without any obvious ill effects. She has her memory and recognizes everyone.
Though he tries to get rid of her, Deacon's court-appointed lawyer is persistent. She finds evidence that he wasn't the driver, which makes his behavior reckless but not a crime. Deacon's self-destructive anger at being released turns to relieved joy, when he learns the most important evidence came from a newly awakened Rayna.
Days later, as Lamar and Rayna talk about forgetting the past and moving on to the future, Tandy gets approached again by the DA. She tells them she isn't interested in pursuing a case against her father. The DA tells her she might change her mind when she learns how her father had a hand in her mother's death -- that it was no accident, after all.
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