Nashville Season 2 Episode 1 Review “I Fall to Pieces”

Nashville Season 2 Episode 1 I Fall to Pieces (3)

After the melodrama of Nashville’s first season finale, this episode, ‘I Fall to Pieces’ had a lot of mess to clean up. There was the results of Rayna and Deacon’s car accident, Scarlett’s answer to Gunnar’s proposal and Peggy’s pregnancy, to name a few, and most of the issues that have been plaguing Nashville fans all summer have now been sorted out.

But that doesn’t mean we’re without excitement, however, as Rayna lies in a coma and Deacon faces hard jail time after letting the court believe he was driving the car. The only one on his side is sweet, loyal Scarlett; while everyone else is too busy worshiping St. Rayna with candles and tributes outside the hospital. Deacon is in an even worse state than he was last year, still reeling from the baby-daddy revelations and letting himself believe that he killed Rayna just so he can hate himself on an appropriate level. Flashbacks to their younger days helped flesh things out, but mostly they just meant that Connie Britton would be in the episode.

The most annoying storyline of last season doesn’t seem to have been wrapped up yet, as the Avery/Scarlett/Gunnar love triangle hangs around this episode like a bad smell. She turned Gunnar down after his misguided proposal in the finale, thank god, but now she’s got Avery making eyes at her again from across the Bluebird. Isn’t it time we brought in another girl for one of them to chase after? I don’t know about you, but it feels as if this particular relationship drama should have stayed in season one. One development is that Scarlett is leaving the Bluebird with a record deal, and a new friend and roommate has arrived.

I liked the Juliette stuff in this episode, as it felt as if her transition from using Rayna’s accident as a PR stunt to genuinely regretting that her friend was in the hospital was a nice summary of what happened to her character during the first season. It’s only been two weeks in Nashville time, so she’s still missing her mother, and the moment she shared with Maddie was really very sweet. On that subject, Maddie has taken her glasses off and had a complete makeover in the two weeks since her mom was almost killed – probably a hint that she’ll have a bigger role to play this season.

There were a couple of good set-ups in this episode, but it was disappointing to see that most of the action involved either a repeat of things we’ve already seen or a continuation of storylines we thought were done. The less said about Teddy and Peggy’s pregnancy storyline the better, I think, and something about the Will storyline just isn’t clicking for me. Maybe it’s because it feels so dated, but I’d rather deal with whatever’s happening with Rayna, Juliette and Deacon than spend time with a guy stuck in the closet. All in all, this was a serviceable start to the season, but I hope there’s a bit more to hold onto next week.

What did you think of the episode? Did Rayna’s dad have something to do with her mother’s death? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments below.