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'Nashville' recap: 'That's The Way Love Goes'

Deacon tells Rayna about his cancer just as she’s finally ready to reunite.

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Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
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Well, if you were expecting the epic Rayna and Deacon lovers reunion to look like this or like this, do I have some completely opposite news for you. The reunion didn’t deliver nearly as much as the episode’s promo promised, but maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s better that we didn’t see these two running toward each other in slow motion or just kissing their problems away, though can you imagine Ray’s beautiful, majestic golden mane billowing in the wind as she runs toward Deacon? Damn, now I regret everything. Instead, we got real emotion from Rayna as Deacon finally told her he had cancer. She gave him one good slap across the face, and then instantly fell into his arms sobbing. 

So how exactly did Rayna and Deacon’s possible return to romance even come into conversation? Rayna’s 10-year anniversary into the Grand Ole Opry was to blame for this blessed event as Maddie encouraged both of her parents to put aside their complications with their romance and let Deacon be a part of Rayna’s special night. Rayna was the most open about the idea obviously and called Deacon saying she couldn’t even imagine having the night without him being there to celebrate with her. She’s not wrong, it would have been completely off if Deacon were not there that night, since Deacon has been with her since her Opry induction. Did anyone else notice how perfect Ray’s hair was even back then? Seriously, there is some black magic going on around here. Of course Deacon being Deacon—with a huge dollop of cancer-related anger, sadness, and anxiety—said he just wasn’t sure about the idea, even with Rayna using Maddie and Daphne’s Opry debut as incentive. 

It’s a loving, brilliant move on Rayna’s part to ask her girls to be a part of her 10-year Opry anniversary celebration concert, and can we all agree that it’s about time Ray starts letting her kids get some major spotlight? Because damn y’all, those two are incredible. During the conflict over Maddie’s now null and void contract, the one thing I couldn’t argue Teddy on was that Maddie deserved to have a career. He was just wrong (in my opinion) about the age of when to do it and the exclusion of Daphne. I think what makes these two great is the fact that they perform together and they should absolutely be a package deal. But what do I know? I’m just obsessed with all of their real-life videos. 

While the Rayna/Deacon romantic tension began to slowly swell and later explode in all its glory onstage, Sadie was busy getting ready for a big interview on Good Morning America. But when the segment producer called to confirm what questions Sadie would answer, she didn’t know how to handle the situation with her ex’s lawsuit and settlement. Rayna assured Sadie that if she wanted the topic to be off-limits, then it should be. But when Sadie saw a local news story about a woman who had suffered years of domestic violence, she couldn’t take it anymore. She felt the urge to angrily explain her situation and the environment in which she felt forced to live, and that she would no longer allow him to get away with it. Robin Roberts then echoed what we all wanted to say: Good for you. Though I gotta say, I think a “You go girl!” would have faired even better. Meanwhile, at least 100 feet away from Sadie, Pete was watching his ex’s interview and did not enjoy what he was seeing. Considering how much Sadie’s story line and character are being developed this season and especially in these past few episodes, I have to admit I’m growing more attached to her. And I really don’t want to have to worry for her safety again. Let’s hope we see some justice for Sadie rather than more violence in her life. 

NEXT: Gunnar’s Idea of a Band Name—Biscuits & Honey. Really.