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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

January 1-8
“Back in Baby’s Arms” | Nashville

Happy New Year, lovely friends! Cheers to another year filled with wonderful TV moments! 

With Brooklyn Nine-Nine kicking off the new year with an excellent two-part winter finale, the rest of the week was set in motion. Chicago Fire and P.D. returned with incredibly entertaining crossovers. Emerald City premiered with a promising Pilot and Nashville’s second episode aired in its new home. And what a wondrous episode it was reminding me personally of why I fell in love with this show in the first place.

Other than Connie Britton’s extraordinary hair and effortless ability to make me cry, the stories behind the music is what lured me in to Nashville. It was upon learning about Deacon and Rayna’s history that I found myself most entranced with this show and while the two have been solid for a while now, the lack of music has been sticking out like a sore thumb. So when Rayna proposes that she and Deacon write an album together to tell their story, you could hear angels sing. (Am I right?) And his hesitance in the beginning made his decision in the end that much more profound. Their story has been messy, it’s been ugly, it’s been painful, and it’s been dark at times, but these are the experiences in their life that have made them stronger as individuals and a couple. These are the experiences that they’ve needed to face in order to become the people they are today. These are the experiences they needed to write the kind of songs that pierce the bones and ignite the heart on fire. These are the experiences that become magic. The profound, undying love that’s fueled them from day one stands as a perpetual force to be reckoned with. And to lay themselves bare as they will in this album is an incredibly beautiful form of vulnerability. A kind of vulnerability that’ll not only heal them but anyone who’s experiencing something similar. It’s stories like this that make music unexplainable and special.

Charles Esten and Connie Britton have always had jaw-dropping, gorgeous chemistry, and in that final scene as Deacon sang to Rayna, the room filled with profound adoration. You could feel their love radiate off the screen. You could see their hearts. And despite how painful writing this album may be, we can be certain that it’ll result in some of the most moving, heartfelt moments in Nashville’s history.

What was your favorite moment of the week?

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