Because at the end of last season, he’d just gone through a live liver transplant — his sister was the donor — and no one knew if he’d pull through.
He did, and he looks better than ever.
Other things happened on Wednesday night’s (Sept. 23) show, but the “Deacon’s Second Chance at Life” storyline was by far the one that mattered most.
I suppose it’s worth mentioning that his sister Beverly almost died during the operation, but after worrying Deacon half to death with that month-long coma of hers, she finally pulled through by the end of the episode. That is so like her: to make it all about her.
The Claybourne clan wasn’t the only one suffering, though. Juliette is having some extreme postpartum issues, and is apparently trying to drown them with vodka.
Scarlett is struggling with her own physical issues. The ones where she can barely extinguish the fire between her and Gunnar, while settling for her Dr. Boyfriend and his obvious desire to settle down.
Then there’s Will.
After finally coming out as a gay man, the country singer feels like he just doesn’t belong. Not in his old places, not in gay bars (where he realized he certainly doesn’t belong on the dance floor). Not anywhere.
“I don’t get it, man. Why did you come out just so you could stay in,” Gunnar asked him on behalf of us all.