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Hart of Dixie Review: The Other 1%

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It seems impossible that Hart of Dixie had this in mind when it filmed "Faith and Infidelity," but the episode ended up depicting a stark contrast between Bluebell and Manhattan. Consider:

While thousands Occupy Wall Street in the latter, protesting against the a system that rewards the wealthy 1%, the lesson Zoe learned in Alabama this week was based around a very different 1%, that sliver of hope where cynicism falls prey to optimism.

Lemon and George

Was it a bit saccharine? Absolutely. But that's Bluebell for you. There may be sniping here and STD-based controversies there, and the rumor mill may churn faster than it does in the headquarters of Us Weekly, but the message has been the same every Monday night:

This is a calm, loving place in which to reside. Everyone really does mean well and almost every problem really can be solved over the church pancake breakfast.

In this regard, Hart of Dixie is unlike any show on TV. It's not trying to shock viewers on a weekly basis (every single fan had to know the minister wasn't cheating and Zoe would be proven wrong, right?) with twists or turns or cliffhangers. It's simply dropping us down in a southern town and giving Zoe a medical case of the week to tackle. It lacks the technology of CSI or the occasional gore or Criminal Minds, but at its core, this is a procedural.

And that's mostly refreshing. One doesn't need to think very much when viewing. You can just sit back and enjoy Lavon's positive attitude, George's smile, Zoe's one-liners, Wade's singing voice. You can hope Zoe finally gives in and hooks up with her neighbor, too, while wondering how she resisted last week when he rarely wore a shirt and this week, when we learned he's actually the sensitive son of a drunken father.

Still, I can't help it. I could use some kind of ongoing storyline, some sense of urgency each week, as opposed to yet another episode concluding with Zoe discovering something else about Bluebell she actually loves. It's getting a bit repetitive and predictable.

And, man, Lemon is getting more and more irritating. She shudders at the concept of tapas and big cities and just comes across as close-minded and ignorant. Typically, the stereotype works the other way: northerners scoff at southerners and assume they are all the same. But Lemon continues to prove that both sides can be biased. What if George does want to move back to New York one day, Lemon? Would you not go with him? Maybe it would make you realize that while pancakes on Sunday morning are delicious... so are scrambled eggs at 4 a.m. after a night out.

Perhaps, though, Lemon is more afraid of George leaving her than she is of him leaving Bluebell. In which case, allow me to say: do it, man! You two are nothing alike. You want a wide road to help with transportation; she wants to re-cover a bridge to help her standing in some stuff club whose members wear big hats.

Complaints about Lemon and the similar nature of each episode aside, I do look forward to spending time in Alabama every Monday evening. I just itch for a bit more sometimes. Maybe Lavon can find me a powder for that.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (96 Votes)

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@Clinton I noticed the same thing, i thought i watched them in the wrong order online but the reviews go in the same order....weird they defiantly aired them in the wrong order!

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Is it just me or did anyone notice that Addie shows up in this episode introducing herself to Zoe for the first time yet in episode 4 she is already at the practice helping out and Zoe is already familiar with her. Was Episode 4 supposed to be Episode 5 and episode 5 be episode 4 it seems like it would make sense that way

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I think the show is not a drama, but it has some very heightened aspects in it. For example, the clothing. While some are complaining about Lemon's get-up, you also have to notice that Zoe parades around town in her mini Chanel shorts. It's supposed to be a heightened form of Southern vs. New York style. I think that's the same case for their accent/dialogues. This show is a breath of fresh air that also has its own unique identity. This week's episode pushed believability to an uncomfortable line, but I won't judge it too quickly. It'll take about 10 - 12 episodes before we can really see if Zoe, Wade, Lavon, Lemon and George will be built into 3D characters.

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LOVE THE SHOW, that being said I am from Alabama and need to say a few things. First off, they portray us favorably. Alabama is always first or second when in comes to obesity in the country. You rarely see that on the show and were all portrayed as gorgeous models. We are overwhelmingly EXTREMELY poor and while kind and church going, were overwhelmingly predjudice. We would nevet elect a black mayor, especially in a small town. Black folk don't go anywhere outside of Tuscaloosa and Mobile and even then, people here are close minded compared to other parts of the country. Look, I'm a realist and I don't sugar coat. We have a strong accent and a lot of us have crooked teeth and live in shacks with DIRT roads. Now about a third of us are EXTREMELY kind and god fearing BUT the prejudice is overwhelming. The poverty and obesity is also. The good looking girls are "cute" not gorgeous and can be extremely catty and defensive about our state. The wear a lot of makeup and wear heels to football games. They DO NOT care about football players. I graduated last year from the U of Alabama...Roll Tide. Anywats, thought Id clear that up for better or worse. Lemon is barely watchable and George and Zoe have no scenes. I'm Loving Wade and Zoe tho. Bilson is fabulous as always. Lemon and Lavon is so hollywood, awkward

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Zoe was funny. Lemon is possibly the worst tv character ever. I can't stand her. George/Lemon's "relationship" is horrible. They have few scenes and no chemistry. George's "I love you" was laughable.

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This show portrays cartoonish stereotypes of southern culture. The costuming and accents? Really? And the Lemon clique might be acceptable in high school but not among adults. Not to say adults can't be exclusive, but they're generally more subtle about it. I've lived in the South all my life, in large cities and very small towns. I find Hart of Dixie to be insulting. It's too bad. The premise is good: big city girl moves to small town, learns compassion and finds friendship. Somewhere along the way, though, someone got carried away with their "vision" of small town southern life.

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ZOE AND WADE

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Lemon's just like a royal pain on Hart of Dixie!! she and her friends are so annoying!! as for Zoey, always catches us by surprise every week!! crashing into the church in her pyjamas, so funny!! Wade, one word: "awesome", he's a charming, sexy, witty, great-abs neighbor and now caring, emotional son!! love to see more chemistry between Zoey/Wade!! Screw Lemon!!

Ronald-simkins

How can you not love a son who sings "Moon River" the theme song from one of the gayest movies in history - "Breakfast at Tiffany's". I mean Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Truman Capote?

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urgh how preachy. it kind of annoys me that they're all like, there's no place for cynicism in bluebell. I think the town is overly naive. is it really such a leap to think that someone with syphilis is cheating, or being cheated on? besides, lavon hayes might be all about optimism, but he's pining over a bitch who's engaged to someone else. that's not optimism, that's denial. and i also hope zoey hooks up with wade and not george. george is so vanilla and boring. and someone please explain to me WHY he's going out with such a stereotype? i understand that hod is all 'bluebell's awesome,' but there are some benefits to being a city girl that i think should probably be pointed out