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Hart of Dixie Review: Losing Inhibitions, Shirts

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Editor's note: I will try my hardest to review "In Havoc & In Heat" without making a single reference to Nellie and how it was getting hot on Hart of Dixie this week, so the residents of Bluebell took off almost all their clothes.

I will also attempt to do so as a heterosexual male, which could prove to be a challenge considering this episode was clearly aimed a certain female demographic that might enjoy watching Cress Williams and/or Wilson Bethel walk around for 40 minutes without a shirt on. Hmmm.... I wonder if anyone out there like that exists.

Getting Hot in Here

Overall, I enjoyed the antics of this Alabama heat wave, as everything around the edges of the episode was a blast.

Zoe was on fire with her retorts (I'm guessing that's a rhetorical question. I'm also guessing you don't know what rhetorical means); the chemistry between her and Wade was stronger than ever; and you've gotta appreciate the shout-out to Wonder Woman as Zoe was trying on seductive outfits (Rachel Bilson has long been rumored as a candidate to take on that iconic figure if a movie were ever made).

But I have a major problem with one key element at the center of the episode: Lemon Breeland. Specifically, in this case, the relationship between her and Lavon.

Is anyone out there feeling it? I've been given no reason to believe these two were ever a couple. Lavon is charismatic, friendly, social, a world-traveler from his days playing football. Lemon, through four episodes? She's rude, selfish, spoiled, narrow-minded. Heck, I barely even buy her engagement to George, who is as understanding of others as Lemon is short-tempered.

Hart of Dixie is making me laugh when it wants to, but it's not bringing up any other emotion. I watched Lavon cry and almost kiss Lemon with a look of bewilderment on my face, not with any tears welling up in my eyes. Expand Lemon's character, writers, or her heartfelt moments will never resonate.

It's a problem the show has in other areas, as well. Too many characters are one-dimensional. No mother-in-law-to-be in the history of mankind has ever acted as overtly and repetitively rude as George's mom, for instance. This was a chance to soften Lemon a bit, but Mrs. Tucker was painted in such a broad, over-the-top stroke that I didn't take any of her scenes seriously.

Still... I watch. And I mostly enjoy. Zoe and Brick have developed a fun rivalry and, hey, it's not like Bilson - always a hoot - didn't wear a revealing dress of her own this week. There was some eye candy there for my gender, too.

If the goal, as has been stated multiple times by cast and crew members, is to make Bluebell a place in which I'd like to reside, that goal has been accomplished. Just keep me away from Lemon while I'm there. She pretty much sucks.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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I totally agree about Lemon... don't get her at all. How am I expected to believe that those two guys both love her when we haven't seen one lovable trait yet? Not buying it. I too sat looking totally bemused at the scene with Lavon and Lemon. Loving the Zoe and Wade banter!

Uncle-jackass

Any sympathies for Lemon and the mother-in law? Unless I'm imagining things and mother-in laws are always friendly... As for the female oriented episode... I had to try really hard to zone in on only Rachel Bilson.

Ronald-simkins

From the gay guy perspective this was a really hot episode. I think Wilson Bethel has really made Wade his own and is easily the most engaging character on the show.

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There was a brief moment of insight for Lemon, in episode 2. I realized that she's so non-understanding and controlling because she is desperately insecure. I agree, if we saw more insight into Lemon's character, she would be less annoying (although I might hate her no matter what!)

Courtney831831

Matt you are so right! That episode was definitely directed towards us ladies and I absolutely enjoyed it. Rachel Bilson looked smoking too!! Couldn’t agree more about Lemon...I could care less about her story. She is super annoying.

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