Hart of Dixie Review: The Pariah of the Parade

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Someone performed a personality transplant on Dr. Zoe Hart this week.

Throughout "Parades and Pariah," Rachel Bilson's character wasn't the same cold young woman she portrayed on the premiere, which would be fine if events on that episode hadn't taken place just four days earlier.

At the Parade

Remember, Zoe took the job at Bluebell because it was a means to an end: the surgical residency she always dreamed about in New York City. But, here, all she could talk about was Harley and following in his footsteps and not letting down her father, a man she didn't even know existed (in that role) until a few days ago and a man she met once.

It was a pretty big leap to suddenly make Zoe inspired by Harley. Wouldn't she be bitter about the deception? Wouldn't she have a number of questions and complaints? Given time, this storyline could have opened up the character and allowed her to realize that maybe she isn't so urban after all. Maybe she actually has a lot in common with these small-town folks.

Clearly, the show is headed in that direction. But I wish it had taken Zoe more time to warm up to her roots instead of having her instantly embrace her role as the next Harley Wilkes.

And then there's the football costume line. Football costume, really?!? Zoe is the same person who instantly recognized multiple Pro Bowler Lavon Hayes. Now, she suddenly doesn't know proper sports lingo?!? Talk about another missed opportunity. For someone looking to fit in down south, there is truly no better way than to talk college football. This would have been a nice character quirk: Zoe is hated on by the women of Bluebell, struggling to prove her worth as a doctor... but, come Saturday afternoons, she's at the Rammer Jammer and cheering on Alabama with the boys.

Based on what we knew about Zoe before, she ought to be analyzing the intricacies of the spread offense, not looking at her "costume" in disgust.

There were aspects of the episode I enjoyed, however, specifically one that may seem small but has loads of potential: the old women on the bench. Basing a series in a small town gives Hart of Zoe a chance to go all Parks and Recreation on us. It can, and it most definitely should, develop a lot of funny side characters, people you look forward to hearing only a line or two every week, but who make Bluebell feel like a real, enjoyable place.

With these women and with the introduction of Dash DeWitt, I'm hopeful the show is headed in that direction.

Overall, it's understandable for Hart of Dixie to still be figuring out its main character. Let's also hope it depicts more dimensions to its supporting players, though, as through two episodes, George is just the overly nice guy; Lemon the spoiled southern brat; Wade the ladies' man. There's not a lot more to these people, but, yes, I need to be patient. I just said it: this is only the second episode.

And at least Zoe's sense of humor is intact. We were treated to some dynamite snark this week (take that, Michael Bay!), most of which is highlighted in our Hart of Dixie quotes section.

Finally, unfortunately, future installments won't feature Mrs. H because Nancy Travis is off to star in an awful sitcom (ABC's Last Man Standing). It's too bad because she and Zoe made a nice team. Team, Zoe. That's a sports term. Look it up.

Just kidding, readers. What did everyone else think?


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I actulally thought it was touching, Zoe wanting to know more about her dad by taking over his practice. I think she is angry and hurt, but it's her mother that lied to her, and her "father" that stopped caring about her once he knew the truth (can't really blame him, but in that case it would have been better to tell Zoe the truth than letting her believe her own father didn't care about her), so it's not that surprising that she wants to stay a little bit, away from that world where everybody let her down. Plus, all she knows about her dad is how he kept rooting for her. Now that he's dead, she's going to do the only thing she can to know him a little and honor him: taking over his practice. But I think it's still a means to an end. That Harley was her dad gave her the little push to not immediately quit, but she's still doing it for that fellowship. She still needs to practice general medicine for a year, I think she would have stayed solely for her father's memory. In short: she needs that year of general practice, but she decided to do it in Blue Bell for her dad.


Rachel Bilson is right for the role of Zoe. She delivers compassion, charm and sassy. I love Zoe and George. There is just something about them.


Yeah, I agree with the review.


I hate Lemon and her dad.
I already see a future love triangle between George, Zoe and Wade.
I also see an affair between Levon and Lemon or George and Zoe.
I'm gonna miss Mrs. H, but I'm glad that they explained her absence, instead of just writing her out.


not bad, as comforting as the first ep. nice show to relax but i wish they would actually tell us why is Lemon's love for Lavonne so forbidden, why can they not be together.

Leigh r

Love this show. It's like taking a breath from all of the other scheming, supernatural, backbiting tv shows out there. Also love Bilson. That football "costume" line irked me too. We need more George!!!


I love it! Pls let it stay. Characters are amazing, sad to see Mrs. H go.


I really like this show which suprises me because I thought I would hate it. I love Rachel Bilson in this too she plays Zoe very well, so different from Summer in the OC. I started to feel really sorry for Zoe by the end of the second episode and found myself saying will you all just leave her alone. lol.. Lemon she bugs the life out of me, and i honestly think she has been sleeping with the mayor and thats what we are gonna find out soon. I love both Goerge and Wade so I dunno yet who im rooting for to be with Zoe. I just hope they give it a chance and dont cancel it...


Lemon and her father are really terrible. So much for southern hospitality. They are a bit too unappealing for me. I don't even give a crap that the mother ran out of them...clearly she had the good sennse to run from them!

Uncle jackass

The freaky world of this Alabama is scarier than any Hell-mouth or the Hicks town of Bon Temps. I'm genuinely surprised than Zoe is surviving as long as she is in a town that I would expect have pitch forks and fire. P.S "I stereo-type, it's faster."

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Hart of Dixie Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Okay, we don't get ticks in New York City. Kind of like how you guys don't get movies not made by Michael Bay.


If that line ever works for you, tell that poor girl to come to my office so I can dispense her some medicine.