Hart of Dixie Review: Out of Her Shell

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Poor George Tucker. No matter what you tell Lemon while recovering from a crossbow injury and, heck, no matter what you tell yourself, "The Crush and the Crossbow" made one thing clear: you are not just fine.

Far from it, in fact, as the best Hart of Dixie episode of the season gave Team George members plenty of reason to cheer. It also opened Zoe up a bit. Everyone loves Rachel Bilson's doctor, but she's mostly served as a source for New York snark over the last few weeks.

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Here, inspired by the notion that her life is on pause, Zoe leaped out of her shell and gave us a glimpse into the vulnerable woman that her ex of six years scarcely ever saw. Like Addie's take on conversation during an ideal first date, this hour simply flowed. Among the highlights:

Zoe's flashcards. Why are you on death row? Can doctors wear shorts? Team Jacob or Team Edward? Great stuff, but also confusing stuff. I've never understood the argument for Edward. Jacob has more of a personality and much better abs.

The use of town folk. It's a theme I've been championing for awhile, and here we were treated to lines from the mailman, Addie's sheriff husband and those lovely ladies on the bench. Well done, Hart of Dixie. Keep throwing in these cameos and Bluebell will really come to life.

A turtle race. Forget UFC, Fox. This is what you clearly should be putting on primetime. Who didn't love Lavon getting into his play-by-play role, at one point giving a competitor props for flipping back on to his feet and "playing through pain." Yes, I'm a sports nut who can never get enough of sports terms being used outside the typical sports realm. Sue me.

Shelly Long. That was the name of one of the turtles. Amazing.

Lavon and Lemon as co-hosts. I still don't buy these two were ever a couple. Viewers are simply being asked to accept their history, despite a lack of chemistry and a major lack of similarities between characters. Still, it was nice to see Lavon and Lemon having fun here. Every previous scene between them had been awkward and angst-filled. If Lemon really was a fun rule-breaker, as Lavon hinted at, and maybe something happened to set her back on the straight, southern path, that would be a story I'd be interested in learning.

Goe for it! Okay, their potential couple nickname needs work. (Zorge, perhaps?) But George took a major step this week in making up the substantial lead Wade holds over him in our poll. He and Zoe have a love for New York in common, along with whatever indescribable personality traits allow two people to simply feel comfortable with each other. I wish I could explain it better than that, but you all know what I mean, right? When it's right and you're open and honest, it can't always be explained with something as simple as a shared affection for Woody Allen. Although George and Zoe have that, too.

Hart of Dixie clearly must drag out this triangle for as long as possible, because that's what TV shows do, but no one can actually argue for Lemon at this point. George is simply happier when he's around Zoe, that much is clear.

On a sidenote, can Scott Porter get injured every episode? The guy is hilarious when in pain. And we can also assume Wade's comment about once blocking for his high school teammate was a nod to Jason Street, right? I miss 7.

The only downside of this episode? The name Judson. Or perhaps just the way Zoe pronounced it. I kept thinking she was saying Jetson and I kept waiting for a robot maid to appear. But that's a rather small complaint overall. This was a really fun, character-revealing installment. What did everyone else think?


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I want to love George and Zoe but I don't. I shouldn't have to work to like a pairing, especially when she and Wade light up the screen. I think that the premise of the show is the fish out of water, Zoe had her nose up in the air. She is a white collar girl from New Yori city, of course initially Wade is a " loser " to her and she believes the attorney who loves New York is who she wants. He is "safe" and resembles the guy she's always wante, back when she wasn't open minded. Wade is the guy that she should end up with tho but that will take time and she will have to have made the transformation.


WADE, WADE, WADE. George is so bland, so gray. For Zoe, Wade is perfect for Lemon and finally makes it interesting to me and not just desperate, I love Hart of Dixie is so light and fresh.

Linda frazzo

I love this show! I in the Zoe & George/Lemon & Levon camp. Lemon and Levon obviously still have strong feelings for each other. Zoe and George have much in common although I don't know that I see them returning to New York. Instead, I see Zoe coming to love Bluebell and settling down there permanently -- which, of course, is the case as long as the show stays on the air. George and Levon and Wade are all appealing and I look forward to seeing them each week!


Luke was MUCH older BUT very similar.....Wade down the road? !


I hate Twilight, I'm team Damon and Wade!!!


he is like luke, the way wade looked at her as she walked away with judson ive seen that look on luke before when chris come into the diner and luke was always super nice to loreali he did everything to her even made her a hupa when she was going to get married !!!


Here's the thing that you missed about George and Zoe. If Zoe is actually THINKING that things are easy with George, then she's already thinking too much and they aren't "easy" at all. After she realized the ease at her conversation with George, she walked up to Wade and had a truly easy conversation. She dismisses him because he's not someone her parents would want her to be with, and she's still stuck in that mentality. He runs a bar. George is a lawyer. They're trying too hard, but if Wade doesn't win in the long run (assuming there is one), I will be shocked. Plus one for the piglet. I've always wanted a piglet.


Was Wade's wife Rachel Bilson as a blonde?


Team George! Well, he needs to be single first, or else it's just wrong. He and Lemon need to end things...cause they're SO much more interesting apart. Wade is NOT a "Luke" from Gilmore Girls. Not even close! He's been super sweet to Zoe, but I think he's still wayy too much of a boy-man to ever last in a relationship with her. And, honestly, I like single Zoe right now anyways. I don't want her paired up with anyone for a while...let's just enjoy the "triangle" and getting to know Bluebell and this story! It's fun! I hope the writers don't rush things.


Love this show!!! Hope it wins the Peoples Choice for best new series. My only complaint is to much Lemon Breeland and to little Zoe Hart. The shapeless blond can't act, sorry. George is best friend material, Wade is true love.

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