We always knew Bluebell, Alabama was an unusual place - see races, turtle - but Hart of Dixie drove that point home this week with the reaction of its residents to flakes falling from the air.
Seriously, who doesn't absolutely love a snow day?!?
Granted, "Snowflakes & Soulmates" gave plenty of characters plenty of reasons to curse the power at their feet, starting with Lavon. It's hard to remember a character on a show I've liked more, who was involved in a storyline I like less, than that of Lavon Hayes and his feelings for Lemon.
I've said practically every week that I don't buy it, but that's only because HoD shoves it down our throats almost every week. This is clearly all leading to the former couple's secret getting out - likely right before Lemon says "I Do" - and I'll at least be grateful when that time comes so we can move on from Lavon walking around and pining over a woman with whom he has nothing in common. It's just a waste of a fun Mayor to have him so mopey all the time.
Meanwhile, as much as the sight of Ernie Hudson makes me smile over his role in Ghostbusters, I was mostly frowning during the cheesy, trite nonsense that comprised his appearance here.
The marriage between Lavon's parents had grown stale... he doesn't pay a lot of attention to her... yadda, yadda, yadda. This may actually happen in real life, but that doesn't mean the cliche makes for an entertaining episode plot. Especially when the show chickens out and doesn't even have the wife conduct an affair; she merely got close to someone on Facebook?!? Her major, life-altering decision was to "defriend" her high school crush?
I'm sorry. I know Hart of Dixie prides itself on its PG-13ness, but that's just really lame.
Fortunately, I did enjoy the other two main storylines tonight.
We all knew George and Lemon wouldn't actually elope, but I appreciated George's realization just as the pair almost went through with it. As a happily married man, I can vouch for the fact that there is something to be said for celebrating that occasion with everyone you care about. The pictures, the moments, the memories... you want to make the day as special as possible.
(Sidenote: As someone who also got engaged in Charleston, allow me to stick up for that city: I didn't see a single prostitute on the street and nary a city hall smelled like pea!)
Then there was Zoe. Poor, unloved-by-her-father Zoe. I appreciate how her relationship with Brick has slowly morphed by combatants to cohorts to quasi father/daughter. He's darn right that it's Zoe's dad's loss, but it's obviously understandable that it may be hard for her to see it that way.
I wish we'd get even more of this. Zoe is the lead character, yet she's mostly just throwing out sarcastic one-liners and saving the day with some medical maneuver. I'd love to delve more deeply into what have to be some serious parental issues, considering what we already knew about her mother and found out here about her father.
I'm sure Wade would be a good listener if she ever wanted to open up. He could even make her a tropical drink and serenade her on his guitar in between deep thoughts.
So not a bad episode overall, just a bit cliched and corny at various times. But that's Hart of Dixie for you. We know what we're getting into when we flip it on. I do have one final point of contention, however:
Isn't lying down the worst thing one can do when one might have a concussion? It's a good thing Brick ignored this piece of advice from his coworker.
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