Hart of Dixie Review: A Disenchanted Forest

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A bear may have been loose in the woods on this Hart of Dixie episode, but meow... purr... other feline noises.

Did you hear those? The real trouble got started on "Bachelorettes & Bullets" once the cat was officially let out of the bag.

A New Love Interest

Yes, George Tucker now knows. And Zoe knows George knows. And George knows that Zoe knew and pretty much every relationship we've watched development over the course of this first season has been ruined. At least for now, although not according to Lemon.

It actually fits her personality perfectly that she'd be unable to accept George's final words. She lives her entire life in a kind of denial, still believing Bluebell is all there is in the world and that her affair with Lavon was never that big of a deal, even if viewers know better and there are clearly feelings between the two.

You know, like how George clearly has feelings for Zoe. That's why he got so upset at her. You can't really be hurt by someone unless you really care about him/her. That's been my biggest problem with Hart of Dixie: I never bought George and Lemon. At all. Not one bit. Not one iota. Granted, I don't buy Lemon and Lavon, either, and think Lemon sort of sucks as a character and can't imagine why anyone would date her, but... where was I?

Right. George and Zoe. I'm on Team Wade because he and Zoe are simply more fun together, but I'm also fine with the show pursuing the other relationship possibility (although... Goe? Ducker? They'd need to work on their couple nickname...), as long as it isn't dragged out too painfully.

I don't wanna see George now take another few weeks to forgive Zoe. Her silence - okay, her outright lies - over Lemon and Lavon really were understandable. Let's hope George comes to that determination once he gets some sleep, gets some perspective and realizes: YES! He no longer has to marry Lemon!

Elsewhere, Wade's outburst at Zoe did not feel earned. I understand he may have simply been channeling some frustration toward his brother at the doc (was this use of Justin Hartley satisfactory, Smallville fans? I never watched that show, so I can't speak to his capabilities, but HoD didn't seem to ask much of the guest star), but he certainly sounded like he meant it during his confrontation with Zoe.

He's probably just hurt that she has chosen George, but I really didn't see where he was coming from. As Zoe herself has noted, how many single options are there in Bluebell?!? She went for a vet because he asked her out and she didn't even go for Jesse. They never even went on a date!

Why didn't Zoe choose Wade? Maybe because he prances around with other women in front of her. Maybe because he can be rather rude. Most likely because the writers simply wanted to extend the tension between this pair. But definitely NOT because he's a lowly bartender. That's not a vibe Zoe has ever given off or an avenue the show has hinted at. The accusation here felt quite random, and really says a lot more about how Wade sees himself than how Zoe does.

So... Wade is hurt and angry. George is hurt and angry. Zoe is sad and lonely. Lavon is apologetic and ashamed. Lemon is in denial. Not exactly a positive state for the characters, but a very positive one for Hart of Dixie. Now viewers get to sit back and wonder how each situation will be resolved, starting with this:

Do you think George and Lemon will actually get married?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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