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Hart of Dixie Review: George Tucker Time!

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It took George and Lemon to split up for me to finally understand their relationship.

Throughout the opening season of Hart of Dixie, I've questioned why someone so kind and understanding would be engaged to someone to stern and demanding. But George's pre-New Orleans speech to Zoe in "Destiny & Denial" actually made a lot of sense:

There's no way Lemon could date someone like herself. The guy would just fight back and the couple would spent every night apart, one attending the opera and the other a jazz club, for instance.

George in New Orleans

And can you actually imagine Geore Tucker dating someone like George Tucker? It would stand a better chance of success, but it would also lead to nauseating moments where each side coos and tells the other to hang up... no, you hang up... no, you hang up! There's a reason they say opposites attract.

But when it comes out that one of those opposite sides has cheated on the other? With the town's Mayor? Yeah, that's grounds for a break-up, as we saw last Monday.

The development led to this fun episode, which Scott Porter simply owned. It was a hoot to watch George smiling and prancing around town. It was a blast to watch him on stage, showing off the singing voice that he also featured in the film Bandslam and the off-Broadway production of Altar Boyz.

Heck, it was practically inspiring. How great would it be if we all could react to life's most disappointing moments by seizing the day and following the saying that every letdown is merely an opportunity to learn and grow? I know I'd feel better after any split if I could make out with Rachel Bilson.

Sadly, though expectantly, it could not last. George's wonderful world came crashing down on him at the drop of a song, bringing him back to stark, depressing, anger-filled reality. This did at least give Porter yet another moment to shine, as he confronted Lemon on her doorstep, tears streaming down his face.

My only criticism of the episode? And the last few weeks in general? They've rushed Zoe's feelings for George, to an extent at least. The series spent most of its season teasing some kind of love triangle between Zoe, George and Wade, with the latter in the lead. (Remember how the winter finale concluded?) Then it seemed like someone simply decided Zoe's true feelings lay with George, which has left the show scrambling with what to do with Wade.

The apparent answer? Match him back up with his oddly-named ex-wife! (I'm sorry, but... Tancy?!? Is that short for something?) Talk about feeling rushed. We'll see where this goes, but it will take more than a speech from Tom for me to believe Wade has any real interest here.

Overall, though, a strong follow-up to last week's emotional hour. George and Zoe displayed real chemistry throughout the episode, while I even felt sort of bad for Lemon when she broke down in her father's arms.

And speaking of that father: Way to go, Tim Matheson! You really did nail every word of "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General!"

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I really felt sorry for Lemon and I'm totally on team "Lemon/George". Although no one seems to like Lemon, I think she has way more depth than Zoe. I love Rachel Bilson, but I really don't want George with Zoe.
I'd love to see Zoe with Wade and Lemon with George. :)

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This was a pretty good episode! I was laughing so hard at super cheesy stepford like George! I was glad to see him breakdown when he heard his and Lemon's wedding song! I still do not think that Zoe and George are right for eachother. Wade was super funny piecing together the night before, that is the Wade I like but I do not want him to get together with Tancy and I do not think he will I think it was more of him saying outloud to her and to himself that he does not want to be the guy that gets drunk and sleeps around AND that he is saving to open his own bar someday. He has touched on wanting to do that before but he I think he will finally put it into action!
I was so happy when Zoe put Wade in his place when he asked her for help. I would like to see them together but I think for now we need a new man to come to town that will actually stay around if they get a second season! We will see how the rest of this season plays out and if they get season # 2.

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T, the g/z advertising is why I didn't watch. I ended up ff the episode. Shame b cuz the show has potential.

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(cont) … He got up and checked the stove. "What are you planning on using for sauce?" Zoe retrieved a jar of Ragu from the pantry. "This," she told him. "I couldn't decide which kind so I just closed my eyes and picked one." Wade took the jar. "Tomato and basil flavored," he read. "Spaghetti sauce flavored with tomatoes. Imagine that." She also writes chivalrous moments for Wade too and Zoe noticing them but seriously this is the quirky/chemistry filled lovableness I thought Hart of Dixie was going to be something like and was SOooo looking forward to! Oh my god… let her become a writer PLEASE….

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CindyLou... I don't know if you'll see this comment but thank you so much for sharing the ‘Rescue Me’ Hart of Dixie fanfiction. I’ve honestly never read a fanfiction but THAT is better than the show!! Whoever wrote that has stayed true to the characters yet has developed them so well without going off track or doing things that quite simply wouldn’t make sense. She even developed a decent plotline for Judson… an actual reason for him to ever have been a part of the show (besides sleeping with her NY best friend whilst trying to date her and then deciding she’d date him again 0_o). I love how well she stays true to the characters little quirks…
"Cooking," Zoe said again. "It was a slow day at the office so we closed a little early and I decided to work on my domestic skills seeing as I can't have Chinese food delivered to my door around here. Google told me spaghetti was a good place to start but clearly, Google doesn't know everything." … He got up and checked the stove. "What are you planning on using for sauce?" Zoe retrieved a jar of Ragu from the pantry. "This," she told him. "I couldn't decide which kind so I just closed my eyes and picked one." Wade took the jar. "Tomato and basil flavored," he read. "Spaghetti sauce flavored with tomatoes. Imagine that." She also writes chivalrous moments for Wade too and Zoe noticing them but seriously this is the quirky/chemistry filled lovableness I thought Hart of Dixie was going to be something like and was SOooo looking forward to! Oh my god… let her become a writer PLEASE….

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Part 2 - I wish the writers understood that story arch and character development really matter and that's what grows a fanbase and deepens fan loyalty. Ms Gerstein and the writing team should take a page from Julie Plec and the Vampire Diaries writers - that how you do a love triangle! This constant whiplash caused by erratic character behavior is a clear demonstration the writers do not have a plan, they're just making it up as the go along. The actors deserve better and so do the fans!

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I too am frustrated with the show. I agree with the comment that they build up one side of the triangle (first, Zoe/Wade) and the turn on a dime and its all Zoe/George. Zoe doesn't act torn between the two like some of the best TV triangles. George has seemed more tempted and torn than Zoe. Mostly tho, I am so disappointed in what they are doing to Zoe's character. Moving to Bluebell should be a deep soul searching, introspective experience. I expect to see her grow, but it seems every other character is growing except Zoe, who appears to be regressing. Wade is growing up and trying to figure out his life. Heck, even Brick and Magnolia have grown! Yet Zoe goes from backing away from George at Christmas to getting a room for the two of them less than 24 hrs after his break up with Lemon?!? Seriously?! This is the woman who said she did not do "freaky deaky" and wasn't that kind of girl? I wish the writers understood that story arch and character development really matter and is what grows fan base and deepens fan loyalty. Take a page from Julie Pelc and The Vampire Diaries, Ms Gerstein and writing team. This constant whiplash and lack of any memory of what characters say/do from week to week are killing me. The actors are better than that!!

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Oh, and bleh? Last night's ratings were down from the previous week, despite (because of??) the heavy G/Z advertising.

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Speaking of Wade, I don't think they are getting him back together with the ex. That felt more a "closure" conversation, or at least demonstrating for the slower members of the audience that Wade is finally starting to make An Effort. Unfortunately, Zoe has obviously forgotten she has any feelings for him at all. Frankly, I've complained about the execution of this love triangle for a while now - they keep forgetting to develop BOTH branches in favor of ignoring one for weeks. If Zoe&George want each other so badly, let them have each other. Wade and Lemon both deserve better.

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I could barely handle all that amazing chemistry between George and Zoe. / sarcasm
Seriously, though, I'm done with Zoe. Are we supposed to root for someone with so little SELF-RESPECT or concern for a supposed friend she'd ignore fantastic advice (from someone who'd potentially have much to gain if G/Z ended up together) and almost sleep w/someone clearly in denial over a failed engagement? Someone who needed a friend to talk to, not a person selfishly encouraging his little escapades? Are we supposed to agree w/her clueless (and, again, selfish) conclusion that "they'd be great together!" instead of "George is really hurting and obviously still in love with Lemon!" People always say Wade needs to grow up to be a proper romantic option. If anyone needs to learn how adult relationships can or should work, it's Zoe.

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