Hart of Dixie Review: Caring Can Suck

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Being human. It's more than a series on Syfy, Zoe Hart. It's the experience if living, and you came awfully close to missing out on it this week during "Disaster Drills & Departures."

Indeed, television's cutest doctor was diagnosed with a serious case of the I Don't Give a Damns to kick off this Hart of Dixie installment, understandable, really, given Rose's ailment and Zoe's loss of George to Lemon.

It's easy to see how those events good make someone cold, even in the constant heat of Bluebell, Alabama. But while the penultimate episode of season one didn't conclude with any kind of cliffhanger, it did serve to show just how far various characters have come over the past 20-plus episodes. We all knew Zoe's heart would eventually break down, didn't we?

Return of Ethan Hart

And that's not something we would have said in September. She was all business back then, it wasn't just an act. This surgeon arrived down south for the sole purpose of going back north. One year. Be nice. Pretend to care and I'll be back behind the operating table. That was Zoe's state of mind when we first met her.

But, slowly, that caring ceased being an act and she found herself in a small town where everyone knows everything about everybody - and, yes, that can be irritating at times. It can also be comforting.

No place can it be more comforting, moreover, than inside the local doctor's office, where one is free to discuss one's problems, both physical and emotional. Of course Zoe would get caught up in this quaint, friendly life - and, no, it didn't hurt that the men around her were either Hallmark card nice; or Playgirl style hot.

So that's where Zoe was this week, battling between her old self and her new self. The re-appearance of her father was very well done by the show, as the way Zoe views Ethan also serves to represent how far she's come. He actually distinguished between being Zoe's father and being a surgeon here, a contrast Zoe could never see until, ironically, she learned Ethan was actually NOT her father.

That revelation, though, simply made these two more like family than ever before.

I was glad to see Hart of Dixie didn't drag out the possibility of Zoe leaving for very long. We all knew it wasn't going to happen, right? Therefore, instead of contriving suspense out of this non-storyline, the series used it to reveal a lot about Zoe's character and the changes she has undergone since moving to Alabama. Very well done.

Elsewhere... sorry, but I still don't care about Lemon nor, as a result, her relationship with George. The former became unredeemable a long time ago, even qualifying as the worst character on TV in the eyes of some. She got her head stuck in a bed frame? They reminisced about high school? Sex under the bleacher?

Nope. I don't care. I still see this as fodder for dragging out the inevitable of Zoe getting together with George.

The Wade and Lavon interactions were enjoyable, as they have been all season. It seems hard to believe that Wade wouldn't already know Penny pretty well, as the major point driven home this week was how close-knit a small town can be. But the scene where he stumbled his way out of that loan was still fun to watch. Did we underestimate these two when we didn't include them in our Dynamic Duo poll?

So now we head into the Hart of Dixie season finale without any real suspense hanging over anyone, but that seems apt for a series that more about general life down south than it is any kind of shocking twist or turn, doesn't it? We know George and Lemon plan to get married next Monday, begging the question: Will they?

And also: what should Wade name his bar?


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Jessica, perhaps life sucks because you are shockingly naive. This is a TV show where people succumb to sexual desires all the time, so it seems odd that this fictional character would sleep with someone old enough to be her father when she's married to someone better-looking. The show never really explained the relationship zoe's mother and harvey had, so I was simply wondering why she was willing to cheat for him. Also, my comment was posing a question, it was not stating anything, so I don't know how it can be "wrong".


You're right about the age $eema. The actor who plays Zoey's real father is 20 years older, in real life. But you're wrong about your shallow comment. Way to be one of the reasons life sucks today.


Okay, I have to bring up something I just noticed while watching this episode. It had nothing to do with the episode itself, just something weird about the show. So Ethan is Zoe's non-biological dad, right? But Harvey Wilkes was her real father... does it not strike anyone as strange that her real father seems like 15 years older than her present father? I mean, Harvey's dead. I don't remember them saying if he had some kind of fatal disease/accident, but in episode 1 like... he's OLD. Like, grandfather-old. Gary Cole (Ethan Hart) is clearly much younger... why would her mother cheat on him with someone who is way older and not at all more attractive?


I really liked this episode. It shows that Zoey has grown as a doctor and individual during her time in Blue Bell. I am looking forward to the final.
I hope there is a second season for this show.

Sarah silva

This was my favorite episode of the season and I knew that Zoe would not leave Bluebell. I can see why Zoe was upset and felt like she did not fit in, in Bluebell as that has been a running theme all season and she felt the best option for everyone was to Boston but when Lavon said to her what he said and when Zoe went to talk to Annabeth and the guilt she felt over Rose I knew she would stay.
I was fine with Wade still liking Zoe and his reaction when he thought she had left and when he saw her walk in to the house. I know want to see Wade and Zoe together, for awhile there I felt he was too mean to her and she did not deserve him as she was pining for George, and while she still wants George as she said as much at her dad's grave, I think she will finally realize Wade is the one for her.
I am fine with Lemon and George, for once when they were at the fake drill and they were talking about the past I was able to stomach Lemon!
Looking forward to the finale!


(cont agian.. ) By the way – did anyone else lose it around Lavon’s speech whilst Zoe was packing? Too many emotions… I started crying and did not see that coming! Just me? Okay… :)


(cont) @T - “Getting Z/W together would not be an "obligation," but even if it wouldn't necessarily be realistic, what about this show is? What about any rom-com is? And that's the point: this is a TV show. Z/W not only have killer chemistry, the matches and mismatches in their characters, and how that would lead to interesting and satisfying arcs/growths simply would make for better TV� – THANK YOU ;) When I noted Lemon and George’s characters developing and having issues that are more true to life I probably should’ve been clearer. I meant as in greater than the latest town event Lemon was worried about organizing and causing George to have to calm her down. I like how they’ve grown and I like that we’ve been able to see them go through really rough emotions which of course in reality takes longer than an episode to begin to be fixed (if two people choose to want to fix it after 15 years) but it is a TV show. By the way – did anyone else lose it around Lavon’s speech whilst Zoe was packing? Too many emotions… I started crying and did not see that coming! Just me? Okay… :)


Totally agree with everything you said @LizzyB You definitely articulated exactly how I feel about this episode better than I did. :) @T – …“Before the complete 180 after the hiatus, we could see Zoe developing an interest in (both sexual and emotional), as well as a friendship with Wade� – you’re right it’s not like we’ve just decided we’re going to be cheering on two people to that care nothing about each other. However, this last half of the season has lacked Zoe REALLY noticing Wade the way she used to. We came back from a mid-season break and she was proclaiming her ‘love’ for George through a speech in front of Lavon and Brick? Maybe we’ll see Zoe learn something from the way she’s been chasing George. Maybe…


Does anyone know who the actress who plays 'Peggy' from the bank is?

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