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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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Of course they won't be getting married next week. Shows like this don't work that way (unfortunately). Which is a shame, because I think they actually make a good couple, despite cheesy storylines like getting heads caught in bedframes. George is also a much better character when he's allowed to be more than be Zoe's crush. I liked that they didn't make Zoe's future the cliffhanger of the season, because it wouldn't have been much of a cliffhanger. On the other hand, I'm annoyed that we'll be treated to more triangle garbage instead. The best scene of the episode for me was Zoe with Rose in the hospital room. That is the Zoe I like. Wade definitely would have known the bank employee, but his "OMG, JUST STOP TALKING" moment was amusing, so I'll let it slide. His face at the end when he thought Zoe was gone absolutely killed me. I'm more certain than ever that if this show is renewed and even if G/Z do have a fling, Z/W will be the "endgame" couple.

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@nic I don't think they should be getting married right now either - that is a crap way to start a marriage. I said before - I don't think they'll be getting married next week in the finale which is good because they do have way too many issues they need to work through. @rebekah - she's a character that has onscreen chemistry with another character. However, if the writers choose to write her with George - I'll still watch, it's a good show.

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@Elle542 - You say Lemon and George have more chemistry - yeah a marriage based on infidelity and no trust is great chemistry. 'Forgive and forget' doesn't cut it and it's a crap way to start marriage.

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Amazing how in real life we wouldn't force a woman who doesn't love a man to be with him ... but in tv depicting reality - it's perfectly fine to force an obligated relationship! Can't force love sorry no matter how cute two people seem together!

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Amazing how in real life we wouldn't force a woman who doesn't love a man to be with him ... but in tv depicting reality - it's perfectly fine to force an obligation relationship!

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(cont) Their onscreen chemistry is perfect and their characters each have so much growing to do but need each other to do that and of course, it would be great to watch. The fact they’re from two different worlds would also make the courtship, dating, etc. even more hilarious. Maybe the writers see that, maybe they don’t… if we get another season (which I so, so hope we do) I hope they don’t keep writing the love triangle that would be my only pet peeve. I’m actually really going to miss this show after the season finale next week :’(

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Nope, I have to disagree with just some of the review. I actually really like Lemon and George together - I see them as having more chemistry than Zoe and George but I also like Lemon's character. How the writers have developed their relationship is starting to make sense to me now and I think they're adorable. However, I don't see rainbows always ahead for their relationship but I like that - keeps it true to life. I really hope the writers start to shift Zoe away from George though because as a viewer I just don't see the chemistry, it feels forced and it's sort of ruining Zoe's lovable character. I think it's clear that they started this series off with Scott Porter being the main love interest because even the promotional quotes ‘soul mates aren’t always attached’ REALLY demonstrate that. However, it’s the characters Wade and Zoe that could actually make this show into something even more fantastic. Their onscreen chemistry is perfect and their characters each have so much growing to do but need each other to do that and of course, it would be great to watch. The fact they’re from two different worlds would also make the courtship, dating, etc. even more hilarious. Maybe the writers see that, maybe they don’t… if we get another season (which I so, so hope we do) I hope they don’t keep writing the love triangle that would be my only pet peeve. I’m actually really going to miss this show after the season finale next week :’(

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Great episode, these past few episodes have shown a continuity in storyline, making the story all the more interesting. I too liked that shey mentioned how Zoe have grown because that's something we've been seeing all season long. And Breeland too. I love this character and he has evolved a lot since the beginning. he has opened up to Zoe to the point where he got to appreciate her, I think. I wish we could have seen more of him this season. As for Wade, I was disappointed at him, he acted childish as usual. This character could have a lot of potential, why do they have to make him such a moron?

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Loved it and loved how it showed how much Zoe grew as more of person than a doctor. I like the Wade tried to act like he didn't care that she left without a goodbye to, but that is more because I want them together so much. Minor thing though, I am pretty sure the woman from the bank's name was Peggy not Penny.

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Great review!!! This episode was one of the reasons on why I love this show so much. You see sides to everyone and it's truly a touchin, nice, refreshing show compared to other shows right now. Really hope it gets renewed.