Hart of Dixie Review: Leprosy, Armadillos and Video Games

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I have to say, "If It Makes You Happy" opened with the most beautiful scene - and that was Wade shirtless. To the director of that episode, keep up the good work.

The Hart of Dixie crew knows it has six special assets which are, of course, Wilson Bethel's abs. You could wash clothes on those babies! Now that I've spent enough time talking about his perfection, let's talk about the actual episode. 

For the first couple installments of this season I noticed a definite tone change. It went from a more dramatic and serious to comedic and light-hearted. It was a welcome shift. Tonight, we got somewhat of a break from this, with focus moving back to the series side of life in Bluebell.

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The first scene in particular stands out.

After Brick crashed George's date in the most obnoxious way, they had a screaming match outside of the restaurant and then in came Lavon to the rescue. It was in this moment we saw just why Lavon is such a good mayor and why he needs to stay in that office.

Then we had the emotional moment when both George and Brick bared their soul to each other, so-to-speak. This broke my heart and made me love Brick Breeland more than I already do. Not only did George break his daughter's heart, he admitted that his heart was broken too. Poor Brick! Now go fly to Emily to make it all better! 

The second emotional scene was the one between Annabeth and Lemon. I was disappointed in the digression that was made with Lemon this week. Last week she was ready to be on her own, move on, and forget about George... but here she was back at square one. She couldn't bare the thought of George dating someone and made it her mission to beat him. I had a big problem with this at first and then at the end Annabeth said was I was thinking: that when Lemon set her mind to something, she could do it and was capable of doing it. Good call Annabeth.

As I have in my past two reviews, I will take a moment to talk about how much I love Ruby! Even though her storyline is looking to be more of the antagonist side, I adore her even more. Tonight, while Ruby was hitting on hottie dentist, she had so much confidence and swagger. Then when she admitted that she loves to beat Lemon at everything, I laughed so hard!

Ruby has an attitude and she doesn't even care. I love it. Her character is going to be so good on this show and even if she turns out to be the "bad guy" Ruby will keep the plot moving forward. If you don't see it now, you will. 

Then there is Zoe and Wade. I have been so angry at Wade for being so childish in the past two episodes, but tonight it changed. It started when he agreed to help Zoe with the Leprosy scare and especially when he was with his dad. Earl admitted that Wade had been talking about Zoe and this was one of the most adorable moments in the episode. Towards the end, when Wade made his long speech to Zoe about happiness, it was like in a blink of an eye Wade was an adult and was giving honest to God advice.

This needs to happen more, otherwise I don't want to see Zoe with Wade, she deserves more than the childish version of him. 

I have to be very honest and say that I didn't care about Zoe's personal plot line in this episode. To be completely honest, I normally don't care. The supporting character -: Lavon, Lemon, Brick, Annabeth - those are the stories I want to see more of. My favorite moments from tonight was Lemon asking Lavon to be his campaign manager. YES! These two are my favorite dynamic and I've been waiting for a reason for them to have more scenes together. I'm so excited.

The only thing that disappointed me was that Rose wasn't in the episode. I really want more of her! I know that Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney will be guest starring soon (my guess is episode 7) as Rose's friend, so I look forward to seeing that storyline play out. McKayla said that her character is kind of a mean girl; exciting! I also may be overexcited and bias about McKayla because quite frankly the girl is awesome.

Overall, tonight was pretty decent. We are still in the "setting up" episodes and I have no doubt we all will be happy with how it plays out, at least I hope. (*Crosses fingers for a Lemon and Lavon romance*.)


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (127 Votes)

I loved this episode, esp the scenes at Crazy Earl's place..."blah, blah blah zoe" ha ha ha. Wade finally showed signs of being a grown-up when he pointed out (correctly) to Zoe that she wasn't honest about what makes her happy ("It was your choice to go to bed with me") This show is the best part of my week.


Your RIGHT... The show is TOO focused on Z's romantic life...lost focused on why she came to that town. If she's not whining about George then she's whining her personal life- very selfish. The other girls are overshadowing her.


@Elle542-Agree 100%!


I agree with the reviewer. Everyone elses' story line is more interesting than Zoe's. Most of the time I forget that she's supposed to be this accomplished doctor from John Hopkins. I wish that after this episode she'll start doing SOMETHING medically related, like maybe flesh out her sloppy health reform plans and make it work. I used to love the rivalry between her and Brick. Also, they should give Zoe and Ruby more screen time together. They'd make an awesome dynamic duo to rival and foil the growing Lemon/Annabeth relationship. Maybe this will happen once Ruby realizes that Lemon is teaming up with Lavon and once she finds out that Lemon and Lavon had a romantic history. That revelation has the potential to be a grand catalyst for Lemon. Moreover, if Zoe and Ruby form a friendship, it'll force Zoe to focus on her friendships rather than just her romantic life. Missing the fabulous Zoe/Lavon interactions.


I love the fact that both Ruby and Lemon are semi-bad/semi-good characters, and both obviously want Lavon on their own terms. I will enjoy seeing that play out, since Lemon will have the short term upper hand, but I'm sure Ruby will try to interfere with any blossoming reunion between that pair! For some reason Lemon and Lavon really do have chemistry together--I think they should make it last. I'm glad Zoe is realizing she really can find happiness with Wade. Every scene between those two is television gold.


Nothing is wrong with the way Wade was written in Ep. 1! He realized that Zoe was pulling back, didn't know why, and discovered it was because George was suddenly free again. Of course he was wounded by that and decided to insist that his hat isn't even in the ring! But when George wanted to go in and "save" Zoe from Lemon, you see that Wade wasn't going to let that happen.


Defininitely, Annebeth and Lavone. I like Lemon but she doesn't have Annebeth's appeal. Tanzy is not Lavone's type.


Oh my god... Jen - that episode looks great! :D I want to talk about it but I don't want to give away anything to those who aren't wanting to know just yet. I wish HoD at TVFanatic had a little 'spoilers' section or post or something for us.


The girls represented... Lemon and Zoey for once were acting like mature ladies and I LOVED it. I HATED the way they were depicted last season (the way they allowed George to treat them). No more of that please. I especially love the first episode... Zoey for once told George what she wanted...she didn't allow him to control her (like he always does). I love Annebeth...I think she and Wade are the MOST interesting characters on the show. Annebeth voice alone is alluring...the show needs to unlash her. At time she only has a few lines but yet I find her more interesting then George. Shelly !!!!!!!!! I LOVE Earl and Wade.


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Hart of Dixie Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

Earl: Paintin' your girlfriends house? That's sweet.
Wade: [To Zoe] He's a drunk! Okay?
Earl: I may be a drunk but I'm not deaf. He talks. Blah blah blah Zoe. Blah blah blah Zoe. Blah blah blah Zoe. Zoe, Zoe, Zoe...

I wrote that I am a thriving and beloved G.P. in a small town where everyday brings a new medical adventure and I'm changing lives and healing the world by reinventing healthcare in Bluebell, Alabama.... I may have exaggerated a little.