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Hart of Dixie Review: The Hot Mess

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It's hard for me to describe "I'm Moving On," so I'll just re-title the episode to "The Hot Mess." Or maybe even I'll name the show that.

I'm so disappointed as a viewer right now and that's upsetting because I enjoy Hart of Dixie. This is meant to be the series that makes me happy, that at the end of the hour I melt over due to its cuteness. But not anymore.

From break ups to online dating, it seemed that tonight's episode was all over the place - and I don't mean that in a good way. Hart of Dixie is going so far off base that I'm not sure it can ever return to what it once was... even with that season three renewal news.

Zoe's Dating Life

This week did accomplish one thing: we finally got the legitimate Lavon and Lemon scene I've been dying for. Maybe it's just me, but it seems that they're hinting at feelings still bubbling inside of them. Annabeth anyone? Lavon is "allegedly" SO in love with Annabeth that the Lemon/Lavon ship has sunk. Which is one of the hardest things to grasp; those two were the couple I was betting on. I don't know anymore.

I read a short review of tonight's episode on Tumblr and the user said "Hart of Dixie is the first show I've seen where they managed to reverse a character's growth so efficiently that Zoe's becoming more vapid by the episode" and that's completely right.

First, George picks Zoe over Lemon, but Zoe picks Wade over George. They have major relationship issues. Wade cheats on Zoe. They break up. Zoe pines for George. Tells George how she feels. Zoe backtracks telling George. George breaks up with Tansy for Zoe. Zoe sleeps with Wade. Enter part two of this never ending cycle.

I am so sick and tired of this love triangle. How can George and Tansy be so in love, even moving in together and then in the following episode just be over? How do the writers expect us viewers to keep up or even enjoy it? They've tainted the Wade and Zoe relationship with the cheating scandal. Zoe always seems to pick Wade and George always ends up running after her.

I'm exhausted keeping up. This episode was titled "I'm Moving On" and the end of the episode Zoe was shown going back to her ex. Was the title suppose to be ironic?

I'll end of a good note: the best part about this episode was that Rose was back and so was her cutie boyfriend Max. I love Rose and I miss her character dearly when she's gone, so I hope she becomes a series regular in season three.

On to the finale next week. I guess we'll see how much they shake it up. Or not.

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    I really enjoy this show for the cheesy escape that it is. This episode wasn't too great, but the finale was really enjoyable.

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    I love, love, love, the Hart of Dixie, and so does my husband.

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    I love, love, love, HART OF DIXIE!!!!

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    Im a late arrival to this show having only started to watch in Season 2. (Ill watch season 1 someday soon). Very weird seeing a certain paralysed character up and about playing one of the leads in this show. (Friday Night Lights reference).

    Did I miss an episode somewhere? (Im thinking i have). Wade dosnt seem to show any ... ill effects bar one scene about his breakup. There was no final discussion no nothing. Can someone tell me what episode this was in so i can go watch it?

    Thanks

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    @ Ravie - you're right. Not every single character on a TV show needs to "grow."

    But your lead character, the character the audience is apparently supposed to relate to and root for the most, better do so!

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    Kate, the show is a hot mess but I'm still loving it. Who says that everybody grows in a show? Some characters never change. But it's who they are that makes the show fun. I love all the drama and all the craziness. I'm sorry for George and how Tansy left him, maybe, but I still don't want him with Zoe. I prefer him back with Lemon! Wonder what's going to happen next? That's what I love about this show. Nothing is predictable.

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    Luna - I get your point. However, it's the show that has pretty much focused solely on relationships this year. So if we're not supposed to focus on that I wonder what "storyline" is left. And frankly, I can't says that I'm too sure what storyline the show is actually going for at the moment. It all seems very random and pointless to me. I don't see the purpose behind it and I also don't feel like it makes any of these characters show progress or be relatable at all because I can't connect to any of it, it's so random.

    Also, I think that if things truly turn out the way you describe them (the triangle being dead, George really being sad about Tansy and not just moving to pining for Zoe again, the show actually addressing the fallout of Zoe and Wade's break up and anything real regarding their relationship) then maybe it's not as broken as it looks. It's just not what I am expecting at all. I think we'll see the reappearance of supposedly dead triangle as soon as the finale.

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    Correction Kate. George did not break up with Tansy. He wanted her. She dad too many doubts and SHE broke up with him.

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    OK calm down Kate Brooks!!!

    Sick of the love triangle? But the way I see it. It's no longer there. George's break-up with Tansy, was not about Zoe for George but about leaving bluebell. Which is perfectly realistic, she gave him an ultimatum and he didn't like it.

    As for Zoe going with Wade, that was a drunk mistake clearly meant to happen. Let's not forget these 2 have history, fun history with supposedly great sex. It's only normal for her to go back there when she's down. Zoe's not at all becoming "VAPID" she's getting her different layer she is more relatable, and quirky.

    Lemon and Lavon is not happening anytime soon she is focusing and her business instead of relationship and he is in love with her best friend, who btw deserves the stronger role. (by that i mean no longer being lemon's assistant) I loved Annabeth, she is so loveable and weirdly funny.

    You focus too much on who you want to be together and forget about the storyline!

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    When they wrote Zoe and Wade together we saw both characters learn a little bit about themselves, about being in a relationship and ultimatelly grow a little each week. And naturally grow closer and develop stronger feelings for the other. It was subtle, real and organic. Natural progression. Now? We see characters with no emotional depth, regressing so much that any progress they made this season is annihilated and basically a story that makes no sense with what we saw before. I can't explain it to myself.
    Is that how Zoe and George are to get together? With Zoe crazy, selfish and reacting to her break up with Wade...wait, actually that makes sense to me. It's the only way I could ever buy that couple anyway, as an anti-Wade antidote for Zoe. Until she realizes there's just no getting over him.




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