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Hart of Dixie Review: No Longer a Lemon

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On this Hart of Dixie installment, viewers witnesses two different sides of the Breelands. From Lemon proving why she's the most in-depth character on the show to finding out why Brick has been so bitter towards Zoe, the hour provided some major insight into these two characters.

Yes, "Take This Job and Shove It" was the best of Hart of Dixie Season 3 and I can only hope it's a sign of fun things to come.

Zoe at the Bar

After watching the episode I found myself actually happy, a feeling the series hasn't given me for some time. Sometimes this show pulls you in and breaks your heart - and, like getting over a recent break up, you take awhile to get over the things that have happened.

Overall, I was so happy with the character progression and lightness, as noted in the following individual highlights:

Brick Breeland

  • Brick was his Hart of Dixie Season 1 self, going from the guy that had his walls broken down to jerk Brick. He was bitter. Knowing his character, I didn't think that this was abnormal. The real reason was deeper than I thought. He was hurt that Zoe left.
  • Brick finally revealed that Shelby left him and Magnolia is gone. We still have no clue where she went. I am glad, however, they addressed this. I'd like more but I'm not sure we will get it.
  • The final scene where Brick opened up to Zoe? There's our big teddy bear! Welcome back, Doc! I mean that to both of them.

Joel and Wade

  • Poor Joel. He reminds me so much of Zoe in Hart of Dixie Season 1. I just feel bad for him at this point.
  • Wade and Joel being friends - I can definitely be okay with this. For one huge reason: Wade being friends with Zoe's boyfriend shows maturity. Thank you, writers.
  • Also, when Wade punched Joel, this was one was my favorite part of the episode.

George Tucker and Linley

  • I still think Linley is a crazy lady. At least in this episode, she admitted it. To say you "over compensated" is a HUGE understatement.
  • How does one get their thumb stuck in a zipper!? 
  • Does anyone really "ship" these two? I mean, if this is where George's next relationship is heading - I'm not feeling it. At all. 
  • No. Nope. Just no.

Lavon Hayes

  • Sometimes I wonder how he is still mayor. So… special. At least he has cool hats and an awesome championship ring.
  • Also, he is still the most naive person in Bluebell.

Zoe Hart

  • Her outfits and shoes were super fabulous this episode!
  • Zoe Hart knows her Musicals. "Remember Lemon, the sun will come out tomorrow.
  • Honestly, Zoe, you should have just ripped off George's thumb or ratted him out. 
  • Joel is adorable and I am glad she has him... but when is he going to go? I could barely stand Zoe when we first met her and now we're having to deal with her all over again?!?

Lemon Breeland (aka The Star of the Series)

  • Lemon quit the Belle'. I repeat, Lemon QUIT the Belles. I am so proud of her, I could cry. This season feels like it's all about Lemon and her progression.
  • The Resistance. This was the best part of the episode. 
  • I have been hanging onto Lemon since the pilot. I knew that Lemon would grow the most out of any character on this show and this episode proved my theory right. It's very rewarding as a fan and a critic.
  • Go Annabeth for getting her back. These two are my favorite BFFs
  • Sidenote: the blocking to hide Jaime Kings pregnancy is becoming incredibly obvious. The bigger she gets, the bigger the blocking will be.

I was impressed with this episode. There was a lot of growth from most of our main cast, especially from Lemon and Brick. If you look back over the past two seasons, did you really think that they'd turn out to be such awesome individuals?!?


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I keep hoping that this is a dream. It's so ridiculous this season!


Thank you Anne!!! So glad you mentioned that about Magnolia! I heard That mentioned in the first episode!!!


For me this was an ok episode. A kind of filler episode and now I hope the move on focus on some of main characters. So far neither Lavon, AB or Wade has a storyline. Right now they are the supporting cast. I liked that Wade tried to help Joel and maybe through their interactions we can hear how Wade felt in his relationship with Zoe. Joel is going through the same thing now with Zoe thinking everything is good and she is happy while Joel is struggeling (sound familiar?). And to ZG fans.. Sry ain't happening this season. Zoe is getting her perfect guy picture out of the way and that could have happened with George but instead they went with Joel.


i luved lemon dis episode n ths season it ws my bst episode ....
im evn begning 2 lke wade n lemon together.....plz get george tucker sme interesting role and a girl of his dreams soon dnt cre about zoe she is getting irritating....


We have 2 years invested in Wade and Zoe's love story, and that is why I don't believe any of this "love" stuff with Joel. After Wade finally declared his love, Zoe disappears for 5 months and re-surfaces with "awesome boyfriend" in tow to shove in Wade's face. Thank you very much. It's not Joel but Zoe I have come to dislike...she will wind up hurting Joel just like she did with George and Wade. She's a human wrecking ball. Please get Wade a "REAL" girlfriend...someonr who appreciates him.


Post part 2... Although i liked some of the characters that have departed, I'm actually relieved that they trimmed the group a little. It's giving the show a chance to focus in on the core characters and their relationships. There's so much more to do with Zoe/Brick and Zoe/Lemon that some of the other characters were actually straining the stories and diluting the value of the core story - Zoe and how she changes, and changes because of, the people of Bluebell.


I'm kind of growing to like Joel, too. He makes a good foil for "Bluebell Zoe," and gives her a chance to voice the reasons she likes Bluebell and to illustrate the many ways she's become more "Bluebell" over time. I also am really happy with the first three episodes of this season (except for Lynley - what a drag she is - are the writers of this show incapable of having a female African American character who's not playing coy/the baby in some way? I thought they seriously mishandled Golden Brooks' character, and Lynley is going the same way with the baby faces/baby voices.) I feel like they've gotten back to the character development I was hoping for coming out of Season 1 - especially with Brick and Lemon. I absolutely fell in love with Lemon when she punched out George at the end of Season 1. He SO deserved that. Although i liked some of the characters that have departed, I'm actually relieved that they trimmed the group a little. It's giving the show a chance to focus in on the core characters and their relationships. There's so much more to do with Zoe/Brick and Zoe/Lemon that some of the other characters were actually straining the stories and diluting the value of the core story - Zoe and how she changes, and changes because of, the people of Bluebell.


yea, Joel is a lil Zoe 2.0 but I can see myself getting to like him, both as a character and with Zoe. If the writers just wanted us to see him as a filler until ZADE whips up again, they're not doing such a great job. He was adorable today! I don't want to see him go.
And if he stays, the show can concentrate a lil less on Zoe's complicated love life and a lil more on the fun characters in Bluebell, yay! Lemon quitting the belles really shows how far she's come. Who knew it would take a job and Wade to give her the boost she needed to become her own person :-)


I agree with your comments. I think this episode matched with the season 1 episode in which Zoe went through all the hazing to become a Belle, and then when she was accepted by them, she chose not to join. Yes, Cricket was right when she said she learned all her tricks from Lemon, and now Lemon has definitely evolved into Lemon 2.0 or beyond.
I personally like to see all the ways they try to cover Jaime King's pregnancy. I think it could be a good drinking game. Take a drink whenever there is a new method to conceal her. I never thought I would say this, but I will miss Jaime King while she is out.


Overall a steady improvement from the premiere but I think the showies still struggling to hit its stride in Season 3. I think it's due in part to the abrubt exit of so many characters from last season: Shelby, Magnolia, Jonah and so on... Then when you replace them with Joel (lame) and Tinley (don't even get me started-- I'm sure she's a nice person but the girl cannot act and the character is beyond obnoxious) it feels like a different show. Time for George and Zoe to finally be together! Maybe a Lavon and Anna Beth engagement!