Hart of Dixie Review: The Juggling Act

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"Friends in Low Places" wasn't the best times for Dixie's newest resident, Joel. From being attacked by fire ants to having a severe allergic reaction at his own welcoming party, it wasn't a solid first introduction into Bluebell.

However, Wanda was going to bake him a basket of muffins. As Joel experienced Bluebell for the first time, we all got to feel some nostalgia for when Zoe Hart made her initial entrance into the same town.

All the while, Lemon was trying to conceal her secret sex life, her fake relationship and a possible real boyfriend. And George tried to hide the fact he slept with Lavon's cousin. Then, Annabeth was threw a party for Joel while Zoe tried to convince him that Bluebell was a beautiful place in which to reside.

Yes, this episode marked quite the juggling act for the residents of Bluebell.

Hello, Zoe

Instead of my usual kind of review, here are some points and observations from this episode:

  • Zoe's wardrobe was fabulous. As always.
  • Lavon continues to be THE MOST naive person in Bluebell; scratch that, all of Alabama. Linley is NOT little, she is a grown ass woman making terrible decisions and playing the "heartbroken" card. As usual, Annabeth continues to be the mature one in the relationship. I think adult, is a better word.
  • No surprise here, Joel doesn't fit in. I realize this is suppose to reflect Zoe from Hart of Dixie Season 1 but it's making it hard for me to like him. Not to mention the abundance amounts of allergies he has. Even if he is incredibly adorable in those dorky glasses.
  • Another non-surprise, Zoe wasn't enjoying Lemon and Wade being in a relationship. Once she thought it was fake, she worked hard to figure out if it was real or not. Zoe even confessed at the end she didn't enjoy watching him with someone else. Oh angst, you are a bitch.
  • CAPTAIN AWESOME! That smile and those pearly whites. You know, I never realized how much I missed seeing Ryan McPartlin on my TV screen until this episode. I kept waiting for him to take off his shirt or say "awesome." Any other Chuck fans out there? Or I should, Chucksters.
  • Linley is an idiot. I'm pretty sure we can all agree on that. She's a Stage 5 Clinger and George would be better off confessing to Lavon he slept with her than spending another minute with her. I mean, she goes to a bar, propositions a man to sleep with her within one minute of seeing him and then wants to try a relationship without knowing his name! Honey, the fragile card doesn't work when you're a crazy slut. Can you tell I don't like her?
  • MEATBALL steals the show! God love him. That Metallica shirt in Bluebell is the best thing to happen.
  • Wade and Lemon are awesome. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen when they were on it. Their "fake" relationship really had me invested in their pairing. How adorable are these two? Friends or more, I don't care. I love them.
  • Tim Matheson as Brick Breeland is so wonderful. He's so perfect. Deep down, you know he loves Zoe Hart. Duh.
  • Lemon was having secret sex with Meatball, while having a fake relationship with Wade, and hitting on Carter. Girl, you do your thing. I am so proud of her. Obviously it was going to blow up in her face but it was good while it lasted. Even though she didn't deserve to have it blow up in her face. Ugh.
  • Noticeably Absent: Magnolia Breeland (the actress Claudia Lee is filming another show). Where is her exit or mention of what the heck she's doing? Boot camp? Fashion school? Juvenile Detention? Give us something!
  • Noticeable Absent Part 2: Rose. Why do they continue to keep her out of episodes? It would really do the show well if she become more frequent.
  • Is Captain Awesome going to be returning? I'm sorry, Carter Covington (old habits die hard). He's the prettiest face to come through Bluebell. Sorry, Wade.
  • I was laughing so hard at Wade's little joke with Zoe at the end. "We need to co-exist," says Zoe. You two just need to stop lying to each other and get together again! Dammit you two! I love you both!

Overall tonight wasn't a bad episode. I was laughing while rolling my eyes. It's a soap opera, a less dramatic version, and I have accepted the fact that I am going to have a love/hate relationship with this show.

It's moments where I look at how far Lemon or Wade have come since this show began that make the journey worth continuing.


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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (105 Votes)

Much better! Liked this episode much better than the premiere, frankly. I keep waiting for Joel to disappear, though - I can't accept that he's going to be around for much longer, and the sole reason is because he and Zoe have a sibling dynamic so it's kind of super weird to see them kiss awkwardly.
Love to hate Linley...ugh! George Tucker is looking good, though, maybe the best he's looked on the show yet.
And Wade...Wade...there was a moment in this episode where I had a flash of a feeling that maybe it would be fun to see him and Lemon fall in love. That said, I do hope Zoe and Wade don't find closure (I'm a terrible person, aren't I?) because watching all that angst-y back and forth is delish!


If there was a Zoe - George interaction this episode, I missed it. They were at the same party and.... nothing?! Joel mentioned that George refused to shake his hand, but that's not nearly enough. Also, I find the writing inconsistent in that Zoe had trust issues even before Wade, and specially after Wade. It's a little unbelievable how she's super comfy and relaxed around Joel then, so trusting of him. Zoe in a mature relationship without drama, for 4-5 months!? I don't buy it.

Sarah silva

I can not stand Linley!
Every time I watch this show I remember how it was in season 1 and the potential it has but never quite meets that potential.
The show is essentially high school for adults, all the love triangles, mind games and immature antics that take place.
I say this and I will keep watching for now but my HOD days may be over and it really is sad to say as I love Rachel Bilson.


Wade/Lemon are my new Pacey/Joey!


They did mention where Magnoila was. She went to boarding school. It was in the first episode this season.


find it funny that every scene has to be lemon has to be a upper body shot trying to hide jamie kings pregnancy and the props using to hide it - its normally the big coat or bag


Right now I love the friendship between Wade and Lemon...they have each other's back...and even though the "fake relationship" blew up, it surved it's purpose. Zoe realized she didn't like Wade with someone else. Sooner or later Joel will call her on her longing looks at Wade. Soon we will all be going to Jowl's farewell party. I do love Meatball...he can't believe he's got a girl like Lemon. This will give Brick a stroke.


I stopped watching this show mid second season. The writing became to sappy for me. So I watched this latest episode ... not much has changed. I really like Rachel Bilson, Jaime King and most of the rest of the cast. I just wish the entire cast could be transplanted into a different show completely.
The writing is (for me) juvenile.

Leigh r

Oh man, Linley is the worst. Usually when there's a character people are supposed to be annoyed by or dislike there is something interesting or even a little bit redeeming about that person. As far as Joel, I love that he makes an effort but I don't feel the chemistry between him and Zoe. Rachel Bilson has had great chemistry with lovable dorky guys before (cough Seth Cohen) and it's hard to recreate it. She and Wade- you can just feel it there. Agree that Lemon and Wade are on their A game this season. Also Zoe's wardrobe, please I want it all!!!


Best episode so far this season - LOL
but seriously, this was a really good and fun episode just as it should be - Nothing more nothing less. Since really no one has mentioned it yet with this episode - Wade and Lemon are so on and with their last scene together I'm more than convinced that this was the start with their build up. Wade and Zoe scene in the end made it even more apparently that Wade and Lemon will happen when Zoe and Wade got their closure.

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Hart of Dixie Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

[To Wade] By the way, you need some mouthwash.


Lemon: I have a reputation to uphold!
Wade: Says the girl screwin' Meatball

Hart of Dixie Season 3 Episode 2 Music

  Song Artist
Song Paint the Town Blue Striking Matches
Man by neulore shadow Shadow Man by Neulore
Jenny o learned my lessons Learned My Lessons Jenny O iTunes