Hart of Dixie Review: Public Perceptions

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It has taken Zoe Hart two full seasons to win over the citizens of Bluebell and that was with a lot of effort on her part.

Well, once she stopped making fun of their small-town ways, that is.

On Hart of Dixie Season 3 Episode 5, she wanted the community to accept Joel, especially now that Joel has gotten comfortable in the cozy town.

Unfortunately, Bluebell has real life 'shippers and people weren't rooting for these two.

Laughing at Zoe

Everyone knows that Dash's blog is gospel in Bluebell, and his poll showed that only 13% of citizens thought that Zoe and Joel were meant to be. On the upside, a lot more people thought the Rammer Jammer should get soft serve! 

It's taken me a little bit of time to warm up to Joel. [Note to readers: this is a substitute reviewer tonight]. At first I thought he was a poor man's Seth Cohen. Anyone who's seen The O.C. knows it's pretty impossible to recreate the chemistry that Rachel Bilson had with Adam Brody's nerdy Seth Cohen.

However, as Kate noted in last week's Hart of Dixie review, Joel is a good guy and he treats Zoe well.

I'm even enjoying Joel's bromance with Wade. In fact, it almost makes me think more highly of Wade. He's still in love with with Zoe but put aside any pettiness and reached out to Joel. Then again he did lead Joel to the sharks by driving him to the campsite when he was drunk so...maybe not.

Lucky for everyone, Joel is safe after drunkenly ziplining and getting stuck. Plus, he and Zoe are up in the polls! Did those little girls at the campsite remind anyone else of the mini Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl, who once yelled at Dan and Serena about getting back together?

If I remember correctly, and when it comes to GG I usually do, they too were involved in a romantic poll situation about Dan and Serena getting back together!

It's hard when the public weighs in on your love life. While I get Zoe's point that this is the first time she's felt like part of a community and wants that approval, ultimately only she and Joel need to be sure they are right for each other. Not Dash's blog.

I'm glad Zoe and George had time to talk and can find a way to be civil. George was harboring some serious hatred. I also liked seeing Lemon and Lavon team up for the Gazebos of Alabama project. Props to the production on finding a different prop to cover Jamie King's baby bump this week! Lemon was pretty zen in this episode, even taking the paparazzi shot of her and meatball's romantic kiss in stride. 

So let's turn the poll to you guys. Who do you think Zoe Hart belongs with?


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (55 Votes)

oh my goodness... when Peter and Wade were both in a scene on my laptop. I thought my screen was about to break. I also heard white noise. It was amazing.


How are we not mentioning "Peter" aka Robert Buckely "AKA CLAY FROM ONE TREE HILL". Lemon is obviously the Queen B of Bluebell (and this show for that matter) and deserves to be with a mega-hottie like Peter. That better not have just been a fleeting romance, because the thought of her hooking up with meatball again makes me want to vomit. I mean his name is meatball. His character reminds me of one of those drunk idiots at an SEC football game who is just constantly sweaty and sticky and shirtless LOVES giving out hugs. I'm loving AnnaBeth and Lavon together, so don't even try to break that up and give him back to Lemon. She's got too much personality for Lavon anyway. Zoe and Wade need to get back together, because Wade is ruggedly hot and also deserves what he wants--which is Zoe who coincidentally meddles too much and is kind of annoying, but she's gorgeous and dresses well so I will forgive that. But I almost want her to get with George first just so she can see how boring their relationship would be and then have this epiphany of a moment that Wade is her one true love. Also, how can we forget about Brick? I wish that super hot brunette mom with the really light blue eyes would come back so he can just have a woman in his life. Or even Shelby. How else is she going to finance her shopping problem? Plus she's Laura Bell Bundy and I love her. and Magnolia! Bring Magnolia back.


I suppose its difficult to make an interesting Zade relationship again - but that's what got me addicted and I cant even focus on other characters nor like them until Zade is back. I like Joel and don't mind him staying - just NOT with Zoe. I don't like her unless she is with Wade. Linley needs to go - like others she just isn't a fit and feels all wrong for Bluebell. I loved Magnolia and Shelby personally but Id like to see Brick get a new love AFTER Zade is reunited -maybe Zoe's mom!!! Lemon would hate that and it would be great. Hopefully writers can come up with a great Zade relationship that interferes with all the other character relationships. Id like to see a pregnancy on the show and not a planned one.
Bring on some new characters - get Zade back - get past the whole Zeorge idea please unless you want this to be your last season. Wade is the star of the show and we want him to have what he wants - cuz it makes us believe its possible for us too.


Lemon is honestly the star of this show. Since so many comparisons to GG are being made lets remember that by the end of that show Blair was the ultimate main character, surpassing Serena who was originally the main focus. Zoe's chemistry with Wade is good but honestly her character is so annoyingly vapid that I don't really care who she ends up with. The writers have been struggling with George since he and Lemon broke up. His romance with Linly is barely watchable and its obvious he doesn't really have an endgame romance (Nate Archibald). It is nice though that they occasionally remember to bring back the town folk. Gilmore girls was far more consistent with this as it lets us take a breather from the main characters dramas form time to time.


I agree with all the Team Zade comments, including the fact that Joel is now Zoe's "placeholder" while she gets a handle on her crazy and reconciles herself to being a full-on Bluebellian who doesn't need to cling to some vestige of New York. I'm just afraid too many people are going to give up on the show before the writers get around to it. Hurry up, already, at least give us more hope than than a few phrases each episode. Good riddance to the Zoe/Wade/George triangle, but bring back the banter and chemistry that got us all hooked in the first place!


I like Joel *shrug* He's a good guy, treats Zoe well, and is drama-free. I love that the Joel/Zoe relationship is relatively Zen but still full of love.

Drea xoxo

Zade all the way!! used to be my name but =[ the writers had to ruin it. until they are back can't really watch anymore tbh


I think Joel is a good story line. But I can't wait for him to go already. I love the "marginal error" reference. Wade is definitely still in love with Zoe. Seeing him being cool with Zoe and Joel, and not be like the old Wade shows how much his character has matured.
I hate Lynly. She should go like right now! I really hope George won't do a stupid decision and actually consider dating Lynly.


Why is Zoe dating Joel this season? I don't like Joel because he comes between Zade, however I believe he serves a purpose on the show. He's a decent guy and he keeps Zoe out of trouble drama until Wade and Zoe are ready for each other again. I hope it doesn't take too long though. I don't know how Zoe can resist Wade for a second.


Why is Zoe dating Joel this season? I don't like Joel because he comes between Zade, however I believe he serves a purpose on the show. He's a decent guy and he keeps Zoe out of trouble drama until Wade and Zoe are ready for each other again. I hope it doesn't take too long though. I don't know how Zoe can resist Wade for a second.

@ EBeth

I like Joel, but not with Zoe. Sade needs to come back, eventually. I adore this show, and all the characters!!!!!!

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Hart of Dixie Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

As long as she’s so pretty and I’m so me, done is a 4 letter word.


Fine, next time you get an appendage stuck in some girl’s zipper, have Brick deal with it. He will not be as gentle as I.

Zoe [to George]

Hart of Dixie Season 3 Episode 5 Music

  Song Artist
Song Drinkin Might Lead To Dancing Ryan Hurd
The head and the heart another story Another Story The Head and the Heart iTunes
Lee brice parking lot party Parking Lot Party Lee Brice iTunes