In the past, Wade never opened to anyone about his feelings about Zoe. He did not talked to Lavon about her. Lavon just understood how he felt through his actions, setting traps for him to reveal his true feelings like not changing the fuse box. He also did not open to George, his talk about Tanzy made George realize how he was feeling and led him to give advice to Wade. Despite his social persona, Wade is a true intravert, besides it is not easy for him to come out and talk about his feelings after keeping them under wraps for years. I had forgotten this note card incident with Judson. Her stupid book makes more sense now.
@Liz Bar girl George was dating broke up with him after she realized he was imposing his will on it during mayoral elections. George has assumed that she would be voting for Lavon when he persuaded her to vote. She was offended by his behaviour and made it quite clear that she is no longer in him. George is a better fit for Tanzy instead of Presley (bar girl), Lemon and most definitely Zoe.
@shivmay27 On the contrary, Wade has always been very mature wherever it mattered, he has been there for his father, not leaving Bluebell to take care of him. Wade has always been there to help her when she needed sometimes without taking credit (Gumbo), he has stayed away from her when she did not make up her mind, he has stick to the rules Zoe made up in the relation (even when Zoe did not); he tried to tell her about her feelings openly and directly and was interrupted,whereas Zoe just said she felt connected, she always wanted him to confess his feelings towards her whereas she always said the relation would not go anywhere, they were so different, she did not like him etc. You would not expect Wade to come out and say his feelings when she becomes obsessed with George and so eager to underline their differences. Despite insisting on a "sex only" relation, she wanted commitment (exclusivity) and for romance. If someone needs to mature in the relation, it is definitely Zoe and not Wade.
I do not agree with the comment that says Zoe is doing the right thing because she is being honest with Wade. I do not think she is honest, she is lying to herself, how she can be honest with anyone else when she is not open and honest to herself about her feelings. I would agree that fear of change is one of the motives for Zoe's behaviour, but not the only one. She believes herself to be superior to Wade and can not manage to "condescend" to his level on a regular, open to public kind of relation. She also seems to have hard time about changes in life when it does not suit them, although she also changed during her time in Bluebell. She lacks self awareness in a major way.
It is not Wade, but Zoe who has decided about the pace and parameters of the relationship up to now. If you are talking about equality, you should also accept the right of Wade to make demands in the relationship. Wade backed off, because he could take being hurt any more and had to take a stand eventually. I do not think/I never did Zoe was in love with George. She does not even know George let alone a real relation/friendship with him. George is just a fantasy, a picture in her mind about how her perfect husband should be. Despite his flaws and immature behaviour sometimes, Wade is the most mature and sensitive guy on the show. He asked for a real date, as an adult would do after spending so much time together. He has always been there for her, they have communicated, talked and been open with one another in the past. It is Zoe's condescension, snobbery and delusion with George that is keeping them apart. Still, I think Wade and Zoe will eventually end up together, they are the ultimate couple. George seems to be far more grounded in reality than Zoe, not getting fixed on this idea of a happy George/Zoe as a picture/fantasy. George moved on very quickly for someone supposedly in love with Zoe. Good for him...I hope he can find someone that will help you grow and mature. His interaction will Tanzy clearly showed that George needs someone different than his usual preferences (Lemon, Zoe) to change and mature. George is not for Zoe, neither Zoe is for George. Zoe definitely needs to grow up and mature, everyone is growing up and Zoe is progressing backward. She has been very selfish in her relation with Wade, always demanding never giving anything back. I hope she gets the bitter pill she deserves and wake up to the realities of life. At this moment, Zoe is not good for either Wade or George for that matter.xUnfortunately, Wade's comment about her being superficial, shallow and condescending seem to have come true at this moment. As a big fan of Zade, I am looking forward to Zoe working for her relation with Wade, trying very hard to get him back. Her head is full of fantasy and unreality like a teenager, she lives in her own mind as Lavon said, devoid of any connection with reality. I think George moving on and getting together with Tanzy saddened Zoe not because of her love for him, but because of her pride being broken, losing her fantasy. I am glad Wade stood up for himself at the end. He also has the right to make demands like asking the woman he loves on a date, when she has asked him to be monogamous, be romantic, help her in all kinds of goose chases and weird errands. We need Zoe back on the ground soon otherwise she will continue to look like an annoying, selfish, superficial, shallow, condescending person like she was in this episode.
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