"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.
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.