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Hart of Dixie Review: Wade for the Win!

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We already knew that Bluebell, Alabama was filled with dirt roads and back roads. But this week on Hart of Dixie, Zoe proved it can feature a different kind of passageway: the high road. That's what Zoe took in her dealings with Brick and it paid off with a patient.

Indeed, "Gumbo & Glory" showcased Rachel Bilson's character at her snarky, professional best. She helped save a life, she joked to Wade about taking lives (You brought all your ex-girlfriend here? Were they still breathing?) and the show in general delivered its best episode to date.

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Aside from Zoe's sarcasm and struggles, this week focused on the growing, entertaining bromance between Lavon and Wade. Yes, I'm getting sick of that word, too, but how else would you describe this relationship?

The guys cracked me up over video games and beer, first trying to give Lavon practice with the ladies via a bit of role-playing (and let's bring the waitress back who intervened in this oncoming trainwreck, shall we? Like I said last week, the series could benefit from side characters.) and then trying to blast away their problems. But at too high of a volume. Could Wade turn it down a bit in case the phone rings?

Do I buy that an ex-football star would have an issue talking to women? Not exactly, especially not when that ex-football star possesses so much charisma, but whatever. Let's just take it as a personality quirk of Mr. Lavon Hayes. Maybe he's just better with alligators than with the opposite sex.

Wade is also growing on me, and not just because Wilson Bethel was a pleasure to speak with on the phone. They guy can cook a mean pot of gumbo and actually has more layers to him right now than George. We all like George, how can you not? But he's really nothing more so far than the overly nice, sort of whipped (more on that below) man Zoe cannot have. And, let's face it, ladies, there's always an appeal to wanting what you can't have, isn't there?

Wade, though? He's funny, he's got a bad boy quality to him and Zoe didn't exactly seem to mind last week's kiss, did she? We may need to hand out Team George and Team Wade jerseys (not "costumes," Zoe) to readers one of these days. (The promo for next week's episode will only help Team Wade's case. Yowza!)

But the one issue I take with Hart of Dixie is its Lemon problem. Brick may have been developed a lot more this week, along with his respect for Zoe, but the series needs to now work on his daughter. There's simply nothing appealing about Lemon Breeland. There's no reason to believe George would be engaged to her or that Lavon would still be pining over her. Give us something, writers. Show us that Lemon is more than a cocky, narrow-minded, cruel southern belle.

Granted, in all love triangles, the audience is typically cheering for one pairing over another. But we need to actually believe the alternate arrangement is possible, and not just a contrived obstacle to drag out our rooting interest, and I'm not seeing that between George and Lemon just yet. Not one bit.

I'll end this review on a positive note, however. Every interaction between Zoe, Wade and Lavon made me smile this week, especially when the latter was referred to as "Bridget Jones." There's definite potential in these relationships. Let's flesh out George and Lemon a bit, let's continue to have Gossip Girl and OC-esque parties and events and The CW really might have something here.

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Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (105 Votes)

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LOVE WADE!! regardless of what happens in either of the triangles, Zoe should END UP with Wade. their chemistry is so natural and fun. I can see why she might be initially attracted to George, but it's just a fauxmance. It's watching paint dry when they're together. She needs Wade and it would be great to watch her realize it as the storyline progresses. She completely dismisses him as a real romantic interest, just a hot hookup, but he's deeper than he appears and I hope the writers allow her to come to this realization throughout the season. Z & W should explore relationships with others but always come to realize that there's just something about the other that s/he can't resist. I think a truer love triangle is the one between Lavon, Lemon, George. It will be interesting to see how that storyline evolves, as will the character of Lemon. Was not a fan, but she's growing on me a little. Bottom line, Wade is The Man for Zoe. Anything else would ring false, forced, & contrived.

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George is the guy Zoe is "supposed" to be with, the guy she would have gone after in New York and probably the one her mom would want her with,just like her mom choosing her dad. Wade is the guy she SHOULD be with. They have better chemistry, and Wade really isn't a bad boy besides being a bit of a player. He has a lot more to him than that, even if he covers it up when Zoe is around. He's always helping her out. And their banter is awesome. I think she'll overlook Wade at first because of her crush on George, but I hope they are together in the end.

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I'm such a fan of this show, my boyfriend watches for the very petite but very curvy Bilson. I thought I wanted George with her but they don't seem to have romantic chemistry, more friendly. Her and Wade on the other hand have so much its overflowing. I have trouble watching any Lemon scene, the actress isn't exactly giving us anything to go on. Oh and she wears SO much makeup, why? Oh and as a southern female, we don't look like Lemon. Were either obese or kinda cute/pretty not anything elae. just sayin

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team Wade!!! =) I actually don't agree with the term "BAD BOY" for wade. he's nice and sweet. Wish he'll end up with Zoe. It will be too boring if she'll end up with George, both professionals, too serious, no fun. LOL! =)
And I love the Lavon/zoe/Wade friendship. =)

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I love the show. I do want to see the Zoe/George/Wade triangle in place. I would not mind some Wade now and some George later. awesome show!

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This was definitely the best episode so far.
I'm really liking Wade and Zoe's chemistry. But I hope she doesn't overlook him for George. Her and George's friendship and chemistry is developing much more slowly than hers and Wade's. I hope long term George and Zoe end up together but for now I'm definitely liking Wade with Zoe. I think Zoe and Wade will get together and slowly cause George to realise he wants Zoe.
Levon makes this show so entertaining! I'm fascinated to see the storyline behind his and Lemon's relationship. Maybe this will make Lemon less irritating and more understandable. Her need to control is frustrating me! Levon just doesn't seem the type to be interested in Lemon, nor her the girl to throw herself at a football player.
Can't wait to see what progresses in the Zoe/Wade friendship next week!

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Thank you for making that comment about Lemon. They need to fix her character soon.

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Loving this show more and more each week.

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Totally Team Wade. He seems by far a more interesting character than George... plus, it's always the little troubles here and there what make us fall deeply in love. George seems like a nice enough guy, and of course he's attractive, but Wade has more identity.
And Lemon? What's with her and Lavon? Their relationship is intriguing and I cannot help but think whatever happened is all Brick's fault.
I really hope this show keeps on because so far so good... but it'll need to upscale it's game if they want to keep that spot at CW.

Nick-m

I'm keeping my judgment reserved for Lemon. As with most television, the mean girls are always mean for a reason, and on a serial show like Dixie we'll see her layers sooner rather than later. For now, I'm just enjoying her subterfuge. As for Wade, I'm loving his character and the chemistry he shares with Zoe. The amount of layering done on his character in the last two episodes is pretty remarkable considering he had about two minutes total in the Pilot.