Editor's note: I will try my hardest to review "In Havoc & In Heat" without making a single reference to Nellie and how it was getting hot on Hart of Dixie this week, so the residents of Bluebell took off almost all their clothes.
I will also attempt to do so as a heterosexual male, which could prove to be a challenge considering this episode was clearly aimed a certain female demographic that might enjoy watching Cress Williams and/or Wilson Bethel walk around for 40 minutes without a shirt on. Hmmm.... I wonder if anyone out there like that exists.
Overall, I enjoyed the antics of this Alabama heat wave, as everything around the edges of the episode was a blast.
Zoe was on fire with her retorts (I'm guessing that's a rhetorical question. I'm also guessing you don't know what rhetorical means); the chemistry between her and Wade was stronger than ever; and you've gotta appreciate the shout-out to Wonder Woman as Zoe was trying on seductive outfits (Rachel Bilson has long been rumored as a candidate to take on that iconic figure if a movie were ever made).
But I have a major problem with one key element at the center of the episode: Lemon Breeland. Specifically, in this case, the relationship between her and Lavon.
Is anyone out there feeling it? I've been given no reason to believe these two were ever a couple. Lavon is charismatic, friendly, social, a world-traveler from his days playing football. Lemon, through four episodes? She's rude, selfish, spoiled, narrow-minded. Heck, I barely even buy her engagement to George, who is as understanding of others as Lemon is short-tempered.
Hart of Dixie is making me laugh when it wants to, but it's not bringing up any other emotion. I watched Lavon cry and almost kiss Lemon with a look of bewilderment on my face, not with any tears welling up in my eyes. Expand Lemon's character, writers, or her heartfelt moments will never resonate.
It's a problem the show has in other areas, as well. Too many characters are one-dimensional. No mother-in-law-to-be in the history of mankind has ever acted as overtly and repetitively rude as George's mom, for instance. This was a chance to soften Lemon a bit, but Mrs. Tucker was painted in such a broad, over-the-top stroke that I didn't take any of her scenes seriously.
Still... I watch. And I mostly enjoy. Zoe and Brick have developed a fun rivalry and, hey, it's not like Bilson - always a hoot - didn't wear a revealing dress of her own this week. There was some eye candy there for my gender, too.
If the goal, as has been stated multiple times by cast and crew members, is to make Bluebell a place in which I'd like to reside, that goal has been accomplished. Just keep me away from Lemon while I'm there. She pretty much sucks.