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Hart of Dixie Review: Tuckered Out

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A possible fatality. A name change. The outing of multiple secrets and a phone call to Zoe's father.

Oh, yes, Hart of Dixie sure gave fans plenty to consider with "Tributes & Triangles," the show's final new episode until April 9.

The Man of the Year

Forget Man of the Year. This was easily the Episode of the Year, at least as far as drama is concerned.

For those who sometimes complain that little actually takes place in Bluebell aside from sarcastic remarks and a few rather trite storylines that are typically wrapped up within the hour (cough... cough... yours truly... cough... cough...), this installment proved otherwise.

We were treated to major movement on the George and Zoe front, though I expect that to create some serious backlash among Team Wade members. And for good reason. What happened to that 2011 finale? Where Zoe accepted that George was with Lemon and strongly hinted that she's see what could happen between her and Wade?

It would be fine if the show explored that in some way, or gave us any indication that Zoe just couldn't fight her feelings for George. But have we really seen any of that? Over the last few weeks, Zoe and Wade simply continued to bicker like always, while we've scarcely spent any time with her and George. Her heartfelt speech about Bluebell's best lawyer sort of came out of nowhere here, didn't it?

But at least it's progress. Significant progress, at that, and connected to the intriguing development of Zoe's father coming down to operate on George's father. Kudos to the series for tying things together well in that regard. It has at least been consistent in showing that George and Zoe can talk about important life issues, such as family, while George and Lemon... they mostly just talk about whatever southern tradition she's worried about each week.

Is that enough to sell Wade fans on George? You tell me. The former does seem to have a lot more personality than the former, as his song attempts with Magnolia may have come across as random, but they still made me chuckle.

So Hart of Dixie now takes a long break with many questions in the air: Will George's dad survive? What kind of effect will Zoe's dad have on his daughter? Will George and Lemon still go through with their wedding? Will Wade just walk around with his shirt off to show Zoe what she's missing?

And will a petition be passed around to pressure Zoe into changing her name to Zoe Bon Jovi? Because, let's face it, that would be awesome.

What did everything else think of this episode and its most pressing development? Are you on board with George and Zoe? Or are you wondering why Wade was never given a chance?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (130 Votes)

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I don't understand why people are complaining that Zoe and Wade haven't got together yet? No way would they get together this early on in the series. When has the heroine ever dated the 'correct' or obvious character in a series straight away? Bones, Moonlighting, Veronica Mars, Smallville/New Adventures of Superman, Buffy, The OC to name but a few have the main characters take years to eventually chose the right one and when they do, they quite often put obstacles making them break up. Nobody wants a moonlighting curse. Zoe needs to get her feelings for George out of the way before she can look at Wade, plus she put herself out there for Wade and he rejected her most coldly so who can blame her for putting him to the side at the moment? Great episode and one of my favourite shows at the moment.

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I agree with you elle i haven't watched In weeks and regret watching last night. I'm falling out of love with the show. Zoe and Wade being together are the whole reason I was watching. Lemon and Lavon are so not believable. Like at all.

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(I lied; I'm back!) Elle, I totally agree. After the first few eps, I dared to hope that, interviews with writers and CW's stellar advertising campaigns aside, this show wasn't actually going to be about multiple love triangles that never get resolved. I thought we'd see writers finally take a chance on creativity, originality, and the intelligence of their audience by depicting realistic relationships (these people are supposedly in their 30s. Just because it's a CW show doesn't mean everyone has to behave like they're still in high school) and focusing on stories about other aspects of life - career, friendship, the pros and cons of living in a small town, etc. IMO, the early part of the season was following that path, but then everything devolved. One episode hinting at more drama isn't enough to convince me they've turned things around.

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I'm falling out of love with the show to be honest. I LOVED it just a few weeks ago but now... not so much. I swear all the writers at CW sit down and laugh about how they draw audiences in with plots about love triangles... and this has become another one. I really thought this show would be do somethig different but like I've said before, clearly it's easier to write for another love triangle than it is to write for a quirky couple that lead the show.

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(Part 2)I apologize for the rant, this show is still adorable, but I'm getting so frustrated because they just keep delaying the culmination of Wade and Zoe.(Wade is such a Sexknight; and so sweet!) and it's kind of upsetting that this show doesn't seem to be self-confident enough to just make them get together already. It's like they think that once Zade happens, they'll have no where else to go with the show, and they will be cancelled after one season. Here's hoping that the CW keeps the show AND that Zade finally becomes a reality!

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(Part 1)This was a great episode. But even though HoD is my favorite new show, some of the characters are truly annoying. Lemon is just petty, and to this day i still don't find her affair with Lavon believable. And Brick is even worse; this guy is essentially the villain of this show. He's jealous of George for winning MOTY (which is just another ridiculous event in Bluebell...seriously, this town is has more "quirk" than Zooey Deschanel in New Girl), last week he made several comments to Zoe about her father not wanting her, he insults wade RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM, and then suggests that George manipulate Zoe's feelings for him. Brick is such an ass.

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Ugh. So frustrating for a Zoe/Wade fan. Lemon is horrid especially her clothes.

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I just felt Lemon was so selfish last night when Zoe came to the hospital and she said "what the hell is she doing here?" I totally get that she doesn't like the girl who is pining after her fiancee and I support that, BUT Zoe is a doctor whose concentration was going to be cardio and her father is a famous cardio surgeon. Can't she just not be petty for one second and realize this is about George's father getting the best care he can???

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Small spoiler: I read that there will be major drama in the last episode of the season on Lemon and George's wedding day. Apparently we will see things heat up between all three members of the love triangle - Zoe with both Wade and George. I don't know if this means George won't even find out about Lemon's affair until the last episode or next season, but it seems inevitable that the wedding will be cancelled because of George's feelings for Zoe or because of Levon's feelings for Lemon.

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No one expects Wade to amount to anything so I can see why Wade also doesn't think he is good enough for Zoe. Although I still blame Wade for not grabbing the opportunity to tell Zoe how he felt when he had the chance. I guess we will see Wade growing up a lot in the next few seasons so that he becomes the kind of man that Zoe will notice and admire. However, I don't know if it will be too late when she finally sees the good that we all see in him. I thought Wade was the biggest hero of this episode. He gave some good advice to Magnolia and he asked Zoe to call her father. I think his good deeds will eventually be recognized but it will take a while.