This week’s episode of Hart of Dixie improved on its premiere. It definitely delivered that light and quirky charm that the show is known for without missing out on the drama and hijinks. Joel, Zoe’s new boyfriend, got thrown into the sea that is BlueBell with a distracted Zoe as his life vest. Lemon was juggling a faux relationship with Wade, a secret sexual relationship with Meatball, and a potential new eligible suitor all of which predictably blew up in her face by the end of the episode at Lavon’s dinner party. Meanwhile George’s chick from the night before turned out to be none other than Lavon’s little cousin Lynly. AB and Lavon weren’t seeing eye to eye on Lynly. Finally the Zoe and Wade story is definitely not over as they struggle with still having strong feelings for one another and learning to co-exist in BlueBell.
This episode brought out some personality in Joel which was missing in the first episode. I find the relationship between Joel and Zoe to be strange and passionless. They make great friends. I liked that Joel was supportive of Zoe and helped her figure out that Wade and Lemon were faking their relationship. Where was his jealousy when he found out that Zoe was too distracted by her ex-boyfriend? It was amusing to see that Lavon couldn’t get away from Joel fast enough after he persistently tried to persuade Lavon into deleting his negative review of his book.
Lemon and Wade together are gold. They have built a solid friendship and are good for each other. It is easy to see how each has grown from the people they were in the first season. They selflessly help each other because they care for one another. Despite everything coming out following Meatball’s confession, they shared a sweet moment together where they bonded over drinks. This friendship is one of the best things going on Hart of Dixie. And sure the writers could turn it romantic, but why mess with something that is working? There is a lot more value in their friendship than a short-lived romance between these two.
The highlight of this storyline is most definitely the interaction between Lavon and George. Lynly isn’t as innocent as Lavon currently believes. She is going to be a handful for both George and Lavon. It seems that AB is onto her and would like her to pack her bags sooner rather than later. Hopefully Lynly evolves into more than a little troublemaker as the season progresses.
Zoe has definitely grown during her stay in New York and more easily accepts that she has feelings for Wade and it is hard for her which is a vast improvement over last season. Now they need a break as their relationship evolves and they learn to communicate with one another and slow things down.
Final Thoughts: Meatball was great in this episode as his role expanded beyond Wade’s immature sidekick. Yay we finally got to meet Crickett’s husband, Stanley. The verdict is still out on whether he is gay or just Southern. Poor AnnaBeth, of course the dinner party was bound to end in chaos. It is BlueBell after all. It doesn’t seem like Captain Awesome will be making another stop in BlueBell after Carter found out about Lemon’s Meatball-sized skeleton.
How long do you think Joel is going to be sticking around BlueBell? Will Lavon break George’s legs when he finds out about his night with Lynly? When is Wade going to get to be happy? What is next for Lemon now that her secret is out? What do you think of the season so far?
Be sure to tune in next week on Monday at 8/7c for a Belle rebellion when Lemon tries to overthrow Crickett. The band, The Head and The Heart, will also be performing at the Rammer Jammer.