Not much actually happened in this week’s episode of Hart of Dixie. Zoe tried to get her old job back while Lemon took on the new leader of the Belles. Lavon needed Brick’s help wooing the owner of a baseball team in the latest chapter of his war with rival town, Fillmore. AB proved that she is still the best friend ever. Joel continues to show that while he really tries he will never be at home in BlueBell. Wade mostly hung around with Joel and helped Zoe with her problems. And George seems to always find himself in awkward situations. In all it was an episode that was mostly boring filler with pointless plots.
Most of this story line was silly with Zoe diagnosing Joel with everything under the sun out of boredom and going around town offering medical advice to the townspeople. Of course in BlueBell, Frank would be a PI for 2 hours every day. Why not? The talk between Zoe and Brick is what this show does best. It pulls at the heartstrings. The growing relationship between Brick and Zoe has always been a strong part of the show. It was very touching for Brick to reveal that he missed Zoe and her leaving left a void for him as well. I am glad that they found a way to amicably reach an agreement that has Zoe back in the practice. I think it is very important that Zoe has to earn her place there again instead of just having the partnership handed back to her. She will appreciate it a lot more in the end and won’t be so quick to walk away from it the next time her life gets difficult.
Lemon has continued to show tremendous growth from who we met in season 1. In the first season, Lemon put Zoe through a similar test with her Belle hazing. She would have put tradition above all else. Lemon has grown to learn that her self-worth is more important than what she always held dear. Although part of Lemon will always be a Belle since it is so ingrained in her. I could have used more of Lemon and AB in their moment of victory.
Scott Porter continues to show his remarkable comedic timing. His pained faces are quite humorous. And yet this was a silly plot. Lynly seems way too immature for George and it is hard to see how a relationship could develop between them although I’m sure it is headed that way. There was a nice moment between George and Zoe when George clearly explained to Zoe how much her leaving hurt Brick.
Take me out to the ball game: Lavon is upset when he learns that Fillmore is close to signing a deal for a baseball team. Learning that the owner of the team is an old college buddy of Brick’s, Lavon enlists his help. The owner of the baseball team, Cameron Lynch, turns out to be an annoying and clueless woman who has an unrequited crush on Brick whom he has been trying to avoid. Brick quickly ducked out of the meeting once he learned that Zoe was missing which lead to an abrupt end of the meeting. Sadly for Lavon it means that more than likely Fillmore will be getting a new baseball team instead of BlueBell.
There wasn’t any real point to this storyline. It seemed to serve as more of a way to keep Lavon and Brick busy while Zoe had to tend to George. It did continue the rivalry between Fillmore and BlueBell which has been carried over from last season.
It is great that Zoe and Wade have reached a place where they are learning to communicate better. Wade has really matured and is handling things the best way he can. And yet it is still a little odd to see he and Zoe communicate and appear as just friends. Joel and Wade have an interesting dynamic since they are so different that can be amusing in the weeks to come.
Final Thoughts: This was not one of my favorite episodes of Hart of Dixie and definitely my least favorite of this season. I do love the addition of live bands playing at the Rammer Jammer and really enjoyed The Head and the Heart. This episode seemed to have too many of the main cast isolated from one another and off with guest stars. I like Joel as a character, and yet I saw way too much of him in this episode. It is annoying when there are members of the core cast who still don’t have a direction or storyline and valuable screen time is being taken up by guest stars.
What are your thoughts on how the season is progressing so far? Do you like Joel, or are you ready for him to head back to New York? What do you think about the new Crickett?
Next Monday, it is Halloween in BlueBell where Dash will be putting on his one-man Frankenstein show. George and Wade attend a masquerade while Lemon kisses a mysterious stranger.