Things are finally starting to happen in BlueBell as some of the storylines are picking up. Zoe blamed Wade for well everything. Lynly pushed George to define their relationship. Lavon kept himself busy coaching the BlueBell track team while AB made a lot of jam. Lemon discovered a secret that shocked Brick. Did anyone care that Joel got kidnapped?
We finally got an episode with a lot of Wade and Zoe interaction although it centered on Joel. It seems like Zoe is very firmly stuck on her idea of Wade and is very quick to blame him for everything. In this episode, Zoe was even more of the overbearing mother-figure to Joel. At times I have to wonder if she even really likes Joel, or if she is just so stuck on having Not!Wade. She needs Joel to be a certain way, and she freaks out if he strays outside of her box. Wade was right that she treats Joel much the same way she treated Wade when they were together. Yes Joel is a nice guy, but at the moment he keeps making excuses for Zoe’s behavior. I have to wonder how much longer they can continue in this vein before we start to see some serious cracks in their relationship.
I’m still not sure about George and Lynly. She is definitely a pushy one. If she tones things down, I think that she is good for a transitional relationship for George. She can help him loosen up and have a little bit of fun which he desperately needs. I don’t see it as a lasting relationship in any way. I’m looking forward to seeing how this relationship affects the friendship between George and Lavon in the coming weeks.
I understand why Lavon wants to take things slowly with AnnaBeth due to being burnt in the past. And yet I still think this was just a temporary bandaid for the moment. Lavon seems to be unsure of what the future with AB holds. They’ve been together too long for him to not have more of a feeling of whether he sees a future with her or not. AB is satisfied for now, but I’m sure the issue will come up again later in the season. At that time Lavon will definitely have to make up his mind about what he wants.
This was quite the twist and shocker for me. I figured that Shelby would be the owner of Fancie’s. I actually like that because it sets up a conflict for Lemon for when Jaime King returns from her maternity leave later in the season. It also gives Shelby a reason for being around. I enjoyed Shelby and Brick last season and we never really learned why Brick broke up with her. I don’t believe that Brick is the father of the baby although it will be interesting to see where they take this storyline.
Final thoughts. I really enjoyed this episode and it may be my favorite of the season. We finally got to see the core cast interacting with one another instead of just off with the guest starts. There was some progression in some of the storylines as well. And they finally delivered on a surprise. I felt for the first time this season that things are finally beginning to happen.
What did you think of the Shelby pregnancy twist? Do you think Brick is the father? Do you wish that Zoe would have let the Truitts just keep Joel? Is Lavon taking things too slow with AB?
Tune in tomorrow for the Thanksgivukkah episode which is also the mid-season finale. There will be a much anticipated Wade and Zoe lip lock that has been a long time coming. Danielle Bradbery, season 4 winner of The Voice, will be performing her single “Heart of Dixie”.