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Hart of Dixie - Episode 3.02 - Friends in Low Places - Review

This is shaping up to be another unstoppably fabulous season of Hart of Dixie, and we're only two episodes in!   Why was last night's episode so terrific?  Well...

Zade versus "Lade" (or "Wemon"?):  The ongoing fake relationship between Wade and Lemon brought a fair share of tension to the scenes between Wade and Zoe, due to the latter's repressed feelings for her ex.  It also caused plenty of problems for poor Lemon, who showed herself to be a true friend by caring more about making Wade feel better than bagging Carter Covington (of the Birmingham Covingtons).

As nice a guy as Joel is, he's even more of a fish out of water in Bluebell than a Season 1 Zoe on her worst day.  "Fire-ant rock"?!  Hilarious.  Zoe's inability to pay enough attention to Joel to steer him around such catastrophes is part and parcel of her subconscious lack of commitment to this relationship.  I couldn't believe it when Zoe vented to her boyfriend, revealing herself to be completely obsessed with everything Wade's said or done lately, and Joel's reaction to it was not jealousy (or seeing the situation for what it is), but curiosity over whether the Wade/Lemon romance is indeed false.  It seems the author of Cicada's Lament is more than a little naive, consciously or otherwise.

When Zoe spoke to Wade near the end of the episode, I admit that I wanted him to just jump up and kiss her...but why should he make the realization of her true feelings that easy for her?  From his perspective, I understand his decision to remain detached (at least outwardly).

Will Zoe end up back at Brick's practice or open her own?  That's a lingering and intriguing question that will inevitably be coming up soon.

George, Lynly, and Lavon: As repetitive as this subplot's structure is to previous episodes, who doesn't love a scenario in which Lavon gets all paranoid and investigative about something?  And yet another example of either George, Lavon, or Wade dating one of the other's exes or family members without telling them about it?  Yippee!  It's way too funny for me to mind the same-ness or the fact that they never learn.  Even the scene of George upbraiding Wade for supposedly dating Lemon showed this dynamic yet again.

In this episode, Lynly came off as impulsive, headstrong, immature, and whiney.  Antoinette Robertson puts it all together in about as endearing a way as is possible, and that makes me enjoy the character's scenes.  But I wonder if there are deeper layers to this character (obviously, this depends on how long she will stick around).  Who hasn't heard a friend utter the kinds of ridiculously simplistic and melodramatic morning-after complaints that Lynly comes out with to Lavon after her night with George?  That rang amusingly true.

Lemon and Meatball: is this the end?  Meatball's confrontation of Lemon, Wade, and Carter at Annabeth's dinner party was just classic.  This laugh-out-loud scene, which resulted from the increasingly absurd web of lies perpetrated by Lemon and Wade while fake-dating, shows the ingenious writing of the show, where the characters constantly circle and collide with each other in a wonderfully entertaining comedy of errors.  The situation, along with showing the strength of Lemon and Wade's friendship, also brought into question what kind of man Lemon does belong with.  Is there a perfect society bachelor out there for her?  Or will she find another unexpected romance right there in Bluebell?  I can't wait to find out as the season unfolds.

Crickett and her husband, by the way, were fantastically laugh-provoking, and possibly the funniest moment of the episode was "what's a beard?"  I hope we see more of these two soon!

What did you think of this week's episode?  Do you sympathize with Joel, or give him one Amazon.com star?  What do you want to happen with the characters as this season continues?  Share your ideas in the comments!

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