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Hart of Dixie - Episode 3.15 - Ring of Fire - Review

Some admittedly glacial progress was finally made in moving the plotline of Hart of Dixie forward in this week's episode.  I'll try to avoid going off on another rant about the lack of Zoe and Wade interaction of late, as that's getting into broken record territory.  But you know...there's that.  Yet with the dismissal of Enrique and Carter, and Joel going off to LA to work on the film adaptation of his novel, at least both Lemon and Zoe saw some forward motion going on.  And while this season does need a shot of adrenaline, HOD is always enjoyable in its plucky charms.  Let's discuss last night's episode!

Zoe and Joel had one of their least interesting plotlines yet, which was nicely complemented by Wade and Vivian having an even more boring one.  However, the best thing going in either of those stories this week was the freaking adorable baby goat that I want to snuggle.  At least Zoe had a few cute and funny moments in trying to get her Legally Blonde on to stop the Truitt brothers (who are okay comic relief, but not enough to fuel this central of a plot) from suing after Chicken was "injured" fixing her and Joel's home.

Truth be told, it does make my heart happy just to see a little of that sassy Lemon and Zoe repartee coming back.  The original DNA of the show was largely based on their rivalry/frenemy-ship, and it would be great to get some of those stories back into the show.  These ladies are hilarious together, and when the stakes turn dramatic (a la the past Lemon/George/Zoe triangle) it's always fascinating to watch as well.

The Cicada's Lament is getting the Hollywood treatment, and Joel will be gone for six months.  What was that I heard?  Was that the death knoll of "Zoel"? (and did that rhyme?)  Sounds good to me.  Now if only we could end the snoozefest known as Wade/Vivian.  Not even Rose could perk up that subplot...goat aside.

Lemon realized that she couldn't choose between Enrique and Carter because neither of them were right for her.  As much as I find Enrique hilarious and cute, Lemon's probably right that they'd run out of things to talk about once the novelty wore off.  And Carter's just boring.  It was Meatball who ruined the planned Renaissance Faire duel between Enrique and Carter, and Lavon who stepped in to rescue Lemon from a date with Meatball.  I do love, by the way, that the show is fourth-wall-breakingly noting the festival overload of Bluebell by having Lavon use a deluge of fests to distract him from his break-up woes.

Was that some Lavon/Lemon chemistry I saw bubbling up at the end there when the two danced?  Hmm.  Given the still-bitter tensions between Lavon and AnnaBeth, it's hard to know where this potential triangle may be headed.  

(side-note: it bears repeating, Carl Winslow FTW.)

George, unfortunately, seems to have encountered yet another potential love interest in his dreaded stream of GSGF's (guest star girlfriends).  Ugghh.  I will grant opposing council that she was more coyly fun than the awful Tansy or the weird Lynly, but I'm past ready for the show to stop sidelining George with these GSGF's altogether.  Of course, maybe I'm wrong and we'll never see the lady lawyer again.  At least we got another funny Lilianne song sequence from this subplot: "unlucky Tucky."  Lilianne's the best.

(sidenote: I love it when AB makes this face [see above])

AnnaBeth is righteously frustrated with her own bad luck lately, mocking Lavon's absurd presumptions in thinking she would help him use Lemon's love triangle with Enrique and Carter to benefit his own agenda, "after everything we've been through."  She almost had to go on a date with Chicken to help Zoe and Joel resolve the potential lawsuit, which again showed how the townsfolk keep trying to take advantage of AB's kindness, though of course not maliciously.  However, it was nice to see the put-upon AnnaBeth get a little anonymous flirtation from the mysterious knight at the end of the episode.  Who do we think her secret admirer was?

Here are some of the funniest one-liners from the episode:

"You go on a boy cleanse.  Sorry, that was both uncalled for and too easy." -Lemon to Zoe

"...then we're like a tiger and an Indian boy in a very small boat." -Lemon on her relationship with Enrique

"Waitin' for a Man Named Chicken...The AnnaBeth Nass story." -AnnaBeth

"Wait!  Your honor, as famous attorney Elle Woods once said..." -Zoe

"I like to listen to '90's R and B when I'm preppin' for a trial." -George

Lemon: "If only I could put them in a blender and make a boyfriend smoothie."
Lavon: "I am so grateful that technology does not yet exist."

What did you think of this week's Hart of Dixie?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

About the Author - Virginia Mae Fontana
Virginia is happy to be reviewing The Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie, Nashville, Beauty and the Beast, Elementary, Witches of East End, Covert Affairs, and Devious Maids for Spoiler TV. She is a college English instructor and enjoys obsessing over films and pop music - in addition to tv shows, of course! You can find her blog, SugarRushed, at http://virginiamaeblog.blogspot.com/ and her Twitter handle is @SugarRushedBlog

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