Recap: ‘Hart of Dixie’: Destined for disaster
I have to say that I did not care for this episode one bit. Well, wait, that’s not true. I liked seeing chapter two of How Wade Becomes a Real Man. Chapter one, of course, was him realizing he didn’t want to be a bartender at
Merlotte’s the Rammer Jammer forever and that his real goal in life was to open his own bar. (Someone’s been reading all that fanfiction!)
In chapter two we saw that he was ready to finally stop getting black out drunk and sleeping with any woman who dare get caught in his cross-hairs. This newest development was brought on by the fact he woke up (naked) in bed to find a rather large woman’s shirt on the back of his couch. And Tom Long in his bathroom.
Not remembering what he’d done the night before, and being afraid of what it was, he set out to find out who belonged to that shirt. After finding out he’d called some brunette chick and her married sister for sex, he found out the shirt belonged to the sister of some other townsperson who I can’t remember the name of right now. Apparently he’d grabbed the shirt off her clothes line in order to cover himself up. Because he was running through town naked.
Wade eventually came to the realization that he’d been with Tancy, his ex-wife, the night before. She eventually showed up to the Rammer Jammer to tell him she turned him down the night before, despite the fact he’s apparently shown up and shucked his clothes like some dashing pirate in a steamy romance novel from the checkout line at the drugstore. Tancy told him that she was trying to turn her life around, that she was going to night school and that she couldn’t be – and wasn’t – that person anymore.
All of this, coupled with the realization that since George was now a “free man” meant that his chances of getting Zoe to notice him in that way were even lower, Wade decides it is time to clean up his act and grow up. And so if this show is renewed for a second season – and I really hope that it is, because this show feels like a return to the old WB style – that the second season will be the story of Wade’s progression from man-boy to man worthy of Zoe Hart (after homegirl does some of her own growing up, obivously). Kind of like the way Damon Salvatore grew from crazy psycho murderer to a savior of humanity during the second season of ‘The Vampire Diaries.’
Oh, yeah. Apparently some other staff happened in this episode.
After finally finding out in last week’s episode that Lemon had an affair with Lavon Hayes while he was in New York doing lawyer-y things, George calls off their wedding. Zoe, in a poor attempt to pretend she just wants to take care of George because he’s her friend, makes George “homemade” soup so he can wallow properly. It’s obvious she’s never had that many friends because wallowing requires several pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and some crying. Lavon, as the all-knowing man he is, sees right through Zoe’s ruse and calls her out on her real intentions. And for using canned chicken broth. She holds fast to that whole “friendship” thing.
But Zoe is surprised to find that George is not wallowing. Instead of being at home crying like a little boy, George is walking through town like he’s in an Andy Hardy movie. He’s happy and hopeful for the future. His voice is at an odd pitch. I think there were balloons at one point. And an ice cream cone. Basically he was acting like a little boy who’d eaten 15 Fun Dips for breakfast.
Zoe uses her superior doctor skills to deduce that George is going through the first stage of grieving – denial. She tells him that this entire happiness act is actually him ignoring that the breakup happened and ignoring his pain. I don’t remember exactly, because I was vomiting all over my TV by this point, but I think George probably told her he felt free and that he was happy to finally know why his fiancee had been acting like a craz(ier than normal) person for the last six months.
Apparently George also decided to buy a motorcycle at some point during this episode (no, he’s totally fine – nothing is wrong at all) and he skips town to head to New Orleans. Because that’s where everyone goes when they want to do some debauching. While there, he calls Zoe and invites her to come join him. Zoe, once again being a complete idiot, agrees to come. And once again she has to tell Lavon that she’s not going after a man who was engaged up until 24 hours ago. But she still wears some pretty sexy clothes. I’m trying to remember – was her coat sparkly? Anyway, she goes to New Orleans and walks in to the bar just as George decides it’s karaoke time.
Throughout the night they flirt with each other, giving in a little to the attraction that they’ve had for one another the entire season. At one point they even pretend to be a couple on their honeymoon while talking to some “George Tucker, Legendary Singer” groupies. Again, nothing at allllll wrong with that. That’s completely normal for someone to do after ending their very long engagement amidst cheating allegations the night before. The two bond over a mutual desire to go to Uganda and then share a rather passionate kiss on the dance floor before deciding they want to take their party of two someplace more quiet.
While Zoe is on the phone using her publicist mother to score a fancy-schmancy hotel room, some dude gets up and starts singing “What a Wonderful World,” the same song George and Lemon (and nine billion other couples) were going to dance to at their wedding. The immense feelings that he’d been ignoring and denying all day finally punch George right in the stomach and he realizes it’s time to go home and confront/discuss/punch Lemon in the face. And yet, somehow, at the end of all of this, Zoe tells Lavon that she has hope.
Homegirl is fucking stupid.
Note: Photo courtesy of the CW.