Recap: ‘Hart of Dixie’ is “Always on my Mind”
I’m going to keep this short this week.
We’ve picked up a couple of days after the season premiere. Lemon is working at the Rammer Jammer (but she’s not very good), George is attempting to fill his free time with things like fishing (but he still really wants to just fill it with Zoe time) and Zoe and Wade are still having “careless” sex with one another (but it’s obvious to everyone and their grandmothers that the two have real feelings for each other).
Ruby is still around, too, and it seems like she and Lavon are getting along until she drops the bomb at the end of the episode that she’s going to run for mayor.
Rose makes her first appearance of the season when she needs Zoe’s help to keep her indie street cred since one of her classmates is going to a concert that she herself can’t go to. So Rose comes up with the idea to host Bluebell’s own music festival (which marks the first crazy town event of the season) and again asks Zoe for her help.
Zoe attempts to use her mother’s contacts to score a big name for the music festival, but is forced to settle for a local woman who played with Wade at one time or another (and yes, played is also a euphemism). But because Zoe made a bet with Wade that she could go 48 hours without sleeping with him, she doesn’t exactly want to be around him for the fear that she’ll lose the $100. I really don’t know what her problem is, I’d fork over hundreds of dollars to be living her life.
Anyway, Zoe eventually wins the bet – but only because she asks Rose to accompany them, unknowingly as their chaperone, on their road trip to Mobile to ask the woman (I seriously cannot remember her name) to play the music festival. Unfortunately, she’s a one-woman crazy town who hates Wade, whose band is on hiatus and who suffers from hypochondria.
After Wade apologizes to her she agrees to play the festival (and Wade appears to be trying to make Zoe jealous by sleeping with another woman), but when it comes time for her to play she tells Zoe that her finger is numb and Zoe tells her that there’s a tiny possibility it’s nerve damage. So she hightails it back to Mobile to see a specialist and Zoe’s forced to ask George to step in and sing with Wade.
The town loves the festival and women are fawning over both George and Wade, and even though she won the $100 Zoe looks pretty miserable as she eats cotton candy with Rose at the end of the episode. She wants both men and both men want her, but she’s so confused about what to do she ultimately might lose both. She admits to Lavon that she knowingly but unknowingly told what’s-her-face that it might be nerve damage because she knew she’d skip town and she wouldn’t have to worry about Wade sleeping with her.
On the other end of the spectrum, I have to say that I liked George significantly more in this episode than I had in prior episodes. I don’t know if it’s because he’s not dating Lemon anymore and thus he isn’t a piece of cardboard for Lemon to talk at, or if the writers read my piece about how annoying and pathetic he was last season, but there’s something different about George Tucker. And I hope he continues to grow and mature. Because I really, really like Scott Porter and I hate hating his character.
The same goes for Wade; I really want him to grow and mature as well. I know that he and Zoe can’t really be together until he grows up and starts acting like a man. Pretending he doesn’t have real feelings for her, being flippant about sex and then having sex (or implying that he might) with other women, is not the way I want Wade to act. He’s better than that, and I spent an entire season watching him attempt to change for the better so he’d be worthy of her. He’s backtracking and I don’t like it.
Some stray observations:
- I am no longer on Team Wade. I am strictly on Team Shirtless Wade.
- George attempted to pick up a women’s volleyball player using Wade’s patented one-night stand tricks, but he fails when he ultimately feels the need to comfort Lemon after she’d had a bad day.
- Addie is no longer working at the doctor’s office – and Brick wanted Lemon to be the new receptionist, to which she politely declined.
- Magnolia Breeland sings y’all.