Recap: ‘Hart of Dixie’: Zoe finds what makes her happy
“You wanna be happy, Doc? Change your picture.” – Wade
I usually know what to expect from ‘Hart of Dixie’ – shirtless Wade, Zoe making a complete ass of herself, a weird town function, a high-strung Lemon, and Lavon saving the day – but every once in awhile the writers throw me a welcomed curve ball by providing me with actual plot development.
In tonight’s episode, “If It Makes You Happy,” Wade proved to be the most level-headed and most well-adjusted person in Bluebell. I’ll give you a second to pick your (drooling) jaws up off the floor.
I know that I wax poetic a lot about the finer points of Wade Kinsella, but he’s more than just a piece of meat, you guys. There’s more to him than just his armadillo catching skills, pretty face and a strict workout regimen. Behind those Abs of Glory is a brain.
OK, he might not be the smartest guy in the room – he didn’t go to law school or medical school – but he knows quite a bit about life and happiness and given that he’s spent his entire life in a town with only two restaurants, I’d say that’s basically cause for a parade (remind me to e-mail the writers with that new wacky town event suggestion).
Now, before you point out that Wade doesn’t really know anything about happiness since he’s obviously been covering up his own loneliness and low self-esteem by sleeping with nearly any female that dares cross his path, and that he’s only hiding his pain at the knowledge that Zoe still has feelings for George by acting as if the sexual relationship the two have means less than nothing to him, let me explain.
Wade knows what makes him happy. And he’s not ashamed of the fact that video games and beer make him happy. He’s a simple kind of guy and he’s not embarrassed by that in the least. Wade realizes that sometimes what you want, you can’t have. And that that isn’t always a bad thing.
Does Zoe make him happy? Yes. But Zoe hasn’t yet figured out that Wade, in fact, also makes her happy, so he’s allowed himself to be relegated to the sidelines. Wade knows that eventually Zoe will come around – and he’s right. After he tells her that she needs to change her outdated idea of what happiness should be, she realizes that what she used to think she wanted and needed to be happy isn’t the case at all.
Zoe’s a bit of a control freak, in case you guys haven’t noticed. And Wade is exactly the kind of person who makes her break out of her shell and go off track every so often. At the end of the episode when Zoe shows up to play (strip) video games, she’s letting her hair down, she’s letting Wade in and she’s slowly letting go of that perfect, idealized version of what she thought her life should be. And I’m hoping with all my heart that that means she’s also slowly letting go of the notion that George Tucker is the perfect man for her.
Speaking of George “Man Slut” Tucker, that boy doesn’t waste any time does he? Tonight he went to Fancy’s with a hot new date. And although the date started off well, you knew that it was only a matter of time before it blew up in his face. When George wouldn’t admit that his last relationship wasn’t just serious, but that it lasted fifteen years, you knew it was going to explode spectacularly. And, boy, did it ever.
Brick noticed that George was on a date and so he did what any scorned father would do – he acted like a complete ass and sabotaged the date. The ensuing fight resulted in George and Brick both being kicked out of the restaurant, but that didn’t end the argument. They continued to go at it outside until Lavon showed up and acted as mediator and the two eventually admitted that it wasn’t just Lemon who lost George when he called off the wedding, but Brick also lost a son. Cue tears.
And don’t think that I’ve forgotten about Lemon. Once George told her that he was going on a date (the idea of him being honest was sweet, but the reality is that it’s majorly douchey), she got it in her mind that she needed to one-up George by meeting some new man out at a bar and carefully planning a goodnight kiss in full view of gossipy towns folk so she would win the breakup. And while she successfully stole a man from Ruby and she successfully wrangled a kiss from him, she realized that she wasn’t ready to win the breakup and she wasn’t ready to be dating. Apparently what she was ready to do was get back on the job horse and run Lavon’s mayoral campaign.
The show has done a good job so far this season in making me like Lemon. Being single is forcing her to grow up and make her own decisions and I like it. I really hope she stays on this path to actual character development.
Some stray observations:
- Tom is a virgin. Big surprise there.
- Desperate to prove that she wasn’t a failure compared to the work her medical school classmates were doing, Zoe actually hoped that Tom had leprosy.
- Annabeth returned – and girl owns a houseboat! I love her and I hope to see more of her in the future.
- Lavon wants to be mayor because he likes to solve other people’s problems. But then why is it homeboy can’t solve any of Zoe’s problems?
- Crazy Earl ships Zade y’all! (Because Wade talks about Zoe with him ALL. THE. TIME.)
What did you guys think? Are you happy with the way Zoe and Wade are slowly developing as real friends? And are you happy to see that Wade’s actually got some depth? And is Lemon running Lavon’s mayoral campaign the first step to them becoming a real couple?
Note: Photo courtesy of the CW.