Recap: ‘Hart of Dixie’: Pregnancy scares and love affairs
Looking back at my wish list for season two, I think the writers have done a pretty good job tending to the problems that plagued ‘Hart of Dixie’ during its freshman season.
George is much more likeable now that he’s getting real story lines and isn’t merely reacting to whatever insane thing Lemon did this week. And Lemon herself has been much more entertaining since she’s no longer spending every waking moment obsessing over a wedding we knew wasn’t ever going to take place.
The writers have also scaled back on the medical stories that only ever seemed to hinder the forward progress and character development. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but we haven’t had a real wacky town event in a couple of weeks. So yeah, I’d say that the second season has gotten off to a great start. And I haven’t even mentioned the best part: Wade and Zoe seem to finally be on the path to a real relationship.
Say what? Let’s back up.
Tonight’s episode picks up with Zoe and Wade continuing their casually slutty dance where they each pretend they only want to have casual sex with each other, but in reality both of them have taken the for sale signs off their respective lawns. I’m not sure what that means, but I’ve written it and I’m committing to it.
But while Zoe and Wade seem to be on the path to [my] eternal happiness, Lavon doesn’t exactly want to hear about it. Every time Zoe attempts to lure him into some girl talk, Lavon Hayes rebuffs her – as one would expect a grown man to do. I’m a little annoyed though, because I fully believe that Lavon would have had no problem listening to Wade recount his and Zoe’s sexual encounters. I have a lot of guy friends – trust me, I’ve witnessed enough of these conversations to know how this works.
Because Lavon won’t listen to Zoe’s detailed description of what Wade’s abs taste like (I imagine it’s a mix between a rainbow and a baby unicorn), she’s forced to talk to Ruby, the only other (adult) female character that Zoe can even remotely call a girlfriend (because apparently Shelly was eaten by Burt Reynolds over the summer? Seriously, what happened to her? Did they mention it and I just missed it?). I mean, role-playing with Wade isn’t exactly something she should be talking to Rose about, you know?
So after Ruby fakes her way into see Zoe at the office – the only way she knows to get in touch with Zoe since she’s been ignoring all of her calls out of loyalty to Lavon – Zoe agrees that they can be girlfriends as long as they leave politics aside. And because she’s really desperate to tell someone about all the sex she’s been having with a guy who, legend has it, left senior prom with three different women (that sounds bad now that I’ve written it out). The fact that Wade didn’t go to senior prom makes that factoid a little disturbing. Oh well, the past is the past.
Ruby tells Zoe that she wants to set her up with her cousin, but because of her pseudo-relationship/sexual agreement with Wade, Zoe tells her she’s unavailable. But once Zoe sees a hot blonde entering Wade’s house, with a [dirty] sock on the door no less, she decides that two can play that game and makes a date with Ruby’s cousin. And though the original plan is to go to Mobile, Zoe makes a typical Zoe decision (meaning stupid) and decides to take him to the Rammer Jammer where she can flaunt her date in front of the World’s Hottest Bartender.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the town square, Lemon is busy running Lavon’s mayoral campaign – though he’s still hesitant about the two of them working together – and drinking a lot of ginger ale to soothe her upset stomach (girl, I feel you).
She’s got a ton of ideas for him, including a BBQ and a strategy to get the Owls endorsement (I have to admit that I kind of blocked this part out a bit and have no idea who the Owls are or anything…), which Ruby almost has in the bag. But because she’s Lemon and a go-getter, she’s able to get Dash Dewitt to give a soft commitment to endorsing everyone’s favorite mediator.
Lemon also decides that the Belles will endorse Lavon, despite the fact that they didn’t endorse him during the last campaign (but the dude was running unopposed, so do you even really need to endorse him?). One of the Belles, whom I can’t exactly recall the name of at this time, tells Lemon that she’s glad the big announcement wasn’t that she was pregnant. Her pallid complexion and recent ginger ale binge had her worried, and though the thought had never occurred to Lemon before now, she’s definitely worried that it might actually be the case.
On the way home Lavon and Lemon stop at the Dixie Stop for campaign supplies, and Lemon decides that the best course of action is to steal a pregnancy test. But because a six-year-old stole a Twinkie a couple weeks back, the owner has installed a security system and when they walk out the door, Lemon’s pregnancy test sets off the alarm (yeah, OK, sure, whatever). Lavon quickly jumps in to save the day by saying that it’s his test – for Burt Reynolds, who might be in heat and who might be a girl – and that he didn’t know it hadn’t been paid for.
If Lavon can jump in to save Lemon, why is it so hard for him to hear about Wade and Zoe’s recent escapades? Come on, bro. Cut a girl some slack.
Back at the Rammer Jammer, as one would pretty much expect, Zoe is ruining her date with a perfectly nice, handsome man because she’s too busy focusing on Wade and the woman he’s talking to. She drinks too much, as she is wont to do, and the situation gets away from her. As her date gets up to take her home, Wade approaches and mentions that they’re both needed by Lavon. When she asks why, Wade whispers in her ear, and because she’s drunk, Zoe blurts out the secret that Lavon had been caught shoplifting – right in front of Ruby, who uses this piece of information to aid her own campaign for Bluebell mayor.
Zoe is disgusted by her own actions and by Ruby’s choices – she’s already leaked it to the paper – and so she tells her – in much nicer words than I’m about to write – that homegirl is a bitch and that Zoe Hart don’t play with women like that.
I’m annoyed that the writers have been able to give George some forward momentum and character development and Zoe is still doing the same stupid shit that she’s been doing ever since she arrived in town. She’s constantly screwing things up for her friends and she hasn’t really changed or matured in that sense.
It was obvious that she was going to ruin her date because of her feelings for Wade, but watching that scene was embarrassing. I didn’t find it the least bit funny, and I would think that by now the writers would realize those scenes only hurt the story. The same goes for the drunk blurting of Lavon’s “secret.” I’m tired of seeing the titular heroine screw up so badly. And it’s not just this show, it’s every show or romantic comedy these days. Every beautiful female lead has to have some sort of ridiculous flaw, and for some reason Zoe’s flaw is that she’s a complete idiot when it comes to personal relationships and friendships? I’m hoping she grows out of this character trait very soon, because I adore this show and I adore the characters too much to watch it flounder.
But because this is the CW and it’s not ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ the show wraps everything up with a neat little bow. Lavon forgives Zoe and tells her that maybe if he’d listened to her in the first place, she wouldn’t have had to go to Ruby and the entire drunken night could have been avoided. Lemon tells the Dixie Stop owner and the paper that the pregnancy test was hers and the Owls rethink endorsing Lavon for mayor. And Zoe tells Wade that she’s not the casual sex kind of girl (um, duh?) and while she’s not asking him to be her boyfriend, she’d like it if they were casually monogamous – to which he agrees!
I have to admit, when I saw that the two of them were back to having casual sex, I thought for sure the entire relationship was going to blow up spectacularly within the 45 minutes of the episode. That’s usually how it happens. It’s like the relationship equivalent of Chekhov’s gun.
And while there were some stumbles for my favorite non-couple, the show seems to be chugging along on the Zade express, much to my delight. Now, I’m not so naive to think that the two of them will be riding off into the sunset on George’s new houseboat (see below) anytime soon, but I like the fact that Zoe eventually stood up for herself and told Wade what she wanted. And I’m happy that he seems to be growing and maturing enough as a person to admit that he’d like to be monogamous – no matter if it’s not really serious – with her.
Here’s hoping it blooms into more than just casual sex, but I’m not going to bet any money on it happening anytime soon.
Some other stray observations:
- The C plot involved Lemon living on Annabeth’s old houseboat. But as it turns out, she gets seasick, hence the upset stomach and ginger ale. When Wade realized that the pregnancy test was actually Lemon’s, he called George to fill him in on the situation. The two talk and decide to swap houses (yes, really).
- The D plot was all about how Brick and Magnolia are basically infants who cannot feed themselves, do the laundry or go grocery shopping. Worst. Storyline. Ever. And I am going to just pretend it never happened. You’re a doctor for fucks sake. Am I really supposed to believe that you can’t even make macaroni and cheese?
- Also in this episode, George has to figure out how to breakup with the annoying girl from last week. And because he’s an idiot and has basically one friend in town, he asks Wade for advice. I have to admit, Wade’s got a lot of knowledge about life in that pretty head of his, but I’m not sure I’d ever take any of it to heart. You know it’s going to end badly (George wound up getting slapped in the face) if you do. But since this is only the second time he’s ever had to break up with someone, I guess it could have been worse?
- Doesn’t George realize Zoe and Wade are having sex every night? I feel like he should care…
- The blonde woman at Wade’s turned out to be delivering the tile for Zoe’s carriage house. And the dirty sock was hanging on the doorknob because Wade put it there after stepping in raccoon shit. Because that’s what everyone does after they do something like that… hang it on a doorknob, not wash it.
So what did you guys think? Are you excited that Wade and Zoe seem to be making real progress? Do you like Ruby? Did you know alligators had internal sex organs?
Note: Photo courtesy of the CW.