Review: ‘Hart of Dixie’: Parents just don’t understand
Aside from Brick Breeland, as he is a constant presence on the show, the parents on ‘Hart of Dixie’ mostly exist to act as the audience stand-in. Crazy Earl is very much in the Zade camp. Aside from adding a brilliant and complicated layer to Wade’s backstory, he exists to triumph the cause of the many Zoe and Wade fans out there.
Zoe’s mother, who appeared in the Christmas episode that ultimately ended with Zoe finally seeing the light and accepting the feelings she had for Wade were more than just lust, is the stand-in for everyone who wishes Zoe would stop blaming others for her problems and accept her life as it is.
George’s parents, who made an unwelcome return this week, represent the other warring faction – the Zorge shippers. And I don’t care if they have a different shipper name, because if they do I don’t know it. And Zorge is just too funny to stop using. So Mr. and Mrs. Tucker returned to Bluebell this week to wreak some havoc, as if they know how to do anything else, in the lives of not only their son, but of Zoe, Wade (OK, it wasn’t so much havoc to him, but a minor inconvenience) and Tansy too.
Despite the fact Zoe and Wade are happy and despite the fact George and Tansy appear to be happy every time we’ve seen them recently, George’s mother is convinced that Tansy is not good enough for her youngest son. Something about their first meeting being Tansy in a towel and finding out she lives in a trailer where she also cuts hair probably has something to do with this instant judgement. But to be fair, their son now lives on a houseboat, so they’re basically a perfectly compatible couple and Mr. and Mrs. Tucker should probably leave their circus comments to themselves.
But because they’re the Tuckers, and in addition to being a stand-in for Zorge shippers they’re also, you know, just really terrible people, they plot to break up George and Tansy in favor of George and Zoe after a chance run in with Zoe and Wade outside of the movie theater showing a French film. Turns out, George shares Zoe’s terrible taste in movies, guys, so they have to be a better couple than George and Tansy (Gansy? Tange?), right?.
Now, I myself can’t remember back that far (my 25-year-old brain ain’t what it used to be!), but did George’s mom ever express any kind feelings toward Zoe? I feel like she wasn’t really a Zoe fan in season one. Did I make this up? When did Mama Tucker join the Zoe Hart Fanwagon? This just seems like a bit of a stretch to me. I can understand how Mama Tucker might look at Zoe in her fancy dresses and prefer her over Tansy and her mobile hair salon, or that she sees her as the lesser of two evils, but I don’t exactly buy that she’s actually a real Zorge shipper.
Anyway, speculation and forgotten season one plots aside, what Mama Tucker doesn’t know, is that George and Zoe, despite having similar interests, are a terrible pairing. And while I’m fairly certain we’ll be forced to endure a Zorge romance at some point during the show’s run – it seems inevitable, as there’s rarely ever an ending to a love triangle outside of a series finale – I stand by that statement. Having common interests with someone does not necessarily mean you’re meant to be with that person. It just means that you like the same movies or have the same idea of what’s fun.
I share common musical tastes with my friends, but does that mean I am destined to be with one of them? No, it just means when we met in high school circa 2001 we bonded over said musical tastes and became friends. Does it mean I’m not destined to be with them? No, that’s not really the case either. But you need a more substantial foundation to build a relationship on than just similar interests. There has to be a deeper connection.
Couples who share the exact same personal tastes, personal drives and personalities are doomed to fail. When your partner is basically a clone of yourself, you need to reevaluate your relationship. Relationships need challenges and, every once in awhile, a conflict, to shake things up, level the playing field. Perfectly agreeable partners don’t exist in real life, nor should they exist. Nothing is more annoying than having someone agree with every single thing you say. This is why Zoe and Wade work so well together. They don’t share much in common on a superficial level – she likes French films, he likes demolition derbies – but they share a connection on a deep personal level.
I really like George and Tansy together because Tansy is so different from Lemon and because she’s so different from Zoe. I think Tansy is a good thing for George and I’m not just saying that because I don’t want Zoe and Wade to break up. I just think they complement each other really well, just like Zoe and Wade complement each other. The writers should stop trying so hard to create relationship drama and show honest relationships.
Some stray observations:
- Lavon and Annabeth? I ship it. Lemon and her old annoying habits? I don’t ship it. Brick and Shelby? Kind of weirds me out. I might ship it.
- Wade was completely nonchalant about the text Zoe sent him telling him she’d been kidnapped by George’s mother. And that is why he is perfect.
- The short scene at the end of the episode in which Wade asked how much a bartender would make in NYC just about melted my heart. Because that means he’s at least considering the idea that he might leave Bluebell and go to New York to be with Zoe if she should ever leave.
What did you guys think? Are you tired of the contrived plots that make Zoe constantly question her relationship with Wade? Even if they only make her see how true and deep her feelings are? Are you as annoyed by New!Lemon reverting back to Old!Lemon as I am? Do you have Foreign Accent Syndrome?
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