Review: ‘Hart of Dixie’: My How Times Have Changed
Five months have passed since the May finale of ‘Hart of Dixie’, and apparently Zoe Hart was a busy little bee during those five months. Right away we should realize there’s a problem, because Zoe has been gone five months and she was only supposed to stay in New York for three. Also, she’s making out with some dude in glasses named Joel. And they’re planning on moving in together (that seems awfully quick, and he’s a foodie—ugh). And oh yeah—she’s decided she’s completely over Bluebell and the men and women who call it home. Say what?
After her return to New York for the summer, Zoe apparently had a fling with Jonah (that was probably inevitable, just be glad we didn’t have to witness it) and decided that New York was home after all. She broke up with everyone in Bluebell via e-mail because she’s no good at goodbyes. Even Lavon, her best friend, and Wade, the man who stood at a fence in a very picturesque setting and told her he loved her, received break up e-mails. That’s harsh, Zoe. Both of those men deserved at least a phone call. And to make matters worse, Zoe even had the audacity to call Bluebell a rest stop on the road to reality. Them’s fightin’ words, Zoe Hart, and I will not stand for it! If it wasn’t for Rose’s trip to New York for Model United Nations, this might have been Zoe’s fate—trapped in New York while dreaming about Bluebell and all of its quirky inhabitants. All I can say is this: thank God Finland doesn’t know how to properly eat a french fry. Because Zoe in New York is boring. Of course, we all knew that she wasn’t staying, and that her trip to Bluebell to tie up loose ends (somehow Wade was only like, half a loose end?) was going to result in her moving back full-time, but the journey to getting there was a bit rough.
In a nice mirror image of the pilot, Zoe returned via the same bus and traveled the same roads back to Bluebell, only this time there was no handsome George Tucker to pick her up on the side of the road. Instead of complaining about it, Zoe just walked the entire way in her heels because after two years, that just seems like the normal thing to her. She was even dragging her suitcase and a bag of bagels, which were apparently a peace offering to the town.
Upon her return, the first person Zoe saw was Wade, and as far as I’m concerned that’s when the episode actually began. These two characters and their relationship are the backbone of this show, and I think this time apart actually worked well for both of them. We didn’t really get to see much from Wade’s point of view, but we do know that Zoe’s e-mail broke his heart, courtesy of some exposition from Lemon. And it looks like Lemon and Wade are definitely at least a 7 on the BFF scale, talking about their relationship problems (Lemon is sleeping with Meatball? For real?), and Lemon even concocting one of her schemes to help Wade win the breakup. Lemon kind of rocks, guys. I love her relationship with Wade and how much she cares about him. Team Lemon!
As for Zoe, as much as I instantly hated Foodie Joel on principle, I think he was good for Zoe. She’s a real adult with him, an adult who still wears sequined formal shorts, but an adult nonetheless. As much as I love Zoe and Wade as a couple, their relationship was a struggle from the get go. Zoe had a point when she said life in New York was easier and life with Joel was easier. And while I agree with Lavon that she can’t just stay in New York because it means she’s not constantly on the struggle bus, I think she needed the experience so when she ultimately chose Bluebell (and when she ultimately chooses Wade, because duh), it’s because it’s the right choice. Life is messy, girl. That’s just how it is. And if everything in life was easy, we’d never grow and we’d never change and life would be incredibly boring.
Now that Joel has agreed to move to Bluebell to be with Zoe—because he’s a writer and can work from anywhere—it’ll be fun to see his perspective of Bluebell. We saw what it was like for Zoe to move to town, but I think he’s going to have an even harder time with it. And anything that’s hard for Joel is happiness for me. I don’t know that I want him to stick around too long, but if his queasiness from eating fried foods is any indication, homeboy’s not long for the south anyway. His presence in town is important to the continued growth of Zoe, but it’s also important because it’ll allow her to see that the things she thought she valued in a person, might not be what she really values or what she really wants. It’ll really allow her to finally decide between Bluebell and New York once and for all.
I know we’re all a bit sad Joel even exists, let alone has decided to move to Bluebell, but in all fairness, we knew Zoe wasn’t going to return and just jump back into a relationship with Wade. And I distinctly remember not wanting that at the end of Season 2. That being said, I hope the writers aren’t planning on dragging out the Joel and Wade situation for the entire season. As much fun as I am going to have with Lemon and Wade pretending to be in a relationship—especially because it’s going to drive Zoe insane—that is going to blow up in their faces, probably by the end of next week. Zoe and Wade are eventually going to have to face the facts. Wade can pretend to be over Zoe all he wants, but Zoe saw the way he looked at her, and we saw the way she looked at him. I’ve actually never been more confident that the writers have finally accepted that Zoe and Wade are end game. And if anything, George’s insistence that he wants to be with Tansy solidified that. I do hope we see a lot more of Tansy, and I hope it’s done in such a way that it’s about George trying to win her back. Because George/Tansy are adorable.
As I mentioned last week, my reviews will not be posted as quickly as they once were on account my day job writing about TV comes first (bummer, right?). But I’ll be around to chat about Wade and Wilson and how horrible George’s hair looked even after Lemon had her way with the scissors. And speaking of Lemon, Jaime King is so hilariously pregnant that I’m enjoying all the ways the show is trying to cover up her belly. I wish I had time to really talk about where George is right now and where his character might be headed this season, but I suppose that’ll have to wait for next week.
What did you guys think of the Season 3 premiere? Did you love it? Hate it? Want to strangle Zoe for even pretending for a second that Bluebell wasn’t where she belonged?
Some stray observations:
— Annabeth continues to be the best
— Lavon’s cousin might actually be the worst
— Crazy Earl is still firmly on Team Zade <3
— Lemon secretly loves every movie with a training montage and that’s why she’s perfect
— Is is possible that Wilson Bethel got even more charming and sexy over hiatus?
— Brick broke up with Shelby and now he hates himself and is taking it all out on Zoe? Didn’t we end Season 2 with Brick pretty much on Team Zoe?
— Wade’s face when Zoe described him simply as someone who used to be her neighbor was hilarious (and I look forward to Joel finding out just how serious Wade and Zoe once were, because that will eventually happen)
— “You are certifiably insane! You need a 12-step program for shenanigans acts.” – Wade, to Lemon
—” I’m staying and I know that you knew that I would.” – Zoe, to Wade
— “Fuck off, Joel.” – Kaitlin, to Joel