Zoe Hart has become that annoying friend who’s on a diet: she doesn’t want to eat her cake, she’s going to quit snacking on those chips (any day now, she swears) and she certainly doesn’t want anyone else enjoying those tasty treats either!
Zoe chose herself over both George and Wade. (Of course not “choosing Wade” didn’t mean she was going to stop sleeping with Wade!) Zoe chose not to be with either Southern sweetie but that doesn’t mean she wants either of them to choose to be with anyone else. This becomes a bit of a problem in “Always on My Mind” when both men start exploring their Hart-free options.
George Tucker tries dating for the first time since breaking up with high school sweetheart Lemon. Although Wade tries to be his cellular wingman, George strikes out with the ladies at the Rammer Jammer after coming to terrible new waitress Lemon’s rescue. He fares much better after he is forced to perform at “Bluebell-a-palooza”, a music festival put on by Rose who is trying desperately to hold on to her “indie rock chick” title at the high school. Seems the golden boy has some golden pipes and more than a few female admirers.
The other two points of the triangle are caught up in the “Bluebell-a-palooza” drama too as Wade and Zoe, who had made a $100 bet that they won’t sleep together (again!) for 48 hours, try to get his former band mate and current music sensation Lily Ann Lonergan to headline the festival. She agrees to play until Zoe unintentionally scares the hypochondriac crooner away forcing Wade to perform with George. Wade garners his own groupies which leaves Zoe with neither man. Thankfully she’s still got that big bag of marshmallows to snack on.
Lavon and Ruby continue their tepid two-step but the second episode of the season ends as things start to heat up between the two of them with Miss Jeffries declaring that she’s going to run against Mayor Hayes in the upcoming election.
Fitting then that “If It Makes You Happy” features a series of competitions for the good people of Bluebell.
The race to be the town’s next mayor continues but Ruby’s competition with Lavon is nothing compared to the one that she has with Lemon when both woman vie for the affections of the same man. Lemon is on a “girl’s night out” with Annabeth trying to prove that she’s not the loser in her break-up with George. Ruby just wants what she’s always wanted – for lucky in life Lemon to lose! The gloves come off along with Lemon’s cardigan giving Miss Breeland the win, the guy (who she finds out she’s not quite ready for) and the determination to help Lavon beat their mutual rival by becoming his campaign manager.
George is in a fight of his own as his first official post break-up date puts him in the line of fire of his not-to-be father-in-law, Brick. Luckily Lavon is there to help mediate a reconciliation and the two men realize that calling off the wedding meant breaking up not just the town’s it couple but also the family ties forged between Lemon’s dad and ex-boyfriend.
Zoe’s struggle is a matter of perception versus reality. She tries to convince a reporter from her alumni magazine that she is more than a country GP, going so far as to investigate a possible leprosy outbreak! Wise Wade tries to snap her out of it and he makes an impassioned speech to the “saddest person he knows” telling her that she keeps “wondering what life should be instead of taking it for what it is.” After properly diagnosing her patient Tom (seems it was his worry-induced mass consumption of St. John’s wort and not leprosy that was making him ill), Zoe takes what Wade says to heart and joins him for a game of Halo … strip Halo of course!
This last episode of Hart of Dixie showcased most of its talented ensemble, proving that this show is always a winner.
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