Hart of Dixie started its second season the morning after the night before as the town of Bluebell wakes up to the aftermath of Lemon and George’s cancelled nuptials and Zoe wakes up next to Wade. She ignores an early morning phone call from George but not Levon’s advice to be honest with both of her “boyfriends” so that no one gets hurt. In a refreshing turn of events, the HOD writers decide to let all points of this triangle in on the truth as George learns about Zoe and Wade’s hook-up and Wade learns about George’s intentions towards Zoe. Then the two Southern suitors take two very different paths in their attempts to win the doctor’s heart.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am definitely Team Wade which may make this recap a little impartial.
George declares his love through grand romantic gestures and a beautiful, softly lit tête-à-tête scene in Zoe’s office (which his not-to-be father-in-law Brick walks in on … awkward). Wade insists that his and Zoe’s hook-up was nothing more than “B+” sex and he won’t be going head-to-head with the “golden boy” for her affections. She insists that she now knows how he operates by now and that he’s just trying to protect his feelings by not admitting that they shared a connection (and mind-blowing sex!) but Wade is unwavering in his jackassery. A step backwards for soft-hearted Wade or a brilliant plan to see if who he loves will come back to him after he sets her free?
So who does Zoe end up choosing? She chooses herself of course (it’s only the first episode of Season Two!) or does she? Zoe tells George that as much as it breaks her heart, she won’t be his rebound and that he needs to explore his life outside of Lemon whom he’s been with for fifteen years. Zoe tells Wade that she doesn’t need to prove to him how awesome she … and then she promptly falls back in to bed with him for round four. (Slow building applause … well played Mr. Kinsella, well played.)
And what of George’s jilted fiancée? Well she is Lemon, hear her roar! Instead of laying crying on her chaise lounge, Miss Breeland decides to find out who she is apart from George and away from her codling daddy. Despite it being “one step away from letting your hair go grey and caring about animals,” Lemon decides to get her own apartment. Independence doesn’t agree with her though and she needs to go to her rival for some medical assistance. Dr. Hart talks her through her panic attack and the two women come to an understanding. The town comes to an understanding of their own when Lemon tells the assembled Bluebellians, who have come to watch her “kidnapping” of Zoe unfold, that the Breeland/Tucker break-up, aka “Zoegate”, was no one’s fault in particular. Lemon’s new life will truly begin though as soon as she starts to take people’s “requests” as a waitress at the Rammer Jammer. (And I cannot wait to see the great Wade/Lemon scenes that are sure to come out of that development.)
This episode also introduced us to Ruby Jeffries who has moved back to Bluebell from Atlanta. Her past includes high school relationships with both Levon, who cruelly broke her heart, and Lemon, who she teased because she was “three years younger, too big for her britches and named after a fruit”. Her future will hopefully include some delightful new stories as Golden Brooks makes a lovely new addition to the show.
It might have been the second season premiere but this episode seemed more like a continuation than a new beginning as Hart of Dixie continues to seamlessly piece together tales of Bluebell and its quirky but loveable town folk. “Hoo man! Things just get more interesting by the minute.” Yes Wade, on this show, they certainly do.
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