For all the blissfully ignorant cynics out there, here’s a little recap of what Hart of Dixie is all about:
Sarcastic, witty and fast-talking New Yorker and completely new doctor Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson IS BACK!!!) has it all figured out – right after graduating top of her class from med school, she’ll follow in her father’s footsteps and turn into a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But when her dreams sink right down the gutter, Zoe decides to accept an offer from the stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him or her at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town simply to find that Harley has perished (huh?!) and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will (HUH?!).
Zoe quickly finds that Southern hospitality isn’t exactly quite so hospitable, in fact, quite the opposite of hospitable, HOSTILE!!! (*sigh* Enough Ho’s in one sentence) – the other doctor in town, Brick Breeland, is less than happy to be sharing the practice with this peculiar young outsider, and his daughter, Lemon, a Southern belle , whose sweet disposition turns sour when she meets Zoe. Zoe’s only allies will be the mayor, former football star Lavon Hayes, her bad-boy neighbor (who she accidently makes out with in her drunken haze, in the back seat of his car…LMAO!) Wade Kinsella, and handsome lawyer George Tucker – who just has become Lemon’s fiance. Zoe after coming to the conclusion that she does not belong in Bluebell, begins to pack her bags, but a surprise stop by her snobby Big Apple mother leads to Zoe’s decision to stay in Bluebell for a while, discovering a side of herself she hadn’t known was there.
For the record, Zoe Hart is a far braver human being than I am. Not only did she not scream like a 12-year old girl at the sight of a mouse, she actively pursued its capture. But Zoe’s rodent hunt was only the beginning of her aggressive behavior on “Hell’s Belles,” as our favorite southern doctor made it her mission to dig into her past, The discovery led to moments both funny and revealing.
It’s almost difficult to remember that Zoe ended up in Bluebell because she couldn’t land a residency in New York without improving her bedside manner. This was only meant to be a one-year sabbatical before returning to her preferred life up north… but Zoe immediately started talking about living up to the expectations of her birth father, as opposed to working to achieve her goal of a career in The Big Apple, and I just don’t buy it.
So I’m glad the show sort of hit the reset button here. It makes perfect sense that Zoe would feel lost in Alabama, uprooted from everything she knows and everything she had believed about herself. Brick actually delivered a nice speech to motivate his pupil/co-worker/enemy at the outset (Before you try and fit in, find out where you fit in) and it was a welcome step for Zoe to take some time to dig into her past.
From the mere sight of Zoe in that dress; to her comparison of Fort Lauderdale to heaven; to the joke about the town eunuch between Wade and Lavon; to Zoe asking if the town is permitted to discuss “feminine products” out loud. The episode was filled with great, hilarious moments all along.
As they say in real life, you can’t truly love someone until you love yourself. It’s similar on television. You can’t truly love a couple until you know each individual well on his/her own and that’s exactly what we were treated to here.
Wade used to be a hot guy who rarely wears a shirt and often cracks wise. But, it was refreshing to take a deeper look into his family. Wade’s relationship with his father clearly plays a role in how he develops relationships with others, explaining why he’s more apt to make a sarcastic crack than really open up. The guy didn’t exactly grow up in a loving household – but maybe it’s not too late to change that.
Finally, we come to Lemon, who was also forced to explore her background this week and how it’s shaped her treatment of those around her. I’d say this was the best job yet the show has done at softening the character and making her somewhat believable, but it may be too late for me. All the Bluebell women just come across as one-note stereotypes.
Overall, though, a very welcome return to Bluebell. If Zoe feels like a mystery novel with the final chapter torn out, this episode went a long way toward writing one that is both funny and moving.
Watch out for the song she has to sing as a part of her Belle Initiation:
“I’m a Belle, a Southern Belle, a ‘Bama Belle, a Dixie Belle, and I got secrets I won’t tell. If y’all don’t like it, go to hell-o, soldier, what’s your pleasure?”
Addict Verdict: Funny ‘Dis’Appointment with the Doctor!
Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: When Zoe Hart is being chased by Lemon’s minions, in the traditional Belle costume! Seriously LOL!
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