Hart of Dixie Season 1 Finale – Recap and Review

BY ANTHONY MEDINA

**This episode originally aired in May 2012. If you are unfamiliar with the series, be aware this review contains spoilers.**

“Believe me, a storm is coming.” – Lavon Hayes

Well, it was quite the year for Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), and the town of Blue Bell. But at long last “The Big Day” is finally here. The town has been transformed and everyone is lining up to watch George Tucker (Scott Porter) and Lemon Breeland (Jamie King) finally tie the knot. But Tom Long’s knee is tingling which can only mean one thing, the storm is coming…

So here’s what you have to know going into the season finale:

Wade loves Zoe, Zoe loves George, George loves Lemon, and Lemon loves Lavon. But Lavon also loves Lemon, and Lemon loves George, and George loves Zoe, and as it turns out Zoe loves Wade too. Oh, what a tangled web we weave. AND this all takes place in Alabama, so I assume season 2 will reveal half these people are related (Zing!).

With this love pentagon in play the question we’re all/none of us are wondering is who Zoe will choose. Will she go with her first choice option A:

“The Golden Boy” George Tucker, town lawyer and overall nice guy (hate this guy)

Or her backup option B:

“The Badboy” Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel), town bartender and overall slacker (hate this guy)

The choice is nearly taken from her since George is getting married to another woman. Even with the storm hitting the town, George does everything he can to salvage the wedding by moving it indoors. Unfortunately, he moves everything into an old fire station with a leaky and collapsing roof. Despite his best efforts he knows it’s not going to happen. And the truth is, he really doesn’t want it too. He finds Lemon and calls off the wedding once and for all telling her he’s in love with Zoe Hart. Lemon gives him a well earned punch in the face (which I enjoyed) and off he goes to tell Zoe they can finally be together.

But Zoe has been going through her own little crisis. As the storm hits she gets trapped in a barn with Wade for hours. And as we all know, there’s nothing more erotic then the smell wet goats and farm equipment. So naturally they end up together at her place just in time for George to knock on the door and confess his love for Zoe.

Despite my jaded and cynical view of humanity, I have soft spot in my heart for this little bit of CW fluff. As I’ve said in the past, Rachel Bilson is far too cute to hate. So if you like watching southern folk fight over which pretty gal gets to be with which pretty guy, this show is for you.

Season 1

Thinking Man Rating: 5 Thumbs Up

Finale

Thinking Man Rating: 4 Thumbs Up

**Be aware the Thinking Man rating system is based on awesomeness and should be disregarded if you are not now, or have never been, awesome.**

 

Hart of Dixie Pilot – Recap and Review

By Anthony Medina

**This episode originally aired in September 2011. If you are unfamiliar with the series, be aware this review contains spoilers.**

“Could you get me a venti soy latte so I don’t fatigue?” – Dr. Zoe Hart

Ever find yourself wishing the OC would come back on the air?

Didn’t think so. But like it or not, Summer Roberts has made her triumphant return as a big city doctor in a small town practice. Her name may be Zoe now, but we all know it’s really Summer under that stethoscope. Can I get an Amen?

No? Well, alright then.

We open on a bus headed towards Blue Bell Alabama. The voice over introduces us to Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), a wannabe cardiothoracic surgeon, who has left her old life behind and is moving to the Heart of Dixie (get it?!) to work in a private practice. We’re given a flashback to her graduation ceremony, where she proudly delivers the commencement address. Afterwards, a kindly and somewhat creepy old man approaches and offers her a job as a general practitioner in Blue Bell. She politely turns it down and explains she already has her plans figured out. She has an amazing boyfriend and is well on her way to becoming a kickass heart surgeon. But just as everything is coming together, everything falls apart. Her longtime boyfriend breaks up with her and she’s denied her fellowship because she views patients as puzzles and not people. With her plans in ruin, she decides to take up the kindly (or was it creepy?) old man’s offer and moves to Alabama.

When she reaches Blue Bell, we’re introduced to a slew of colorful characters. From a good looking lawyer, to a former football star turned mayor. There’s even a high strung Southern Bell that clashes almost immediately with our fancy New York girl. Some stuff happens, then other stuff happens. Everyone hates her so she decides to leave. Then, she finds out the creepy (or was it kindly?) old man was really her long lost father, so she stays. And then it’s over.

Now, I’m sure many of you out there think you know what this show is all about before even watching a single scene. Some cutsie little dramedy without one ounce of originality or depth. Well, to you cynical TV watchers out there, I have only one thing to say! Obviously, you’re absolutely right. But, that doesn’t mean this an automatic “skip”.

I’m not so naive as to pretend this show is some little gem you’ll all love. From a purely objective point of view, this show is below average in just about every category. The acting is mediocre, the fish out of water angle is trite and uninteresting, the dialogue is embarrassingly corny and every joke is basically “HEY, I’M NOT FROM HERE!” But, with that being said, Rachel Bilson is too damn cute to hate. Subjective and superficial praise to be sure, but I calls em like I see em.

If you’re able to give yourself into this show, it will basically cradle you in its arms, pat your head, and tell you everything is going to be alright. It’s a fluffy white cloud with no real substance. But what can I say, it has a certain charm I just can’t ignore.

This show is everything I was worried it would be, but I didn’t come away hating it. It’s sweet and utterly predictable. There are worse things you could do with an hour.