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Hart of Dixie “Homecoming and Coming Home”

22 Nov

Are you ready for some football? Its homecoming in BlueBell, it’s the big game and time for former students to return home.

Hart of Dixie  is silly, frothy fun and I like it!

We wrapped up the Jud storyline pretty quick, (thank goodness) he slept with Zoe’s friend GiGi, buh-bye, Jud.

Lavon (Cress Williams) gives Zoe (Rachell Bilson) a chance to be part of the festivities by hosting his pre game party, he tells her beer, chips and salsa.  Somehow that translates in her brain to hire her friend the party planner from New York. Will this girl never learn how to fit in.  The party is a disaster, you knew that was coming. 

The mayor declares his love for Lemon (Jamie King) and she blows him off again, and a former high school foe of George (Scott Porter) and Wade’s (Wilson Bethel) is in town.

What is up with Lemon almost burning down the football field in her sophomore year.

I have to admit my favorite part of the episode was George, Wade and Lemon planning their little prank. Lemon telling George and Wade that she can’t practice proper “psychological warfare until I understand the psyche of who I am dealing with”. Dark side indeed. Even though their prank was right out of Private Benjamin it was still good thinking, and Lemon seemed to like it a little too much.

Then came her remorse the morning after, and she told George she didn’t want to be reckless because it never ends well. Mmmm, I guess the mayor was a bit of her recklessness.

As always, its only funny until someone looses an eye, or in this case slips and falls.  When 1/3 of the Blue Man Group regains consciousness he his impressed with the prank and everyone goes out for flapjacks.

In the middle of her party planning Zoe has to deal with several ill football players right before the big game, big tragedy.  Zoe figures out the dye on the grass is making the players sick, case closed the big game is saved.

Lemon is really starting to grow on me, especially in her scenes with Lavon, she is so torn between him and George. I feel bad for her, she loves both and is fighting between what she should do (marry George) and what will make her happy (being with Lavon).

Lavon coached the team to a win, to celebrate Zoe set up the party she should have set up the night before. Lavon and Zoe toast their friendship, and its another happy ending to my Monday night.

Preview for next week

Hart of Dixie – Zoe Sees Deadpeople (sort of)

8 Nov

Was this Hart of Dixie’s Halloween episode that aired a week late? Do all the writers at the CW eat lunch together, didn’t Vampire Diaries just do an “I see dead people” episode.

I view each episode of HOD as a learning experience, as Zoe (Rachel Bilson) learns about Bluebell, so do we. What did I learn this week? Lemon’s (Jamie King) sister Magnolia is just as annoying as she is. She was made a little less annoying when she called Lemon out for dressing like she is stuck in the 1950’s.

Was Magnolia even mentioned before this week? Did we know Lemon had a sister? All of a sudden she is a major plot point?  Once again Zoe saves a member of the Breeland family, but it doesn’t matter, she is still an outsider.

The “ghost”, was really just the town screw up who faked his death so everyone would think he was a hero. After a few chats with Zoe he decides to return to his life and the family he abandoned. The close knit community of Bluebell doesn’t even bat an eye, he just comes back.  This was so lame, beyond words lame.

George (Scott Porter) and the Mayor (Cress Williams) get into a good old fashion measuring stick contest over the Pitney house.  Quite frankly, I don’t think Lemon is worth all this jealousy, the mayor could do much better. She needs a make over, both her personality and style stat. In the end the boys toast the future, the mayor has decided to move on, we’ll see.  We all know George and Lemon can’t get married, he and Zoe are the end game.

It wasn’t all bad, any scene with Zoe and Wade (Wilson Bethel) makes me smile, especially when Wade is shirtless. I loved it when she shorted out the fuse box because she was lonely.  He is such a good guy, he slept on her coach to protect her from the ghost. Zoe and her mom make up, after not dead guy explains how important that parent child bond is, I know, totally plausible.

Anyway, I know this show got a full season pick up, I am sure there is a financial benefit for The CW or it has something to do with Josh Schwartz‘s overall deal, but the show needs to get better and soon if it wants a second season. Hellcats anyone.

Hart of Dixie – Pilot

27 Sep

Cover of "Doc Hollywood"

Cover of Doc Hollywood

I really liked Hart of Dixie,  it reminded me of Everwood and Gilmore Girls, it was sweet and charming. Rachel Bilson is so endearing as Zoe Hart, I can totally relate to where she is at this point in her life. She did everything that was expected and it wasn’t enough, she didn’t get the fellowship she worked so hard for because she was missing a key part of the job. Heart.

Ever feel like that, you think you have it all covered, the good thing is coming, and them wham, you don’t get it because of a detail. A detail that no one mentioned to tell you would trip you up in the end. Didn’t any of Zoe’s mentors or bosses think, they should coach her over the last four years.  Zoe is pissed and rightfully so, but, if they did tell her then we wouldn’t have a show.

I found it humorous that the boyfriend dumped her because she talked about work too much. Is that supposed to be ironic, because isn’t it usually the men who can only talk about work. She doesn’t seem that broken up about it. I like it, the whole moving on with out a man.

Because in TV land the cute female lead never has to worry. She has a whole room of writers to whip up the next set of options, in this case two, who say and do the right things.  I could never figure out why men can mimic all the stupid crap on TV, but none of the stuff they really should.

First impression, it reminded me of Doc Hollywood, the 1991 Michael J. Fox movie, similar story, big city doc, stuck in small southern town, fish out of water story. Thinks he is better than everyone, learns his lesson, everyone lives happily ever after.

Zoe learns her lesson by the end of the pilot, which is good, we dispensed with the obvious early and set up several key plot points for future episodes. Like, Lemon and the mayor, the triangle between Zoe, George (love Scott Porter) and Tom.

What really works is the cast they have assembled around Bilson, especially Tim Matheson and Nancy Travis, I don’t think Travis will be back since she is in the new Tim Allen show. It’s a shame I really liked her “motherly” interactions with Zoe, since Zoe’s mother is a wash.

Ok, the box wine, making out with the cute neighbor in his car scene was silly, it summed up her day perfectly. What woman hasn’t sucked back a few and made out with the wrong hot guy. Good way to reach your audience.

Jamie King is interesting to watch as Lemon, it would be easy to dismiss the performance as “stock”, but lets give Miss King more credit, her interactions in the scenes with Cress Williams, who plays the mayor clearly show there is going to be some depth to this southern belle.

I am looking forward to watching this every week, it has great potential, and a great cast to carry it off. This is a much-needed break from, murder, edge and mayhem.

The numbers for last night, Hart of Dixie 1.78 million viewers, higher than it’s Gossip Girl lead in, but it didn’t fare well with the all important 18-49 demo, it only got a 0.8 share.  It is up against 2 1/1 Men, which was number one again last night with 20 mill viewers, down from last week.

BTW if you believe Star Magazine, Ashton and Demi are getting divorced, supposedly a $290million divorce.

What did you think of Hart of Dixie, let me hear your thoughts in the comments. I would love a lively discussion right about now.

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