If last week’s Hart of Dixie was a travesty, then I’m not really sure what the right word is for this week’s. Is there a word that describes blind rage and also incorporates character assassination while explaining why we’re not allowed to have nice things? If there is, that is how I would describe “Where I Lead Me.”
To be honest, I missed a lot of the episode because of said rage issues so the recap portion of this review is going to be incredibly short. Here we go: Tansy continues to be awesome. She should be a series regular. Tom and Wanda are cute and they got married in the ultimate nerd wedding, but it was really sweet. George did something lawyerly for Lavon. Lemon was sad again (big surprise), but then Annabeth came through for her and they’re closer to being back on track. Some other stuff happened too, but it was not important.
Now, let’s get into the continuation from the horror that happened last week. It’s the day after the disastrous Battle of the Bands and Zoe shows up at Wade’s to apologize for missing it and bring him breakfast (in case you missed it, Zoe suddenly transformed into the best girlfriend ever). Wade wasn’t there so Zoe headed to check the Rammer Jammer. George and Tansy were there and they exchanged uncertain looks while Zoe worried and ate George’s breakfast. Then after agreeing to help Wanda with her mother, Zoe overheard people talking about Wade leaving the bar with some random woman.
But then Wade turned up in Zoe’s shower (shirtless Wade alert, people!). Zoe questioned him about what happened and Wade admitted that he did leave the bar with a woman, but it was only so he could jump her car battery. Then he was sad and drunk so he spent the night in his car in a field. Zoe apologized for putting too much pressure on him and he admitted that his band sucked. The two shared a kiss and were completely adorable, but I’m not new to watching TV and knew this was too good to be true.
Later, George went to talk to Wade about how he left the bar with a woman that was not Zoe Hart (Seriously, most of my dislike for George has disappeared, but why does he always refer to her by her full name? That’s annoying). Anyway, Wade told George that he already had this talk with Zoe and that he was stupid, but not that stupid. George was super relieved and as soon as he walked away, Wade looked guilty as sin and I had to refrain from throwing things through my TV. Sure enough, Tansy confirmed to George that Wade had used the car battery story on her in the past and while Zoe was talking to Wanda’s mom, she realized that Wade had lied to her (heavy-handed much, show?).
After the wedding, Wade confessed and he said that he was drunk and he didn’t know why he did it and he was sorry and he begged Zoe to forgive him. As much as I hated every second of this, Wilson Bethel was amazing in this scene and so was Rachel Bilson as she just sat there, crying with him and not saying anything. Then, she calmly got up and told Wade that they needed to get back to the wedding reception. It was heartbreaking to watch.
Once they got back inside, everyone seemed to know what Wade had done and he stood there looking completely ashamed. George was ready to punch him, but Tansy did Wade a favor and beat him to it. Lavon looked disappointed and then he tried to cheer up Zoe while Wade felt even worse when Tom was praising him for being such a good guy. Basically, the entire episode was a huge slap in the face to fans of the show, fans of Zoe and Wade and mostly, fans of Wade and Wilson Bethel.
I don’t get it. As I said before, I watch a lot of TV and I know Wade and Zoe cannot be together and happy all the time from Season 2 until the end of time. That’s not how things work and I can be fine with that. But give the audience a valid reason. Last week, in the span of one episode, Wade went from confident and charming to a liar and a cheater for no reason. Maybe if this had happened in the episode a few weeks back where Zoe basically said Wade didn’t understand what it was like to have a career, it would have made a little more sense. But to have Wade suddenly all messed up because Zoe is super supportive out of the blue? That is character assassination, plain and simple.
Why ruin the best character on the show? Wade has grown so much in two seasons and he was always a better person than anyone gave him credit for (see all of his scenes with Crazy Earl). He might have been a liar and a cheater in the past, but nothing he has done over the course of the show indicates that he would jeopardize his relationship with Zoe after he worked so hard to get her to admit that she cared about him and wanted him to be her boyfriend. He would not throw that away for a one night stand. IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.
But fine; let’s go ahead and say that Wade was that drunk and that depressed. That was bad and terrible, but then he lied about it to Zoe and to George so that just makes him look even worse (Seriously, did Wilson Bethel kidnap someone’s dog or punch a baby or something?). So basically from this point on, Wade will have no one because George and Lavon will take Zoe’s side and Zoe hates him so if (and that’s a big if), Wade gets any storyline at all for the rest of the season, it will be him apologizing to Zoe or getting treated like a piece of dirt by everyone who crosses his path.
Ugh, I hate this show. Wade deserves better. Wilson Bethel deserves better. The fans deserve better. I have no idea what the writers are thinking, but I am not amused and I am not impressed. I’m also having a hard time caring whether or not the show gets renewed for another season after this. I definitely do not want to watch Zoe’s rebound relationship with Dr. I Forgot His Name Already, who reminds me of Season 1 George. I’m honestly offended that the show went from being so good to so awful so quickly.
(And yes, I am angry and emotional and I will probably be sitting here at the same time next week, writing about a new episode. But I still won’t be happy about the way Wade was treated). While we’re on the subject, who do we need to talk to about getting Wade his own spinoff that revolves around him and his brother Jesse (Justin Hartley, in case we’ve never met before)? That’s the show I want to watch.