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‘Hart of Dixie’ Review: ‘Why Don’t We Get Drunk’ Creates New Alliances and Sets Up Potential Romantic Pitfalls

Hart of Dixie returned last night and I don’t know about you guys, but I didn’t realize just how much I missed the Bluebell crowd. Sure, I’m still mad about the way things ended between Zoe and Wade (otherwise known as a character being thrown under a bus), but it seems like the truce is holding up between the two. Unfortunately, it also seems like the show is moving toward Zoe and George at full steam, but let’s put that aside for now and talk about “Why Don’t We Get Drunk?

Spring break has arrived in Bluebell in the form of hard-partying college students. Zoe seemed a little confused to find the revelers in her pond, but it turned out that Lavon had put the whole thing in motion because he wanted to cash in on the tourism dollars and bring some attention to their small town. Zoe remained against the idea because of all the risks, but no one was particularly interested in her opinion. Jonah (ugh, this guy) attempted to taunt Zoe into spending spring break with him, but the doctor held onto her convictions (at first).

Speaking of Jonah, it turns out that George is not a fan and he came out and said so to the man in question now that he’s not engaged to his cousin anymore. George doesn’t like Jonah because he’s a player and mistreats women and Jonah doesn’t like George because it’s dull. While it still feels weird to say, I am firmly on Team George here. I don’t like Jonah. Sure, he’s attractive, but that’s not enough for me to care about him. Anyway, when George found out that Jonah had convinced Zoe to partake in spring break with him, his jealous side came out.

Now this was in the previews and I was prepared to roll my eyes and shake my fist at the TV, but the show went the comedy route and it brought Tansy into the storyline so it actually worked for me, especially since it seemed to be more about George’s dislike for Jonah than him having feelings for Zoe (for now anyway). Zoe wasn’t happy that he was getting involved in her business and Tansy was even less happy when Zoe showed up on the boat, but watching George try to stutter his way out of it was pretty amusing.

Meanwhile, someone allowed Ruby (aka the worst) to make her way back into town. She said something about needing to watch her grandfather, but it didn’t take long for her to admit that she was there because she wanted Lavon back. Annabeth and Lemon were both dismayed by this, but Annabeth attempted to keep her feelings to herself since she didn’t want to rock the boat with Lemon after they’d just gotten back on track. Ruby made herself useful and helped Lavon come up with a way to keep another mayor from poaching the spring breakers (more on that later), but everything about her still bothers me so let’s just say she remains the worst.

Brick was acting a little strange in the episode. After a fishing trip with George that ended with a flat tire, George and Shelby both noticed that the good doctor wasn’t acting like himself. George tracked down Zoe mid-keg stand and asked for help and Jonah begrudgingly went along to talk to his uncle. They convinced Brick to get an MRI, even though he continued to insist that everything was fine and he didn’t want the girls or Shelby to know that he was having the test done.

Before we talk more about Brick, let’s talk about the best part of the episode: Wade and Lemon. If you read my reviews regularly, you know those two are my absolute favorites so the idea of them being in a storyline together is like the best thing ever for me. The Rammer Jammer went up for sale when the owner (his name escapes me) decided that he needed to spend more time with his family and less time working. Wade immediately wanted to buy the bar and so did Lemon, but neither have the funds needed. This is where Ruby’s plan came into play. It was a contest to see who could keep his or her hand on the side of a boat the longest. The winner got the boat, which was worth $50,000.

Lemon and Wade teamed up to talk, flirt and/or threaten every other contestant into letting go until it was just the two of them or so they thought. One (crazy) lady remained and she told them that she participated in these contests all the time and warned of the hallucinations and physical problems that would pop up as they stood there longer and longer. Lemon and Wade once again formed an alliance to convince her that she was the one losing her mind and she gave up, leaving them alone. The two then shared their reasons for why they wanted this so badly and how it was a chance for each of them to prove themselves once and for all (aw guys, I want to hug both of you).

Zoe arrived to tell Lemon about Brick’s MRI. Lemon was torn, but she knew she had to leave. The second she let go of the boat, Wade let go too and Lavon announced that it was a tie. Wade told Lemon that he didn’t want to win that way (aw, best) and then he took a nap against the boat while Lemon, Annabeth and Zoe headed to the hospital. George and Jonah were there too and George apologized to Zoe. He also attempted to be nice to Jonah, but Jonah sucks. Again, let’s just leave it at that.

Shelby showed up and Zoe tried to keep her mind off things while they waited. Lemon proved once again how much she’s grown by sending Annabeth off to work things out with Lavon. She didn’t want to be selfish anymore and she knew there was something between them. Brick was surprised to find everyone waiting for him and he assured everyone that it was just a (insert technical term) migraine. However, I don’t know about you guys, but it seemed to me like Dr. Breeland was hiding something. Show, he’d better be okay or you and I are going to be in a big fight.

Zoe finally got to do her keg stand just as Jonah prepared to leave town (bye). He said something about her not being a spring break kind of girl and being more of a take the scenic route kind of girl (yes, this was a huge anvil reminding us that Zoe and George is coming and yes, I hate Jonah a little extra for it). Zoe flashed him before he drove away and I sincerely hope he’s not coming back any time soon, but this show tends to make bad decisions.

Annabeth showed up on Lavon’s doorstep and told him that she wanted to throw her hat into the ring for his heart (Can we take a moment to stress how adorable and perfect Annabeth is?). Lavon told her that hers was the only hat in the ring because Ruby had left town (praise everything!) because Lavon told her that he had feelings for someone else. The two shared a kiss and it was sweet. I know I’ve gone on record before to say that I don’t support this relationship, but maybe now that Lemon is onboard, I can be okay with it.

Speaking of Lemon, she and Wade sat in the Rammer Jammer and talked about how they could sell the boat and each get $25,000 while the Rammer Jammer is turned into a chain restaurant. Wade suggested they could pool their money and Lemon hoped he meant he would be investing in her business, but he said no so they’re going to buy the Rammer Jammer together. Seriously, I wish you guys could see the glee this storyline is already bringing me. I don’t care if they go the romantic route (I wouldn’t be opposed to it), but the idea of Wade and Lemon as business partners is possibly the greatest thing this show has ever done for me, short of that time Justin Hartley was on the show (Remember that? How do we get that to happen again?).

As for next week’s episode, the entire promo was about George and Zoe playing Romeo and Juliet so obviously I have nothing to say about that. Hit the comments below to share your thoughts on the episode and I’ll see you back here next week.

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Mandy Treccia

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.

  • i share ur thoughts with almost everything except the part where i was hoping that zoe and jonah might hook up and wade can see what hes lost out on….just hoping he might go after her after all!