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‘Hart of Dixie’ Review: Couples’ Dynamics Change in ‘I’m Moving On’

I’m not going to beat around the bush. This week’s Hart of Dixie was all kinds of awesome and I’m not just talking about that ending that I never saw coming. “I’m Moving On” was everything I love about the show. While there was relationship drama, the episode took the comedy approach to nearly every storyline and it was so much fun to watch. This is the show that I want to see week in and week out.

The episode began with Zoe returning to the scene of the crime and attempting to bribe George into forgetting that she made a fool out of herself by offering up some vodka. He once again reminded her that he was with Tansy and she needed to get over it. Zoe assured him that she was over it and she was going to try online dating. Tansy returned after Zoe left and George told her everything. Tansy sent Dolly Parton into the house “because Mommy and Daddy are going to fight.” But George did his best to reassure her that everything was fine.

Tansy still wasn’t feeling the security in her relationship so she told Wanda about her problems while Wade eavesdropped from the bar. Wanda suggested that she get their star charts done to test compatibility. Tansy did and was super excited by the results, however, it turned out that she’d gotten the time of George’s birth wrong. He didn’t tell her at first, but when she came home with color charts and wanted to move the boat onto land because they’re both fire signs, he explained that he didn’t believe in any of that stuff. Once again, Tansy was only mostly pacified by his assurances.

Zoe’s adventures into online dating did not go very well when she repeatedly ended up on dates with Meatball. She also picked guys that were exactly like George and Wade and then Rose stepped in and set Zoe up with Max’s dad. It was awkward and strange and the dad cut the date short so that he could go chaperone the prom. Zoe ran into Wade and he mocked her failings, but their conversation made her realize that all she wants is someone stable and Max’s dad was perfect for her because she didn’t want to act like she was in high school anymore. She started to rush off and Wade asked where she was going and Zoe shouted, “Prom.”

However, things once again didn’t go Zoe’s way once she got to the prom. Max’s dad admitted that the kids literally forced him into the date and he wasn’t interested in Zoe’s drama. She tried to insist that she was not the dramatic one, but Tansy, who was drunk thanks to Magnolia spiking the punch, came over and called her a home-wrecker. She yelled at Zoe until Zoe finally admitted that she’s a terrible person and she needs help. Max’s dad pointed out that she was being dramatic again and asked her to leave the prom, which made Zoe feel even worse.

George found Tansy outside and asked why she was so upset. She told him that even though he believes his feelings for Zoe are gone, Tansy doesn’t believe it and her gut was telling her that she could not be in the same place as Zoe Hart. She pointed out to George that they lived on a boat and if he really wanted a future with her, the two of them needed to leave Bluebell and start over somewhere else. George didn’t seem too thrilled with the suggestion.

While all of this was going on, Wade and Lemon’s problems at the Rammer Jammer continued. Wade wasn’t happy that Lemon hired an outside contractor and when she headed home to talk to Brick, Wade decided that he would do the repairs himself. But his handiwork didn’t hold up (literally) and as a support beam nearly came down, Wade called someone from the internet to help. That guy turned out to be a crook and Wade was left holding up the bar by himself (can we pause for a moment to talk about how nice Wilson Bethel’s arms looked?).

Brick had summoned Lemon and Magnolia home to let them know that he was marrying Shelby. Neither girl was happy and things got even worse when Brick let it slip that he’d been in the hospital with a brain tumor and Shelby had run away to go shopping when she’d thought he was dying. Magnolia took the opportunity to act out and get her nose pierced, which led to Brick assuring Shelby that he wanted her to be part of the family decisions. But that backfired when Lemon asked for a business loan and Shelby told Brick that it wasn’t a good idea.

However, Brick still planned on giving Lemon the loan behind Shelby’s back. She was upset and Brick finally admitted that he was hurt that she left him when he was sick. I’m not really sure how, but somehow, they came to the conclusion that the only solution was to get married immediately and they decided they would leave town to do it so they didn’t have to worry about anyone else. I kind of expected this to go the other way, but I’m glad it didn’t. I like Shelby and Brick together and I hope we get to keep her for next season.

Lavon found Lemon trying to win money through scratch off cards and he offered to loan her the money, but she didn’t think that would be right. Lavon continued his feud with the next town’s mayor, even as Annabeth warned him that being childish was not the way to go. As the two men continued to torment each other, Annabeth and the mayor’s wife donned big hats and sunglasses and met at a bar to settle the problem. The wife agreed to get her husband to move the landfill he’d started on Bluebell’s border and Annabeth said Lavon would cancel the Fourth of July fireworks.

He wasn’t happy to hear that, but Annabeth told him to think about it for a moment. Lavon remembered that the fire department had banned the town from having fireworks anyway. Lavon was impressed that Annabeth had managed to make the deal and not lose anything in the process and she pointed out that he was lucky that she was on his side. Lavon found Lemon and Wade drinking their sorrows at the Rammer Jammer and warned them not to drink their stock away. He brought a bunch of the townspeople in to help them fix the bar so they could open for breakfast.

George showed up to help and Lavon asked if Tansy would be joining him soon. George said no and Lavon asked him if he was okay and George said no. Then Lavon held up a hammer and asked George if he needed to hit something and he said yes (Aw, you guys, George looked so sad. I knew this was coming and I’m still really bummed. I loved George and Tansy together. Here’s hoping that they bring her back in Season 3 for another attempt because I love her and I want to see more of these two together).

Wade headed home after the bar repairs and found Zoe by herself. He teased her about not being voted prom queen and Zoe warned him that she’d had a bad night and she felt terrible and she just wanted to not talk. She gave him a look and Wade definitely seemed to understand what she meant. She grabbed her bottle of alcohol and the two of them made their way inside.

Whoa, I did not see that coming at all. It makes sense to me because Zoe is feeling bad and she wants comfort and despite the stupidity of the cheating storyline, I still believe Wade loves her and would do anything for her so he wasn’t going to say no. Okay fine, he probably wouldn’t have said no anyway, but still. The feelings are there, people. Obviously this doesn’t mean that they’re getting back together and the scenes for the finale indicate that this will just cause more problems between George and Zoe, but I will take any little crumb that gives us hope that Zoe and Wade could still find their way back to each other.

Did you guys enjoy the episode? Was it strange feeling sorry for Zoe after wanting to strangle her last week or was that just me? How awesome is Annabeth? Hit the comments below and let us know your thoughts on the episode. See you back here next week for the season finale…

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  • Zoe Hart

    I want George for Zoe!

  • Helen W

    The ending made me so happy! Even if Zoe and Wade don’t get back together (which I’m rooting for!), just having a connection between the characters again will make the show so much more fun to watch.

  • Michelle Walter

    Can’t wait for Lavon and Lemon to revisit their own feelings for themselves. They never really had a chance.

  • Amber

    I loved it! <3 Super hilarious! :) This is the show I've come to love, I hope Wade will finally express his feelings for Zoe.