‘Hart of Dixie’ Review: ‘Friends in Low Places’ Stirs Up Relationship Trouble

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Last night on Hart of Dixie, as Bluebell buzzed over the news that Wade and Lemon were now a couple, the two had to scramble to sell and defend their relationship. Meanwhile, Zoe was doing her best to help Joel acclimate to southern living. Needless to say, both attempts failed miserably.

Friends in Low Places” was an enjoyable episode, but I can’t say there was anything particularly memorable about it. I always like seeing the residents stirring up trouble so it was hilarious to watch everyone chanting for ‘Lemonade’ to kiss at every turn (side note: normally, I’m super annoyed when shows use ‘shipper’ names because that is too meta, but I will give this episode a pass because ‘Lemonade’ is one of the greatest ones ever).

But for me, the best part about the fake relationship (besides seeing my two favorite characters sharing lots of screen time), was how much Wade and Lemon have both grown over the past seasons (Granted, telling a huge lie is not the number one sign of maturity, but let’s just go with it, okay?). When Brick and George each confronted Wade, he didn’t try to make any sarcastic quips or talk his way out of anything; he just looked ashamed and admitted he was wrong and left it at that.

 Robert Voets/The CW

Robert Voets/The CW

As for Lemon, even though she had a chance to date one of the most eligible bachelors in Alabama, when Wade asked her to continue the charade because it was working in Zoe’s eyes, Lemon asked him if he realized what she’d be giving up. Wade said he did and they exchanged a look and then Lemon went out and introduced Carter Covington (the eligible bachelor) to her boyfriend. She put her friend above herself and that was incredibly selfless and sweet and something season one Lemon would never have done.

Of course, it blew up in her face anyway when Meatball showed up drunk and tried to apologize to Wade for sleeping with his girlfriend. Despite Wade’s best efforts to get him to be quiet, Meatball spilled the beans to the whole town (awkward). Lemon and Wade were both left a little worse for wear, but they shared a drink and sympathized with one another over their latest disasters. It was a sweet moment and I’m still so torn on these two. I love their friendship and I can see their potential chemistry, but I really don’t know if I want the show to go there. It might ruin everything. Sometimes characters just need to stay friends.

While this was going on, George had bigger issues to deal with than the idea of his friend hooking up with his ex-fiancée. He tried to keep things at a ‘one night stand, let’s not exchange names’ level with Lynly, but that failed when Lavon mentioned that his cousin was in town, nursing a broken heart, and someone else had hurt her. George did his best to do damage control so Lavon wouldn’t find out and murder him, but things didn’t work out the way he intended. Lynly somehow convinced Lavon to ask George to tutor her for her bar exam.

I can’t help feeling bad for George. Obviously he didn’t know who Lynly was and the smart thing to do would have been to tell Lavon the truth and beg for his mercy. But now he’s stuck with his new stalker and the truth will probably come out eventually and it won’t be pretty. Lynly is nowhere near as terrible as Ruby was last season (ugh, worst), however, I’m on AnnaBeth’s side. Let’s just show her the door and move on…or move back and let Tansy be part of George’s orbit again. I can’t be the only one who wants to see George fight the other lawyer for her.

 Robert Voets/The CW

Robert Voets/The CW

As for the other newbie, Joel, he was less dull this week. I still don’t care about him and I’ll be happy when he’s back in NYC where he belongs, but it was fun to see him in the position Zoe was in when she first came to Bluebell. Every little thing bothered him and it was kind of hilarious that Lavon hated his book so much that he tried to convince Amazon to let him rate it zero stars. Tom being obsessed with the book was funny too, but the best Joel moment was when he commented on Wade’s arms because yeah, they are a thing of beauty.

Speaking of Wade, there were some great Zoe and Wade scenes in the episode. It’s obvious these two still care about each other very much, but Zoe’s still hurt from the breakup and Wade’s still hurt from Zoe rejecting his ‘I love you’. It’s hard not to want to push their heads together and demand that they just kiss already, but I think it’s important for them to slowly work their way back to each other. They rushed things last season and neither of them was really ready so it’s time to remedy that. The cute ‘mosquito’ scene was a step in the right direction.

Did you guys enjoy the episode? Do you think Wade and Lemon should be a real couple or are you keeping them in the friend zone? Have you warmed up to Lynly or Joel yet? Hit the comments and share your thoughts with us!

 

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Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Editorial Director since 2012. 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.