No Love for Hart of Dixie
- Tuesday, October 11, 2011
But this is a Hollywood version of a southern town and so there are more colorful characters to meet. Zoe learns that the African-American mayor of Blue Bell is successful NFL star Lavon Hayes (Cress Williams), who welcomes Zoe and lets her stay at a rather run down house on his estate's property within shouting distance of Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel) a good ole' boy who we soon learn will be the bad boy to George's nice one as he begins hinting to Zoe about hooking up.
Soon after visiting a bar and having too much beer, Zoe finds herself doing just that on top of Wade in the driver's seat of his car until she backs into his car horn, which of course toots, "Dixie." How quickly and inexplicably the proud Zoe has fallen.
But there are more shocks to come when Zoe learns that the reason kindly Dr. Wilkes wanted her to come on down was because—he was her father. Now more motivated to stick it out in Blue Bell, the redoubtable Zoe has an opportunity to show her mettle at a social event at the Breeland's when an overweight young woman starts feeling badly and Zoe instantly diagnoses that she's pregnant and in labor.
The difficulty delivery requires that Dr. Hart demonstrate her surgical skills and the child and mother are soon out of danger, to Brick Breeland's grudging admiration.
But all is not well in Blue Bell. Lemon is determined to humiliate her perceived rival while hiding her own secrets and pain and Brick Breeland is still determined to run Zoe out of town. In the second episode, Zoe and Brick actually argue about the practice in front of a patient, and Zoe discusses a patient's condition with bar patrons, both unthinkably unprofessional transgressions.
Zoe continues to be her own worst enemy with her zero people skills, parading around in short shorts and hooker boots. We know she will continue to be pulled between good boy George and bad boy Wade while occasionally practicing effective medicine found only on television.
No, Hart of Dixie, like some other medically-themed series, isn't about medicine; in this show, it's about a young girl's fantasy of being a pretty professional with really great clothes, who has to deal with mean people who just don't understand her.
*This review first published 10/11/2011
**Watch Hart of Dixie Mondays of the CW
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