This episode featured some stellar work from Scott Porter, the glorious return of Lavon’s Kitchen Pastry, and a moment where I thought, “well, this show has FINALLY figured out what to do with Tom Long.” Plus, a variety of good outfits and two really bad man-tunics. The fate of this show is up in the air — The CW has renewed Supernatural (which is going to run until the sun explodes), The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Arrow, and Reign, but everything else is still a big old question mark. I hope they do renew it, both because I think it’s great, and because I am slightly concerned that if they don’t, we’re going to end the whole thing on a cliffhanger. (If we do, I hope it’s Models, Inc style, where someone has been thrown off a balcony and someone else is trapped in a whorehouse in Mexico.)
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For an episode that felt full of some fluffy stuff — BlueBell’s in the middle of a Health Month, and Zoe uses it to make a bet with Brick to get back her partnership at the practice, which she then loses because Cricket moves up Cake Fest (this is the most Hart of Dixie sentence ever) because she’s bankrupted the Belles, and Cake Fest is their big money maker; Joel shadows Wade so that he can better understand the protagonist in The Cicadas Lament 2: Cicadier — some actual stuff did happen. I’m just going to say it: TOM AND WANDA ARE NOT GETTING AN ALPACA FARM. I know. I’m upset too.
So many thoughts! First of all, this episode was considerably better than last week’s. Second, I might actually be in love with Joel, you guys. He’s so reasonable and he is so delighted by BlueBell and he’s such a nice, responsible, funny dude. I kind of wish I were dating him. It’s going to suck when, now that George is single again, he and Zoe fall into each other’s pants and break Joel’s heart. (This is just speculation.) Although if that happens, it will really cement the bond of Wade and Joel, and I love their bromance. And I like the idea of Joel deciding that he is staying in BlueBell even if he and Zoe break up, and then he can date Lemon, who really does need a reasonable man who will still tag along with her shenanigans….Think about it, writers.
And it’s back! I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be reunited with the good people of BlueBell. Unfortunately, I thought this episode was a little uneven. I think I’d be more amused at the potential merger of BlueBell and the hated Fillmore if we didn’t just go through Pawnee and Eagleton merging on Parks and Recreation, but that is not Hart of Dixie‘s fault. (I WAS amused by it, just not as amused by it as I could have been.) Overall, this episode felt a bit like it was treading water, and Jaime King is sorely missed, and George’s hair is still terrible, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t parts of it that were delightful.
This show is a charming delight, and this particular episode had everything: pastries! Festivals! Bizarre uses of neon! People dramatically screeching as they careened down stairs! Senior citizen romance! Latkes! Corn mazes! Kissing! Drugs! REALLY cute outfits!
This episode was really pretty funny, which makes sense given that it included many of the things Hart of Dixie does well: small town rivalries, big events, and kidnappings. Oh, wait. Also including: a lot of new b-roll (I do notice these things, Hart of Dixie producers!), the return of Laura Bella Bundy, which I welcome despite the fact that it totally hosed my theory that the buyer of Fancy’s would turn out to be Lemon’s new love interest — which I stand by as a good story idea! — and some very funny Tom Long scenes. Regular readers know that I am not a big fan of ToWanda, but now I think it’s actually just that I am not overly hot on Wanda. Also: continuing genius work from Meatball. Meatball, I love you.