The biggest question all year long during the freshman season of CW’s “Hart of Dixie” was who will Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) end up with Wade (Wilson Bethel) or George (Scott Porter). And, at the very end of the season finale episode “The Big Day” on Monday (May 14) we were still left with the same question.
All season long Zoe has had a massive crush on the perfect Southern gentleman George Tucker, who she has many things in common with including a love for New York City and Woody Allen films, but there’s been just one little problem … George is engaged to marry Lemon Breeland (Jamie King), who quickly becomes Zoe’s enemy in the small town of Bluebell, Ala.
Zoe has been friends with Wade from his first day in town, but it’s clear she doesn’t view him as relationship material at first, and with good reason. Wade is the good ole boy in town who gets around and likes to have a good, wild time.
By the end of the finale, it’s evident that Zoe now has feelings for both Wade and George, who’s ready to leave Lemon after finding out that she had an affair with Bluebell’s mayor Lavon Hayes (Cress Williams). This final scene in which she’s just made good on her newfound feelings with Wade only to have George appear on her doorstep was perfect and should make for a great start to season two.
Now, everything in this review so far probably makes “Hart of Dixie” sound like your typical CW show that’s aimed at teenage girls. But, the show really has a “Gilmore Girls” like quality about it that rises above the typical CW slop and makes it appealing to all demographics (even a 24-year old man like me).
Like the former WB/CW show “Gilmore Girls,” “Hart of Dixie” on the surface seems like a show that would only be enjoyed by girls and women, but the characters are so enjoyable, funny, charming and most importantly multi-dimensional that it’s appealing to everybody. Despite not being near as good, “Hart of Dixie” is closer to something like NBC’s critically acclaimed drama “Parenthood” than it is other CW fare like “Gossip Girl” and “90210.”
The first season saw city doctor Zoe Hart take over her late father’s (whom she did not know until right before he died) practice in Bluebell and have to acclimate to small town Southern life throughout most of the season.
Now that Zoe’s comfortable and at home in Bluebell it’ll be interesting to see where this show goes in season two, as it was thankfully renewed last week by the CW. The who’s she going to choose storyline should have fans coming back in full force.
Season two of “Hart of Dixie” can be seen locally on CWARK Conway Corp. Channel 24 on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. starting in the fall.
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