TV Review: Hart of Dixie – Episode 1×02: Parades and Pariahs

Previously on Hart of Dixie:
“That old dude Harley” offered Zoe Hart a job in Alabama after her med school graduation. Zoe didn’t get her Cadiothorasic fellowship and was advised to spend a year as a general practitioner, so she took up Harley’s offer. Only to find out he’d passed away and left her his practice. Zoe met George Tucker, who is hot and so into her; and Lemon Breeland, who is engaged to George Tucker, daughter of the rival doctor, and hates Zoe. Zoe lacks in bedside manner and all other things involved with caring about her patients as people, not just patients. Brick Breeland wants to be the ONLY fish in this small pond. Lavon Hayes, linebacker for Alabama University is the mayor, and Zoe’s landlord. Wade Kinsella, another hottie who is so into Zoe, is also living on the property. Lemon and Lavon have a past. Harley is actually Zoe’s real father.

  • Small Town Country Charm
    Zoe wakes to find a HUGE bullfrog on her chest, which is so freaky because if that thing got in what else is in? Ticks. Ew. All I gotta say. Gossip is the life blood of every small town, and the gossip of the moment is that Zoe Hart is Harley Wilkes’ daughter. Later on the gossip of Zoe’s misdiagnosis spreads through town and she’s mocked mercilessly by the crowd at the Rammer Jammer. After finding out Zoe is riding with the mayor in the parade the gossip changes to that, and suddenly people are liking her. At least, until the parade crash.
  • Rammer Jammer
    The first thing I have to say about the Rammer Jammer is that it’s TOTALLY MERLOTTES! Ya know, from True Blood. Inside it seems like it really is Merlottes just with a different sign and name on the menus! I see beer signs, a bar, and of course the people of Bluebell are gathered around tables eating stuff like po’ boys. Shelly, the waitress is a rock-a-billy dream.
  • Brick Wall
    Zoe being Harley’s daughter throws a large wrench into Brick’s plans to contest Harley’s will. George encourages Brick to just accept Zoe’s presence, but Brick and Lemon insist against it. At the office Brick is his cold snake self, “graciously” giving a patient to Zoe. A woman who is a lonely hypochondriac that Harley usually treated with tictacs and conversation about her cats. Unfortunately George does find a loophole in the contract, if Zoe doesn’t bring in at least 30% of the business in a quarter she’s out. Zoe thinks she can do it, and makes a not so stellar start with the next patient. A man who presents with paralysis in the lower extremities. Zoe over diagnoses and calls an ambulance, but when Brick comes rushing in (having been called by Lemon) he shows that the man simply has tick paralysis. Later on Brick rubs the 30% news in Zoe’s face. At the end of the episode Zoe goes to see the woman patient from earlier, who is on her porch with her cat. Zoe says she thinks she mis-diagnosed her, and that her illnesses began after her mother died. The two talk about family not being around, peach pie and kitties, and bond.

Zoe LOVES Peach Pie!

  • Founders Day
    It’s not a small town without a Founder’s Day event, in this case it’s a big parade on Saturday, which is apparently led up to with actors dressed in old-fashioned garb flash mobbing the town. Lavon invites Zoe to ride on his float with him in an effort to boost her public image. Emaline thinks that’s a good idea and will improve her image. Lemon and the Belles are performing a dance on their float for the parade and Lemon is a little over zealous about the preparations. Lemon is vastly jealous when she finds out Zoe is riding the mayor’s float. Zoe goes to help Wade with the float and he abandon’s her to get paint. After getting Wade back the three of them work all night on the mayor’s float, with Zoe falling asleep a bit before it’s done. Lavon loves it, and thanks Wade. For the parade Wade drives a tractor pulling the mayor’s float while Zoe, Lavon and Rose wave to the crowd. When Zoe see’s Betty having a problem on the Belle’s float behind them she overtakes Wade and drives the tractor into a fire hydrant to create a diversion. It works and the Belle float crashes into theirs giving Emaline a chance to get Betty. After treating Betty, Zoe goes back out to help clean up and Lemon gives her hell. Unfortunately the crash has undone any goodwill Zoe had accrued in the town.
  • Rose
    Zoe has a big fan in Rose, who asked for boy advice. It’s really cute to see Rose, who is clearly misunderstood in Bluebell, finally have someone who gets her. As for the boy advice, Zoe advises that she’s the wrong person to ask, she always falls for the wrong guy. On cue George comes across the square (which FYI is the same one used for Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls and Rosewood in Pretty Little Liars.) Rose skeedaddles, saying she’ll read their lips from across the square. Zoe is attempting to wrangle some chicken wire into a crimson wave for Lavon’s float when Rose comes up, upset because her crush is going to the parade with Magnolia Breeland, Lemon’s younger sister. Zoe invites Rose to ride the float with them if she helps build with her and Wade, who still isn’t back. Rose agrees and clues Zoe into the fact Wade is at his home. Rose and Wade are working on the float in the morning, with Rose going on and on about her crush, Frederick Dean. However Wade cuts her off, he doesn’t care. After the parade crash Frederick Dean comes to check on Rose, and Wade helps her out by mentioning the comic book Rose had mentioned him reading earlier that she also likes.
  • Betty
    While Brick is rubbing the 30% in Zoe’s face Lemon comes in with her cousin, Betty, who tripped during dance rehearsal. She says the only problem is her elbow, which she bumped when she fell. Later on Zoe finds Betty on the floor in the bathroom at the Rammer Jammer, and finds out she has MS. Zoe promises not to tell anyone as long as Betty doesn’t perform with the Belles in the parade the next day, it’ll be 90 out and is way too dangerous. Betty gives Lemon her excuse and that she trained a replacement already, but Lemon is clearly not having it. Getting her father to re-examine Betty. The next morning Zoe sees Betty at the parade getting ready at the float and asks what she’s doing there. Brick and Lemon interrupt and discuss how Brick re-examined her and her shoulder is fine, making it seem like Zoe made another mis-diagnosis. Betty even snarks at her, but later comes to apologize, almost crying about how much her identity as a Breeland and a Belle means to her, when at home she’s a nobody. Zoe gives Betty some medicine to take to hopefully make it through until she’s home without any more spells. At the parade Betty takes more than recommended because she feels a spell coming on, when she gets to the office with Emaline and Zoe they have to use charcoal to get the drugs out of her system. Once all fixed up Betty thanks Zoe and Zoe wishes her luck.

Zoe and Betty wish each other well.

  • Minor Towns People Plots
    Lemon is horribly jealous about Zoe riding on Lavon’s float. She calls him later, all upset. Lavon hangs up on her after reminding her she’s engaged. After the incident at the parade Emaline reveals she had been waiting for the right person to come along to Bluebell to follow in Harley’s footsteps before she moved to be with her daughter to open a bakery. Now she thinks it’s time, and that Zoe will be fine once people get to know her. She leaves, giving Zoe the files. It’s also revealed that Lemon’s mother left them, but the Founders Day parade was her favorite thing, and Lemon keeps hoping she’ll return.

TV Review: 2 Broke Girls – Episode 1×03: And Strokes of Goodwill

It’s time for another viewing of 2 Broke Girls! Which means, another bullet list!

  • Waitressing: What the hell, how did Max have that diet coke in the beginning of the episode behind her? How was it held up? Her apron strings? How did it not spill ALL OVER? TV Magic folks, or real magic? Moving on, despite my annoyance with Han (see below) I find the diner scenes pretty dang funny. I also particularly enjoy Oleg, more than I expected I would! About 3/4 through the show they’re back at work and Caroline comes in with hideous nails that she got taken to the cleaners on thanks to Max standing her up at the nail place. It’s not really important except that the nails are hideoussss.
  • Han: While I’m amused by the line about “This week’s iPad” being released, Han kind of annoys me. Which is probably the point because it’s that he tries too hard at everything that annoys me! From being American to being friends with his employees on Facebook (which is fine, but he’s very pushy about it with Max.) Near the end he reappears to ask Caroline not to take advantage of him with her horse, which confuses poor Caroline. (See Max & Chestnut below) Turns out that Max has been depositing of Chestnut’s deposits in the diner’s dumpster, and the trash removal company has charged Han extra because of it. Of course Caroline had no idea Max was doing it, but Han has seen her.
  • Caroline’s Issues: The Facebook thing is mostly a vehicle to bring about How Very Bad Things Have Gotten For Caroline as she notices she’s lost around 300 Facebook Friends since her father’s arrest. Now, I know my work’s Facebook is just over 300, hold on while I check my own. Okay, yeah, that’s what I thought… At least you had 300 “friends” to lose! Sheesh. In the Goodwill Caroline finds a pair of Brian Atwood shoes she had donated when she was rich. She had bought them for $800 and is stunned they’re selling for $8. Which triggers a bit of a meltdown as she realizes she’s been discounted as a person. Which doesn’t make sense but also is wrong, which makes me even sadder for her.

1x03andstrokesofgoodwillMax loves the expression Caroline makes upon realizing Max brought her to The Goodwill Store.

  • Wardrobe Please: There is a bit in the beginning about Caroline’s feet hurting, and Max suggesting she ditch her heels and buy some Sketchers. When Caroline tells Max the shoes cost $900.00 Max responds, “That’s not pain, that’s karma.” AMEN SISTER. They may try to revoke my membership in the women’s club but I do not understand the desire to spend such a huge amount of money on a pair of shoes, particularly those which a) hurt, b) can only be worn once in a while, or c) are so color/pattern specific that you’re going to wear them once and that’s it. I’m still bitter about all the crap I bought for prom, which I wore for all of 2 hours and haven’t touched since.) However this all finally addresses the issue I had with Caroline wearing the same thing over and over. Not that I wanted her to wear something once and never again, because that is unrealistic. Max takes Caroline to the Goodwill. My first thought is “HA!” especially seeing the look on Caroline’s face. My second is “Wow, that Goodwill is tiny compared to the ones here.” Must be a NYC thing? Also I notice that they have finally put Caroline in something different! She has the same ruffle sleeved tank top she wore with her Chanel outfit but now she’s sporting a snake-skin looking pair of shorts. Tres cute! There’s a great explanation to something I’ve actually totally done at many stores before. Max: “Clever bitches hide stuff they wanna come back and buy ’cause sometimes they don’t have $3 to buy it at the time.” Caroline questions who doesn’t have $3; uh, her. It totally works though as Max demonstrates by unearthing a vintage blazer from a hiding spot in a night stand. Caroline finds a pair of her old shoes in the store, which brings up some Caroline Issues (see above.) However Caroline does score some cute designer shorts for $5 and the aforementioned shoes she haggled down to $6. She also suddenly has a cream colored halter that she later wears with the shorts but I have no idea if that was bought at “The Will.”
  • Max & THE SHIRT: At Goodwill Max comes across a Strokes concert t-shirt that brings up memories. She had attended the concert but couldn’t afford the t-shirt. Of course, she wants it and puts it in her basket. However another girl there (a sassy latina) had her eye on it, but as Max says “turn your back on the rack and you’re under attack.” Which is why it’s so stupid to me when a minute later Max SETS HER BASKET DOWN AND TURNS HER BACK ON IT TO HELP CAROLINE. Obviously Ms. Latina snags the tee from Max’s basket while her back is turned. When Max discovers it at the register she’s upset that Caroline distracted her, has a minor fit and storms out leaving all her scores behind at the counter. Caroline however buys her stuff and Max’s before leaving. Later on at the bar Caroline spots the Latina girl’s goth friend and confronts her about the t-shirt. This leads to a lot of the B word and some hair pulling fighting. Johnny steps in to break it up and deftly lifts Caroline at the waist and walks her back to Max at the bar. Best part: The wonder woman pose Caroline strikes when he picks her up. Caroline really wanted to get back the t-shirt because she says Max “lit up” when she saw it. Max insists she doesn’t “light up” and she seems pretty much over the t-shirt. That is, until the Latina walks into the diner wearing the shirt with a dude who looks like a friend of mine who is actually a like, M-List actor… or a grown up version of Bieber. Max takes them menus and sasses, but the Latina sasses back, calling Max a word I dare NOT repeat in Spanish OR English and I am not sure how they got it past the FCC! Caroline, being the awesome friend she is, “accidentally” spills a full bowl of bright red borscht all over the chick and the t-shirt. This scores points with Max, who helps Caroline run when the girl comes after her.
  • Max & Chestnut: Max is really starting to get close to Chestnut. When she’s baking in the kitchen she has the back door open and he’s standing in the doorway. She has a full on conversation with him about the heat and turns her fan on him so he can cool down. The next morning while Caroline is asleep Max actually TAKES CHESTNUT FOR A WALK with a shovel as a pooper scooper. It’s the cutest damn thing. They have a nice talk while they walk, with Max providing Chestnut’s voice and POV. She stops at “his spot” implying that she’s been doing this a while, and they make kisses at each other while she tries to get him to do his business. Later, thanks to Han spilling the beans, Caroline finds out what Max has been doing and thanks her for it.
  • Meet Johnny: Since it’s their night off Caroline convinces Max to go out, saying her new shorts will pay for their drinks. Max seems to be fairly regular at the bar they go to, having flirty, insulting banter established with the bartender, Johnny (Nick Zano). Who is totally cute and wearing nerdy glasses (Uh, hipster alert!) Johnny tries to include Caroline in the insulting banter and Max is all “whoa dude she’s not in on this.” to which Johnny becomes a his normal nice self to Caroline. Max explains the insulting banter is something she and Johnny do “to remind us of our families.” Johnny is also a street artist who goes by the name J-peg. WHICH I LOVE SO HARD CORE. I love me some nerds.
  • The Bar: I had to add a bullet just for this. At the bar a guy buys the girls tequila shots and when she downs hers Caroline does this frightful and adorable combination of an O-face and a hoot of pleasure. To which Max responds “If that’s your tequila noise I don’t want to know what your orgasms sound like.” Caroline: “Same face, no noise.”
  • The Cupcake Business: Is not really brought up other than a quick line at Goodwill, and Max baking. New balance at the end of the episode is $500.25.

Verdict: This show is really growing on me!

TV Review: Hart of Dixie – Episode 1×01: Pilot

I’m pretty darn excited for this show! It appeals to me on many levels. Like I did for 2 Broke Girls I’m gonna break this down into bullet points for plotlines

  • That Southern Guy, Harley
    The series may revolve around Zoe Hart, but it also revolves around Harley Wilkes, a General Practitioner in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe first meets him at her medical school graduation and he offers her a job, which she turns down. She later reveals he kept in touch over the years via postcards; so when her world in NYC fell apart she took him up on his job offer. Arriving in Bluebell she’s surprised to find that he has passed away and left her his part of the practice. While it’s not too far off for someone to be impressed with what appeared to be a medical school valedictorian and her speech there are many questions here. Why was he at that graduation? Why did he pursue her so hard over the years? When I learned he’d left her his practice I thought that she would discover he was her grandfather.
  • Dr. Zoe Hart has a personality Problem
    A large part of the show is Zoe’s personality problem. She’s perfectly nice and all but she’s very urban, it’s a stark contrast to the southern hospitality. It’s also what lost her the Cardiothorasic fellowship, her lack of seeing patients as people instead of problems. It’s also brought up in the Bluebell office when George gripes about her lack of bedside manner. Basically Zoe has such a tunnel-vision of focus on her plan that it’s actually costing her a life; she lost her boyfriend, the fellowship, and who knows what else along the way. Can Bluebell rub off?
  • George Tucker, Resident Hero
    Zoe and George first meet on the road into Bluebell, when Zoe is dropped off by the bus and is walking along the shoulder with her bags. This is his first act of heroism and by far not his last. George seems to be a stereotypical golden boy, a lawyer who had a stint in New York City before realizing he missed his hometown of Bluebell and his high school sweetheart, Lemon. But there’s some sparks between Zoe and George so there’s trouble ahead for the sour girl! George also saves Zoe midway through the episode when she comes across a gator at night, the gator (Burt Reynolds is the gator’s name) happens to be the mayor’s pet and is disposed of by George with a simple, “Beat it, Burt.” He then argues a bit with Zoe about interrupting his nightly jog to save her “well-toned ass.” Shockingly she doesn’t catch on to that compliment the way I latched onto it like a leech.

Hart of Dixie - 1x01 - PilotSweet Southern Belles.

  • Gone South
    There’s a lot of Southernisms in this show that it’s almost too much to go into. But with this first episode I would be completely remiss to not mention the Belles. Ah, the Belles. If you read my earlier review you know that this episode filmed in an area I used to live in, and during the Azalea season, which some call Belle Weather. The Azalea Belles are like roaches that time of year, they’re everywhere so stop being surprised to see them! Emmeline is right when she calls them “elite young ladies,” they are the cream of the crop and years of preparation goes into being a Belle.
  • A few medical issues
    There are actually 4 medical issues this episode which push plots forward. The first is the elderly gentleman with the DMV form, it’s obviously a scam and I like to think that Zoe wouldn’t have fallen for it had she not been bothered by her mother’s call. Of course, if she hadn’t he wouldn’t have hit George Tucker and sent him to the office in the middle of the night, leading to Zoe meeting Brick (the d!ck) for the first time. Then there is the woman who came in with some kind of fishing hook in her palm. I don’t know, I’m squeamish, I looked away. This woman acted really weird. One minute she was acting all sweet to Zoe and horrible to her daughter, but when Zoe asked the daughter about some marks on her skin the lady turned mean on both. Zoe ran into the daughter at the Dixie Stop (FACT: The Dixie Stop is actually Dock St. Market in Wilmington, NC. I used to go there many times a week when I worked nearby.) turns out Mabel, the daughter, is pregnant and her momma don’t know.
  • Levon Hayes’ Plantation
    Emmeline sets up Zoe with a place to stay at the mayor’s house, which brings so much funny. The mayor is a famous football player, Lavon Hayes, which Zoe loves. I love that he’s one of those people who intermittently refers to himself in the third person. The place to stay is a little rundown cottage on the property that shares electric with the gatehouse where a Mr. Wade Kinsella lives. When too much is going on in both houses it blows a fuse, leading Zoe to the gatehouse to confront Wade (who is yummy) and along the way back, confronting Burt Reynolds.
  • Brick the D!ck
    Ah, Brick the D!ck. He’s hunting when Zoe first comes to town, but his daughter Lemon sours all over Zoe’s parade telling her she should be gone before he comes back. He cuts the trip off early to come back when George gets run over by the older gentleman from earlier. Turns out George is his lawyer and will find a way to get Zoe’s half of the practice from her. When Zoe stops at the Dixie Stop (Ah, sweet Dixie Stop) for some wine, Lemon storms in and reveals George is her fiancĂ© and their engagement party is the very next day. Oops. During their argument Brick compares Zoe to both Katrina and the BP Oil Spill, which is insulting to the people who actually lived through those things.

Hart of Dixie - 1x01 - PilotZoe walking, and drinking, after midnight…

  • Hitting Rock Bottom
    Ya know how Zoe stopped at Dixie Stop for wine? This leads to my favorite sequence ever of Zoe walked down the tree-lined back road in the dark, lugging a box of wine and a cup, drinking all the way. All while Patsy Cline’s Crazy plays in the background. Who should come along to find Zoe at the side of the road enjoying her wine but Wade? Drunk Zoe scores one for the girls with a hot and heavy makeout session in the front seat of Wade’s muscle car, until she leans back and her but hits the horn. You know that horn from Duke’s of Hazard? Yeah. It totally is the same one. Zoe reflects that she finally hit rock bottom, because she just “played Dixie with my butt.” Little does she know, when she arrives to the cottage she finds her mother waiting for her.
  • Climbing Back Out
    Zoe has a false start in climbing back out. After talking to her mother she decides to leave because she’ll never fit in. So she sees George about the papers to sign over her half to Brick, and while she has packing gets a call from Mabel, who is very distressed and in pain, but stuck working at the Breeland’s for the engagement party. You see, this is a false start for climbing back out because the true climbing doesn’t come until the end.
  • The End
    It takes Levon Hayes name dropping his way into the party to get Zoe in to see Mabel, where she discovers she’s in labor! I’m gonna let this slide because at least homegirl “knew” she was pregnant, just in denial. Zoe takes Mabel inside to take care of her but the Ambulance will take too long. Brick barges in saying he’ll have to deliver the baby but Mabel puts him right in his place telling him to back off that he is not touching her and Zoe is her doctor. Now, right here I thought maybe Brick was the father, which is twisted and never actually mentioned. But Brick gets Emmeline and the three work together to try to deliver the baby. After an impromptu surgery Mabel has a bouncing baby girl and the guts to tell her own mama to SHOVE IT. She doesn’t want her mama’s negativity around her baby girl. As they leave Emmeline and Zoe discuss Zoe leaving town, and Emmeline finally tells Zoe the truth, even though she didn’t think it her place. She hands Zoe an old photo, in it Zoe instantly recognizes her mother, and the older man with his arms around her as Harley. It turns out he’s not her grandfather, he’s her father. She confronts her mom who confesses to it, that they met on a cruise in Greece, that her husband found out when Zoe had an accident as a kid and they thought she’d need blood. That’s why he left and had been withdrawn from their lives despite Zoe trying to follow in his footsteps. Zoe tells her mom to go, and decides she is staying. The episode ends with Zoe at the cemetery, talking to Harley’s headstone about her being lost and how she is going to try to follow in his footsteps to find her way.

Verdict: Love. It.