Hart of Dixie Season 3 Review “Take This Job and Shove It”

Take This Job and Shove It

Joel really isn’t going anywhere, is he? Hart of Dixie is keeping Zoe’s boyfriend around for an unexpected amount of time and, I have to say, I don’t hate it. By transferring Zoe’s outsider status onto Joel, we get the comedy value of season one with the warmth and familiarity of season two, and that’s also reflected in the Zoe/Brick storyline.

Poor Brick is a character left in the cold after two of his fellow characters were written out over the summer. They address this in the episode, with Brick telling Zoe that he was hurt by her absence when he returned, and this is nice to see after years of development between the two of them. Zoe isn’t working at the moment because she sold her half of the practice to Brick, and she’s feeling the consequences now. Her need to diagnose everyone she came across provided some brilliant comedy value this week, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they resolve the issue.

Joel got a storyline largely independent if Zoe this week, as he and Wade formed a tentative friendship. This is incredibly unexpected, not least because a friendship between the guys shows a level of maturity on both sides that I wasn’t sure was going to be there. I guess Wade and George managed to be friends, but they had a history that long predated Zoe Hart. We expected Joel to be friends with Lavon, and this new bond will probably mean that the weirdness will come from Zoe, rather than Joel.

They still don’t seem to know what to do with George this year, and his storyline this week consisted only of offering Zoe and Brick legal advice and getting his thumb caught in Linley’s zipper – which, how? I didn’t realise that was possible. In the end, it was just an excuse to have Zoe and George in the same room together, but it probably just made everyone hate Linley even more. She’s the worst thing to happen to this show since Lavon’s college girlfriend, and I want her gone asap.

Lemon was the highlight of the episode, as her and AnnaBeth pretty much completed their transition from vapid Southern Belles to likeable human beings when they revolted against Cricket’s regime. I’m glad they’re good friends right now, because the endless fallings out were not something I ever enjoyed, and AB following Lemon by quitting the Belles was a brilliant moment. What are they going to do with those ten extra hours a week?

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