Hart of Dixie “The Butterstick Tab” Review (Season 4 Episode 7)

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Hart of Dixie, rather ironically, has lacked a lot of its original heart in these later seasons.

I’ve commented before on how Zoe and Wade’s relationship often feels like it belongs to an entirely different show, with episodes surrounding big milestones in their coupledom full of farcical goings on and comedy characters. There’s been plenty of that in season four but, at this late hour, the show might finally be learning.

No character epitomizes the weird tonal structure of Hart of Dixie better than Lemon, who swings from whimsical southern comedy to deep drama frequently. In this episode, ‘The Butterstick Tab’, we got my absolute favorite version of Lemon, along with my favorite storyline she’s had since the show’s beginning, and it all results in another pretty decent episode.

A lot of the other storylines are treading water, with Zoe and Wade still ironing out some of the details of their relationship ahead of the baby’s arrival and George and Anna Beth figuring out their own strange dynamic, so it’s left to Lemon and the rest of the Breelands to carry the weightier stuff of the hour.

It’s a good thing, then, that they’re more than capable of doing just that.

This is an episode that reminds you how wonderful some of these characters are, and how Hart of Dixie would survive regardless of Zoe Hart. The reason I hate when the show wastes Lemon on farce is demonstrated in ‘The Butterstick Tab’ – she’s so good, and her story has always been tinged with sadness.

That said, as much as I’m okay with George and Anna Beth getting together, and as thrilled as a functional Zade makes me, Lemon and Lavon just doesn’t work.

He’s saying the right words and their history on the show has the ingredients of a last season-OTP, but none of why they’re right for each other on paper seems to be translating to screen. It hardly matters when there’s so much else going on, but it’s a shame I can’t get behind something the show so obviously wants me to.

Regardless, we’re in the final stretch, and I’m so glad that Hart of Dixie took time to remember it’s secret weapon and biggest unresolved storyline.

What did you think of the episode? Do other people like Lemon/Lavon more than me? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.