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Hart of Dixie 1x11: Hell's Belles

Posted on the 24 January 2012 by Tvgeek @TVGeek_blog

Hart of Dixie 1x11: Hell's Belles

Original Air Date: 23 January 2012

StorylineWhen Zoe goes in search of some family history in Bluebell, she discovers that she is a legacy to the Bluebell Belles. Of course, once Lemon catches wind of the news, she makes it her sole mission in life to make sure Zoe doesn't become an official Belle and puts her through a humiliating initiation. With the help of Wade, Lavon attempts to jump back into the dating scene, but he finds it difficult because Didi is telling everyone that he's in love with her. Meanwhile, George devises a plan to stop a huge chain store from building near Bluebell. Best Quote:

ZoeI'm a Belle, a southern Belle, a 'Bama Belle, a Dixie Belle. I got secrets I won't tell. Y'all don't like it, go to-- hello, soldier, what's your pleasure?

Review: Isn't this the best Monday ever? For too long a time, we've been devoid of freshman series Hart of Dixie and I started to miss it. Not only because it's a lot of fun to watch, but also because, in its absence, paired with that of Dr. Crankypants, I've only been left to wonder what the HIMYM soap opera can come up with next to make me hate it even more than I do after this awful half of season.

This week was all about legacy and family. Are we indeed who we came from? Are we doomed to be exactly like our parents and repeat history? These questions haunted most of the characters on the show, starting with the most recent Dixie Belle - and yes, I'm talking about Zoe here, and ending with Wade, whose relationship with his father is a love/hate one.
But before I move over to the other Bluebell residents, let's stop at Zoe and say that discovering a box of old photos in her father's office was just the first step in her trying to prove to everyone - but mostly to herself - that she's not just passing by and that she really wants to fit in. That started with uncovering a long lost aunt who calls Bluebell people crazy for holding Planskgiving (but didn't consider Christmas being "the Great Beaver cutting down the town tree and damming up the river so the Christ child doesn't float out to sea" out of the ordinary) and her family's tradition in the Belle community. But, of course, Lemon wouldn't let her be a Belle just because she wanted to, so what followed was an initiation process that a woman who doesn't have a history riding a subway at 2 am wouldn't have passed in a million years.
I must say it was a blast watching Zoe stroll into town dressed in that ugly Belle dress and doing chores for the other women, but what I most enjoyed was hearing her recite the Belle slogan every time someone said the secret word. Which, of course, people would say to her all the time, so now I can't get that stupid slogan out of my head. "Hello soldier, what's your pleasure?"
Of course, in the end, she reached the conclusion that pink teas were not exactly fit for her and her days in puffy long dresses ended with the conclusion that we are not our parents. But her struggles to fit in were not in vain, as it seems that Zoe made another step towards being accepted by both Brick and his neurotic daughter, who had her own fears of not becoming like her mother and abandoning her children. Instead, it seems that Lemon is some kind of a which who cursed all the Belles not to have children until she does.
But the ladies were not the only ones having family issues - both George and Wade struggled with their feelings for their fathers, George getting in competition with his and going above and beyond to stop the construction of a Large-Mart in Bluebell, Wade trying to convince his father to sell a piece of land thinking this would make him independent, but not realizing that, by asking money from him, Crazy Earl was just trying to have a connection with his hunk of a son. Seeing him burying the money from Wade in his yard was probably the sweetest moment of the evening. Sweeter than honey. Hello soldier...
As for Lavon, he wasn't entirely left out, instead his love life made the object of the entire community. You just knew that declaring his undying love for Didi would only bring him trouble, and who would want to date a guy so in love after only one date, that he was making wedding plans? I'm not a fan of Didi and I would have actually loved to see the mayor struggle to get a date for a while longer, just for the fun of it, but at least he's not waiting after Lemon anymore. Hopefully.
I'm loving the character development and taking a deeper look into their lives, especially when it comes to Wade. In comparison, George just looks like a spoiled guy who would do anything simply to piss off his father. So mature, right? Not that Wade is all that mature himself, but at least he cracks me up with the likes of "I've known my share of Belles. They won't admit it, but I do." Anyhow, I am beyond excited about the show's return and totally love Rachel Bilson. Which, if you don't already do as well, you will once you take a look at the video of her I put in the sidebar.Hart of Dixie 1x10: Hairdos and Holidays Back to Season 1

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