Zoe walking home without pants again. this is ridiculous. but at least she’s in knee-high boots. it’s obviously different clothing from the previous episode. is she wearing wade’s shirt? she’s holding clothes in her hand that aren’t from the previous episode. plus, halloween decorations do not pop up overnight. i wonder how much time has passed.
with so many belongings covered in her room, i’m not surprised she’s more often at wade’s place.
cue quick-pan from zoe to her bed. “someone’s been sleeping in my bed” and she didn’t mean wade! haha
zoe insists on telling lavon about her sex life again. (sleeping less than ever ever since they became monogamous). she makes it clear that she’s sure she had made her bed, as she had wanted to see how her new kate spade sheets looked like on her bed. lavon’s response is so typical of a guy. “and now i’ve lost interest. that was fast”. lol.
apparently weird things have been happening all week. a sock in her underwear drawer, a mysterious toothbrush in her bathroom. so she thinks she has a stalker.
lavon tells her it might be a stalker, or wade. and as lavon becomes more serious…..
wade grabs her suddenly from behind in a really ugly costume and scares her. good scream!
wade: hey that was pretty sexy (poking her tummy with a furry paw)
come on. it’s obviously not him because he was apparently literally tied up last night. my goodness how many endless different ways of doing it do they have.
zoe can be such a mess. i would have thought she would have brought it up that it couldn’t be wade because he was tied up! i think this scene was written badly (i.e. with such loopholes) because they just wanted wade grabbing zoe and making her scream.
wade suggests (half seriously) that they consider demons.
zoe: demons? this is why i don’t let you talk in bed. [snark]
lavon’s solution: letting them solve the problem, as he (checking his laptop) says he has impt business to take care of, like handing out candy in town square.
lavon’s lack of interest in catching her stalker means she can only turn to wade. (no response in this scene though).
cricket is weird because she does a real pep cheer when lemon says they should be handing out buttons and candy and cheer. annabeth is showing how smitten she is with lavon.
tom long runs up, out of breath, with the ‘good’ news that he signed up 30 new voters, but it turns out to include a clan which firmly supports the other team. the rivals of lavon’s football team.
scene: rammer jammer intro: new character! a woman who’s so ____ that wade’s teasing her consists of : wade: i’d offer to help, but… she: but you know i’d deck you.
george is being walked over to rammer jammer by daisy. did they spend the night at her place? i suppose so. while talking , another blonde comes over, saying she’s been looking for him. my goodness. without hesitation, she asks him if he has a date to the halloween party. daisy says she was about to ask. george, the ridiculous thing he is, tells them he’s new at the being single thing and doesn’t want to disappoint either of them. to my shock, they tell him to come alone and he can dance with both of them! wow. these people are really open about this. and they both kiss him on the cheeks! omg.
beer distributor’s worker lady (brunette, modern ponytail) can’t believe they fell for that and wonders what happened to the education system in bluebell.
george defends himself. he was just being honest! i suppose women do like that. only believable for this character.
wade finally tells us her name: presley
she gets another jab in when wade says george is a southern gentleman of the old school, and she says it’s funny that his dates are still in school. it’s funnier when they do it.
wade is so cute when he asks: george tucker, what is going on with you. it turns out george has been really busy dating! he says he’s exhausted and asks wade if that’s what it’s like to be him. omygosh wade’s response is so cute! awkward silent moment, then ‘uh. yeah’ ‘oh come on sure absolutely’ all done without looking directly at george. “smooth” he doth protest a little too much? wow. george is so blind to it. i suppose it’s good sense to keep quiet about his arrangement with zoe. wade’s so much smarter than zoe thinks. seriously, she better open her eyes soon.
george asks if wade intends to break his halloween record from last year. 3 sexy cats?
oh. man. his answer is so sweet. “i’m trying to lay off the girls these days. it’s like a cleanse. but for the record, it was 2 sexy cats and 1 sexy snow white.” and he gets a text from zoe saying she needs him now at her place. he tells wanda he’s taking his break. his expression is so happy when he says it! haha. wanda: seriously? again? and we see him running through the trees and unbuttoning his shirt at the same time. he tells zoe they only have 15 minutes but he’ll make it worth her while. and she pulls a baseball bat on him. wooh.
turns out she’s ready for her stalker. bat, mace, video-cam, which she wants wade to fix for her. he’s really excited by the video cam and says maybe they should get one of those helmet cams so he can see what she sees. “which i bet is pretty spectacular” ewww….the ego of the guy.
zoe is still so…..zoe. she lays out her plan to lay a trap for the creep. but turns out wade’s covering wanda’s shift and will get in really late. in a rather incongruent scene, he tells her to sleep over at lavon’s if she’s afraid. (it’s the expression that’s off. or maybe it’s supposed to be revealing? it’s possible wade is already serious about this relationship, because he’s really taking her seriously here and talking to her seriously too.)
and he’s turned on by her ‘misguided vigilante mode’. lol. turns out they have 13 minutes. she agrees to test the camera and make sure it works.
zade count 1!
campaign strategising session with lemon, lavon, annabeth.
annabeth actually has a suggestion on how to win the opposing clan (boudries) over. using her identity as auburn tiger royalty. she suggests that they pretend to date.
lemon’s instinctively against it. ooo she’s jealous! [i’m sure the writers wanted to remind us, because the ‘previously on’ segment purposely recapped their past relationship]
lavon’s interested. annabeth is delighted.
zoe’s stalker is george! george asks what he’s doing in her place. faintz. she’s puzzled, but thinking. she goes to get the mysterious toothbrush. turns out it’s his! george remembers other weird things happening to him too (but he had thought nothing about them???) obviously: sleepwalking.
zoe goes into doctor mode and tries to diagnose the source of any stress in his life. he mentions the houseboat. she seriously suggests that that very night, she’ll go over to his place, attach an EEG machine to him and watch him sleep. weird beat. but there’s a halloween party that night. zoe says it’s ok, he can go have some beer and then go to sleep. there’s a comedian in zoe. she suggests that he wear a lifevest. he caves and agrees to the arrangement. [i didn’t understand this until i watched this a 3rd time] she almost looks happy. there’s something wrong with her.
lemon is at lavon’s. campaign talk again. annabeth comes over with matching halloween costumes and flashcards for their cover story. lemon tries to stop it but fails.
wade walks in, looking all suave, “martini, shaken, not stirred.” why doesn’t zoe recognise the line? was she for real???????????? sheesh. i’m disappointed in her. maybe she was being funny. “james bond, wiseass, james bond”
i guess she was trying to avoid the party so that she wouldn’t reveal that she was with him? aiyohz. terrible person.
she says she was actually expecting magic mike construction worker or sexy firefighter. seriously? she doesn’t understand wade. or the concept of dressing up for halloween.
meantime, he’s totally behaving like a boyfriend! omg. “go put on your gogo boots and your sexy miniskirt and let’s get out of her” totally ignoring that she’s obviously packing for something. sometimes he’s just a bulldozer.
zoe: yeah. and people wouldn’t put us together? who’d they think i was? walten salt girl? [i have no idea what she actually said and the reference]
wade: is it wrong that i’m okay with that?
he grabs her. i like the way it’s done! it’s from the back. arms around her belly. i’m aflutter.
she gets out of his hug. and tells him she found her bed sleeper. after his 3 wild guesses, she says it’s george tucker (softer voice).
oh that look he gives….and the way he says ‘george….tucker.’….my goodness. do i smell jealousy?
her excuse: he was sleepwalking, so i have to do a sleep study on him before the poor guy walks into the gulf or worse.
this line i love:
wade: so just to be clear here – you’re sending me off, looking like this, to a party full of scantily clad women high on free candy, while you go spend the night, at george tucker’s.
zoe: [pause.] ya.
wade: oh this is an ‘awesome’ arrangement. yeah.
lemon’s preparing. annabeth is dressed. prettier than usual. annabeth is happy and fantasises that this might work to become a real relationship. while lemon kept it professional, referring to getting the boudries. and lemon looks progressively more jealous. poor thing. annabeth really likes him.
zoe and george. awkward. it swings between odd and coy and normal and serious and flirty and awkward and close and familiar and so on. not in that order. she tells him to stick to his routine as much as possible, but she’s in the way! seriously…..and he even says it! my routine doesn’t usually include you following me around. she: you won’t even notice i’m here. Rubbish. pui. and she Asks him what he would usually do next! grr. i don’t want to do a play by play. she sits and watch him. but falls asleep. upon waking, she panics. haha. she goes to look for him
wade is working the bar! he looks so dashingly serious and busy. one of george’s almost dates (her name turns out to be savannah) comes up to wade and flirts with him after george cancels. wade says thanks but can’t as he’s working. i’m so impressed that he isn’t seeking an-eye-for-an-eye on zoe. he even pretends to hear an order from a distance! haha. so cute!!! there’s a frown on his face. and he makes mm mm mm sounds. probably wondering why he is holding on to his agreement when such a lovely specimen is in front of him. cody (his excuse) actually heard him made the excuse and says ‘what?’ to wade, who “whats” him back.
lemon looks down. cody asks a distracted wade what lemon drinks, and gets one for her. walking over, cody stops and tells tom what he’s going to do, and even tom realises it’s not a gd idea.
she shuts him down, since lavon and annabeth just walked in, attracting a lot of attention. the plan is in motion. wade looks amused. zoe hurries in. he points out the new couple. [well wade and zoe look like a couple here! it’s the conspiratorial look.] she begs him to tell her that george is at the bar. he’s incredulous: you lost him? she can’t even admit such a clear thing!
zoe: i may. have. fallen. asleep. [whisper] well, it’s your fault that i’m so tired! [he’s pleased]
she tells him she needs his help to find george.
cue the same comedy scene.
he tells wanda he has something to take care of.
wanda: again? do you even work here anymore? [doesn’t she see zoe there? quick! put 2 and 2 together!]
back to the political plan. lavon does not look good in that costume. sheesh.
zoe think’s george is at her place as it’s his sleepwalking safe space. he astutely points out that it’s a little convenient that it is so. they have a little tiff [i am liking this couple-ly behaviour from wade!]
wade: all i know is, you’re sleeping over at his house the one holiday of the year that you could have been dressed as catwoman.
she claims she wouldn’t be. and she defends george, saying it wasn’t a ploy to seduce her, saying that it it was, he would have made a move on her instead of disappearing.
he tries to get her to admit that it’s a little more complicated than simple doctor-patient scenario.
her next voice is not convincing. is she feeling guilty here?
she claims it is her job as his doctor to find him before he hurts himself [it’s that same tone she uses when she keeps saying his heart needs to heal. it’s like a learned voice. not her voice]. she gets the last word in the spat but turns and walks into decorative cobwebs.
more political stuff.
george shows up at the party. how come he’s able to interact almost normally?
daisy has just approached george to dance, but he says no. she asks why. zoe finds him at that moment and calls his name. he smiles sweetly at zoe. or rather, childlike at her. wade is following behind zoe. daisy asks who she is (i guess she’s not from bluebell!). in his dreamstate, george says zoe’s his girlfriend! wade has a big smile. i’m not sure how to describe it. he was right-ish. i think he should have made a bet. zoe: uh-oh. wade walks off. his smile….hmmm….what is it saying….i can’t quite put it into words. something like….i knew it, how come i’m so good at this.
and then he has to follow them out of the bar. he tells her to set him down. (in the process, george says hi to a monkey in a suit.
wade: i always figure tucker had dreams about you, i just never figured i’d be in one. [he’s so cute about it. there’s a comedian in him too.]
zoe defends george again, saying george doesn’t know what he’s saying. wade challenges her to wake him up and then they can have a real conversation. she insists that it’s dangerous to do so. she asks wade to help get him home. he’s not happy (but we all know he’s going to help her anyway). seriously, this makes me think that wade is at his best right now, but zoe is so blind to it.
while helping george, george says, “no thank you sir, we do not need the maitre’d, we’ve been here many times.” wade’s really mad. “bond, james bond”. zoe throws wade a ‘i’m sorry’
back to the political games. lemon had said something after the show lavon and annabeth had put on. as he dances with annabeth, it starts to dawn on lavon.
wade is quickly back working the bar again! (seriously, is the plantation really so near, and the dock too?) and in comes a slutty nurse. one of the conquests from last year. he mutters ‘crap’ under his breath. seriously, what is the subtext here? he impresses her by remembering her drink. he’s so distracted he sprays himself instead of filling the glass. he moves off, but she holds on to his hand and flirts more with him, hinting that he could use a break.
he uses the customers at the end of the bar as an excuse not to take a break.
she reminds him he had the time last halloween.
here come the lines i like.
wade: *small laugh* things have changed.
carrie: like what things
wade: well. there are rules now. you know, er, i’m not, er exactly sure what those rules are. but, there are rules.
his thoughts bring him to a conclusion
wade: you know what? there Are rules. [and he throws down his towel, walking out from behind the bar]
he’s obviously going somewhere. she asks where he’s going.
wade: i’m going to enforce those rules. [yeehah! way to go!]
she’s puzzled, but seems to understand.
before walking off, he even compliments her, and says that drinks are on him.
lavon has decided to confess his pretense, leading to a sad sad political situation. he eventually has a heart to heart talk with lemon. he thanks her for her friendship. it was so emotional i’m sure lemon felt something. but not the same thing as lavon. she took a step back towards their affair, while he seems to have moved forward.
on the boat, zoe wakes george up. but he’s not awake for real. zoe’s head is not clear. she is not handling this revelation maturely. george is leaning down to kiss zoe when wade rushes in and pushes him off the boat. now george wakes up for real.
zoe is mad.
zoe: wade, he was sleepwalking.
wade: i know he was. what’s your excuse? [oh i just love the way he said it and walked off]
i was listening to the afterbuzztv podcast. they made the point that george actually did not know it was wade who pushed him!
now zoe know’s she’s made a mistake.
after george warms up, zoe reluctantly told him what happened and what he had been imagining.
she pretend tries pretend (whatever) to diagnose that it might mean a small part of george is still hung up on her. DUH!!!!
he is his usual honest self in saying that it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, and that it is actually quite a big part. she looks appropriately objective at that moment. a look which says ‘now why aren’t i happier about this situation. she actually looks a little sad/troubled here. o my gosh. has she moved on? i think she might be realising how much she has moved on.
he asks the question: why aren’t we together again?
she looks suitably conflicted.
apparently she didn’t answer it over the ad break! how she managed to deflect it must be beyond the writers’ skills to squeeze into this episode.
over at the party, ruby found out what lavon had done. and she says she thinks he has actually changed, and that he was big enough to apologise to the boudries, so she’s apologising to him for ‘thiefgate’.
zoe is telling george that if he let’s some of the stress go, the sleepwalking will go away. and prescribes him a mild sedative. he presses her to answer his question. she rhetorically asks doesn’t he think she’s still hung up on him? for whatever reason, she meant what she said about thinking in terms of ther long game. that now is not their time. she still keeps saying she can’t be his rebound. but seriously, she’s right and wrong at the same time. i wrote about it here.
i think, if she gets together with him, it would still be more of an affair. what he needs is to find out what he is without lemon, but i wouldn’t term it rebounding.
anyway, my thoughts now. basically, she’s jumping the gun. george’s heart isn’t broken yet. and it isn’t broken from ending his relationship with lemon. in fact, zoe’s slowly tearing his heart apart (rather than breaking it) by not being with him (and then, hopefully soon revealing that she’s with wade. as long as they don’t write weird episodes where wade tries to take her out on weird uncomfortable dates. i want them to have natural dates.). and after she totally breaks his heart, then his heart needs to heal. at this point, whichever girl he gets, then it is his rebound. but it is rebounding from zoe, not rebounding from lemon.
zoe says she can’t get her heart broken by george again. this part is more true. and wade’s Her rebound. 😦
george claims he’s doing everything that he can to make sure it does not happen. but he talks as if he doesn’t understand it. apparently all he has done is follow her instructions, but not understood the meaning ot them. he tells her he’s been sowing his wild oats, and has been on 13 dates in 3 weeks. she tells him off, saying he can’t just go through the motions, biding time until they can be together. and that that isn’t moving on. according to zoe’s logic, “and if you’ve not moved on, then how can i not be your rebound?” he just wants to do what she wants him to do. “what exactly is it that you want from me?” she seems resigned. and tells him part of the story. “maybe, to help you move on, to stop thinking about me, to sleep, you need to be with someone that you actually feel something for.” he shakes his head. doesn’t seem to get it. she continues, “because i kinda am”. wow. that’s quite a big admission for her. which she totally negates when she answers his next question.
george: i see. who is it? [then he decides he doesn’t want to know] is it serious?
zoe: no [well, at least we can play with grammar here. maybe she just means not yet]. but it’s what i need right now.
the next morning, annabeth and lemon are at agnes’ bakery. annabeth is feeling stupid. but she’s still hopeful. whereas lemon is just realising her feelings for lavon may have been rekindled.
george walks into the rammer jammer and sees daisy. he clears up the misunderstanding about his relationship status, but manages to clearly tell her he’s sorry he led her on and that he can’t see a future with her. and in a classless move, he tells her to tell savannah, because he can’t find her number.
presley witnessed the whole scene.
now. now george is the one with a faulty mind. first, he says that the reason he’s all out of lady friends is that he did not have as much in common with the 2 ladies as he thought he did. and he thinks out loud that he might need someone who challenges him a little bit. i’m shrieking inside. why would he think that???? especially having been in a relationship with domineering lemon? he thinks that person is presley. they arrange to go out for drinks. (as opposed to a date he initially suggested)
zoe goes to wade
zoe: you were right, i let things get out of control last night.
wade: i know
zoe: well, i’m, i’m sorry.
he sits down to hear her out. (on the arm of a sofa)
zoe: look, if you want me to tell you that george and i don’t still have feelings for each other, i can’t. i wish i could. [his expression is slightly resigned, slightly doubting. slightly something i don’t get.]
wade: ok. [it’s the way he said it! it seems to mean, ok, then what?]
zoe: but i meant what i said. that i wanna be monogamous. from now on, i will remember that. [a sweet look is coming over wade. and i feel tingly!] if it means anything, i told george that i was involved with someone. [he gets another expression. like, good thing you said it first. otherwise i would have had to do something]
she waits expectantly for a reaction.
wade: [in a put on slow languid voice] i don’t know what you’re talking about.
she looks puzzled. and slightly sad. as if she thinks she had lost him. like she thought he regretted it.
wade: i’m sleeping. in fact i think it’s time to put you to bed missy. oh yeah. mm hmm. it’s time to put this girl down for the night. watch your head, we’re going in.
zade count 2!
Edited to add: seriously, this zoe and wade thing had better really be going somewhere. the kissing is actually more significant (to me), because I’d believe it was only sex if all they did was it and no kissing. and none of that ‘wade just keeps helping her’ stuff. so. writers, don’t play with me! (and us zade shippers for that matter)