Hart of Dixie S02E06

ARGH!!!!! My computer rebooted without warning!!!!!
There were so many precious exchanges in this episode!

Edited to add: OMG!!!! My draft was actually saved!! I’m going to combine my efforts.

I have to admit. For a Zade shipper, this was really a boring episode.

Worse, I’m really not a visual person, and I only got a little happier after I saw what other fans had pointed out.
Alright! A quick commentary/recap, and then we’ll finally get back to shipping again!

Opening scene, the town’s pickin’ chicken has been at it for some time, and it always picks Ruby as the winner of the mayoral election! Lavon is understandably upset, because for the past 200 years, the chicken has always accurately predicted the winner.

“Oh. So I’m up in the polls. Aww. But I’m down on the poultry” lol. the humor/punning.

And there’s a big debate that night! Where he’s supposed to crush Ruby.

And Ruby walks over. And Lavon is all gushy over her. Omg what happened??? Just that 1 apology at Halloween and he’s back under her spell?

And Lemon suddenly flirts with Lavon after Ruby’s gone! It wasn’t too obvious as flirting, so I don’t think Lavon noticed at all.

Brick is cranky. [medical case of the episode]. Zoe gets a jab in behind his back. haha Magnolia wants a driving lesson. Brick confesses he was gambling on the fact that she wouldn’t get her learner’s permit. This girl really is a natural at getting her way, but she’s real mean in the way she does it!

“Oh daddy, I was really hoping it would be like that time when you taught me to ride the bike. Remember that?” “oh. sure. sure i do” “no you don’t. because it never happened. oh. and now look at you. you feel bad, and i hate to see you feeling bad, so teach me to drive.”

Brick caves. But continues to be so cranky, Magnolia actually asks Zoe to fix him. cue animal joke.

Zoe is at the Rammer Jammer, having told Wade about Brick’s more than usual state of crankiness. Wade’s diagnosis? Brick needs to get laid. hahahahahahah. How come they didn’t use the joke here like that? hahaha. Instead he just said “he just needs to get laid” AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH double meaning! LOL

Zoe turns the question on Wade. but she asks it in the wrong way. really walked into that one herself.
Zoe: Is sex that important to you? I mean, (voice drops to a whisper) if we were to stop having sex would you turn into a raging lunatic?
Wilson Bethel is such a wonderful actor here. He goes expression, expression, expression, then “No.”
Zoe: Ok. good. [Then Zoe slowly realises……] because then you’d start having sex with someone else. [ahahaha. she really walked into that one herself]
Wade smiles widely. hahahaha.
Wade: You know, it’s touching how well you know me. Well, at least they aren’t serious! Or so she wants to think.

It must have been her lunch break. Because she’s back at the clinic again! Sneaking up on Brick who is complaining that they are out of supplies. Aren’t they going to get a someone in soon or something? What happened to their assistant or whatever you call that person?

Zoe goes for the direct approach. The girl does not know subtle. She gets nowhere.

That night, the mayoral debate. Lemon and Annabeth are psyching Lavon up. Very weird scene. Turns out Annabeth has been watching MMA. George finds out that Presley doesn’t vote. Brick is feeling it’s unfair for Lemon who has to watch George date under her own nose. She says she’s fine. And he notices that she’s really fine. She acknowledges that may be someone she may have feelings for.

The debate is awkward. Ruby starts off strong. But Lavon just gets jittery everytime he turns to look at her! And then he starts flirting. Then it looks like they’re just flirting with each other instead of debating. Annabeth notices “Am I the only one who needs a cigarette after that?” [this line is so precious!]. Lemon, who had rediscovered her feelings for Lavon, looks sad. “I think he likes her”. O M G.
Annabeth: this does not happen in Mixed Martial Arts. ahahahhaahah

The next day. Election day!
The exchange is precious.

Lemon is on Lavon’s case.

Lavon: Look. I admit. I wasn’t on my A-game last night.
Lemon: That, is because you’re involved with Ruby Jefferies.
Lavon: I told you, I’m not.
Lemon: Then why don’t I believe you?
Lavon: You may be naturally distrustful. Due to the circumstances of your life. What not.
Lemon gives a disbelieving ‘huh’: The entire town saw you practically endorsing her for mayor.
Lavon: I was being civil.
Lemon: Fine. Then cut it out, okay? You go out, you be seen, but you stay away from Ruby Jefferies, lest you get “civil” with her again and hand her the mayor’s hat. OR gavel. Or whatever else comes with being the mayor.
Lavon: it’s nothing really. it’s just parking {so sad}

Lemon is still doing her job, grabbing every possible vote for Lavon. She mobilises people to grab every last possible vote for Lavon. Tom has discovered a new mobile home at the edge of town. Lemon tells Annabeth to go but she refuses. Wade comes in at that point and Lemon descends on him. He looks like he had just gotten up and he was looking for something to eat. He looks cornered and slightly stunned. His face is just telegraphing question marks. {The scene really looks better than it sounds.} Just as Lemon is saying “Anyone who cares for Lavon must scour the entire town for additional votes,” Zoe walks in. “I wanna help, what can I do?” Lemon gets her to make sure all her patients go to the polls.

This next part is precious. All the shippers love this scene.

Lemon, being Lemon, sees something….
Lemon (to Zoe): What in the world are you wearing? [looks from Wade to Zoe to Wade]. [Wade looks too. As if noticing for the first time] Is that Wade’s shirt? [He looks surprised that she noticed.] Side note: isn’t this one of those sexy things that only actual couples do? They are clearly more serious than they realise. I just hope Wade doesn’t remember/re-realise that Zoe is just treating him like a piece of meat. Did he forget how much he likes her? sigh. Maybe he hasn’t dared to admit it to himself. *groan*
Zoe: Is it? Wade, I told you to do your own laundry. stop putting your stuff in with mine. [the 2nd sentence a little louder, and she storms off. wow she was quick here. wade still looks stunned. as if seeing what she’s wearing with new realisation for the first time. ]
Wade (with slow realisation): hoh. Man, I really…hate…her. [Pretend laugh]
I hope he starts realising he actually wants to show people they’re together, but without really telling or making a big fuss. And I hope he doesn’t remember that she seems to be embarassed about their relationship, however underdefined it is.
Lemon let’s the topic go for now. Heh. I guess she remembered that Zoe had told her they had had sex.
But Wade has just had a thought/realisation. [hmm…I guess they’ve not had their first fight yet. Imagine if he starts realising here that she is still hiding their relationship, probably because she’s embarassed. or trying to stay in george’s good books by hiding it somehow. zoe-logic]

I’m going to make this the first Zade count of the episode.

Go to scene. Brick and Magnolia screaming at each other over the driving lesson. He actually tells her “shoo! shoo!” ahahahaha

Zoe, having witnessed the scene, volunteers to teach Magnolia. In exchange for getting to give Brick a medical examination. He realises it is a good deal, and takes it.

Lemon asks George to find someone to vote for Lavon. (cute exchange, but not cute enough to put here). Wade checks in with Lemon. That trailer turns out to be his ex-wife’s. “Oh good lord, so does she like you or hate you these days” “I guess we’ll find out” They have a nice chat until Wade tries to insist on Tansy coming to vote, when she’s adamant at not doing so because she’s outside the boundaries by 6 feet. And she insists on staying out. They argue. Nice play on words!

“Well, how much further away do you want me to go. I’m already in the next town!” haha. Wade is witty. He’s very pleased with the joke he made. haha

And Lavon is distracted while voting, because Ruby’s there too! He tries to escape but she runs up to him anyway. She confronts him about the ‘debate’ the night before. She asks if he was flirting with her. He denies it. (Oh man up! Why do shows do this?) but tentatively turns the question back on her. “why? were you?”. She says yes, but the attitude is sarcastic. But as she walks off, he stops her and asks about her plans after the election. She says she plans to be mayor because she’ll win. His words indicate he’s hopeful that she has a reason to stay if she loses. But she tells him if she loses, she’d leave straight away. Awww…sad face on Lavon.

Brick is still glued to his phone while Zoe is doing her exam on him. She asks him some questions, and all seems normal until it gets to Emily, and then the beeps increase. His heartbeat I believe. He tries to blame it on his thyroid.

Back at the trailer, Wade has called George in to help move Tansy’s trailer! He tried to trick George into doing it. But fails.

Lavon finds out Lemon had promised (for him) that he would do chores for Bluebelleans who vote for him. e.g. cut their yard, paint a fence, fix a birdhouse. He calls it undignified and buying votes. Lemon is very frustrated. She’s going all out to get votes, but to her, it looks like Lavon doesn’t want Ruby out of their lives. When he questions why Lemon wants Ruby gone, she answers that she doesn’t care, because if he doesn’t care, why should she? and she quits being his campaign manager!

Zoe is giving Magnolia her driving lesson. Her obsessiveness with her phone and her revealing that someone was supposed to text her gives Zoe a clue into Brick’s behaviour.

Back to the trailer. George tries another way to convince Tansy. It works! Tansy gets to cut George’s hair, he acts like her walking advertisement, and she moves back into Bluebell for the day and votes. It goes fine until Wade gets tired of waiting and hitches the trailer up to the pickup and drives off without warning, making Tansy shave off some ugly looking patches of hair. AIYOH

Annabeth has found out that Lemon quit. She’s not happy because she’s taking it personally. Because if Lemon gets Ruby out of town, Annabeth would get a shot at Lavon. Lemon finally gets honest. She tells AB that she can’t do that. AB asks why not, since AB saw him first and high school doesn’t count. And finally Lemon tells her that she didn’t see him first. Lemon did. She finally acknowledges that they were in love once, and she might still be. AB immediately switches to best friend mode. Very cute moments.

Zoe confronts Brick about what problems he’s having. It turns out he and Emily haven’t talked for 3 days, compared to everyday before that. His mind is running wild about what it means. Zoe convinces him to go find out. He’s about to pack to go when he realises he forgot to vote! But it’s almost 5 already! Zoe remembers and gives him the absentee in proxy ballot. The pen he first gets doesn’t work! But they find one that does and he signs it before the bell is rung! It’s valid!

The next scene shows Tom shouting “It’s a tie” to the people in the Rammer Jammer. Turns out the tiebreakers are 1) recount [already done], 2) duel (with weapons), 3) the chicken picks. *screams of terror*

AB takes Lemon aside and convinces her to tell Lavon how she feels, because it looks like Ruby is staying and the story seems to lead to Lavon+Ruby, and if she doesn’t tell him, the chicken might decide for her….

Now it’s Wade’s turn to give relationship advice? He’s asking Lavon why he isn’t watching the chicken pick the mayor, when Lavon reveals he doesn’t want Ruby to leave. Lavon decides to run to tell Ruby before the chicken decides. Just as he’s on his way out, Lemon is on her way in. But Lavon doesn’t stop for her. I feel sad for Lemon.

I’m not liking the order of the scenes here, and there’s too much ‘clear plotting’, because it is at the chicken picking arena that George and Tansy tell Wade that even dragging her into town, it was too late as the polls had closed. Sheesh. Didn’t he have the absentee proxy votes too! obviously another stupid trope. As their voices get raised, George ends up shouting that Tansy gave him a bad haircut. The whole town hears. Now Tansy is mad at George too.

Lavon gets to Ruby before the chicken picks. She wants to see, but ends up going with him when he insists.

Presley sees George and reveals she voted for Ruby. It’s awkward and angry. They part ways.

Meanwhile, Lavon tells Ruby how he feels. He’s so messed up by her! She’s honest with him too.
Back at the chicken, Zoe is walking up to Dash (superintendent of elections) with the vote. Just in time! I’m surprised they didn’t make it more dramatic. Dash’s calmly spoken “Tom, stop the chicken.” Really downplays the moment. When Dash announces that the election goes to Lavon, he and Ruby are nowhere to be found. Until the trailer is driven off and reveals them kissing. Poor Lemon! Dash’s look is priceless. Why is Tom so happy?

Back at the office, Zoe finds out from Brick (over skype) that all is fine!

Lemon is being sad at Lavon’s place. HUH? She pretends she was just collecting her things and avoiding him because she thought he would be at his party longer.
He comes in and asks her what it was she had wanted to talk to him about. She claims she doesn’t remember. He gives her a scented candle to thank her. HUH? His line “I hope it is to your taste. I never know what you want.” is so loaded with meaning, though not to him. Classic case of 言者无意 听者有心。She makes a dignified exit. Then they show Lavon looking as if he’s detected something.

And finally, 1 more scene of Zoe + Wade! They’re obviously in her bed. Pink sheets and pillowcases and all. Oh my. And now I totally see what everyone else was screaming about. It’s very interesting positioning – they’re spooning, with Wade’s forearm is under Zoe’s upper arm, and he has his hand over hers. Wade claims he was right after all. But Zoe says it was more nuanced than the way Wade has put it. This whole discussion is so sweet. It is totally different from the “it’s all about the sex” type of behaviour they’ve shown us in the past. The writers had better not be toying with us!!!!!

In an interesting change of pace, we see George helping Tansy to set up again. And he gets her to fix the botched haircut. What a fascinating development! I do believe he has so much more chemistry with her than with Zoe! Woohoo!

Zade count: 2. yay!

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