‘HART OF DIXIE’: DO. NOT. MISS
I love when shows don’t wait for the finale to throw you an emotionally weighty episode. And after watching the next new episode of Hart of Dixie, I can promise you it is exactly that.
I’ll have a full convo with Scott Porter about the episode on Monday, but I can tell you that we definitely see a whole different side of George in this episode, which starts up after the dramatic turn of events that resulted in George and Lemon’s falling out. We find George in denial about the pain in his life, and it sends him on a rebellious path. He’s riding motorcycles, ditching commitments, and…going to New Orleans! “It’s literally George going, ‘I’ve been focusing on everyone else. I’m going to focus on what I want.’ And when you see what George Tucker really wants out of his life, you’re going to be very surprised,” says Porter.
Among George’s wants? The company of Zoe Hart, of course! Despite having some harsh words in the last episode, the adorable doc heads to the Big Easy to accompany her hurting pal, and the result is an unforgettable evening. “I’ve said since the beginning that when he talks to Zoe she’s a window into a parallel universe where his life is much different,” he says. “It’s so easy with her to see himself in a different life and with a different path in life and he loves that about her, I think…so it’s interesting that she’s the first person he’s right with before going off on his journey.”
So whether you’re a fan of their friendship or in favor of a little more between the two, there’s plenty of great moments in this episode. And one moment in particular that will make jaws drop. But you’re not getting any more out of me…for now! Come back Monday for more inside dish!
“Wade wakes up with no recollection of the night before and must piece together the events based on a number of clues.” So the question for you, Amanda, becomes: Was Zoe in any way a part of those missing moments?
Dammit, now I want to know happens in Monday’s episode. More than likely it’ll just be another set back for Zoe and Wade, though.
There will be a wedding on the season finale of The CW’s Hart of Dixie, but it may not be the George-and-Lemon marriage fans are expecting. In the April 23 episode, George (Scott Porter) skips town with Zoe (Rachel Bilson) and they end up at a bar and are serenaded by last year’sAmerican Idol winner, Scotty McCreery.
“George finds out some secrets [like Lemon’s affair] and calls Zoe out of the blue to get out of Dodge,” Scott told me at the Alzheimer’s Association’s A Night at Sardi’s benefit. “They end up having a magical evening. It’s a glimpse into what they could be, but it’s bittersweet because they know circumstances prevent it from being more.”
Circumstances, meaning George’s nuptials. But will all go down as planned? The April 16 episode features a bachelor/bachelorette party, and Scott confirms, “we have shot a wedding.” Hints executive producer Leila Gerstein: “There are some surprises. But I will say Monique Lhuillier gave us three gowns that will all be featured on camera.” Hmmm…
Genkichiba: Anything on George-Zoe from Hart of Dixie?
While we don’t want to give too much away about the CW charmer’s finale, we’ll say this: While Zoe (Rachel Bilson) doesn’t attend George’s (Scott Porter) wedding to Lemon (Jaime King), her presence (or lack thereof) is definitely felt by the groom…
Is George and Lemon really going to go through with their wedding on HART OF DIXIE? — Lisa
The TV Addict: Not if Mother Nature has anything to say about it (Evidently, Mother Nature is a supporter of Team Zoe!) According to our sources, a storm of biblical proportions is scheduled to touch down in BlueBell Alabama just in time for the season finale of HART OF DIXIE that will, as luck would have it, center around George and Lemon’s big day.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I’m hoping you can provide this HART OF DIXIE fan with a little good news on the Zoe/Wade front. — Rachel
The TV Addict: Okay here’s the thing. While we don’t pretend to have any specific shipper news on the Zoe/Wade front, we can report that fans will very soon get a glimpse of the “New Wade” that was alluded to in our recent one-on-one with his portrayer Wilson Bethel. Which is to say, the character’s “entrepreneurial spirit” will soon be put to the test when Wade decides to open… wait for it… a bar of his very own in Bluebell.
THR: Is the endgame for season 1 already in place? what can you tease about those final episodes?
Gerstein: It will move toward a wedding day. We’re moving toward the wedding and I can tell you, there will be a wedding during the finale.
THR: What kind of changes took place, if there were any, in terms of character and/or story since the show began airing?
Gerstein: We didn’t absolutely know how much everyone was going to fall in love with Wade. We really fell in love, as well, with DeeDee, so we brought her back for much longer than we thought we would. We got a lot of depth and emotion from the Lavon/Lemon story in a way that surprised us because initially I didn’t know. They had three lines in the pilot that everybody talked about and that became an important storyline. With Lemon it helped us understand more about her and it’s made Lavon not just a comic character. There’s something deeply sad, I think, that he can’t be with the woman he loves and Lemon hiding this secret from George is clearly killing her. It’s been interesting how this secret has affected everybody and it will continue to trickle down and affect everyone’s story.
THR: Can you talk about the most unexpected reaction to a certain scene or storyline?
Gerstein: We all fell in love with Annabeth. Last week’s episode gave her a huge role; all our supporting characters are starting to pop and starting their own storylines. You’re going to be seeing a lot more of Tom Long and Kelly, Wanda comes back, and we have a few musicals in our future.
THR: American Idol’s Scotty McCreery will also be appearing ..
Gerstein: Scotty McCreery and Scott Porter will be singing in the same episode. [Episode 19 is] going to be incredible. In [episode] 16, there is the Man of the Year celebration and Lemon performs an adorable musical number and we have a fair amount of the town doing some “Gilbert and Sullivan” in episode 19. Tim Matheson (who plays Brick) also sings “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.” It’s awesome.
The see-sawing between Wade and George for Zoe’s heart continues on the CW’s Southern drama Hart of Dixie — but as creator/showrunner Leila Gerstein tells it, it won’t be a two-person battle.
With the good-natured doctor Judson seemingly out in front with the Bluebell transplant, another potential love interest will be coming in at the worst possible time for everyone involved. Add to that the arrival of Zoe’s father, played by guest star Gary Cole, and potential troubles between Lemon and George, things won’t be staying quiet for long.
Gerstein chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about Zoe’s rocky love life, issues with her father (who turns out not to be), upcoming episodes and guest stars, a dramatic season finale and just where Zoe’s head is at this point in the season.
The Hollywood Reporter: Zoe is settling into life in Bluebell, thought it’s been rocky at times. Where is her head at right now and if she had the perfect opportunity, would she go back to New York?
Leila Gerstein: Yes, where she is right now is she’s trying to make the best of Bluebell, but she is still here just for the year. Her intention is to go back and get that fellowship.
THR: Will something present itself that might make that decision more difficult?
Gerstein: If it does present itself perhaps she’ll make that decision ahead of schedule. We are faced with the question of going back and fulfilling her dreams or staying in Bluebell.
THR: It’ll be connected to her father (guest star Gary Cole)?
Gerstein: Yes. Her father is coming. He’s coming to town and he’ll be in two episodes. She calls him to Bluebell because she needs a savior and then she has to deal with her unresolved issues about her father which are still kind of hanging over her head. In the pilot, she found out that the man she thought was her father is not her biological father and so she still has a lot of anger and emotional resentment that she needs to clear up with him. When he first comes back it is a really emotional episode so she still has that to deal with.
“Snowflakes & Soulmates” (TV-PG, L) (HDTV)
LAVON’S PARENTS (GUEST STARS ERNIE HUDSON AND VALARIE PETTIFORD) VISIT BLUEBELL — Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) is thrilled to see snow in Bluebell, but the rest of the town is superstitious that it will bring bad luck. When Lavon’s parents (guest stars Hudson and Pettiford) make a visit to Bluebell, Lavon thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce them to Didi (Nadine Velazquez), but the introduction doesn’t exactly go according to plan. Lemon (Jaime King) and George (Scott Porter) make a big decision about their future. Andy Wolk directed the episode written by David Babcock (#115).