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'Hart of Dixie' recap: Mending fences

Season 3 | Episode 20 | “Together Again” | Aired May 2, 2014

Once upon a time, Joel dug a hole to build Lavon a water feature in the backyard. Why I found this minute detail rather whimsical is beyond me, but the micro-crater has become a nuisance to Wade. He tries to forget about it, until it trips him up. It’s highly annoying. It’s always going to be there until he deals with it. And clearly it’s a metaphor for the tiny little doctor who lives next door.

The anticipation of these two hopefully getting back together is killing me!

Zoe is determined to do whatever she can to make sure Wade knows that she wants to rekindle their friendship. She feels the best way to reach this goal is by following George to a neighboring town, where he will convince restaurant critic Walter Wallen to review Fancie’s in order to counteract negative feedback as a result of George’s human sundae escapade in the kitchen. Since the critic only reviews one eating establishment per town, Zoe will persuade him to review the Rammer Jammer for Wade.

There’s one problem, though: No one knows what Walter Wallen looks like. George puts his certified private detector kit to good use and figures out the coordinates of where Mr. Wallen will more than liking be dining, based on his super-sleuth skills. He later lets it slip that he’s just going to look for a man sitting alone at a table with tons of food. That’s when Zoe spots a portly young gentleman with an entire menu’s worth of appetizers and entrées ready to be devoured. Let the better, faster and sweetest talker win!

Zoe finagles her way into riding to Bluebell with both Walter Wallen and George so she can properly smash Fancie’s and praise the Rammer Jammer, mostly for their willingness to fry anything. Walter Wallen spies an injured deer and begs George to stop and see after the poor woodland creature. Zoe volunteers to help, because doctors are just like veterinarians. When they reach a respectable distance, fake Walker Wallen takes off in the truck, leaving Zoe and George without phones or money, and with an 11-mile walk back to town.

Zoe deadpans that it’s a “good thing I have my hiking shoes on,” as the camera zooms in on her four-inch leopard booties. I know we were supposed to laugh at that line, I but took away something entirely different: Leopard booties with maroon pants? DARLING!

It’s well past dark, and Bluebell could pass for the “Thriller” video with all the fog on the road. After several failed attempts to hitch a ride back to town, it’s Rudy Truitt who finally gives Zoe and George a lift. And he drives them straight to his brothers, Rocket and Chicken, who have a score to settle. The Truitt brothers are angry that George is no longer with their sister Tansy, and Zoe is no longer with Joel (pronounced Joe-el, using the Truitt enunciation). For some reason, they won’t let their prisoners go unless they know they are going to be mentally and emotionally OK.

George gives a long speech about love being a wild beast that no one can control, which makes the brothers more sad than anything. Zoe assures them that their hearts are on the mend; to prove it, she claims that she and George are in love, and she kisses him in a most dramatic fashion. The Truitts celebrate with brewed spirits and a banjo medley. Pass the moonshine, boys. It’s going to take something probably stronger to get me on board with a George and Zoe reunion.

George and Zoe finally make it back to Bluebell and even discuss the kiss. They talk about how easy it would be to just hook up, but easy is not their thing. YES!

Hart of Dixie recap Lemon as ElsaJust as George and Zoe were competing to win the affection of fake Walter Wallen, Lemon and Wade were teaming up together to charm the REAL Walter Wallen. Lemon is determined to get Wade out of his slump. She marches over to his house wearing an ice blue sweater with a matching sequins skirt. It looked like something Elsa would wear if she were chaperoning a school dance at the palace. Here she stands and here she’ll stay, until he agrees to play hooky with her.

Wade concedes and drags Lemon to a taxidermy shop that serves lunch (eating chicken wings next to a stuffed chicken = creepy), where they randomly run into the restaurant critic. Lemon raves about his blog post on America’s “ludicrous fixation on kale,” as Wade convinces him to visit both of their eating establishments.

Fancie’s proves to be a “beacon of Southern perfection,” while the Rammer Jammer is warm and comfortable, and features intimate concerts with bands like NEEDTOBREATHE. (P.S.: Great band. Great song. Buy it on iTunes HERE.) Even though he never reviews two places in one town, there’s a first time for everything. Lemon and Wade are victorious and move on to phase 2 of the night: drinking. For a moment I thought they were going to make out, and I was this close to throwing something at my television. I may have stood up. But Lemon defended Zoe and told Wade that he was being too hard on her. I’m assuming her sweet attitude was a direct result of her still flying high from the Walter Wallen review.

Fancie’s and the Rammer Jammer aren’t the only things being reviewed. Annabeth’s parents are visiting and meeting Davis for the first time. The trouble is that he is no Lavon. Does Davis even own a fedora or tight, dusty-rose-colored pants? My guess is probably not.

Davis does his best to win AB’s parents over with talks of DIY podcasts and Auburn football, but they only have eyes for the former Crimson Tide linebacker. In fact, they secretly ditch Annabeth and Davis for throwing the pigskin and eating ice cream with Lavon. Annabeth is livid and makes Lavon do something drastic. He must break up with her parents. It’s all over after a lengthy three-way hug, and Davis is soon in the good graces of the Nass family.

Hart of Dixie recap Wanda TomLove is in the air for Tom and Wanda too, although Wanda is going a bit overboard with the baby-making plan. When she dresses her goat in a onesie and wheels it around the gazebo in the town square, Brick takes matters into his own hands and offers Shelby’s baby up as practice. The baby cries constantly. Clearly it’s possessed. But an impromptu duet calms her down, and Wanda is excited to try again. Also, Shelby claimed her love for Brick. He refused. She was over it by the time she pried her baby back out of Wanda’s arms in the last 10 minutes. Hooray for D-level story arcs!


Tom: Wanda had an unexpected guest from Down Under.
Brick: Hugh Jackman?
Tom: I wish. That man can dance.
Annabeth: You’d better not mention movies. My parents tapped out after Top Gun. They figured they’d never see anything better.
Wade: It does look like he sits inside all day, so he’s either a blogger or a serial killer.
Davis: The secret to my three-bean soup? FOUR BEANS!
Zoe: Oh, yeah. A fire. Let’s make it super-easy for animals and creepy wood people to find us.
Lemon: You have heartbreak, and I have hostility. Let’s take the day off.
Wade: Like Ferris Bueller?

What did you think about “Together Again”? Did you think Zoe and George were going to strike something up again? Were you scared that Wade and Lemon were going to make out? Do you have the Frozen soundtrack stuck in your head? Are you still irritated that Wade kept his shirt on this episode? (Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.) Sound off in the comments section!

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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