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Prepping for season 4 of 'Hart of Dixie'

The last time Hart of Dixie was in the primetime lineup, school-aged children everywhere were getting ready for summer vacation and I was trying on bathing suits, wishing I hadn’t eaten a sleeve of Oreos for breakfast. After waiting patiently for months and months, the time has finally come to dust off the TEAM ZADE T-shirt, break out the “Items that Cover Rachel Bilson’s Pregnancy” chart, and gear up for the season 4 premiere!

Here’s a quick review on where we left our favorite Bluebell residents before three different weddings resulted in three huge declarations.

David and Annabeth
Annabeth is dating Davis (Barry Watson), who just happens to be the nephew of Mayor Gainey of Fillmore. Even though his weird sneaker fetish is actually quite charming and easily overlooked in the make-it-or-break-it department, Annabeth admits that she can’t marry him because she’s still in love with someone else. So long, Matt Camden.

Meatball and Lilly Anne
Standing proud in his camouflage tuxedo, Meatball beams as Lily Anne makes her way down the aisle to Wade’s electronic guitar rendition of “Here Comes the Bride.” Things are going well until Lilly Anne mentions all the men who have wronged her while singing her vows. Meatball flips out and storms away in a concealed huff. Our biggest takeaway from this entire scene was simple: Wilson Bethel has amazing forearms.

Cricket and Stanley
Cricket and Stanley have transformed the town gazebo into a pink monstrosity as the backdrop for renewing their wedding vows. Cricket is visibly anxious when she learns that Stanley insists on promoting his pilates instructor as a 15th groomsman. Annabeth encourages Cricket to face her fears. We all thought that the coming-out would be Stanley, but instead, Cricket announces at the end of the aisle and the top of the Pepto-Bismol-covered structure that she is gay.

Lemon and Fancie’s
Lemon accidentally burned Fancie’s to the ground. She agrees to board the Belles and Bachelors Cruise after her grandmother offers her money to rebuild Fancie’s in exchange for a ticket on the S.S. Depression. On the inside, she’s miserable. On the outside, she’s retro-fabulous.

George and Lavon
After a memorable naughty night with Lemon, George is convinced that she is the one for him. He rushes to the cruise ship and watches as Lemon sails off with a man who has added a bit too much tangerine tint in his night cream. He missed his shot. The crowd parts, and Lavon stands there looking out of the window too. I feel sorry for Annabeth if Lavon was the “someone else” she’s in love with, because Lavon’s main squeeze appears to be Lemon. May the best ex win.

Zoe and Wade
Wade is moving to Atlanta to franchise the Rammer Jammer. Zoe approaches him as he packs his car. He has nothing to say. They tried to make it work once, and it didn’t. He suggests Zoe just forget about him. Fortunately, Joel (of all people) reminds Wade that he’s a guy who likes to invent cocktails and break up bar fights. He’s not a desk man. Wade ends up passing on the opportunity in Atlanta.

Wade: Don’t read too much into this, okay?
Zoe: I know you think we don’t have a future together, but you are so wrong. I’m going to prove it. As long as it takes. I’m not giving up.

I love that Zoe is going after Wade, and I love that he’s going to be sticking around in Bluebell for a while. Here’s hoping he’s shirtless the majority of that time.


The Hart of Dixie season premiere is on Monday, Dec. 15, on The CW.

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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