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Season 4 | Episode 7 | “The Butterstick Tab″ | Aired Feb 27, 2015

You know it’s going to be a good episode when Hart of Dixie writers open the show with a shirtless Wade answering the door. Apparently Wilson Bethel celebrated his birthday this week by doing several crunches. After a few quick rewinds, I moved on from that blessed moment and settled into an episode that explored the art of navigating uncomfortable moments. Letting the truth bombs fly!

Truth Bomb #1
Wade is a flirt machine.

Zoe is irritated that the father of her child flirts incessantly with most of the women in his life. Whether it’s the darling lady who delivers his mail, the cute girl who makes alcohol deliveries to the Rammer Jammer, or the fact the he gets free haircuts, Wade is completely unaware that he oozes charm. Zoe makes him practice buying something from Maybelline at the Butterstick without flashing that irresistible grin. He is unsuccessful. Maybelline tells him that his money is no good and passes him the muffin. Can you blame her?

Wade

Wade tries some aversion therapy. He gives Lavon permission to slap him in the head each time he inadvertently flirts with women at the bar. Needless to say, Wade probably nursed a sever headache for the rest of the day. He decides that the next-best course of action is calling all his “favorites” into the Rammer Jammer for a truth bomb.

Wade: Ladies, I’m with Zoe. I am settled. There is no hope for a romantic future. I don’t want to be leading you on.

You could have heard a pin drop. The women slowly come out of their shells, telling Wade exactly where he can go. In a matter of hours, his beer delivery is canceled, he’s forced to mail his own packages, and Susie presents him with a $4,300 bill for 10 years’ worth of free haircuts.

After speaking with Zoe, Wade recalls his obnoxious speech. He tells the women that he appreciates them taking care of him for so many years. He treats the women to a free meal and free alcohol, and then flirts with the next woman who walks through the bar. Some things never change.

Truth Bomb #2
Alice wants a second chance with Lemon and Magnolia.

Hart of DixieLemon confronts Brick about seeing him with Alice. He explains that Alice approached him to tell her side of the story. Lemon scoffs at the idea of ever seeing her mother face-to-face. Her tune changes when Alice walks into Fancie’s. Alice begins by apologizing, and then praises Lemon for growing into such a beautiful woman. The ice that poured through Lemon’s veins was palpable. She barks, “GET OUT,” and it is clear she meant it. Jaime King’s acting choice was a delicate balance of a broken child battling the desire to cry, versus a strong woman fighting all feelings of weakness. I felt everything Lemon felt.

The next day, Lemon bottles up any feelings of abandonment and throws all her energy into organizing  baby Ethyl’s birthday party. Being a task master is great distraction, until Shelby gives a speech about how she loves Ethyl more than herself. Zoe can see that Lemon is hurting. She reminds her that letting it all out can help. Lemon rolls her eyes and storms off. Before Zoe can follow her, she notices that Alice’s daughter Scarlett has made her way to the birthday party. One distraction, coming up!

Apparently Lemon stormed straight to her car and drove directly to the restaurant where her mother works. She releases years of emotional scarring, even admitting that she sometimes used to pretend that Alice was dead. That was easier to swallow, instead of admitting that she chose to leave her so many years ago.

Scarlet: What is she talking about?

Lemon realizes that she just truth-bombed her little sister. While Alice does her best to console Scarlet, Lemon turns to Lavon. As she cries on his shoulder, Lemon mentions that AB gave her blessing. Unfortunately, Lemon is too wrapped up in family drama to give the relationship a fair chance.

Lavon: This is the last thing you need to worry about. I’m all in. I’m yours. I will wait. I promise.

Lavon should have written Wade’s speech. Clearly he knows what women like to hear!

Truth Bomb #3
George + Annabeth = Love

AB asks Jacine and Cricket to help her shop for the big date with George. Jacine reminds AB that the key to a successful first date is the location. Since they live in a small town, they need to be careful that their night won’t be spoiled by memories of old flames. At the exact same time, Tom gives George the exact same advice. Since George has dated every woman in Bluebell, the restaurant issue becomes a huge problem. The only place left is a new Norwegian restaurant that is getting horrendous reviews. He’ll take it!

George and AB choke down questionable fish and chase it with more questionable fish. Both ignore the smell, choosing to focus on the pleasant company across the table. When George walks AB home, I prepare myself for the goodnight kiss. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I definitely don’t want AB with Lavon, and I surely don’t want George with Lemon. But is GeorgeABeth a good fit?

Instead of making out at AB’s door, George heads home to deal with the “salmon trying to swim upstream.” AB is suddenly hit with Montezuma’s revenge. She agrees to cut the night short. The next morning, she visits George’s boat. Before they feast on a wonderful breakfast of very plain eggs and dry toast, George cashes in his goodnight kiss.

The verdict is in. I approve of GeorgeABeth. Who’s with me?

Quotable Quips

Rose: Wade has been milking free stuff with those abs for years. He has a tab at the Butterstick that’s been running since before I was born.

Zoe: I need to figure out a way to sell my unborn child to pay for Wade’s muffin habit.

Lemon: Wade, your finest table, please. Or at least one where our elbows won’t stick.

Hart of Dixie airs Fridays at 8/7C 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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