I liked the premise of Hart of Dixie when it launched two years ago (although I wasn’t able to watch it due to schedule conflicts). I’ve liked fish-out-of-water “big citier learns the virtues of Southern living” plots ever since I saw Doc Hollywood, 20 years ago. Here, Rachel Bilson stars as Dr. Zoe Hart, who moves from New York City to Bluebell, Alabama, to share in a small-town medical practice. As you might guess from a show that shares a number of producers with Gossip Girl, there’s lots of soap opera, with Zoe torn between Wade (Wilson Bethel) and George (Scott Porter).
Season 2 came out on DVD last week, and I was given the chance to check it out. Now, I know that the second season isn’t the best place to start watching a show, but I thought I’d see just how much I could pick up there, and heck, there’s always Wikipedia.
As this season begins, Zoe has decided to stay in Bluebell. She’s contributed to the breakup of Lemon (Jaime King) and George (on the eve of their wedding), although she’s just slept with Wade. Thankfully, Zoe’s friend Lavon (Cress Williams) sums this all up for the new (or forgetful) viewer. The other major character is Tim Matheson, playing Dr. Brick Breeland, Lemon’s father and Zoe’s business partner.
There doesn’t seem to be much medicine in this show. Instead, we get the introduction of Ruby, a new friend and rival, as well as Lemon getting a job for the first time in her life and Zoe trying to balance the two guys interested in her. Who strangely seem to stay friends. I don’t find the guys particularly attractive (nor Bilson), but I enjoyed seeing what would happen next with the supporting cast. Lavon’s the mayor, and he’s got a re-election campaign to worry about, while Brick and his daughter Magnolia (Claudia Lee) are having trouble adjusting to Lemon not being around to take care of them. Now that I’ve seen several episodes, I think I’m hooked on the escapism of spending time with these Southern folks.
The season 2 set contains 22 episodes on 5 discs. There are no extras. New episodes of Hart of Dixie air Mondays at 8 Eastern/7 Central on the CW. (The studio provided a review copy.)