Series / Hart of Dixie

Hart of Dixie was a Dramedy television series airing on The CW from 2011-2015, starring Rachel Bilson of The O.C. fame in the titular role.

Zoe Hart is a young, aggressive, and driven New York surgeon who seems to have it all.... and loses it really fast, when her doctor boyfriend of six years dumps her for being a workaholic and she doesn't get a cardiothoracic fellowship, which she finds out is because she doesn't really see her patients as people, just as puzzles to solve. The chief advises her to spend a year in general practice to correct this.

She decides to take on the offer of an Alabama practice doctor, Harley Wilkes, who for some reason kept on trying to get her to work at his practice and travels all the way to Bluebell, the town he hailed from, where she finds herself a bit uncomfortable. But as it turns out, Harley is dead...and also her biological father, and he's left her his half of the practice.


This series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Zoe treats Wade like one.
    • Meatball for Lemon
  • The Ace: Jesse for Wade
  • After Action Patch Up: Done by Zoe to Wade in one of the first episodes, and by Wade to Zoe in the first season finale.
  • Alliterative Title: Many of the first season's episode names are this.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: The first season definitely has some shades of it, with the only somewhat requited pairing in the Love Dodecahedron being Lemon and George, who aren't really that happy together.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Wade's father, the town drunk, known as Crazy Earl.
  • Amicably Divorced: Wade and his ex-wife Tansy.
  • Amicable Exes: After George Tucker leaves Lemon Breeland at the altar at the end of season 1, George and Lemon are this by season 3.
    • Lemon and Lavon.
  • As You Know: In the third episode of season 1, Zoe sums up the events of two previous episodes to George, including the stipulations of keeping Harley's part of the practice, that George just explained to her in the episode before.
  • Back for the Finale: Joel in the season 3 finale
  • Battle of the Bands: In season 2, Wade plans to compete in one to win enough money to open his own bar. He ends up losing, and this starts the downward spiral that leads to him cheating on Zoe.
  • Beauty Contest: Lemon and Zoe push Magnolia and Rose to compete against each other in one in "Hairdos & Holidays."
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Zoe and Wade qualify as this, especially since Wade refuses to fix the generator they share because he doesn't want to stop arguing with her. Lavon helpfully points this out to Wade.
  • Betty and Veronica: Lemon is torn between her longtime fiance George (Betty) and Lavon (Veronica), the man she had an affair with and is still attracted to.
    • Zoe is also torn between her crush, the respectable lawyer George (Betty) and the hot guy next door, Wade (Veronica).
      • In season 3, Zoe's new NY boyfriend Joel takes George's place as the Betty in this scenario.
  • Black Best Friend: Lavon is this to Zoe. Addie and Ruby also probably count at times.
  • Brainy Brunette: Brunette Zoe is an ambitious surgeon.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Magnolia is this in spades. Even Brick describes her materialistic and shallow.
  • Brother Chuck: Nancy Travis' character disappears after episode 2, probably because of her role in Last Man Standing.
    • Addie, too.
    • Don't forget Shelly at the Rammer Jammer.
  • Caught in the Rain: Zoe and Wade in the first season finale. Double Subverted, however, as rescue arrives just as they start making out... yet after getting back into town, they still hook up.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In an episode, a visiting friend of Zoe's says 'It's gonna be like Friday Night Lights, but without the sad parts'. Scott Porter (George) played Jason Street in that show.
    • Maybe they were talking about the movie?
  • Close-Knit Community: Bluebell.
  • City Mouse: New York City docor Zoe in Bluebell, Alabama.
  • The City vs. the Country: The first season is based around Plot B for Zoe and Plot 2B.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Didi
  • Double Standard: After Wade is hurt because Zoe agreed to be his partner for a contest to vie for George's affection, not realizing Wade has feelings for her, he's sitting in Lavon's kitchen making a list of reasons Zoe sucks. When Zoe comes in, Lavon sends her away, saying she can't be there right now. Just a couple of minutes before, Wade came in while his ex-wife, Tansy, was sitting right there in that same kitchen, after Wade hurt her in much the same manner, making a list of reasons he sucks, and Lavon didn't kick Wade out.
  • Deep South: At the very least, Zoe thinks Bluebell is this.
  • Family Theme Naming: Lemon, Magnolia and Brick Breeland.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Repeated ad nauseam in the Previously On montage - Harvey Wilkes was Zoe's biological father.
  • Fish out of Water: The premise of the show.
  • Friends with Benefits: Zoe and Wade have a similar arrangement to this in the early episodes of season 2, though it is strongly implied they both have deeper feelings for each other.
  • Gypsy Curse: Some of the women of Bluebell believe they are under a gypsy curse not to have children until after Lemon marries. She later releases them from the curse.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Jamie King was pregnant during filming for season 3, and Lemon suddenly only wears loose clothing and is stuck behind everything from flower bouquets to a particularly large plate of cookies. The most egregious hiding attempt was a scene in a restaurant that has Lemon sitting behind a table at a foot higher than all the other nearby tables.
    • Averted in season 4: Zoe discovers in "Kablang" that she's pregnant, as was Rachel Bilson at the time of production. However, as Rachel Bilson was farther along in her pregnancy than her character, in the first few episodes of season 4 there are several extremely obvious attempts to mask her how far along she is. Mostly she's simply shot from the shoulders up, but there are also quite a few scenes with her conspicuously covered by a blanket.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Lemon and George, the town's golden couple.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most season one episodes, with the exceptions of the pilot and the season finale "The Big Day," are named "Thing & Thing," usually with a rhyme or alliteration. Examples are "Hairdos & Holidays," "Homecoming & Coming Home," "The Undead & The Unsaid"... from season two the writers go with country songs ("I Fall To Pieces," "Suspicious Minds," "If It Makes You Happy").
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The show's title.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Wade towards Zoe, possibly due to I Love You Because I Can't Control You.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Shelby notes that every important conversation happens in the same room of Brick's enormous house, on a couch on the sunporch.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Zoe and Lavon, lampshaded by her.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor
  • Little Black Dress: Zoe wears when she goes to see Wade in "In Havoc & In Heat."
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Lemon. She is definitely the queen bee of her group of friends, but they adore her.
  • Love Triangle: George, Lemon and Lavon. Kind of subverted because George is oblivious to Lemon and Lavon.
    • George, Wade, and Zoe.
    • the season 3 finale hints that the triangle of George, Lemon, and Lavon may resume again
    • Lemon gets one in season three with Carter Covington and Enrique.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Lavon is in love with Lemon who is engaged to George who has a crush on Zoe who likes George too, but also kind of likes Wade who loves Zoe. Also Zoe dates Judson who slept with her friend Gigi.
    • Later on, Lavon dates Lemon's best friend Annabeth and George is in a relationship with Wade's ex-wife Tansy.
      • George later dates Lavon's neice, Lynly, while he's still pining for Tansy.
    • Lemon's father Brick dates George's ex Shelby.
    • Wade dates Zoe's cousin Vivian.
  • Missing Mom: Lemon and Magnolia's mom left the family when Magnolia was little so she could make it big as an actress. In "Hairdos And Holidays," Lemon finds out that her mother is actually doing a play in a nearby town, so she decides to see how she's doing, and she finds out her mother has a new family, and presumably left her, Magnolia and Brick for them. This incident also starts her reciprocated interest in Lavon.
  • Mistaken for Gay: After hearing about Zoe having a secret girlfriend, Lavon (and later Wade) assume this about her, but quickly get disproven by her squicked reaction.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Wade. Wilson Bethel even made a commercial called Give A Shirt lampshading how his character is pretty much always shirtless.
    • Lavon and George are also honorable mentions.
  • Never Found the Body: The Patient of the Week in "The Undead & The Unsaid."
  • Oblivious to Love: Zoe to Wade, helpfully lampshaded by Lavon.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Lemon Breeland and the other belles.
  • Punny Name: Zoe Hart. Lampshaded in the pilot when Zoe says that her surname being Hart made it 'destiny' for her to become a cardiac surgeon.
  • Put on a Bus: Happens all over the place on this show, but Magnolia being sent to boarding school between seasons two and three is a prominent example.
  • Quirky Town: Bluebell. It makes sense, given that the town set is the same one used for Stars Hollow.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Zoe and Wade.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Wade resents his brother a lot.
  • Small Town Boredom: George has shades of this, which is why he lived in New York City before the start of the series and is attracted to NYC native Zoe.
  • Small Town Rivalry: Bluebell versus neighboring Fillmore. Lavon is perpetually competing with Fillmore's Mayor Gainey, and George is perpetually fighting with rival town lawyer Scooter Mc Greevey.
  • Southern Belle: Most of the female characters, but especially Lemon.
  • Spiritual Successor: Generally considered to be something of a throwback to the WB years in tone, it's most commonly compared to Dawson's Creek and Gilmore Girls (and see Quirky Town above) though opinions vary on whether or not it actually compares in quality. Zoe living in Lavon's backhouse and her day regularly starting out in Lavon's kitchen is at least a nod to The O.C..
  • Stepford Smiler: Lemon. She's a Type A. Also Annabeth, but she gets better.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Lemon Breeland.
  • Sweater Girl: Most of Lemon's clothes are this.
  • Sweet Home Alabama: Bluebell definitely counts.
  • Talk Likea Pirate: Part of Bluebell's annual "Planksgiving" celebration in "The Pirate & The Practice."
  • Teens Are Short: Teenaged Magnolia is a solid 5 inches shorter than her older sister Lemon.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: In season 2, Wade and Lemon interview potential cooks and servers after buying the Rammer Jammer together. One or both of them veto every candidate. In an interesting variation, at the end of the episode, they are blackmailed into hiring one of the early interviewees, and she turns out to be a pretty good chef.
  • The Prankster: Lemon was this in high school and is still able to concoct a good revenge scheme.
  • Product Placement: After several failed attempts by Brick and Shelby to bribe Magnolia, she finally caves after receiving a brand-new Toyota Rav-4. The scene also involves a closeup of the various features in the navigation/console screen.
  • Those Two Guys: The three gossiping old ladies often seen passing remarks about Zoe.
  • Tsundere: Wade is sort of type 2, being mostly amicable, but with Zoe triggering his tsuntsun side more often than not (and vice versa).
  • Upper-Class Twit: Lemon's grandmother sets her up with one of Alabama's most eligible bachelors, Tanner Hughes, who turns out to be this.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Wade and Zoe as of the season three finale.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Zoe & Wade. They Do in the season one finale.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Zoe towards her father, and Lemon towards her mother in the past.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Zoe & Wade's relationship in the early stages was this.
  • Wham Episode: "Bachelorettes & Bullets": Zoe starts something with a marine biologist, Jesse Kinsella. Lemon and George break up after she comes clean about the affair she had with Lamont.
    • "Blue Christmas": Zoe and Wade finally get into together in a real relationship, Wade talks to Crazy Earl about his mother's death and Crazy Earl's alcoholism (all overheard by Zoe), Lavon proposes to Ruby, Lemon tells Ruby about her affair with Lavon, Ruby dumps Lavon, and George finds Brick and his (George's) ex-girlfriend hooking up in Santa's workshop
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Wade manages to deliver one to both Jesse and Zoe at the same time in "Bachelorettes & Bullets." Zoe gets one of those by George, too at the end of the episode, as does Lemon.
    • Zoe gets two, one from Lavon and the other from Rose's mother in "The Race & The Relationship."
    • Zoe gets two more in season two episode "I'm Moving On", one from Tansy for interfering with her relationship with George and one from Max's dad for assuming he's desperate to date her after one awkward blind date and for being too dramatic in her relationships generally.
  • Your Cheating Heart: An upset and drunk Wade cheats on Zoe.
    • Also, before the start of series, Lemon has an affair with Lavon while George is working in New York City.
    • Also, Zoe's mother cheats on her husband while on a cruise, resulting in Zoe.
  • Yo Yo Plot Point: The plot centers around a ton of repeated Will They Or Won'tThey? and Relationship Revolving Door couples.
  • Zoe, He Was Your Father: The true reason Harley wanted Zoe to take over his part of the clinic.

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