The funny thing about what Josh Cooke has done with Joel on “Hart of Dixie” is simple: He’s brought more out of Zoe than we ever really imagined that he would going in. Initially, the feeling was here that he was just some sort of temporary distraction, since most of the shippers out there were clamoring for a Zoe / Wade reunion, or maybe a Zoe / George hookup since there are fans of them out there, as well. But what we have realized in the process is that there is a lot to like with this Joel character. Is he perfect? No, and we still think that the majority still wants to see Wade with her; however, we do feel like there could be a place for Joel on the show even if he and Rachel Bilson’s character break up.
Based on the first photo from “Star of the Show,” the new episode airing a week after the show’s return on Monday, it at least looks like Zoe and Joel will make it this far as an item. You can read a little bit more about this episode at the link here, as it suggests that Zoe will get somewhat dragged into the world of the cabaret.
Ultimately, the most important thing that “Hart of Dixie” does continue to do right is know what it should accent, and what is probably not anywhere near as important at the end of the day. Even when there are so many messy relationships, we still get a sense that the show is ultimately all about fun, and it is not going to drift from that. This is why we’re stoked for next week to roll around, and for us to get sucked back into that world again.
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