I must say that I was quite pleased this week to see Lemon stand up to George’s parents. She often seems like a pushover with them, even though she acts like such a strong woman otherwise. I knew that as soon as the show started switching between George’s dad talking with George and George’s mom talking with Lemon, that they were only trying to butter the young couple up. They want George to join his dad’s big law firm, but they don’t seem to understand why it is so important to George to care for his neighbors and be a kind, generous person in his community. I must say that they manipulate quite well, playing on their son’s and their future daughter-in-law’s vulnerabilities, such as telling George how proud they are of him or George’s mom telling Lemon that she wants to be the mother she no longer has around. I figured Lemon would find out, and find out she did. Good for her standing up to them by first making them think she was oh-so-happy about the job and the move, and then telling them off for being so manipulative to her.
Even though I thought it was good of her, I hope it maybe taught her a lesson that being manipulative is not something that pays off in the end. Maybe she’ll catch on eventually, but I don’t think she’s a completely changed woman as of yet.
I enjoyed how Lavon realized that Wade really likes Zoe. I think it’s terribly evident, but apparently it just became clear to Lavon. It was sweet that Wade didn’t want to change the fuse box because he likes how Zoe comes over and yells at him about it. It gives him a reason to see her, whether he wants to admit that he likes her or not. When Wade took Lavon up on his suggestion that he take Zoe to the airport and see her off, telling her how he feels, I really thought that might happen. I should have known better, though, because there was no way that Zoe was going to leave town on Planksgiving, the swashbuckling version of Thanksgiving that Bluebell loves to celebrate. The look in his eyes when she told him he didn’t have to take her to the airport was a sad one. Granted, she wanted to stay in town rather than go back to New York for the weekend, which is really a good thing. I really like them together, and Wade has really grown on me. I know at some point she’ll end up with George, way down the line maybe since everything seems good with Lemon for the time being, but for now, I like her with Wade. I feel like there is a Joey-Pacey-Dawson love triangle (a la Dawson’s Creek) brewing. It seems like George is the best fit for her, just like Dawson seemed like the best fit for Joey for a while, but Pacey won out with Joey in the end, and maybe Wade will surprise us all and be with Zoe for the long haul. I don’t see that happening though, as we are only in the first half of the first season and there is so much more to learn about these characters, but who knows?
I still don’t get why Zoe can’t get 30% of the practice more easily. The whole town seems loyal to Brick Breeland, but didn’t some of the patients go to Zoe’s father when he was in the practice? Why won’t they go to her? It doesn’t make that much sense, but they have to make it a bit difficult for her, I guess. It also seems crazy that no one wants to believe that she is a worthwhile doctor when she keeps making correct diagnoses of patients. She has been seeing patients while Brick has been away on different trips the last couple of episodes, after all. Also, isn’t it a bit unbelievable that 30% of the practice is 10 patients? That means that there are only 33 patients in the practice? Seems a little too low, doesn’t it?
I know not to worry because Bluebell can certainly be in no danger of disappearing, but George’s father’s warning to George about how the town may not be around too long due to a mega chain of stores opening up and taking the town’s business away seemed scary. It’s awful that he wouldn’t mention something of that magnitude in the first place, but rather try to take George away from the town he loves as his first effort. And one final thing I just loved: Zoe being a “Jewish pirate” who says “Ahoy!” with a “ch” sound. So great!
What did you think of George’s parents trying to manipulate Lemon and George? Will you celebrate Planksgiving next year? Share your thoughts!