'Hart of Dixie' recap: Two break-ups, two make-ups and one crazy scheme in 'One More Last Chance'

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Brace yourselves for the hard truth: I think it's finally time to give up on Zade. 

Based on what went down on Monday (Jan. 27) night's "Hart of Dixie," Joel and Zoe are stronger than ever, and Zoe even helped strengthen Wade and Vivian's fledgling relationship. Plus, both Zoe and Wade helped each other out with their respective shenanigans with zero longing glances or romantic tension. As much as it pains me to speak type these words, I have to call it: Zade's time of death, 9 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 27.

How did it even get to this point? I used to be one of the biggest Zade supporters. But "One More Last Chance" finally convinced me to give up hope that Wade and Zoe would find their way back to each other ... because Wade finally gave up hope on them.

You see, while Zoe and Wade were agreeing to help each other with their own problems -- Wade needed Zoe's help getting Vivian's son Harley to like him while Zoe needed Wade to talk her up to Winifred Wilkes (who hates New Yorkers) so she and Joel could rent her house -- Wade made an offhand comment about their romantic past. He told Zoe that Vivian is the first girl he's cared about since a "flaky New Yorker blew into town and broke his heart." And then they both just kept on talking, not even pausing to acknowledge what he just said. 

It's because they've both given up on each other. In his defense, Wade has spent the entire season putting up with Zoe's denial about her feelings for him and her shoving her new boyfriend in his face every five minutes, so it's understandable why he finally gave up hope that she would come around and admit the truth. But she's so far in denial about her feelings for Wade that it hasn't happened. She just clings tighter to Joel at every turn. 

So Wade did the right thing for him: He put all his energy into his new relationship. It's heartbreaking for Zade fans, but for Wade, it's a good move. He deserves happiness. Now if only Harley would come around give him a chance!

But while Zoe and Joel and Wade and Vivian grew stronger in the episode, two other couples didn't fare so well. Shelby ended up admitting the truth about the father of her child -- it wasn't a sperm donor, it was a vodka and tequila-fueled one night stand with the Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. When he came into town for a tour, she confronted him about it, and he offered to move her to his hometown so they can raise their child together. 

That means that Shelby and Brick are officially over. I'm actually really sad to see Shelby go, since she always brought so much sunshine and fun into Brick's life, but at least he'll never have to tell Lemon that he entertained the idea of living with Shelby and her baby. Dodged a bullet there!

As for the second couple to break up, I'm not shedding too many tears about it. After Lynly's jealousy got the best of her, she intentionally fried off half of Tansy's hair with a curling iron (Lynly tried to play it off as an accident, but it turns out Tansy asked if something was burning and Lynly lied and said it was popcorn). George rightly broke up with Lynly -- though they did end things amicably, which I applaud his maturity -- and she packed up to leave Bluebell. Now George is free to get back together with Tansy, who also broke up with Scooter McGreavy (though that happened off screen so it doesn't count in our final tally). 

And since this is Bluebell, there can't be an episode without some big plan that is just so crazy it might work (Bluebell's unofficial town motto). Lavon had invited the Lieutenant Governor to Bluebell to get him to declare the town a historical landmark to halt the merger. Even after dealing with the shock that he's going to be a father, the Lt. Govenor ends up declaring the town a historical landmark thanks to Tom Long's historical toilet. The town is saved!

Are you happy to see Lynly go? Have you given up on Zade, too? Does that thought depress you to no end, also?

"Hart of Dixie" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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