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Fast-talking New Yorker Zoe Hart has her life all figured out until she is turned down for a prestigious fellowship she had been certain she would get. Desperate, she decides to finally accept the offer of a kindly stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, whom she met at her medical school graduation, and who had proposed she join his small medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama.

Source: The CW


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 2J6191
Airdate: Monday September 26th, 2011

Director: Jason Ensler
Writer: Leila Gerstein

Alternate Airdates:

UK (REALLY) Apr 30, 2012

  • Currently 6.8/10
6.8/10 (12 Votes cast)

Trailer


 
Flash
Guest Stars
Tim MathesonTim Matheson
As Dr. Brick Breeland (Father of Lemon, Bluebell's Local Doctor)
Recurring
JoBeth WilliamsJoBeth Williams
As Candice Hart (Zoe's Mother)
Recurring
Nancy TravisNancy Travis
As Emmeline Hattenbarger (Secretary for Harley Wilkes)
Recurring
Nicholas PryorNicholas Pryor
As Dr. Harley Wilkes (Offers Zoe A Job in Bluebell)
Ann MahoneyAnn Mahoney
As Mabel (Daughter of Colleen)
Bruce AltmanBruce Altman
As Surgical Chief (Turns Zoe Down for Fellowship)

Co-Guest Stars
Robin MullinsRobin Mullins
As Colleen (Dr. Zoe Hart's First Patient, Mabel's Mother)
Moses GibsonMoses Gibson
As Old Man Jackson (Has Eye Chart Memorized)
Bethany GeaberBethany Geaber
As Belle #1
Main Cast
Rachel BilsonRachel Bilson
As Dr. Zoe Hart
Jaime KingJaime King
As Lemon Breeland
Cress WilliamsCress Williams
As Lavon Hayes
Wilson BethelWilson Bethel
As Wade Kinsella
McKaley MillerMcKaley Miller
As Rose Hattenbarger
Scott PorterScott Porter
As George Tucker

Recap

The episode begins with Zoe giving her introduction to the audience. The scene then flashes back to her graduation day of medical school. It is then shown that a doctor named Harley Wilkes approaches her at the ceremony and tells her that he is from Bluebell Alabama. He then tells her that the place where he is from is a great place for a young doctor like her “to hone her craft”. She though turns his offer down, saying she hopes to become a cardiac surgeon just like her father. She then elaborates how she and her boyfriend were going to do their residency in New York. Things though didn’t turn out as planned, as she was dumped by her boyfriend and also did not get the residency. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.88 Million Viewers

Trivia: The building used for the Rammer Jammer is also used as True Blood's Merlotte's.

Casting: The character of Emmeline was written out of the series after two episodes because Nancy Travis, who plays the role, committed herself to the ABC comedy Last Man Standing.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Austin Hartley-leonardThe Come DownZoe walks into the practice for the first time.
Beta RadioThe Man GrowsThe Belle's practice their dance.
The Black KeysHave Love Will TravelWade is playing this song on Guitar Hero.
Darius RuckerThisZoe and George arrive in Bluebell.
Enter The Worship CircleYou Are MineWhen the baby is born.
EverestRebels In The RosesZoe says goodbye to George Tucker.
The KillsCrazyZoe walks home with wine.
Langhorne SlimFor a Little WhileZoe is reading in bed.
The Pine Hill HaintsWalkin' Talkin' DeadmanZoe arrives home drunk, where her mother awaits.
SugarlandLittle MissAt the cemetary.
Taylor SwiftLove StoryAt George and Lemon's engagement party.
T-PainBest Love SongZoe arrives at the party.


Episode Quotes
Zoe: (voiceover) See the New Yorker in the Chanel jacket that doesn't quite fit in? That's me. Dr. Zoe Hart. Yesterday, I took a cab to my job at one of Manhattan's best hospitals. Today, I'm on a bus in the middle of nowhere. But I guess my journey really began four years ago, when I gave the commencement address at my medical school graduation. My publicist mother complained that I didn't thank her enough in my speech, but there was somebody in the crowd who liked it...
My mother never wanted me to be a surgeon, she thought the florescent lights would give me wrinkles. Despite mom's "support", I had it all: the most amazing boyfriend, who got what it was like to be a surgeon too. The best part? We both were going to do our residency in the hospital where my dad did his, in the best city in the world, New York. My plan was on track. Well, it's four years later, and you know I wouldn't be sitting next to a guy who smells like fake cheese and chum if it had turned out like I hoped.

George: Can I offer you a ride, ma'am?
Zoe: Thank you, but I have a strong policy against strangers chopping me up into a million pieces.
George: If it helps, I'm an attorney not an axe-murderer.

Zoe: If you wanted to see me again you could have just asked.
George: It's my shoulder.
Zoe: Alright, let me see. It's dislocated. It's not big deal, I just have to put it back into place.
(Zoe puts a needle in his arm)
George: Ow! What the hell!
Zoe: That's just the morphine. It's the easy part, baby.

Lemon: Do you realize that my engagement party is tomorrow? Huh? I mean, what am I supposed to do? The photographs, the press, the whole thing is just going to be ruined!
Zoe: Seriously Lemon, what are you blabbering about?
Lemon: Well thanks to you, my fiancée was in a car accident.
Zoe: You're engaged to Old Man Jackson?
Lemon: You twit. I'm engaged to George Tucker.

Wade: Nice first day? Everyone knows old man J memorized the eye chart.
Zoe: Don't you have some cows to tip, Wade?
Wade: Oh, look at you girl. Drunk as a boiled owl. I'd offer to give you a ride, but I don't want to give you any ideas.

George: Have you ever heard of bedside manner?
Zoe: Why is everyone so obsessed with that?
George: Because it's nice!

Emmeline: You asked me before why Harley left you his practice. I didn't tell you the whole truth, I didn't think it was my place. But, I have been carrying this around since you got here. Didn't know if I should give it to you, but here.
(Emmeline hands Zoe a picture)
Zoe: That's my mom...and...Harley? Yes, Zoe. Harley Wilkes was your father.

Zoe: Growing up I was told that to be a surgeon I couldn't let myself feel. But then, I came to Bluebell. All the food here is fried. The whole town smells like mould. And clearly the sex education system is lacking. But it could use a good doctor, one who cares about her patients. Maybe even though you are gone there are still some things you could teach me. No one ever believed in me like you did. You kept sending me those postcards. Knowing on day I would be lost, and maybe following in your footsteps for a while I might find my way. Thanks.



Cultural References
Chanel: Zoe Hart says "See that New Yorker in the Chanel jacket that doesn't quite fit in?"

Chanel is a French fashion house founded by the couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.

Katie Couric: Zoe's mother says at her graduation "Is that Katie Couric? Katie!"

Katie Couric is an American journalist and author.

Nicholas Sparks: Zoe is chastised for not reading a book by this author to her patient.

Nicholas Sparks is an internationally best-selling novelist and screenwriter.

Cravath, Swaine, and Moore: George tells Zoe that this is the name of the law firm her worked at in NY.

Cravath, Swaine, and Moore is the name of an actual law firm.

The Sopranos: Mrs. Hattenbarger says she and her husband watched all of The Sopranos.

The Sopranos is a mobster TV show that ran from 1999-2007.

Crimson Tide: Lavon Hayes says that he played for the Crimson Tide.

Crimson Tide is the name for the male and female athletic teams at The University of Alabama.

Smokey and the Bandit: The mayor has a pet alligator named Burt Reynolds based off the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

Smokey and the Banditis a 1977 American comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry.

Sex and the City: Rose Hattenbarger asks Zoe is she is "A Miranda, or a Carrie."

Miranda and Carrie are both characters on the HBO series Sex and the City.

Hurricane Katrina & BP: Brick tells Zoe that they survived Kartina and BP in Bluebell.

Hurricane Katrina was an extremely powerful Atlantic hurricane that hit the southern US in 2005. BP is referring to oil and gas company responsible for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Slim Jims: Zoe says that you could probably buy some Slim Jims and duck calls in Bluebell.

Slim Jims are a popular brand of meat or dried sausage snacks.

Carrie Underwood: Brick says "She's got ten fingers and ten toes and those lungs that would make Carrie Underwood jealous."

Carrie Underwood is an American country singer-songwriter and actress.

The Dukes of Hazzard: When Wade and Zoe are making out in his car, his horn honks and plays the same tune that the car in Dukes of Hazzard did.

The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that was on air from 1979 to 1985.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorLeila Gerstein
Executive ProducerJason Ensler  |  Leila Gerstein  |  Josh Schwartz  |  Stephanie Savage  |  Len Goldstein
ProducerKelly Van Horn
Associate ProducerBen Kunde
Production DesignerMayling Cheng
EditorJeff Granzow
CastingMolly Lopata
Unit Production ManagerRichard W. Abramitis
First Assistant DirectorAndrew M. Flinn  |  Bryan Cox (2)
Second Assistant DirectorBryan Cox (2)  |  Jennifer Wilkinson
MusicJeremy Adelman
Director of PhotographyRobert Gantz
 
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