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Hart Of Dixie: The Gambler

Wade is excited to compete in the Battle of The Bands competition so he can use the prize money to open up his own bar, but Zoe's suggestion that George play in the band ultimately backfires. Lemon finds herself alone for the weekend until she talks Magnolia into some sisterly bonding. Meanwhile, Lavon, who has seemingly given up on love, agrees to help Tom with his relationship, which in turn opens his eyes to his own future.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x15
Production Number: 2J7265
Airdate: Tuesday February 19th, 2013

Director: James Hayman
Writer: Dan Steele

Alternate Airdates:

AU (FOX8) Feb 18, 2013
UK (REALLY) Sep 09, 2013
DK (Kanal 4) Feb 17, 2014


Guest Stars
Mircea MonroeMircea Monroe
As Tansy Truitt (George's Girlfriend, Wade's Ex-Wife)
Kaitlyn BlackKaitlyn Black
As Annabeth Nass (Friend of Lemon Breeland)

Co-Guest Stars
Claudia LeeClaudia Lee
As Magnolia Breeland (Little Sister of Lemon Breeland)
Matt LoweMatt Lowe
As Meatball (Wade Kinsella's Band Mate)
Ross PhilipsRoss Philips
As Tom Long (Bluebell Resident, Dating Wanda)
Mallory MoyeMallory Moye
As Wanda Lewis (Waitress at the Rammer Jammer, Dating Tom)
Rich McDonaldRich McDonald
As Walt Blodgett (Lemon Breeland's Boyfriend)
Brandi BurkhardtBrandi Burkhardt
As Crickett (Friend of Lemon Breeland)
Reginald VelJohnsonReginald VelJohnson
As Dash Dewitt (Bluebell Film Society President, Lavon's Father)
Joe MassingillJoe Massingill
As Cody (Bluebell Resident)
Kim RobillardKim Robillard
As Sal Nutter (Bluebell Resident)
John Marshall JonesJohn Marshall Jones
As Wally Maynard (Owner of the Rammer Jammer)
Christopher CurryChristopher Curry
As Earl "Crazy Earl" Kinsella (Wade Kinsella's Father, Town Drunk)
John Eric BentleyJohn Eric Bentley
As Sheriff Bill (Local Police Officer)
Armelia McQueenArmelia McQueen
As Shula Whitaker (Bluebell Resident)
Carla RenataCarla Renata
As Zombie #6 / Susie Collins
Alyshia OchseAlyshia Ochse
As Zombie #1 / Carrie
Kerry OKerry O'Malley
As Zombie #2 / Beverly Mayfair
Lindsey Van HornLindsey Van Horn
As Zombie #4
Cassandra JeanCassandra Jean
As Claudette (Wishes Wade Good Luck)
Hunter JacksonHunter Jackson
As Announcer
Brooke HasaltonBrooke Hasalton
As Zombie #3
Tiffany DanielsTiffany Daniels
As Zombie #5
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
Tim MathesonTim Matheson
As Dr. Brick Breeland
Scott PorterScott Porter
As George Tucker


The episode begins with Wade riding around the town in the back of his truck playing his guitar. Zoe somehow finds this hot. Wade reveals that he is preparing for a contest called “Battle of the Bands”. The winner shall receive a cash prize. Wade is participating in this contest with his buddy Meatball. Zoe isn’t too crazy about the whole idea but she wants to be the supportive girlfriend and therefore agrees to see them practice. George and Tansy give her company. After hearing Wade and Meatball play, the three come to one conclusion that, Meatball is really awful. Lemon and Annabeth still haven’t patched things up. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.37 Million Viewers

Trivia: This episode aired two weeks after the previous episode, 'Take Me Home, Country Roads,' because of the 2013 State of the Union Address.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
A.C. CottonHalf Way Down 
Alan CharingCold Milk, Big Bombs 
Ben BroussardGreen Grass 
Carolina StorySomeone ElseEnd of episode
The Cousin LoversHighway 78 
Dolly PartonIslands in the Stream (w Kenny Rogers)Tom and Wanda's flash mob proposal
Garth BrooksAin't Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)Covered by George Tucker & Wade Kinsella
Kenny RogersIslands in the Stream (w Dolly Parton)Tom and Wanda's flash mob proposal
Logan MizeHigh & Dry 
Logan MizeGood LifeBattle of the Bands starts.
The Neil Nelson BandThe Headstone 
The Neil Nelson BandBreak Out The Whiskey 
Quiet CompanyAre You a Mirror?Tansy tells George she doesn't date musicians
Tea Leaf GreenHoney Bee 

Episode Quotes
Wade: Meatball's lyrics may seem very simple at first, but, like an onion they are very layered underneath.

Tansy: She's not my favourite person. Or my second, or my third...she's really right at the bottom of my list. But I feel bad for Zoe right now. You know, musicians are like the sexiest drug in the world.
George: Well, you know that your current boyfriend has some musical chops of his own?
Tansy: Oh, I know! I saw the photo of you in your high school production of South Pacific.
George: No, I happen to have played with Wade at Bluebell-A-Palooza. Undergarments were thrown in my direction.

Zoe: So, I have gone over it in my head, and our only option is to kidnap Meatball. Keep him somewhere isolated, yet comfortable, until Battle of the Bands is over.
George: Okay, I didn't like it but Tansy seemed to really love it so --
Zoe: Okay, Mind Face is never going to win a contest based on the audience's votes, 'cause Meatball's voice sounds like a werewolf stuck in a garbage disposal. And "Mind Face", what does that even mean? Does it mean, like, the melding of the mind and the face?
George: I thought it meant, like, "mind the face, you gotta watch the face." Mind Face! No, it's a confounding name.

Tom: Lavon, that was so romantic. I always knew I wanted to marry Wanda, but looking into her eyes and saying those words made me realize I want to marry her now.
Lavon: Good luck with that, I hope it works out for you.
Tom: What? No. You have to help me plan it.
Lavon: Tom, Wanda loves you. Just get down on one knee and ask her to marry you.
Tom: One knee won't cut it, Wanda makes me feel big, epic things. I know, I'm a Hallmark card, I can't help it.

Wade: What was that about?
Zoe: Okay, I'm sorry that I didn't tell you this before but I was trying to protect your feelings. You're not going to want to hear this, but I don't think Meatball is great. I think that he stinks. Sometimes literally, mostly vocally.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Gambler

'The Gambler' is the title of a song originally sung by Kenny Rogers.

South Pacific: Tansy tells George that she saw a picture of him from high school when he starred in 'South Pacific.'

'South Pacific' is a Broadway musical based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book 'Tales of the South Pacific.'

Antiques Roadshow: Susie asks Wade to sign his set list for her, because it might be "worth a small fortune someday on that 'Antiques Roadshow' program."

'Antiques Roadshow' is a series in which antique appraisers travel to different towns to appraise items brought in by every day people.

Avatar: Tom tells Lavon he wants to use Ewoks and Avatars in his proposal to Wanda.

'Avatars' are what the humans use to interact with the alien life forms in the film 'Avatar.'

Star Wars: Tom tells Lavon he wants to use Ewoks and Avatars in his proposal to Wanda.

Ewoks are a creature from the 'Star Wars' universe.

Rihanna: Lemon tells Magnolia that she only chooses dresses that look like they would belong on Rihanna's back-up dancers.

'Rihanna' is a pop music singer, songwriter and performer.

Waylon Jennings: Wade tells Zoe that she was the one who thought "Waylon Jennings was a band comprised of brothers named Jennings who like to wail."

Waylon Jennings was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician.

Doctor Zhivago: Lemon tells Walt that she wants to go see 'Doctor Zhivago' in Mobile.

'Doctor Zhivago' is a film from 1965 starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie.

The Philadelphia Story: Lemon tells Walt that she wants to go see 'The Philadelphia Story' in Mobile.

'The Philadelphia Story' is a film from 1940 starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

Funny Girl: Lemon tells Walt that Dash Dewitt is doing his own stage version of 'Funny Girl.'

'Funny Girl' is a film from 1968 starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif.

Johnny Cash: Wade suggests they cover 'Ring of Fire' first for Battle of the Bands.

'Ring of Fire' is a famous country music song by Johnny Cash.

Hank Williams: One of the songs Wade suggests to cover is 'Ramblin' Man' for Battle of the Bands.

'Ramblin' Man' is the title of a song originally sung by country music artist Hank Williams.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 14: Lavon and AnnaBeth are having a hard time talking to each other after AnnaBeth broke up with him at the end of 2x14 "Take Me Home, Country Roads.'

Season 2, Episode 2: George tells Tansy that he played with Wade at Bluebell-A-Palooza. In 2x02 "Always On My Mind" George filled in for Lilly Anne Longergan at Rose's music festival.

Season 2, Episode 10: Tom tells Lavon that his proposal at Christmas was perfect. In 2x "Blue Christmas" Lavon propsed to his girlfriend Ruby.

Season 2, Episode 13: Wade tells Zoe he is not going to call Lilly Anne because she made a pass at him last time. In 2x13 "Lovesick Blues" Lilly Anne tried to sleep with Wade after they played a show together.

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