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Aspiring New York doctor Zoe Hart thinks she has her future mapped out until she is turned down for a prestigious fellowship that she felt confident she would receive. Desperately seeking experience, she accepts an offer from a friendly stranger, Harley Wilkes, a doctor she met at her medical school graduation and a man who had offered Zoe an opportunity to join his small medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama.moreless
Hoping it might help the residents of Bluebell accept her as one of their own, Zoe accepts an invitation to join Mayor Hayes on his float in the Founder's Day Parade. However, Zoe accidentally crashes his float, hurting her chances of winning over Lemon and the Bluebell residents. In addition, George Tucker, Bluebell's golden boy, informs Zoe that she is contractually obligated to bring in at least thirty percent of the business at the medical practice, otherwise Dr. Brick Breeland will have the option to buy out her half of the practice.moreless
Zoe sets her sights on winning Bluebell's gumbo contest to show everyone that she wants to be part of the community, hoping that a win will help her land some patients. Lavon develops a crush on Zoe and Brick's new receptionist, Didi, but things get uncomfortable when Lemon learns about this. Zoe and Brick are forced to work together to perform a life-saving surgery.moreless
When a heat wave rolls through Bluebell, Zoe realizes that the hot weather is affecting everyone's behavior and lowering their inhibitions. In fact, Zoe struggles to fight her heat-induced attraction to Wade until she finally gives in. Meanwhile, Lemon is determined to win over George's parents when they come to town for a visit, but she is caught off guard when Lavon shows up to the same restaurant with his date, Didi.moreless
Zoe makes a surprising discovery about the local minister and his wife, causing quite a stir among the residents of Bluebell. Lemon is determined to raise the money needed to restore Bluebell's historic bridge that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but she must first convince Lavon to choose her submission over many other worthwhile proposals.moreless
On her way home from a late night house call, Zoe accidentally hits a man with her car but can't find any signs of him when she gets out and looks for him. Later she sees the man's picture hanging in the Rammer Jammer, and George informs Zoe that the man died more than a year ago. Meanwhile, Lemon and George are prepared to purchase their dream home, but Lavon refuses to authorize the purchase because the house is one of Bluebell's historic properties. Zoe's mom arrives in Bluebell hoping to reconcile with her daughter after keeping the identity of Zoe's real father a secret for Zoe's entire life.moreless
After Nascar driver Brian Vickers is unable to host the Bluebell Junior League's annual turtle race, Lemon decides that Levon is the perfect candidate to co-host the event with her. Dr. Judson Lyons, a handsome local veterinarian, asks Zoe out on a date, and Wade has a surprise visitor who causes all kinds of trouble for him.moreless
Levon notices that Zoe is feeling homesick and asks her to host his annual pre-game homecoming party to help her feel more connected to Bluebell. Zoe gladly accepts his offer and asks her New York friend Gigi for help. Zoe learns, however, that New York and Bluebell have very different ideas of what makes a good party. Meanwhile, George and Wade devise a plan to get revenge on their high school nemesis, Jimmy. When when Lemon learns of their scheme, she wants in on the action, too.moreless
As Bluebell's residents prepare for the annual Planksgiving celebration, Zoe anxiously waits for her return home to New York City for Thanksgiving. Before she can leave town, however, Zoe has to reach her thirty percent quota of patients by midnight or she will lose her share of the practice to Brick. Meanwhile, Lavon encourages Wade to be honest about his feelings for Zoe, and George's father offers him a job at his law firm in Montgomery, which Lemon is not pleased to hear.moreless
Zoe encourages Rose to enter Bluebell's annual Miss Cinnamon Cider Pageant even though Lemon's younger sister, Magnolia, is the clear favorite to win. With Zoe coaching Rose and Lemon coaching Magnolia, the rivalry rises to a whole new level. Flashbacks reveal some of the history behind Lemon's relationship with her mother and the details of when Lemon and Lavon first realized they had a connection.moreless
Zoe begins searching for some family history in Bluebell and learns that she is a legacy to the Bluebell Belles. When Lemon hears the news, she immediately starts working to make sure that Zoe doesn't become an official Belle and puts her through an embarrassing initiation. Lavon enlists Wade's help as he tries to reenter the dating scene, but he finds it challenging because Didi is telling everyone that he's in love with her. Meanwhile, George puts together a plan to block a huge chain store from building near Bluebell, which would driving business away from Bluebell.moreless
When Zoe seems usually happy, friends start to speculate about the cause of her new attitude. It turns out that Zoe has secretly formed a new friendship with AnnaBeth, who doesn't want Lemon, Zoe's enemy, to find out that they have become friends. Lemon campaigns to become the Belles' new Memory Matron, but she faces several obstacles on her mission to secure the honored position.moreless
Zoe decides that it's too early in her relationship with Judson to attend Bluebell's annual Sweetie Pie Dance and instead makes plans to have a sleepover with Rose, whose parents are going out of town. George loses the save the dates for the upcoming wedding which greatly upsets Lemon. Lemon, hoping that her father will finally move on from her mother, sets him up with a date for the Sweetie Pie Dance the dance.moreless
Wade manages to talk Lemon into dressing up as Joelle in an attempt to convince Joelle's ex-boyfriend that he didn't see Wade and Joelle together. Lavon turns to Zoe to help him figure out why Didi has been avoiding him, but once Zoe is uncertain what to do when she discovers the shocking truth. George comes to Zoe for her expert advice in determining whether there is a medical explanation for a client's unusual behavior.moreless
Zoe is thrilled when snow starts to fall in Bluebell, but the rest of Bluebell's superstitious residents fear that the snow storm will bring bad luck. Lavon's parents visit town, and Lavon decides that it's the perfect time for them to meet Didi, but the introduction doesn't go as he'd hoped. George and Lemon make an important decision about their future together.moreless
Brick is disappointed when George is selected as Bluebell's Man of the Year. As Bluebell's mayor, Lavon is expected to host a cocktail party to George, but Lavon's history with Lemon makes this a challenging situation. Zoe steps in and helps Lavon with the party, but things don't go as they had hoped when Zoe has to improvise a speech at the gathering. Meanwhile, Magnolia convinces Wade to write a song and perform it with her at the party.moreless
Zoe's father comes to town to perform surgery on George's father, as a favor to Zoe. She has mixed feelings about her reunion with her estranged father. Lemon befriends Zoe to ensure Zoe doesn't tell George about her and Lavon's past. The Rammer Jammer celebrates their 30th anniversary with a cocktail contest.moreless
Zoe accepts a lunch invitation from a new patient named Jesse. Lemon agrees to let Magnolia organize her bachelorette party, but Lemon gives Magnolia a list of strict instructions. However, Magnolia has other plans in store for her sister's party. Meanwhile, Wade plans a hunting trip for George's bachelor party.
After a night of partying, Wade wakes up the next morning with a huge hangover, an unexpected house guest, and no recollection of the previous night's events. Meanwhile, George takes a spontaneous road trip to New Orleans, and Lemon finally comes clean with her father about the trouble between her and George.moreless
Wade signs up for the Bluebell Battle with his eyes on the five-thousand dollar prize, but when he's unable to find a race partner, Wade must reluctantly ask Zoe. Rose is thrilled when Frederick Dean finally asks her out on a date, and George and Lemon decide to meet with Reverend Mayfair to discuss their relationship issues.moreless
Zoe blames herself when one of her friends struggles with a health problem and Zoe didn't notice the symptoms. Lavon encourages Wade to follow his dream of opening his own bar in Bluebell. Lemon, hoping to repair her relationship with George, plans a romantic night for two of them.
With an major storm about to roll into Bluebell, George and Lemon prepare for their wedding day. Zoe ends up stuck in a barn with Wade while seeking shelter from the storm.