Sweet Home Alabama
Back on the bus, present day Zoe is being grossed out by her seatmates Cheeto habit. She is missing the big picture, which is that the Cheetos are going to keep her in business for a very long time. In fact, while she's so gung-ho about New York being awesome, she should move somewhere where people eat bacon for every meal. It would be much more profitable for a cardiothoracic surgeon. So we flash back to recent history in the Big Apple, where she got dumped by her boyfriend because she was surgery obsessed (even though that's his job too) and didn't get the fellowship because she's a stone-cold bitch. Or at the very least lacks bedside manner. So she's fired, and told to go be a GP (which she finds demeaning) for a year, and she only wants to be a specialist and those jobs are hard to come by in New York. Her boss advises her to expand her horizons, hence her getting on a bus to South. She calls her dad for some comfort, saying that she didn't get the fellowship (is there a cool ring and Smeagol involved?) but she's going to get back on track and be his new partner. Turns out, he's a ball-buster who won't just give his kid a job... and he hangs up on her.
She had been getting postcards from Harley, she thinks it is because her speech was inspiring... but let's be real here, he's obviously got a connection to her that she's not picking up on. For a smart girl, she's really dumb.
She gets dumped off three miles from Bluebell and has to walk, in Louboutins, in dusty weather. Until she's picked up by a dreamy Scott Porter who informs her that he's an attorney not an ax murderer. I bet that's what all the ax-murderers say. He surprises her by saying he worked at some swanky law firm in New York, before he returned home. She says this is her purgatory. George says neighbors take care of each other and there are lots of parades. Real selling point there. As they drive into town, they see a gaggle of women dressed in full pastel gowns and carrying parasols. Quaint?
She heads straight to Harley's medical practice where she's unceremoniously told that he's been dead for four months. When she reveals that she's Zoe, the secretary gets all excited saying that Harley left her his practice. Zoe looks gobsmacked.