Emily Owens, M.D. Review: Changes in Attitude

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Oh, Emily Owens. You're so delightfully awkward. Just like the rest of us. Even those of us who think we're not awkward at all.

Tonight's episode of Emily Owens, M.D., "Emily and...the Outbreak," was the best yet. While Emily may not always hit her stride, or her pinecones, the show is starting to do just that.

Emily Visits High School

I both like and dislike that not much time seems to be progressing between episodes of EO. On the one hand, timelines make some story elements seem implausible. On the other, better hand, timelines like this one make for incredibly tight narratives.

Because of this tight timeline, EO's third installment - which had Emily choosing how she'll deal with her new arrangement with Will - worked cohesively with the previous two episodes. Since they're just going to be friends and she still has feelings for him, Emily decides a change in her perspective is necessary in order to cope.

First of all, When Harry Met Sally proved that men and women cannot be friends. Watching Will and Emily try is a sad, awkward, funny mix. Her decision to pick Will apart to uncover his flaws was nothing short of a humorous failure. She manufactured insensitivity and immaturity to make him seem less than perfect, trying to convince herself that he's the wrong guy for her.

And of course he's the wrong guy for her, mostly because he rejected her, a fact she faces when she sees him consoling Cassandra after Cassandra's surgical choke.

I like that tonight's episode saw both of Emily's potential love interest - Will and Micah - paying attention to other women. I also like that she's still clueless to Micah as a potential love interest. That aspect of this "triangle" makes this feel more natural and less forced upon us.

We also saw more of Emily being, well, Emily.

First, her incredible bedside manner with the gymnast made me maybe more emotional than a cheesy drama should. And then I could feel her nerves as she approached the topic of sex with the high school girls. But, in typical Emily fashion, she pulled herself together telling them to respect and protect themselves, all while dodging purposefully uncomfortable questions.

One of the things that I love about this character is that in clutch moments she gets it together, perhaps proving that maybe people do change after high school. I can't help but like her.

Other things that are worth noting from this episode:

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to think about Micah and Emily. It seemed like things were pretty firmly pointing toward him being attracted to Emily in record time, so I can't decide if his date tonight is a red herring or if the writers are trying to pull back from that just a bit because of how quickly it progressed. Don't get me wrong, I like this idea that he'll date other people while she pines for Will and then they'll eventually find their way to one another better than what we were getting. I just wish that it didn't feel quite so bait-and-switch-y.

Cassandra, even though she choked in surgery and was positively rude when Emily tried to cover for her, still needs to go. Nothing she does really engenders any sympathy in me and actually has the opposite effect of making me dislike her more. Her sole purpose for existence at this point is as Emily's rival and as a love interest for Will and that could easily be achieved with one of the other females in the hospital. I'm still not digging the character.

Tyra was less annoying tonight. She became a doctor seemingly to please her father, but she knows that when her father finds out she's a lesbian, he'll be displeased. She's got personal conflict that's more relateable than Cassandra's bitchiness. I don't like that Tyra is a token character, but I do like her when she's less of an overly-caffeinated gossip girl. Between Tyra and Cassandra, Tyra can stay. She's at least kind to her patients.

We're three episodes in to Emily Owens, M.D. What do you think so far? What did you think of "Emily...and the Outbreak"? Let's talk in the comments! And be sure to check our our Emily Owens, M.D. quotes page!

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I love this show! I watch it the next day online so I hope it doesn't get cancelled due to ratings. I can see it airing for at least 5 seasons. I love the story how it's wrapped up in the end and the chemistry between everyone especially Micah you can tell has a thing for Emily. Writers should have Micah be with someone else for a while meanwhile never telling Emily his feelings for her then one day Emily realizes she cares for him too and they get together...but THEN Will all of a sudden likes Emily and she is confused and a love triangle ensues...yep I watch too much tv!!

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If anyone remembers I really hope the season finale doesn't go down the same way the first season finale 2nd season premiere of felicity did. Her crush finally likes her and she ditches the great guy that was always there for her the entire season while she was pining for her crush

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Last week Emily told Micah that she's not over Will so it's smart on his part to date someone else who has a crush on him. But as he went off with the tech, he turned around and looked back at Emily again. Classic TV shorthand for a couple who like each other. (Awesomely done on ER in 12x8 Two Ships as both Abby and Luka turn back to look at the other but neither sees the other doing it.) I agree with your review. Cassandra is now one-dimensional and just annoying. Will is rapidly getting there with his pursuit of her. Tyra has potential. I hope the show sticks around. It's a nice way to spend the hour.

Marisa1983

And I like Micah. I was never crazy about him, but I really like him on that show. He's a nice guy and very genuine and honest. In this "high-school" hospital, it's refreshing. Hope Emily ends up with him.

Marisa1983

I love that show and like most of you I can't stand Cassandra. And I am disappointed by Will. He's so strereotypical going for the pretty girl. Can't he see that she's a bitch? Especially that she's bullying his BEST FRIEND... He souldn't accept that and he should take Emily's side, they've been friends forever.

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Tyra and Emily make a good team! I would like to see her interact more with her father to understand better why she's keeping it a secret from him when it's clear she's not ashamed of who she is. So far all we know about her relationship with the Chief is what she is telling us. Finally, Micah. I also like the idea of him dating instead of pinning for Emily. Considering they just met, and they had very few interactions (from a viewer's point go view) it would make absolutely not sense.
What it does makes sense is that he's dating a girl who likes him. Because Micah is a catch, and I rather have him and Emily working their way -more naturally- into a real relationship rather than having my ship sail, crash and burn because it was all too fast. Emily Owens MD can count with me as a regular viewer!

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This episode was delightful to watch! I also want to add that Michael Rady tweeted me last night, so it's going down to "best episodes ever hall of fame." Bias, me? Yes. Emily is a great character. Awkward but incredibly quick and smart under pressure; in contrast to Cassandra who has it together socially but chokes when it comes to surgery. I don't think that would have happen to Emily.
I'm also finding hard to get attached to Cassandra, but I do get why she was (or still is) jealous of Emily: Ems rises in everything Cassandra fails. Not that is an excuse for her attitude but, I get it. On the other hand, I loved the fact that Emily had to eventually confront the biggest of all Will's flaws: he rejected her. Game over, time to move on. Especially when he's got his eye on someone else. Someone who is completely your opposite. Tyra and Emily make a good team! I would like to see her interact more with her father to understand better why she's keeping it a secret from him when it's clear she's not ashamed of who she is. So far all we know about her relationship with the Chief is what she is telling us. Finally, Micah. I also like the idea of him dating instead of pinning for Emily. Considering they just met, and they had very few interactions (from a viewer's point go view) it would make absolutely not sense.
What it does makes sense is that he's dating a girl who likes him. Because Micah is a catch, and I rather have him and Emily working their way -more naturally- into a real relationship rather than having my ship sail, crash and burn because it was all too fast. Emily Owens MD can count with me as a regular viewer!

Sisa

I love this show so far...lighthearted and sweet :)...plus can Justin Hartley get any hotter..wow!

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I'm really enjoying this show (perhaps because, sadly, it's pretty obviously not going to make it, so I can just enjoy it for what it is for as long as it's around). I think my only complaint this week was the skirting the lines of doctor-patient confidentiality both with the boy's mother and with announcing that 8 of the girls had STDs. However, I found this storyline more interesting than the cliche of the athlete who secretly wants to be sick so she can quit. I relate to Emily far too much. I hope we get to see more of her home life and family, learn who she is outside of work. I also would have liked to see more Micah in this ep because I feel he's the only other character who's been given a little bit of depth and real personality so far.

Aries93

... to offer. I can't put my finger on it, but given another 3 or 4 episodes, I feel as if though the show could offer more for the characters and show itself.

Emily Owens, M.D. Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

[to Emily] I was up all night suturing oranges practicing for my gallbladder. Were you up all night practicing on your banana?

Cassandra

Cassandra: I hear the first intern to cut is the one to look up to around here.
Emily: If you can deal with the fact that you played dirty...
Cassandra: I certainly can.

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