Emily Owens, M.D. Review: Heart and Soul

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Emily Owens, M.D.'s second episode was just as quirky and fun as its debut. It's not a cliff-hanging, nail-biting kind of show and in a television landscape dominated by edge-of-your-seat programming (or at least that's what my DVR looks like) the lightness of EO is something I can appreciate.

One of the things that I liked about EO's second installment is that there were several themes present instead of One Theme to Rule Them All. This episode explored Emily's insecurities, her abilities as a doctor and her heart - doing it all in a way that flowed together nicely.

The Nurses Vs. Emily

"Emily and...the Alan Zolman Incident" picked up right where last week's episode left off - with Emily reeling from her confession to Will. The last time she made such a confession, in high school, to Alan Zolman, the results were much the same. She was rejected. But, hey, at least Will didn't spit on her like Alan did. At least not physically.

I find hearing Emily's internal monologue as she approached both Will and the chief of staff and tried to coax herself into being the cool, collected girl she wants to be funny and endearing. We've all been there, right? One of the overarching themes of this series is that we never really leave high school. Sure, we grow up, but we don't really lose those parts of ourselves that are shy and insecure.

Emily's interactions with Will tonight conveyed that theme well. Their dance in the hallway that ended in her ducking under his arm was silly and awkward. And when she tried to convince the both of them that she's moving on, she got slightly over confident and went a step too far because the person she's really trying to convince is herself.

While I found her name-dropping Micah as her new crush to be far too juvenile for someone who should be nearing 30, that, too, goes back to her insecurities and the show's premise.

She's blissfully unaware of the fact that Micah is interested in her, and while his interest seems slightly forced because they've had nothing more than a handful of conversations, I can't help but think, again, that this is the better pair, probably because she's not expecting it and those moments of serendipity are often the best.

Having him confide in her and then having her sit with his mother while her patient was in surgery was a testament to the heart of this character. She didn't know Micah's mother. She doesn't really even know Micah. But she was willing to take her time to be with someone she doesn't know just so that person wouldn't have to be alone.

The cases tonight, both the woman with OCD and the old man, were excellent ways to show off Emily's skills and strengths. She may be awkward, but she's caring and considerate. She can't disconnect herself from her patients the way Dr. Pindari instructs her to.

Her heart is too big for that and Will points that out when he tells her that's not the kind of doctor she is.

Everything about Emily works for me and I find myself really rooting for her.

What doesn't work for me?

Tyra and Cassandra.

If I had to choose two residents to vote off the Denver Memorial island, those would be the first to go. So far, they've served no purpose aside from being the friendly and not-so-friendly instigators in Emily's life.

Emily's conflict with the nurses was partly Tyra's fault after she asked Emily to find out one of the nurse's sexual orientation instead of doing it herself, and while the larger issue there may be that Emily knows that nurse is sleeping with the chief of staff, Tyra's incessant updates about how rumors about Emily's life are being broadcast on every social media outlet available were annoying.

So far Cassandra has given me nothing to like, and yes, I realize we're only two episodes in, but surely she can do more than just pop in at exactly the right moment, throw out a line about how she's a bitch, and be Emily's nemesis, right?

I need more from both of those characters if they're going to stick around. Otherwise, they need to go.

What did you think of "Emily and...the Alan Zolman Incident"? What are your thoughts about these characters so far? Sound off in the comments and don't forget to check out the Emily Owens, M.D. quotes page.

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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Ah, to ship. Seems like these days there's always something to ship, in every show... I've been on the Micah ship for seven days now, partly because their little interactions seem to have more chemistry than with Will. Yes, tonight we got a little more about how the relationship between Will and Emily works but I can't help feel she's in love with the idea of him. She talks about him like he's some kind of God instead a human being with flaws. So far, I love Emily Owens and I really really really hope for a full season and beyond!

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So far, I'm enjoying this show much more than I thought I would. There are definitely kinks to work out, but I think it has potential. I'm already in favor of the Micah branch of the little love triangle, and I too am not a fan of Cassandra, although I like Tyra. This show wouldn't work nearly as well with a different actress in the lead, though. MG really sells the whole thing, even the more unbelievable or awkward/immature moments.

Emily Owens, M.D. Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Personally, I find gossip so irritating.

Cassandra

Max: You want some advice?
Emily: Any and all.
Max: None of it's big. That's what I tell my grandson. Stop worrying so much. None of it's big.
Emily: Feels big though.

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