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Emily Owens, M.D. Review: You Gotta Have Faith

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I've loved every episode of Emily Owens, M.D. so far, for different reasons.

For some, it's been the medical cases and watching Emily interact with her patients. For others, it's been Emily herself. Tonight, my love comes from the fact that there was serious story development going down.

The love-triangle plot certainly thickened on "Emily and...the Question of Faith." Except I'm not entirely sure Emily knows it.

Emily Treats an Infant
Here's Emily, a point in two conflicting triangles. Will, Emily, and Cassandra make up one of the triangles while Micah, Emily, and Dr. Hamata comprise the other.

Will and Cassandra are definitely a thing right now. Emily's his friend. Cassandra's his girlfriend. He wants the two to get along. It just won't happen.

I can't fault him for wanting the two of them to be pals, or even for thinking he's doing a good thing for Emily in asking Cassandra to give her a chance, but surely he had to think that things would be awkward, right? (My guess is actually no, not really, because he's just not programmed that way.) The conversation outside the OR while Will was completing his first surgery?

Painful. Awkward. Cringeworthy. And Cassandra kept going on purpose. (You can read the whole thing on the Emily Owens, M.D. quotes page.)

Will's asking Cassandra to be nice to Emily for a change was a good-guy gesture. Except he forgot one thing: Emily's still in love with him and he knows it.

The plot thickens because Micah can see it too. And so can Will's patient.

Emily, despite her best efforts to be Julie Andrews, radiates her emotions when it comes to Will. She wears them on her sleeve like a badge.

Oddly enough, the one person who can't see them is Cassandra. Probably because she's too busy with her hatred, jealousy and one-upping to see much of anything when it comes to Emily.

While Emily may have tons of emotion regarding Will, she doesn't have much chemistry with him. She might think they have chemistry, and after the conversation with his patient, Will might think they could have chemistry, too. But it's just not there.

Emily and Micah, however? There's a whole lot of chemistry between Emily and Micah. Emily can't see it. Micah probably can't even see it. But Dr. Hamata can see it just like she's reading a chart. That's what prompted her to lock Micah down with her eight-or-ten week mindgame regarding how long they've been together.

Dr. Hamata knows she has a good thing and isn't planning to let it slip away to a lowly resident.

Speaking of lowly residents, in non-geometry-related news, I'm still very up in the air regarding Tyra. On the one hand, yes, I can see how she'd be mad at Emily for keeping a secret like that. On the other hand, all Tyra has done is perpetuate rumors and cause trouble for Emily by creating problems she wants Emily to fix. My sympathy is in short supply for her anger. It's in even shorter supply for her decision to tell Cassandra Emily's secret in retaliation.

I suppose Tyra redeemed herself by recovering Emily's evaluation of Dr. Bandari before the Chief and Dr. Bandari could read it, but I think Dr. Bandari needs to hear the things Emily had to say, so I would've been equally as interested in seeing where that story went had the evaluation been read. It seems that no one except Emily questions Dr. Bandari's authority and Emily is at least able to do so respectfully. I could see that assertiveness being a quality Dr. Bandari secretly admired about Emily.

One positive on the night was the way Emily started taking her own internal advice. In previous episodes, we've watched Emily tell herself what to do and then do the opposite. She grew a little tonight as she started listening to her inner voice a little more. She's starting to trust herself.

What did you think of "Emily and...the Question of Faith?" As we head into the midseason finale, what are your thoughts on the series thus far?

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Go to google and sign the petition PLEASE !We wanna see MORE micah and Emily >] Dont let thiss show go off !!

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I love this show!!!! I'm getting tired of the same old love monster stories. CW I hate u!!!

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Hi, i love this show so much and it will break my heart if this will be cancelled. This show teaches us on how to love your yourself, and say things nicely with honesty to others. Please, please, please don't axed this show

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Google "Emily Owens md petition" to sign the petition.... I'm not the only one who loves Micah and Emily together! My sister thinks micah and dr Hamata should be together... I'm like devastated that they are canceling it! I signed the petition please sign it so we have some hope!

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My post was cut off so here's the rest of it:
I even like the doc Micah's dating esp since the writers didn't draw her character as a mean, spiteful, jealous superior with power issues (at least not yet). It would have been too easy to go there. But I knew because of all the things I love about this show, that it probably won't last in today's TV world of showier, more emotionally wrought series. EO, md delivers the same realizations without too much drama, without going to the lowest common denominator in human behavior or motivations. And delivers it in an enjoyable, light, funny, but heart-warming hour. CW is cancelling the show after 6 episodes (though they will show 13). UGH! Is there a petition we could sign? Maybe it just started slow and will build a bigger fanbase. They should have waited until after its full run of 13 at least..still keep my fingers crossed...

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I loved this episode. I really like this series, felt like a breath of fresh air. For me, it was better than Grey's on a lot of levels. I like that Emily is smart, ethical, has good instincts with patient care, is almost always honest - just a generally good person. Though sometimes you want her to let her inner mean girl out, but ultimately, I'm glad that she didn't go there. With all the angsty, bratty, self-centered heroines out there in tv land, she stands out and is a good role model. This episode - liked that they showed a softer side to Dr Bandari. Appreciated that all the secrets are out and not dragged on too long - Tyra being gay, her father's cheating, Emily's request for Will not to date Cassandra. I liked how the characters were angry but got over it and didn't use up multiple episodes to get over it.
I like the 3 love triangles you mentioned and I'll be ok with whoever she ends up with because I like both guys. I even like the doctor Micah's dating esp since the writers didn't draw her character as a mean, spiteful, jealous superior with power issues (at least not yet). It would have been too easy to go there. But I knew because of all the things I love about this show, that it will probably not last in today's TV world of showier, more emotionally wrought series. Emily Owens delivers the same realizations without too much drama, without going to the lowest common denominator in human behavior or motivations. And delivers it in an enjoyable, light, funny, but heart-warming hour. So CW is cancelling the show after 6 episodes (though they will show 13). UGH! Is there a petition we could sign? Maybe it just started slow and will build a bigger fanbase. They should have waited until after its full run of 13 at least..still keeping my fingers crossed...

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i love emily owens md.. :)

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This show just keeps getting better! I wasn't really anticipating this week's episode too much based off the preview from last week, but it definitely exceeded expectations! I really like Dr. Hamata's character, unfortunately she's a very large obstacle in the way of Micah and Emily, so she'll have to go at some point. I also thought it would have been interesting to see where the story would have gone had the evaluations not been switched, but i'm guessing it would have been just more angry Dr. Bandari, so maybe I'm not sorry we missed that.
I also liked how Emily started to take Micah's advice at the end. What she said to Tyra about being caught in an impossible situation was completely accurate, and I'm glad she recognized that. And the fact that Emily's honesty about her feelings for Will caused Cassandra to be rarely human just made it better. I hope Cassandra keeps these rare, tolerable moments, because they're making me able to stand her a bit more.

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I was glad to see Will showing a little more personality, even if it was bad personality. I couldn't believe how cocky he was during the surgery and with the meds for the patient before the labs came back, and I do wonder if it is going to turn into an alpha male thing, although I don't see Micah playing that game.

Emily Owens, M.D. Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

Emily: We'll just take it slowly. The whole friendship thing.
Cassandra: Sounds good.

Cassandra: He's just so freaking sexy.
Emily: [to herself] No, please don't talk about...
Cassandra: You know? I was actually nervous about sleeping with him the first time.
Emily: [to herself] And there it is.
Cassandra: I thought it might be a let down. It's not.