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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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Another fantatic episode! I found both cases interesting, though the parents' reactions were entirely predictable and stereotypical. My only real complaint about this episode: not enough Micah. (Never. Enough.) I too would have liked to see fallout from Emily's evaluation. I think Dr. Bendari would be a little shocked but ultimately impressed. Also, I felt like both Tyra and Will were developed a bit more, and I still like them with some hesitation. Alas, I still dislike Cassandra. Hilarious line: But Dr. Hamata can see it just like she's reading a chart.

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.

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