Emily Owens, M.D. recap: Message Received

Emily becomes the enemy of the nurses but has decent luck with her patients.
Ep. 02 | Aired Oct 23, 2012

HEY I DON'T LIKE YOU SO LET'S JUST FAKE SMILE Emily (Mamie Gummer) and Cassandra (Aja Naomi King) take a stroll. 

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I’m not gonna lie but on first meeting, I really thought I was gonna change doctors. I was not feeling a rapport with Emily Owens, M.D. Like I would have even considered­—GASP!—going on over to NCIS: LA if stuff didn’t get better. But, after tonight’s episode, I’m feeling a teensy bit more comfortable with this gal who loves a chunky scarf.

Now granted I’m not full in love or ready to sign up with her as my primary care physician. I think I’m about the point where I would let her give me a flu shot…which are also administered by anonymous CVS employees so Emily and I are hardly through the rough patches. What I just mean is that tonight’s episode was an improvement over the pilot, at least in the storylines involving patients.

My main issue with the show at this point is that NO ONE in the supporting cast has remotely broken through, except for maybe Michael Rady’s Michah. Everyone else feels so lightly written. One of my co-workers came into my office and said he felt like “There are no stakes” and I said “Yes! Exactly!” (And I screamed it just like that! I scream all the time in the office! The Chrew is on!) Some of this just might come down to casting, like, for example, there doesn’t seem to be any discernible reason why Emily would be hung up on Will except audiences previous knowledge of how good Justin Hartley looks half-naked. Like the dude has zero personality and terrible taste in eyewear. It looks like he went all “glasses in about an hour” with that decision. And I don’t know why Emily and Tyra would befriend each other except for the fact that they’re not beasts like Cassandra. Like Emily seems to exist to help Tyra ask out non-lesbian nurses. Meanwhile, Dr. Bandari just barks orders because we all know from medical dramas that top female surgeons are all dead inside.

So hopefully by the mid point of the year, the writers will figure out they need to either change these characters or get them transferred the hell outta Denver Memorial. Maybe they can have a Shonda Rhimes moment and have them all crash land in the wilderness? Might be a good way to weed out some of the less important folk. Or they can all go away for a medical retreat and there can be some sort of Clue-like murder mystery plot line? I’m open to options. Thankfully, much of my pop culture anger/disappointment today has been taken up with the sad news of will.i.am announcing a reboot of the Entertainment Tonight theme song so my fangs may not likely be as sharp for the remainder of the recap.

NEXT: Emily gains two new patients and a new chunky scarf

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