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Emily Owens, M.D. season premiere recap: Doctor Obvious

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Emily Owens
The CW

Emily Owens, M.D.

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Justin Hartley, Mamie Gummer, Michael Rady
The CW

So a year ago, I was recapping a lovely little show on The CW called Ringer about twins played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, some other forgettable characters and the GINORMOUS PHOTO of Gellar that hung in foyer of one of the sets. That’s pretty much all you need to know about it.

Now I’m back to recap another CW show featuring a very charismatic blonde actress and several seemingly dispensable supporting characters. So far there are no large, egregious props I can point out, expect for maybe her lavender hipster scarf. So we’ll have to wait for me to start writing in CAPS LOCK. But yes, ladies and gents, I will be guiding you all through the world of Emily Owens, M.D., otherwise, known as Felicity’s Anatomy. For those of you who don’t get the reference (or my razor sharp humor), this show is basically Felicity but set in a similar, kinda-looks-like-a-really-nice-mall hospital just as on Grey’s Anatomy. Like I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Zbarros near the ER. If this show does follow the Felicity model, don’t cut your hair, Emily. Also, do not befriend a character played by a former Power Ranger. She’ll just steal your boyfriend.

Mamie Gummer, the daughter of Meryl Streep and one of my favorite guest stars on The Good Wife, stars as the titular character, a young intern with a crush on her former classmate Ben—I mean—Will (Justin Hartley) and a penchant for internal monologues. And it turns out she’s never really gotten over high school or being made fun of for her intense perspiration—kids called her “Pits.” You’d think at this point Dr. Owens would have tried some Botox under the arms or something to keep those areas from sweatin’ but nope (clearly I have watched waaaaay too much of the Real Housewives franchise). Conveniently, her Denver hospital is situated directly across the street from a high school which allows for lots of comparisons between hospitals and high school. It also makes me think this must be the LOUDEST INTERSECTION IN THE COUNTRY. AMBULANCES! SCHOOL BUSES! PUBERTY! There we go—CAPS LOCK!

Anyhoo, Emily’s first day at the hospital gets off to a rocky star when she realizes that her high school nemesis Cassandra (Aja Naomi King) is also assigned to the same hospital. Convenient! Both ladies were drawn to Denver so that they could observe the brilliant surgeon Dr. Bandari (Necar Zadegan), who naturally is a heinous bitch. Viewers are also introduced to Noel—I mean—Micah (Michael Rady), the cute intern who seemingly will help mentor Emily. Micah is struggling with his own issues, too, as we learn his mother has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He also noticeably always wears a Henley under his scrubs. Not that I was paying close attention to his chest or anything.

NEXT: Emily meets someone named Tyra who is a not a reality show host