Emily Owens, M.D. season premiere recap: Doctor Obvious
Emily Owens, M.D.
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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
She also meets Tyra who informs Emily that she’s not only a lesbian but the daughter of the Chief of Staff. This all leads to a really weird moment where Emily helps Tyra figure out if this nurse is gay. It’s I guess supposed to be funny but just sorta falls flat. Actually, Tyra’s whole character just seems kinda haphazardly written. Also, she’s so blunt that I don’t buy her being scared to approach a potential date in the hospital.
Most of the Owens premiere was taken up by pretty standard/cliché patient stories, like the cute kid whose problems are actually much worse than first diagnosed. This particular storyline had a precocious little bespectacled girl schooling Emily on growing a pair and telling Will that she likes him. You could tell this little girl was wise because she was wearing glasses, that’s the lazy international code for intelligence. Now, Will also wears glasses but I feel like that’s more for the She’s All That–effect of trying to mask how ridiculously attractive he is without putting a full-on blindfold on his face.
Alas, Emily takes the wee gal’s advice and comes clean to Will, who totally shoots her down. Clearly, Emily did not watch the first season of Felicity. Don’t worry gurl: He’ll be interested if the series makes it past the first season. Again, just don’t cut your hair.
But the little four-eyed patient does push for Emily to be in the operating room while she’s having surgery and the beastly Dr. Bandari agrees. Since this show hits all the standard marks of a medical drama, Emily is of course called upon to put pressure on a bleeding organ of the girl patient while the doctor performs some miracle sewing. I’m ignoring the other plotlines because they barely registered. If Owens is gonna aim for the emotions of Grey’s or even E.R., it’s gonna have to dig a little deeper in terms of its medical cases. But Gummer is so likable that I think there’s something there to root for.
At the end of the episode, Emily walks out and once again stares upon the high school across the street. She notices Will and Cassandra leaving together and snuggling. Already?!?! Isn’t this the first day?! Clearly, people are needin’ some lovin’ in Denver! Emily scowls and then says, “Oh come on. It’s gotta get better than this—right?” I sure hope so Emily. I sure hope so.
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Emily Owens, M.D.