Emily Owens, M.D: Season 1, Episode 2 “Emily and…The Alan Zolman Incident” (C)
I can understand this show’s appeal, and I think it handles its content decently for the audience it wants, but this second installment makes me more certain that I’m not a part of that group. Emily’s inability to stop herself from staying stupid things is hardly an endearing quality, and it makes the show’s intellect, and its titles, considerably less mature than they would otherwise be. Plot-wise, the deck is fully stacked, with Emily being very obviously tricked into handling a difficult patient, Emily and Will experiencing plenty of awkwardness as he refuses to stop being insanely nice to her and saying things that make it seem like he too is in love with her, and Dr. Beckett continuing to be the most robotic, evil boss ever. Emily earns points for befriending the woman with the extreme obsessive compulsive disorder, and also for blackmailing Dr. Dupre to get an expedited approval for her patient, though that backfired with Dr. Beckett. I could do without all the nurses hating her via Tyra’s communicated comments, and I think the show has plenty of evolving to do before it feels anywhere near natural. This show didn’t perform as well in week two opposite more than just the presidential debate, but the CW has commissioned three more scripts, so it’s possible that this show may last for a while. The CW has so few offerings that it’s well worth it for them to see if any of the new ones are actually able to stick.