Sunday, August 15, 2021

Emmy Catch-Up: Emily in Paris

Every year, I watch the six submitted episodes of every series I don’t regularly watch that’s up for one of the Emmy series prizes. Last year, I started watching the entire season of each show to get a better idea of the quality I missed, and I’ve decided to continue that this year. 

Emily in Paris: Season 1, Episode 4 “A Kiss Is Just a Kiss” (B+)

Paris is indeed a remarkably tiny place, and Emily managed to find a powerful new friend who had great connections for her, only to discover that she was even closer to her than she thought. I couldn’t figure out where I knew the Chicagoan Randy Zimmer from, and I see that now that he was played by Eion Bailey, an actor I’ve seen before in “The Stand,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Covert Affairs.” He was low-key enough, but the way that he was eager to do business with Antoine and managed to save things for Sylvie even though he knew it was Emily was quite helpful. Emily mixing up the dates was an unfortunate occurrence, but she did manage to recover very well by getting Gabriel to cook a private meal for them and in turn potentially giving him an incredible opportunity in the future to move over and work for Randy, should things end up going that way. When she first met Camille and then accidentally kissed her on the lips, I thought it might be an interesting new romantic direction for Emily, who was likely previously opposed to a same-sex relationship, but it turned out to be infinitely more complicated, especially since Emily planted a very passionate kiss on Gabriel right before finding out that Camille was his girlfriend. That’s an interesting omission which is sure to make things even rockier for Emily, and the fact that she told Sylvie that Gabriel got her the lingerie is definitely going to come back to haunt her.

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