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'Emily Owens, M.D.' Review: Can Emily keep 'The Predator' away from Will?

“He doesn’t know that she’s a predator. She’s camouflaged as a regular person.” That was my favorite line from “Emily Owens, M.D.” last night because we all know someone like that; someone who seems harmless enough on the outside, but once they show their true colors, you can see how truly awful they are. In the case of “Emily and the Predator,” the predator was Cassandra, her target was Will and Emily was determined to do everything she could to keep her best friend/object of her affection out of Cassandra’s grasp.

While I can appreciate a good love triangle as much as the next person who watches an insane amount of TV on a regular basis and I can also appreciate a good bitch, which Cassandra is, I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to watch this show and root against Emily. That’s basically the same as kicking a puppy or punching a baby because Emily is so genuine and she feels so much and life is so unfair that guys like Will fall for the Cassandras of the world instead of the Emilys. But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s rewind a bit.

The episode started with Emily jogging (and no one was chasing her, so of course I was confused as to why she was running) and she looked quite miserable to being do so. But she was trying to catch up with Will and Cassandra, who were out for a run and she didn’t want to give Cassandra a chance to be alone with Will (side note: It amused me so much when they showed the wide shot of them jogging because Justin Hartley is so tall and both ladies were wearing running shoes so the height difference was all the more prominent. I wonder if it’s difficult for the camera people to line up the shots). Anyway, Emily continued this pattern throughout the episode; doing everything she could to make sure Cassandra was never alone with Will.

But that wasn’t enough to stop Will from being attracted to her and I was already cringing along with Emily when Will told her that he wanted to talk to her about something. As Emily silently begged for it to be about anything other than Cassandra, Will nervously asked her if she would be okay with him asking her out. Emily, being Emily, lied through her teeth and said she would be. Tyra was quick to berate her friend for that, telling her that she should have been honest with Will since he’d come to her first, but Emily is too nice for that. Cassandra, who surprisingly has yet to pick up on the fact that Emily likes Will, taunted her rival about how she was going to date her friend AND get the research assistant position with Dr. Bandari.

Of course Emily had some patients to keep her busy throughout the episode. She was treating a young woman, who needed a kidney transplant and a pregnant woman, who was having twins and discovered that one of them had a heart problem. Here’s one of the many things I love about this show: both cases were extremely interesting and complicated and not just boring people put there so the show can call itself a procedural and give the characters something to do other than interact with each other (looking at you, “Castle”).

The woman who needed the new kidney had just been put into an arranged marriage and her new husband was a match for her. He was willing to donate the kidney, but she didn’t want it. Emily was confused as to why and the woman explained that she wasn’t sure if he was her true love and if she took his kidney, she’d never be able to walk away from him. It turned out that he agreed and wasn’t sure either so they put her on the transplant list. But when her kidney failed, he stepped forward and gave her one of his anyway (and now they have to fall in love because romantic comedy rules demand it).

As for the pregnant woman, the babies were actually her sister’s. She was the surrogate and she was upset because her sister was treating her like the hired help. The sister even made the decision not to let the doctors operate without so much as consulting her pregnant sister. At first, I was very confused as to why the sister agreed to be a surrogate in the first place because if my sister was that mean to me, I certainly wouldn’t let her keep stuff in my uterus (Bonus points to anyone who gets this reference). But then it turned out that the sister was just jealous and felt like a terrible mother since she wasn’t physically capable of carrying her own babies and she was distancing herself from her sister because it was so hard on her. Aw, that’s totally understandable (Have I mentioned how well written this show is? All the characters feel real. I love it). So after some sisterly bonding, they decided to go ahead with the surgery after all and Dr. Bandari worked her magic and the babies were both going to be okay.

Unfortunately, things were not going as well for Emily. Cassandra screwed her over again after she put on a fake sincerity act and tried to tell Emily that she was jealous of her and she was embarrassed about what happened in surgery and Emily was feeling sorry for her, but Cassandra was just trying to steal a report to show it to Dr. Bandari before Emily could (Again, as someone who appreciates bitchy characters, Cassandra is a great one, but Team Emily, always). So Emily went to Will and told him to date anyone in the world who wasn’t Cassandra.

Will wasn’t exactly thrilled with that and basically told Emily that she didn’t have the right to tell him who to date. For once, Emily stood up for herself (how fantastic was Mamie Gummer in that scene or basically, every scene?) and reminded Will that he had asked her and she couldn’t handle it because Cassandra is the worst and she was trying to look out for him. Will basically told her that he’d only asked to be a nice guy and she demanded that he be one. He said he’d think about it (I’m 100 percent biased and will always be Team Will, but I was seriously side-eying him during the entire exchange).

In order to celebrate her first cut (Emily got to be part of the kidney transplant surgery), Micah told Emily it was tradition for everyone to go celebrate at a local bar. Even Dr. Bandari showed up, but she made it clear she wasn’t there for conversation (I adore Necar Zadegan and can’t wait for her story to pick up once her *SPOILER* comes to town). Poor Emily also got stuck with the bill and as she contemplated going without heat for the month, Will came over to join her at the bar.

He told her that he wasn’t going to ask Cassandra out because they’d just gotten back on track and he didn’t want to mess that up (Aw, I approve for so many reasons, but mainly because she’s his best friend and he should listen to her). But then Cassandra was in the bar looking sad and Will admitted that he’d blown her off without saying why. As they both sat there awkwardly, Emily actually felt bad because she’s too nice for her own good, but for now, she’s getting what she wanted, even if it didn’t feel as good as she’d hoped it would.

Next week, the episode will be getting back to Micah’s storyline and his mother’s cancer and the previews make it seem like Emily does something to upset him. Honestly, this is the triangle the show should be focused on because either way, Emily wins. But she should still be with Will (biased). Until then, feel free to hit the comments below and please beg your friends and family to watch this show because it’s one of the best on air right now and that’s honestly not my bias talking. See you next time…

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Mandy Treccia

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.