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'Emily Owens, M.D.' Review: Emily's 'Tell-Tale Heart' gets the best of her

In case I haven’t made this clear over the past four weeks, I love “Emily Owens, M.D.” It’s my favorite show of the new season and it honestly has nothing to do with the fact that Justin Hartley is in it (but let’s be real, that’s pretty much the bonus on top of the awesomeness that is this show). My actual favorite thing about the show is just how much I can relate to Emily each week (and not just because she has a massive crush on Justin’s character).

While I’d like to think I don’t have quite as many embarrassingly awkward moments as Emily does on a daily basis, I completely understand the way she thinks. In this week’s episode, “Emily and the Tell-Tale Heart,” Emily was struggling with her inner guilt complex. Poor Emily has a tendency to feel guilty about everything, including things she can’t control and even things she shouldn’t feel guilty about. Her main source of guilt was the fact that she told Will not to date Cassandra so Will was avoiding Cassandra and being short with her because he didn’t want to give her mixed signals, which made Cassandra feel bad.

On the one hand, I get where Will’s coming from. It’s probably better to distance himself, but on the other, he was coming off like a jerk. Emily sort of implied as much and Will told her that he was doing what she asked, but he was going to handle it his way. The problem for Emily was that Cassandra was being nice to her and trying to get her to put in a good word for her with Will (Awkward, right?). Emily repeatedly reminded herself that Cassandra was a snake and she was doing the right thing and she even gave Cassandra opportunities to be mean to her so that she’d feel justified again.

But then the guilt would sneak up once more when she’d witness Will blowing Cassandra off and Cassandra would look sad and ask what Emily thought was going on. She was even helpful to her with one of her cases and Emily struggled with what she should do. Even though I am not here for Will and Cassandra any more than Emily is, I totally get why she struggled so much. She’s a nice person and she has a good heart and she doesn’t like to see people hurt, even people who have hurt her in the past. Does that make her a pushover? A little bit, but it also makes her human and no matter how much we don’t want to care, sometimes we can’t help ourselves.

So Emily relented and she told Will that she changed her mind and she saw that it wasn’t her place and if he wanted to ask Cassandra out, he could. He was surprised and asked her if she was sure and Emily explained that she wasn’t the kind of person who could ask that of someone. Will went ahead and asked Cassandra to dinner and while he lost some points in my book for that (hello, Emily is still your best friend), I can also see where he’s coming from. It’s not his fault that he doesn’t have those feelings for Emily and he hasn’t really seen the ugly side of Cassandra that Emily has so he should be allowed to date who he wants, I guess (Yeah, fine, I’m a pushover too. I felt bad for Cassandra. Sue me).

But this wasn’t the only source of Emily’s guilt in the episode. Micah’s mother, Joyce, was back in the hospital and her chemo was not going well at all. Micah was borderline in denial and just wanted to push new treatments. I totally understood where he was coming from; that was his mom, of course he wants to exhaust all options to keep her alive. However, in doing so, Micah was hesitant to tell her the truth about the treatment not working so when Joyce asked Emily and reminded her that she was her doctor too, Emily told her the truth.

Micah was NOT happy with Emily and I can’t say that I blame him, but I also understood why she did what she did (Another thing I have in common with Emily is too many emotions). Micah let her have it and then he broke down and Michael Rady was completely and totally flawless in his performance. Later ‘Micah Mouse’ and his mom shared a beautiful mother and son moment in her hospital room where they both let all the emotions they’d been holding onto out. (I feel like this is the kind of show that’s going to go the realistic route with this storyline, but I would totally be okay with a miracle cure because I don’t want Micah to be sad).

The cases this week, aside from Joyce’s, didn’t really hold my attention, which is a first for this show (and could easily be due to the fact that I’m not feeling very well). But there was a drug addict, who came into the ER wearing a fake penis, which Emily pulled off (and that’s all I’m saying on that) and a little boy who needed a liver transplant. Will and Emily discovered that neither parent was a match, which proved the mother cheated (And is it just me or was Will super judgmental about it? I mean cheating is beyond wrong and terrible, but it wasn’t his place to judge). The boy’s sister turned out to be a match and Micah and Dr. Bandari did the surgery with Will and Emily and there was a close call with the sister, but everyone made it through okay. Oh, the drug addict ran off and Emily felt guilty for not being able to help him.

Cassandra proved that she wasn’t all bitch when she got revenge on the doctor who had been taunting Emily about the fake penis by putting one in his sandwich and taking a picture of him eating it while Emily and Tyra looked on. Speaking of Tyra, there was another side plot with her and a cop that she pretended she was dating since she hasn’t come out to her father yet. Emily got sucked into that as well and ended up going on a date with the cop that did not go well. But she did get Tyra to realize that maybe it’s time she told her father the truth.

Next week, the question of faith is brought up with one of Emily’s patients and it looks like she finds herself on Dr. Bandari’s bad side once again. Make sure you tune in and I’ll see you next week…

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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.