It seems fitting that the theme of the series finale of Emily Owens, M.D. was mistakes since the CW canceling it was such a giant mistake. Seriously, I don’t know how to get over this one or if I ever will. Maybe I’m going to be bitter and sad forever that we only got 13 episodes of this fantastic, heart-filled, amazing show that had characters that were so easy to relate to and root for, even the ones we weren’t supposed to love as much as others.
But I suppose all those clichés about love and loss apply here since I’d rather have 13 episodes of a perfect show than to never have had any at all. I’m just so disappointed in the network and in the ratings and to everyone who didn’t give this show a fair chance. It was so well-written and well-acted and it could easily teach a few shows that shall remain nameless on the right way to write a love triangle.
So let’s talk about the final episode before I just start crying and quoting Taylor Swift lyrics all over the place. “Emily and the Leap” started with a bit of a rehash of the two big events of the last episode. Emily was mortified that her response to Micah’s kiss had been “thank you” and Will was trying to tell Cassandra again that he didn’t choose Emily, but she insisted that was exactly what he’d done. But Cassandra seemed perfectly fine with the breakup and that was bothering Will.
As for Micah, he was quick to tease Emily about the “thank you” and it was adorable. She admitted that she was surprised that he liked her and she also admitted that she had thought about him as a romantic possibility because he’s cute and funny, but he’s also her boss. Micah was quick to point out that should not be an issue between them and he was determined to convince her that they owed it to themselves to give it a shot. He asked Emily to have a non-romantic lunch with him so they could talk about it.
Will once again stepped into their moment when he was waiting in Emily’s office for her. He wanted to talk about Cassandra, but he noticed how close Emily and Micah seemed. Emily told him that they were close and she was considering dating Micah, but Will told her that wasn’t a good idea because he was her boss. But Emily wasn’t all that interested in Will’s opinion and it was nice to see her almost sort of gloating when she told him that Micah had kissed her. It was also nice to see just how jealous Will was over that said fact.
Micah was excited when he found out that his mom had been accepted into a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic, but Joyce didn’t want to go. She’d accepted her fate and she just wanted some relief. Micah’s sister Liz arrived on the scene and she was not happy that her mother’s condition had been kept from her. She also wasn’t happy that Joyce didn’t want treatment so she lied and said she was pregnant to give Joyce another reason to fight. It worked and she agreed to go, but Micah was not amused by Liz’s lies (She was pretty much the worst).
Cassandra and Will were treating a patient together and things got awkward when the patient and her wife tried to set Will up with their daughter. Cassandra assured them that Will was single, thanks to her. Once she left the room, the women commented on how cold she was and Will agreed. He told them that she didn’t used to be like that with him, but maybe he’d made a mistake with her. Will gave the patient a prescription and the first dose of an antibiotic and then told her that she was going to be fine. Later, Cassandra broke down in tears in front of the patient when she let her guard down and explained that she dumped Will because he had feelings for someone else.
Emily showed up right after that and Will apologized for his earlier behavior regarding Micah. He tried to play it off saying that he was just protecting her since he was going through his own work breakup, but then he told Emily it was strange seeing her about to date someone else for real. Will didn’t see why things had to change. Emily told him that they did because it was time for her to move on (how awesome is it to see Emily standing up for herself?). But then they were interrupted when the patient was rushed back in, unresponsive. Will started chest compressions, but it was already too late and he had to pronounce her dead (so, so sad).
Micah was already waiting in the records room for Emily so they could have their non-date lunch. Emily lay down on the floor beside him and after he told her about his sister, she told him about her parents and how her mother is a train wreck or a whirlwind and she only met her father once. She tells Micah that he’s easy to talk to. He suggests they talk about the possibility of a relationship and Emily admits that she’s worried because he’s her boss and it might look bad if he gives her special treatment. Micah tries to calm her fears and tells her that none of those things are reasons enough not to give a relationship a chance.
But then Micah chooses Cassandra over Emily when he has to pick an intern to assist him in surgery. Afterward Emily asks him if he would have chosen her if it wasn’t for the whole potential dating thing. Micah admits that he probably would have and apologizes for overcorrecting himself. He promises not to let it happen again, but Emily is obviously wary because of her career.
Cassandra pulls Will aside and points out that their patient had been on anti-depressants at one point, but it wasn’t noted in her chart and Will takes a closer look at her EKG and realizes that the medicine he gave her killed her. Cassandra tells him to keep it to himself and not ruin his entire career on one mistake, but Will has a hard time with that, especially after Emily reminds him that he’s a good guy. In an incredibly emotional scene, Will tells the patient’s wife the truth and apologizes for his mistake (This instantly became one of my favorite Justin Hartley scenes ever and that’s saying something, guys. He was fantastic).
Emily came over to talk to Will right after the woman had left and she saw how upset he was. The two went to the bar to hang out and Emily assured him that it wasn’t his fault and it could have happened to anyone. Will tells her that the reason he was able to tell the truth was because of her and how she saw him as a good guy and made him want to be one. Then he finally admitted that he was jealous when he saw her with Micah and talked about the awkward timing. Will asked what he’d done that made her start to get over him and Emily explained that it was when he went after Cassandra at the banquet and made her realize that she wanted to be chosen.
Will is taken aback by that and tells her that the reason Cassandra broke up with him is because she thought he’d chosen Emily and he tells her that he did choose her. Emily mentally reminds herself that she’s over him and then gets up to go, leaving Will looking sad at the bar by himself (Again, such good scenes from both actors here. It was nice seeing Will be the vulnerable one for a change). Emily headed home and shortly after, Will showed up at her door. She hesitated for a moment and then she let him in. Will didn’t say anything; he just kissed her and then carried her into her bedroom (and it was all kinds of hot).
But as cute as the way they were looking at each other before the screen faded to black was, Emily’s voiceover was talking about looking before you leap and thinking things through, something she clearly wasn’t doing here…not that I’m complaining because I have been Team Will since Day 1 and I think it’s fitting that the final scene was Emily getting the guy that she’s been pining over for four years.
On the other hand, I cannot express just how truly gutted I am that this show is over. Jennie Urman, the fantastic, brilliant writer who created this show and these characters was kind enough to give fans some tidbits about what would have happened if we were allowed to have nice things and the show had received a 22-episode order. Since I’m dangerously close to an outrageous word count already and there’s one character (Will) whose future I’m hoping she’ll still address on Twitter, I’m going to have more on the “what could have been” scenarios in my final series wrap up next week.
In the meantime, I just want to say again that this was such a beautiful show and I am going to miss it so much. 20 years from now, I’m still going to be bitter and sad when I think about how it was canceled much too soon (and yes, I can absolutely hold a grudge that long). Feel free to hit the comments below and tell us what you thought of the show, the ending and please bring tissues and chocolate…I’ll just be crying in the corner.