Emily Owens, Meryl's Daughter: Pilot Review
She goes down to the ambulance bay where a DUI victim has just been brought in. She and Will are stuck with the driver who says they drank last night, but drove this morning. What kind of alcohol were they drinking? Or how much? But before we can learn more about this guy whose face is dripping in fake blood, Dr. Bandari hastily grabs Emily because she's not answering her pages. She's brought back up to Julia's room, so they can give her the diagnosis that she needs an operation to drain the fluid around her heart. Could Dr. Bandari not have done this alone? Did she really have to go wandering around searching for Emily Owens, Meryl's Daughter? The mom asks to talk to Dr. Bandari outside, while Emily Owens, Meryl's Daughter tells Julia that it's really serious, but they should focus on important things, like telling Cody how she feels. Yes, priorities. Julia totally calls out Emily Owens, Meryl's Daughter for her crush on Dr. Will, and she insists that Dr. Will totally reciprocates. Yep, dating advice from a 12-year-old. Julia also relates this situation to Twilight, which might have been relevant about four years ago.
Tyra finds Emily Owens, Meryl's Daughter's pager vibrating behind a couch cushion, which she finds weird. After having known Emily for maybe three hours, during which time she's been nothing but scatterbrained, I wouldn't think anything "nefarious" (to quote Emily) was happening, just that Emily was a clueless space cadet. But Tyra needs Emily to find out if this cute nurse type is staring at her because she wants to jump her bones, or because she's the chief daughter, so she plays a lot nicer than I would with Emily. Why Tyra can't do this herself, since she seems like a confident and competent person, is a mystery until she reveals that her dad doesn't know at all about her love of the ladies, and just doesn't like her bitchy personality. And she doesn't want to be rejected. Emily agrees to help, but she's saved by the page.
Then there's the awful scene we've been seeing footage of all summer in the previews: Emily Owens, Meryl's Daughter and Dr. Will are standing side by side watching an MRI machine (which may or may not be one of DOOOOM) and she inner-monologues to herself that if she inches closer to him and rubs shoulders with him and he doesn't flinch away, then she'll know he likes her. Subsequently, if he looks at her and doesn't run off for the hills, then that's a sure sign that he's in love with her. She almost tells him about her crush and then doesn't.