Emily Owens, Meryl's Daughter: Pilot Review

by Angel Cohn October 16, 2012
Fall Pilot Season 2012: Emily Owens, M.D.

Outside of Julia's room, all the other newbies are massively impressed that Emily Owens, Meryl's Daughter, didn't kill the girl, despite her best efforts otherwise. And when she lifts her arm to push back her hair in exhaustion after about 45 seconds worth of work, Mean Girl says that she remembers why they used to call her Pits. Cue comically large underarm stains (especially considering she's got on a full long sleeved shirt under her scrubs). Maybe Emily's real problem is overdressing and not the stress.

Then we're in the locker room where Emily Owens, Meryl's Daughter is spelling out words, because the root of her problems with Mean Girl is that Emily beat Mean Girl at a spelling bee back in the day. Do you think Mean Girl has a Tiger Mom? I think I'm on to something here. Anyway, Mean Girl apparently stole her index cards during the debate club finals (causing the hyperactive sweat gland issue, which she might want to see and ACTUAL doctor about) and now has stolen her pager, because there's no way that she dropped it while she was daydreaming about Dr. Will's jawline or anything. She asks the nurse if she's seen her pager, and then is interrupted by Micah telling her to look for labs for room 501, and then nurse tells her that she's totally been missing her pages.

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.

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