We should have expected that “Emily and the Leap,” this week’s (and the supposedly final) episode of Emily Owens, MD would leave us on a cliffhanger…but did it have to be such an evil one? And what is up with the CW calling it a ‘season finale’? Does this mean they’re going to give the show another shot? Or are they just trying to spare themselves from an internet campaign by being vague enough to give us hope?
Regardless, this was probably the last hour we will ever spend with Emily and company, so let me just jump right in by saying…WTF? How could they leave us there?? They knew weeks ago that the show was canceled; why punish the people who stuck with it by ending the series with Emily falling into bed with Will after deciding to pursue a relationship with Micah? Everything we came to love about the quirky blonde girl was destroyed in that moment and she became just another chick who picks the hot guy who rejected her over the sweet guy who always put her first.
I get why Will chose Emily, especially after seeing how, if he’d stayed with Cassandra, he would have become just as self-serving and dishonest and competitive as her, but couldn’t he have realized this sooner rather than later? The fact that he didn’t is exactly why he doesn’t deserve Emily’s love or loyalty. On top of everything else, he knew that Micah and Emily were starting something, yet he showed up at her apartment like it meant nothing, because he is Will and women should always pick him over anyone else.
In a way, I’m almost glad that we won’t ever see the consequences of this unfortunate development. Micah is facing the very real possibility of losing his mother while trying to deal with his insane sister…I don’t want to see him wounded by Emily’s betrayal, too. And, yes, it would be a betrayal, especially after that incredibly sweet scene with them in the records room when they decided to give it shot. I was so hopeful that it would take Will at least a few more (imaginary) episodes to realize what he let slip through his fingers.
But no. Immediately upon hearing that Emily had dared to look at another man, suddenly Will couldn’t get enough of her. He even told her that he didn’t want anything to change between them. I would have slapped him right then and there for his sheer audacity. Things can only change when Will wants them to change? And he’s the only one who gets to be happy and sexually fulfilled? Yeah…I had my slapping hand posed and ready to reach through my TV screen right then.
Instead of telling him off (which would have been the high road for me), Emily let it slide and when Will came a’knocking, she let him in for some decidedly not-platonic friend time. And that’s where we ended, ladies and gentlemen. Emily got what she wanted from day one, but if the show were to go on, it would have cost her what she needed, a man who cares more about her happiness than his own.
With that, we leave Denver Memorial behind, as we have so many other imaginary places before their time (Serenity, Niagara Falls, William McKinley High School), and just hope that somewhere in an alternate universe, Emily woke up from her naughty dream, realized what a terrible thing her subconscious did in her sleep, and decided that Will really did need to be slapped the very next time she saw him.
Well, how would you have set up the next episode?
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