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Emily Owens, M.D. was a Live-Action TV series that aired on The CW in 2012 and 2013. Often described as medical dramameetsMean Girls, this is a story of a young intern, the titular Emily, who comes to work in a big hospital and gradually realizes that being an adult is much less different from being in high school than one might expect.Despite being quite short-lived (only 13 episodes were aired), this series managed to gain some fans. It was praised for good acting and overall realistic, down-to-earth atmosphere.
Emily Owens, M.D. provides examples of the following tropes:
An Arm and a Leg: One girl who wanted to be a surgeon loses her arm. She takes it very hard.
Birthday Episode: One episode takes place on Emily's and her nemesis Cassandra's birthday which just happens to be the very same day. Emily doesn't celerate them, but Will forces her to throw an impromptu party in her flat.
Bittersweet Ending: Many of the episodes, this being a medical show and all, but one episode where the woman with OCD, with the tumor in the perfect location to operate, dies and the old man with the very low chance of surviving an incredibly risky surgery lives
Birthday Hater: Cassandra blabs (on purpose) that she and Emily both celebrate their birthday. Cassandra loves all the attention, but Emily honestly keeps repeating she's not a birthday type.
Break the Cutie: Cassandra loves trying to break Emily. She reminds of many embarrassing things and constantly puts her down.
Crazy Cat Lady: One patient is a hoarder who has about ten cats. She has serious infection which she caught from her wounded arm. When her daugher tells Emily about her life and how she unsuccessfully tried to help her, Emily realizes that the woman might have toxoplasmosis that changed her personality.
Last-Second Word Swap: When Emily tries to Bowdlerise herself this way in front of a child patient, she invents the word "balvery" ("balls" turned into "bravery").
Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Cassandra uses this trope to tease Emily, when Micah and Emily are talking in the break room. "I'll just...leave you alone, um, to get to know each other better."
Lethal Diagnosis: Micah's mother has one. He seems to have more trouble dealing with it than she does. Word of God has it that she was supposed to die at the end of the season.
Longing Look: Pretty common throughout the series, but one example is when Emily is watching Cassandra and Will holding hands and talking through the window.
Lovable Nerd: Emily is a mild example: she's nerdy, but she's not entirely socially inept.
Love Hurts: In the end of episode 3, Emily is feeling bad about being rejected by Will when she happens across a patient's ex-wife, who is watching her ex-husband kiss his new wife. The lady is a bit tearful, and claims she's allergic to something. Emily sympathetically replies that she thinks she has the same allergy. She then runs into another crying, heartbroken patient in the parking lot.
Moment Killer: Cassandra loves doing this. A good example would be when Emily saved a patient, and amidst all the clapping and cheering Cassandra just had to stare at her and say: "Now I remember why we called you Pits". Cue Emily's embarrassment instead of the pride she actually deserved.
Nice Girl: Emily is very sweet to her patients, sometimes to a fault.
Plot Parallel: Pretty common for a medical show, but a lot of Emily's patients' stories are related to what she's going through herself.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: A blind patient tries to convince Emily to treat his dog. She tries to resist, telling to herself that all dog have sad eyes, but she looks and is in. She then gets Will to help, who does. She talks about those sad eyes, and Will agrees — Emily's look did it for him.
Will They or Won't They?: Emily has this dynamic with both Will and Micah. The final episode has her going for Will, although Word of God revealed she was supposed to end up with Micah by the actual end of the season, had the show not been cancelled.