Emily Owens, M.D.

Emily Owens, M.D. Information

Emily Owens, M.D. was an American medical drama television series created by Jennie Snyder Urman. It was picked up by The CW on May 11, 2012, It premiered on The CW on October 16, 2012, and aired on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central. On November 28, 2012, the series was canceled by The CW. The 13th and final episode aired on February 5, 2013.


The series followed the life of Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer), a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, where she realized that her med-school crush Will Collins (Justin Hartley) and her high school nemesis Cassandra Kopelson (Aja Naomi King) were also interning. Emily had to struggle with her affections for Will while trying to battle it out with Cassandra to land the coveted spot as the research assistant of the world-famous cardiothoracic surgeon, Gina Bandari (Necar Zadegan).

Cast and characters


  • Mamie Gummer as Emily Owens; Emily, a first-year surgical intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, who was ready to put her high school days behind her. However, Emily quickly discovered that the hospital was just like high school and that it might be hard to shake her geeky-girl ways, especially in the presence of her high school nemesis and med-school crush.
  • Justin Hartley as Will Collins; Will a handsome and charming first-year surgical intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, who was a former friend of Emily's from med-school and who was oblivious to her crush on him.
  • Aja Naomi King as Cassandra Kopelson; Cassandra, the gorgeous and popular first-year surgical intern Cassandra Kopelson, who just happened to be Emily's high school nemesis.
  • Kelly McCreary as Tyra Dupre; Tyra, a first-year surgical intern, who quickly befriended Emily and also had the misfortune of being the daughter of the chief of surgery.
  • Michael Rady as Micah Barnes; Micah a smart and handsome resident, who was responsible for the interns and took Emily under his wing.
  • Necar Zadegan as Gina Bandari; Gina, the tough-as-nails world-famous cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Gina Bandari, the doctor who both inspired and intimidated all the interns.


  • JR Ramirez as Dr. A.J. Aquino
  • Harry Lennix as Tim Dupre
  • Michelle Harrison as Jessica
  • Catherine Barroll as Joyce Barnes
  • Christine Willes as E.R. Nurse
  • Brittany Ishibashi as Dr. Kelly Hamata

Development and production

In May 2012, The CW placed an order for the series under the original title First Cut. The pilot was available on CWTV.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Hulu, iTunes and on Mobile App, about three weeks before its premiere on The CW, and on YouTube a week before the premiere. The series was shot in Vancouver, Canada.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
Viewers = 1.67 ShortSummary = Emily Owens, an extremely neurotic, insecure and klutzy intern fresh out of med school, believes that her life is pretty much on track " until she gets to the hospital of her dreams, only to find out that her high school arch-enemy is also there and is bent on continuing to make Emily's life miserable. On Emily's first day, she gets a teenage patient who thinks her fainting was caused by a crush on a boy. However, she turns out to have cardiac tamponade, forcing Emily to perform an intense medical procedure on her first day. Afterward, Emily confesses her romantic feelings to her long time crush, Will, only to be shut down. Later she finds out that he is interested in Cassandra, her nemesis, who has an agenda to push and shove to climb up the hospital ranks. Emily befriends fellow intern Tyra, who is the daughter of the chief of surgery, as well as her surgical resident Dr. Micah Barnes, but gets on the no-nonsense Dr. Gina Bandari's bad side after she loses her pager. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.11 ShortSummary = Emily tries to get everything back to normal with Will, since she confessed her love to him. Emily is put on the case of a man who needs a heart transplant but with his medical condition it isn't possible. Emily begins to notice that the nurses may be mad at her because they put her on a case of a woman who has OCD, and needs her to always clean. Tyra tries to help Emily with the nurses hating her, while Emily tries to get Tyra's mind off Jessica, the nurse who's having an affair with her father. Micah's mom starts to question the chemotherapy treatments; Emily tells Will that she's okay with him not liking her 'that way' and he says that he's afraid to ruin their friendship. Emily continues to fight for her heart patient's rights when her patient with OCD tells her of laws that could help her, only to discover that the patient could have a brain tumor. Dr. Bandari gets even angrier at Emily when she finds out that she went over her head to get the MRI, and Micah tells Emily about his mom's pancreatic cancer. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.03 ShortSummary = Emily decides that in order to get over Will she needs to focus on his flaws. During rounds Dr. Bandari starts by quizzing the interns, and Emily loses to Cassandra, winning Cassandra an assist on a gallbladder operation. In the ER Emily and Tyra get the case of a girl who fell on her head. Tyra confesses when she knew she liked women. After treating a girl for an STD, Dr. Bandari instructs Emily to go to the local high school to teach the kids on safe sex. When talking to their patient Emily and Tyra find out how she might've gotten whatever problem she has. At the ER Emily finds out that the girls she spoke to beat up the boy that gave them all an STD. In the beginning of the surgery, Cassandra can't get the courage to make the first cut. Emily and Tara's patient starts to cough up blood, and find out that she breathed in fungus, and the treatment could stop her from doing gymnastics. Will and Emily are threatened by the mother of the boy with the STD, until she finds out what he has, and apologizes. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.38 ShortSummary = An Indian woman needs a kidney transplant, and while her newlywed husband is a match, their marriage is arranged and she is unsure she wants to stay married to him and does not want him to make such a sacrifice under the circumstances. A surrogate mother, carrying her sister's twins, is not allowed to make her own decisions regarding the fate of her unborn babies. Emily makes her first cut in the operating room. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.29 ShortSummary = Though she is told not to attempt to treat the addiction, Emily tries to help a drug addict who is brought into the ER and then admitted. A young boy needs a liver transplant and while his sister is a match, tests reveal that the boy's biological father is not the father who has raised him. When Tyra's former boyfriend shows up at the hospital, Tyra asks Emily to pretend the man is still her boyfriend so she does not have to come out to her father. Micah refuses to tell his mother the truth about her pancreatic cancer progress for fear she will stop fighting. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.05 ShortSummary = Emily gives Dr. Bandari constructive criticism on her attending evalution, but tries to get it back after finding out that Dr. Bandari reads them all herself. Will asks Cassandra to make an effort to be friends with Emily, and they both watch while Will makes his first cut on the operating table. Will admits to the woman he operated on that he once wanted to date Emily. Dr. Bandari's first heart patient comes in for another procedure however he must remain awake due to an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. While being operated on, he dies for a few minutes and Dr. Bandari brings him back to life but once awake the man starts to question his faith in God. A young couple bring their son in for stomach pains and find out that he is intersex and they have to decide if they want him to remain a boy or switch genders. Tyra finds out about her father's affair and that Emily knew about it. Tyra then tells Cassandra that Emily asked Will not to date her. Emily tells Cassandra that she had feelings for Will and that it is tough for her to see them together. Will meets Cassandra outside of the locker room and tries to kiss her but she says they should keep their relationship professional when inside the hospital. This is really out of respect for Emily, who is standing nearby watching. Tyra finally tells her father that she is gay and makes amends with Emily by returning the evaluation of Dr. Bandari that she wrote. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.41 ShortSummary = It's Cassandra and Emily's birthday, but Emily doesn't want anybody to know. Will then invites everybody to a party at Emily's apartment to celebrate. Manuel, a man who works in the flower shop at the hospital, collapses and they find out he has a mass on his lung. Since the surgery would be too expensive for him, Emily asks the Chief if they can perform the surgery pro bono. Will and Emily are put on a heart patient case who is a convict and needs to be restrained at all times. Tyra and the Chief make up and he decides to tell his wife about the affair he had. Kelly asks Micah if he has feelings for Emily, as she saw them together laughing with his mother. At the birthday party, Will finds out that Emily plays the cello and she plays "Cello Suite No.1 in G Major" for everybody. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.30 ShortSummary = When a female car accident victim is brought into the ER with a spike through her torso, everyone immediately blames her boyfriend for causing the accident. She makes it through surgery, but the doctors find that she may be paralyzed. Later, they discover that the boyfriend has lupus, which could be to blame for the accident. The case brings up painful memories for Will. Emily deals with a model with jaw cancer who refuses to undergo surgery. Emily and Cassandra compete for Will's attention as they all prepare for the in-service exam. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.09 ShortSummary = A man gets admitted in a costume and claims to be King Paravel from the Elvish nation. The man later goes blind which leads Will to believe he is suffering from conversion disorder, a psychiatric problem. Emily refuses to jump to conclusion so quickly. Another patient is a woman diagnosed with cancer who later passes away due to an unexpected cardiac arrest. Her upset daughter sues Micah for medical malpractice. In an attempt to prove that she is not predictable, Emily agrees to let Tyra dress her up for a blind date arranged by Cassandra. Emily shows up to the date looking stunning which later causes Will to act jealous. Micah realizes his true feelings for Emily. Dr. Bandari realizes she has been putting career before life and attempts to change it. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.02 ShortSummary = Emily conducts an experiment to prove that Will is jealous and likes her. At first, she fails when flirting with a gay coworker. After, Tyra gives her some tips on how to flirt, which Emily practices on the playboy doctor, who constantly follows her afterwards, asking for a date. Will saves her when he asks her what she is doing for the night by going over to her place to help her build a bookshelf. Unfortunately, he falls asleep while she goes out to buy beer. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.36 ShortSummary = Emily helps a male adrenaline junkie express his love for his male friend who's straight. Meanwhile, she, Cassandra and Will are the finalists chosen by Dr. Bandari to become her research assistant. Bendari interviews each, asking them the pros and cons they see in each other. Will angers Cassandra, by saying she is too self-centered, and she adds something about Will that causes Bendari to eliminate him. He says Emily gets too personally involved with her patients, from which Dr. Bendari bases the decision to choose Emily as her assistant. Cassandra and Will storm off at the decision, much to the disappointment of Emily and Tyra. Drs. Aquino and Bendari are later seen flirting. Emily tells Micah over a bottle of wine that she is over Will, and that she wishes to be chosen first. Just as Micah is about express his feelings for her, Tyra interrupts to tell Emily she has been rejected. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.33 ShortSummary = A winter storm causes a bus wreck and the ER becomes a triage site, which Emily oversees. She also must perform emergency surgery on a war-hero Marine who collapses. Meanwhile, although Tyra believes her father gives her no respect as a doctor, they perform an emergency C-section together. Cassandra feels threatened over Will's and Emily's friendship and breaks up with him. After the chaos at the hospital, Micah kisses Emily outside a bar, before Will announces the breakup to her and Tyra, yet again, interrupts them. LineColor = 188bc2 }}

Viewers = 1.50 ShortSummary = Emily and Micah talk about the events of the previous night and they come to a conclusion. Micah's sister comes to visit upon hearing that her mom has cancer. Will wrongly diagnoses a patient when he is distracted by Cassandra's cold behaviour towards him since their breakup. Emily finally decides between Micah and Will. LineColor = 188bc2 }}


# Title Original air date Rating/Share (18"49) Viewers (millions)
1 "Pilot" 0.5/1 1.67
2 "Emily and... the Alan Zolman Incident" 0.3/1 1.11
3 "Emily and... the Outbreak" 0.3/1 1.03
4 "Emily and... the Predator" 0.4/1 1.38
5 "Emily and... the Tell-Tale Heart" 0.4/1 1.29
6 "Emily and... the Question of Faith" 0.3/1 1.05
7 "Emily and... the Good and the Bad" 0.4/1 1.41
8 "Emily and... the Car and the Cards" 0.4/1 1.30
9 "Emily and... the Love of Larping" 0.3/1 1.09
10 "Emily and... the Social Experiment" 0.3/1 1.02
11 "Emily and... the Teapot" 0.4/1 1.36
12 "Emily and... the Perfect Storm" 0.4/1 1.33
13 "Emily and... the Leap" 0.4/1 1.50


E! Online described it as a mix between Grey's Anatomy and Mean Girls. On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the show scored 47/100.

International broadcasts

The series was picked up in Canada by CTV Two and aired in simulcast. Network Ten planned to air the series in Australia. ETC aired the series in the Philippines. In the Netherlands, the series aired on Net5.

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