Emily's Reasons Why Not: Pilot
We start off meeting Emily Sanders (Graham) as a little girl and get a brief overview of her "Reasons Why
Not" system. Basically, if she can think of five reasons why not to do something, she doesn't. We see her in her
younger days deciding not to smoke because of how her grandmother looks/is after years of smoking. After a bad breakup
with her boyfriend (and author of the book she's publishing), Emily decides to take a much more hard-edged approach to
her dating, and anytime she stumbles across five reasons not to date a guy, it's over.
Her first run on the new system is with a guy who seems to be the epitome of what a girl looks for, Stan. He's considerate, kind, good looking, he cooks, and oh yea, he's gay! Or at least that's what Emily has convinced herself after a few dates with Stan and he still hasn't kissed her. Well, there's also the subscription to Martha Stewart Living and that he likes to roll around with other guys. After she "outs" him on his company voicemail in front of all of his coworkers, she finds out one vital piece of information; he's a mormon. A virgin mormon. A virgin mormon who was just waiting for the right girl, one like Emily. Ouch...
Emily's Reasons Why Not plays a little like How I Met Your Mother, Sex in the City, and Ally McBeal, shaken and chilled. It's got just the right amount of each, too ,and it's a blast to watch. Heather Graham's supporting cast is perfect, and while this episode was a little heavy on the estrogen with only her friend, obligatory gay friend, and evil former assistant on the show, it should be a little more balanced when James Patrick Stuart joins the cast from here on out. He's a great straight man in both senses of the word. I'm hooked, and while they're on separate networks, this makes a great companion to How I Met Your Mother for hopeless romantics on Monday nights. Maybe one day Ted and Emily will find each other... Let me know what you think.