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‘Emily in Paris’ Review: A Bumpy Escape to Paris That’s Filled with Berets, Instagram and Stereotypes

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If you’re looking for an escape from the pandemic’s throes, look no further than Netflix’s new collaboration with Darren Star, Emily in Paris. 

The series benefits largely from the scenery as it filmed in a pre-COVID world right in the heart of Paris. The sights are stunning, and while Star and the producers didn’t know it at the time, upon its premiere, it would be a reprieve filling in a void of wanderlust for many who have been confined to their homes (and home offices) since March. It especially piqued my interest as my May trip to Paris was cancelled due to the pandemic. I’m living vicariously through Emily while also knowing I wouldn’t have nearly as many epic adventures or flirtatious romances. 

Falling in love with the picturesque scenery is one thing, but it’s the show, and the titular character, Emily (Lily Collins), that has to sell audiences. 

The pilot episode sets the scene: Emily works at a big marketing firm in Chicago, her boyfriend is forgettable, and the moment her boss finds out she’s pregnant from one of her several one-night stands and can’t go to Paris to complete the merger of luxe firms, she sends Emily. Emily’s boyfriend isn’t too pleased and they attempt the whole long-distance thing for a bit, but it’s clear that Emily’s mindset is international while her boyfriend is happy staying local forever. 

To audiences, Emily is likable as a lead character, but to her new co-workers at Savoir, especially her uptight manager Sylvie, she’s “ringarde,” or what we later know is a “basic bitch.”

While Collins does a wonderful job carrying the show, the heroine is far too peppy and optimistic for the likes of Paris, and her fashion, though always impeccable, makes her stick out like a sore thumb. Seriously, how does she get around in heels in such a breezy fashion? 

She doesn’t follow rules and she’s fearless, which should be admirable, but everything comes so easily for her that it’s not relatable nor is it charming in the way it’s supposed to be. She’s not just a regular gal — she doesn’t have financial burdens (or school loans for that matter), she managed to bring all those staple fashion pieces in one suitcase, and she her biggest issue is which French man she’ll sleep with and to convince her boss to like her. 

So, it’s clear why Sylvie has it out for her. 

Though, one can argue we don’t ever learn much about Emily other than she came from Chicago where she had a boring life and now she’s living out every American girl’s fantasy. 

In our current pandemic climate, it’s also a little hard to digest the notion of an American swooping in as the hero and telling everyone the right way to do things. However, we can all learn from the secondary lesson that hones in on the idea that we can all achieve so much more if we just worked together. 

Marketing comes naturally to Emily — and it’s not just because of that Master’s she mentions — as does being an influencer as she stumbles into it after having only a handful of followers upon her arrival in Paris. Look, we’ve all tried to become influencers and can, without a doubt, attest that it isn’t that easy.

Being a Parisian, however, doesn’t come as easily to her. As she helps Savoir evolve and market their clients, those around her both at the company and in her personal life help her navigate her new lifestyle. It’s a gentle reminder that if we just stopped to give each other a chance instead of pointing out difference, we could all learn a lot from each other. 

Throughout the 10-episode run (they’re less than 30 minutes each, so they’re digestible), Sylvie is one of the only people that almost never comes around to the idea of Emily. She just doesn’t get why everyone adores Emily, and that’s fine, but her hatred is a little far-fetched and borders on cliche.

Along with Emily’s Americanized notion of the world, the series is riddled with cliche’s and stereotypes from the French disdain for everything to chain smoking up to the men talking freely about sex. Even America’s sweetheart, Brooklyn, is a walking stereotype and a clear example of why people generally don’t like Americans. And Julien, Emily’s gay co-worker (and only person of color on the series) plays right into the “gay co-worker” stereotype and serves little to no purpose other than to provide catty remarks and support. 

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EMILY IN PARIS (L to R) LILY COLLINS as EMILY in episode 101 of EMILY IN PARIS Cr. STEPHANIE BRANCHU/NETFLIX © 2020

With Sylvie, all of her hatred is fueled by jealousy especially as, again, most things come fairly easy to Emily including workplace successes and romance. It seems every man she comes across, even Sylvie’s lover Antoine, is somehow infatuated by her. 

Since the series hails from the creator of Younger, the dynamic between the older boss and the younger employee slightly parallels Liza and Diana’s, but where Diana excels as a feminine goddess that we love to praise, Sylvie falls flat. 

Her distaste for Emily doesn’t always make sense — the more Emily succeeds and proves her worth, the more Sylvie hates her — and though the series attempts to paint her as this chic woman, she just seems like a bitter woman unable to embrace change. At one point, an old client said the firm she’s running is “dinosaur” and it’s fitting; she wants the status-quo while Emily is here to shake things up as every ounce of publicity. You know the saying: even bad press is good press.

There’s progress made towards the end of the series when Sylvie un-fires Emily after she once again saves the day after messing it up, but it’s clear that Emily’s journey of proving herself will be an uphill battle. Don’t worry, she’s ready for it. 

They always say Paris is for lovers,so  you didn’t think there’d be a series without a few romances in the city of love, did you? It’s clear from the beginning that Emily has chemistry with her fourth floor neighbor, Gabriel, but he, of course, has a girlfriend he fails to tell Emily about. 

Darren Star found plenty of success with an effective love triangle on Younger, so it’s not surprising this would be the crux of the series. However, unlike on Younger where fans are torn between #TeamJosh and #TeamCharles, there’s no doubt that Emily and Gabriel belong together. All the other men she’s rendezvoused with, including the snob Thomas, Antoine, youngester Timothee, and Mathieu, are just frogs that had to be kissed on her way to charming.

The biggest obstacle in this relationship is Camille, who, like Emily, audiences have a sweet spot for. Maybe it’s cause we meet Camille before we know she’s Gabriel’s girlfriend, maybe it’s because she’s nice to Emily from the moment she meets her, or because she’s genuinely nice, but it’s hard to watch Emily and Gabriel’s relationship unfold knowing it’s going to hurt Camille. 

It’s unfortunate to see her caught up in this whole mess and unknowingly betrayed by the two people closest to her. 

If the series snags a second season, the relationship drama will amplify as Antoine invested in Gabriel’s career as a chef in Paris, which means he’s staying around and not moving to Normandy. 

That seems like good news, but it’s problematic as Gabriel and Emily slept together thinking this was their final goodbye and he was done with Camille for good. 

Camille is surely going to want her man back, but what does Gabriel’s heart want? 

There’s also drama for Emily and Mathieu, heir to the Cadault fashion empire that she almost destroyed once before. If she wants to stay on Pierre’s good side, keep them as a client, and make Sylvie happy, she can’t ruin this relationship. And that’s why she should’ve listened to her “commandments” of not mixing business with pleasure.

One of the show’s saving graces is Ashley Park, who plays Mindy, and steals every scene she’s in. She’s the heiress to a zipper king in China, which is problematic in its own stereotypical “Crazy Rich Asians” way, but she’s also a nanny who sings in a drag club and encourages Emily to live her best life. I’d watch a show solely focused on her! 

The pilot episode was admittedly a little bumpy, and while I was excited for the series, I found myself wondering if maybe the hype was too much. 

The series isn’t groundbreaking by any means — not in the way Younger and Sex and the City were — but once you get into the groove, you’ll be hooked on Emily and her international lifestyle. All those complaints won’t bother you if you go into it thinking that it was always meant to be the perfect fantasy of what people dream up Paris to be in their minds. 

Then, think about all those Instagram influencers you follow — you know their lives are unrealistic, but they paint a pretty picture; and yes, the show gives you the same dose of endorphins as mindlessly scrolling through your feed for hours.

If you’re in quarantine and looking for an escape, your vacation is only one click away with Emily in Paris. You don’t even need a passport. Just make sure you have a croissant and some macarons ready! 

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Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Emily in Paris’?

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When Is Season 3 of Emily in Paris Coming Out?

Emily in Paris has captivated fans with its high-fashion, glamorous, and scenic sites, and dramatic love square between Emily, Gabrielle, Cami, and Alfie, so it’s no wonder that everyone is clamoring for new episodes. 

Not to mention that cliffhanger ending—and baby bombshell—left fans in desperate need of a fourth season, which thankfully, Netflix has already confirmed is happening.

Yep, the streaming giant renewed Emily in Paris for season 4 back in January 2022.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear when we should board our flight to the French capital as the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike has paused production indefinitely, delaying the filming and arrival of the next season. Prior to the strikes, the season was set to start in late summer or early fall, and now, our only hope is that maybe it will happen toward the end of fall, which would put us on track for a mid/late 2024 release. Again, nothing has been announced or confirmed, this is merely speculation as it all depends on how long the strike continues. 

This means that while we will definitely get more of Emily Cooper’s adventures in  Darren Star’s Emmy-nominated romantic comedy, we’re going to have to wait slightly longer for them to grace our screens.

The anticipation is truly killing us as it’s already been eight months since season 3 concluded its 10-episode run in December.

The series stars Lily Collins in the titular role, Ashley Park (who you can now see on the third season of Only Murders in the Building), Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Kate Walsh, Camille Razat, Lucas Bravo, Lucien Laviscount, Bruno Gouery and Samuel Arnold.

And as for whether the series will continue on after season 4, Star told Deadline that he hopes so as it’s his vision— “I definitely think the show has a life beyond next season. There’s no end in sight until everybody feels like it’s time to end.”

That should be enough to hold us over, at least. 

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Is the McBaguette from ‘Emily in Paris’ Real?

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If you’ve binge-watched Emily in Paris Season 3, you’re likely wondering if the McBaguette, a product hawked in the first few episodes of the Netflix romantic comedy, is real. 

The good news is that… it is.

The bad news is that it’s a limited-edition item available solely in France. 

It first made its debut in April 2012 to tempt to French to eat at the fast-food chain, which Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) informs Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) is chicer in the European country than it is in America. As she puts it, there’s no sign of the Hamburglar anywhere—which purely adds to his confusion and underlines the vast difference between fast food in the states and overseas. Either way, it gives her the idea to sell the client as a luxury brand in the French market.

In reality, it’s unclear if the show’s goal is to entice French fans, or even Americans living in France, to frequent the restaurant, or if the plan is to reintroduce the menu item to French McDonald’s menus once again.

To be quite honest, it would make sense if McDonald’s in the U.S. rolled out the menu item for a brief time, allowing Americans to transport themselves to France, even just briefly. That way, the marketing money the chain already spent by including it as a product placement in the series, will have paid for itself. 

For those intrigued about the McBaguette, a French twist on an American classic, the burger patty comes topped with lettuce, local Swiss cheese, and mustard sauce, along with a baguette rather than a hamburger bun. In 2012, NBC News reported that the company sought out French suppliers for the baguettes, which are baked in stone ovens for a crisp crust.

Per CBS News, McDonald’s has been adapting menus all around the world to cater to different flavor profiles. The French McCafe menu also includes croissants, pain chocolat, and, at the location, Emily and Gabriel frequented, macarons!

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Emily in Paris Season 3 Review – More Drama, More Love Triangles, and a Pregnancy

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Emily in Paris Season 3 Review

Where Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) leads, chaos is sure to follow. Followed by good marketing ideas in close proximity.  

Emily in Paris is a fantastic adventure through the scenic streets of Paris, digging further into the world of designer fashion while building on the fabulous life that the protagonist got us accustomed to in the first two seasons on Netflix.

I’d even go on a limb and say that this season is the best one yet because it’s the boldest—with the most on the line…and the most love triangles. It simply feels larger than life, in the best ways possible.

That’s right, Paris, the City of Love, doesn’t just pose a conundrum for Emily’s romantic life, as several other characters also find themselves torn between romantic interests. 

Emily’s love life and her personal life begin to blend even further, becoming almost indistinguishable from each other. It’s clear that she’s built a life for herself in Paris, one she refuses to give up when Madeline (Kate Walsh) informs her that she booked her a trip back to Chicago. 

Emily in Paris Season 3 almost feels like it’s split up into two parts—before Madeline and after Madeline, though, the good news is that the series knew exactly when it was time to say goodbye to Walsh’s insufferable character. One could say she overstayed her welcome long ago, but if she was necessary to Emily’s development, then this was the right moment to send her packing.

While I imagine that some Americans come off the way she does in European countries, I truly hope that she isn’t representative of all of us. I thought that maybe once she had her baby, Madeline would become a bit more tolerable, but that, unfortunately, wasn’t the case. If you think Emily brings chaos wherever she goes, Madeline destroyed everything she touched, including Savoir. She—and her ego—played a huge role in Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) and co.’s decision to exit the marketing agency and start their own, and when she couldn’t get it together, land any new clients, or replace Sylvie as president, Savoir realized that there was no reason to continue keeping the Paris chapter afloat, which made her presence no longer necessary. 

There were contrasting power dynamics at play with Madeline and Sylvie, but what made Emily so successful in Paris is that she stepped back and observed—she tried to learn the language, she tried to learn the way, and she played the game while putting her own spin on it. Madeline did not approach it that way, and thus, she clashed with Sylvie from the very beginning. The wasn’t room for both of them in that charming office space, so it was natural that one of them had to exit. Emily knew from the get-go that her place was no longer with Madeline but rather with Sylvie, and I wish she spoke up sooner, though, that would’ve eliminated the necessary conflict that the first half of the series hinged on. It was also necessary for Emily to figure out what she wanted out of her life in Paris—this time, deciding she wanted to make it a permanent living situation.

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Emily in Paris. (L to R) Lily Collins as Emily, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Sylvie Grateau in episode 301 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Stéphanie Branchu/Netflix © 2022

Initially, Emily tried to juggle both companies as she felt a loyalty to both women, though it eventually bit her in the behind when she was found out and Sylvie fired her. Madeline had no one, so she forgave Emily, which was yet another telling sign as to why she shouldn’t have stuck around because of some misplaced sense of loyalty. People come into our lives for a reason, and it was evident that while Madeline was her past, as was Chicago, while Sylvie—and Paris—were her future. I’m glad that Emily eventually admitted that, taking the leap for herself. 

I’ve often wondered why Emily’s Chicago friends and family don’t reach out more. It was nice to see the series acknowledge that part of her life with a call from Doug, though it only served as a reminder of what was already evident—aside from her job, she’s built an actual life here for herself. It’s a life that’s beautiful and messy and that she likely couldn’t have even imagined when she first accepted the opportunity

Emily is the walking embodiment of the phrase when life gives you lemons. By walking out on Madeline, she was running toward the future she wanted, but without a job, she didn’t have a safety net, which made it an even bolder move. Emily is resourceful, however, so it didn’t take long until she got herself noticed and she was only jobless for a few days before Sylvie re-hired her for her new agency. She may not always like the girl, but Emily if there’s one thing that rings true, it’s that Emily is damn good at her job, which in turn, means success for Sylvie. I do think, on some level, Sylvie also appreciates the big risks that Emily takes, and in her own way, recognizes a bit of herself in the girl. Sylvie also took a big risk by going out on her own and leaving Savoir behind, and I love that the series acknowledged the struggles that came with it.

Emily is Sylvie’s little protege, whether she wants to admit it or not, and she oftentimes does a better job than the woman in charge herself. By the end of the season, it’s evident that Emily is one of the main reasons her agency is doing so well, even if she is stepping on some toes and making enemies out of colleagues who were once friends. The Julian (Samuel Arnold) drama, sadly, feels too forced. Sylvie could’ve easily mitigated it by having Julian run his pitches by Emily—if she had any ideas to bounce off of his original ideas, she could present them to him in the moment rather than in front of the client. It would eliminate any tension and encourage collaborative work. 

Though I’m sure with Julian’s email confirming that he’s open to a new opportunity, he’s likely looking into a job with JVMA, the agency owned by the most powerful man in fashion, Nicola’s father, who Sylvie just so happened to make an enemy out of when she blindsided him with Pierre Cadault (Jean-Christophe Bouvet). There’s no denying that JVMA is dirty when it comes to business, and Sylvie was simply pulling a page out of Emily’s book by taking the big swings—jumping first and asking for forgiveness later. If you don’t take the risks, how can you ever learn to fly? It was necessary to preserve her own integrity and to deliver the service that one of her most trusted clients expects from her, but it will surely come at a price. 

While I do think Sylvie could handle the blowback on her professional life, it’s about to interfere in her personal life as her husband, Laurent G, is hoping that Nicola’s father, will invest in his exclusive party club that he’s hoping to open in Paris so that he can be closer to Sylvie. It’s definitely going to cause some friction in their newly-revived relationship. While the duo has always been married, they just recently rekindled the spark—and we’ve never seen Sylvie happier. It’s unfortunate that it came at Erik’s expense, who would’ve done anything for her but constantly felt as though his relationship was crowded with all her past lovers. In a way, Erik’s decision pushed Sylvie to pursue what she always wanted but was too afraid to admit.

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Emily in Paris. (L to R) Paul Forman as Nicolas De Leon, Ashley Park as Mindy in episode 305 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Marie Etchegoyen/Netflix © 2022

The second act, as I mentioned, came when Emily began working alongside Sylvie, Luc, and Jean at Agence Grateau, but it also focused much more heavily on the relationship drama, which, as I also mentioned previously, goes hand-in-hand with her work life this season.

For much of the season, Emily is in a committed relationship with Alfie (Lucien Laviscount), which is the right choice. She may have screwed up with him initially, but once she makes the grand gesture and earns his forgiveness and a second chance, it’s almost like they haven’t skipped a beat. I was rooting for Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) in the first two seasons, but Alfie and Emily just make sense. He fits into her world, their chemistry is palpable and natural, and their personalities complement each other well. Plus, his bromance with Gabriel is one of the highlights of the season, while Emily proves on several occasions that she and Gabriel can make really great friends. They can exist in each other’s orbit without leaning on their romantic feelings, which is refreshing. There’s definitely an underlining of will they or won’t they at times, including when they take Paris by storm after movie night while their significant other’s out of town and when Gabriel gets drunk and professes his love to her, however, they never cross the line. It’s a nice, naturally-evolving phase of their relationship.

Unfortunately, as the season progresses, and Gabriel informs Emily that he’s going to propose to Camille (Camille Razat), it seems as though her longing for the chef intensifies. And there are a lot of reasons that play a role in her slight change of heart, including Gabriel’s drunken romantic confession, the realization that she may lose him to Camille forever (and his marriage confession which seems to come out of thin air), and the fact that she’s one of the only people who know about Cami’s affair with Sofia, the artist from Greece.

It’s an awkward position for Emily to be in considering how close she is to Gabriel. It’s almost as though she owes him the truth, but it’s not her truth to tell. Mindy tells her to stay out of it, but when marriage is thrown into the equation, she tells Emily to speak up. However, Emily sits by idly because the only thing that has ever mattered to her is to see Gabriel happy. His happiness means everything to her, which I guess is a sign of true love. She does confront Cami before the couple decides to tie the knot during the engagement party, and when Cami sees Gabriel and Emily celebrating in private (which involves his recently-revamped restaurant), she knows in her heart that she can’t go through with the wedding. 

At the end of the day, Gabriel’s heart was only in the right place because he couldn’t have Emily. Emily was a good sport, keeping her promise that she wouldn’t date him following the pact she made with Cami, which Cami (who remained manipulative throughout the season) immediately broke. Gabriel was under the impression that she didn’t want to be with him, so in a way, he settled for Cami. We can’t know if he would’ve picked Cami over Emily because he was never given the choice.

And if you look back on the season, they weren’t genuinely happy with each other—it was a false sense of happiness hinging on what they thought was right. If Cami was happy with him, she wouldn’t have sought out Sofia, even if she was just acting on the passion between two people. The French look at romance a bit differently, but at the end of the day, it boils down to Cami not being the “right” person for Gabriel and looking for intimacy and affection elsewhere. Meanwhile, Gabriel made plenty of time to hang out with Emily, but he was never available to be there for Cami, which, again, is telling. 

If the series were to have just ended with Emily and Gabriel staring down each other after Alfie split—my heart broke when he told Emily that he won’t be second best and to “go get her man”— I would’ve been content with the cliffhanger, but the series dropped another bombshell on us after all of it: Cami’s pregnancy. 

And once we found that out, Gabriel’s actions about planning for his future, with the restaurant and the proposal, began to make a lot more sense. 

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The unfortunate reality is that a baby won’t make Gabriel and Cami happy, nor it will them feel whole and complete. They weren’t on the same page for quite some time, and though it’s easy to be in denial now when there’s this exciting new development, it’s not going to last. Parenthood is hard, and it will only make them resent each other.

There’s also no confirmation that it is Gabriel’s baby, and while it’s implied, we’ve seen her have an affair with Sofia, so we can’t rule out the possibility that it isn’t.

It’s also a huge mess for Emily no matter how you splice it. If she pursues things with Gabriel, she becomes a stepmom, and I don’t know if she’s ready for that, but if she doesn’t, she’s denying herself the love she’s always wanted ever since she got to Paris. 

I have no idea how they will move forward, but at the very least, I know they’ll be there to support each other as they’ve built a solid foundation as friends. 

Maybe it will convince Emily that through everything, she’s stopped having feelings for Gabriel and that Alfie is the one. 

He’s the one I’m hurting for the most because he didn’t deserve any of it. He was so vulnerable with Emily about how he’s been burned in the past—he didn’t deserve to get blindsided or have the rug pulled out from under him, which was his fear all along about getting into a relationship. And he didn’t deserve to lose a good friend in Gabriel. Again, the bromance was so fun to explore!  Love gets messy, I get it, but this was brutal, especially to such a good guy. Deep down inside, I think he always knew there was something between Emily and Gabriel, but he was just hoping that it was in the past. Everyone seemed to know, including Emily’s friends at the agency. But I think it’s easy to lie to yourself if you really want it, and in this case, Cami, Alfie, Gabriel, and Emily all lied to themselves, and the reality shocked them all.

I personally hope this isn’t the end of the road for Alfie and Emily, but I don’t know how he could ever trust her again. And how could he continue working with Gabriel after all of this?

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Emily in Paris. (L to R) Lily Collins as Emily, Lucien Laviscount as Alfie in episode 310 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Marie Etchegoyen/Netflix © 2022

Nicolas’ arrival also throws Mindy’s (Ashley Park) relationship with Benoit (Kevin Dias) into turmoil, and just like Alfie, the latter didn’t come out unscathed. The poor guy didn’t stand a chance against Nicolas, who swooped in with his sights set on Mindy. It makes sense that the series would want to involve Mindy deeper into Emily’s world of fashion, and making her the one caught in the middle of Emily and Nicola’s PR war was brilliant, but Benoit didn’t deserve to be pushed off to the side as an afterthought, as though their relationship never mattered. 

Benoit definitely felt insecure around Nicolas, but I wish he didn’t just walk away from everything he had with Mindy without talking it out with her first. However, a man knows when his woman is interested in someone else, so Benoit was just calling it like it is.

It was a shame to see their relationship fall apart in this way, and especially to see Mindy throwing herself into something else with Nicolas, who never respected Benoit in the first place, but I also won’t complain too much because it made for some good drama. Nicolas, however, is not the kind of guy I want to see Mindy with in the long run as she definitely seemed to lose herself, her sense of purpose, and her dreams and ambitions when she began dating him.

Nicolas showed his true colors at the “Swan song” party when he basically gave Emily no choice but to leave the event because he wasn’t ready to forgive her. It was such an asshole move, but Emily went with it because she didn’t want to ruin her best friend’s evening. Thankfully, once Alfie told Mindy the truth, she set the record straight, making it very clear that she wouldn’t be dazzled by all of Nicola’s wealth and connections. Emily was her family, and in a way, it served as an ultimatum. I love seeing her stick up for herself, and I love seeing friendship come first and foremost over any relationship. Nicolas may have apologized to Emily, but if he was willing to do it once, what makes her think he won’t pull another stunt like that again in the future?

And he’s not going to react positively to Benoit’s return either. In the last episode, Benoit came back to inform Mindy that their song “Mon Soleil” was chosen for Eurovision, which will bring them back into each other’s orbit. And there’s nothing more romantic than singing the song a man wrote for you on one of the biggest stages in Europe. It goes to show just how much Benoit cared about their success, putting the music first. Will it be strictly a working relationship? Or will old feelings bubble up to the surface?

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Emily in Paris. (L to R) Lily Collins as Emily, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Sylvie Grateau, Paul Forman as Nicolas De Leon, Samuel Arnold as Julien, Bruno Gouery as Luc in episode 307 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Other Stray Musings

  • There were definitely more product placements this season, which makes sense considering Emily’s bread, butter, and Kir Royale is marketing. It never went overboard, but it was truly noticeable, especially with the inclusion of McDonald’s. 
  • I have no evidence backing this up, but I think the series embraced the French language more this season. There were so many more scenes that were solely in French, and I kind of loved it. Again, like the branding inclusions, it makes sense. 
  • The creative forces have always found fun ways to incorporate Emily’s colleagues into the narrative, and Luc’s (Bruno Gouery) storyline continued to be pure gold, particularly when he called Marianne and invited her to Gabriel’s restaurant in hopes of securing him a Michelin star. Luc is the real MVP—but it’s also well-deserved on Gabriel’s part. I just hope after all that happened with Cami, he’s ready to throw himself into his restaurant and keep delivering quality service! 
  • I have to mention the shock that came with Cadault’s accident and his return to the “land of the living.” They may have killed his brand, but they didn’t own him! 
  • The fashion was once again, on-point, with reports that it includes thrift shop pieces. This means we absolutely have to go check out our local thrift stores now. 
  • Gabriel and Luc weren’t just torn between Emily, they now work for the same man, Antoine (William Abadie), who is also a client of Sylvie’s. That won’t make things uncomfortable at all. 

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