It’s hard to believe that when Emily in Paris premiered a year ago, we were knee-deep in a COVID-19 pandemic.
But season two is here to remind us that the pandemic is still waging on.
The series, once again, provides a fun and whimsical escape from reality as it transports audiences to the land of designer fashion choices that you’d never get away with wearing in Chicago, champagne (or should I say Champere), and croissants (pronounced krwa-san, of course).
Set in the idyllic version of Paris you only see on those filtered Instagram posts — and without a face mask in sight — the series, despite all the backlash, succeeds because it knows exactly what it’s supposed to be — a sugar rush of escapism for those who can’t get away on their own adventures at the moment.
Lily Collins returns as Emily Cooper the one-dimensional heroine with pristinely curled locks that never mess up, not even when she’s sprayed down the champagne. Her life continues to be a chaotic, dramatic, and beautiful mess as she navigates the streets of Paris and the halls of Savoir in the same way she navigates her love life — hoping for the best but fully expecting the worst.
And the worst does come. They always say that before the rainbow, you have to endure the rain.
One of the issues with Emily this season is that she just can’t own up to what she truly wants.
If she took Sylvie’s advice and chose to embrace the disastrous trail she’s leaving behind during her time abroad, it would be one thing, but throughout the 10-episode run, Emily is determined to tiptoe the line of both a good friend and the one that follows her heart in the romanticized version of Paris.
She’s wishy-washy, she can’t commit, she tries way too hard to control everything, and even when it all catches up to her, she never learns anything from it and goes on to make the same mistakes over and over.
It’s frustrating yet intoxicating to watch. Emily might be good at managing brands (though, that’s questionable too), she’s pretty terrible for her own brand. Yet, you can’t stop rooting for her.
And Emily doesn’t stop rooting for herself either. Every time she’s knocked down, she brushes it right off. Nothing gets the positively radiant and optimistic Emily down for too long. After all, she’s living out her dreams (she reminds you at every turn!).
Emily in Paris Season 1 ended with hunky chef Gabriel deciding to stay in Paris to open up his own restaurant. He made the decision after he cheated on his girlfriend and Emily’s close friend, Camille, which, as you imagine, causes quite an uncomfortable environment between the threesome.
The love triangle comes to a head in some unexpected ways come season 2.
But don’t expect Gabriel to be the only one Emily sets her sights on — she’s living in Paris, so for god’s sake, she must do as the French do! The second season introduces a new man into Emily’s life, and Alfie is a Brit in a business suit that we can’t help but j’adore.
Did I mention we’re still living vicariously through Emily? Because we most definitely are.
There are some familiar faces that pop in throughout included Pierre Cadault and Antoine, but the sweet spot lies within Emily’s supporting cast, who have become more engrained in the storyline than ever, including Mindy, the Chinese heiress who came to Paris in hopes of reinventing herself and became Emily’s most-trusted friend.
As we get a front-row seat to Emily’s oftentimes imploding career, we’re also privy to Mindy’s new job and love interest.
Sorry, Collins — Emily isn’t the only girl in Paris worth following on social media.
Mindy has found her voice as a main character this season largely due to Ashley Park’s incredible portrayal.
Emily’s counterparts at Savoir also get their fair share of screen time as we peel back the layers of Sylvie’s mysterious life. And boy, there are so many layers to that woman!
Luc shines with his comedic timing, and I honestly can’t recall him being this funny in the first season. Never change, Luc.
The “American in France” shtick also doesn’t slap you across the face as bluntly either.
Emily, despite still being a Chicago girl at heart (you can’t take the girl away from her deep dish), has immersed herself more in the French culture, so while there are still a few faux pas on her part, she doesn’t necessarily stick out like a sore thumb anymore.
And that’s emphasized with the arrival of another PR executive who, quite frankly, depicts Americans as a revolting bunch.
We’re not that bad… I think…. but we do love our Starbucks. Can you blame us?
Paris aside, the series explores another stunning backdrop as it takes a detour to St. Tropez and only intensifies the lust in our wanderlust.
Emily in Paris might not be reinventing the wheel here, but it never claimed to.
Instead, the easily digestible episodes tackle topics of friendships, honesty, a fulfilling career, and a good power suit in a way that’s more Sex and the City than the Sex and the City reboot could ever be.
If you’re looking for a quick departure from your daily routine, don’t hesitate to take a lighthearted stroll down the Seine with Emily Cooper and friends.
Emily in Paris hits Netflix on December 22, 2021.
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Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Emily in Paris’?
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 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.
Is the McBaguette from ‘Emily in Paris’ Real?
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!
Emily in Paris Season 3 Review – More Drama, More Love Triangles, and a Pregnancy
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
What did you think of Emily in Paris Season 3? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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