Emily's Reasons Why Not

Season 1 Episode 4

Why Not to Date a Twin

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Unknown on ABC
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Why Not to Date a Twin
Emily gets an assignment to edit a book about siblings. Since she's an only child, Emily doesn't feel she can identify with the task, but luckily Josh introduces her to a handsome architect who has a twin sister. Soon she learns that Vincent's ever-present sister Vinessa might be too much to bear.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Emily's assignment in this episode: The Sibling Book. It's unsure whether that is just a working title.

      • The text on Emily's assignment sheet reads:

        "Smokers Guide to Six Pack Abs is only partially completed. We need [word not visible] proofing and cover paste-ups by the beginning of the next month. Be sure to ask the art department for the color comps on the cover so the printer can match the color scheme. Also, be sure that insert text has been approved by the editor before it is sent to the printer for approval.

        We need to come up with a take on the Sibling Book. The deadline is approaching quickly, and we need a direction to take this book. Any artwork and other related ideas should be submitted to your department head as soon a possible."

        There are three more items on the paper, but they are covered with a yellow post-it note that reads "Em – Are you on this?". Two of the book titles are (partially) visible, though: [???]'s Guide to Happiness and "the Guess Who project".

      • Emily's Reasons Why Not to Have Siblings
        They tease you... hit you ... and destroy your undergarments.

        Emily's Reasons Why Not to Date a Twin
        #1 The tell-tale toothbrush.
        #2 Game requires two players... And two players only.
        #3 You do all the work... SHE gets all the credit.
        #4 Those twins met your twins... And your twins just met everyone.
        #5 You will NEVER be his emergency contact.

      • Josh suggest that for Emily's first date with Vincent, she should wear her hair up and show some neck and shoulders. What's Emily wearing? Her hair down long and a golden capelet that covers her shoulders. Clearly, Emily's not paying attention to Josh's fashion tips.

    • QUOTES (11)

      • Glitter: (to Emily) You overseeing a book about siblings is like me overseeing a book about being a team player.

      • Emily: (pointing a picture of a sleek, minimally decorated apartment in Vincent's architecture book) This place is sick. I mean, what kind of a person lives here?
        Vincent: Oh, you know, average guy. Well, just a bit above average. Had a bit of a weight problem as a kid but, uh.. but I'll fix that. Should really call his mum more.

      • Emily: Is this your house? I would love to see that in person one day.
        Vincent: How 'bout right now?
        Emily: We just met.
        Vincent: You're right. I'm, uh... I'm sorry.
        (Awkward silence.)
        Vincent: How 'bout now?
        Emily: Great!

      • Josh: Why, Lord? Why wasn't I born a skinny-ass white girl? (waves to Emily) Have fun at Vincent's! (resumes his conversation with God) Seriously, why?

      • Vincent: (offering a glass of wine) Pouilly-Fuissé?
        Emily: You wish!

      • Reilly: (about Josh's over-enthusiasm about Emily and Vincent) Do you get some kind of, like, finder's fee if they consummate?
        Josh: I just want her to be happy!

      • Vinessa: (babytalk/sing-song) Morning Mr. Big Toes. Where are those feet? Where are those toes? Where are those big, hairy toes?
        Emily: (to Vincent) Mr. Big Toes, your sister's in the bed with us!

      • Emily: Great. I'm an uptight only child with same-sex naked issues.

      • Glitter: How's that book proposal coming?
        Emily: Great. Any contact from the mother ship?

      • Reilly: (about Vincent) He doesn't seem like the yoga type.
        Josh: If I were going to explore something with Vincent, I think I would skip yoga and go straight to tantric sex.

      • Emily: As the ambulance pulled away, I realized that the role of the most important woman had already been taken, and second fiddle just wasn't an instrument that I was willing to play.

    • NOTES (4)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Emily: It's like when the Wicked Witch of the West wrote "Surrender, Dorothy" across the sky, did Dorothy surrender?
        Josh: (preoccupied) A-ha.
        Emily: No, no Josh, she didn't.
        Josh: How many times do I have to tell you, I'm the only gay man alive who hasn't seen The Wizard of Oz.
        Emily: OK, but do you remember Victor/Victoria?

        Emily is comparing her rivalry with Glitter to a scene from the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939), starring Judy Garland as the movie's protagonist Dorothy. The movie has gained somewhat of a cult status among the gay community; e.g. the phrase "a friend of Dorothy" has been used as a code word for being gay, the rainbow (from the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow) has been adopted as a symbol of homosexuality, diversity, and multiculturalism, and Judy Garland herself is held as perhaps the first gay icon.

        Victor/Victoria (1982), starring Julie Andrews, another gay icon, is a musical comedy about a struggling female singer who disguises as a man and gets a job as a female impersonator. Because of the movie's themes of questioning gender roles and sexuality, it's also held as an iconic film in the gay community.

      • Josh: I remember when we were little, my sisters and I used to love to play black Charlie's Angels together.

        Josh was probably little during the late 1970's when the spy-girl series Charlie's Angels was popular.