Emily in Paris is back with more fashion, drama and romance for Lily Collins‘ Emily Cooper and Ashley Park’s Mindy Chen.
In celebration of their Netflix show’s return, Collins and Park opened up to PEOPLE about their favorite scenes from season 2, which follows the titular marketing executive from Chicago getting more and more immersed in French culture during her year abroad at the Savoir firm.
Emily’s story picks up right where season 1 left off after she sleeps with her neighbor Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), the chef who ultimately chooses to stay in Paris for her instead of opening a restaurant in his native Normandy.
The drama of the second season reaches one of its most dramatic peaks in episode 3 when Emily and Gabriel’s night of passion is finally discovered by his ex — and one of her closest friends in Paris — Camille (Camille Razat). During Emily’s birthday party, Camille, who is fresh off her breakup with Gabriel, finds out about their tangled love triangle after seeing his omelet pan — that he gave to Emily as a goodbye gift and has his initials engraved in it — in Emily’s kitchen.
“Episode 3 is a fun one,” Collins, 32, said. “There’s a lot of twists and turns, a lot of fashion, a lot of laughs and it takes a bit of a turn. It leaves you being like, ‘Wait, what’s gonna happen?’ Episode 3 was one of my favorites to shoot. There’s amazing fashion too.”
Further into the season, things get more complicated as Emily meets a charming businessman from London named Alfie (Lucien Laviscount), her new love interest and a fellow transplant learning French in the same class.
Speaking about how Emily’s love triangle expands into a “love square,” series creator Darren Star told PEOPLE how episode 3 serves as a bit of a turning point for Emily, who “has to deal with the consequences of some of her, I want to call them, decisions.”
Meanwhile, Mindy is diving back into a singing career. She left Shanghai following an embarrassing performance on the country’s singing competition Chinese Popstar, which went viral online. In season 1, Mindy left her job as a well-paid nanny to sing at a local drag club, and in season 2, Mindy makes her mark as a singer and joins a new band.