The Good Doctor has not shied away from some strange medical conditions in the past, but even I didn’t see the Lego diagnosis coming in “Two-Play (or Not Two-Ply).” Talk about an hour focusing on the details versus the big picture — or, in some cases, the symptoms versus the patient.
Yes, “Two-Ply (or Not Two-Ply)” really does refer to toilet paper. Oh, the quirkiness. Since this was a character packed episode, I’ll be breaking it down by characters over what proved to be a surprising episode for one doctor whose heart grew a couple sizes tonight.
Shaun, Lea and Aaron — ahem — Dr. Glassman
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of Shaun’s journey as a doctor and a person. Whether it’s at home, at the hospital — or, in this case, both — Highmore’s portrayal of Shaun’s struggles stands out every single week. Although, as much as I say how much I love Shaun, it felt good to see him get some push-back on his demeanor at work and particularities at home. His focus on the cups and toilet paper highlighted his ease in order, and poor Lea tried everything she could to accommodate him, ending, of course, in a fight where she ran to Dr. Glassman for guidance.
The poor man had brain surgery and still can’t escape the need for advice on how to deal with Shaun. Despite this, his point about expectations helped Lea understand the choice she had about rooming with Shaun. Thank God she chose to stay because I really want to see more roommate adventures.
Also, I’m still wondering what the heck happened in Hershey. Come on, writers, cut us some slack!
Lea, bless her, decided with some much-needed honesty to stay with Shaun, and the sheer relief on his face could lift up anyone in need of a smile. Case in point: I nearly melted when I saw the two rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom — it really is the little things.
Sadly, I wish the night had gone as well for Aaron, our very own, stubborn Dr. Glassman. His lady friend, Debbie, showed up with soup and a second date — which ended abruptly, as his embarrassment over falling down to the floor put an early stop to the night’s festivities. I hated it, but you could feel his struggle over wanting to be normal again. When you’ve been through a serious surgery — and I speak from experience — the only thing you want is to act like everything is okay, especially when it’s not.
Morgan and Claire’s Patient Journey
Before this episode, if you’d told me I’d ever have the desire to hug Morgan, I’d have called you crazy. But when a patient with flesh eating disease has to get her arm amputated to save her life, ruining her lifelong dream of being a professional violinist, I was happy to be proven wrong.
I don’t consider Morgan to be instantly redeemed for how much she’s driven me insane, but her personal stake in this patient’s case might go a long way to soften her competitive edges. The story Dr. Melendez told her about him and Dr. Lim hit home on her clashes with fellow residents. It might take a while to get there, but I’m curious to see how it goes (while still getting annoyed at her personal impression of the Tin Man’s lack of heart).
Claire, on the other hand, was all heart and ended up being the doctor who finally figured out what was truly wrong with this outspoken teenager. The back-and-forth dynamic between her and Park highlighted our common desire to look objectively at situations, despite every instinct in our body telling us otherwise.
This was one of those times. I need to ask the writers how they came up with a freaking Lego buried in a person’s lungs, though. But I digress. If I had to pick how it would go for that family, I’m a heart person and will go with Claire’s hope every time. Is it realistic? Perhaps not, but the beauty of television is we do get to see things work out in a way that gives the audience hope for our own lives.
Now, if only things could be reconciled between Claire and Dr. Sexy Annoying — or, I’m sorry, Dr. Melendez.
Seriously, you could feel the awkward in that elevator. I am on Claire’s side of this, but clearly, keeping up on her work means he has no issues with her dedication to the job. So why fire her, you idiot?
*coughs lack of objectivity coughs*
We shall see either way, though, I bet my next paycheck! (Not really. I need to pay bills, but you get my point.)
Who’s ready to find out?
The Good Doctor airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.