The Good Doctor 2×18 Review: “Trampoline”

The season finale is here already, The Good Doctor fans, and I’m really just left with one question: where the hell did the time go? As up and down I feel this season has been, ‘Trampoline’ definitely went out on a high note for season two, and made me excited for season three. Which I was not sure was possible till now.

As cheesy as it sounds, this episode was a jumping off point for a whole new slew of stories, by wrapping up Shaun’s career struggle with Han, who he asked out on a date, Lim and Melendez status change, and Glassman’s leap of faith.

I mean, good lord, did all that happen in one episode?

Professionally, quite a few things changed here, and all of them were welcome in my eyes, as Andrews — surprisingly — decided to fire Han, and rehire Shaun. He’ll be dealing with consequences, no doubt, but this was a fist bump moment after what Shaun went through to treat the guy who literally beat him up in a bar.

I knew Shaun would be alright, but that didn’t make it any easier when he collapsed on the floor trying to treat the guy, and ended up in a hospital bed unconscious. His drive in doing what he believes is right, and acting as a doctor even when not employed was nothing short of commendable. He had no reason to do this other than it is literally in his bones, and it’s what matters to him.

I wish that Dr. Han had been able to see past his own judgement to see what Lim, Melendez, Claire, Dr. Andrews, and Glassman have learned about him. Claire literally walked in his shoes to figure out what Shaun knew, and couldn’t tell, which made me tear up at their friendship.

Over the course of the season, all of these people have been through numerous challenges, both personally, and professionally on hospital grounds. Yet the one element that keeps me wanting to see what happens next is simply caring about these characters, in spite of the drama introduced that felt contrived at times. This hour, though, showcased how much changes when you let the characters drive what’s going on, rather than letting drama alone be the focus.

Case in point, the moments we got to spend just sitting down, and seeing these characters interact, and what happens when they believe in each other is why it’s so compelling. Claire giving Shaun advice on how to ask a girl out. Park and Morgan going back and forth on their patient, to Lim, and Melendez debating on the future if one of them becomes Chief of Surgery.

If I had to pick out my favorites, though, it would definitely be Glassman proposing to Debbie, and Shaun asking Carla out. Glassman has been through hell and back fighting cancer, and while I’m glad he’s fit as a fiddle, it felt far more poignant for him to make this choice with complete honesty.

Shaun, in his own moment of courage marched right past Lea, and to Carla’s home to ask her out with flowers, and chocolates! Okay, I can’t lie, I was so happy he did this, and her accepting made me cheer as loud as Shaun did in the street. This guy has been through the wringer, and this much needed victory is one date I can’t wait to see in season three.

Really, I just want season three now. How about you guys?

final Thoughts

  • When Shaun walked past Lea in a suit, with his flowers and chocolates, I literally was debating who he was going to ask out; because before Carla came to the door, I legitimately didn’t know who he was going to see.
  • This finale flowed like a proper balance between all the characters, and I’m hoping next season it feels more like that. More character story balance, less roll your eyes at the screen drama, okay, writers?
  • Regardless of who becomes Chief of Surgery next season, I don’t think things are going to be easy for Lim, and Melendez so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.
  • Can Claire find love too next season? I love this girl, she fully deserves it, and more screen time.
  • I’m getting the feeling romance is going to be a tad more prominent from this finale, and God, I hope I’m right because I need more of these characters personal lives, mixed with hospital time.

The Good Doctor will return next fall on ABC.

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