The Good Doctor 2×12 Review: “Aftermath”

“Aftermath” indeed, The Good Doctor fans, as Monday’s episode focused on the fallout and lives of our favorite doctors post the super stressful quarantine they dealt with. Despite the drama, I have to say this will probably land to be one of my favorite episodes of the season, with a rare (ish) focus on our resident MD’s (pun intended) lives outside their shifts at St. Bonaventure.

If there was one phrase that consistently came to mind during the misadventures of our doctors, I’d pick “quality of life.” It’s a turn of phrase we associate with the medical industry, but The Good Doctor did a damn good job portraying how that applies both in and outside a hospital’s grounds. From Claire and Morgan buddy time, to the family outing with Park and his ex, Lea’s day of fun with Shaun and Glassman, and last, but not least, the ‘relationship’ drama with Lim and Melendez, it was eye-opening to have that glimpse of a medical drama without any serious health issues at the forefront.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love how this show regularly balances their time with these characters, personally and professionally, dealing with medical problems on television, but seeing them in their own lives just for a little while was storytelling I’d wish be used more often.

Back to our regularly scheduled drama, the term quality of life draws up a picture of enjoying the time we have while we are here — which can be anything from beating young people at go karts to spending time with the people we care about. It begs the question of when we want to be happy, what do we choose to do — or choose to see — after experiencing a stressful day (quarantine) at work? How do we find joy in the moments we’ve got when we are sick of hospitals, and doctors, and therapies?

Every choice we make is a clear indication of who we are, but also who matters to us. Morgan, in the mother of all surprises sought out Claire, and blackmailed her into mimosas. I honestly had to laugh, because it turned into a proper girls day after helping Claire’s mom deal with her relationship issues and some revelations about Morgan. Claire might roll her eyes, and lose her patience with Morgan, but at the end of the day, these ladies are forging a real friendship.

Shaun spent the day hanging out with Lea and Glassman — that, after being a grumpy pants to try and bust Lea, who instantly picked up on his nosiness, ended up having a damn good day. Bravo, Glassman, for turning that attitude around to keep living, while being a good friend to Shaun, pointing out he deserves to be happy. I tend to disagree with Glassman on a bit (lot), but that statement was an unequivocal truth. Which made Shaun’s heartbreak at meeting Lea’s boyfriend Luke that much harder to see. I hope he stands up for himself because as much as I like Lea, Shaun deserves his voice in this. Let’s hope he uses it — and I have a feeling he will.

Park and his ex laid out some much needed truths on what fell apart in their marriage. As easy as it was before to blame her for cheating, the truth of the matter was far more complicated, as it tends to be in real life. Her reluctance to try again is entirely understandable, but I’m rooting for these two to work it out, because they love each other. (Probably doesn’t hurt they’re actually married, but that’s besides the point.)

I’m saving the weirdest for last, because as touching as it was to see Lim admit the truth about her feelings towards Melendez, I’m not quite buying the whole “feelings for a long time” thing from these writers. I hope the best for these two on the grounds I don’t want either of them to be unhappy, but I don’t see this going the way they want, starting off hiding it from literally everyone because they are under investigation. Oy vey.

Every single moment with these characters, as cheesy as it sounds, portray quality of life because they remind us of the little things, and the fun days are sometimes what make life worth living. To have an impulse day of fun, shopping, treat yo self, or the harder things of facing what you feel when it’s heartbreaking to do it. Whatever your choice is, just go out and live — God knows we need it in the reality we’ve got out here.

Final Thoughts

  • For the record, I kept cursing out that goverment lady, because the level of arrogant bureaucracy pissed me off. I know she’s a lady doing her job, but Andrews made it clear that he should be held responsible over Lim, Melendez’s choices to break the law, and Shaun’s breakdown on the floor. Here’s hoping no one’s licenses get taken away.
  • Lea calling Glassman Sherlock cracked me up for a solid minute. Glassman, you may be a world class surgeon, but you have no skill at subtlety when you’re prodding for information.
  • Andrews surprised me a bit roaring like a lion to defend his surgeons. I appreciated every minute of it, but I’m afraid he dug himself into a hole that he won’t get out of as both hospital president and chief surgeon. Though this may also be influencing my guess.
  • Shaun + Go Carting at his own speed = preciousness everyone needs.
  • Morgan’s reason for carrying a gun is equal parts badass and heartbreaking after learning why. I mean, damn, girl, you take no crap, and I am here for it.

The Good Doctor airs on Mondays at 10/9C on ABC.

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The Resident 2×11: The Error of Our Ways

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It was a mistake that was almost made that haunted ‘The Raptor’ himself, Dr. AJ Austin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner). The Resident 2×11: “Operator Error” begins with a pep-talk between best friends, Devon (Manish Dayal) and Bradley (Steven Reddington). Bradley is trying to kickstart his medical marketing firm by pitching QuoVadis products to Chastain. While giving his presentation, Bradley collapses to the floor and Bell confirms that he has no pulse.

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This Is Us 3×10 Review: “The Last Seven Weeks”

This is Us has always favored the flashbacks and present-day format, and the mid-season premiere was no different. They kicked off with a flash forward from the mid-season finale, and then went back to fill in the missing links. Between election results giving you flashbacks of not-so-nice times, and feel good fuzzy between couples in love, This Is Us packed a punch with the start of the second half of season 3.

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The Good Doctor 2×11 Review: “Quarantine Part Two”

Hello and welcome back, my fellow Good Doctor fans! It’s wonderful to be back after a frustrating hiatus, made even more difficult by a cliffhanger winter finale. The Good Doctor was back with a roller-coaster conclusion in “Quarantine Part Two”, to the point I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing a couple times and uttered “bloody hell” at least once.

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Blue Bloods 9×12 Review: Lead by Example

Well hello, my fellow Blue Bloods fans! This week’s review is going to be a little different than my previous reviews. I want to break my normal pattern for one week because I have one thing I need to express at length.

I love Frank Reagan.

I have said numerous times before that this show gives us a near perfect example of leadership. In my personal ranking of fictional leaders, I would say Frank Reagan is tied with Josiah Bartlet from The West Wing. What makes a good leader is not being perfect or making the right decision every time. No, what makes a good leader is being able to say “I made the wrong call and now I need to fix it.” Ownership, personal accountability, a functioning moral compass. These are all things that we need in our leaders.

Frank Reagan is a good man, but he is not perfect. He takes the burden of his decisions seriously. When he gets it wrong, he feels it deeply and must do what he can to make it right. He is the kind of leader the world deserves. Thank you, Tom Selleck, and the writers of this show for giving us this example of what leadership looks like. We’re not seeing much of it in the real world these days. Watching Frank Reagan acknowledge that he made a mistake directly to the person he wronged was both encouraging and humbling. I absolutely loved his plot in this episode. So much so that I had to address it first and foremost. Hence the break from my usual formula.

Jamie is following in his footsteps. We saw him stumble last week and this week we see him hold strong professionally (while stumbling personally, more on that later). He admits to his mistakes and he wants above all else to do right by his officers and the people of New York. He is what cops should be and the idea we want to believe in. Eddie mentioned earlier this season that Jamie could take his career in any direction he wanted to from here. She specifically mentioned police commissioner, and I very much believe that she will ultimately be right.

The show is setting Jamie up for a larger than life career. The writers are making some decisions that I do not understand, but overall I believe that is their ultimate goal. Both men lead by example. They strive to be the best version of themselves they can be and when they fall short of their own expectations they are tortured by it. They resolve to fix it.

This is a quality we need in all of our leaders, not just the fictional ones. I hope soon we find those leaders or that they decide to stand up and act for themselves.

Alright, and now we go on with the rest of the episode. Since we started talking about Jamie already, let’s finish that up.

Jamie made good decisions professionally this episode, but bad ones personally. The minute he and his officer had that conversation, I knew he was going to open his big fat man mouth and say something dumb. You know, like calling his and Eddie’s wedding “a waste.” His point was not a bad one, but the way he approached it was the worst possible way to do it. You tell her this after you’ve been planning for months? You tell her this in the middle of looking at a location? And you phrase it like that? Oh, Jamie. You are much smarter than that.

Thankfully, our boy wised up by the end, and it was worth it for the emotional scene we had at the end. Jamie telling Eddie she makes him better and offering up the perfect compromise with a beautiful location. Though, I’m still not sure if that means they’re going to the courthouse or not? Or how I would feel about it if they did. This is Eddie’s one and only wedding and I want her to be happy with her day. I’m not sure the courthouse would make her happy. Also I was deprived of seeing the proposal and I want to see at least some of the wedding, darn it!

Vanessa Ray delighted me this episode, especially in the family dinner scene. She was the perfect mix of friendly and mad. Her interactions with Jamie were very pointed but not nasty.  I also loved her outsider’s perspective on Reagan family dinners. Because she is right, sometimes it is about making sure the other guy is wrong. Plus, the way she turned to Jamie and said “I like him. I hope you turn out like him” was a stunning read on those lines. Ray as Eddie continues to be a delight.

Danny is back to carrying the procedural aspect of the episode. I loved last week’s plot for him even if I didn’t get the chance to review it. I loved seeing him as a neighbor and a dad first, cop second, for once. Donnie Wahlberg is so brilliant in the way he plays Danny as a parent. He cares, but he’s not soft or warm. He’s as recklessly hot headed while he parents as he is while he works. But, I will say, seeing Danny master the procedural aspects of these episodes proves how brilliant he is. He was meant to be a detective. He reads people exceptionally well and can put pieces together faster than most.

Erin’s plot was a heartbreaker about motherhood where no one really won. One mother lost a child, and another feels like she failed to protect hers. Erin made the right call. This young girl needs help and she won’t get it if she’s sent to prison. It was a rough decision, but Erin got it right.

The scene with Erin and both mothers in the conference room toward the end of the episode was devastating and brilliant. Watching one mother take on the blame for her daughter’s mistakes, and then watching the other immediately begin to blame herself for the death of her son was the type of boomerang that makes my chest ache. The speed with which everyone in the room spoke up in that moment was beautiful. They would not let this woman blame herself for a tragic accident she could not have predicted. The moment where she accepts the apology but doesn’t not offer forgiveness was so real.

Not everything is as simple as forgiveness. The heart is a complicated thing and it can logically understand the circumstances, but processing that logic into your emotional state is not easy or instantaneous. Grief is the most heart wrenching emotion of them and forgiveness takes time. That moment was real.

This show continues to exceed my expectations and I cannot wait to see where the rest of the season leads us. The Reagan family learns and grows together and I love watching them do it. Until next episode, my friends!

Blue Bloods airs on Fridays at 10/9C on CBS.

Timeless Movie Roundtable: Saving Rufus, Lyatt and a Happy Ending

The moment we were waiting for has come and gone, Clockblockers. The Timeless movie aired on December 20, and gave us one of the most precious Christmas gifts we could have all asked for. Rufus was saved, Flynn turned out to be an amazing hero and Lyatt not only worked things out, but had a beautiful, beautiful happy ending. And don’t even get me started on Jiya, who always worked in the shadows of Mason Industries, and now is front and center in her own company with Rufus.

I had a lot to say about this epic finale in my review, so now I’m just sitting back and letting my fellow writers and Timeless fans discuss and fangirl over this fantastic show.

So sit tight, relax and join us as we dissect the ins and outs of the Timeless movie: “The Miracle of Christmas”.

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