I continually ask each week how The Good Doctor always manages to surprise me, and the answer — as per usual — is because they never do what I expect with these characters. “Empathy” naturally dove into the question of how good a doctor can be if they don’t have at least a little bit of empathy for their patients, which was more of a challenging question for Shaun. Yes, you are hearing my heart shatter for this man, but let’s break down what made this episode tick.
When you have an ensemble show like The Good Doctor, the stories weave in and out, leaving you feeling more than you might expect. In “Tough Titmouse,” viewers simultaneously experience Shaun’s journey to figuring things out with Lea, Dr. Glassman’s struggle post-op and seeing his dead daughter, and Claire and Morgan helping a young climber figure out what surgery she wants to heal.
Laying it out it sounds so simple, but the emotion it evokes feels as real as the kind we go through every day out in the world. I’d love to say humans are creatures of logic as we have powerful brains, but those pesky feelings sneak in and affect everything — whether we like it or not.
Let’s see how the emotions snuck in, shall we?
If The Good Doctor‘s latest episode, “Middle Ground,” made one thing clear, it’s that life is never as straightforward as we want it to be. Unfortunately, Shaun and Dr. Lim learned this the hard way. The Good Doctor exercises a lot of confidence in letting its characters drive what they deal with each week. Let’s dive into that story, shall we?