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.
Well, that was one hell of an hour for The Good Doctor. I mean, I literally felt an “oomph” as the credits rolled for “Stories” end. I admit that, as much as the characters were more neatly woven into the tapestry of the show’s story, they never fail to hit the beat and surprise me.
The Good Doctor walked the path of what we’ll do for the people we care about — even if it means one of the most awkward requests in the world. “Hubert” touched on the importance of keeping a goldfish, what one will risk for a pain in the butt family member, and the unsaid things are loudest when we are holding back.
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.
If there’s one constant with The Good Doctor, it’s that one way or another I’m bound to be surprised at where they take these characters. Between Claire, Shaun, Aaron Glassman, Neil Melendez, Lea, Dr Park and the patients, it’s a wonder I can process half of the emotions I feel watching this show.
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?
Dynamics — the one part of this show I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of. “36 Hours” showcased this to the full, between Claire’s point about assertiveness in the workplace, Dr. Glassman fully immersed in the patient side of healthcare, and Shaun’s foray into a shift at the ER that led to some competing personal advice.
Let’s dive in, shall we?