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.
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?