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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The Good Doctor 2×17 Review: “Breakdown”

The Good Doctor has a way of making their titles, i.e. “Breakdown”, hit the nail on the head for what’s going on with their characters. Shaun, especially, as he finally hits the wall on being excluded, and loses his job.

Frankly, I know a lot happened in this episode, including Glassman getting BIG news, and the resolve of the quarantine, but it’s hard for me to take my attention away from how this story has played out so fast with Shaun and Dr. Han. This episode broke down to the heart of some of our main characters, altering lives in the process. When it comes to Shaun, his career, I’m afraid, is never going to be the same again.

Claire, Melendez, and Lim all have their differences as doctors, but the one thing I know they can agree on is Shaun’s capability as a surgeon. He has faced quite a few challenges up to this point, and despite all the obstacles in his way he’s managed to overcome them. He might have needed help to get over that brick wall, but frankly I doubt there’s a surgeon out there who thinks they can do everything in their job alone.

It’s difficult to reconcile Han being the kind of doctor who’s willing to hire a P.I. to make a board back off of taking away the licenses of any doctor under his charge, and still refuse to budge on letting Shaun learn through experience, because of the mistakes he might make.

This hour featured a case of a man who was facing down a risky surgery to remove a literal 200 pound tumor, that was sucking the life out of him. Despite every mind at hand, including Han’s, when it came down to it, Shaun was the one they knew could figure out what they needed to do to get this tumor out, and save the patient.

The fact that everyone around him was telling him the positives of being in Pathology, and yet they still had no qualms of dragging him right back into his old stomping grounds for his skills. I can’t blame the surgery team, but it really just proves the point of why Han’s decision WAS A BAD ONE. I mean, come on, writers, why are you doing this to Shaun?

My frustrations aside, Freddie Highmore’s performance is no less than brilliantly heartbreaking, between losing it at Han, and when Claire is sitting there with him in the locker room packing his stuff away.

The emotional juxtaposition between him losing his job, and Glassman getting the news he’s cancer free (!!!), can be summed one in one word for me — “Damn!” I couldn’t decide whether to be more happy for Glassman, or wanting to scream at Han for Shaun. Writing choices on when to keep, and drop story-lines are frustrating as hell, but this show knows how to make you feel for their characters.

Which begs the question, now that Glassman is healthy, Lim & Melendez let out their secret, and Shaun’s fired, what in God’s name is going to happen in next week’s season finale?

You better believe I won’t miss it.

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

The Good Doctor 2×15 Review: “Risk and Reward”

The Good Doctor is back and so am I! Pardon my absence the last few episodes but to be entirely honest I’ve struggled to put pen to paper (figuratively speaking) about this show the last few weeks as I’m at a loss at where these writers are going. ‘Risk and Reward’ seems like an appropriate title for both the surgery landscape, and the personal character stories.

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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.

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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