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.