The Good Doctor 2×09 Review: “Empathy”

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.

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The Good Doctor 2×08 Review: “Stories”

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.

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The Good Doctor 2×07 Review: “Hubert”

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.

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THE GOOD DOCTOR – “Two-Ply (or Not Two-Ply)” – Morgan and Shaun’s indecision on how to treat a young violinist who visits the ER with an infected finger could affect her future in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Lim, Claire and Park can’t figure out if their young patient is really ill or looking for attention on “The Good Doctor,” MONDAY, NOV. 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jack Rowand) PAIGE SPARA, FREDDIE HIGHMORE

The Good Doctor 2×06 Review: “Two-Ply (or Not Two-Ply)”

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.

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THE GOOD DOCTOR – “Tough Titmouse” – Shaun (Freddie Highmore) recalls his own past to help an intellectually disabled teenager face separation from his mother, while Claire (Antonia Thomas) is put between an injured teenage rock climber and her worried parents. Meanwhile, Glassman’s (Richard Schiff) post-op hallucinations force him to confront a personal tragedy on “The Good Doctor,” MONDAY, OCT. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eike Schroter) FREDDIE HIGHMORE, NICHOLAS GONZALEZ, WILL YUN LEE

The Good Doctor 2×04 Review: “Tough Titmouse”

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?

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The Good Doctor 2×03 Review: “36 Hours”

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?

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THE GOOD DOCTOR – “Middle Ground” – As Shaun pushes back against Dr. Melendez in order to treat a gravely ill hospital janitor and deal with the return of Lea, Dr. Lim risks a lawsuit and her career to help a teenage girl repair the damage caused by an archaic custom. Meanwhile, Dr. Glassman exercises demanding oversight with Dr. Blaize in choosing a doctor for his brain surgery, on the “The Good Doctor,” MONDAY, OCT. 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/David Bukach) FREDDIE HIGHMORE

The Good Doctor: 2×02 “Middle Ground” Review

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?

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