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The Good Doctor featured a major death in its Season 3 fall finale, after Dr. Shaun Murphy finally faced his parents following years distance. The ABC medical drama’s last episode of the year saw as Shaun (Freddie Highmore), Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff) and Lea (Paige Spara) traveled to his hometown to visit his ailing father. The heartbreaking reunion followed as Shaun faced his abusive dad, and neglectful mother before an emotional ending that could change many relationships on the show.

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The emotional hour saw as Shaun reunited with his estranged father Ethan (Michael Trucco) and snuggled with forgiving him for his past actions and abuse. In their last interactions before his death, the man revealed his true self when he yelled at the doctor and blamed him for his other son Steve’s death in an accident.

Shaun also reunited with his mother Marcie (Joanna Going), which was less upsetting. The woman did not defend her decision to stand by her abusive husband and let her sons leave the house on there own. However, she was not able to explain the reasons behind her choices and after a heartwarming conversation at a diner, the pair shared a hug.

The episode ended in heartbreak after Shaun found out his father passed away from his disease shortly after their difficult conversation. After telling Glassman to leave, Shaun unraveled in his room and could only be comforted by Lea. The hour came to an end with the two friends and roommates lying in bed together as Lea embraced her distraught friend.

Back at the hospital, a difficult case led Claire (Antonia Thomas) to finally decide to address her mental health following her mother’s death. She ended the episode scheduling a therapist appointment to start dealing with her choices and her emotions following the sudden loss.

After the episode, series showrunner David Shore revealed plans to reunite Shaun with his parents had been in the works from the beginning of the series. He also revealed the flashbacks showing Ethan attempting to understand Shaun painted a reality of their relationship.

“It would be easy to just portray Ethan as a monster, but we didn’t want to do that,” he told TVLine. “We wanted to portray a real human being who was in way over his head. That doesn’t mean that we sympathize with him. He is a bad guy. He has done bad things. He has made horrible mistakes with his son, and he has been a terrible father, but he is still a human being who may regret what he has done… That’s more interesting, and more realistic, and more of a challenge for Shaun to deal with.”

He also revealed that while his bonding moment with his mother could serve as closure, there is room for the show to explore the relationship further in the future.

The final moment with Lea led many fans to believe the show might explore their friendship turning romantic again int he future, and Shore said that bond will be explored in future episodes.


“We see Shaun in a very vulnerable moment, a very different moment, and in a very nonsexual situation, but we see him achieve a level of physical intimacy with Lea that he wasn’t able to achieve with Carly, so as we go forward, we explore the significance of that,” he said.

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The Good Doctor‘s Shaun was an absolute wreck at the close of Monday’s fall finale — and it was Lea, not Carly, who was there to embrace him in his time of need.

In “Friends and Family,” Lea and Glassman accompanied Shaun on a trip to visit his estranged, ailing father Ethan (Battlestar Galactica vet Michael Trucco) and eventually chose to forgive him for his myriad shortcomings. But in their last interaction, a seemingly remorseful Ethan showed his true colors when he lashed out at Shaun and blamed him for Steve’s death.

Shaun’s reunion with his mother (Kingdom‘s Joanna Going) proved less traumatic. Marcie couldn’t defend her decision to stand by her abusive, alcoholic husband and let her two sons fend for themselves, but she was able to at least explain to Shaun the choices that she made, and their exchange at the diner ended with a hug.

Meanwhile, back in San Jose, Claire finally addressed her mental health. Towards the end of the hour, she booked an appointment with a therapist to begin working through the issues she’d been trying to avoid in the wake of Breeze’s tragic demise.

Below, series boss David Shore weighs in on Shaun’s parents, the state of his relationships with Lea and Carly, and what the rest of Season 3 — which resumes on Monday, Jan. 13 — holds for Shaun and Claire.

TVLINE | Why was it important to have Shaun face his parents at this point in the series’ run?
From the beginning, we have talked about Shaun’s relationship with his parents… He has certainly cut them off, none of us can truly cut ourselves off from the past. The past is part of us, and that’s what we wanted to explore here.

TVLINE | Ethan was always painted as a villain. Yet in new flashbacks, it seemed as though he was at least trying, to the best of his ability, to be a good parent. Why was it important to show this other side of him?
It would be easy to just portray Ethan as a monster, but we didn’t want to do that. We wanted to portray a real human being who was in way over his head. That doesn’t mean that we sympathize with him. He is a bad guy. He has done bad things. He has made horrible mistakes with his son, and he has been a terrible father, but he is still a human being who may regret what he has done… That’s more interesting, and more realistic, and more of a challenge for Shaun to deal with.

TVLINE | Ethan was at first contrite when Shaun returned to the house. Father and son agreed to let go of their anger, before Ethan acknowledged just how smart Shaun was. Then he went and ruined the moment when he referred to Shaun as a “weak, spoiled little baby,” and blamed him for Steve’s death. Was that outburst a result of morphine-induced delirium, or was that how he really felt about Shaun?
I think what he said to Shaun the first time is true, and what he said to Shaun the second time is also true.

TVLINE | Is Shaun and Marcie’s discussion at the diner meant to provide closure? Or is there potential to revisit that relationship somewhere down the road?
There’s potential to revisit his relationship with his mom, absolutely. I think “closure” is a term that doesn’t mean as much as we want it to mean. It is certainly a wonderful moment between Shaun and his mother. It gives him an opportunity to get answers from her that he hasn’t gotten before, and on some level, accept her answers and her mistakes. It’s a form of closure, but things are never that simple.

TVLINE | Before they left for Wyoming, Lea and Glassman urged Shaun to call Carly and let her know where — and with whom — he was going. How is Carly going to react to this trip in which she was not asked to attend?
She will struggle with that very issue. She will challenge Shaun on that. She will question him about why that choice was made. She will be dealing with her own emotions about that choice, and a large chunk of the next episode is going to be dealing with exactly that.

TVLINE | This Carly-free episode seemed to be as much about Shaun’s facing his parents as it was about exploring his relationship with Lea…
It was a wonderful opportunity to see him with Lea, and the difference between the two women in his life and the different types of support that they each give him.

TVLINE | I couldn’t help but contrast how Shaun reacted to Carly’s embrace in the previous episode with how he reacted to Lea’s embrace in the fall finale. Am I reading too much into how much more comfortable he seemed with Lea?
You’re reading into that exactly how we wanted you to read into that… We see Shaun in a very vulnerable moment, a very different moment, and in a very nonsexual situation, but we see him achieve a level of physical intimacy with Lea that he wasn’t able to achieve with Carly, so as we go forward, we explore the significance of that.

TVLINE | Shaun has a tendency to overshare. I fear that he’s going to tell Carly about his trip down to the lake with Lea at the worst possible moment…
Well, you’ll have to tune in.

TVLINE | Claire seems to have finally turned a corner after that “wake-up call” in Episode 9. Will we see her work through her issues in therapy in the back half of Season 3?
The therapy sessions themselves will not be a part of it, but her figuring out how to get through this will be a big part of it.

What did you think of The Good Doctor fall finale? And how are you feeling about Season 3 so far? Weigh in via the following polls, then sound off in the comments.

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What ‘The Good Doctor’ Finale Means for Season 3

In the Season 2 finale of The Good Doctor, fans were hit with a bunch of major moments in the episode’s final minutes..

In the penultimate episode on March 4, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) was fired from San Jose St. Bonaventure by Daniel Dae Kim’s Dr. Jackson Han. But all is made right in the finale when Dr. Marcus Andrews (Harper Hill) calls for a vote to remove Dr. Han as chief of surgery and subsequently reinstate Shaun.

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Thankfully, the vote is in Shaun’s favor as Dr. Han is ousted, and Dr. Lim (Christina Chang) is dubbed the new chief. The new position could prove to be a challenge for the recently outed couple of Dr. Lim and Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez), and their power dynamic is likely to be explored when the show returns.

As for Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff), he ends the episode with a new fiancée — Debbie (Schiff’s real-life wife Sheila Kelley) finally says yes after leaving him without an answer in the middle of the episode. Meanwhile, Shaun enters uncharted waters when he asks Carly (Jasika Nicole) out and receives a resounding yes to a dinner date.

So what does it all mean for Season 3? Series showrunner David Shore revealed that, while the writer’s room hasn’t begun working on Season 3 yet, they do have some idea of what’s next — particularly for Lim and Melendez’s relationship.

“I think it absolutely will affect it, and that’s what we’re going to have to explore,” Shore told Entertainment Weekly about the couple’s new balance of power at work. “As they say in that scene, either one of them resigns or they break up. Or, the third choice, which they don’t mention in that scene, is that they go back to lying to everybody. Choices have to be made and certainly, certainly it’s going to affect their relationship. That’s where the fun happens.”

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Shore also addressed Shaun’s big moment with Carly. “That’s something people his age do all the time, but it is huge, it is momentous, and it is significant. In terms of what we were thinking, I want to explore all those landmarks that happen in all our lives as we grow up and just explore it through his eyes, which really aren’t that different, ultimately,” he said. “So I think next season, that’s going to be a lot of what we’re looking at — his social life and him growing as a man who wants to be loved.”

As for the return of Dr. Han, we shouldn’t hold our breath. Shore revealed that the arc is over for guest star (and executive producer) Daniel Dae Kim, but he is open to having him come back at some point if it works with the story.

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The fall finale sets up major changes for when the show returns January 13th, and not just for Shaun but also Claire.

Directed By Mike Listo
Written By Thomas L. Moran
Air Date (ABC) 12/2/2019
Introduced This Episode
Dr. Malkin Kelly-Ruth Mercier
Ethan Michael Trucco
Marcie Joanna Going


Getting Up From Rock Bottom: Dr. Malkin, Claire, Dr. Melendez, Dr. Park, Morgan

Claire finds herself, in front of patients and in front of peers, dealing with Morgan and Dr. Park poking and prodding about her life. Always without being asked to, and it is because of that you can see why Morgan doesn’t let any bit of her public life out. I mean, imagine someone with her attitude dealing with that amount of scrutiny.

But, while Dr. Park and Morgan are getting on Claire’s nerves, she does find herself reconnecting with Dr. Melendez. Not in a way which hints at romance, but after their relationship being put on ice, after she bumped heads with him, things are starting to return to how they once were. Which she is happy about, but when it comes to what she is going through, she doesn’t seek him out to talk to.

Instead, she seems to seek a professional named Dr. Malkin. Someone new to the show, not the doctor Claire saw after her first death, or the one she saw when her mom was alive. Yet, it seems they have talked before, and after her interaction with this episode’s patient and likely feeling isolated because of her peers, she asks for an emergency session.

The Initial Rejection: Ethan, Marcie, Dr. Glassman, Lea, Shaun

Ethan (Michael Trucco)

As you can imagine, if Steve died in 2006 and Shaun hasn’t seen his parents since the funeral, it makes that 13-year gap of limited to no contact heavy. Especially in regards to Shaun’s relationship with his mother Marcie. Yet, with Ethan on his death bed, she is hoping they can reconcile.

The problem is with that, what Marcie, and Dr. Glassman, in many ways, want, doesn’t coincide with what Shaun is ready for. Hence Lea being brought along for even though she has been rather absent on the show, and thus feeling absent in Shaun’s life, she is the only real friend he has. After all, when it comes to people at the hospital, he talks to them because they are there, and Lea is busy. However, when things go down of this nature, he knows Lea, who has her own life, will drop everything for her “best friend,” as she calls Shaun.

Which leads to a bit of conflict. Primarily due to Dr. Glassman and Lea never getting along and between Shaun telling off his father, saying he, Ethan, is the reason Steve died, to it being clear Dr. Glassman wants to live vicariously through this moment of forgiveness, the whole situation is messy. Also, in many ways, it feels selfish.

But, thankfully, Lea helps Shaun get out of his head and sets aside what Marcie, Ethan, and even Dr. Glassman wants. In fact, Lea helps trigger a memory which makes Shaun realize, while his father overall is a horrible person, there were moments he tried. And with Shaun taking accountability for how sometimes he isn’t the most malleable person, it seems he wishes to try again.

The Death Of One Leads To The Rebirth Of Another: Ethan, Marcie, Dr. Glassman, Lea, Shaun

This begins with letting his mom explain why she didn’t leave or chase after Steve and Shaun, and this is followed by trying to forgive Ethan. Someone who, despite all the kind words he was saying to Shaun, and trying to own up to his faults, it seems with Shaun telling him off, he decides he will release all the venom in his body before he dies. Thus leaving Shaun unable to retort, yell back, or anything. For no sooner does he leave and tries to process being blamed for Steve’s death, Marcie calls and lets Dr. Glassman know Ethan is dead.

With that, Shaun is overwhelmed in a way he didn’t expect and almost seems like he is trying to have the emotional pain match the physical. So he hits himself, pulls his hair, and be it Lea hearing him or worrying after learning the news, she comes in and holds Shaun. This eventually leads him to calm down and triggers old feelings. The kind of which could threaten Shaun’s relationship with Carly.

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Every bad decision you make, that’s the real you.
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  1. Considering we see Shaun reject going with his parents after Steve’s funeral, yet know he ended up in the foster care system, when did he end up with Dr. Glassman?



Shaun Facing His Parents – Featuring Lea

Since we learned about Shaun and Steve running away, Steve’s death, and Shaun being raised between foster homes and Dr. Glassman, there has been the consistent question of: Will we ever meet his folks? And this episode said yes, and it didn’t disappoint. Shaun asked the pertinent questions, like why didn’t his mom do or say anything, and we got the cathartic release of Shaun both telling his dad off, yet still wanting a relationship because they once had good times and Shaun would like some form of that again.

Not to forget, while Dr. Glassman has played a father figure, that is not his dad, and there will always be a part of Shaun that wishes he had an actual relationship with his parents. Hence why, even after her weak excuse, he let his mom hug him. For despite all she could have prevented, he will only have her soon, and unlike Ethan, there hasn’t been anyone who stepped up into that maternal role for Shaun.

And I think it also really speaks how much Lea means to Shaun, even if we haven’t seen her much, that he asked for her to come. Because, on this show, no one has friends really. They have co-workers and love interest. So as much as it is pushed that Shaun may reconsider Lea as a love interest, it is nice that we were given the idea, for a little while, those two were merely close and, perhaps, Lea to Shaun became like a female Steve.

Recognizing How Much Dr. Glassman Wanted To Live Vicariously Through Shaun & Ethan

In my mind, as much as Dr. Glassman doesn’t like Lea because she contradicts him, I think it was also because he needed to see and experience Shaun forgive his father so he could feel he was forgiven by his daughter. Someone who he has hashed out his issues with before, but with her death, he can’t truly reconcile and move past feeling responsible for her death.

So, the way it seems, in seeing Shaun forgive his father, Dr. Glassman could see himself as someone worthy of forgiveness despite his lack of attention to his own child. Further pushing the idea of how Shaun is, for lack of a better term, his do-over.

Seeing Ethan Wasn’t All Bad, Though He Died A Bastard

One of the things you have to love about the way Ethan was handled, is while we knew him for a bastard and he died a bastard, we were reminded there were times he tried. Granted, he didn’t try consistently in terms of sticking around, educating himself, or gaining patience, but you have to recognize the difficulty there is in trying to raise someone who isn’t atypical. Especially if you are the type of person who is selfish and expects your kids to bend more towards how you want to do things, and how you operate, rather than what makes them comfortable.

Which isn’t to excuse any of his actions, but I think the main point of that river scene was to show, at one time, Ethan wanted to have a relationship with Shaun but couldn’t find a way to make it work for him. And with Steve right there, likely that led to comparisons and deep-rooted issues since Ethan’s lack of understanding, when it comes to autism, caused self-hatred in some ways, and then him lashing out due to feeling helpless. For again, in a very selfish way, he wanted to fix his son rather than accept Shaun’s autism simply meant he wasn’t going to be like everyone else, and that meant Ethan would have to act accordingly.

Claire Seeking A Therapist Rather Than A Hookup

Dr. Malkin (Kelly-Ruth Mercier)

THANK GOD! For far too long it has seemed Claire couldn’t find any sense of joy in her life. Well, correction, when it comes to Claire’s personal life, she couldn’t find joy while her professional life flourished. This lopsidedness might be the root of Claire’s dysfunction, for despite Claire not really talking about having a family much, she did mention to Dr. Melendez she does want one. It’s just, with her schedule, and her issues with intimacy, it is hard to find someone.

And maybe I’m projecting but, there is something about feeling stagnant in one part of your life while almost feeling like you are exceeding expectations in another. That stark difference leads to risky, if not dangerous, behavior for you just don’t get why everything can’t add up and be equal. Thus leading to, as Claire said, she sometimes feels lucky more than talented. Which can lead to seeking out those who you want to impress, maybe love you, so that you can attain some sense of equilibrium.

On The Fence

Morgan and Dr. Park Being In Claire’s Business As They Were

A part of me is fine with Morgan picking with Claire about her mom and the effect her death had on her, but Dr. Park is a whole other person. Someone who doesn’t really know Claire, is a bit too judgmental and doesn’t have any real connection with her. Those two are strictly co-workers. So Morgan saying something in front of him seemed not only rude but messed up since she knows Dr. Park has no issues crossing people’s boundaries and giving unsolicited advice. The kind that, correct me if I’m wrong, might work for patients but often has the worst timing for his peers.

Carly Really Being Used To Setup Shaun and Lea Being Endgame

Between myself and Emily, who we often have conversations within the comment section, one of the ideas brought up was Carly being a test run for a Lea relationship. Primarily since Carly was rarely seen early on and now suddenly is a big part of the show but in an isolated way. For, similar to Debbie, Carly doesn’t have relationship with anyone else on the show. At least the kind where you feel like they have a thing, like Dr. Glassman and Lea clearly have.

So with that in mind, it should be interesting to see how much longer Carly and Shaun stay together, and with that cuddle scene, what will come of it? Never mind, with Lea having such a moment with Shaun, does this mean she may return to prominence in a form outside of Shaun’s love interest? She notes how much is going on with her own family and work, so will we get to peer into her life, or will she continue to revolve around Shaun, waiting for him to allow some light to be put on her?

Marcie’s Excuse For Staying With Ethan And Sacrificing Her Children

Marcie (Joanna Going)

In comparison to Ethan, who benefits from his flashback, we are only told Marcie had a hard time trying to deal with abandoning her children. Or, to be exact, being that she knew what she could do for Ethan, that is why she didn’t leave him. An answer that, even if you aren’t a mom, doesn’t seem strong enough to absolve someone from choosing a man over their children.

But, you have to realize sometimes, it isn’t about people getting to defend themselves and then being released from ill feelings. Be it Ethan dying while cursing Shaun or Marcie’s weak reasoning for why she let her boys run off and have one die and the other end up in the foster system, people are imperfect.

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The Good Doctor Fall Finale Recap 12/02/19: Season 3 Episode 10 “Friends and Family”

Tonight on NBC their new medical drama “The Good Doctor” airs with an all-new Monday, December 2, 2019, episode and we have your The Good Doctor recap below. On tonight’s The Good Doctor season 3 episode 10 called, “Friends and Family” as per the ABC synopsis, “Dr. Shaun Murphy visits his father on his deathbed and the reunion reveals unexpected results.

Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez, Dr. Alex Park, Dr. Morgan Reznick, and Dr. Claire Browne treat an injured star NFL player with severe spinal damage; and Claire addresses her mental health.”

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Aaron talks to Shaun about his parents. His father is dying. Shaun says he will see him hear what he has to say as long as he can bring Leah.

Neil and Claire are at the gym when they see a defensive tackle for the NFL push himself too hard with weights. He collapses to the ground and screams that he can’t feel his legs. They call 911.

Leah and Aaron argue a little bit about her going. He tells her it’s going to be emotional but she’s up for it.

Back at the hospital, the team looks over the NFL player as he goes into a scan. They discover he has broken in the spinal column. Meanwhile, Aaron tries to talk Shaun into calling Carly to tell her that he left town.

The NFL player’s entourage comes in with another doctor. They try to talk him into having surgery with somebody else other than Neil.

Outside of his parent’s house, Shaun sees his mother and becomes very frustrated and upset. He demands they leave now. Aaron pulls the car out of the driveway and they head to the hotel.

At the hotel, Leah comfort Shaun. He knows who he wants to see. They head to the cemetery where he visits the grave of his brother. Shaun decides he’s ready to go and see his mother and father. They arrive at the house. Meanwhile, the team is in the OR performing surgery on the NFL player who goes into bradycardia. Neil is forced to stab him with a large-bore needle, returning him to normal sinus rhythm.

Shaun sits with his father who apologizes. He always wanted a son he could play with and fish with. But he is proud of the man that Shaun has become. He tells him he loves him. Shaun becomes angry, yelling at his father for killing his rabbit and his brother. For being a bad person and drinking too much beer and not being nice.

Shaun, Leah, and Aaron end up at a bar. She talks Shaun into going down the street to do a polar bear plunge. Aaron is annoyed.

The team meets with the NFL player post-surgery. He admits he chose them to perform the surgery because they didn’t care if we ever play football again. He admits that he hates football and always has been pursued the game and became the best to make money to take care of his family.

At the lake down the street, Leah jumps in. Shaun does not want to go in but after she dives in and doesn’t come up right away he gets scared. Shaun takes off his shoes ready to dive in. Leah jumps up from under the water laughing. It was a cruel joke, he tells her. Later, Aaron comes to Leah to tell her that this whole trip was a bust. He opened old wounds for Shaun and it was a total waste.

Shaun sits in his hotel room with mud between his toes thinking about the time that he wouldn’t cross the stream while he and his brother and his father were out on a hike. His father picked him up to help them across because he didn’t like the mud. He scraped his father’s face and his father did nothing.

The next morning at the diner Shaun’s mother shows up. They talk. Meanwhile, the team works on the NFL player again, placing the rods and screws in his spine.

Shaun’s mother tries to explain why she stayed with his father. She loved him but not more than her boys. She wanted them to be a family. But she was young and didn’t understand a lot about what Shaun needed. But she knew what she could give to her husband and it was enough. He lets her hug him. He returns to the table and tells Aaron and Leah that he needs to talk to his dad.

He goes to see his dad. The beginning of the conversation is pleasant until telling his dad explodes in anger. His mother tries to explain that he is delirious from the morphine. Shaun stands there and shakes while Aaron tries to get him out of there.

Back at the hotel, Aaron tells Shaun that his dad died 30 minutes ago. Shaun pretends to be tired so he can be alone.

Claire calls somebody to meet up with them later tonight. Meanwhile, the NFL player finally decides to tell his mom the truth. Claire arrives at the door of a therapist. Leah comes in to find Shaun hurting himself, she hugs him from behind to make him stop and then holds him while he cries.


‘The Good Doctor’ Season 3 Episode 10 preview promises dramatic ending before show goes on winter break

As we reach halfway through Season 3 of ‘The Good Doctor’, the tension keeps rising in the lives of the doctors at San Jose St Bonaventure Hospital. But the winter finale’s promo particularly suggests that our hero, Dr Shaun Murphy, is soon to be seen in troubled waters emotionally.

The teaser shows glimpses of Shaun visiting his father at the hospital. We had already seen in Episode 9 that he gets a call from his mother breaking the tragic news to Shaun that his father has been diagnosed with cancer and fighting for his life. Throughout the two-year journey of Shaun from a recluse in the Midwest to a successful surgeon at St Bonaventure, we have learned quite a lot about Shaun’s life, his childhood and his personal relationships, especially of that with his father.

In a few flashbacks, we have learned that Shaun and his father had a strained relationship, mostly because his father would abuse him and was unable to deal with his autism. This led to a severe estrangement between the two and they went out of contact. After years, when life brings Shaun face-to-face with his father, it is only at the latter’s deathbed. Shaun has a deep, long-standing anguish towards his father, perhaps to the extent of hatred, and even tells his friends and colleagues that he wouldn’t regret even if his father dies. But he makes it a point to visit him in his last moments, anyway.

The clip shows that Shaun is frozen as he sees his father after years. What he is not sure of is what would or could ensue from his visit. As we can assume from the teaser, Shaun goes through a miserable emotional meltdown. Now, we don’t know yet if he lost his father or is the meltdown a mere result of him facing his tormentor after years, which could have triggered his repressed anxiety and sadness. No matter what turn the events of Shaun’s life take, Episode 10 is sure going to be a dramatic and impactful one, not only for the characters but also for us.

‘The Good Doctor’ Season 3 Episode 10 titled ‘Friends and Family’ will be the last episode before the hit medical drama of ABC goes on its scheduled winter break.

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Rob Spiro is out of jail to make Conrad pay for past actions on The Resident Season 3 Episode 9, “Out For Blood.”

Fans know this isn’t just any lawsuit. Not only does this put Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Bell in hot water with Red Rock, but it also gives Logan Kim and Cain a pretty convenient excuse to fire Conrad if the verdict goes a certain way.

Plus, the whole situation is going to put Devon and Conrad’s differences centerstage again.

Brace yourselves, everyone. This is a difficult outcome to predict.

On the personal side of things, Adaku is back at Chastain and Mina discovers she has a heart condition that puts her and the baby at risk.

Finally, Kyle is forming a personal relationship with a patient. We doubt that’s going to end well for Team Nevin.

Check out the photos and videos below for a preview!

Episode description: Conrad comes under fire when a former patient files a malpractice lawsuit against him, putting Bell in a difficult position with Red Rock. When Devon discovers that his VIP patient has a life-threatening brain condition, the doctors ban together to perform a risky surgery. Meanwhile, Mina discovers that Adaku (guest star Erinn Westbrook) has a dangerous heart condition that puts her and the baby at risk, and Kyle forms a personal relationship with a patient.

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‘The Fall’ Season 3: Why Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan’s Latest Tête–à–Tête Felt Longer, Darker and Wasn’t Worth the Wait

No one expected a series titled “The Fall” to end happily.

Starting with a brutal interrogation room confrontation where an unrestrained Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) brutally beats Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and ending with a similarly blunt beating given to Dr. Larson (Krister Henriksson), the Season 3 finale squeezed in enough violent outbursts to fill a season. And that near-complete time frame doesn’t even include the morbid kicker: After strangling his fellow inmate, Paul used the same belt to asphyxiate himself. He died from it, too, just like his first victim, and similar to his mother.

Now, supporters with a deep appreciation for the complex psychology of the series will point to Paul’s death as a positive. Not only did he die in a similar fashion to his first victim (or at least the first victim Stella knows about, poor party girl Susan Harper, who thought she was healthily enjoying her youth through some simple, kinky group sex), but Paul killing himself meant Stella couldn’t get what she wanted: the Belfast Strangler living out his many remaining days confined to a prison cell. Rather, he took control and died in a fashion that brought even more attention to a narcissistic mama’s boy constantly in search of a woman’s obsession.

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All this makes for a valid argument, and perhaps Paul’s death is preferable in execution to how we left him in Season 2 (dying in Stella’s arms). But the final season failed to justify spending so much more time with Paul, despite working overtime to make us believe his unlikely survival and even more unbelievable amnesia established a storyline worth the methodical presentation of a series that’s always loved reveling in elongated detail.

In the first episode alone, we spent nearly half an hour (not an exaggeration) watching as doctors swarmed around the dying man, spouting medical jargon unintelligible to anyone without a degree from Johns Hopkins. The purpose of such specific language and actions seemed to be authenticity, and the need for it became clear when Paul regained consciousness but claimed to lack the memories connected to his time as a serial killer. In any other show, this popular soap opera sidestep — “He’s got amnesia!” — would’ve been treated as such, with Stella flying into a rage befitting her name’s playhouse inspirations and psychologists being called in to verify and defend his condition, all while Paul began a brand new game of cat and mouse with the prosecution instead of the police.

Yet devout viewers knew “The Fall” would never slip into such showy territory. Instead, creator Allan Cubitt’s series recognized the need to validate the suspension of disbelief surrounding Paul’s amnesia (and his very survival). But even after setting up what could’ve been a traumatizing, public evisceration of Stella via Paul’s smarmy new lawyer (who hoped to prove Stella vindictively persecuted Paul due to an obsession; an obsession that wouldn’t have been hard to prove), the story shifted in its final hour to a series’ trademark usually spread more evenly over a season: violence.

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It’s not that the devastating punches oh-so-suddenly landed on Stella were a problem on their own. As fitting with the show’s unsettling objective, Paul’s childlike fury over being put in his place by a woman illustrated the frightening power men have over women, as well as how helpless the patriarchal power structure of the interrogation itself proved in protecting her. (Why wasn’t he restrained? Well, because no man — namely, the ever-more-fumbling Jim Burns — thought to do so.)

Still, she took her licks better than her male counterpart. Dr. Larson was carted off in an ambulance to end the season, his fate unknown, after spending similar time challenging the physically dominant male in an intellectual setting. The two were set up as partners in psychological exploration earlier in Season 3: Stella fully aware of Paul’s danger because of how highly she identified with his victims (without becoming one herself) and Larson approaching Spector with “respectful skepticism,” despite appearing to hear Stella’s words of warning. (Guys! Come on! Why won’t we ever listen?)

Dr. Larson is an intriguing character because of how much respect he paid to Stella’s insights. While he did make progress with Paul, he was unable to make a similar connection. Was that failure only because he was a man and Paul’s trigger was the opposite sex? Or was it that Stella knew exactly what buttons to push? Whatever the answer, Stella was the only one to break Paul. She remains the sole individual smart enough to see past his demeanor, and she handled the cost of her insight and courage with more of both. Comparing their attacks is demanded by their similarities, and Stella’s better handling of it — at least in appearance — could be seen as a nod to her superior understanding of Spector and/or an example of her unflinching bravery in the face of the consistently destructive patriarchy.

What became frustrating looking back on the third season of “The Fall,” when it was all said and done, was how much of it felt like a waste of time. Explaining Paul’s motivations in such detail may have proven gripping for some, but we knew all we needed to know about the homicidal husband and father by the time he first sat down across from Stella. The fact Season 3 ended with a similar back-and-forth seemed as mandatory as it was repetitive. We always want to see Stella and Paul go toe to toe, but we’d been in that interview room before, at the end of Season 2. We’d lead up to a comparable point in the story, waiting to see what would become of Paul after Stella pinned him against the wall (figuratively, of course). So why did we need to see another season watching her best him, especially while circling around an amnesia storyline that led nowhere?

Sadly — for we’re as big of “The Fall” fans as they come — we didn’t. And after spending the whole season leading up to Episode 6, “Their Solitary Way,” in such dialogue-heavy, action-light episodes, the jarring violence felt like it was only there to distract us from realizing we’d just spent six hours circling questions better addressed in the previous 12. Paul’s outbursts relate to his character’s deep-seeded issues with women, but they fail to supply comparable significance to similar acts from the past two seasons. They feel extraneous, and thus repulsive in nature as well as depiction.

What was hard to watch became unworthy in Season 3, and that’s a fall we simply can’t bear.

Grade: C

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Fans of the BBC / Netflix Original Series The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, have been waiting over a year to see what happened after the dramatic Season 2 cliffhanger. That wait is very nearly over.

If you’ve watched The Fall through the end of Season 2, you’ll remember the finale cliffhanger left the fate of the murderous Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) hanging in the balance, with Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) holding him as he lies gravely injured, bleeding profusely from gunshot wounds. It seems as though Paul survives his injuries, as Dornan returns to the series in Season 3. But is Stella becoming too close to the case? Is her investigation becoming an obsession?

Several episodes of the third season have already aired in the U.K., so there are abundant spoilers available online for those who want them. Suffice to say the season will explore Spector’s past and mental state in depth.

In a preview trailer, Stella says, “I want him to live, so that he can spend the rest of his life in prison.” But will he? Might Stella find herself growing more sympathetic to the Belfast Strangler?

When Will The Fall Season 3 be available on Netflix?

Episodes debuted Sept. 29 in the U.K on BBC Two, but U.S. fans have had to wait an extra month to see more of the Belfast Strangler.

All episodes of The Fall Season 3 will debut in the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 29, the day after the finale airs in the U.K. Fans on the West Coast are in for a treat; new episodes will be available at midnight PDT. East Coast fans will likely have to wait a little longer, with new episodes available at 3 a.m. EDT on Saturday Oct. 29.

Is The Fall Season 3 on Netflix Canada?

According to Fansided, The Fall Season 3 will not be coming to Canada on Oct. 29. “With Netflix co-producing this season, we thought the series would be made available around the world, but it seems like rights and licensing terms have slowed that process down.”

Will The Fall Season 4 Happen? What’s The Fall Season 4 Release Date?

Nothing’s been confirmed by the BBC or the lead actors, but series creator Allan Cubitt told Digital Spy in September that the conclusion of Season 3 was “not the end of The Fall necessarily.” It’s possible that future seasons could follow new cases from Stella’s perspective, but again, nothing has been confirmed.

What do you want to see happen in The Fall Season 3? Would you like to see The Fall Season 4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!