Table of Contents
- Claire Loses Faith
- ‘Easy Peasy, Right?’
- First Lead Surgery Meltdown
- Trouble in the Second Day of Marriage
- ‘The Good Doctor’ Season 3 Episode 5 leaves fans sympathizing with Claire Brown as she deals with an unexpected existential crisis
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- ‘The Good Doctor’ Season 3, Episode 5: First Case Second Base: Surgery loss is still a win
- Hello, my friend
- Bring on the heat
This week on The Good Doctor, Shaun is assigned his first surgery, but not everyone thinks that he’s ready. Meanwhile, outside the operating room, Carly and Shaun work through an intimacy issue.
We begin “First Case, Second Base” at Carly’s apartment. Carly and Shaun share a kiss, then an alarm goes off that alerts them to stop the kiss and resume their movie. “Naughty thought: How about we don’t wait 12 minutes for our next kiss?” Carly suggests. Shaun insists that they’d never finish the movie, but she kisses him again. And again. And again. He pauses the film, and Carly puts her hand on his face, then his chest. He then backs away and says it’s better if they stick to the agreed-upon schedule. The following morning, Shaun talks the situation over with Lea; he tells his roommate that he prefers to touch only one thing at a time. Lea asks Shaun if he’s explained this to Carly, but before he can answer, he receives a very exciting text: He is set to lead his first surgery! Shaun and Lea jump up and down to celebrate, then Dr. Murphy rushes off to work, as giddy as we’ve ever seen him.
At the hospital, Shaun, Andrews and Park go to visit the surgical candidate: a budding chef named Beth who has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It’s a serious condition, but a esophageal resection should render her cancer-free. What’s more, she won’t need a feeding tube. Outside the patient’s room, Andrews approaches Lim, who has handpicked the world’s most genial patient for Shaun. We find out that it was Park’s chart, but Lim stepped in and handed it to Shaun. She defends her decision to Andrews, who accuses her of coddling the resident. She says that Shaun gets to keep this case, regardless of what the former chief thinks. Meanwhile, in the MRI room, Park admits to Shaun that he’s a tad perturbed that Lim took the case from him, but insists that he’s happy for his fellow doctor. He asks Shaun if he’s nervous, but the answer is no — that is, until the MRI reveals that Beth has extensive scar tissue and will in fact require a feeding tube.
Lim orders Park to break the bad news on Shaun’s behalf, but when the men enter Beth’s room, Andrews forces Shaun to confront his patient. Soon after, Lim catches up to Shaun and Andrews in the surgical skills room and informs them that Beth wants someone other than Shaun to perform the resection. A distraught Shaun runs out and heads to the bus, but Lim catches up to him. She tells him to come back inside and he follows her into Beth’s room. Lim admits to Beth that Shaun’s phrasing was unfortunate, but assures her that there was no deceit or negligence. Shaun has her full confidence in the O.R., and if Beth doesn’t trust him, then she doesn’t trust the chief of surgery, and they can arrange for her transfer to another hospital. Beth ultimately agrees to let Shaun perform the surgery again, and the procedure is scheduled for the next morning.
Later that night, Shaun is visited in a dream by his dead brother Steve, who was last seen in the fifth episode of Season 1. He tells Shaun that surgery is the “easy-peasy part.” He wanted this, and he needs to let himself enjoy it. But Shaun argues that he can’t enjoy it, because “if Dr. Andrews has to take over, then I have failed… and I have endangered a patient’s life. And if I am no good at the easy-peasy part,” he asks, “then what part am I good at?” At this point, Steve instructs Shaun to “blow out the candles,” which was always his way of telling his younger brother to take a deep breath. Shaun takes three deep breaths, then drifts into an even deeper sleep.
The following morning, Shaun is approached by Glassman, who assures him that he is ready to lead his own surgery. He also hands his mentee a surgical cap that was worn in the room when he performed his own first surgery many, many moons ago. Shaun takes the cap, then goes to prepare. He watches what appears to be a surgical video with Japanese subtitles when Carly comes in to wish him luck. She offers him two good-luck kisses, then brings up Lea’s advice about telling each other their likes and dislikes. In accordance, she tells Shaun that they’re not going to touch lips anymore because there’s something else she’d like him to touch. She then takes his hand and places it on her breast. “So, what do you think?” she asks. Shaun’s face lights up. “You… don’t have any lumps,” he says. “Win-win!” Carly responds. (Heh!)
We next see Shaun head into the operating room, where he is joined by Andrews and Park. He blows out three candles, then proceeds as Steve watches over him (or behind him, if you wanna get technical). Deep into the esophageal resection, Shaun freaks out. He takes off his surgical mask and walks out of the O.R. Park follows, per Andrews’ instruction, then Andrews pages Lim. Lim comes down and tells Park to take over, but he refuses. He thinks Shaun sees something that they don’t, and tells his fellow doctor to breathe. Shaun envisions his older brother again, then takes three deep breaths before he explains himself. He tells the others that there was a much larger area of tumor-free esophagus than he anticipated, and there’s enough to perform an alternate, reconstructive procedure — the very procedure he watched on the videotape before Beth’s surgery. This procedure will prevent the need for a feeding tube, but it’s too advanced for a third-year resident to perform. To resume, Shaun must forfeit his first surgery and allow Andrews and Lim to take over while he walks them through it, step by step. Lim assures Shaun that he’ll get another chance very soon.
Even though Beth’s surgery is a rousing success, Andrews still isn’t confident that Lim made the right calls on this one. His ultimate takeaway is that Shaun failed his first time up at bat. Lim disagrees with Andrews’ assessment and applauds the teamwork it took to complete the alternate procedure. “We don’t work alone,” she says. “Shaun came up with an idea, Park got it out of him, I approved the surgery and you — the only reason Shaun is working here is because you believed in him. Yay, team!”
Later that night, Shaun heads to Carly’s apartment. He tells her that he didn’t get to lead his first surgery, but that the procedure went very well. Then, to follow up on the whole “only touching one thing at a time” rule, he asks if he can come in and check her other breast. You know, “for lumps.”
Elsewhere in the episode…
* While Shaun, Lim and Andrews proceed with Beth’s surgery, Lim tells Park to scrub out. Turns out there’s an appendectomy with his name on it in the adjacent O.R.! (For those keeping track at home, that means Shaun and Morgan are the last of Melendez’s protégés waiting to lead their first surgery.)
* Morgan confronts Claire after she allows her preconceived notions about alcoholism and addiction to cloud her judgment with a patient. She spends the episode convinced that he’s a drunk just like Breeze, even though his wife claims that he hasn’t touched a drink in years — and she’s right. The man is ultimately diagnosed with Auto Brewery Syndrome; a tumor was blocking his intestinal tract, so carbs were being fermented rather than digested, and his stomach was creating its own alcohol. What an interesting case!
* When Glassman finds out that Debbie has a gun, he has a home-security system installed in hopes that she’ll part with the weapon. After she refuses, Glassy has a talk with Shaun, who has just gotten to second base with Carly. “Does Debbie let you touch her breast?” he asks. When a flummoxed Glassman replies “yeah,” Shaun tells him that he shouldn’t be worried about anything else. And so, Glassman tells Debbie that he’ll work on his compromising skills. They kiss and make up, and that’s the end of that.
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Shaun’s (Freddie Highmore) smile and jumps when he found out he was getting his first lead surgery in this week’s episode of The Good Doctor make the wait all these years so worth it. It definitely didn’t turn out as many would’ve expected. But, damn if that wasn’t one glorious, heartfelt and emotional moment. The best part of it all was the reappearance of someone from Shaun’s past that made it all the more meaningful.
On a side note though, it might just be one of the oddest of The Good Doctor’s current season yet. Aside from a rather odd and incohesive combination of topics, the episode also has some very confusing moments. And unfortunately, this cut the episode in half, one side victorious and the other sliding downhill. But, we’re still early on in the season, so we’ll see how this picks up soon.
In this week’s episode of The Good Doctor, Shaun is up for his first lead surgery. But, suddenly, Dr. Andrews (Hill Harper) starts questioning if he’s really ready for the task. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire (Antonia Thomas) and Dr. Morgan (Fiona Gubelmann) face a patient who they suspect is lying about his drinking problem. And last but not least, Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff) deals with the first hurdle of his marriage with Debbie (Sheila Kelley) when he discovers she owns a gun.
Claire Loses Faith
Claire and Morgan’s patient of the day is Curtis (Aidan Kahn), a man who fractured both his legs after falling from the chimney. When Claire goes to examine him, she immediately notices that he’s drunk. Despite the clear symptoms, Curtis insists that he’s sober. And his wife Teal (Nefetari Spencer) believes him with all her heart. This immediately earns the ire of Claire because she believes that one is an addict and the other is an enabler. And given her recent experience, she has lost all faith in addicts.
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On the operation table, however, Morgan notices a heart arrhythmia. And later on, Curtis also suffers from bleeding ulcers. Upon examination, both things point to one thing: alcohol abuse. Even with all this proof, Teal refuses to believe that her husband has been drinking. She admits that Curtis was a drunk before but he fixed up. In fact, their very marriage is built on his sobriety. Fed up with Teal’s blind faith, Claire finally snaps telling Teal “Your faith in your husband is impressive. But, it may have just killed him.”
Despite Claire’s general unpleasantness, they still conduct more tests on Curtis. And after much effort, they find a tumor obstructing his digestive tract and causing the bleed. Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) gets it out successfully. But, afterward, the telltale scent of alcohol coming from inside Curtis leads them to find what’s really the problem. As it turns out, Curtis had an auto-brewery syndrome. The carbs in his body weren’t being digested so they were being fermented instead. So, basically, his own body was making him drunk and he was indeed innocent.
Later on, Morgan confronts Claire about her new behavior. And she urges her to still have hope even if its for a minority percentage of people like Curtis. But, Claire closes up and refuses to believe anymore.
‘Easy Peasy, Right?’
Shaun’s first lead surgery means he has to be speaking to his patient directly. And as everyone knows, patient communication is his weakest point. Luckily for him, his patient Beth (Stacie Greenwell) takes anything thrown at her fairly well. Simply put, Shaun’s first lead operation is an esophageal resection. This would effectively render Beth cancer free without her needing a permanent feeding tube.
Unfortunately, Shaun and Dr. Park (Will Yun Lee) discover that Beth has extensive scarring in her abdominal area and she would need a permanent feeding tube after all. When it came to who’ll tell Beth their new findings, Andrews insists that Shaun do it. He suspects that Lim is coddling him too much. From supposedly being a changed man at the beginning of the season, Andrews strangely reverts back to doubting Shaun. And as if to prove his point, Lim tells Park to do it. When they come face to face with Beth, however, Andrews forces Shaun to deliver the news.
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Feeling betrayed, Beth asks Lim to take Shaun off her case. But Lim brings out her convincing powers and gets Beth to reinstate Shaun as her surgeon. The night before the surgery, Shaun dreams of his brother who tells him “the surgery’s the easy peasy part.” But Shaun’s nervousness is causing him to overthink. Fortunately, his dream brother manages to calm him down.
The next morning, Carly (Jasika Nicole) comes to wish Shaun good luck before the surgery and also to discuss the progress of their relationship. From kissing, the couple has gone on to touch. But like last time, Shaun has had some qualms where he’s only comfortable with touching one thing at a time. So, to help him ease into second base, Carly leads him to touch her breast.
First Lead Surgery Meltdown
In the surgery itself, all things start out smoothly. But, in the middle of it, Shaun loses it saying “can’t do it” over and over again. After Park helps him calm down, Shaun explains he has figured out a way to reconnect Beth’s digestive tract with her esophagus in a way that would not need a permanent feeding tube. The problem is, Shaun has only watched the procedure onscreen and he can’t do it himself. And if he can’t do it, he’ll lose this case.
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Nevertheless, they push through with the operation. This time, it’s Andrews on the lead. But, since he has no experience doing that specific procedure either, he has Shaun taking him through the steps by his side. When it’s time to close Beth up, Lim hands over the last stitch to Shaun. At that moment, even if it wasn’t his first lead surgery altogether, Shaun felt a different sense of contentment as he imagined his brother with him in that symbolic moment.
After the surgery, Park reveals that Lim has also given him his first lead surgery. And so, even if things worked out a little differently than everyone expected, they still somehow had a sense of victory. Andrews, however, still feels that Shaun failed. But, Lim reminds him that they don’t work alone. Each member of the team contributes something to make the work a success.
Trouble in the Second Day of Marriage
Meanwhile, it’s just Glassman’s second day of marriage and yet, he’s already facing another hurdle in his relationship. After discovering that Debbie owns a gun and keeps it at her bedside table, he freaks out. His first tactic to hopefully get Debbie to get rid of it is to install plenty of alarms around the house to make her feel more secure. But, that’s not the issue. According to Debbie, it doesn’t matter why she wants to keep the gun. Pointing it out, she says, “I’m a grown-up. And I’m responsible.”
Next, Glassman tries to appeal to her emotions. He tells her that he just treated a child who was accidentally shot by his sister. Then, he goes on to not so subtly remind her of the danger of guns. But, in the end, Debbie wouldn’t budge. When Glassman goes to Shaun for advice, the latter gives one of the most nonsense advice I’ve ever heard. He asks Glassman if Debbie has allowed him to touch her breast. And when Glassy says yes, Shaun tells him that he shouldn’t worry about anything else. Magically, this seems to solve the issue and gets Glassman to agree to compromise with his wife. What was supposed to be a valuable discussion on a serious issue just gets squashed out. Surely, The Good Doctor can do better than this right?
The Good Doctor continues Monday, November 4th, with “45-Degree Angle” at 10/9c on ABC.
‘The Good Doctor’ Season 3 Episode 5 leaves fans sympathizing with Claire Brown as she deals with an unexpected existential crisis
If there’s one certainty in any story, it is the fact that the characters will change, evolve, become better or worse, throughout their journey.
In other words, the transition of characters is what makes the journey of the story more interesting. We have seen ample shows with ample character shifts. But somehow, when it comes to ‘The Good Doctor’, we find such transitions more heartwarming.
Of course, we are talking about Shaun Murphy and how he is slowly but steadily warming up to people, society, and everything life has to offer. However, Murphy’s character changes are expected. After all, he is the hero of the story. He must complete his journey across all ups and downs.
But then, let’s look at Claire Brown’s character as well. The once confident, self-assured young doctor went through a series of events, each of which peeled off a layer of her character.
By season three, Claire Brown is facing an existential crisis of her sort. After suddenly losing her mother, she is experiencing changes, which neither she nor we as viewers probably expected.
We always thought Claire is the kind of woman who never loses her grip on herself or her life. But in episode five, when she talks to Morgan about being at the “second stage of grief”, and almost acts out, we see a touch of aggression from a woman of composure.
As a fan rightly tweets, “She’s grieving and has so many different emotions but has also developed walls due to her mum’s emotional abuse over the years. It’s no wonder she’s closed down right now.”
Although people do not want to see Claire in a darker shade, they can feel her character’s pains. Like another user says, “Least favorite scenes? Claire being so skeptical, harsh, and ‘b*tchy’. We want the old Claire back! We know she’s in there, she just needs time to grieve…even if she doesn’t think she needs to. We love you Claire!”
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What the heck was that?
Doctors are always questioning whether Shaun has it what it takes to be a surgeon, and usually, he proves the naysayers wrong.
But on The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 5, Shaun had two Autism-related meltdowns, one while in the middle of surgery.
Shaun’s first meltdown made sense. One way Autism affects him is that he has a hard time dealing with change and dashed expectations.
So when the patient decided she wanted a different surgeon, he couldn’t let go of the idea that he was supposed to be the lead surgeon.
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It wasn’t much different than the meltdown that got him in trouble with Dr. Han on The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 17. Just as Shaun couldn’t accept not being a surgeon, he couldn’t accept not being the surgical lead.
His response to Lim’s attempt to encourage him was heartbreaking, though.
Lim: Going from attending to Chief of Surgery has been hard. Every decision, every mistake… I learn something new every day. And so do you.
Shaun: No, I don’t. I have a developmental disorder.
- Permalink: No, I don’t. I have a developmental disorder.
Shaun seems to have internalized the idea that his Autism means he can’t learn and is stuck with whatever talents he has or doesn’t have, and Andrews’ insistence that he wasn’t ready probably didn’t help that.
Andrews’ doubts came out of nowhere. He sacrificed his position as hospital president to sack Han and reinstate Shaun, so why is he suddenly having doubts now?
Andrews was right that Lim shouldn’t coddle Shaun, but Shaun’s reluctance to give the patient bad news didn’t mean he couldn’t perform surgery on her.
Andrews: Shaun was very lucky. He got the world’s most genial patient.
Andrews: Of you. I saw the chart. This was supposed to be Park’s patient. You can’t coddle him.
Lim: If we challenge him too much we’ll lose him.
- Permalink: If we challenge him too much we’ll lose him.
And the patient’s reaction to getting that bad news was odd, too. It wasn’t clear why she decided she wanted another surgeon.
Related: The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 3 Review: Claire
Lim said that Shaun’s phrasing was problematic but that his surgical skills were top-notch, but his bedside manner didn’t seem THAT bad.
This felt like manufactured drama.
Obviously, there has to be some conflict involved with Shaun leading surgery for the first time, but surely there was something better than Andrews and the patient’s mistrust of him.
And what’s up with patients deciding at the last minute they want a different surgeon, then changing their minds back?The same thing happened to Claire on The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 3.
Speaking of Claire, I can’t decide if Morgan is still a good friend to her or if she’s gone back to being a pain in the neck.
Morgan spent most of the hour pushing Claire to deal with her mom’s death and arguing with her about whether their patient had fallen off the wagon.
Her attitude towards Claire was irritating, but at the same time, Claire needs to take some bereavement time or something.
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Claire snapped at her patient’s wife, accusing her of killing her husband by refusing to accept Claire’s diagnosis.
Her behavior was unprofessional, but the odds are no one with any authority will ever call her on it or even ask what’s going on with her. That’s not Claire’s normal personality and someone besides Morgan needs to realize something’s wrong with her.
I knew as soon as Claire and Morgan began insisting that her patient had fallen off the wagon that he had some bizarre medical condition that emulated drunkenness, too.
Claire was too convinced that that was the explanation for his symptoms for it to be the explanation.
And she was just as wedded to her opinion as the patient’s wife was to hers. Even discovering a rare tumor that caused pseudo-drunk symptoms didn’t change her conviction that all addicts lie and fall off the wagon.
She needs therapy, stat. We need to get our sweet, supportive Claire back, and it’s not going to happen on its own.
The subplot about Debbie’s insistence on carrying her gun was interesting even though it ultimately went nowhere.
Despite Glassman’s fear and reluctance to have a gun in his house, the issue was handled fairly maturely.
It shouldn’t matter why I want a gun. Whether it’s so I can defend myself or it’s a momento of my dad’s or it’s fun to shoot. I’m a grownup and I’m responsible.
- Permalink: It shouldn’t matter why I want a gun. Whether it’s so I can defend myself or it’s a momento…
Neither Debbie nor Glassman was being unreasonable. She wanted to keep a gun in the house for whatever reason and he didn’t want one anywhere near him.
Nobody was evil, crazy, or a nut case, making this story palatable to both gun owners and proponents of weapons bans.
But what the heck was this breast-touching business?
Carly asked Shaun to touch hers. I get that.
But his advice to Glassman, and Glassman’s subsequent touching Debbie’s breasts instead of discussing how they were going to solve the gun issue, bothered me.
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Sure, Glassman said he had a compromise, but then he started touching Debbie
.She didn’t seem to mind, but still.
At the very least, Glassman used sex to distract from the need to have a potentially controversial conversation.
Similarly, I wasn’t a big fan of Carly deciding minutes before Shaun’s surgery was a good time to kiss him and ask him to touch her breast in the first place.
That was all sorts of inappropriate, and Shaun didn’t seem to be particularly into her until she put his hand on her breast. .
And Shaun’s mid-surgery meltdown didn’t make sense.
Why didn’t he do the visualizing things in his head and announce his proposed solution like he usually does?
That felt like drama for drama’s sake.
And worse, it proved Andrews’ point right and suggested Dr. Han had been right to bar Shaun from finishing his surgical residency.
Your turn, The Good Doctor fans.
Did Shaun’s meltdowns make sense to you?
Was Glassman right to be worried about Debbie having a gun?
And was Morgan a friend or just a nuisance?
Tell us what you think in the comments, and don’t forget you can watch The Good Doctor online if you omissed anything.
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‘The Good Doctor’ Season 3, Episode 5: First Case Second Base: Surgery loss is still a win
Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is scoring on many levels in this week’s October 21 Episode 5 of Season 3 of “The Good Doctor,” “First Case, Second Base.” The surgical resident’s romance with pathologist Carly Lever (Jasika Nicole) is moving along swimmingly, so much so that she proposes adding sensual touches to their “kissing during commercials” routine. Not surprisingly, Shaun is thrown off by this additional dimension, especially when added contact is part of the connection.
On the same morning that he describes the pleasant dilemma to Lea (Paige Spara), he gets the call that he will have the lead surgery of an esophageal resection for a cancer patient.
Both he and his roommate rejoice in a familiar jumping ritual, seven times, before he rushes off for the day, declaring: “I will rock it!” As verified by Newsweek on October 22, the surgery isn’t t the only thing that rocks Shaun Murphy’s world. Carly has a secret motivation.
“The Good Doctor” continues to evolve, grow, and learn in this penetrating installment, and has many mentoring encounters along the way.
Hello, my friend
Dr. Andrews (Hill Harper) is astounded that Dr. Murphy’s patient, Beth (Stacie Greenwall) is the most welcoming on all the earth to her surgeon.
She is not daunted by his challenges or his age, and his frankness in laying out the possibilities doesn’t dissuade her. She is determined to grab this new chance at life after facing cancer. Shaun tells her that she probably won’t need a permanent feeding tube, and she is full of hope for the future as a chef.
Dr. Andrews accuses Dr. Lim (Christina Chang) of both “ruining” Dr. Murphy and coddling him by selecting a supportive patient and team around him.
She counters that she can always “tough love his a** next week.” For now, she defends her supportive stance as a means of keeping the brilliant savant surgeon.
When further examination reveals far more expansive scar tissue from a childhood surgery, Dr. Murphy realizes that his promise of no feeding tube has to be broken. He also realizes that patient communication is his most prominent deficit as a doctor.
He could lose his surgery if the patient pulls out. Dr. Lim tells Dr. Park (Will Yun Lee) to inform the patient about the surgical changes. On the spot, in the patient’s room, however, Dr. Andrews insists that Shaun has to give the details, and Beth opts out. Dr. Lim still pitches for Dr. Murphy, telling him that everything is about learning from mistakes at a teaching hospital. She and “The Good Doctor” offer that the choice for Beth is to let Dr. Murphy be her surgeon or have the procedure at a different hospital. She agrees to go forward with Dr. Murphy. The scenes have the same feel as in Highmore’s riveting insistence that “I am a surgeon!” as his character with Dr.
Han last season. A person with a disability never escapes the certainty that they must perform and work ten times harder and better than anyone compared to them, and he determined to rise to his moment.
Dr. Brown (Antonia Thomas) expresses gratitude and support to Dr. Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann) for her help with fulfilling her mother’s final wishes. Nonetheless, Dr. Reznick knows full well that Claire is in denial and the “bitchy” stage of her grieving. She has not come to any stage of forgiveness for herself, her mother, or the past.
Everything about Claire’s pain comes to the forefront in their case, dealing with a man who fell from a chimney while intoxicated (Aidan Kahn).
He shows all the signs of being an alcoholic but swears he hasn’t drunk in years, even providing the exact date of his sobriety. His wife (Nefetari Spencer) comes completely to her husband’s defense, relating the entire story of how they met at band camp as teens when he lost both parents. His drinking came as part of his coping mechanism, and the two “grieved and fell in love” together. They did not exchange vows until he was completely sober and determined to stay that way.
Bring on the heat
Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) is delighted to learn every detail about his new bride, Debbie (Sheila Kelley), my current throwing speed in softball.
Another discovery, however, has him at his wit’s end. He finds her pistol, “Wally,” kept closely at her bedside table, properly secured. Sharing the security code doesn’t satisfy Aaron, who can hardly fathom anyone he loves owning a gun. He polls the residents about their experiences with partners and gun ownership. They are all different, with deep consequences. Claire playfully asks: “Do you have someone you want taken out?” when Glassman poses the question. From Debbie’s perspective, her reasons don’t matter, whether the connection to her father to just being “fun to shoot.” She is responsible, an adult, and her choice of protection shouldn’t interfere with her marriage.
Carly gives Shaun some heated special encouragement just before surgery. Besides a good luck kiss or two, she offers her bosom as a boost. Shaun is pleased to oblige, and checks for lumps. Carly agrees with Lea’s counsel that they should each tell the other exactly what they want, and it’s fine with her to go one body part at a time.
The most moving aspect of the episode is the return of Dylan Kingwell in his role as Steve Murphy. Steve comes to Shaun in the night, reminding him that when things get crazy, they “blow out the candles.” Shaun needs three candles, and his three slow breaths calm him.
“Easy peasy” Steve reminds.
Another token of mentorship comes from Dr. Glassman, who gives Shaun the orange surgical cap he wore during his first lead surgery. The journey of learning is depicted throughout this masterful story. Dr. Murphy is completely at ease and in control when he asks for the 10-blade to begin surgery. When he sees less scar tissue than expected, however, he recoils, pulling off his mask and shouting “No” repeatedly. Dr. Park sees that this is not a meltdown for “The Good Doctor.” Instead, it is a struggle for him to communicate what he needs. After three more “candles,” Dr.
Lim, Dr. Park, and Dr. Andrews understand that Shaun knows a procedure thoroughly that will keep Beth from needing a feeding tube, but it is more complicated than he can perform. He can guide the team through the Japanese procedure, and it is a success. Dr. Andrews still wants to call it a fail for Dr. Murphy, while Dr. Lim reiterates that “none of us do this alone,” and his decision is the reason Dr. Murphy is still at the hospital. She parts with a “Yay team!” It wasn’t a lead surgery, but without “The Good Doctor,” Beth’s life and her dream could not have been saved.
Dr. Park goes from dejection to delight as well, when the surgery is directed to attend in the middle of Dr.
Murphy’s procedure becomes his lead surgery on appendicitis.
Dr. Brown and Dr. Reznick discover a tumor in their patient during an endoscopy, which explains the patient’s production of alcohol in his own body from fermented carbohydrates. His surgery is a success, and his wife’s stalwart faith is validated. Morgan reminds Claire not to give up on that 99.9% of the unexplainable in life because that is the evidence of hope, which no one can live without.
Shaun boils down Dr. Glassman’s gun standoff with Debbie in simple terms. If the woman you love allows her breast to be touched, then everything else isn’t such a problem.
Dr. Glassman tests the hypothesis himself later that evening as a measure of compromise.
Dr. Murphy was beaming at Carly’s door, happy for the way his day ended and more delighted to have another breast to check.
The Good Doctor recap: Season 3, Episode 5, “First Case, Second Base,” aired Oct. 21, 2019.
It’s a big day for Shaun this episode: he is preparing for his first solo surgery. Let’s dig into this week’s episode of The Good Doctor!
Oh yea, Leah
Okay, first off, I totally forgot about Leah for a moment. As Shaun and her are discussing his progressing relationship with Carly, he gets a text that he’s getting his first solo surgery. Yay! Thankfully, his patient seems to be in high spirits. When she points out that he’s young, she says that must mean he’s the smart af. Well, not in those exact words.
Seems like Lim picked the patient on purpose for Shaun. Andrews doesn’t agree with her decision to coddle him, though. She promises that she’ll give him some tough love next week. Park, even though he says he’s happy for Shaun, is a little bummed that he’ll be 3 out of 4….”at best,” he states. Hopefully he gets the next surgery!
Claire thanks Morgan for being there for her in the wake of her mother’s death; however, she wants to keep it between them. Morgan tells her that she’s in high denial over it.
Team work makes the dream work
There’s been a change in Shaun’s patient’s outcome of the surgery. Park tells the patient, but Andrews makes Shaun tell her that she’ll have to have a feeding tube the rest of her life. Turns out that the patient wants Shaun off the case, but when Lim and Andrews tell him, he refuses to be moved off the case.
After Glassman finds that Debby owns a gun, he goes to his residents for advice. He feels uneasy about it, and they all seem to have different opinions about it. So, Glassman didn’t really get the answer he was looking for when he came to them for advice.
I think one of the best decisions of the show was Lim becoming chief-of-surgery. She’s caring, but she’s also not afraid to voice her demands and expectations. Lim even talks to the patient on Shaun’s behalf — telling her that Shaun has her confidence to perform the surgery.
Morgan and Claire…friendship?
Morgan points out that Claire is acting bitchy, which makes it suspicious to others because she’s usually not bitchy. Claire is so over Morgan’s opinion of her, which lol, same. Just let Claire be, Morgan.
Glassman decides to install a security system into their house. Debby isn’t too keen on his one-or-the-other method. She isn’t willing to give up her gun just because he thinks she should.
It’s go-time for Shaun’s first solo surgery. However, he ends up running out of the room in panic. Lim makes the executive decision to have Park take over the surgery, but even Park refuses. He knows that Shaun can do the surgery. I am really team Park and Lim this episode — they’re really great characters. Shaun admits that the case is too complex for him, so he agrees to walk Andrews and Lim through it.
Lim has Park scrub out of their surgery, but he says he would like to stay where he is. What was that all about? Lim offers Shaun to do the final stitch of the surgery, which is for the purpose of being symbolic.
Park admits that he was mad at Lim, but he ended up getting a lead on a surgery. I’m glad that he gets a lead. I don’t think Morgan will be all too pleased when she realizes she’ll be the last resident for the solo surgery. Kind of nervous to see how she’ll react. There is sure to be some drama ahead!
- Carly really does not like Shaun telling everyone about the intimacies of their relationship.
- Awe; I missed Glassman and Shaun’s conversations.
- Morgan is really determined — you’ve gotta give her that.
- Things don’t seem to be going well for Glassman and Debby. Uh oh.
- Oh, hey, there you are, Melendez!
- See, Morgan can have a heart! She just gave a dang hope speech. Snow White would be so proud.
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- The Good Doctor season 3 episode 7 aired on ABC on Monday.
- Viewers particularly loved one scene of the episode, where Dr. Shaun Murphy tries to physically demonstrate an emoji that Carly sent to him via text.
- Some fans of The Good Doctor even said on Twitter that it was one of the show’s “best” scenes yet.
When we tune in to a new episode of The Good Doctor every Monday, we expect to be met with a slew of serious issues: life-threatening injuries, medical decisions that have the potential to tear families apart, and any number of obstacles that Dr. Shaun Murphy has to overcome as a doctor with a developmental disability. All of those things are reasons why we love the show, after all! In Monday’s episode, however, fans were met with something else entirely — a light-hearted scene that some are now calling the show’s “best” yet.
In season 3 episode 7 of The Good Doctor, “SFAD,” Dr. Shaun Murphy’s girlfriend, Carly, is away at a conference, marking the first time the couple has been apart for a significant period of time since they began their relationship. And while she’s been gone, Carly has been texting Shaun — but he hasn’t quite known how to respond.
In the opening scene of the episode, Shaun’s roommate, Lea, tells Shaun he likely should say something to Carly while she’s away, so he turns to her when later he receives a text from Carly that he doesn’t understand. The text is simply an emoji, however (the “face with rolling eyes” emoji, to be precise), and when Lea asks what emoji it is that Carly sent, Shaun tries to demonstrate using his own facial expressions.
Many fans were charmed by the humor of the scene, and they quickly took to Twitter to gush over it: “Shaun’s imitation of the emoji had me ROLLING,” one fan wrote. “I’m calling that the Shaun-emoji from now on 😂,” tweeted another.
Some fans even went so far as to say the scene was the “best thing” they’d ever seen on the show:
— The Good Doctor|TGDScouts K&S🇺🇸🇨🇦🇮🇲 (@tgdscoutskands) November 12, 2019
At the end of the day, it’s great to see that a medical drama like this one can still manage to pepper some humor into its sometimes-emotionally heavy episodes. So, to the writers of The Good Doctor we say: Keep that uplifting content coming, folks!
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