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“Everyone is dealing with something. We just have to love other people for who they are and hope they love us, too.” —Claire Browne

Dr. Claire Browne is a surgical resident at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Her emotional intelligence (shown through her kindness and unmatched caring for her patients) and quick thinking earn her recognition and respect from the team working under Dr. Neil Melendez (whom she is implied to be attracted to). These traits allow her to communicate the most effectively with patients and especially with Dr. Shaun Murphy who, due to his autism, has a difficulty learning professional social cues. But regardless of her caring and warm nature, Claire keeps intimate relationships she has at a distance which can be seen in her strictly sexual relationship with Dr. Jared Kalu, another surgical resident. This may be due to her upbringing with her abusive mother. However, even with all her emotional and physical trauma, Dr. Browne continues to demonstrate that your past does not define who you will be in the future.

After her mother died in a drunk driving accident in “Claire”, Claire started to have trouble processing her grief, even getting frustrated at a woman’s faith in her husband in “First Case, Second Base”. She has stopped believing in people, believing that hope killed her mother and that no one can change. However, she eventually resumed displaying more compassion towards her patients overtime and eventually starts seeing a psychiatrist as seen in “Friends and Family.”


Early LifeEdit

Claire’s early life was one filled with physical and emotional abuse. Her mother, Breeze Brown, was a drug addict who attempted to kill her multiple times, and there was no mention of a father to prevent this behavior. When she was in high school, Claire volunteered at a shelter for runaway teens. Whilst attempting to save money for a laptop through babysitting, Claire’s mother took that money only to waste it, on top of leaving Claire alone for several days at a time. After leaving her abusive mother when she turned 18, Claire worked two jobs whilst living with multiple roommates at a time until she finally became a surgical resident.

Season 1Edit

In “Burnt Food, Claire Browne tries to prove herself to her overconfident superior Dr. Neil Melendez. When Claire meets Shaun Murphy, she initially takes him to be some weird guy, but gives credence to his suggestion of performing an echocardiogram on their young patient. When the patient’s condition worsens, Claire gets Melendez to hear Shaun out and she and Shaun are able to diagnosis the problem together.

In “Mount Rushmore,” Claire promises a worried patient awaiting a risky surgery that she is going to be okay. Dr. Melendez informs Claire that it is not wise to make promises like that to someone, especially if you don’t know what the outcome is going to be. He also warns her that if the patient were to die, then Claire would have to live with what she said to them. Claire is also upset at Jared for taking credit for one of Shaun’s ideas. During the operation, the patient almost doesn’t make it, but luckily she does. Before the patient wakes up, Melendez tells Claire that it is her responsibility to tell the patient about the operation. When the patient wakes up, Claire informs her that she almost died. The patient however thanks Claire. Later, Shaun and have another exchange when she sits across from Shaun in the same table. As she tries to get to know him, Shaun reminds Claire of how rude she was before. He asks her why it is that she’s now trying to be nice to him. Claire tells him she feels bad about how she treated him. Shaun gets up and walks off.

In “Oliver,” Shaun and Claire go to San Francisco in a helicopter to retrieve the organ. Dr. Melendez, who assigned the two this task reminds them the liver only has eight hours before it will no longer be viable. While riding in the helicopter, Claire reveals that Chuck was her very first patient, and she wishes she could have given him the good news instead of doing “pizza delivery.” Shaun doesn’t answer her, becoming fascinated with the way the helicopter rotors work. Upon arriving at SF Municipal Hospital, she grows frustrated at being unable to properly communicate with Shaun. However, later Claire realizes his aversion to direct questions and begins to work around it.

In “Pipes,” Claire and Jared Kalu have sex and discuss why an eighteen-year-old would do porn. Later, Shaun, Kalu, and Claire go out and celebrate their successes.

In “Point Three Percent,” Claire and Jared have a patient who has bad abdominal pain. They think it’s pancreatitis but Neil Melendez disagrees. Shaun eventually goes to Claire and asks her to lie for him when dealing with Evan Gallico. Later, Kalu and Claire’s patient has an allergic reaction while in surgery. Melendez tells them to look for cysts. Claire tells Kalu that the cysts are filled with tapeworms. Claire while being part of the surgical team finds lesions on Evan’s ribs which proves that the cancer has spread to his chest cavity.

In “Not Fake,” Claire along with Jared and Shaun are working the graveyard shift when a mass casualty is directed to St. Bonaventure. Controlled chaos erupts in the waiting room when the ambulances arrive, and it’s all hands on deck to treat patients. She initially has a difficult start to the evening, including freezing up several times during triage. But Claire does speak to Shaun about Marco’s leg. She suggests 3D printing a femur out of titanium to replace Marco’s shattered one. Naomi, Claire’s patient, wakes from surgery and immediately asks about her wife Jenna’s condition. Claire checks, but is unable to locate anyone named Jenna in the hospital. She realizes Jenna must have been ejected from the bus and never brought to the hospital. Several emergency vehicles make it back to the crash site, where Claire locates Jenna. She administers first aid before they hurry back to St. Bonaventure. Jenna undergoes a long surgery, but is ultimately pronounced dead. Dr. Aaron Glassman calls Claire over to reveal the true reason Jenna died: a fatal mistake during intubation. He reassures her it was an honest mistake, but gives her strict instructions not to speak to anyone outside the hospital, or Naomi, about what happened.

In “22 Steps,” Dr. Glassman makes an appointment with a grief counselor for Claire, who eventually tells her that she needs to talk to someone about her feelings. Later, Claire and Kalu talk about the patients they lost.

In “Apple,” Dr. Claire Browne and Dr. Lim deal with the shooter who is rushed into surgery. But Claire finds herself not being in the operating room for very long though as she makes it clear that she is not comfortable helping the shooter, especially when they notice his tattoo advertising that he is a Nazi. She speaks disrespectfully to Dr. Lim who subsequently asks Claire to leave the OR and send in a replacement. Claire’s Nazi patient also gets through the surgery and Dr. Lim puts Claire on babysitting duties, much to her displeasure. Claire’s patient is revealed to be an opiate addict, and consequently, the hospital pain meds are not managing his discomfort. He complains that his neck hurts and asks that Claire give him fentanyl, but she refuses. He states that she is punishing him for being a Nazi by refusing to treat his pain; she disagrees, and he suggests that she doesn’t like addicts, theorizing that this is because her mother might have been an addict. Claire becomes angry and leaves his bedside to demand that Dr. Lim let her stop babysitting him, arguing that a nurse could monitor him and that Dr. Lim is punishing her for disagreeing. Dr. Lim, who is being assisted by two nurses as she works on another patient, points out that this insubordination in front of two nurses is undermining her authority, something she has had male colleagues do to her throughout her career. “We shouldn’t do it to each other,” she says, and tells Claire to continue monitoring her Nazi patient.

Her patient appears to be having difficulty breathing and when she removes the bandage from his neck she is greeted by the sight of his neck being three times bigger than normal. Claire pages for Dr. Lim but action needs to be taken now, she gets a suture kit and prepares to perform surgery there and then. Claire has no choice, her patient is dying and Dr. Lim has not arrived; she grabs a scalpel from the suture tray and prepares to make an emergency incision. The extreme swelling is obscuring the patient’s Adam’s apple, and Claire is therefore unsure of where to place the incision. Claire works out where to cut and makes the call. Just as she finishes up Dr. Lim walks in, taken aback by the events she has walked in on but pleased it all went well. She asks for him to be taken to the OR where they can finish up and makes a point of telling Claire that this is why you watch the patient for the first 24 hours. Claire walks into the OR where Dr. Lim is performing and makes a public apology for her behavior earlier. Dr. Lim accepts Claire’s apology, and quips, “I know you needed this victory. I’m glad you saved a life today….too bad it was a Nazi!” Claire smiles and hastily leaves.

In “Intangibles,” Claire helps Shaun by teaching him how to flirt. The lab misplaced Elizabeth’s specimen so Claire is assigned to look for it and performs a frantic search with Dr. Carly Lever. Claire can’t find the lost specimen so Jessica Preston comes to tell Elizabeth. Elizabeth chooses surgery but right before they operate Claire has an epiphany. She finds the specimen in a mislabeled container. Elizabeth is cancer free but decides to sue the hospital so that something like that doesn’t happen again.

In “Sacrifice,” Claire (who did not get a chance to work on Ato’s case), runs into an uncomfortable situation with a new doctor, Dr. Matt Coyle, who seems far too friendly. However, when she requests to switch with Jared and Shaun, Jared tells her that she is blowing the whole thing out of proportion. When Dr. Coyle makes unwanted sexual advances toward her, Claire refuses and later yells at Jared for not supporting her and downplaying the issue.

In “Islands: Part One,” Melendez and Claire encounter some issues during the transplant of the twins. Katie changed her mind and tells Claire that she doesn’t want to do the surgery anymore. Melendez and the doctors try to find a way to convince the girls to go through with the surgery. They elect Claire to talk to them. Later, Melendez asks Claire if she wants kids after confiding in her about Jessica Preston not wanting kids. Claire also confronts the doctor who sexually assaulted her.

In “Islands: Part Two,” Claire and Shaun do an angiogram on Katie trying to find out why she’s in a coma. Claire asks Shaun about his road trip. Claire talks to Dr. Glassman about Shaun. She says that Shaun thinks that he’s mad at him. She suggests he signs the letter since it shows that Dr. Glassman believes in him. Claire wants to put the twins back in the same room so that Jenny can see that Katie really is gone. Claire asks Shaun if the reason he’s moving to Pennsylvania because of Lea. He says that she makes him happy. Claire tells him that she’ll miss him.

In “Seven Reasons,” Claire is assisting in a surgery on a stroke patient who had an aneurysm with Dr. Lim. She learns that the doctor that harassed her not only got a new job but also got a raise. Claire goes to the director and asks why they didn’t fire the doctor. She learns it’s because their stories didn’t match. Doctor Lim tells the stroke patients family that he’s going to be okay but then Claire comes and tells her that they’ve found another aneurysm. Claire and Shaun have breakfast together. They discuss Claire’s patient and Shaun says that if you love someone you’d do anything to prevent their death.

In “Heartfelt,” Claire, Alex, and Jared Kalu’s patient is a young boy who is in need of a new liver after rejecting the first one. Claire finds a new liver online but the catch is that the donor is in prison for seven murders. Claire, Alex, and Kalu get approval to use the convict’s liver. Claire and Kalu show up together at the Gala. Kalu gets mad when Claire doesn’t recognize the song playing as the one that they had their first kiss too. They break up.

In “Smile,” Morgan and Claire treat a patient named Lucy, who has a post-op infection. After receiving a prescription, she flees the ER, but Claire soon hears she has returned. It is revealed the woman they treated was not really Lucy, but an imposter who stole her identity. The real Lucy shows up at St. Bonaventure complaining of shingles and asks for pain medicine. Later, the imposter returns, having gone into septic shock. Her condition worsens rapidly, and she eventually reveals her true identity to Claire. When the imposter dies, Morgan and Claire ultimately elect not to try and revive her, feeling there is “nothing left to save.”

Season 2Edit

In “Quarantine” and “Quarantine: Part Two,” Claire works with Melendez to treat a patient whose bone marrow donor is trapped in a viral quarantine in the ER. After the patient codes, Claire reluctantly helps Melendez to revive him in spite of the man’s DNR. With the help of Andrews, they come up with a plan to successfully perform the transplant.

In “Aftermath,” Claire is blackmailed by Morgan into spending the day with her. Though Claire tries to abandon Morgan to help her mother, Morgan eventually admits that she’s still struggling with the death of an EMT named Tyler during the quarantine who Morgan was close to and doesn’t want to be alone, causing Claire to relent. After learning that Claire’s mother apparently has an abusive boyfriend, the two doctors confront him, only to learn that her mother was having cold feet over a possible engagement. The experience gives Claire new insight into and respect for Morgan.

After Shaun is transferred to pathology in “Risk and Reward” by new Chief of Surgery Dr. Jackson Han, Claire fights for her friend to get his job back without success. In “Breakdown,” after Shaun is called in to consult on a complicated surgery, Claire helps him come up with a way to successfully complete it. After Shaun is fired by Han, Claire finds him having an emotional breakdown in the locker room and sits beside Shaun, unsure of how to help him.

In “Trampoline,” Claire is surprised when Shaun returns to the hospital with Zack Cordell, a man who collapsed in a bar after assaulting Shaun. Though Shaun lies about the circumstances behind finding Zack, Claire quickly figures it out for herself. Claire comforts Shaun over losing his job as best she can and coaches Shaun through asking someone out which later allows Shaun to ask out Dr. Carly Lever successfully. Following Shaun’s collapse from his injuries, Claire learns from Zack that Shaun was acting weird before claiming that Zack had been misdiagnosed and collapsing. Recognizing the signs of Shaun figuring a patient’s condition out in his head, Claire alerts Lim who is dubious until Zack begins crashing. Unable to wake Shaun up without endangering his life, Claire attempts to replicate his thought processes by replicating the conditions Shaun figured it out under, including getting a stool to stand on due to their height difference. Claire succeeds in figuring it out and saves Zack’s life. When Shaun wakes up, Claire reassures him that Zack is fine thanks him.

At a board meeting about rehiring Shaun, Glassman brings up Claire’s actions as proof that Shaun deserves his job back. Glassman tells the board that Shaun made Claire a better doctor because she looked at a problem through Shaun’s eyes and saved a life, something that is extraordinary and proof that though Shaun may not communicate as others do, he does communicate and he inspires others. Though Han disagrees, Andrews unexpectedly agrees with Glassman and chooses to fire Han so that Shaun can be rehired.

Season 3Edit

In “Disaster,” Lim, as the new Chief of Surgery, announces that third-year residents can now lead their own surgeries, pleasing Shaun, Claire, Morgan and Park. Claire works with Shaun and Melendez on treating a newlywed bride who is discovered to have extensive cancer. At the same time, Claire avoids phone calls from her mother, not sure if she wants her mother in her life given their past. Claire asks Shaun for advice, admitting that she looks up to him on certain things and Shaun tells her that he doesn’t really think about his past. Shaun, after Melendez forces him to give the patient the news, suggests a radical surgery to save her life with the alternative being almost certain death from cancer. When the bride hesitates to make a decision, Claire takes a softer approach than Shaun whose blunt honesty to the couple causes them to face their fears and agree to the surgery. Though it’s a success, Claire has to deliver the news that the bride will now require an ileostomy bag for the rest of her life as a result of complications and gets to witness the husband promise to support his wife no matter what.

Throughout the episode, Claire listens to Shaun’s story of his eventful first date with Carly Lever and is sympathetic when Shaun reveals that he believes it to be a disaster as he was overwhelmed by the unpredictability he experienced. As the two couples the team treated leave the hospital, Claire gives Shaun a speech about how it is all worth it to find someone who will love you and be there for you no matter what, but Shaun remains uncertain. After everything that she witnessed, Claire finally answers the phone when her mother calls her again.

In “Debts,” Claire’s mother has moved in with her after getting evicted. With her mother clearly off her medication and drinking again, Claire gives her a week to find a new place before Claire kicks her out and remains inflexible on the matter. At the same time, she works with Shaun and Andrews to treat a young man who had the side of his face destroyed after saving a total stranger from a groping on the subway. Though they are supposed to wire the patient’s mouth shut permanently due to the extent of the damage, Andrews refuses to give up on the patient and Shaun devises an experimental surgery to save his face and speech. After the patient accepts despite the immense risks, Andrews, Claire and Shaun perform the surgery together. The patient begins crashing, but the three manage to save him and successfully complete the procedure. Lim later decides that Claire will be the first resident to lead her own surgery and inspired by the case, Claire agrees to let her mother stay longer with the conditions that she not drink, continues to take her meds, and see her doctor. Claire also continues giving Shaun advice on his relationship with Carly, leading Shaun to take inspiration from Claire’s description of a more relaxed and informal date to continue his relationship with Carly.



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The Good Doctor’s Antonia Thomas Reacts to Claire’s ‘Traumatizing’ Tragedy

While The Good Doctor is one of the best feel-good shows on television, Monday’s episode delivered a huge gut punch for St. Bonnaventure’s shining resident, Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas). After completing her first solo surgery — and being the first resident to get one — Claire received a phone call that will change the rest of her life. She arrived on the scene of a car accident to find that her mother, Breeze (Sharon Leal), had died after drinking Claire’s celebratory bottle of champagne.

Claire and her mom haven’t had the easiest of relationships; Breeze was an addict and bipolar, and she had a tendency to go off her meds. At the start of Season 3, Claire agreed to give her mother another chance after a lifetime of being let down. She cleared out all of her liquor, but had saved that one bottle for after her surgery.

This sudden tragedy comes as Claire’s career is on the upswing, and it will be a devastating trial for her moving forward. TV Guide spoke with Antonia Thomas about the heartbreaking twist and where Claire goes from here.

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Claire is clearly in shock after seeing her mom dead in the car. What can you say about her reaction once she’s had a second to process what’s happened?
Antonia Thomas: It’s a mixture of things. If you’ve come onto the scene and you see your parent has died, I think that’s a horrifying, shocking, traumatizing thing to walk in on, basically. For Claire, it’s a little bit more complicated than that because there’s so much stuff bound up in having looked after her mother all her life. We saw in Episode 2, and then you see more of it in 3, that she’s finally decided to give her mom a chance, and that happens. wants to take care of her and then, once she’s sort of taken this huge step forward, then it’s all sort of feels like it’s for nothing anyway.

The one bottle of champagne that leaves for herself because she was thinking of herself, is the one thing that she feels like killed her mother. It’s sort of bound up in all of this crazy guilt, which is of course not really her fault, but she’s felt this guilt all her life about her mom. She’s finally decided to take a step forward to sort of the relationship, and as soon as she does that, her mother dies.

This episode really highlighted how Claire can’t say no when people ask for her help. Is she going to be able to ask for other people’s help as she grieves, though?
Thomas: That is going to be a massive theme. … Claire has the biggest heart. In a way, she’s chosen this job because she wants to be able to help other people. But I think, yes, for her. And I think we’ve actually seen this all the way through, you know, Season 1 and 2 she finds it very hard to let other people in and accept help. What we are going to see is quite an interesting transition that Claire makes in terms of dealing with her grief and … in what she does and how she builds with it and how her colleagues react to her.

Antonia Thomas, The Good DoctorPhoto: David Bukach, ABC

I am nervous but excited to see how Shaun (Freddie Highmore) handles trying to help someone grieve.
Thomas: That’s definitely something that I think could be explored. Although, actually Shaun, but interestingly other characters too, that you wouldn’t necessarily think that Claire would kind of have much of a kind of close interaction with, are other ones on the scene in terms of her grief.

Before this huge tragedy, Claire actually had a really great moment professionally. She did her first solo surgery successfully. How is this going to rattle the confidence that she just gained as a surgeon?
Thomas:: The two things are separate. There’s a tremendous amount of guilt because she felt like she was so focused on wanting to be brilliant as a surgeon and she kind of dropped the ball in terms of her mother. It’s less about her ability, kind of, in terms of skill, and more about her attitude. I think we’ll see a slight change in Claire’s attitude in terms of the way she goes about her day as a way of dealing with her grief.

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It’s mentioned a few times in the episode that whoever gets the first solo surgery is on the path to chief resident, but Claire never talks about that. Is that something that she actively wants or is allowing herself to want?
Thomas: That’s something that we’re still very much getting to. The chief residency is a long way off, but I think that Claire, as a character, she’s just focused on being good. Whereas, I think you see with Park (Will Yun Lee) and Morgan (Fiona Gubelmann), especially, it’s sort of about the competition of beating out other people. Claire feels like that’s sort of wasted energy, you know, just put all the energy to being good and hoping your work will speak for yourself.

Speaking of Morgan, the two got a little bit closer in Season 2, but what can you say about what their relationship is in Season 3?
Thomas: Morgan is there, or sort of happens to be on the scene, and notices, because Morgan is always watching people, … what’s happening with Claire. inadvertently is kind of there for her kind of an unlikely connection is sort of formed between them… I’m not quite sure where it’s going because we’re still very much in the middle of it but … reluctantly a friendship blossoms.

What are you most excited for fans to see from Claire’s upcoming storyline?
Thomas: I’m excited for fans to see a slightly different side of Claire. Grief is an unpredictable beast, and I think that it affects Claire in a way that we don’t necessarily think it would. Knowing her, knowing the kind of very open-hearted, kind person that she is, we see her go on a little bit of a ride that is unusual for her. I think for fans, it’s joy, and I hope that they also forgive it.

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

After an emotional episode for Shaun Murphy (played by Freddie Highmore) and Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas), The Good Doctor is now on hiatus, with Season 3, Episode 11 due to air on ABC on Monday, January 13, 2020. To tide fans over until then, however, the show’s creator David Shore has given a few hints as to what will happen when the series comes back.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for The Good Doctor Season 3 midseason finale

Though Season 3, Episode 10 mostly dealt with Shaun’s relationship with his parents, and his attempts to forgive his father as he was dying, it is a moment between him and Lea (Paige Spara) that will have the biggest impact on the next episode of the series.

Paige Sparo and Freddie Highmore as Lea and Shaun on “The Good Doctor” ABC

After Shaun’s father died, Lea comforted him with a hug that Shaun accepted, with the autistic doctor even grabbing onto her arm for comfort. This completely contrasts with the problems he has been having with intimacy with girlfriend Carly (Jasika Nicole), who has never got more than an uncomfortable reaction to her attempts to embrace him.

Speaking about the contrast between these two moments in an interview with TVLine, Shore said: “We see Shaun in a very vulnerable moment, a very different moment, and in a very non-sexual 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.”

Long-term fans of the series will remember that Lea was the person who gave Shaun his first kiss, and it seems that the friendly intimacy between them could be a major stumbling block in his relationship with Carly.

However, that is not the only obstacle in their relationshipThe Good Doctor Season 3 midseason finale sets up. In that episode, Lea and Glassman (Richard Schiff) take Shaun to Wyoming to get away from things, with Carly left out. Asked what implications this has for the rest of the season, Shore said: “She will struggle with that very issue.

Antonia Thomas as Claire Browne in “The Good Doctor” ABC

“She will challenge Shaun on that…a large chunk of the next episode is going to be dealing with exactly that.”

Elsewhere in the last episode of the ABC show, Claire finally sought therapy to deal with the spiral of self-destructive behavior she has been on since her mother Breeze (Sharon Leal) died. Shore revealed that we will not actually see these therapy sessions, but that, “her figuring out how to get through this will be a big part of it.”

The Good Doctor Season 3 returns on January 13 on ABC.

The Good Doctor this week carefully peeled back the layers of Morgan’s hardened exterior (though not too much) to reveal a woman who so desperately wanted her mother’s approval.

While Shaun was focused on giving Carly a “parade,” Morgan was hard at work, determined to save the life of her difficult-to-please parent: famed painter Caroline Reznick (Smallville‘s Annette O’Toole), who was admitted to St. Bonaventure with potentially fatal clusters of small blood vessels in the brain. It was her daughter who ultimately convinced Glassman to return to the operating room and perform the minimally invasive (but highly experimental) procedure that saved Caroline’s life — but at the end of the hour, the artist still couldn’t bring herself to admit that she was proud of Morgan and her accomplishments as a doctor.

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Along the way, Morgan also reconnected with her brother Ariel (Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech), a noted sculptor who’d always been tight with Mom, but not with his sister. Below, Morgan’s portrayer, actress Fiona Gubelmann, dissects the Reznick-centric hour and reveals which scene was most arduous to shoot.

TVLINE | Morgan is hurt because she hasn’t lived up to her mother’s standards. But why did she lie to her friends and colleagues about who her family really was?
Morgan is very guarded. She doesn’t like to be vulnerable. She doesn’t want to share with her coworkers because she doesn’t want them to see that side of her… She describes her family in a way that she wants them to be. Claire kind of calls her out on that, and when she does, Morgan has the realization that, yeah, that’s what she’s been doing. That’s her way of coping.

TVLINE | So much of the first half of the season was about Morgan getting Claire to open up about Breeze’s death and preventing her from spiraling out of control. In this episode, the tables were turned, and it was Claire who had to keep Morgan at bay when her feelings toward Mom threatened to clout her medical judgment. What was it like getting to play that dynamic in reverse?
It was so much fun. We have seen Morgan grow and change over the course of her relationship with Claire, they’ve started to rub off on each other a bit.
This whole season getting to find the moments in which Morgan is vulnerable and a bit softer — and it’s a fine line: I have to make sure that I don’t get too soft and play Morgan with too much heart, because Claire. But it’s also been really great to get to see Antonia bring a bit of edge to . She’s such a talented actress, and getting to see all the different levels and choices that she brings and makes, it’s been really exciting.

‘The Good Doctor’ 3×13: Morgan and Caroline – Seizure Scene

TVLINE | Talk to me a bit about what it was like shooting that scene where Morgan induced Caroline’s seizure by recounting painful childhood memories, and eventually resorting to reading criticism of her Mom’s life work.
I haven’t seen the scene yet, and I’m a little anxious to watch it… Even just thinking about it now gets me a bit emotional. To put yourself in a situation where you’re torturing someone, and you know it’s going to help them, but it’s still hurting them… Just putting myself in that emotional state was very challenging, and embracing her at the end of it was just so hard to do. But I was so lucky to work with Annette O’Toole, who is such a talented actress. And Doris Egan, who wrote the script, is so brilliant. It was such a beautifully layered scene with all these incredible moments.

‘The Good Doctor’ 3×13 – Morgan and Caroline Reznick – “Our Little Plotter” Scene

TVLINE | Which scene was most difficult to shoot: When Morgan provoked Caroline’s seizure, or when Caroline told Morgan that she owed her everything, but still couldn’t bring herself to admit that she was proud of her daughter?
I would say the scene where Morgan triggered the seizure was harder, because that’s such an emotional journey. She’s just trying to jab and poke at her, but then there’s a switch that happens and Morgan gets very upset. Mom is having a seizure and Morgan is doing everything she can to save and protect her, and she has to nurture and take care of her mother in a way that her mother has never done for her before.. But the scene where she calls me the “little plodder” broke my heart. Morgan has this extreme high — this moment where she feels like she has finally gained her mother’s acceptance, only to have it ripped away from her in such a cold way. Both were pretty sad and not fun to shoot.

TVLINE | Correct me if I’m wrong, but Morgan never revealed to Caroline that she has inherited her rheumatoid arthritis…

‘The Good Doctor’ 3×13 – Morgan and Ariel

TVLINE | Might we see more of Caroline and Ariel this season?
The door is definitely left open there. Even though Morgan and Ariel’s relationship seems to have shifted and been slightly repaired, I think that there’s a lot to explore between Morgan and her brother. And then in terms of Morgan and her mother, I think there’s a lot more work that can be done.

TVLINE | Now that Morgan has been able to identify that her competitive nature stems from her need to be compete with her brother, might we see a change in her demeanor moving forward?
Oh, definitely not. At the end of the day, Morgan is who she is, so that’s always going to be there, and she has other things that she’s battling with right now… She’s a very competitive, driven woman, and she enjoys the competition to some extent. We’ve never seen Morgan be so competitive that she does something unethical to take out one of her competitors, and she’s also always been completely forthright and honest about the fact that she’s competitive, so I don’t think she views that as something wrong.

TVLINE | What can you tease about Morgan’s trajectory in the last five episodes of the season?
It’s gonna be a pretty rocky road for Morgan through the end of the season — so much so that I wonder about Morgan’s future, and I think it’s going to be a really exciting, edge-of-your-seat ride.

What did you think of The Good Doctor Season 3, Episode 13? Grade the Morgan-centric hour via the following poll, then hit the comments with your reactions.

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