The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 11 Review: Fractured

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The most effective thing about The Good Doctor is the best way it perfectly intertwines the characters' personal and professional lives.

The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 11 had every part that makes this present great. Both Claire and Shaun had fascinating instances that dovetailed nicely with their private dilemmas.

I might be thrilled with it even if Shaun did not choose Carly in the long run, at the least for now. However that was a bonus on an already robust episode.

Confusing Feelings - The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 11

All through the hour, Shaun seemed confused about which lady was his one true love, but I'm unsure that was the actual problem.

It was clear that he thought-about Lea "just a good friend" and simply felt more snug together with her than with Carly. So the actual question was whether or not he needed a relationship with Carly badly enough to push previous his comfort zone.

Shaun: Being with Lea felt very totally different than being with Carly
Glassman: Perhaps that's why you needed her right here as an alternative of Carly in the first place.
Shaun: Lea and I are simply buddies.
Glassman: Yeah, she's made that very clear. Typically you study more about individuals from what they do than what they are saying. In fact, who the hell is aware of what she needs? However what would you like?

Plus, his meltdown in Glassman's office proved the purpose that it was more about being afraid of abandonment than any lack of readability over how he felt.

Getting all of that out of his system plus Glassman's unconditional love and help helped Shaun take the large step of agreeing not to reside with Lea anymore.

A Patient in Pain - The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 11

It remains to be seen how straightforward it's for Shaun to undergo with that. Lea will probably not settle for this modification with no struggle despite the best way she has moved in and out of his life at will prior to now.

But Shaun's declaration of affection for Carly and willingness to carry her hand have been big wins as a result of it has been so onerous for him to do those issues.

The only factor that might have made this more good can be if The Good Physician had delved deeper into the road between friendship and romance typically being blurry.

Romantic relationships don't should be outlined by sex, and that's why a fully-clothed Lea and Shaun sleeping together in a non-sexual method bothered Carly.

And Shaun's literalness may need made him assume that he didn't cross any strains, whereas Carly may need felt that indirectly he cheated on her.

The episode touched on that barely together with her upset that it was so much simpler for him to let Lea hold him than Carly, however it didn't go deeply sufficient into it.

To be truthful, the writers only had 45 minutes or so to maneuver by way of this story, and clearly, they needed Shaun and Carly to take the subsequent step. In order that they had to skimp on this.

And Shaun's determination that he loves Carly was robust payoff for half a season's value of angst.

However it will have been even stronger had Carly's emotions of harm, envy, and betrayal lasted for greater than five seconds in real-time.

A Scared Patient - The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 11

Shaun's meltdown in Glassman's workplace was easily one among Freddie Highmore's greatest performances -- and his performances are all the time superb.

Shaun's pain and worry that everyone would abandon him was painful to observe.

It is onerous sufficient having autism and not understanding how relationships work. That in itself may be heartbreaking for a person on the spectrum who virtually desperately needs buddies.

But the abuse and neglect Shaun suffered on prime of that made him much more afraid of being rejected and triggered a full meltdown. And once once more, Highmore bought it utterly, bringing tears to my eyes as I watched.

Heading Home - The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 11

Anyway, Shaun's personal dilemma and his affected person's dilemma mirrored each other properly.

Shaun: How long can you keep secrets and techniques from the individuals you're keen on before they stop being the individuals you're keen on?
Affected person: I can maintain this one.
Morgan: Drug habit is a disease. You don't have anything to be ashamed of.
Patient: It occurs because of the choices you make.

It was fascinating that Shaun, who's all the time being criticized for not being empathetic sufficient, was the one to ask Kerri how her relationship might survive her preserving secrets.

Kerri's worry was sensible, as was the state of affairs -- though maybe not its answer.

In actual life, docs do ask about history of opioid use earlier than administering anesthesia, and normally, they use non-opioid forms of anesthesia whether it is warranted.

Shaun instructed ketamine, which is experimental, however there are extra permitted options that may be administered to addicts.

In fact, Kerri was so terrified of utilizing any medicine by any means that she in all probability would have rejected a non-opioid anesthetic too, so there's that.

Unsure What He Feels - The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 11

Anyway, I was expecting the ache to be so dangerous that Kerri would ultimately give in and ask for an anesthetic.

The Good Doctor did not go the predictable route, although, and the fact that she was capable of survive regardless of that excruciating ache and spike in her coronary heart fee proves that Morgan was right: Kerri was Marvel Lady.

And just as importantly, her husband did not reject her when he discovered about her past habit. Maybe that is a part of what gave Shaun the braveness to inform Carly the reality.

Park: Should not you be judging this man probably the most harshly of all? You made it out with out breaking the regulation.
Claire: That is not exactly true. My mother would take off on these journeys and I might haven't any cash. So once I needed provides, I might go to the shop and put them in the backside of my backpack. In the future the bag brokeand all the oatmeal and soup I might stolen fell out onto the ground...in front of a safety guard. She checked out me, at my face and at my garments and she or he helped me decide them up. She let me go together with a warning. And if she hadn't accomplished that, I wouldn't have turn into a physician standing right here with all of you.

I appreciated that each Claire and Morgan's stories pushed back towards the prevailing narrative that drug customers are dangerous individuals. 

Shaun and Morgan Consult - The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 11

Drug habit must be a public well being challenge, not a legal challenge, and it's essential for medical dramas to stand up for the fact that habit is a disease because so many individuals are judgmental of addicts.

Park's angle was annoying, too, and I used to be glad that Claire put him in his place.

Park: Should not you be judging this man probably the most harshly of all? You made it out with out breaking the regulation.
Claire: That is not precisely true. My mother would take off on these journeys and I might haven't any cash. So once I needed provides, I might go to the shop and put them in the bottom of my backpack. At some point the bag brokeand all the oatmeal and soup I might stolen fell out onto the ground...in front of a security guard. She checked out me, at my face and at my garments and she or he helped me decide them up. She let me go together with a warning. And if she hadn't completed that, I wouldn't have turn out to be a physician standing here with all of you.

Individuals use medicine and have interaction in other illegal conduct for quite a lot of causes. It is extra complicated a problem than the black-and-white morality Park subscribed to, and Claire saw a chance to help a affected person.

It was unfortunate that the affected person decided to steal his medicine again from the lab as an alternative of using his second probability correctly, however perhaps Claire planted a seed anyway.

Apart from, it was value it to see Melendez be on her aspect for as soon as. He is a lot extra likable in the mentor position than he ever was in his ridiculous relationship with Lim.

That stated, Claire has this tendency to overdo taking good care of others because she needed to deal with her mom when she was a toddler. I am glad the therapist pushed her to speak about her childhood feelings, although I wish she'd introduced that up as properly

What did you assume, Good Physician fanatics?

Was the winter premiere the whole lot you hoped for?

Are you glad Shaun selected Carly?

And which case obtained your consideration extra?

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