The Good Doctor: Season 2/ Episode 10 “Quarantine” [Mid-Season Finale] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Shaun, in a fetal position, on the floor.
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The mid-season finale is all about building anticipation as people die left and right and you wonder, will a main cast member be written off?


Network
ABC
Director(s) Mike Listo
Writer(s) Liz Friedman, Lloyd Gilyard, Jr.
Air Date 12/3/2018
Introduced This Episode
Tyler Dan Byrd
Kellan Ricky He

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The Start of Something Beautiful: Tyler, Morgan, Dr. Lim, Dr. Melendez

Well, after all that bickering, and some drinking, Dr. Lim and Dr. Melendez have sex. The two rivals hash things out in the bedroom and, well Dr. Melendez may have caught feelings. Dr. Lim, on the other hand, seems to be playing off what happened though. Even making it sound like a mistake. Which, to save face, Dr. Melendez goes along with.

But, while things are awkward, and going in a slightly negative direction for them, the same can’t be said about Morgan. Apparently, one EMT, Tyler, has been talking to her and has interest. Something which sort of catches Morgan off guard a little bit but is appreciated – even liked! Making it seem Morgan may not be alone for the holidays as originally planned.

Commentary

Tyler (Dan Byrd) in a hospital bed talking to Morgan.
Tyler (Dan Byrd)

I’m sorry but Dr. Lim x Dr. Melendez does nothing for me. Yes, it is an interesting idea but is also probably one of the laziest things this show has done for core characters. I mean, really? Granted, we know Dr. Lim isn’t above a drunken hookup, or hooking up in general, but this seems like a sad way to explore these two characters having a personal life.

Luckily, this situation is compensated by Morgan and Tyler. Someone who, I gotta admit, I wish they built up a bit more, maybe him just, a few episodes, saying “Hi” and maybe occasionally talking to Morgan. You know, making it so he has some kind of development and isn’t just coming in hard and heavy. But, considering how Morgan came onto the show, guns blazing, a force to be reckoned with, and it worked, why not see if lightning strikes twice right?

Because, Why Let People Be Happy?: Tyler, Morgan, Lea, Shaun, Dr. Glassman, Dr. Lim, Dr. Melendez, Dr. Park, Kellan

The holidays are coming and everyone works in a major hospital. One which seemingly is fairly close to an airport. Leading to, when two patients come in with an airborne viral disease, it locks the hospital down. But, here is the kicker, people start to die. Both patients who come in die and then Tyler gets infected and Dr. Lim. It doesn’t end there! Kellan, Dr. Park’s adult, or damn near adult, son is placed in quarantine which means he could get infected.

But guess what? THERE’S MORE! Because Shaun is at the hospital, in the quarantine area, Lea has to pick up Dr. Glassman. Someone who already isn’t in good spirits since Shaun took his license away. So, add in Lea’s attitude, and her not enabling Dr. Glassman to go to the hospital to help and he isn’t a happy camper. Oh, and because there is some kind of buzzing noise, Shaun’s savant syndrome can’t be tapped into for he can’t focus.

Commentary

Kellan (Ricky He), Dr. Park's son.
Kellan (Ricky He)

.I don’t mean to make savant syndrome sound like a superpower. Like it is something he activates on will and then suddenly gets the answer he desires. Though, in a way, the show kind of does display his gift like that. If not in a Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes kind of way.

That thought aside, I feel torn. Patients comes in and out of the hospital weekly and some die, some live, some are treated but lose access to something in the process, but you can build up a tolerance to all that in time. So with someone like Tyler and Dr. Lim getting infected, I’m unsure how to feel about this. Should I see this as the show trying to up the stakes or see this as a desperate maneuver? Especially considering Tyler came out of nowhere and Dr. Lim? Well, let’s be real for a moment. Dr. Lim is expendable.

Which isn’t to imply she is badly acted or anything like that. More so, like most characters on this show, besides Shaun, and those close to him, as well as Claire, a lot of characters seem written so the actors could leave or be written off at will. If Dr. Andrews quit and decided to be a yoga instructor, outside of who would fill his role, it wouldn’t feel like a huge loss. Before this Tyler thing, if Morgan left, it wouldn’t be huge for it isn’t like we gotten to know her to the point of feeling attached. They are made important enough to have a place but only the noted exceptions, of which there are 4 really, seem to truly be secure on this show.

As for the rest? Like Dr. Lim, you can see them become fodder for a ratings boost. Which will either lead to an uproar or, like when Jared left, seem for the best. At least if you, like me, took him leaving as a non-event.

The Grim Reaper Swings Out Far and Wide: Dr. Glassman, Tyler, Morgan, Dr. Lim, Kellan, Dr. Park, Shaun

Where to begin? Well, Dr. Glassman’s cancer is back. Tyler dies from the viral disease, meaning all the lovey-dovey stuff we saw between him and Morgan? Yeah, just to mess with our emotions and continue the process of humanizing Morgan. Dr. Lim? Well, it isn’t clear if she dies but she does seem to pass out while in seclusion so she might be dead.

As for Kellan, Shaun, and Dr. Park? Well, Kellan has an asthma attack but he lives. Making it so Dr. Park isn’t left in a pool of his own tears. In terms of Shaun? Well, he ends things in the fetal position. Why? Well, a combination of the buzzing light in the ceiling, the commotion from a diabetic patient passing out, plus Kellan having an asthma attack, and Dr. Park freaking out. Thus overwhelming him and with Morgan in surgery and Dr. Lim passed out – they can’t help.

Oh, and in case it wasn’t mentioned, Dr. Melendez, Claire, and everyone else aren’t in quarantine so they couldn’t have helped at all. Shaun was left on his own when he had a bit of a meltdown.

Commentary

Dr. Glassman learning his cancer is back.

I enjoy a show being dramatic. There is even a certain appreciation when characters die, fall in love, love is lost, and etc. It’s just, when all that is loaded into a mid-season finale or season finale, well it feels cheap. For The Good Doctor in particular, not only cheap but kind of foreign.

One of the things which helps The Good Doctor stand out is that it didn’t really push your usual ratings maneuvers. The show, instead, rested on the emotional investment you had in Shaun, Claire, Dr. Glassman, etc. Yet, with how this episode is loaded, it feels like it is straying from that. Which, to me, isn’t really the best direction for this show. Bad enough the show isn’t so much an ensemble but more so a program which rests on Shaun’s shoulders, with periodic reminds that his peers do have lives of their own. However, making it so we’re now getting major viral outbreaks which threaten main cast members, kill love interests to boost characters, and things like that? This has me slowly raising a red flag.

Not to say this show might have jumped the shark or is on its way to going downhill. It is just, there are many things this show can do better and the first half has been taking baby steps to address various issues. Some examples: we met one of Claire’s roommates from college; between the vaccine episode and this one, we found out Morgan has friends and can make friend; Dr. Park was given an entire past; we had an episode focused on a day in Dr. Lim’s life, and we met Dr. Melendez’s sister. Lots of baby steps, but in the right direction.

So, it should be interesting how the show handles Tyler’s death, Dr. Lim passing out, and Dr. Glassman’s cancer returning. Here is hoping these actions will be followed up with Morgan opening up more, Dr. Melendez realizing how much he misses being close to someone, and as for Dr. Glassman? Well, I’m still waiting for Shaun’s parents to show up so even if he doesn’t want to reconcile with his dad, maybe losing Dr. Glassman could push Shaun to find his mom – with Lea’s help of course.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Subtitles for the episode were wonky so I’m not 100% sure on the Dr. Park’s son’s name.

Highlights

  1. Morgan having a potential holiday boyfriend.
  2. Us getting to meet Dr. Park’s son.

On The Fence

  1. All the deaths, diagnosis, and fears of the episode have to be addressed properly and with oomph in the mid-season premiere. I’m talking about, in such a way, that episode could be what is used for an Emmy For the way things were handled in this episode, it is hard to not feel this show was using slightly cheap methods to drum up word of mouth. That is, rather than use what has already captured the attention of many towards this show.

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