Dr. Andrews finally decides who will be chief of surgery as the residents deal with emotionally, and morally, challenging patients.
Images and text in this post may contain affiliate links which, if a purchase is made from those sites, I may earn money or products from the company. Most affiliate links contain an upward facing, superscript, arrow.
You Don’t Know What It’s Like To Be Me: Lea, Shaun, Dr. Glassman
With Dr. Glassman failing Shaun’s memory test he takes his license. In fact, he goes beyond just taking it but threatens to tell the DMV about Dr. Glassman’s memory issues. Making it so it would likely be impossible to get his license back. Leading to Dr. Glassman feeling rather perturbed with Shaun. Someone who doesn’t get the freedom driving gave Dr. Glassman and how, after the surgery, it was one of the last things he had which made him feel like himself.
So, since Shaun is trying to learn empathy, he asks of Lea to teach him to drive. Something which, of course, is easier said than done. For even with Lea knowing how to speak Shaun, he doesn’t fully speak Lea. Yet, things get good enough where Shaun does have some comfort level in driving. Certainly not on the highway, but good enough to take Dr. Glassman to his radiation appointments.
At this point, any and all idea of Shaun and Lea I see not happening for a whole other season – if at all. I think, at this point, the idea is having Shaun catch up on the basics before sending him down that rabbit hole. I’d even bet you Lea is going to find a boyfriend, who isn’t Shaun, before the season is over. That may end up being the trigger for Shaun thinking he is ready for a relationship too.
Now, where and who is this person? Honestly, I’m coming to the point of hoping a guest star versus someone established. It just feels like if Lea, Claire, whoever, had romantic feelings for Shaun, they would have been acted upon by now. So while I get the wishful thinking, I’m guilty of it as well, I think we may have to move on and accept it’ll likely be someone new.
The Problems With Empathy: Shaun, Dr. Park, Morgan, Claire
One of the constant things this show deals with is how much should things be done based off affordability and science, and what should be done based on empathy. Take a patient who is having pedophilic thoughts. Do you bypass the legalities of getting them castrated, which they want, or have them do the process? How do you weigh them fearing that they may do something that could harm themselves or a child, vs. your own feelings? Perhaps your own prejudice?
Also, what if it isn’t something of the mind like that but of the physical? A deformity which has nothing to do with why they are in the hospital but can be fixed and you feel that their insurance will cover it? Do you do a medically unnecessary, even risky, surgery just because it may mentally or emotionally make the person feel better? Being that you aren’t a mental health doctor, should that even be your concern?
While one of the biggest fears in the series has been losing a patient and the weight that leaves you with, there is also the issue of you doing too much or too little. For sometimes it isn’t just a tumor, a bad lung, or something like that which is required to give your patient their papers and feel good about it. Sometimes you have to overstep and not just trust the ailment, but also perhaps something deeper than any scalpel could reach.
Whatever happened to that doctor Claire saw when she accidentally killed someone? A part of me feels, with Dr. Lim noting she is a trauma surgeon, it would be nice if we heard more about people’s specialties and saw them in action. For example, what was everyone’s focus in med school again? Is everyone just a general surgeon and practitioner at this point?
That thought aside, a part of me feels like this topic has been done enough times that we aren’t getting anything new out of it. We know Claire feels too much and Shaun can be a bit too blunt with patients. It is established that Dr. Park and Morgan can be good with patients but not the best co-workers. I’m all for reminders, since my memory isn’t the best out there, but we’re talking about core aspects of these characters and we’re not getting much deeper. All we are doing is giving their take on different scenarios to see how rooted they are in their point of view.
And The Chief of Surgery Is: Dr. Lim, Dr. Melendez, Dr. Andrews
The topic of who will be chief of surgery has been off and on forgotten like the hospital not being able to hire every resident in the cast. It’s something we’ve been reminded of but not consistently treated as a big deal. That changed this episode and we saw Dr. Lim and Dr. Melendez’s old rivalry flare up. Unfortunately, though, Dr. Andrews plays them both and pretty much says he’ll take on the role of President and Chief of Surgery. Not for the time being but seemingly on a permanent basis.
Well, that was anti-climatic. A lot could have come from Dr. Andrews naming someone but I guess he doesn’t have to. Though, lest we forget, it isn’t like the show has shown him doing either job all that much. Never mind showing how stressed he might be trying to juggle both positions. Instead, he disappeared for most of the season and reminded us the position was technically open. There wasn’t his wife talking about how she never sees him or how hard it would be to have a child with him rarely home.
Heck, when it comes to Dr. Lim v. Dr. Melendez, the competition has been passive and Dr. Andrews, just this episode, decided to watch them in action like he was going to make a decision. So maybe it was only right this flopped. It’s the kind of storyline maybe they were thinking about making a big deal but, since it didn’t pan out well long term, they just put this to bed. Either to be revisited or to make a done deal.
- Shaun learning to drive.
On The Fence
- The show seems to be on its way to sputtering a bit. Most of the characters have a foundation but development beyond that has been a little scarce. We get little tidbits about friends, family, and things like that, but we’re not getting big moments. That is, flashbacks, episodes focused on one character and really fleshing them out, or even anything new to break the forthcoming monotony of everyone’s routine.
Follow Wherever I Look on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and Subscribe to the YouTube Channel.