The Good Doctor: Season 3, Episode 1 “Disaster” [Season Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Shaun and Carly outside Carly's apartment.
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We got through Shaun’s date with Carly, that he says is a disaster, as cases Shaun and Morgan work on put things in perspective.


Network
CTV/ ABC
Director(s) Mike Listo
Writer(s) David Shore
Air Date 9/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nurse Petringa Karin Konoval
Harvey John Innes
Ruby Jenny O’Hara
Susanne Sophia Lauchlin Hirt
Susanne’s Husband Aren Buchholz

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Recap (with Commentary & Spoilers)

All That Matters Is He Remembers He Was Happy: Harvey, Ruby, Alex, Morgan

Harvey (John Innes) and Ruby (Jenny O'Hara) listening to Harvey's diagnosis.
Harvey (John Innes) and Ruby (Jenny O’Hara)

Alex and Morgan find themselves with a case that deals with a man that has dementia, Harvey, having cancer. At first, neither want this because Alex doesn’t want to deal with a person with Dementia and Morgan? Well, while she sees him as a person with feelings, there is the issue of the case, originally, being boring.

However, then Dr. Lim opens up the opportunity for mundane surgeries to be led by surgeons. With that, both battle for it and leave Ruby, Harvey’s wife, without the best service. Alex is callous, Morgan understanding but still not saying the right thing. So, rather than have her husband suffer, Ruby decides to let Harvey live with the pain.

And with what happens between Ruby and Harvey, Alex is inspired to go see his son and Morgan her grandfather – who for some reason is in the hospital.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Does Morgan’s grandfather have dementia? Thus explaining why she sought to treat Harvey as she did?

Difficult Conversations: Nurse Petringa, Dr. Lim, Dr. Andrews, Shaun, Claire, Dr. Melendez, Susanne, Dr. Glassman, Allegra

Both Dr. Andrews and Dr. Glassman, by many accounts, aren’t fully utilizing their skills. Dr. Andrews spends his days working out, working an espresso machine, and Dr. Glassman, when not lounging at his home, prepping to get married, is working at a clinic. So, to fix these problems, Dr. Lim, in need of mentorship, asks of Dr. Andrews to return, for she needs help adapting to her new role. Especially in terms of handling the politics of it, like working with Nurse Petringa.

As for Dr. Glassman? Well, despite his past as president, Allegra requests him to come back and to sweeten the deal, she offers to fund a clinic – even if they are money pits. To which Glassman accepts.

However, both of their returns to former positions aren’t the only change. Dr. Lim now allows 3rd years, which would be Shaun, Claire, and the rest, the ability to preside over surgeries and with that, Dr. Melendez decides they should also take on more responsibility in delivering bad news. Case in point, Shaun is tasked with telling a young woman, Susanne, who just recently got married, she has an aggressive form of cancer and is likely to die before her time.

Naturally, since Shaun isn’t that great at delivering news of this sort, he tries to avoid saying that Susanne will die and leave it at that. Instead, he comes up with this overcomplicated surgery which does work, but leaves Susanne having to deal with her bowels processing into a bag.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. How many of these surgeries are actually done, and fairly known, for Shaun to pull them out as he does?

The Disastrous Date: Carly, Shaun

Throughout the episode we hear of Shaun’s date with Carly which was awkward, but Carly rolled with it. She handled Shaun cutting her off, while talking about school and her relationship with her father, so he could tell a joke. When the food comes, and he freaks out, she doesn’t get wide-eyed and freak out. Also, when Shaun accidentally bumps a woman, and then has a moment, she is a calming force. Heck, she even gives a peck on the lips at the end of the date.

But the only disaster there might be is that Shaun doesn’t take the opportunity to greet her at work. In fact, she sees him walk past her department and looks quite disheartened.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Who or what in Carly’s life led to her having such patience?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

The problem isn’t how you said no, the problem is how you said yes.
— Dr. Andrews

Review Summary

Highlights

Knowing This Isn’t The End For Shaun’s Dating Life

After Lea hemming and hawing, but ultimately rejecting Shaun, and the trauma he experienced with that girl when he was a teenager, you know Shaun isn’t going to just end things with Carly. Think about it, he has seen so many people, including those with autism, find love over the last two seasons. Add in Carly is looking for love, and finds Shaun’s neurosis charming, maybe even livens up her rather dull day, I think she may take the initiative on this.

Which should be interesting to see since Carly, up until the end of the last season, we rarely saw her leave her lab. So between the tidbits we learned this episode, alongside the show seemingly pushing Shaun to talk about his parents, it should be interesting how her pursuing Shaun may lead to him opening up. Especially as seeing and talking to Carly becomes part of his routine.

Finagling A Way For Dr. Andrews & Dr. Glassman To Be Back In One Hospital

At this point, we have a nearly perfect cast. Shaun’s adventures in dating, and his savant syndrome makes for good drama, and we get the privilege of seeing more people with autism date and maybe get inspiration. Claire’s troubles with her mother open the doors for her dealing with her trauma, beyond what we’ve already have seen, and with her noting Shaun is a role model to her, she may give him the confidence, or push, to talk about his past and whether his mom, at the very least, ever sought him out. Then with Dr. Andrews and Glassman, they’re the veterans these people need. Especially Dr. Lim since she has to learn to code-switch or, at the very least, learn office politics.

Add in Morgan still slowly unfurling to us, and Dr. Melendez surely having more to do than be Dr. Lim’s secret lover and a mentor, things are looking good. Heck, there is even the slight chance Nurse Petringa, considering how much she got to talk, could represent the nurses of the show. People who haven’t necessarily been a consistent presence to the point they can easily be named on sight.

Morgan’s Grandfather & Those Opportunities

While Morgan has been with us for a little more than a full season, unlike the others, there remains this sort of mystery to her. The kind which makes you wonder, since we haven’t seen a lot of confirmations about what she has told us, could she have been lying? Take this grandfather showing up, who is to say she hasn’t fibbed about a lot of her upbringing and was actually from a working-class home? One that her grandfather was head of and he is the one who raised her?

Because, as of now, Morgan is the only one we haven’t met any family members of. Be it in a flashback, delusion, or in present time. So while Morgan has many times stole the show, this season she might outdo herself.

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 3, Episode 4 “Take My Hand”Claire and Morgan share another moment because of Breeze and Shaun, alongside Dr. Glassman, deal with their fear, and/or stubbornness.
Director(s) Tara Nicole Weyr
Writer(s) Doris Egan
Air Date 10/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lily Jennifer Lafleur
Mitchell Stewart Joshua Malina
Jonas Mark Hildreth
  • Who Knew Compromise Was Such A Dirty Word?: Mitchell, Shaun, Carly
  • Love Is About…: Debbie, Dr. Glassman, Shaun, Carly
  • Amazing Grace: Morgan, Lily, Jonas, Claire
Season 3, Episode 3 “Claire”Someone once said that for every person you steal from death, they take one personal to you. Claire learns that lesson this episode.
Director(s) Allison Liddi-Brown
Writer(s) Liz Friedman, Tracy Taylor
Air Date 10/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Michelle Kyla-Drew
Patricia Tracie Thoms
Dr. Donovan Iris Quinn
  • Butt Out: Shaun, Claire, Carly
  • Mommy & Me: Claire, Breeze, Michelle, Patricia, Dr. Donovan. Dr. Lim, Shaun, Morgan
  • It Was The Best Of Times And Worst Of Times: Claire, Breeze
Season 3, Episode 1 “Disaster” [Season Premiere]We got through Shaun’s date with Carly, that he says is a disaster, as cases Shaun and Morgan work on put things in perspective.
Director(s) Mike Listo
Writer(s) David Shore
Air Date 9/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nurse Petringa Karin Konoval
Harvey John Innes
Ruby Jenny O’Hara
Susanne Sophia Lauchlin Hirt
Susanne’s Husband Aren Buchholz
  • All That Matters Is He Remembers He Was Happy: Harvey, Ruby, Alex, Morgan
  • Difficult Conversations: Nurse Petringa, Dr. Lim, Dr. Andrews, Shaun, Claire, Dr. Melendez, Susanne, Dr. Glassman, Allegra
  • The Disastrous Date: Carly, Shaun
Season 3, Episode 2 “Debts”Shaun continues to be pressed by everyone to give dating another chance as Dr. Andrews tries to embrace his demotion.
Director(s) Mike Listo
Writer(s) Peter Noah
Air Date 9/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Josh Mik Byskov
Olivia Tina Georgieva
  • A Fight For Prominence: Morgan, Alex, Dr. Lim
  • The Balance of Being Selfish & Selfless: Dr. Lim, Dr. Andrews, Josh, Shaun, Olivia
  • You Gotta Get Back Into The Saddle: Shaun, Lea, Debbie, Claire, Breeze, Dr. Glassman, Carly
Season 2, Episode 18 “Trampoline”The unexpected happens for Shaun in a multitude of ways, including him taking the kind of leap we’ve been waiting for a long time.
Season 2, Episode 17 “Breakdown”

Shaun tries to assert himself with Dr. Han as he feels largely unsupported. As that happens, Dr. Lim and Melendez contemplate coming out.

Director(s) Mike Listo
Writer(s) Thomas L. Moran, Lloyd Gilyard, Jr.
Air Date 3/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
Laura Joy Osmanski
  • Brown Noser: Claire, Morgan, Dr. Park
  • When You Really Love Someone: Laura, Dr. Lin, Dr. Melendez, Shaun
  • Why Does No One Understand Me?: Shaun, Lea, Claire, Dr. Han
Season 2, Episode 16 “Believe”Everyone is forced to be an advocate in some form, but the big challenge for many is being an advocate for themselves.
Director(s) Alrick Riley
Writer(s) Sal Calleros, Karen Struck
Air Date 2/25/2019
Introduced This Episode
Clarence Spencer Garrett
Dr. Carly Lever Jasika Nicole

  • Do You Believe In Miracles: Claire, Morgan, Dr. Melendez
  • I’m Still Here: Carly, Shaun, Debbie, Dr. Glassman
  • Are We Not Communicating?: Dr, Han, Shaun
Season 2, Episode 15 “Risk and Reward”A new chief of surgery comes about, and his style disrupts Shaun’s life as much as a talkative guy when Dr. Glassman gets chemotherapy.
Season 2, Episode 14 “Faces”Guilt and regrets are prominent themes and emotions in “Faces” as old, and new, faces enter the characters’ lives.
Season 2/ Episode 13 “XIN”
Director(s) David Straiton
Writer(s) Brian Shin
Air Date 1/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Grace Vedette Lim
Sunny Emily Kuroda
Teresa Sheena Chou
Javi Alex Plank
Lana Vered Blonstein

Shaun finds himself confronted with the idea of being alone as he works with a patient who has autism, and a relationship, as well as Lea and Dr. Glassman asking for space.
Season 2/ Episode 12 “Aftermath”
Director(s) Dawn Wilkinson
Writer(s) Thomas L. Moran
Air Date 1/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
Governor’s Representative Cheryl White
Jake Andres Joseph
Carmel Garfield Wilson
Mia Jennifer Birmingham Lee

While a lot of people heal old wounds, even find loved ones, some are left as lonely as they were when we first met them.

Season 2/ Episode 11 “Quarantine (Part 2)”

More people die, and there are moments in which the winter premiere of The Good Doctor will have you shed tears.

Season 2/ Episode 10 “Quarantine” [Mid-Season Finale]

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?

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

Season 2/ Episode 9 “Empathy”

Dr. Andrews finally decides who will be chief of surgery as the residents deal with emotionally, and morally, challenging patients.

Director(s) Joanna Kerns
Writer(s) Karen Struck
Air Date 11/26/2018

Season 2/ Episode 8 “Stories”

Dr. Andrews pops his head back in to address a Claire situation and Dr. Park’s past continues to be danced around. Also, it is revealed Morgan has friends.

Director(s) Michael Patrick Jann
Writer(s) Sal Calleros
Air Date 11/19/2018

Season 2/ Episode 6 “Two-Ply (or Not Two-Ply)

The value of emotional intelligence plays a big part not just for patients, but the personal lives of doctors.

Director(s) Tara Nicole Weyr
Writer(s) Simran Baidwan
Air Date 11/5/2018
Introduced This Episode
Riley Caitlin Carmichael
Jas Supinder Wraich

Featuring: Dr. Glassman, Debbie, Lea, Shaun, Morgan, Riley, Jas, Claire, Dr. Park, Dr. Lim, Dr. Melendez, Shaun

Season 2/ Episode 7 “Hubert”

As we learn Claire does have a life outside of the hospital, two brothers trigger Shaun’s memories of not just Steve but his father.

Director(s) Marisol Adler
Writer(s) David Renaud
Air Date 11/12/2018
Introduced This Episode
Kayla Rachel Boston
Dash John Patrick Amedori
Santiago Hemky Madera
Armando Gonzalo Menendez

Featuring: Dr. Glassman, Lea, Shaun, Armando, Santiago, Morgan, Kayla, Dash, Claire, Dr. Melendez

Season 2/ Episode 5 "Carrots"

Present and future relationships are being established and tested as people take leaps or push some out of their comfort zone.


Director(s) Sharat Raju
Writer(s) Liz Friedman
Air Date 10/29/2018

Featuring: Shaun, Lea, Dr. Lim, Dr. Park, Dr. Glassman, Debbie, Dr. Blaize, Claire, and Dr. Melendez

Season 2/ Episode 4 “Tough Titmouse”

Everyone’s baggage becomes an issue and while some unpack and deal with it, others barely unpack and just try to not let it hold them back.

Season 2/ Episode 2 “Middle Ground”

With Lea back, combined with Dr. Glassman’s diagnosis, and Dr. Melendez deciding to test Shaun’s bedside manner, something is bound to give.

Season 2/ Episode 3 “36 Hours”

Things get a bit heated as Claire and Nurse Flores become assertive and the men in power positions not only question their judgement but say borderline offensive things.

Season 2/ Episode 1 “Hello”

Dr. Andrews first task as president is yearly reviews. Which, for many, the criticism helps both their professional and personal lives.

Season 1/ Episode 1 “Burnt Food”

Not since Anne (also known as Anne with an E on Netflix) has a show grabbed ahold of me like The Good Doctor may also do to you.

Season 1/ Episode 2 “Mount Rushmore”

Despite Dr. Melendez still neglecting Shaun, Steve's influence continues to make Shaun the best doctor he can be.

Season 1/ Episode 3 “Oliver”

While we are left with the lesson that you can’t win them all, there is a rebuttal in there about still, at the very least, trying.

Season 1/ Episode 4 “Pipes”

As Dr. Andrews takes more to Shaun, Dr. Melendez finds himself part of another procedure with legal repercussions.

Season 1/ Episode 5 “Point Three Percent”

There is a child who looks like Steve in the hospital. As you can imagine, that means you need to prepare your tissues.

Season 1/ Episode 6 “Not Fake”

What begins as an episode showing our favorite residents rise to the occasion leaves them all with hard lessons to learn.

Season 1/ Episode 7 “22 Steps”

In another tear-inducing episode, Shaun encounters an autistic person with an ideal family and his peers deal with grieving over patients.

Season 1/ Episode 8 “Apple”

Admitting you are wrong & dealing with guilt are the focus of the episode. And not just within everyone’s professional life

Season 1/ Episode 9 “Intangibles”

With a mistake which could lead to a lawsuit and another a child’s death, it seems more people might be visiting Dr. Mohan – alongside Jessica.

Season 1/ Episode 10 “Sacrifice”

Shaun finally seems to succumb to the pressure he is under but not because of the work. Rather, it is because of Dr. Glassman.

Season 1 (First Half)

The first half of ABC's The Good Doctor is a consistently tear-inducing saga with very few issues to name.

Season 1/ Episode 11 “Islands: Part One”

Conjoined twins set up an episode about separating from your past to discover a more fulfilling future.

Season 1/ Episode 12 “Islands: Part 2”

Jessica finally is given some oomph and, for the first time, we experience patients for more than one episode.

Season 1/ Episode 13 “Seven Reasons”

As Shaun, almost annoyingly, points out the obvious and shows his own bias, Claire decides to pursue Dr. Coyle being properly punished

Season 1/ Episode 14 “She”

A new resident seemingly will act as some sort of villain for the show and alongside her introduction is that of what trans youth go through. Especially in terms of medical issues.

Season 1/ Episode 15 “Heartfelt”

Shaun gains invaluable lessons from Morgan, unexpected kindness from Dr. Andrews, and poor Claire experiences a moment she didn’t see coming.

Season 1/ Episode 16 “Pain”

2nd chances at happiness are a big thing this episode. Especially in regards to Shaun’s friend Kenny and the arrival of Claire’s mom. But, of course, not everyone deserves a 2nd shot.

Season 1/ Episode 17 “Smile”

The upside of a situation is what everyone is trying to find but, as you can figure out, not everyone can end the episode happy. Much less satisfied.

Season 1/ Episode 18 “More”

Setting aside the life or death situation of Dr. Glassman, Shaun creates a problem that may give him and Dr. Glassman something bigger to worry about.

Season 1

The Good Doctor starts strong but as you get used to the tear-jerking patients and moments of the hospital staff, you begin to see flaws which can use some patching up.

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