A familiar face reappears this episode as Shaun deals with everyone pushing him to feel anxiety or be nervous over his first lead surgery.
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Instead Of Making Compromise Dirty, Let’s Make It Naughty: Shaun, Carly, Debbie, Dr. Glassman
Carly still is trying to navigate how to be intimate with Shaun and maybe have some sort of spontaneity to their sex life. This is a difficult task for both since Carly is dealing with a learning curve and with Shaun not having much in the way of relationship experience, and probably not having a lot of experience with intimacy, he is green. I mean, just someone wanting to kiss him on a regular basis is a major win for him. So getting to grab a breast, that’s something he has to mentally get used to. Never mind being expected to adapt to how most pursue something passionate and explicit. But, he is willing to learn.
As for Dr. Glassman? Once again, his stubbornness makes it seem he really jumped the gun, no pun intended, when it comes to marrying Debbie. Why? Well, apparently she is a gun owner, and guns make Dr. Glassman uncomfortable. Leading him to do, as we’ve seen Shaun do before, take advice from multiple people but hone in on the one which could give him the result he wants – which is Debbie getting rid of her gun.
However, after a fancy security system, and multiple conversations, he seems to think the nuclear option is all that is left. That is until Shaun helps him realize, getting to touch her breast is worth more than the argument, and possible breakup, that can come from the nuclear option.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- While we are aware of Lea, and that traumatizing moment when Shaun was a teenager, how many other experiences has he had with kissing a girl or intimacy, in general?
Can We Include “Loss of Hope” In The Stages of Grief?: Morgan, Claire
Thanks to a patient Claire and Morgan are working on, this drums up Claire’s issues with her mother’s death and having faith in people. An idea Morgan doesn’t like for she doesn’t like seeing Claire like this, and while she understands Claire doesn’t like when people make a fuss about her, she can see Claire is getting worse. Which makes Claire admitting she feels like she played a part in her mother’s death the kind of revelation which will either be the first step in the healing process or just be the warning shot before she deep dives into the darkness.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- How often does everyone switch who they are paired with? I ask since I wouldn’t mind seeing Shaun and Morgan paired up again.
Even In Death, I’ll Be There: Shaun, Dr. Lim, Dr. Andrews, Alex
Nearly everyone is trying to push Shaun to feel nervous. Alex because he is jealous that his case got handed to Shaun, and many others due to expecting some form of anxiety. In time, this kind of gets to Shaun, but more so because Dr. Andrews decides to disrespect Dr. Lim’s authority more than anything else.
You see, Dr. Lim wants to ease Shaun into being the lead surgeon and take note of some of Shaun’s weaknesses. Dr. Andrews, on the other hand, wants Shaun thrown into the fire. It isn’t clear if this is part of his anger for losing his job defending Shaun, and still wrestling with that decision, or if he truly does feel Dr. Lim is ruining Shaun by not making sure he is challenged?
For the way he makes it seem, as a diagnostician, Shaun is ace. Hence why he was moved to pathology before. However, as a surgeon, one who has to use a soft touch with certain patients, Shaun still needs work and autistic or not, Dr. Andrews seems to want Shaun to figure a way to work around his disorder.
This challenge, as you can imagine, isn’t easy for Shaun. Especially since Dr. Andrews decides to override Dr. Lim, while Alex is talking to a patient, and forces Shaun to deliver bad news. It also doesn’t help that Dr. Andrews, when Shaun freaks out during surgery, is ready to swap him out instead of work with him.
Leading to Dr. Lim getting involved and, with Alex, calming Shaun down and them discovering he found a better method to treat the patient, it is just he isn’t experienced enough to lead the surgery. Ultimately creating a moment when Dr. Andrews should have been reprimanded, but instead, Dr. Lim reminds him that to get things done they need to be a team – and she sadly leaves it at that.
I’m still flummoxed about why we haven’t seen more of Steve and Shaun’s teen years. It’s a huge gap that leaves so many questions, especially in regards to life with Dr. Glassman and his college years. So while Steve’s appearance didn’t answer those questions, Dylan Kingwell is always a welcome actor. Here is hoping, though, as Shaun learns about intimacy of the physical sense, Carly may also challenge him to deal with intimacy, of the emotional sense, as well.
Specifically, I’d love for her to push Shaun to talk about Steve, his parents, and down the road, maybe not push him to get in contact with his dad, the reason he and Steve ran away, but maybe his mom. Yes, she stood by and let this all happen, but considering the temper of Shaun and Steve’s dad, there is a good chance she was trying to protect them the only way she could and didn’t have the tools to leave. Even in terms of leaving with her children to keep them safe.
On The Fence
The Handling Of Claire’s Grief
Being that Claire isn’t the most energetic of characters, a part of me likes her being “bitchy,” as Morgan puts it, just because it means she doesn’t have this chill vibe and almost monotone voice. However, there is a need to question where is this going? Not just for her, but Morgan as well. For as much as these characters add value to the show, I can’t really say there has been any consistent investment in them as people.
Now, you can refute that by noting Claire’s mother and that relationship and the one she had with Jared. I’d counter with the storyline dealing with Dr. Coyle that went poof and how it seems anytime she has a storyline which could make you feel Claire is growing as a character, it is clipped at the knees. Which can also be said about Morgan. Her grandpa we saw a few episodes ago at the hospital, and we haven’t seen or heard about him since. Not even in terms of Morgan trying to help Claire mourn to prep herself for her own grandfather’s demise. He is just gone with no mention of what happened to him.
The Conversation Around Gun Ownership
While I don’t own a gun, at the same time, I must admit it is annoying how shows like this and The Bold Type like to shame gun owners. Not to imply I’m a member of the NRA or don’t believe in gun control but the fact all Debbie said was not considered at all was annoying. Especially since Debbie and Dr. Glassman don’t have children or grandchildren, so the only people who’d ever would touch that gun are them. Also, from the way Dr. Glassman handled the gun, he knows how to handle a weapon, if need be.
So one can only hope the show doesn’t make it a pattern of showing Dr. Glassman should have took his time before getting married. Because, while kind of funny at first, this is getting old quick.
How Everyone Treated Shaun, As A Doctor, This Episode
Generally, I err on the side of thinking this show bends too much to accommodate Shaun. However, in this episode, the pendulum swing the opposite way and was plain old ridiculous. Whether it was everyone trying to push him to be anxious, how Dr. Andrews coerced him to talk to a patient about her diagnosis, with no prep or Dr. Park being an ass, just to be petty, there were a lot of inappropriate moments going on.
Dr. Lim Should Have Been Harder On Dr. Andrews
But, here is the thing I wanted to see and was disappointed that we didn’t get: Dr. Andrews being reprimanded. For bad enough so many pushed Shaun to envision a dead person to calm him down, a trait he seems to share with Dr. Glassman, but Dr. Andrews, repeatedly, undermining Dr. Lim should have led to something stern being said. After all, considering his former positions, it seemed like he needed to be reminded of his place. Much less, while he is one of many molding Shaun, it is inappropriate to throw your peer, student or not, into a situation they aren’t prepped for.
Even Morgan at her worst wasn’t that cruel.
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 3, Episode 5 “First Care, Second Base”||A familiar face reappears this episode as Shaun deals with everyone pushing him to feel anxiety or be nervous over his first lead surgery.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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”|
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”|
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