You by no means know who you are going to affect or how.
That was the message behind The Good Doctor Season 5 Episode 15.
The story concerning the lady with the iron lung was quirky and lighthearted till it wasn’t. And Joan wasn’t the one one who’d made a distinction simply by being herself.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve loved Dr. Andrews. First, he fell too rapidly for Salen, after which after he received her to depart, he sulked in his workplace whereas everybody distrusted him.
This story redeemed him. Andrews solid a reference to Kevin although it was practically unattainable, received him to open up about being bullied over his dyslexia, and advocated for him with the group residence director and DCFS.
I wasn’t certain how Andrews picked up that Kevin had dyslexia. Kevin was at all times drawing moderately than studying or writing, however that did not imply something.
Not all youngsters wish to learn, in spite of everything, and artwork appeared to be Kevin’s ardour.
Whatever the explanation was, I’m glad that Andrews may decide up on it and use his personal dyslexia to forge a connection.
Andrews: I do know you are dyslexic.
Kevin: I’m not dumb!
Andrews: I did not say you had been. You’re not silly. You’re good. Lots of geniuses had been dyslexic. Leonardo Da Vinci. Albert Einstein. Marcus Andrews. That final one’s me.
Andrews emphasised again and again that Kevin was not silly and inspired him to get the assistance he wanted to enhance his studying abilities. He went above and past what he wanted to do as an ED physician.
In actual life, in fact, most ED medical doctors are far too busy to take this sort of time with a affected person, particularly one who’s not forthcoming.
This was an exquisite fantasy about what medical doctors could possibly be, particularly since Andrews may have stopped at patching up the damaged bones and reporting to DCFS that he suspected abuse.
Sarah’s angle infuriated me. It wasn’t her fault that there weren’t sufficient sources to look at each child within the group residence, however she ought to have been capable of cease 5 boys from beating up one. There was nothing delicate or straightforward to overlook about what was occurring.
Sarah: Happy Hour has been occurring endlessly. I find out about it, however not about this present iteration. I’ll look out for Kevin, however with a child to workers ratio of 10/1 I am unable to make any guarantees.
Andrews: You cannot simply let bullying go on.
Sarah: You know, the opposite day Kevin received in a combat over the TV distant. He known as one other child a child as a result of he wished to look at cartoons.
Andrews: That’s not –
Sarah: I’m simply saying, Kevin is more durable to cope with than you suppose.
And what on Earth was the purpose of her story about Kevin making enjoyable of one other child who wished to look at cartoons? Nothing about that story justified ignoring a whole group of children beating Kevin up.
And how did she catch that a lot milder battle but by some means not find out about a GROUP of children bodily attacking Kevin?
It appeared like she was deliberately ignoring what the opposite youngsters had been doing to Kevin. Was it due to the colour of Kevin’s pores and skin or due to his incapacity? Or possibly each?
We’ll by no means know, however not less than Andrews made that decision to get Kevin transferred and maintain him within the hospital till he could possibly be positioned in a safer foster residence.
It did not go the stereotypical route of Andrews deciding to undertake the child himself, however he did the whole lot however. This is probably going the tip of Kevin’s story — sufferers do not typically stay at St. Bonaventure for a couple of episode — however he’ll always remember what Andrews did for him.
Meanwhile, Shaun and Lea’s try to assist out an older lady who had an iron lung appeared a lot extra lighthearted than it turned out to be ultimately.
Lea appeared like an odd option to ask to repair the iron lung. As she identified, she’s a software program engineer, even when she did have expertise working in a storage.
When Lea’s first proposed answer broke the iron lung additional, I believed we had been going within the semi-comedic route of Lea making an attempt one factor after one other, just for the gadget to fail more durable.
Thank goodness I used to be improper about that! The hour would have been stuffed with jokes that fell flat if it had gone that manner.
Instead, Lea bonded with Sophie whereas they bargained with a goofy Chevy proprietor to get their arms on his gearbox, kicking the story about Sophie desirous to make a actuality present starring Shaun and Lea into increased gear.
I’m unsure precisely what is going on on with Sophie. Her story about her ex made me suppose she had some form of incapacity too, nevertheless it wasn’t clear.
In any case, this actuality present concept seems like a prepare wreck ready to occur.
Sophie: Have you two determined about my actuality present but?
Lea: Shaun and I have not had an opportunity to –
Shaun: When I used to be youthful, it might have helped me to see a present a few man like me with a lady such as you.
As Jordan identified, Shaun is not reality-show materials.
While he is come a great distance, he nonetheless cannot cope with modifications to his routine, and below stress, he tends to soften down. Having a digicam comply with him round all day would possibly trigger that sort of stress.
Reality reveals additionally thrive on drama, so the digicam crew would possibly attempt to provoke Shaun on function or encourage him and Lea to combat to create a extra thrilling narrative.
Shaun and Lea need to assist encourage individuals, however the administrators may need one thing else in thoughts. This may not be one of the simplest ways to encourage others in spite of everything!
Joan’s story was extra compelling than her niece’s want to make a actuality present. She was a decided, shiny lady who lived life on her personal phrases, and it took so much to persuade her to surrender her outdated iron lung in favor of newer and higher tech.
I liked how she named her gadget after Frank Sinatra and her new one after Gene Kelly. That was a cute quirk I may get behind.
Even her causes for desirous to terminate her life moderately than undergo surgical procedure made sense. She’d lived a full life and felt her time was up.
Still, that video of all her college students telling her how a lot she’d meant to them introduced tears to my eyes. It wasn’t shocking that Joan modified her thoughts after that.
It would have been a gorgeous tribute both manner, however I’m glad it impressed her to maintain dwelling. She wasn’t in excruciating ache or in any other case in a state of affairs the place euthanasia made sense for her.
Finally, I’m not fairly certain what the purpose of the Glassman story was.
Glassman and lea have butted heads earlier than over Glassman’s informal sexism. This time, he admitted his dynamic was hurting the challenge and agreed to step again, just for the ladies to ask him to remain on as a accomplice.
The decision of this battle made it really feel just like the story had been a waste of time. It’s nice that Glassman realized his lesson about being controlling and condescending, however in the end, they agreed that nothing would change.
Over to you, The Good Doctor fanatics. Did you see some extent to the Glassman story? Yea, or nay, on Shaun and Lea becoming a member of a actuality present? And how emotional was Andrews’ story for you?
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The Good Doctor airs on ABC on Mondays at 10 PM EST / PST. The subsequent new episode airs on May 2, 2022.