Two medical episodes in a row!
The Good Physician has typically gone off monitor lately, delving too deeply into characters’ private lives and getting away from how Shaun’s autism impacts his chosen profession.
The Good Doctor Season 4 Episode 10 did not focus a lot on Shaun’s difficulties. Nonetheless, it did provide some compelling medical storylines, and the cyberhacking subplot wasn’t as a lot of a catastrophe as I used to be afraid it is perhaps.
The very first thing the hour had going for it was that Morgan was not obnoxious!
I used to be stunned that she had such an important bedside method along with her liver transplant affected person. Morgan is normally brusque, self–centered, and usually annoying.
However this time, she appeared to have borrowed a few of Claire’s compassion and dedication, refusing to surrender on getting her affected person the liver she wanted it doesn’t matter what she needed to do to get it.
I might have been occupied with Shaun’s tackle coping with a affected person with Downs Syndrome.
Autism and Downs are two completely different circumstances, after all, however they each include their very own challenges. Plus, Shaun is just not all the time empathetic to different people who find themselves completely different on this method, which could have been fascinating to discover.
Regardless of that not occurring, although, this was a riveting story. I preferred that Morgan was capable of go the additional mile for this affected person with out being annoying and that The Good Physician touched upon a number of the transplant system’s inequities.
Lim: The surgical procedure will not be an issue, however discovering her a liver transplant is perhaps.
Morgan: Her scores have been excellent.
Lim: Should not be an issue on our finish, however that also leaves us competing in opposition to each liver recipient within the area. No procurement coordinator goes to discriminate in opposition to a affected person with Downs Syndrome, however they’re going to give a affected person with a shorter life expectancy decrease precedence. She additionally lives alone and has no household.
Morgan: She labored so arduous to be impartial and now it is gonna be held in opposition to her?
The entire fatty liver conundrum jogged my memory of what lately occurred on Chicago Med, although this went in a completely completely different route. I preferred the organ donation chain thought, although I questioned if the ethics committee would have an issue with it.
Personally, I feel it is an important thought, however may the board have been nervous about coercion or individuals not understanding precisely what they have been signing up for?
The board wasn’t consulted, so we’ll by no means know. However that may have been an equally compelling angle for this story to take.
Anyway, I used to be glad that the whole lot labored out in the long run. Jamie was so candy all through this ordeal that it was not possible to not root for her.
The Good Physician additionally touched upon how the stigma of being previously incarcerated impacts medical remedy.
Girl: He killed somebody?
Park: It was 20 years in the past, and it was an advanced case.
Girl: I do not wish to save somebody like that.
Morgan: You would not. You would be saving an harmless lady.
Girl: I perceive. However I do not need my kidney in a assassin.
I’m wondering what the true complication within the assassin’s case was since Jordan made up an emotional story about being abused. It additionally may need been emotional for the donor to satisfy the person and see if it was really easy to show him down face-to-face.
However Jordan’s lie dovetailed properly with the entire Claire storyline, so I can not complain.
I knew that Claire’s affected person had a secret, however I did not count on it to be that he by no means had most cancers within the first place.
I can not put my finger on any particular cases, however I really feel like this has been executed earlier than. It is virtually, however not fairly, a medical drama trope for a affected person to have by no means suffered from a severe ailment.
Claire can also be all the time battling moral dilemmas over issues like this.
Claire: He lied, cheated and stole simply to get himself on a Wheaties field.
Shaun: He did not steal the cash. He gave all of it to charity.
Claire: That does not matter. He must be in jail, not in our OR.
Olivia: Can we do this? Refuse to deal with a affected person?
Claire: We refuse remedy on a regular basis to sufferers who’re non-compliant.
Lim: What is going on on? This is not the primary affected person who’s lied to you.
Claire: He did not simply lie about not smoking or ingesting. He weaponized empathy and used it to turn out to be a nationwide hero. How does that not piss you off?
Lim: It does. However I may be pissed off and nonetheless be skilled. Get him prepped for surgical procedure.
I used to be glad that Lim instructed her to separate her private emotions from her skilled selections, however that was considerably arduous to take from somebody who fought the necessity for PTSD remedy even after it affected her work.
Lim’s recommendation was sound, however she hasn’t precisely been following it herself. Plus, I needed to marvel what occurred to her PTSD signs.
She was mad at Claire for telling Glassman about them however did not appear to be having any extra PTSD-related issues on the hospital.
That is disappointing. PTSD does not disappear the second you get remedy, and The Good Physician is normally higher about psychological well being storylines than that.
Anyway, I used to be glad that Claire wasn’t the whistleblower. I do not prefer it when TV medical doctors impose their judgments on sufferers’ private selections like that.
And the man did have some extent that he helped lots of people, even when he did do it below false pretenses.
Olivia’s determination to take credit score for it appeared silly, although.
I get why she did. She hasn’t been joyful since her residency began, and her uncle’s perspective has by no means helped.
Olivia: I am superb.
Andrews: That is a positive indication that somebody’s not superb.
Olivia: I suck at this. I froze up, virtually killed the affected person. I all the time freeze up and Lim is aware of it. I really feel like an imposter.
Andrews: It is a demanding job. Affected person is a jerk, get used to it. Chief of workers does not respect you, show your self to her. In the event you’re gonna achieve success as a surgeon, you have to develop a thicker pores and skin.
Olivia: My pores and skin is ok. I am not –
Andrews: Suck it up and get again to work.
Hours earlier than Olivia determined to burn her bridges, Andrews instructed her to suck it up when she tried to elucidate that she was battling Imposter Syndrome — one thing that many doctors-in-training undoubtedly take care of.
However getting herself fired wasn’t an important answer. How simple will or not it’s for her to get a job in another space when she was fired for leaking confidential data to the press?
It is not like she uncovered some vital scandal like medical doctors attempting to get sufferers hooked on painkillers to counterpoint their very own pockets. She took credit score for exposing a affected person’s lie that had no bearing on most individuals’s lives.
And both method, now she has a fame for being a snitch.
I suppose she may simply go away her residency off her resume, but when a possible employer Googles her, as so many do these days, that could possibly be an issue.
That wasn’t as annoying as Lea, although
Shaun: So I’ve an attention-grabbing affected person. He says most cancers made him stronger however that is not possible.
Lea: Shaun. Would you interrupt Glassman whereas he’s doing mind surgical procedure, provide him a sandwich, and begin telling him about his day?
Shaun: That’s completely different.
Lea: Why? As a result of his job is vital and mine’s not? You may have any thought how insulting and demeaning you are being, similar to each man I’ve ever labored below. You do not respect me.
Shaun: You possibly can’t deliver sandwiches into an OR.
I get that Lea is annoyed with the way in which ladies who work in STEM are handled.
The insurance coverage man assumed she was a person when he heard she was in IT, and Glassman had earlier made snide remarks about being stunned that Lea may change a tire.
Plus, Glassman appeared overly wanting to appease the hackers as an alternative of listening to Lea’s recommendation.
However she appeared to maintain making blanket assumptions about sexism that weren’t warranted.
It was silly to imagine Shaun would not interrupt Glassman for that purpose.
Anybody who is aware of Shaun is aware of that really, he HAS executed the identical factor, minus the sandwiches, to Glassman too many instances to depend!
And she or he ought to know that Shaun says no matter’s on his thoughts as a result of he is Shaun, not as a result of he does not respect Lea as a girl or suppose her job is vital.
She did have some extent when it got here to Glassman, although.
There was no purpose for him to harangue her earlier than thanking her apart from to make her really feel disrespected.
I used to be dissatisfied that the ordinarily likable Glassman was so demeaning towards her this time round.
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