After a heartbreaking and highly-emotional winter finale, The Good Doctor is set to return with all-new episodes starting on Monday, January 13th.
In the winter finale, Dr. Shaun Murphy squared off with the ghosts of his past. Along with the support of Dr. Aaron Glassman and his bestie Lea, Shaun finally confronted his estranged mother as well as his abusive father, who lay on his deathbed.
At first, Shaun grappled with the idea of seeing his parents again, and their first meeting did not go well. While Shaun’s father tried to make amends and offer his apologies, Shaun exploded with rage over the horrible things he experienced in his past at the hands of his father. With the encouragement of Dr. Glassman and Lea, and after a heartwarming talk with his mother, Shaun found the courage to confront his father once more. What first seemed like a promising reunion between father and son, and most importantly, a moment of closure for Shaun soon took a turn for the worse. The abusiveness of Shaun’s father reared its ugly head. The disturbing encounter sent an already reluctant Shaun into a total emotional meltdown.
In the final moments of the episode, Shaun was left sitting alone in his hotel room and in a completely panicked state. As the intensity of his meltdown increased, Lea entered the room to comfort him. Thanks to an embrace and cuddles from Lea, he quickly began to calm down and quietly sobbed in her arms. The end of the winter finale offered a jarring comparison to the episode just prior in which Shaun and his girlfriend Carly were attempting to take their relationship to a new, physical level. Ultimately, Shaun just couldn’t get comfortable with the idea of intimacy with Carly, and yet, with Lea, things were completely different.
Monday’s mid-season premiere episode titled Fractured will pick right back up where we left off in December and will explore Shaun’s feelings for Lea versus his relationship with Carly.
Below is the official synopsis from ABC for the upcoming episode as well as the promotional trailer. Check it out:
“Following his father’s death, Shaun must deal with the effects his intimacy with Lea will have on his relationship with Carly. Meanwhile, the team operates on a patient who is refusing all anesthesia during surgery for fear of relapsing.”
Shaun needs to figure out his feelings when #TheGoodDoctor returns January 13. pic.twitter.com/khAfLbxyaF
— The Good Doctor (@GoodDoctorABC) December 6, 2019
The Good Doctor stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital with autism and savant syndrome. In addition to Highmore, the series also stars Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim, Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park, Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo and Jasika Nicole as Dr. Carly Lever.
From Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios, David Shore is the executive producer and showrunner. Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, David Kim, and Sebastian Lee also executive produce.
Guest-starring is Milauna Jemai Jackson as Kerry Gaston, Moises Arias as Luca Jones, Kelly-Ruth Mercier as Dr. Donna Malkin, Adil Zaidi as Nurse Mag Dhanoa and Elfina Luk as Nurse Villanueva.
Fractured was written by Mark Rozeman and directed by Gary Hawes.
The Good Doctor airs Monday nights at 10 PM on ABC.
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