The Good Doctor featured lot of great episodes this season, but some stand out more than others. One of our favorite episodes this season was The Good Doctor Season 4 Episode 11. Here’s a rundown of what happened.
Shaun and Morgan take care of a woman in a coma
During The Good Doctor Season 4 Episode 11 (titled “We’re All Crazy Sometimes”), Shaun (Freddie Highmore) and Morgan (Fiona Gubelmann) prepare to take a woman off life support. However, as soon as they begin the process of removing the tubing, the woman’s thumb moves. Shaun notices it and when the woman’s husband asks what happened, Morgan says it could just be a normal response in dying muscles. Shaun adds that it could also be a result of low oxygen in the tissues, an electrolyte imbalance, or brain activity. The mention of brain activity causes the woman’s husband to demand she be placed back on life support. Morgan doesn’t look happy with what happened.
Morgan wants to remove the woman from life support so her husband can move on with his life. However, Shaun doesn’t agree. He believes there is brain activity, and he thinks they should order tests. One of the tests they run reveals the woman has a brain tumor.
Glassman takes on a difficult surgery
Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff) introduces his medical team to a 21-year-old patient named Jeffrey Williams. He tells them how he fell in love with baseball when he was 5 years old and how he enjoyed playing the game. Glassman then shows them Jeffrey’s spine, which is severely deformed.
Glassman says the young man has a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, which is a type of arthritis that can cause joint damage. He says Jeffrey’s inflammation got so bad that the bones in his back began fusing together into one bone. Glassman must choose two doctors to be on his surgical team, so he goes with Dr. Alex Park (Will Yun Lee) and Dr. Asher Wolke (Noah Galvin).
The team is chosen, and Glassman is excited to get started on the surgery. However, Dr. Andrews (Hill Harper) thinks the surgery is too risky. He accuses Glassman of taking on a surgery no other surgeon will touch because he feels empty and he’s looking for something to fulfill him.
When Andrews tells Jeffrey about the surgery risks, he becomes afraid and decides he doesn’t want the procedure. Glassman comes to his room with discharge papers and tries to talk to him about his decision. He tells Jeffrey he doesn’t think he’s afraid the surgery won’t be a success. He thinks he’s really afraid the surgery will work. Jeffrey tells Glassman he doesn’t know how to live a normal life. He’s fearful of what life will be like once his spine is repaired.
“Say no to the surgery if that’s the right decision,” says Glassman. “But do yourself a favor. Don’t say no because you’re afraid to live your life.”
A surprise at the end of ‘The Good Doctor’
The best part of this episode was the surprise ending. Throughout the episode, we see Lea (Paige Spara) go on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. She is all over the place, and she’s edgy with Shaun at times. Shaun can’t seem to figure out what’s going on, but he lets her know some of her decisions have made him uncomfortable. Lea acknowledges something is different—she’s pregnant. Unfortunately, she loses the baby a few episodes later. However, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Shaun and Lea as they start a new chapter and plan their wedding.