The Good Doctor 1×07 recap: Season 1, Episode 7, “22 Steps,” aired Nov. 13, 2017.
Just when I thought I wouldn’t cry this episode, I did. I just can’t help it. I do have to say that Jared grew on me a lot in this episode; more than I ever thought would be possible. The same goes for Melendez. The Good Doctor is doing a great job with character development and storylines. Also, can we show some appreciation for the talent that is Freddie Highmore?! Let’s dig into this episode!
Chasing a runaway
We meet a patient named Glenn this episode, who I totally feel like may have been in a Hallmark movie or something…Needless to say, Glenn does not want to be at the hospital. He makes that pretty dang clear when he hightails it out of his room when Jared goes to check on him. That then sends Jared on a chase to find his runaway patient. Apparently this hospital doesn’t make it too difficult to just peace out of the room. Eventually, he finds him doubled over in what appears to be the basement or storage room.
Shaun is tasked with a patient who is quiet similar to him. They both have autism, and this was such a somber episode, especially when Shaun tells Claire he’s never met anyone like him. You could see that it made him uneasy, and that’s probably why he distanced himself from the patient and enlisted Claire to help.
Okay, maybe Jared doesn’t suck
I think I have made it pretty clear in previous recaps that Jared isn’t my favorite person ever. However, this episode gave me a change in heart as to how I view him. I have come to the conclusion that he doesn’t suck as much as I originally assumed. When Glenn tells Jared that he doesn’t want his help, that he wants to die, Jared didn’t leave the man’s side. No, he stayed with him and began talking to him. He could have left and excepted that his patient didn’t want help, but instead he stayed with him, hoping to convince him for a chance at more life.
Glenn, however, tells him that he doesn’t have a life to go back to. He’s alone. It’s then we learn that Jared knows what the man is going through. As a child, he was raised by his nanny, and we learn that his parents didn’t pay any attention to him nor cared for him. At 18, he left home, not taking any of his parents money. It takes a lot of bravery to do something like that alone, and maybe that’s one of the reasons I warmed up to Jared. His past wasn’t great, but he didn’t let that define him. He took on the world and got educated and got a job. It was a really admirable story to hear, and it let me sympathize with him in a way I didn’t think I ever would. I can’t imagine having to face life alone.
Building a bond
Shaun does his best to communicate with his patient by repeating different distances with steps. The boy keeps correcting him, which Shaun says “he must have long strides.” Lol. Meanwhile, the boy’s dad is being a douche canoe about Shaun operating on his son. I get it, you’re putting his life in Shaun’s hand, but don’t be so blunt in front of him. Even Melendez told the father that he believes Shaun is more than capable of performing the surgery. Now that surprised me because I’m so used to Melendez tearing Shaun apart. So, it was nice to hear him not being an awful human.
Back to Glenn and Jared, Glenn reveals to Jared that his wife didn’t die. She had left him. They head back to the hospital room, and Jared accepts the fact that Glenn doesn’t want to be saved. That was a really heartfelt scene because Jared still felt the need to comfort the man. He continued to sit with him, holding his hand before he left. Jared, you are winning my heart, sir.
Struggles across the hospital
After Claire lost her patient, Aaron has her going to grief counseling. It’s good to see that Aaron cares so much about his surgical residents to have them get help. You can see that Claire is struggling to talk about what happened. However, when Jared asks her if she wants to talk about it, she tells him that she does. Okay, I can get aboard this ship if Jared stops stealing her ideas. He seems to be coming along.
Also, Aaron seems to be having second thoughts about Shaun’s ability. To which Jessica tells him he needs to let him learn. She seems to be the voice of reason.
Overall, this was a solid episode that made me cry again. Like always. I’m really enjoying the development of the characters who I thought sucked. The relativity of patient’s to the surgical residents also make it interesting. What did you think of the episode? Sound off below!
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