‘The Good Doctor’ 3×16 recap: “Autopsy”

The Good Doctor recap: Season 3, Episode 16, “Autopsy,” aired Feb. 24, 2020.

I have my vegan cinnamon roll, and I am ready to watch a probably heartbreaking episode. As usual. Shaun is dealing with the fallout of Carly breaking up with him last episode. Let’s dig in to see how he copes.

Multitasking like pros

Morgan and Claire are treating a patient who was near to bleeding out. Meanwhile, Shaun admits to Park and Melendez that he and Carly broke up. All while doing surgery. Honestly, they all multitask like pros. I can barely write and talk to someone at the same time. That is some skill.

Unfortunately, the guys’ patient dies during surgery, and Shaun wants to order an autopsy. On the other side of the hospital, Claire and Morgan’s patient has no recollection of ever meeting them or anything. They believe it to be blackouts caused by drugs, but he insists he doesn’t do drugs. Hmm.

Morgan lets it slip that she was the one to complain about Melendez and Claire. Oh…she doesn’t like that he likes Claire. Can she be any more jealous? 

Police work meets doctor work

Park is trying to get to the root of why Shaun is so fixated on his current case. On the other hand, Melendez just wants Shaun and Park to get back to their other patient. When Shaun asks Park how you move on…it broke me a little. Poor Shaun! After doing some research, the two men eventually find the woman’s son, who seems to not care that his mother died.

Lim keeps seeing a little girl around the hospital. But when she goes to run to her, the little girl is gone. I don’t know what’s going on there. I guess the little girl got lost on her way to buying a snack. Lim finds out that the little girl told a lie, and it ends up being a baby that was left at the hospital years ago. It’s then that the little girl asks Lim to adopt her. Aw.

Melendez and Claire are butting heads about their patient. He believes it might be a psychiatric diagnosis, but Claire thinks she would have been able to pick up on that. A Jekyll and Hyde situation, as they are referring. 


Shaun lands himself in prison after the son of the patient calls the cops on him after an outburst at his house. Thankfully, Glassman bails Shaun out of jail. He goes to Lea to confess his feels, but ends up backing out. I don’t know how to feel about all of this!

Shaun’s next option to conduct the autopsy is to ask Carly to clear him to do it. Surprisingly, she agrees. I can’t help but wonder: is that allowed? To just ignore the head surgery people? As they’re at the hospital, he tells Carly he loves her, but he loves Lea more. This is so sad! Lea has never been my favorite, and I don’t want her to hurt Shaun.

Moving on

Uh oh. Disregarding the time in jail, Shaun goes to the patient’s son’s house again. He tells the son he could have what his mom died from. Turns out, his mom did actually care for him after all. Could this get more sad? Probably not.

Woah! The fight Claire and Melendez had was a set-up. Platonic friendship…yeah, okay, you guys. I was always rooting for Claire and him, but I also liked him and Lim together. So conflicted.

The moment of truth — here it goes. There it is: Shaun tells Lea that he loves her and wants to date her. Oh gosh. She tells him she loves him, too, but she doesn’t want to bring her mess to him. Despite all that, Shaun doesn’t care that she might be difficult to date. Ultimately, it ends with her walking away from him. Excuse me, my heart! 

More The Good Doctor musings

  • Right — sometimes it’s okay not to be okay.
  • Gosh, Morgan is so DANG jealous.
  • I like that Shaun and Park are doing their own “police” work with their undercover case. 
  • Shaun just needs to bare his soul to someone before it gets worse.
  • I say it a lot, but Freddie Highmore is such a great actor. He makes me feel all the emotions. 
  • Carly, girl. I hope this isn’t the end of her story.

Well, that was an unpleasant ending, to say the least. What did you think of this episode of The Good Doctor? Comment below or tweet us!

Feature image via Walt Disney Television/ABC Press


Madeline Klepec

Madeline is a college student majoring in journalism with a minor in broadcasting. When she isn't writing for Hollywood News Source, Talk Nerdy With Us or her college's paper, she's drinking too much coffee and probably fangirling over Captain Swan. She also likes to watch Hallmark movies and mercilessly rewatches 'Once Upon a Time'.

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