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  1. S01.E07: 22 Steps

    Yes! A takedown of autism martyr parents. Someone in the writers' room has been reading up on this one. As an ex-martyr parent myself who has mellowed into acceptance of my two incredibly able sweet autistic kids, I can see where that comes from. Treating autistic adults as adults. Score! Note, vaccines do not cause autism, extreme diets are detrimental and wrapping up your auties in cotton wool doesn't do them any good as some day you won't be there for them. Nice acting, Coby Bird as Liam.
  2. S01.E03: Oliver

    This whole episode makes me think that Shaun's problem is not autism at all. It is undiagnosed PTSD. Imagine being able to have instant recall of all your traumas as a video playing back in your brain. Sheesh that would be hard.
  3. S01.E09: Intangibles

    This episode is the apotheosis of Shaun's character, one that I was sure was going to lead to a falling off in the following episodes. He has a brilliant idea showing his complex ability to compute in 3D that is broadly accepted and then worked on. He is getting respect from his peers for his talents. Being allowed to close the child up at the end of the episode is Melendez treating Murphy like any other resident who has had a good idea, well executed. He is growing and learning and being accepted. But the hero's journey is never straight. The mind-blindedness of Glassman to this growth is a nice contrast, setting up for a big conflict later. Some nice developments for Claire as well. Smart, methodical and with a spark of creativity, she saves the day while preserving (pun intended) her integrity as a decent human being.
  4. S01.E16: Pain

    Loved the phrase where Shaun talk about his mom's pancakes. Another one of those viewers-know-more/different on the outside than the inside situations. What happened after those pancakes with Glassman at the diner in Wyoming after Steve's death? Overall I think the show has done a pretty good job of balancing the pros and cons of autism. For many autism advocates, autism is seen as just another genetic variant. It's a nice progression for Shaun from "you can never get rid of it" to accepting that his eidetic recall and skills help him be a better doctor, even a good one. So much of his arc has been getting away from self-loathing towards his own personal self-acceptance.
  5. S01.E11: Islands - Part I

    Another one of those more questions than answers episodes though I liked this one a lot better than other commentators. Shaun doesn't like lying but he is a pretty good liar by omission. He doesn't say that he hasn't phoned in to Dr Melendez. He changes the subject. Likewise he turns the question of his time as a student away by asking about what Lea does. Because lots of things don't add up. Is it possible that Shaun went to college early given his already strong technical knowledge and abilities? Could he actually be 25 and not the 8 years at university 27/28 year olds that are his peers? Where DID he go to medical school and why was he living in Casper afterwards? What happened after the pancake breakfast? Where did he live? Will babyface Highmore do his own flashbacks to med school in future series? Or will all this be swept under a carpet because it all doesn't quite add up? Overall I liked this episode. Yes it tried to push too many new things in too quickly but both strands of the story were strong IMHO.
  6. S01.E15: Heartfelt

    One other thing. Have people been noticing the Easter Eggs in the series? Like the "House" advert on the bus as Shaun goes into work. The Autism Acceptance infinity symbol in the titles. The Autism Speaks poster in episode 18 in the hallway and the Autism Awareness poster in episode about lies. I'm sure I'm missing lots of other ones.
  7. S01.E14: She

    I think the understanding part was understanding how to let go and be himself, not understanding Quinn. And obviously the being different on the outside than on the inside comment pertained to Shaun as well. The show takes us along as secret interlopers into his mind. Claire and Glassman are really the only people at the hospital except the viewers who have insight into how wonderful that mind is. The nice thing about knowing a lot of autistic people is that you surround yourself with people who don't generally care about other peoples' differences. It's quite refreshing. There are all sorts of people out there who are in the out group including many on the spectrum or trans or both or whatever. The whole premise of the show is acceptance. Even the infinity sign at the beginning of the show is the sign for the autism acceptance movement. Shaun learns and grows in his understanding of a child who has been pushed by ostracism to the point of suicide. I think meeting Quinn is a nice rounding addition to his new experiences and the point is not made too hamfistedly.
  8. S01.E15: Heartfelt

    I really didn't like this one at first but then I realized why. The Resnick character is going to take over as the primary antagonist now that the older doctors are coming to accept Shaun. She is a "pain" but she is not always wrong. And we as viewers, like Glassman, need to accept that the character is evolving, constantly trying to be better. He heeds Resnick's advice in the end. Having social anxiety and putting yourself in the position of trying to talk to people at a party is an act of bravery which also shows up Shaun's problems. How many of us have turned away when in the presence of an adult acting strangely or making inappropriate comments? Fundamentally, Shaun Murphy is an autistic man, not a child. Part of the acceptance, not awareness movement is to look beyond those behaviors and just accept people for who they are. It was a nice development in Dr Andrew's arc to recognize this act of bravery and support Shaun.
  9. S01.E18: More

    Hi. Thanks for adding me. Love this show - which is not perfect but pretty good. "More" questions than answers. If they fire Shaun, they risk a massive EEOC lawsuit. In fact one of the criticisms I have of the show is that it may actually leave some employers with the view that any of the way that Shaun was treated at the beginning of the series is lawful. A person in Jessica's role should know that such blatant discrimination is highly unlawful. So should the large majority of people in the board meeting at the start of the series. I wonder if the room full of data and theorems will be seen by Dr Andrews at the beginning of Season 2. The juxtaposition between "because you were sad" as a explanation for Dr Glassman's emotional state and "going through the cribriform plate crossing the tentorium on the contralateral side..." is stark. Not just the "good memory" without analysis that is the core of Resnick's lack of respect for Shaun but the ability to synthesize a complex theorem in multiple dimensions. Shaun himself is "more" in that room than he has been showing throughout the season. While of course this will not all be not for naught in hopefully many series to come, the viewer doesn't *know* that. Shore loves those juxtapositions. Does Shaun need the proximity of an object to trigger his eidetic memories? Does losing the scalpel mean that he will lose access to those memories? "Perhaps I'll come here when you are dead". Overall I'd say this was a beautifully put together set piece.