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  1. S02.E10: Quarantine

    I agree to a point too. However, House wasn't in every scene and Hugh Laurie would have fallen over if he were. I also thing there is a fair amount of discomfort about Shaun changing (not necessarily from the OP) but that's OK. In the past, mental health professionals thought that autistic adults never developed beyond about a mental/emotional age of 14. No one seemed to care what happened to all those cute block lining up kids when they grew up. A more nuanced approach has seen researchers, guided by smart autistic adults, completely debunk that. I have a son who is like Shaun in many ways (hyperlexic, eidetic memory, super smart and his head in the clouds). My son in his midteens is significantly different than who he was two years ago. And he will be a very different adult. In short, Shaun is growing and adapting to the world and that's normal so the storylines can't keep repeating. Where I do have issues is not treating Shaun enough as a sexual being. He is a man, not a cute talking kitten as he has been called and the Lea plotline is a cop out given she properly kissed him and then gaslit that. Also the issue in "Empathy" which has actually hurt the feelings of a number of people in the autism community. In retrospect that was pretty ironically clumsily handled in a way to show NTs that autistic people are indeed empathetic. But all in all this is just about my favourite show of all time. It gives me hope that my son can do what he wants if we can only change the rigid, stupid views of some NTs out there and see his gifts rather than his challenges. I think Freddie has absolutely nailed the mindset, tics and mannerisms of ASD and I'm grateful to a thoughtful and smart writing team who don't always get it right but often enough for it not to matter to me. I'm still in.
  2. S02.E10: Quarantine

    Just about every kid I know including my own knows a friend who is gender fluid these days. It's quite normal for kids to discuss it and most kids and parents like Park (and me) are cool with it. I'm having a problem understanding the hysteria around it and so might Park's slightly rebellious son who is giving him grief and enjoying doing so. I think it's very likely that the baby survives and the mom dies. There are cases of SARS where that has happened. (Sorry about editing. Still old fogey that I am trying to work around the functions).
  3. S02.E10: Quarantine

    I also also think he may have been quietly worrying about the results from Glassman's scan which would have added to the stress. If Shaun interacts with him in the next episode I reckon it will be at the end (after an unexpected triumph) or Glassman will have learned his lesson and straight out lie to him. I presume Glassman and Lea will be heading to the hospital after this.
  4. S02.E10: Quarantine

    Well on the bright side near the very end they have Shaun resemble Norman Bates in the Fifth Series of Bates Motel.
  5. S02.E10: Quarantine

    I think after reading the Entertainment Weekly article she is quoted in the answer is: yes of course she survives. Maybe even Glassman does too. But at a cost. People who get SARS often have impaired functionality in their lungs. The kick-ass surgeon will likely have to face her mortality. I assume that's what some of her future plots will hold. They deliberately didn't do a deus ex machina for Glassman. The idea was to turn the relationship on its head creating personal growth for him and Shaun and to carefully show what its like to lose your status and health and peace of mind. Similarly, Lim, the risk taking teflon-coated motorcyclist now faces her own recovery. What will she learn from this?
  6. S02.E10: Quarantine

    I totally agree. I think the writers are making the point about situation. In some situations like when my son is at home he quips puns, he is relaxed and we have good conversation. He's open to new ideas and isn't actually that rigid at all. Put him in a situation where there are too many sounds and flickering lights and he behaves in a much more rigid way. He's hard to talk to. Doing a 36 hour shift in the ER in the previous episode Shaun can forget to eat and not worry. However in this episode there are hugely more sensory inputs and stress points and he doesn't. like. pickles. with. his. food as per season 1 episode 1 and he wants to eat in a rigid routine. In any case the trailer for the next show shows Shaun recovering quickly.
  7. S02.E10: Quarantine

    Looks like in the trailer for season 2x11 he comes back to the situation quite quickly with some nurse intervention. So looks like all good.
  8. S02.E10: Quarantine

    Loved this episode! Wow. Yeah the timeliness of deciding on even soft quarantine was a bit slow but the rest? Wow. And explains Glassman's memory loss. Poor Shaun. I expect at the beginning of the next show he'll be helped to find his equilibrium and hopefully help save the day. I bet knowing the new diagnosis Glassman goes in to help too. Who knows? But I really, really want to see how this plays out.
  9. S02.E09: Empathy

    Okay I really liked the episode. Nice balance of humor and subtle comedy. I got that the writing team were subtly trying to show that in fact Shaun does have a lot of empathy. It's a complete canard that autistic people don't. In fact it's pretty insulting. This idea was promulgated by Simon Baron-Cohen (Sasha's cousin) a researcher at Cambridge University. A lot of people in the autism community believe that Baron-Cohen has been detrimental to the cause with his extreme male brain theory (women have autism too and it's definitely not that) and his empathy-deficit theory. Many autistics like my lovely children are deeply empathetic to the point where it harms them. They many not have as good cognitive empathy (understanding what you might think though YMMV) but caring? Baron-Cohen does auties a big disservice here. So while it's great to see Shaun's empathy it should never have been in question in the first place.
  10. S02.E09: Empathy

    "Balls in your court" "Are you a fan of castration surgery - I am now"
  11. S02.E08: Stories

    Agreed. He very much knew who Steve was in the first series with the boy, Evan. The question is how much of this is treatment vs. something else.
  12. S02.E08: Stories

    Feels like the way management is changing these days. I am a "people manager". Have been for a while. What has changed in my career is a move towards the paradigm of manager as coach. You don't really tell people to do things anymore and the young kids get to chime in as they have a clue about technology. I kind of like it. These kids like Claire don't see the world in the same way as Melendez and Andrews, both of whom are deeply hierarchical (and very often for very good reason). You can see the respect on Melendez's face for Claire's logic. He was also hoping, looking for a way out I think. I like the way that she stands her ground even if we oldies think she was wrong. She simply doesn't see it that way and cuts through Andrews' BS like a hot knife through butter. As to the patient, it's pretty clear she would have died without the brain operation. In Claire's perspective she saved a life and did nothing wrong. In Melendez's she broke protocol even if it meant saving a life. He's upset in the same way he was with Shaun...yes he saved the boy at the airport but would he be able to act accordingly with the next patient? He doesn't like the uncertainty more than anything else. But I think he does fundamentally trust and respect Claire.
  13. S02.E08: Stories

    The problem isn't that he didn't remember the teacher's name and what she does. It's that Shaun has an eidetic memory and he knows that he said it. And Glassman gives him a look when Shaun says "oh" because he knows he has forgotten and is finally accepting it. He remembers the picture of Steve and he very much knew his name (as in the the episode with his doppelganger) last season. But not his name. Both wrong. Both starting with an S. But would radiation-induced memory loss kick in so soon or is this part of something more sinister?
  14. S02.E08: Stories

    So, overall a pretty solid episode. Wonderful to see Claire show her extremely high emotional intelligence to outwit hierarchical dudes Andrews and Melendez both of whom were left bamboozled and respectful of her debating skills. Shaun gets to shine with his diagnostic skills but also to emulate St Bonaventure, a humble skilled man who dedicated his life to the good of others and who would have been equally unhappy if the inhibited lady actually had been a devious liar and cheat. Glassman coming to awareness of his impairments. The very last scene showed his growing understanding and despair - so beautifully acted. Only talking to a surrogate son who has an eidetic memory would convince him of his memory issues. The look when he acknowledges that and when Shaun hugs himself realizing his surrogate father's impairments. Just top notch acting. Interesting to see anti-vaxxers who think they are outwitting the system, not just plain old deniers. Stories are often touted as a means of selling these days but they have their limitations, particularly with overuse. Oh and Albert (the fish) is Freddie Highmore's brother's name. Talking of which, I did wonder at that kiss. Being a well-known actor I guess a lot of people want a piece of you...even going about your daily business people want selfies or autographs. The disinhibited lady steals a kiss, invades his space. I would imagine that is what it feels like for Freddie Highmore at times.
  15. S02.E08: Stories

    This. Same for me including a father who died of mets to the brain. A loving proud man, his functions were stripped from him one piece at a time. Schiff completely nails this. I find it deeply ironic that this program is about truly understanding what autism is - and what it is not. The not being lacking in empathy. Glassman is suffering terribly. He is losing everything he holds dear and there are people posting that he is being grouchy??? The irony is that autistics often have deeper empathy than neurotypicals, some of whom are writing here without a clue what going through this must be like. Shaun sees Glassman's pain and has dedicated, good doctor and, better, good man, to helping a man who saved his life in many ways. A man who has dedicated and personally sacrificed way too much to help people. She didn't. She made the story up like she made the story up of her wicked stepmother.