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  1. S2: E4 Tough Titmouse

    A nice mix of different styles of episodes. This complements the first three very well and is another solid episode in a solid series. Being part of the autism community I know a lot of parents whose kids may not be able to live wholly independently when they are gone. Parents who worry what will happen when they get old. This was a beautiful episode that explores the love we have for our kids but also the lifelong commitment that is asked of us when we get the diagnosis. My kids will be fine but I have to calibrate how much their NT sibling should be in the background to look after them when we are gone. It's not fair but it is reality. There are a lot of Kennys in the world (and hooray for his comeuppance) and I worry like hell for my socially clueless Aspies. Melendez's equivocation is absolutely beautifully played. His best acting yet. Glassman's guilt is powerfully played out and you can see why he was driven to help Shaun. Shaun and Lea? David Shore is playing with us but also trusts us not to need as much whizz-bang visual effects now we are more invested in the characters. (Either that or they ran out of cash with the set upgrade?). Are we the going for the odd couple? Friendship? Romance? Nothing is black and white in this series. Let's see where this goes.
  2. S2, E3: 36 Hours

    Did anyone notice that the film that was on was Flatliners? Also the $1 bill on Melendez's desk from last week. I like the little subtle playful touches in this series.
  3. S2, E3: 36 Hours

    She did stay in contact. She sent him a playlist in episode 15 "thinking of you and trees". There is an interesting article from autism advocate, Sara Luterman, https://slate.com/arts/2017/12/with-the-good-doctor-autistic-protagonists-finally-have-the-freedom-to-be-jerks.html which explores the fact that Shaun can also be a jerk, being as we all are jerks sometime. There is also a saintly toxic disabled trope of inspiration porn that the series is gently debunking as well. However bad she was, Shaun was almost as bad which allowed Lea to be honest about how she was feeling. Something is up, perhaps enough to justify a cold call? Who knows? I'd like to. I'm still in. The great thing about series 2 is that it has all been painted in shades of grey. Andrews is a monster about scheduling...but maybe not. Melendez being sexist...but capable of being extremely gracious. Dr Glassman a great man - but also in Aoki's terms manipulative. And Shaun. The Good Doctor. Undoubtedly a good man but not a saint. Hence the theme of series 2 - his greatest weakness is his greatest strength. Lea isn't a saint either but neither she is she a one-dimensional pixie villain. That's really not David Shore's style.
  4. S2, E3: 36 Hours

    Something happened. Not sure what but it can't be good and she needs a friend. A real friend. Of course now Shaun is ready to listen she isn't willing to speak...I loved that they explore the pet theory which does happen. And the look on Shaun's face when he realizes the truth of Morgan's final statement. None of us are (is!) perfect and nor is Lea but she DOES love him and she DOES treat him like a man. You see the threads on twitter about "protecting Shaun at all costs"? Or "she will take his virginity". That makes me shiver. If he chooses to have sex with Lea it will be as a fully consenting adult. Treating autistic people as, well, people is at the heart of the autistic civil rights movement.
  5. S02.E01: Hello

    Agreed. We *know* Shaun loves Dr Glassman deeply. Shock over the diagnosis and an urge to find a solution almost caused a patient's death. My son gets upset by lots of things. He is generally in control of his emotions but occasionally lashes out. He is very empathetic but it doesn't come out the same as neurotypical people. The one fixture in Shaun's life is at risk so it's not surprising at all that he is in a state of denial. The same one as : "I don't want love" or the one that makes it difficult for him even to consider dating given his prior experiences. All that fear and pain comes out in the next episode. I really liked the episode but more when it related directly to Shaun. When confronted by his fear of Dr Glassman's illness he makes the decision to be with his surrogate father. He overcomes his sound sensitivity at the homeless camp and Jared (of course they do this as he is about to leave for good) finally understands a bit more of what makes Shaun tick including the throwaway fact that he has been homeless (too). I hope the drop in ratings is just a natural thing and not about viewers not being able to accept that their socially clueless genius is going to grow over the hopefully many series this will be on.
  6. S02.E01: Hello

    Apparently there is a deleted scene where Andrews apologizes to Jared and asks him to stay. It's going to be in the DVD but had to be cut due to the length of the episode. He isn't a villain. He's got what he wanted...and be careful what you ask for as being senior management can be a real drag. As for Lea, give it time. We don't know why she is back. Like most peoples' girlfriends it doesn't matter what you think as long as the person (Shaun) loves her. And he does.
  7. S02:E02 Middle Ground

    The promo for next week's show shows Shaun's belief that Lea is only feeling sorry for him. He talks about not wanting a relationship. He is lying to himself. I believe he doesn't know what he wants or how he feels - except one thing. He doesn't want to be hurt again. And who can blame him after going through so much pain? I think the whole set up, like the skeevy Kenny, is to explore that very idea that some people think that being nice to a disabled person is a free pass and/or is for want of a better phrase "virtue signalling". Shaun knows that happens and apparently is trying to bury his feelings again which is unhealthy. But David Shore who wrote 2x02 is never linear. I mean this is the guy who invented Dr House. I'm betting there is a great back story and that actually Lea does love Shaun. She is just human and impetuous. She shouldn't have turned up that way. That was stupid. But she did. Now I wonder what happened to bring her back? I recently went to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. There was a picture of activist Hill Harper (aka Dr Andrews) there and it got me thinking about autistic rights. I bought a fridge magnet for my son who is autistic: "I AM a man". Shaun Murphy is not a child in adult's body. He IS a man, not an avatar. He isn't perfect either. My son will grow into a man and I hope that he has healthy relationships with people who treat him like a person. I think in the end Lea treated Shaun as a man when others were not and while she is not to everyone's tastes, she is actually a good match for him. I was on twitter with Mark Rozeman who is a writer on the Good Doctor and also happens to be autistic himself hoping that his voice would always be there to make sure that Shaun was portrayed as a man, not just a list of symptoms (like that awful first series of Atypical). He said no absolutely the writers' room were very aware of that. So let's give David Shore some credit in creating imperfect characters. Remember this was the same team who brilliantly nailed the Autism warrior parents in 1x5. Let's see where this goes...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.