The Good Doctor 2×03 Review: “36 Hours”

Dynamics — the one part of this show I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of. “36 Hours” showcased this to the full, between Claire’s point about assertiveness in the workplace, Dr. Glassman fully immersed in the patient side of healthcare, and Shaun’s foray into a shift at the ER that led to some competing personal advice.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

A Voice is Meant to be Heard…at times

You can call me out for the obvious point I have with that sub-heading, but I speak as someone who has a terrible habit of not speaking up when I should. Navigating what to say can be one of the most stressful areas of a work-place, and that’s even more heightened when you’re literally standing around an operating table with a patient’s life in your hands.

Claire is taking the assertive suggestion from the premiere seriously, but as it is typical when you step outside your comfort zone, there’s pushback on her idea to limit shifts to 24 hours. Frankly, I’m hoping that’s an actual rule because 36-hour shifts sound like a personal nightmare. The working environment in the OR goes downhill after Dr. Melendez sends her out to talk to the patient’s husband and makes an ill-timed comment about her “irritability.”

Men, just a short lesson if you want to get along with the ladies in your workplace, I’d say don’t make those assumptions and NEVER voice them out loud. It will bite you in the ass. I do have to commend the writers for addressing sexism in a situation that felt as if it could happen easily here in the real world.

Claire’s struggle to bite her tongue in contrast with Ann’s fervent desire to call Melendez out was both satisfying and frustrating. So, basically, it’s something I’m sure we’ve all experienced, as sometimes there’s a time to stand up for yourself and other times it’s wise to wait. Dr. Lim, unfortunately, learned that one the hard way, as it’s never a good idea to sass a judge out of impatience. Do I blame her? No, I would have been impatient as hell too, I just wish the consequence didn’t come with getting her a steep fine and spending a night in jail for contempt.

We are all human, though, and it was refreshing to see that consequences happen on television as much as they do here in the real world.

Speaking of consequences…

getting called out is as honest as it gets

Oh, Shaun, I adore you, but you had that coming with Lea. As difficult as it can be to deal with emotions for him, that does not give him a free pass to treat people like the way he treated Lea ever since she came back. I can understand being hurt, but after avoiding her at all times, telling her to go away, and then deleting her texts for a couple days, he unequivocally acted like an ass.

I am kind of excited to see how he deals with this in the coming days because I doubt he’s ever been in this kind of situation before. Fiona, on the other hand, honesty may be your bread and butter, but how dare you make judgments on how Claire and Lea see Shaun? To her, it’s a form of respect, not sugar coating it, but talking about people you either don’t know or don’t care to know is annoying. After a 36-hour shift, everyone learned the obvious effects of fatigue and however it works in the real world. This was one of my favorite ways of pairing these characters up and seeing how they handle adversity.

God knows watching fictional characters overcoming obstacles is something we could all use these days.

Final thoughts

  • As annoyed as I was, I admit I cracked up when Fiona just walked by admitting she was wrong about Lea seeing Shaun as a man. Now can you get with the program and not prejudge people?
  • Claire’s judgment call about her patient was a nail-biter before I saw the resolution, and it caught me by surprise what she chose initially. After seeing the patient’s reaction with her husband, it was just a stark reminder that, even when we can’t achieve a dream, if we are with the people we love we can handle anything. Claire’s choice underlines the difficulty she will face in her career and I have every bit of faith she will always rise to the occasion.
  • Dr. Glassman consulting…in his recovery from surgery to remove cancer. Only he would do this, I swear. Next week I’m anxious to see him deal with his hallucination of his daughter, because, dear lord, this is going to get painful.

The Good Doctor airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.

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