Press Release: In part one of the two-part season premiere of ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” Dr. Shaun Murphy treats a patient with an illness that is not only unpredictable in nature, but also unlike anything he or the team at San Jose St. Bonaventure has ever seen before. As safety protocols and quarantines increase due to the global pandemic, Lea and Shaun’s new relationship will become tested; and Dr. Alex Park gets ready to move back to Phoenix, Arizona, to be closer to his family. Meanwhile, Dr. Morgan Reznick navigates her way around the clinic following her departure from the surgery team and unknowingly puts herself and several members of the staff in danger. Finally, Dr. Claire Brown continues to work through her grief, still reeling from the sudden death of Dr. Neil Melendez.
Good start to the season. I liked how the Covid-19 was incorporated by the plot and the dramatic moments. On the other hand, the traditional moments of comic relief, like the dynamics of Glassman with his wife, are a little strange in this context. Good performances from the main cast, especially Highmore, Thomas and Spara.
Synopsis: “In the conclusion of the two-part season premiere, Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Marcus Andrews determine that their patient has been infected with COVID-19. As they struggle to understand and get ahead of a constantly evolving virus, Shaun has a hard time balancing his fears and concerns about potentially jeopardizing Lea’s health and wanting to be with the woman he loves. Meanwhile, Claire looks for a way to grieve Melendez’s death through her patients. In the COVID-19 ward, Dr. Morgan Reznick softens a little while tending to Nurse Petringa, who imparts a bit of wisdom from her 40+ year nursing career. Elsewhere, Dr. Alex Park and Mia discuss their future together.”
Definitely much better than the first part. The plot of doctors treating patients with Covid-19 resulted in great performances and some of the most powerful dramatic moments in the series (in contrast, this just makes the moments of comical relief involving Glassman and his wife even more weird).