The Good Doctor Season 3, Episode 5 was a real mix of victory and defeat for Dr. Shaun Murphy (played by Freddie Highmore) on ABC this week as he failed in his attempt to lead his first surgery but also took things to the next level with Carly (Jasika Nicole). “First Case, Second Base” also saw Claire Browne (Anthonia Thomas) coming to terms with the death of her mother (Sharon Leal).

What happened in The Good Doctor Season 3, Episode 5?

Things have moved on in Carly and Shaun’s relationship at the start of the episode, with the couple now moving on to kissing. However, Shaun hits another romantic roadblock when he gets overwhelmed at touching more than one part of Carly’s body at any one time.

However, there’s no time to process this, as Shaun gets a text from the hospital letting him know he is about to lead his first surgery. That operation will be on a woman (Stacie Greenwell) with esophageal cancer requiring a resection that will leave her cancer-free and, crucially for this budding chef, without the need for a feeding tube.

Or so the doctors think, as further investigation revealed that she has scar tissue that will require her to have a feeding tube. Audrey (Christina Chang) wants Alex (Will Yun Lee) to break the news to the patient, a move which annoys him as he was originally meant to lead the surgery, and which leads to Audrey being warned that she is spoiling Shaun.

Marcus (Hill Harper) agrees with this and forces Shaun to tell the patient the bad news, which he does in typically abrupt fashion, leading the woman to say she does not want him to perform the surgery. However, Audrey eventually talks her round.

Both Glassman (Richard Schiff) and Lea (Paige Spara) have advice for Shaun that proves invaluable in the episode. Lea had previously told Shaun to be straight with Carly about his likes and dislikes, so when she comes to wish him luck he tells her about his touching taboos. They make a deal about him only having to touch one part of her body at a time, and the couple go to the second base of the episode’s title.( click next to continue reading )

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