In The Good Doctor Season 3, the residents are moving up professionally, under the direction of Dr. Audrey Lim, in this week’s episode, “Debts.” In the end, we learned which resident at St. Bonaventure Hospital in San Jose will get to lead their first surgery. Unfortunately, it was not Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), but instead one of his colleagues.
Throughout “Debts,” Drs. Alex Park (Will Yun Lee) and Morgan Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann) held a friendly competition to see who would get tapped to lead the first surgery led by a resident this year. The two showed Lim (Christina Chang) with gifts, compliments and offers to even co-author a paper, even as Lim made it clear that she knew exactly what they were doing.
It was all for nought though. At the end of the episode, Lim picked Dr. Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas) over Alex, Morgan and Shaun. It was disappointing for Alex and Morgan, but Shaun seemed to take it in stride. Lim insisted everyone will get a shot at leading a surgery eventually.