“Dr. Ted” is a must watch episode of The Good Doctor.
Directed by an Aussie in Anne Renton, writer Sam Chanse (who co-wrote the cringeworthy episode “Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices”) teams up with Patti Carr (who gave us one of the strongest episodes of the season with “Parenting”). I can safely assure you Chanse’s co-writing of this episode, is what you would expect of a writer working on The Good Doctor.
Without giving too much away, it is quite literally a powerful hour of television.
The two storylines showcased in this episode in a way resemble each other, in terms of life and death, but at two completely different ends of the spectrum, pre-birth and at the end-of-life.
Well I won’t spoil the Shaun and Lea aspect, because that is a relationship that has been there since the start of the show, and hopefully, hopefully it will be there when the show ends its run in years to come.
It would be amiss to not highlight the acting of the whole cast in this episode.
We get great scenes with the whole ensemble, everyone gets a chance to shine in this episode.
The major guest star of the episode, who has been a favourite of mine for years, Veronica Cartwright is fantastic as Maxine, Noah Galvin plays off her very well in the storyline. But the standouts of this episode by far are Freddie Highmore and Paige Spara. In an episode that goes in line with the stand-out episode “Friends and Family”, the two have you just aching for their characters throughout the episode until the final conclusion.
The final montage features Beth Orton’s beautiful rendition of a classic (not naming the tune or it will give away what happens) that fits it perfectly.
What will happen in the future?
Only TPTB really know that.
As a viewer, I can only hope that this becomes a point in the characters lives, in which they can build strength from. If that happens, then I am optimistic to see what TPTB delivers in the future.
The Good Doctor airs in US on ABC, Canada on CTV and in Australia on Seven Network. Check local guides for more information.