The Good Doctor Season 1 Episode 12 Review: Islands Part Two

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Part two of The Good Doctor's spring premiere is overstuffed with too much drama and corny lines to be successful. 

On The Good Doctor Season 1 Episode 12, Shaun gives his two weeks notice to Dr. Glassman in order to follow Lea to Pennsylvania. The doctors must also work together to save the twins after they suffer complications from their separation surgery. 

Life Changing Decisions - The Good Doctor

The formerly conjoined twins were facing numerous complications after being separated, and when it seemed like Katie was going to be taken off of life support, I was instantly emotional.

I adored this storyline, and I wanted both of them to survive. 

Unfortunately, there was so much back and forth about what would happen to them that the story lost its power. It seemed that a new problem arose every time the show came back from commercial, which made it exhausting to follow. 

I put trust in them from an early age, thinking responsibility would build strength. I think it worked. But this? No, Jenny can’t be part of this in any way. It would destroy her. I’ll tell her Katie died.

Mrs. Kunkler

Katie and Jenny deserved better than their ultimate fate. Even if one of them was going to die, the audience should have felt emotionally punched in the gut with it. Instead, I was just annoyed by the time Jenny died in the operating room. 

Kerry Sandormirsky's performance as Katie and Jenny's mother was the one saving grace. 

She was heartbreaking and believable. I was captivated by her whenever she was in a scene.

Her plea with Katie to have the separation surgery after Jenny's death was almost enough to bring me back to tears after all of the "Who is dying now?" guessing games. Almost. 

Claire and Shaun - The Good Doctor Season 1 Episode 12

As predicted by everyone, Shaun decided to stay at St. Bonaventure Hospital.

His brief conversation with Claire helped him decide, and I relish the time these two share together. 

Antonia Thomas and Freddie Highmore have great chemistry.

Shaun: Lea makes me happy.
Claire: Lea's not the only one that can do that. I'm going to miss you.

Claire seems to have taken the role of big sister for Shaun, and it fits them well. With Lea moving across the country, I hope Shaun will continue to lean on Claire and look to her for advice when he needs it. 

Unfortunately, Lea leaving also gave us the most eye roll-inducing quote of the entire series. 

Are you a good doctor? Because when I think of you, I think you are.


Get it? Is he a good doctor? It's the name of the show! 

The goodbye scene between Shaun and Lea was a sweet moment until she said that. It was too corny and felt out of place.

After she said that, I was happy to say bon voyage to her. 

Dr. Melendez and co - The Good Doctor Season 1 Episode 12

In other unsurprising news, Melendez and Jessica finally broke up. This has been a long time coming, and I was relieved that she finally called off their wedding. 

The most love we have ever seen between them was during their laundry folding competition. The short moment was cute, but we all knew this needed to happen sooner rather than later. 

I am glad they finally put us, and Jessica and Neil, out of our misery with this couple. 

Shaun gives suggestion - The Good Doctor Season 1 Episode 12

We also saw Jared return to St. Bonaventure Hospital in this episode, but the writers decided to make an already terrible storyline even worse. 

When Jessica first looked at the file that Jared's lawyer gave her, I thought she was reading Claire's account of her sexual assault. This would have been the perfect time for us to learn that Dr. Andrews never turned the report in and for the doctor to receive the punishment he deserved for what he did to Claire. 

Instead, race became the reason that Jared was fired.

While both sexual harassment and racial discrimination in the workplace are real and important issues to discuss, throwing both of them together in such a lazy way is a disservice to the people who face these issues every day. 

Dr. Ko - The Good Doctor Season 1 Episode 12

I must say that Necar Zadegan was delightful as Dr. Ko.

She is brilliant, focused, and strong-willed, making her a fun character to watch. I hope we will see more of her because I think she could be a great mentor for Shaun. 

She listened to his ideas without immediately dismissing them like Melendez and Andrews often do, and she did not blame him when something went wrong because of his idea. 

She recognizes his talent but is not afraid of him like others seem to be at times. Shaun seems to like her as well, and if they keep her around, their relationship could be enjoyable to watch. 

Dr. Ko: Yeah, I've heard about you. You're the one making the old guy nervous.
Shaun: Why would I make people nervous?
Dr. Ko: Because you have a gift and surgeons judge themselves against their peers. And right now, you're winning.

Overall, I was confused and annoyed by "Islands Part Two." In fact, this is the lowest rating I have ever given to an episode of this series. 

I already know a few people who have given up on this show, and while ratings remain high, I imagine they could drop if the quality of the last two episodes is any indication of the show's future. 

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Islands Part Two Review

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The Good Doctor Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Shaun: Lea makes me happy.
Claire: Lea's not the only one that can do that. I'm going to miss you.

Are you a good doctor? Because when I think of you, I think you are.