The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 17 Review: Breakdown

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If you were looking for changes, then The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 17 was the episode you wanted. 

Some of the changes on "Breakdown" were for the better, and some were for the worse. In all honesty, it was one of my favorite episodes of the series to date. 

Shaun Fights for His Career - The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 17

I am so proud of Shaun. When The Good Doctor debuted, Shaun was belittled by most of the staff members, and his opinion was not taken into consideration by most of the other workers. 

He's been fighting a losing battle to keep his job since the day he walked into the hospital. Along the way, he's grown considerably, and standing up for himself in spite of the consequences proved that he's not the same man from The Good Doctor Season 1 Episode 1

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His sparring with Dr. Han has been a bright spot since Daniel Dae Kim's debut. Dr. Han thinks he's doing a good thing by having Shaun in pathology. I've been vocal in previous reviews that Shaun is probably better suited to that field. 

Taking a Stand - The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 16

But there's been more than one occasion now that Shaun's gotten hauled into the O.R. when the going gets tough. It proves that Shaun's abilities are more suited to being a surgeon than Han is giving him credit. 

Claire: He's crashing. We need to get Murphy in here.
Han: We don't have time.
Neil: I'm trying to save my patient's life. Murphy has a special talent.

There are pros and cons to having Shaun away from the O.R., but if he's going to be called in every other procedure to assist, then maybe he should be there full-time. Han's primary issue is the way Shaun addresses patients and their relatives. 

He's worried Shaun says the wrong thing because it's already happened. Shaun making his way into Han's office at the close of the episode yelling about being a surgeon was a bold move and one that was poised to go terribly wrong. 

Dr. Haan Arrives - The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 15

Shaun knew he ran the risk of losing his job if he persisted, and it looks like he did lose it. Han threatened him, but Shaun couldn't help but argue to get his point across. In an ideal world, Shaun would remain in pathology while assisting with the cases of the week in the O.R. 

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It's difficult to create a whole new title for someone, but given Shaun's abilities, it would be the best course of action. This is all assuming Shaun is allowed back in the hospital because it looks like he was either fired or resigned. 

Shaun freaking out after the meeting with Han hit me right in the feels. He was at the end of his rope. He tried everything he could to get what he wanted and failed. Breaking the toy scalpel is not going to help him in the long run either. 

Claire Defends Shaun - The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 17

It was poignant that Claire was there to comfort him. She's been trying to help Shaun since the get-go, so I appreciated that it got revisited. Claire knows Shaun is an asset to the hospital and is not impressed with the way he is getting treated.

With Shaun likely away from the hospital and one episode left of The Good Doctor Season 2, it would not surprise me they staged a walkout until Shaun got his job back. Everyone aside from Morgan would join.

Speaking of Morgan. After slowly becoming a better character, she's falling off the rails again. One minute, the powers that be want us to love her, and the next they want us to loathe her. 

Her comments about creating the perfect surgical team rubbed me the wrong way, and that's because Shaun is still assisting them here and there. If the roles got reversed, I'm sure Shaun would try to help her in any way he could. 

Morgan is too career-driven to focus on the personal ramifications her actions will have on those around her. She's all about trying further her career and doesn't give a damn who she hurts in the process. 

Turning on a Friend - The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 17

Dr. Lim turning on Laura was a surprise, but she went above and beyond before calling the cops on her friend. Lim worried she was burning a bridge while simultaneously taking a child away from her mother for all the wrong reasons. 

Mistakes happen, and I didn't expect Laura to react the way she did when Lim apologized. There was sticking the knife in, and then there was calling your friend a cold-hearted bitch. 

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While Laura didn't put it like that, that's the gist of the conversation. The positive here is that it pushed Lim to commit to Melendez. A relationship has been brewing between them for a while now. 

They've been hiding in the shadows, worrying about how their peers would react for too long, and I'm glad they're officially going public. Secret relationships rarely end well, so this should give them a push in the right direction. 

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I did roll my eyes when it looked like Shaun went straight to Dr. Han about seeing them together. Having the investigation being over at the expense of some fines was a great way to end that storyline. 

But it also gave us another reason why Dr. Han is not a nasty guy. If he were nasty, he would have allowed Shaun to take the fall and have a swift exit from the hospital. 

Then there was Glassy. He was on the mend, but he still had a big hurdle ahead of him. Waiting those 48 hours to find out if the treatment was a success must have felt like waiting years. 

A Check-Up - The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 17

It's no wonder he wanted the results expedited and lashed out in the restaurant.

He was trying to occupy himself and was royally failing. 

The good news is that we know he's winning the fight, for now, anyway. With the season finale coming up, it's possible that more heartache is on the horizon. 

Okay, The Good Doctor Fanatics!

What did you think of Shaun's breakdown?

Is there a future for him at the hospital as a surgeon or another role entirely?

Is Dr. Han punishing Shaun, or is he trying to utilize his skills in the best possible way?

Hit the comments below. 

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Breakdown Review

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The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 17 Quotes

Claire: He's crashing. We need to get Murphy in here.
Han: We don't have time.
Neil: I'm trying to save my patient's life. Murphy has a special talent.

I want my old job back.