Tonight on NBC their new medical drama “The Good Doctor” airs with an all-new Monday, November 27, 2017, episode and we have your The Good Doctor recap below. On tonight’s The Good Doctor season 1 episode 9 as per the ABC synopsis, “As part of St. Bonaventure hospital’s international humanitarian program, the team takes on the case of a young boy from the Congo who has severe congenital heart anomalies. Dr. Neil Melendez has doubts about the safety of the procedure, while Dr. Shaun Murphy works out the best course of action. Meanwhile, Murphy’s latest encounter with his neighbor Lea has him confused.”
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The Good Doctor begins tonight with Lea (Paige Spara) witnessing a woman leaving Dr. Shaun Murphy’s (Freddie Highmore) apartment, he shares that he is interviewing for a housekeeper, but he isn’t hiring her because her clothes don’t match; Lea looks at her clothes and calls him an “asshat!” grabbing his arm and leaving him confused.
At St. Bonaventure hospital, Allegra Aoki (Tamlyn Tomita) is holding a press conference, as their International humanitarian program comes to fruition. She introduces Dr. Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) and Dr. Avi Mehta (Pej Vahdat), who, after screening hundreds of candidates have ultimately decided on an inspiring young boy named Gabriel from the Republic of Congo with severe heart anomalies. At the reception, both Melendez and Mehta feel Allegra should have stuck with the list of candidates they selected but she tells Melendez there were several intangibles that made her choose off the list. When he meets the candidate he understands that cuteness was one of them.
Melendez reminds her the cuteness and sob story would work on donors but not on the medical results and certainly not on him; Dr. Mejta disagrees. She asks Melendez to do his own work up before he makes his final decision.
Dr. Marcus Andrews (Hill Harper) and his colleague, Isabel come to see a patient named Elizabeth who is a podcast host, they are hoping everything will come back benign and will be another great episode to talk about. Dr. Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas) jokes along with them when Elizabeth the patient comments on how they work together like ping and pong; Claire jokes most married couples who work together are like Miss and match!
Dr Melendez and the intern team come to see Gabriel, as Melendez is examining him, Mehta says “he really needs our help.” Nothing is said again until they are in the hallway and Melendez says it sounds like he has blowdryer in his chest. Melendez I sure they cannot repair the hear but Mehta doesn’t know until they do all the tests and refuses to give up.
Shaun meets with Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) who is upset that Shaun turned away a housekeeper whose clothes didn’t match; Shaun confronts him on doing this because he didn’t respond well to a man with a gun robbing a store. Shaun walks away, saying he is happy and doesn’t think he could be happier. He walks in with the machine for Gabriel, telling Claire about his neighbor Lea. He tells her that Lea doesn’t like him because she called him an “asshat” while touching him; Claire says Lea was flirting with him; because when flirting some people say the opposite of what they mean. She gives him tips to look for if she is flirting.
Both Dr. Andrews are enjoying their dinner when they receive a call that Elizabeth’s specimen has been misplaced but he assures her that they will find it. In the lab, Claire is told that everyone is so quick to blame the lab as it might not have even made it to the cart to the lab, even though Claire seen it placed in the specimen bottle, she’s advised to check back with surgery.
Shaun is with Melendez when Mehta apologizes for further testing when he admits he has never seen so many anomalies in one heart; they suggest a medication that could give him a couple years of life. Melendez plans to break the news to the mother and asks Mehta tell Allegra Aoki. Melendez to Gabriel’s room, his mother is playing a drum that she taps at a heartbeat that reminds his heart to beat until the doctors are able to fix it. Melendez informs her, they have done all their tests and all he knows is that her son has a heart he cannot fix. She says they wouldn’t have come so far with a heart she didn’t think he could fix.
Claire searches every sample and cannot find Elizabeth’s sample. Dr. Andrews and Jessica Preston (Beau Garrett) tell her she can feel sorry but cannot use the words “sorry” nor “mistake”. Jessica informs Elizabeth that they cannot find her specimen and says she will be damned if she has to have her voice box removed because someone screwed up.
Shaun confronts Dr. Glassman about him not being stupid. He talks about flirting. Shaun says he likes to be alone but Aaron says being alone and being lonely are two different things; the conversation gets switched around and now Shaun learns that Aaron is lonely and he encourages him to know the trifecta of flirting.
Claire and the lab technician hunt the hospital for Elizabeth’s specimen and with a little prodding, he reveals he did stop at the cafeteria for a little while. Dr. Jared Kalu (Chuku Modu) is packing up Gabriel’s things and finds his mother in the bathroom, watching the toilet as she repeatedly flushes the toilet. She comments on how much water there is and always more. Gabriel’s vitals drop and Jared calls for help as she begins to tap on her drop.
Dr. Shaun Murphy comes to see Gabriel, Dr. Mehta calls for blood work every 15 minutes but Shaun has an idea and chases after him with the toy Mr. Potato Head. Meanwhile, Claire and the Lab tech go to the cafeteria, where Gwen (Debs Howard) brings them to the biohazard bag. Shaun catches up to Melendez and begins to explain things but he tells him to stop and follow him. In the cafeteria’s lost and found bin.
Shaun explains to Allegra the procedure that could save Gabriel’s life; Melendez says it was a terrible idea and won’t work but since she was keen on making terrible decisions for him, he felt she should know. Shaun asks him if fear of failure a good reason not to do this; Melendez says that he isn’t sending him home in a box. Elizabeth continues to argue with Claire, but when she apologizes, Elizabeth hugs her and she thanks her for that. Melendez says “good for you” and won’t reveal that she broke the rules but suggests she finds those samples.
Melendez goes to speak to the mother, confirming that he hasn’t been taking his medication. She says she has been keeping it because if he starts to get better, they send him back to the dangerous village they live in. She says he will never understand, that their greatest want is HOPE! Melendez gives in and agrees to do whatever he can.
The Andrews are enjoying dinner, talking about Elizabeth. He feels he did the surgery correctly, anything after that isn’t his fault nor his problem. She wants him to feel horrible because it is the only thing that will make him change back into the man she married. She is angry that him going after President of the hospital would leave her so far out of his life, and begins to read text messages from him about not coming home for dinner or for her “not to wait up”.
Claire has drawn on the whiteboard, the trips of each specimen and where they all go. Shaun comes in and shows a chart of his own about all the flirting he has noticed in the hospital; she loves the list until he had noticed her with Dr. Melendez and protests that isn’t true. Melendez interrupts them, asking Murphy to elaborate on his idea for Gabriel’s surgery; together, they are in the OR, working with a 3-D image of Gabriel’s heart and attempt to do a practice surgery.
Claire talks to the lab tech, saying her goal was to be the best surgeon in history but her new goal is to not get washed out of her residency. Dr. Andrews comes to join Claire, saying this is a team problem and should be a team solution, joining in on the search. Jessica approaches Dr. Browne and reprimands her for telling Elizabeth she was sorry and hopes they don’t see the price tag on that and tells her they are out of time to save the specimen. Melendez and Shaun continue to work on the 3D heart; they succeed. Shaun wishes him good luck but admits he doesn’t believe in it.
The team comes to see Elizabeth, informing her that they don’t know if she has cancer and there is no way to find out. The options are having surgery she may not need, leaving her without speech or do nothing and maybe die.
Gabriel’s mother and Dr. Jared Kalu lift Gabriel onto the surgical gurney and the surgery begins. Elizabeth sits in her room as she reads little children’s books for her children as Claire looks on. Melendez asks Dr. Murphy how everything looks with Gabriel’s heart; he says its 14mm and it is perfect, but suddenly he doesn’t think there is enough for outflow. Shaun reminds him on the model at 13mm the model died; Melendez makes the call.
Claire stops Elizabeth’s surgery, as she suddenly realizes there could have been a mismatched name on the label, begging the surgeon to give her a little time. Shaun tells Melendez he is at 13mm. Jared sees a reattachment piece and they find something they can work with inside little Gabriel’s heart. Claire works with the lab tech, hoping to find the specimen. Melendez suggests taking Gabriel after bypass after 6 hours and 48 minutes.
The team watches Gabriel’s heart and monitors closely, after 12 seconds there is no action. Jared says he has been on bypass nearly 2 hours too long but Melendez insists they wait. Dr. Murphy is told to close him up as Dr. Melendez goes to see Gabriel’s mother, who is still tapping the drum. He takes her hand and informs her that his heart is beating just fine on its own.
Elizabeth wakes up and Claire comes to see her, she informs her that the specimen was saved in a solution that was meant for a bullet and it was fresh as a daisy. Dr. Andres informs her that she doesn’t have cancer. She hugs Claire and thanks her.
Allegra watches as Dr. Kalu and Dr. Melendez watch cartoons with Gabriel and his mother. She calls “Intangibles” out to Melendez before she walks away. Shaun comes to see Aaron, saying he had a big day and caught Claire flirting with Dr. Melendez. He says he was aware of the queues even when Claire wasn’t and she could probably use a life coach. Aaron praises him for learning but when he finds a life coach he will learn faster. Shaun doesn’t want s stranger helping him, asking if Aaron is giving up on him. Aaron admits he can’t always be there. Shaun reaffirms he doesn’t want a stranger helping him and walks out. Claire meets Melendez outside, they congratulate each other. Jessica joins Melendez and gives Claire the court papers from Elizabeth and her lawyers.
Lea and Shaun get off the elevator and he tells her she looks absurd in that sweater. She tells him she has apples and offers him one. She unlocks her apartment and he follows.