Tonight on NBC their new medical drama “The Good Doctor” airs with an all-new Monday, October 15, 2018, episode and we have your The Good Doctor recap below. On tonight’s The Good Doctor season 2 episode 4 as per the ABC synopsis, “Shaun recalls his own past to help an intellectually disabled teenager face separation from his mother, while Claire is put between an injured teenage rock climber and her worried parents. Meanwhile, Glassman’s post-op hallucinations force him to confront a personal tragedy.”
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The Good Doctor begins tonight with Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) coming into the kitchen, where he left a donut for Lea Dilallo(Paige Spara). She tells him she will be out in 48 hours, which is best for both of them. Shaun suggests her old apartment, since Kenny (Chris D’Elia) got arrested, she doesn’t think that’s a good idea. She brings up their big fight and its not gonna go away because he brought her a donut.
Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) is talking to his young daughter, Maddie (Holly Taylor) in the chair, and the doctor tells him if he isn’t getting any sleep, she could give him something; but his daughter says if he takes the medicine, she goes away; so he refuses. The doctor looks at the chair Aaron is talking to, and no one is sitting there.
Dr. Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gozalez) and Shaun meets Dr. Alex Park (Will Yun Lee) patient, Max, who is intellectually disabled but also has a part of a picket fence sticking through his shoulder. Shaun watches Max, remembering his own childhood.
Dr, Claire Brown (Antonia Thomas) works with Dr. Morgan Reznick (Riona Gubelmann) and Dr. Audrey Lim (Christina Chang) when their patient arrives by MediVac. Her name is Kitty Kwan, and she is upset to be there as she was 150 ft from the summit as she is a “free solo” – climbs without ropes.
During surgery, Shaun asks advice on how to find new friends. Alex suggests he go big while Melendez feels if she can’t except the apology to dump her and move on. Another doctor, feels they should use a female perspective, suggesting he should just be nice to her.
Maddie tells her dad, they can’t just talk about the good memories, as his clock is ticking and they need to get to the good stuff; the real reason she is there.
Melendez, Alex and Shaun tell Max’s mother, Nicole that everything went well and he should be able to go home today. She admits that she was hoping to have one night without him.
Catherine “Kitty”’s parents arrive and learn she broke her neck. Kitty is upset when she finds out she will never be able to climb to the level she was at and definitely never free solo. She tells them they should have left her on the mountain to die then. Morgan suggests a second option that could give her the ability to do it again, but Claire disagrees. Kitty wants it, but her mother adamantly refuses, saying if they give her the operation, they will kill her.
The doctors try to convince Nicole about all the options of help for her and Max, but she refuses to give him up; she only wants a break from him for one night. This makes Shaun think of him being placed into fostercare and reveals thay if she put Max into fostercare, he would get used to living with a stranger too.
Kitty’s parents feel she is an adrenaline junkie, but she swears it is the opposite. She feels there are much worse things than dying doing what she loves. Morgan respects what they are saying but reminds them Kitty is 18. Kitty wants to do Morgan’s procedure.
Aaron is arguing with Maddie when Shaun demands to know what he is doing; believing he is experiencing delirium with possible auditory and or visual hallucinations which is a sign of severe post op infection. Aaron insists he is fine, so he sits down and explains everything that is going on between him and Lea. Maddie is angry in the background, demanding that it be her and her dad’s time. Aaron finally stops Shaun from talking, saying he isn’t in the best time for giving advice. Shaun says its clear he is experiencing psychosis and he will inform Dr. Chesa Dulay (Agam Darshi).
When he goes to get Dulay, he hears Aaron talk to Maddie and Aaron says it is just a vision, begging Shaun to keep it a secret for just a little while. Maddie wants to know why he is talking to a ghost and tells him to take his pill, as it has to happen!
Claire goes to see Dr. Lim, who suggests Claire focuses on the medical issues because as long as Kitty is a competent adult everything else is mute.
Lea continues to look at apartments, when Shaun arrives with a list of apartments for Lea, saying he is being nice by helping her. She says he is being creepy as she didn’t ask nor wants his help. He looks down at the ad he wrote down for her.
Kitty’s parents return to her room with Claire and inform her they have other options, and since she won’t change her mind about the surgery, they will have her declared mentally incompetent.
Aaron and Maddie argue until Dr. Dulay comes back with Shaun, who says he kept their secret a while 30 minutes. She hands the pill to Aaron, ordering him to take it or she will knock him out. Once they leave the room, he spits it out as Maddie says, How sweet, that he is willing to risk his life so they can finish their little story!”
Kitty and her parents meet with a psychiatrist to see if Kitty is competent and they reveal that she overdosed on sleeping pills four years earlier. Meanwhile, Nicole ends up in the ED, for a ligament injury and is taken to the OR; Max get violent and punches Shaun in the face. Shaun calmly asks for 2 mg of lorazepam and some ice for his face as security restrains Max.
The psychiatrist meets with Claire, Morgan and Dr. Lim, trying to figure out what is best for Kitty. Outside, Max apologizes to Shaun for hitting him and they talk about what do they think about when they are scared. Max says “teaser”. Shaun flashes back to his foster home, where his foster mom used the term “tough titmouse” and told him to get dressed and he’s going to go to school and face the horse’s ass!
After reviewing Kitty’s case, the psychiatrist has to err on the side of preservation of human life and sides with her parents.
Aaron confronts Maddie about being high all the time as Maddie says he was too busy with Shaun, who was special needs. He was there, but she says not enough. He doesn’t understand what happened; what made her so unhappy. She felt that once she grew up he wanted nothing to do with her. He loves her and always will. She tells him she hated him and died to hate him. Aaron now tries to take the pill and she won’t let him off that easy, demanding they talk about that night!
Lea comes home, and Shaun has karaoke playing for her. She knew she could always come home from Hershey because she has Shaun to come home, but not once has he asked what happened in Hershey and it’s clear that he didn’t care.
Nicole learns her wounds will heal, but Alex tells her they know Max caused her injury. She insists Max has never hurt anyone, but when she sees the bruise on Shaun’s face, Alex says she needs to find a place for Max and there is no shame in finding help for her and Max. She fears Max will hate her. Shaun remembers the moment his foster mom tells him, he has to move out because she is very sick. Shaun tells her, “tough tit mouse!” Shaun is able to tell Nicole that he won’t hate her, he will just be scared. Melendez feels she will find the strength to keep going.
Kitty tells Claire to inform her parents she never wants to see them again. Meanwhile, Alex tells Melendez about a kid he tries to help, who needed a cop to help him; in this instance Nicole needed a doctor to give her permission to let go. On the rooftop, Claire asks Melendez how they are supposed to give advice without dragging their baggage into it? He thinks maybe their baggage gives them perspective and wisdom, or maybe he is confusing baggage with experience. He really doesn’t know the difference.
Maddie blames Aaron for dragging her outside and locking the door; when her mom was out of town. He had no idea she wouldn’t go to her friend’s or aunt’s place. He screams that he died that night too and he doesn’t get it, over and over.
Claire informs Kitty’s parents that she doesn’t want them there when she wakes up from surgery. Claire thinks they are going to lose their daughter forever, but the mother feels she will be able to walk down the aisle to her loving husband and hold her baby for the first time; that will have to be gift enough.
Aaron pleads for Maddie to look at him, Aaron doesn’t want Maddie to leave him like this and wanted to hold on to she talked to him. He reveals that her mother wanted her to go to rehab and he said no because she was his little girl and wanted to be her hero and wanted her to love him again. He can only say he is sorry. Maddie holds her daddy’s hand and says she knows he loved her and she loved him too. She smiles as he finally drifts off to sleep and Shaun looks on.
Melendez goes to see Nicole, he gives her the harsh reality that people will be cruel with their words, even hate her for sending Max away; but those people won’t understand. Its the hardest thing she will have to do, but she might have to do it because of her love for him.
Kitty wakes up and learns the surgery went well and as long as she sticks to the program she will be walking in 8 weeks or less. Kitty knows her parents love her.
Nicole explains to Max what is going to happen, as Melendez and Alex find it difficult to watch. Shaun remembers moving out of his foster home, admitting he is scared to leave and she tells him, “tough titmouse!’ After he leaves, his foster mom tears up.
Aaron wakes up and Shaun tells him he is not a hallucination and he has been asleep for 13 hours. Aaron says Maddie told him that she loved him, but it could have been himself saying that. Shaun says that Aaron always tells the truth, Aaron thanks him.
Neil goes to see his sister, Gabi at the house his parents put her in. He says their parents won’t come to see her and she can’t go to their house as she has so much more fun there and he helps her with the puzzle.
Shaun comes home from work and Lea thanks him for letting her crash. She says she is getting and Airbnb. Shaun asks her what happened in Hershey; when she asks if he cares, Shaun says he has tried to be nice, he has tried to go big but he doesn’t want to walk away. Everyone likes donuts, but he doesn’t know how to answer that. He looks at her and says, “I don’t care what happened in Hershey, but I care that you care.” Lea asks if he wants to try that song again and they set up the karaoke to sing “Islands in the Stream” and in mid-sentence, he reveals he went BIGGER and rented the apartment she liked for them to share!