I am going to put “The Good Doctor” to the test. How stereotypical is it? How real is it? Also, does Freddie Highmore try to create a nuanced autistic man, or does he simply put on the Autism Costume?
That is what I intend to find out.
10:00 – A simple routine. Good start.
10:01 – Mess the hair up. OK.
10:02 – What’s with the line on the ground?
10:02 – Saved from the bullies…and we have PTSD.
10:03 – San Jose Airport: Noisy as can be.
10:04 – Loud crash. Boy is hurt.
10:04 – Correcting a doctor. OOOH.
10:05 – “Not Rain Man. High-functioning. Capable of handling his affairs.” Enough with the labels, doc!
10:06 – Tamlyn Tomita? She looks great!
10:07 – Savant Syndrome? OK. I can see that.
10:08 – Another doctor or two. Good.
10:10 – Sherlock called – he wants his Mind Palace back. *Visualizations*
10:11 – Trying to communicate his medical emergency….grabs the knife. The boy’s mother finally communicates his intention.
10:12 – The doctors are arguing. Trying to give consent.
10:13 – Another doctor.
10:14 – Alcohol, tubing, gloves. More visualizing. Incision, tubing in, boy is saved!
10:15 – Boy saved!
I promise I am watching. My rapid-fire reactions are part of my style.
*Back to Show*
10:18 – Phone call from hiring manager (?). Trustee and hiring manager debate.
10:19 – Another flashback. Father is not understanding. Abuse. Pet rabbit dead.
10:20 – A glitch seen. Listen, OK?
10:21 – Surgery on man. Pustule exploded.
10:22 – Echocardiogram pushing, no one listens, tries to rush the ER.
10:27 – Going through the hospital. Relax, it’s a revolving door.
10:28 – Rain. More about the dead rabbit. Looks like a meltdown.
10:29 – Talking about a surgeon’s needs. “No qualified others without autism.” Comparisons of discrimination. “How will the patients react?”
10:31 – Sean (the doctor) is described as “the weird guy.” Sean found. Medical jargon. Recommended test found nothing.
10:37 – “Sean.” Watching an echocardiogram. Subtle defect. Piece of glass described as hypothesis toward problem.
10:39 – Youtube video saves the boy’s job, maybe?
10:40 – Trustee finally sees Sean at work.
10:40 – Flashback: Sean and his brother on an abandoned bus. A present? A toy knife seen in the episode beginning.
10:42 – The toy scalpel is revealed. So is the mentioned piece of glass.
I find the “symptoms” there. I am also finding a more nuanced character, though I might be wrong. I need to consult with other autistic colleagues.
10:46 – Finally, meeting with the hirer. Now he can show up for the interview.
10:47 – The boy is being discussed. Still trying to convince the board he’s capable. “Letting things get personal…?”
10:48 – Doctor is trying to make conversation with Sean, Sean’s not doing that well. Call-out on the doctor. OUCH.
10:49 – Well, “I would love to make you happy, but…” Boy, does this doctor hate him.
10:50 – FINALLY, Sean can speak.
10:51 – Flashback. Oh, boy. Children on top of a train. Brother falls! No movement.
10:53 – Struggling to speak and communicate well. Finally hitting his stride near the end. Ms. Tomita’s character welcomes him in.
10:55 – The doctor is dressed and scrubbed. Gloved. Safety spectacled.
10:56 – Flashback. “You can do anything.” Begin the operation.
10:57 – Giving mad props. Now an arrogance callout. He wonders if it works, in so many words.
10:58 – The Season Preview.
All in all, I liked the show. The portrayal of autism is getting there. Obviously, it’s not there yet, but it’s getting there. I understand that this is somewhat of a checklist of sorts, being the introduction of the character, but it seems to be nuanced. I’m getting a second opinion, in case this is inaccurate.