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The Good Doctor, Faith, Recap (ABC April 30)

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In the latest episode of The Good Doctor, Shaun and Jordan faced a challenging case involving a patient in dire need of a kidney transplant. However, when they found the perfect donor, they discovered that he believed he was Jesus, complicating the situation and raising questions about his ability to give consent.

The episode, titled “Faith,” aired on April 30, 2024, on NBC and centered around the ethical dilemma of operating on a donor whose beliefs and mental state could impact his ability to consent. The donor, Emmanuel, believed himself to be Jesus, which added an intriguing layer to the story.

The episode began with Shaun’s blunt nature, a trait stemming from his autism, causing him to come close to revealing a patient’s dire prognosis to her child. Shaun’s colleague, Jordan, was the first to identify Emmanuel’s delusions, which included believing himself to be Jesus and having a rare blood type.

The hospital faced a legal dilemma, as Emmanuel’s mental state called into question his ability to consent to the surgery. A psych consult deemed Emmanuel delusional but capable of understanding the risks of the procedure. With the surgery approved, Shaun informed the patient and her family, who were grateful for the chance at life.

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Meanwhile, Shaun and Jordan’s colleague, Eve, was at the hospital with her father, who was suffering from an inoperable tumor. Eve, a small influencer, had been documenting her father’s journey, creating a following for her videos. The injury to his back had shrunk the tumor, offering a chance for surgery and a longer life. Eve’s father chose to focus on making memories with his daughter rather than extending his life.

The episode also featured tension between Lea and Morgan, who were both vying for the same nanny, Joelle. Lea had initially found Joelle, but Morgan offered her more money, leading to a standoff. The situation was resolved when Glassman suggested an in-house daycare at the hospital, allowing everyone to benefit from Joelle’s skills.

The episode concluded with Shaun realizing that his six-month-old son might be autistic like himself, leaving him with a mix of emotions.

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Andrew Martins, reviewer, recapper, deep diver, scifi specialist. Thinks Blakes 7 is better than Star Trek. Yes I do go to fan conventions and no I don't dress up. Well okay maybe I do a bit.

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