The Good Doctor Recap: Have Lim and Melendez Reached a Breaking Point?

TVLine | 11/11/2019 | Ryan Schwartz
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This week on The Good Doctor, tension builds between Drs. Lim and Melendez. Can their personal relationship withstand their professional one?

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Episode 7 marks a breaking point for the couple — though the words “we should break up” are never said out loud. We pick up the morning after Melendez lost pregnant patient Patricia Fields. Lim tells her boyfriend that what happened to Patricia was not his fault. “She knew the risks, and she made a choice to save her baby,” Lim says. “I bet she’d make the same choice again.” Unfortunately, there’s no way either of them can know this for sure, and it eats at Melendez throughout the hour.

At the hospital, Melendez, Shaun and Park work on Tara (Chasing Life‘s Haley Ramm), a young woman with severe combined immunodeficiency — aka “Bubble Boy Disease.” She comes in with infected tissue on her right lung, which requires an operation. During the procedure, Melendez hesitates to make the first cut, and Lim takes notice. She encourages him to talk someone, but he says he’d prefer to focus on his current patient, rather than his previous one.

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After the surgery, Tara spikes a fever and begins to show early signs of sepsis. Park thinks they can do more than just treat her infection, and pitches Melendez on gene replacement therapy. If it works, she’s cured; if it doesn’t, she dies, and Melendez isn’t feeling particularly lucky these days. When Park tells Lim that Melendez rejected his gene therapy idea, she confronts Melendez and tells him that he can’t dismiss a plausible treatment option out of fear. The benefit of the cure may be worth the risk, she says, and permits Park to present the option to Tara. The patient doesn’t think it’s worth...
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