The Best Episodes of The Good Doctor

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2019

Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.

Trampoline

#1 - Trampoline

Season 2 - Episode 18

As a barroom fight sends Dr. Shaun Murphy to seek treatment at St. Bonaventure’s, Dr. Alex Park and Dr. Audrey Lim disagree over an elderly woman’s post-operative symptoms. Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Lim make their romance public, and Dr. Aaron Glassman continues to pursue a relationship with a good friend.

star 8.21
1,005 votes
Directors: David Shore
Writers: David Shore, David Hoselton, Mark Rozeman
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More

#2 - More

Season 1 - Episode 18

The team at St. Bonaventure needs to quickly discover the truth behind a young college student’s unexplained injuries before his condition worsens. Meanwhile, after losing his most prized possession, Shaun’s distraction during a surgical procedure may end up risking more than just his job.

star 8.13
2,152 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: David Shore; Lloyd Gilyard, Jr.
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Quarantine Part Two

#3 - Quarantine Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 11

The hospital is still in quarantine as Dr. Murphy continues to be overwhelmed by the chaos and noise in the emergency room; Dr. Reznick struggles to keep her patients alive, and Dr. Lim fights for her life.

star 8.07
1,267 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Simran Baidwan, Mark Rozeman
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Breakdown

#4 - Breakdown

Season 2 - Episode 17

Dr. Shaun Murphy is desperate to join the team on a dangerous procedure involving a patient's tumor removal. However, having been removed by Dr. Jackson Han from the surgery team, he must use his talents to help figure out the cause of an infant's injuries.

star 8.05
996 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Thomas L. Moran and Lloyd Gilyard, Jr
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Burnt Food

#5 - Burnt Food

Season 1 - Episode 1

Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join the prestigious St. Bonaventure hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, his only advocate, Dr. Aaron Glassman, challenges the skepticism and prejudices of the hospital’s board and staff when he brings him in to join the team. Shaun will need to work harder than he ever has before, as he navigates his new environment and relationships to prove to his colleagues that his extraordinary medical gifts will save lives.

star 8.02
5,373 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: David Shore
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Mount Rushmore

#6 - Mount Rushmore

Season 1 - Episode 2

Dr. Shaun Murphy’s attention to detail complicates his first day at St. Bonaventure Hospital. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Browne learns a valuable lesson about honesty when confronted with a difficult diagnosis for her patient.

star 8.00
4,778 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: David Shore
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Quarantine

#7 - Quarantine

Season 2 - Episode 10

Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Audrey Lim treat two patients who collapse at the local airport and whose symptoms point to an infection that may become airborne. The staff races to contain the infection before it spreads to the rest of the patients in the ER.

star 7.93
1,238 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Liz Friedman, Lloyd Gilyard Jr.
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Not Fake

#8 - Not Fake

Season 1 - Episode 6

Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Claire Browne devise an experimental procedure that can save the leg and life of a young groom, that is if his bride-to-be and parents can learn to work together. Meanwhile, Jared struggles to emotionally connect with his patient whose scars may prove too deep to overcome.

star 7.93
3,605 votes
Writers: Simran Baidwan
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22 Steps

#9 - 22 Steps

Season 1 - Episode 7

Dr. Shaun Murphy has to confront prejudice from an unlikely source when he takes on the case of a patient with autism, and Dr. Jared Kalu has to learn to accept his limitations as a surgeon.

star 7.91
3,317 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Johanna Lee
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Islands: Part Two

#10 - Islands: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 12

The twins suffer complications from their surgery forcing the team to make a life-changing decision. Shaun returns to the hospital after his trip with Lea and decides he needs a more permanent change – and gives Dr. Glassman his two weeks’ notice.

star 7.91
2,600 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Thomas L. Moran, William Rotko
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Smile

#11 - Smile

Season 1 - Episode 17

Dr. Shaun Murphy questions the need for an elective surgery that will allow his young patient to smile for the first time. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Brown and Dr. Morgan Reznick discover that their patient lied about her identity.

star 7.91
2,183 votes
Directors: Bill D’Elia
Writers: David Hoselton, Karen Struck
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Apple

#12 - Apple

Season 1 - Episode 8

During a robbery at the grocery mart Dr. Shaun Murphy is shopping at, his communication limitations puts lives at risk. Meanwhile, after Shaun’s traumatic day, Dr. Aaron Glassman worries that he isn’t doing enough to help Shaun.

star 7.90
3,132 votes
Writers: David Renaud
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Intangibles

#13 - Intangibles

Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.89
3,027 votes
Directors: Bronwen Hughes
Writers: Karen Struck
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Sacrifice

#14 - Sacrifice

Season 1 - Episode 10

Members of the hospital’s surgical team are initially impressed with a charming young doctor, but his true character puts one of them in an awkward position at work. Meanwhile, Dr. Glassman feels Dr. Shaun Murphy needs a little more support with his personal life and suggests he meet with a therapist. However, Shaun is determined to show him that he can do it on his own.

star 7.88
2,931 votes
Writers: Lloyd Gilyard Jr.
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Faces

#15 - Faces

Season 2 - Episode 14

Dr. Andrews tries to convince a grieving family to donate their teenage daughter’s face to another young girl whose face was horribly disfigured in an accident.

star 7.88
1,149 votes
Writers: David Hoselton
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Hello

#16 - Hello

Season 2 - Episode 1

Shaun’s proposed treatment for a homeless patient puts him and Dr. Kalu in Dr. Andrews’ crosshairs. Claire tries to overcome Dr. Melendez’s reluctance to do a risky heart operation. Dr. Glassman faces a difficult decision about his health.

star 7.88
1,682 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Freddie Highmore
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Point Three Percent

#17 - Point Three Percent

Season 1 - Episode 5

While in the exam area of St. Bonaventure Hospital, Dr. Shaun Murphy encounters a young patient who looks eerily similar to his deceased brother, Steve. After discovering his parents have hidden his diagnosis from him, Shaun struggles to understand why he doesn’t deserve to hear the truth about his own health. Meanwhile, the team can’t figure out what keeps triggering their patients’ increasingly severe allergic reactions and races to find the cause before the next one kills another patient.

star 7.87
3,891 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: David Hoselton
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36 Hours

#18 - 36 Hours

Season 2 - Episode 3

Dr. Melendez, Dr. Brown and Dr. Park have given a young married couple two choices about their future: save the wife’s life or their future ability to start a family. Meanwhile, when Dr. Lim has to take care of some personal business, she leaves oversight of the emergency room to Dr. Murphy and Dr. Reznick; and Dr. Glassman’s post-op recovery leaves him struggling to get the rest he needs for recovery and also confronting his relationship with his daughter.

star 7.87
1,494 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Thomas L. Moran
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Stories

#19 - Stories

Season 2 - Episode 8

Dr. Shaun Murphy, Dr. Audrey Lim and Dr. Claire Brown's E.R. patient is forced to reveal a secret to her husband after their treatment caused a complication. Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez, Dr. Morgan Reznick, and Dr. Alex Park struggle with a patient whose parents don't believe in vaccinations.

star 7.86
1,283 votes
Writers: Sal Calleros
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Tough Titmouse

#20 - Tough Titmouse

Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.86
1,454 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: David Hoselton
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Oliver

#21 - Oliver

Season 1 - Episode 3

Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Jared Kalu discover their patient isn’t being completely honest with them which may cost him his chance at a life-saving surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Browne must learn to communicate with Dr. Shaun Murphy as they race back to St. Bonaventure Hospital with a donated organ.

star 7.85
4,432 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Bill Rotko
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Two-Ply (or Not Two-Ply)

#22 - Two-Ply (or Not Two-Ply)

Season 2 - Episode 6

Morgan and Shaun’s indecision on how to treat a young violinist who visits the ER with an infected finger could affect her future in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Lim, Claire and Park can’t figure out if their young patient is really ill or looking for attention.

star 7.85
1,338 votes
Writers: Simran Baidwan
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Risk and Reward

#23 - Risk and Reward

Season 2 - Episode 15

Shaun’s blunt honesty with a distraught mother of a critically ill newborn baby causes the new chief of Surgery to question keeping him on as a resident.

star 7.85
1,065 votes
Writers: Liz Friedman, David Renaud
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Carrots

#24 - Carrots

Season 2 - Episode 5

When a patient suffering from anorexia can’t gain the necessary weight needed to survive heart surgery, Claire suggests they perform an experimental surgery which Melendez strongly opposes. Shaun worries Glassman’s refusal to walk the hospital floor will keep him from being discharged and tries to persuade him to ambulate. Meanwhile, Shaun and Lea change the terms of their current relationship.

star 7.84
1,398 votes
Directors: Sharat Raju
Writers: Liz Friedman
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Pipes

#25 - Pipes

Season 1 - Episode 4

Dr. Neil Melendez and the team have to wade through legal waters when a husband and wife have to make a life-changing decision about their unborn child. Meanwhile, Dr. Shaun Murphy struggles to adjust to his new environment at home and makes a huge step forward with his colleagues.

star 7.83
4,194 votes
Directors: Stephen DePaul
Writers: Thomas L. Moran
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