The WORST Episodes of The Good Doctor

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

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.

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Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices

#1 - Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 15, 2021

Lim is challenged by the unique circumstances surrounding a pregnant patient with an aggressive tumor. After misdiagnosing a patient, Claire makes a disconcerting discovery about certain practices at the hospital.

star 7.35
804 votes
Writers: Liz Friedman, Sam Chanse
Gender Reveal

#2 - Gender Reveal

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 19, 2021

After finding out the gender of their unborn child, Lea's enthusiasm prompts Shaun to make an effort to be a more supportive partner. The team treats a navy pilot whose previous doctor's misdiagnosis compromises her chances at a full recovery.

star 7.58
732 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Deborah J. Ezer
Spilled Milk

#3 - Spilled Milk

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 29, 2021

Claire is blindsided when her absentee father shows up at her door. Shaun feels disconnected from Lea, causing tension in their relationship.

star 7.62
787 votes
Writers: Jessica Grasl, Tracy Taylor
Forgive or Forget

#4 - Forgive or Forget

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired May 24, 2021

Shaun and Lea go on a camping trip to distract themselves from their grief over their miscarriage. Meanwhile, Morgan and Park argue about the best course of treatment for their patient.

star 7.63
674 votes
Directors: Lee Friedlander
Writers: David Renaud, Thomas L. Moran
Piece of Cake

#5 - Piece of Cake

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 4, 2021

Dr. Shaun Murphy and the team race to save a pregnant woman's baby and find her current situation as a convicted felon complicates it even more than they realize. Meanwhile, the hospital takes on some unexpected changes that the staff are not prepared for.

star 7.63
386 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: David Hoselton, Tracy Taylor
Venga (1)

#6 - Venga (1)

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired May 31, 2021

The team travels to Guatemala on a mission to help patients at a rural hospital. The team faces a small community that is in desperate need of help, but they must identify who they can help most. Lea is still struggling with the loss of her baby.

star 7.65
652 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Jessica Grasl, Liz Friedman

#7 - Lim

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 11, 2021

As Dr. Lim struggles to cope with the residual emotional trauma of COVID-19, she encounters a young war veteran fighting debilitating PTSD. After discussing his case with the team, Claire suggests a radical treatment to help him. Still reeling from the recent loss of his mentee’s patient, Shaun declares he doesn’t want to teach the new residents anymore. An eccentric patient keeps the team entertained.

star 7.66
893 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Jessica Grasl, Tracy Taylor

#8 - Waiting

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 26, 2021

After a political protest turns violent, the team races to save two young gunshot victims.

star 7.67
745 votes
Directors: Gary Hawes
Writers: David Hoselton, David Shore, Oren Gottfried
Teeny Blue Eyes

#9 - Teeny Blue Eyes

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 22, 2021

When a renowned surgeon comes to St. Bonaventure for treatment, the team’s enthusiasm is quickly overshadowed by the doctor’s behavior. After studying his case, Shaun sees a pattern he recognizes. Shaun and Lea are forced to make a life-changing decision that will alter the course of their relationship.

star 7.67
785 votes
Directors: Rebecca Moline
Writers: Mark Rozeman, Peter Blake (IV)

#10 - Newbies

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 16, 2020

With several candidates vying for residency at St. Bonaventure, Chief of Surgery Dr. Audrey Lim tasks Dr. Shaun Murphy, Dr. Claire Browne and Dr. Alex Park with mentoring the top first-year resident contenders. As their mentees shadow them for the day, Shaun and Park meet with Andrews to discuss a difficult surgery scheduled for a minor. Later, Shaun inadvertently insults Lea while discussing the pros and cons of the controversial surgery. And elsewhere, Dr. Morgan Reznick seeks out Claire and Lim's help on a consult.

star 7.68
946 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: David Renaud, Thomas L. Moran
Letting Go

#11 - Letting Go

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired May 17, 2021

Claire and the team must face hard truths about what lines they are willing to cross when one of Claire's idols becomes her patient.

star 7.69
678 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: Doris Egan
Not the Same

#12 - Not the Same

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 23, 2020

Morgan and Shaun's pregnant patient with twins is having pain and they are forced to grapple with a decision no-one wants to make. Shaun asks Lea to move back in despite her reservations.

star 7.70
911 votes
Writers: Adam Scott Weissman, David Hoselton

#13 - Decrypt

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 22, 2021

When the hospital is hit with a cyberattack threatening to shut down life-saving machines, Lea rises to the challenge and looks to outsmart the hackers to prove herself. The team treats an inspirational cancer survivor who harbors a dark secret.

star 7.71
796 votes
Writers: Adam Scott Weissman, Thomas L. Moran

#14 - Fault

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 30, 2020

Shaun questions his decision to give the new residents autonomy when an intern's misdiagnosis has dire consequences. A patient has a ruptured cyst affecting key functions of her brain. Morgan and Park bond over failed relationships.

star 7.71
911 votes
Directors: Vanessa Parise
Writers: Mark Rozeman, Peter Blake (IV)

#15 - Incomplete

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 25, 2019

Shaun is ready for the next step in his relationship with Carly. However, he continues to struggle as they grow closer and more intimate, and is dealt some troubling news about a deeply personal issue. A young patient must decide on a treatment that could save her life or possibly destroy her marriage.

star 7.71
1,310 votes
Directors: Marisol Adler
Writers: Brian Shin
Frontline (2)

#16 - Frontline (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 9, 2020

Dr. Shaun Murphy and the team try to get a better understanding of COVID-19; Claire looks for a way to grieve Melendez's death through her patients; Dr. Alex Park and Mia discuss their future together.

star 7.73
966 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: David Shore, Liz Friedman

#17 - Parenting

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 25, 2021

The team treats a teenage gymnast who experiences complications from her intensive training. Shaun meets Lea's parents for the first time.

star 7.73
852 votes
Writers: Patricia Carr

#18 - Heartfelt

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 26, 2018

Dr. Shaun Murphy's teenage patient has been confined to her home her entire life due to a rare heart condition. Despite her condition, she has cultivated a large group of friends online and hopes that the surgical team can find a way to give her the life she has always dreamed of having. Meanwhile, a young patient's perfectly matched organ donor is causing a moral dilemma for the parents and the patient.

star 7.74
2,866 votes
Directors: Regina King
Writers: Johanna Lee, Thomas L. Moran
The Uncertainty Principle

#19 - The Uncertainty Principle

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 18, 2021

Morgan discovers her patient’s wealth and obsession with extending his life is a dangerous mix that could end up costing more than he can afford.

star 7.74
821 votes
Directors: Gary Hawes
Writers: Doris Egan

#20 - Xin

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 28, 2019

Dr. Shaun Murphy, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Dr. Audrey Lim treat a woman with autism and a delicate brain condition while navigating the complicated relationship she has with her roommate, who is also on the spectrum. Meanwhile, Lea and Shaun are still figuring out their friendship and roommate status.

star 7.74
1,698 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Brian Shin

#21 - Fixation

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 2, 2020

A patient with a mysterious and undiagnosed illness that has baffled other doctors for years forces Shaun and the team to take some big risks. Claire and Melendez continue to cautiously navigate their feelings for each other as colleagues and friends.

star 7.74
1,236 votes
Directors: Lisa Demaine
Writers: Deborah J. Ezer, Jessica Grasl

#22 - Aftermath

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 21, 2019

In the aftermath of the quarantine, the staff tries to return to their normal routines. Meanwhile, as Dr. Lim recovers from the virus, she and Dr. Melendez navigate their new personal and working relationship, while Dr. Murphy and Dr. Glassman visit Lea.

star 7.74
1,727 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: Thomas L. Moran
Frontline (1)

#23 - Frontline (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 2, 2020

Dr. Murphy treats a patient who has an illness that is not only unpredictable in nature, but also unlike anything he or the team has seen before. Dr. Claire Brown continues to work through her grief, still reeling from Dr. Neil Melendez's death.

star 7.75
1,071 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: David Shore, Liz Friedman

#24 - Pain

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 12, 2018

When the team treats a patient who has to decide between a dangerous surgery that could change his life or remain the same, he asks Dr. Shaun Murphy what he would if he had that same choice.

star 7.75
2,734 votes
Writers: David Renaud, William L. Rotko

#25 - SFAD

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 2019

Dr. Shaun Murphy’s unique ability to relate to a patient isolated by an immune deficiency yields an unexpected result. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Browne, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Dr. Marcus Andrews treat a 12-year-old patient who is about to become blind, and tension builds between Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Audrey Lim.

star 7.75
1,351 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Jessica Grasl