The Worst Episodes of The Good Doctor: Cringe-worthy Moments You Can’t Unsee.

As a die-hard fan of medical dramas, I was thrilled when The Good Doctor hit the small screen. The show’s unique premise, featuring a talented surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, had me hooked from the get-go. But let’s be real, even the best shows have their less-than-stellar moments. That’s why I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a list of the worst episodes of The Good Doctor. From cringe-worthy plotlines to lackluster performances, these episodes missed the mark in a big way. So, grab some popcorn and get ready to cringe as we dive into the episodes that even Shaun Murphy couldn’t save.
365 Degrees

365 Degrees

Season 6 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2023-02-06

Shaun invites Aaron to stay with him while he has exterminators at his house and Lea realizes both men have a lot more in common than she realized. Meanwhile, Dr. Morgan Reznick wrestles with a big decision about her career and her personal life.

Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices

Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices

Season 4 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2021-02-15

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

Newbies

Newbies

Season 4 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2020-11-16

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.

Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal

Season 4 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2021-04-19

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

Letting Go

Letting Go

Season 4 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2021-05-17

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

Fault

Fault

Season 4 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2020-11-30

Dr. Shaun Murphy questions his decision to give the new residents autonomy when one of his intern’s misdiagnosis of a patient has dire consequences. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Browne, Dr. Alex Park and Dr. Jordan Allen treat a patient with a ruptured cyst affecting key functions of her brain. And elsewhere, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Park bond over failed relationships.

Not the Same

Not the Same

Season 4 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2020-11-23

Dr. Morgan Reznik and Dr. Shaun Murphy’s pregnant patient with twins is having pain and they are forced to grapple with a decision no one wants to make. Meanwhile, Shaun asks Lea to move back in despite her reservations

Waiting

Waiting

Season 4 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2021-04-26

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

Forgive or Forget

Forgive or Forget

Season 4 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2021-05-24

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.

Change of Perspective

Change of Perspective

Season 6 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2022-10-10

On their first day as surgical attendings, Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Alex Park are introduced to the first year residents they will be overseeing, Dr. Danica Powell and Dr. Daniel Perez,who make quite the first impression. Meanwhile, Lim returns to work while facing her new reality and the emotions surrounding the changes.

A Big Sign

A Big Sign

Season 6 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2022-10-17

The team treats a famous marriage counselor after she injures her ankle from falling, but when she offers relationship advice to them, Dr. Morgan Reznick quickly spots that their patient might be experiencing something far more serious. Meanwhile, Dr. Audrey Lim is determined to get to the bottom of what really happened in the OR during her surgery and sets off on her own internal investigation.

Moonshot

Moonshot

Season 3 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2019-11-18

Carly’s attempts at increasing her intimacy with Shaun are becoming more of a frustration than either of them expected. Meanwhile, Lim and Melendez struggle in their relationship as they work to separate their work from their personal life.

Frontline (1)

Frontline (1)

Season 4 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2020-11-02

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.

Parenting

Parenting

Season 4 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2021-01-25

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

Decrypt

Decrypt

Season 4 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2021-02-22

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. Meanwhile, the team treats an inspirational cancer survivor-turned-successful-philanthropist who harbors a dark secret.

Burnt Food

Burnt Food

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2017-09-25

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.

The Uncertainty Principle

The Uncertainty Principle

Season 4 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2021-01-18

Dr. Morgan Reznick 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.

We're All Crazy Sometimes

We’re All Crazy Sometimes

Season 4 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2021-03-08

After bringing in an incredibly unique and complicated spinal surgery, Dr. Aaron Glassman challenges the residents for an opportunity to join him in the operating room. Meanwhile, Shaun and Morgan disagree on how to treat a comatose patient with a cancerous tumor.

Dr. Ted

Dr. Ted

Season 4 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2021-05-10

Shaun struggles with his role as Lea’s partner after complications arise with the pregnancy and his instincts as a medical professional kick in. Meanwhile, Dr. Park, Dr. Andrews and Asher disagree on how to address an elderly patient’s wishes.

Venga (1)

Venga (1)

Season 4 – Episode 19

Air Date: 2021-05-31

The St. Bonaventure team travels to Guatemala on a surgical mission to help patients at a rural hospital. Once there, the team faces a small community that is in desperate need of their help but are assigned the daunting task of identifying who they can help most. And while Shaun seems to be thriving in Guatemala, Lea is still struggling with the loss of her baby.