"Pipes" is the fourth episode of Season 1 of The Good Doctor. The episode aired on October 16, 2017.


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.[2]


Shaun Murphy can't sleep because of the sound of dripping water from his sink faucet. He calls Dr. Aaron Glassman because he can't find a missing screwdriver. When Dr. Glassman suggests he get a new screwdriver, Shaun has a meltdown, resulting in Dr. Glassman snapping at him. Dr. Glassman appologizes andfinds the screwdriver in the refrigerator as Shaun tells him everything wrong with his apartment. He tells Shaun to calls the super next time to fix the problems in the apartment.

Dr. Neil Melendez tells a couple that they must terminate their pregnancy due to a tumor being on the fetus. Shaun suggests they do the surgery to remove it and Melendez gets mad because he says this in front of the patient. Claire Browne backs up his idea and Melendez has them prep the patient for surgery. Dr. Andrews calls up and asks for assistance with a boil. Claire and Shaun head downstairs to help. They learn that the boil is on her labia. Dr. Melendez talks to Dr. Andrews about the surgery. Claire and Shaun examine the patient. They learn that she gets tested for STDs every 30 days because she does Porn. Dr. Melendez is pulled aside by the patient's husband and told that he doesn't want the surgery to happen. The fetal surgery is put on hold and Melendez sends everyone home. He meets with Jessica Preston, Marcus Andrews, and Dr. Glassman to try and figure out if they're going to do the surgery. The board approves the surgery.

Claire and Jared Kalu have sex and discuss why an eighteen-year-old would do porn. Jessica and Melendez talk about the surgery tomorrow. Jessica says she's being ridiculous and that there are other ways to have children. Shaun flashes back to when he was young and his brother showed up a porn magazine. While thinking about this, he misses his stop. Lea finds him and gives him a ride home. She complains about how he's a bad neighbor and says that his honesty is refreshing. He goes to the super to give him a list of things to fix.

He and Dr. Glassman have breakfast the next day. Dr. Glassman suggests he get some help like an aid. Shaun says no that he doesn't need any help. Dr. Melendez talks to Mr. Allen about the surgery and he tells him that if she dies it's his fault. Claire, Shaun, and Andrews drain the boil on the patient's labia but realize that there's a thyroid tumor beneath it. They tell the patient that in order to remove it they have to cut the nerve which will cause her to lose all sensation in her genitals. While in surgery, Melendez's patient goes into distress. He tells her that she had a heart attack and that they can't continue with the surgery. The husband insists on them trying again. Kalu suggests that they kill her before she kills herself since she can't have a heart attack if her hearts not beating. Shaun goes home to find everything fixed in his apartment. He goes and wakes up and the super and tells him that he didn't want him to fix the faucet.

Shaun finds a way so that the patient won't lose feeling in her genitals. Kalu and Melendez put their patient on bypass and prepare for a c-section. They manage to take the tumor off the baby. Shaun, Kalu, and Claire go out and celebrate their successes. Shaun has a flashback of when a girl was nice to him. How she almost tricked him into showing her his penis.



Guest StarringEdit


  • Rebecca Husain as Marcie Murphy
  • Darcy Laurie as Armen Demajin
  • Bruce Blain as Driver
  • Yasmeene Ball as Colleen Myers
  • Teryl Rothery as JL
  • Serena Bickerstaff as Attractive Woman
  • Yvonne Angeles as Nurse
  • Jenna Keen as Girl At Bar


  • Shawn Mendes' song "There's Nothing Holdin' me back" plays in the background at the bar scene.
  • During the surgery, Kalu notes that Melendez, for the first time, has called the fetus a 'baby'. This is similar to a situation in the House episode, "Fetal Position" where House also started to call the fetus "baby" after the fetus seems to grab his finger during the operation on the pregnant patient.
  • Dr. Audrey Lim is mentioned for the first time. She first appears in "Not Fake".