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The fourth season of The Good Doctor, was ordered on February 10, 2020 by ABC[1]. It premiered on November 2, 2020[2], and concluded on June 7, 2021.

Synopsis

Cast

Starring

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

  • Abbie Jenkins as Nurse Lucy Wagner (1/20)
  • Jerry Wasserman as Walter Flemming (1/20)
  • Tracey Louise Roath as Dr. Patrice Gromski (1/20)
  • Julianne Christie as Karen (1/20)
  • Jamillah Ross as Mildred St. Mary (1/20)
  • Ché Aimee Dorval as Cashier (1/20)
  • Rebecca Wass as Nurse #1 (1/20)

Episodes

No. Title Director Writer(s) Original Airdate Viewers (million)
1 "Frontline Part One" Mike Listo Liz Friedman & David Shore November 2, 2020 4.87[6]
S4 E1 Frontline Part 1 Promo09.jpg In part one of the two-part season premiere of ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” Dr. Shaun Murphy treats a patient with an illness that is not only unpredictable in nature, but also unlike anything he or the team at San Jose St. Bonaventure has ever seen before. As safety protocols and quarantines increase due to the global pandemic, Lea and Shaun’s new relationship will become tested; and Dr. Alex Park gets ready to move back to Phoenix, Arizona, to be closer to his family. Meanwhile, Dr. Morgan Reznick navigates her way around the clinic following her departure from the surgery team and unknowingly puts herself and several members of the staff in danger. Finally, Dr. Claire Brown continues to work through her grief, still reeling from the sudden death of Dr. Neil Melendez.[7]
2 "Frontline Part Two" Mike Listo David Shore & Liz Friedman November 9, 2020 4.76[8]
Frontline Part 2 Promotional Image 02.jpg In the conclusion of the two-part season premiere of ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Marcus Andrews determine that their patient has been infected with COVID-19. As they struggle to understand and get ahead of a constantly evolving virus, Shaun has a hard time balancing his fears and concerns about potentially jeopardizing Lea’s health and wanting to be with the woman he loves. Meanwhile, Claire looks for a way to grieve Melendez’s death through her patients. In the COVID-19 ward, Dr. Morgan Reznick softens a little while tending to Nurse Petringa (Karin Konoval), who imparts a bit of wisdom from her 40+ year nursing career. Elsewhere, Dr. Alex Park and Mia (Jennifer Birmingham Lee) discuss their future together.[9]
3 "Newbies" David Straiton[10] Thomas L. Moran & David Renaud November 16, 2020 4.30[11]
Newbies Promotional Image 07.jpg 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.[12]
4 "Not the Same" Sarah Wayne Callies David Hoselton & Adam Scott Weissman November 23, 2020 4.29[13]
NotTheSamePromotionalImage07.jpg 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.
5 "Fault" Vanessa Parise Peter Blake & Mark Rozeman November 30, 2020 4.02[14]
My Own Damn Fault Promotional Image 30.jpg 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 (Bria Samoné Henderson) treat a patient with a ruptured cyst affecting key functions of her brain. And elsewhere, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Park bond over failed relationships.
6 "Lim"[15] Mike Listo Jessica Grasl & Tracy Taylor January 11, 2021 4.06[16]
4 06 Lim Promotional Image 01.jpg As Chief of Surgery Dr. Audrey 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, Dr. Claire Browne suggests a radical treatment to help him. Meanwhile, still reeling from the recent loss of his mentee’s patient, Dr. Shaun Murphy declares he doesn’t want to teach the new residents anymore. And elsewhere, an eccentric patient keeps the team entertained[17]
7 "The Uncertainty Principale"[18] Gary Hawes Doris Egan January 18, 2021 3.97[19]
407 The Uncertainty Principale Promotional Image 12.jpg Dr. Morgan Reznik 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.[20]
8 "Parenting"[21] Rachel Leiterman Patti Carr January 25, 2021 4.30[22]
Parenting Promotional Image 09.jpg The team treats a teenage gymnast who experiences complications from her intensive training. Meanwhile, Shaun meets Lea's parents for the first time.[23]
9 "Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices"[24] Felipe Rodriguez Sam Chanse & Liz Friedman February 15, 2021 4.40[25]
TGD 409 Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices Promotional Images20.jpg 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.[26]
10 "Decrypt"[27] Freddie Highmore Thomas L. Moran & Adam Scott Weissman February 22, 2021 3.91[28]
410Promo22.jpg 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.[29]
11 "We’re All Crazy Sometimes"[30] Mike Listo David Hoselton & David Renaud March 8, 2021 4.24[31]
411Promo18.jpg 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.[32]
12 "Teeny Blue Eyes"[33] Rebecca Moline Peter Blake & Mark Rozeman March 22, 2021 4.26[34]
412Promo14.jpg 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, Dr. Shaun Murphy sees a pattern he recognizes. Meanwhile, Shaun and Lea are forced to make a life-changing decision that will alter the course of their relationship.[35]
13 "Spilled Milk"[36] Sarah Wayne Callies Tracy Taylor & Jessica Grasi March 29, 2021 4.39[37]
413Promo7.jpg Claire is blindsided when her absentee father shows up at her door; Shaun feels disconnected from Lea, causing tension in their relationship.[38]
14 "Gender Reveal"[39] Tim Southam Debbie Ezer April 19, 2021 4.15[40]
414PRomo10.jpg 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.[41]
15 "Waiting"[42] Oren Gottfried Gary Hawes April 26, 2021 3.78[43]
415Promo4.jpg After a political protest turns violent, the team races to save two young gunshot victims.[44]
16 "Dr. Ted" Anne Renton Patti Carr & Sam Chans May 10, 2021 3.91[45]
416Promo16.jpg 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.[46]
17 "Letting Go" James Genn Doris Egan May 17, 2021 3.71[47]
417Promo6.jpg Dr. Claire Browne and the team must face hard truths about what lines they are willing to cross when one of Claire’s idols becomes her patient.[48]
18 "Forgive or Forget" Lee Friedlander Thomas L. Moran & David Renaud May 24, 2021 3.86[49]
418Promo7.jpg 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.[50]
19 "Venga" Mike Listo Liz Friedman May 31, 2021 TBA
419Promo14.jpg During part one of the two-part season finale, 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 their baby.[51]
20 "Vamos" Mike Listo Peter Blake & David Shore June 7, 2021 TBA
420Promo3.jpg Dr. Shaun Murphy must perform a risky surgery on a patient without electricity when the power suddenly goes out at the hospital in Guatemala. Additionally, Dr. Lim and Dr. Mateo Rendón Osma’s relationship deepens as they overcome difficulties during their surgery.[52]

Trivia

  • After the release of the last episode of season 3, on March 30, David Shore confirmed that actor Nicholas Gonzalez (Dr. Neil Melendez) will not return for season 4.
  • Originally scheduled to begin in August 4, 2020 and conclude on April 13, 2021, filming for the season was pushed back to September 2, 2020 and is set to wrap on May 28, 2021.
  • Unlike the three previous seasons, the fourth season will be split into two parts[53].
  • While the first two episodes focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, subsequent episodes take place in a post-pandemic future, as noted by Freddie Highmore during a special introduction preceding the episode "Newbies".
  • This will be the first season, as a result of the pandemic, not to be released in late September.
    • Also, it will be the first season to end later than usual instead of March.
  • Noah Galvin, Summer Brown, Bria Samoné Henderson and Brian Marc will have recurring roles as new surgical residents this season.[54]
  • Beau Garrett reprised her role as Jessica Preston in the two-part premiere.[55]
  • Long-time nurse Deena Petringa dies of COVID-19 in "Frontline Part Two" while Dr. Morgan Reznick gets and recovers from the disease.
  • In this season, Dr. Morgan Reznick has switched from surgery to internal medicine due to the damage she did to her hands in "I Love You."
  • This is the first season to support Audio Description, as shown by an "AD" icon that appears at the beginning of each episode on ABC airings. With this feature, a narrator describes events on a secondary audio track.
  • On November 30, 2020, the title for the winter premiere was officially revealed.[56]
  • On December 8, 2020, it was reported that The Good Doctor was leading for ABC in terms of the seven-day ratings for Nov. 23-29, 2020 delayed viewing.[57]
  • On December 29,2020, a first look at the winter premiere was unveiled through TVLine.[58]
  • On December 30, 2020, David Shore, the writer and producer of the show revealed that the character of Asher Wolke (portrayed by: Noah Galvin) was largely inspired by the experiences from his various nieces and nephews.[59]
  • On February 1, 2021 it was reported that the season would be going on a two week hiatus, and that Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices, the ninth episode of the season wouldn't air until February 15, 2021.[60]
  • On March 31, 2021 Hill Harper confirmed on his Twitter account that the fourth season will run for 20 episodes.
  • On April 14, 2021, Daniel Dae Kim revealed that he wanted an Asian lead when he first developed the series. But the studio eventually came in with Freddie Highmore, whom they both absolutely loved. It eventually led them to shift the focus of creating a diverse ensemble.[61]
  • On April 19, 2021, it was revealed that Freddie Highmore had inked a deal with ICM Partners in all areas.[62]
  • On April 20,2021, it was revealed that Dr. Gottfried, who is a neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Duke Health, used his medical expertise to help pitch and write for the Gender Reveal episode of The Good Doctor.[63]
  • On May 3, 2021, it was revealed that the series had been renewed for a fifth season.[64]
  • On May 19,2021, it was revealed that Mexican actors Esmeralda Pimentel & Osvaldo Benavides were cast and are set to appear in the two part season finale.[5]
    • After appearing in the last two episodes of the season as a guest star, Osvaldo Benavides was announced to have been upgraded to a series regular for Season 5.[65]
  • On May 25, 2021, it was announced that Noah Galvin and Bria Samoné Henderson were promoted to series regular ahead of the Season 5 premiere. [66]
  • This is the last season to feature Antonia Thomas (Claire Browne) as a series regular. Although she said she'd be opened to appearing as a guest star down the line.[67][68]
  • The Season 4 DVD will be released on August 31, 2021 in the U.S and September 20, 2021 in the U.K.

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References

  1. "The Good Doctor" Renewed for Season 4" - TVLine
  2. ABC Sets November Dates for Grey's, Good Doctor, Million Little Things and Others — The Rookie's Return Delayed - TVLine
  3. "The Good Doctor" Episode #4.1 - IMDB
  4. ‘The Good Doctor’ Season 4 Winter Finale ‘Fault’: Memories and mistakes are costly - Blasting News
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 In love, Esmeralda Pimentel and Osvaldo Benavides return to television together - MX Hola
  6. The Good Doctor S4 E 1 Frontline Part 1 ratings - Showbuzz Daily
  7. "The Good Doctor - Episode 4.01 - Frontline, Part 1 - Promo, 3 Sneak Peeks, Promotional Photos + Press Release"
  8. Frontline Part Two Live Ratings - Showbuzz Daily
  9. "The Good Doctor - Episode 4.02 - Frontline, Part 2 - Promotional Photos + Press Release"
  10. https://twitter.com/TheTLMoran/status/1309293928907075587
  11. The Good Doctor S4, E3: Newbies live ratings - Showbuzzdailys
  12. "The Good Doctor - Episode 4.03 - Newbies - Press Release"
  13. The Good Doctor S4, E3: Not the Same live ratings - Showbuzzdailys
  14. 4.05: "Fault" Live Ratings - Showbuzz Daily
  15. "The Good Doctor" - Episode 4.06 - The Good Doctor Writers on Twitter
  16. 4.06: "Lim" Live Ratings - Showbuzz Daily
  17. 4.06 Plot Synopis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  18. 4.07: The Uncertainty Principale episode title confirmation - The Futon Critic
  19. 4.07: "The Uncertainty Principale" Live Ratings - Showbuzz Daily
  20. 4.07 Plot Synopis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  21. 4.08: Parenting episode title confirmation - The Futon Critic
  22. 4.08: "Parenting" Live Ratings - Showbuzz Daily
  23. 4.08 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  24. 4.09: Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices episode title confirmation - The Futon Critic
  25. 4.09: "Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices" Live Ratings - Showbuzz Daily
  26. 4.09 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  27. 4.10: Decrypt episode title confirmation - The Futon Critic
  28. 4.10: "Decrypt" Live Ratings - Showbuzz Daily
  29. 4.10 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  30. 4.11: We're All Crazy Sometimes episode title confirmation - The Futon Critic
  31. Live Viewers for 4.11: We're All Crazy - Showbuzz Daily
  32. 4.11 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  33. 4.12: Teeny Blue Eyes episode title confirmation - The Futon Critic
  34. Live Viewers for 4.12: Teeny Blue Eyes - Showbuzz Daily
  35. 4.11 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  36. 4.12: Teeny Blue Eyes episode title confirmation - The Futon Critic
  37. Live Viewer Ratings for 4.13: Spilled Milk - Showbuzz Daily
  38. 4.13 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  39. 4.14: Gender Reveal episode title confirmation - The Futon Critic
  40. Live Ratings for 4.15: Gender Reveal - Showbuzz Daily
  41. 4.14: Gender Reveal Plot Synopsis - ABC Press
  42. 4.15: Waiting episode title confirmation - The Futon Critic
  43. Live Ratings for 4.15: Waiting - Showbuzz Daily
  44. 4.14: Waiting Plot Synopsis - ABC Press
  45. Live Ratings for 4.16: Dr. Ted - Showbuzz Daily
  46. 4.16 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  47. Live Ratings for 4.17: Letting Go - Programming Insider
  48. 4.17 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  49. Live Ratings for 4.18: Forgive or Forget - Programming Insider
  50. 4.18 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  51. 4.19 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site
  52. https://www.dgepress.com/abc/shows/thegooddoctor/episodes/vamos/4.20 Plot Synopsis - Walt Disney TV Press Site]
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  57. 'The Good Doctor' Leads 7-Day Ratings Gains for Thanksgiving Week - The Hollywood Reporter
  58. The Good Doctor: Lim Copes With Emotional Trauma of COVID-19 in Winter Premiere — 2021 FIRST LOOK - TV Line
  59. The formerly Orthodox character on ‘The Good Doctor’ is inspired by the creator’s family - JTA
  60. The Good Doctor Season 4, February 1, 2021 Episode 9 Delayed. Not Airing Tonight - On the Flix
  61. ABC's 'The Good Doctor' Almost Had An Asian Lead, Producer Daniel Dae Kim Says - Just Jared
  62. Freddie Highmore Signs With ICM In All Areas - Deadline
  63. Duke surgeon helps write 'Good Doctor' episode - ABC 11
  64. ‘The Good Doctor’ Renewed For Season 5 At ABC - Deadline
  65. ‘The Good Doctor’: Osvaldo Benavides Joins ABC Medical Drama As Series Regular For Season 5 -Deadline
  66. -TV Line
  67. https://tvline.com/2021/06/07/the-good-doctor-antonia-thomas-leaving-claire-browne-season-5/
  68. ‘The Good Doctor’ Star Antonia Thomas Leaving ABC Drama After 4 Seasons: “It’s Deeply Sad To Say Goodbye” -Deadline
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