The great physician: Lim copes with the emotional trauma of COVID-19 within the winter premiere – 2021 FIRST LOOK
The coronavirus is gone but not forgotten when The Good Doctor returns in the New Year – and TVLine has your exclusive first look at the toll it means for St. Bonaventure’s typically stoic chief of surgery.
When ABC’s medical drama resurfaces on Monday January 11th, the focus will be on Dr. Audrey Lim (played by Christina Chang) struggling with remaining emotional trauma from COVID-19. Instead of dealing with it, she tries to ignore what she’s feeling and adopt a “business as usual” mentality that is easier said than done.
“She’s trying to keep herself busy in the hospital. The idea is that ironically, this is her safe place if she’s going to have surgery,” Chang told TVLine. “The first part of this episode is that all she feels is, ‘Look, I’m tired, I’m overrun, but everyone is. I have a lot on my plate, but everyone does. Every hospital, every hospital director and head of surgery, everyone feels this. I’m not unique, I’m not special, I hold it together. ‘And then it slowly starts … well, it just can’t. “
Claire is the first to realize that something is wrong with Lim, but the boss tries to play things strictly professionally. “What’s so interesting about this dynamic is that Lim has to balance her friendship with Claire with her boss,” says Chang. “There’s still a hierarchy there, so it’s probably less vulnerable, or at least trying to be, to Claire than if they were their peers.”
Lim also worries about Shaun, who explains that he does not want to teach the new residents after losing Asher’s patient. “She’s such an advocate for [Shaun]and where she would normally have a lot more patience if he were a beginner [in terms of supervising interns]their capacity is much more limited for him, ”says Chang.
Check out exclusive photos from the winter premiere of The Good Doctor above and below and hope for the rest of season four.