In Monday night's episode of The Good Doctor, the show revealed tragic news at the very end. Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff), Dr. Shaun Murphy's (Freddie Highmore) beloved mentor, has brain cancer.
At the very end of the episode, titled "Smile," Glassman is on a date with Debbi (Sheila Kelly). The two struggle to connect at first, but they realize they have a common love for classic cars. During the dinner, a waitress says the word "doorstop." This suddenly leads to Glassman struggling to speak. The credits then begin.
Then, the preview for next week's season finale starts. We see Shaun tell Glassman that he has been a good mentor.
"You may need a new mentor. I'm dying," he tells Shaun.
In another scene, Glassman is told he has the most aggressive form of brain cancer. We then see Shaun trying desperately to cure him.
Glassman accepts his diagnosis, but Shaun clearly isn't. In another scene, Shaun hugs Glassman and tells him, "I love you. You are going to live."
Earlier in "Smile," things look so promising for Glassman. Shaun decides to reconnect with Glassman after the two avoided each other for much of the second half of the season, after Glassman told Shaun he did not want to be his friend. Surprisingly, Shaun realized that Debbi was flirting with Glassman every time he ordered something from the St. Bonaventure cafeteria and tried to set them up.
Shaun thought they were both Jewish, so they should have gotten along. But during their first coffee date, they had trouble finding something in common. In reality, Glassman is only half Jewish and Debbi is not Jewish at all.
As they are about to go their separate ways, they spot a vintage car in an accident outside. They start talking about the car, and realize that they do have something in common after all: a love of old cars. When they go on their date at the end of the episode, Glassman invites Debbi to a car show just before he feels a pain in his head.
Here is how fans reacted to the shocking news.
I called it. I knew Glassman was gonna get brain cancer and die in the season finale. It was an incredibly predictable move by the writers, who want to make shaun grow from the loss of his mentor.
Honestly, maybe I should be a TV writer. #thegooddoctor— CT Democrat 🍩 (@PrezHillary17) March 20, 2018
Because it's not enough that neighbor Kenny is a total jerk... 😠 now Dr. Glassman is DYING of brain CANCER?!? 😭😭😭 WHY would you do this to us @GoodDoctorABC ?! I can't handle losing Dr. Glassman!!! #TheGoodDoctor pic.twitter.com/vOL8zTnWaS— Abadin Rani (@AbbyRani) March 20, 2018
The best brain surgeon gets brain cancer... wow #TheGoodDoctor— jackie🌹💔 (@NoChillJackiee) March 20, 2018
What is going on with Dr. Glassman? I typed as I thought it was brain cancer then saw the future episode say it! Damn why though?! (I know Glassman, Richard S is on other shows that I watch or have watched, but don’t take him out like that)! Fix it #TheGoodDoctor— GoodpressShannon (@GoodPressShanno) March 20, 2018
I KNEW THEY WERE GONNA DO THIS TO DR GLASSMAN. AARGH YOU CANT GIVE HIM BRAIN CANCER #TheGoodDoctor— لول 🥀 (@LuluLemonLime83) March 20, 2018
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