ABC's ‘The Good Doctor’ Continues To Break Barriers

ABC's ‘The Good Doctor’ Continues To Break Barriers

The show recently earned Freddie Highmore his first Golden Globe Award nomination.

I seriously don't know how to survive Mondays anymore now that ABC's "The Good Doctor" has finally concluded with its midseason finale. But all is well because the show did leave Freddie Highmore, who plays Shaun Murphy, with his first Golden Globe Award nomination. The actor has been passed on many times- might I add unjustly- for many major awards despite his stellar performance as Norman Bates on A&E's "Bates Motel." ABC has finally granted Highmore much-deserved recognition for his acting.

The day "The Good Doctor" premiered its pilot episode I was left in awe by the sophistically painted character, Shaun Murphy, a character who continues to break boundaries and typical stereotypes associated with autism. The show went even farther by including an autistic patient, played by the autistic actor, Coby Bird, in the episode "22 Steps." That was inspiring and a real life break in the glass ceiling for autism-related stereotypes. The show has thus far shown us a spectrum of emotions from our beloved character ranging from love, fear, anxiety, and pure relief.

In the end, it spins off with an unlikely ordeal: the mental breakdown of Dr. Murphy after an encounter with Dr. Glassman. I know a lot of my friends were really annoyed at that portrayal of Shaun, but I personally think that the breakpoint was definitely very important for Shaun's journey further in the series. The point is that regardless of Shaun's autism, Dr. Murphy and many doctors around the globe can and do have breakdowns. Whether that makes them or breaks them depends entirely on the circumstances. That just goes to show that doctors too are merely human. Highmore's portrayal of that catharsis was on point. Shaun had all of these social encounters and tried to place himself in the shoes of other people by trying to interpret social clues. His emotions, in the end, were a portrayal of that. Glassman has been suggesting that he needs help, and he just wants to be heard.

Furthermore, due to the tensions in production business with regards to many brewing sexual harassment allegations and the "Me Too" movement, ABC did not fail to address that such issues can arise in any sort of professional field. This was the case with Dr. Claire Brown being harassed by a senior doctor. She was afraid to speak up like many people are, and in doing so, she revealed to Jared her concern of being fired due to the allegation. Jared was then fired because he physically assaulted his senior, in his attempt to stand up for Claire.

I can't wait to see how ABC will pull these ends together on January 8th, when the series will return on air.

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23 Things That All 'One Tree Hill' Fans Can Agree On

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We all have that one show that means absolutely everything to us. A show that has made you laugh and cry and feel things you didn't even realize a TV show could make you feel. For me and countless others, this show is "One Tree Hill."

For those of us who have seen all 187 episodes numerous times and consider the characters family by now, there are just certain things we can agree on, and here are 23 of them.

1. There has never ever been anyone or anything sexier than Nathan Scott at the Boy Toy auction.

2. There has really never ever been anyone or anything sexier than Nathan Scott on any given day.

3. Peyton Sawyer had perfected the ugly cry long before Kim K was doing it.

4. Haley really should've saved us all the drama and just invited Nathan to tour with her.

5. Peyton was seriously asking for some psycho stalker drama by having a live 24/7 webcam feed.

6. The Sunkist obsession of season 3 got a little too real...

7. You still have nightmares about the school shooting episode.

8. Fall Out Boy, Kid Cudi, Sheryl Crow, and Gavin Degraw probably wouldn't have been playing shows in Tree Hill, North Carolina...but you loved it anyway.

9. You will always feel incomplete for not knowing what Lucas wrote in that letter to Brooke and Peyton.

10. You now suffer from unrealistically high expectations of love. (Thanks a lot, Naley.)

11. It was a little disheartening that all the characters were rich and famous by the age of 22 and you were still in bed watching the show.

12. Lindsey might've been the most unlikeable person ever, and she and Lucas should've never been a thing.

13. You honestly can't even blame Nanny Carrie for trying to kidnap this little thing.

14. You cried like a baby at Quentin's funeral.

15. Julian's high fives were the greatest things ever.

16. You've never been as proud of or inspired by someone as you are of Brooke Davis.

17. You HATED when they had someone different sing the theme song in every episode during season 8.

18. Every time Quinn ate a toaster pastry, you wanted to eat a toaster pastry.

19. You're severely disappointed that you can't actually watch 'Seven Dreams 'Til Tuesday.'

20. There is absolutely no justifiable reason for Peyton missing Brooke's wedding.

21. The real-life removal of the river court should be punished by law.

22. You wish you could personally thank every "OTH" writer, because DAMN did they know how to give you the feels.

23. You know if there really was a Tree Hill, there would only be one...and it would be your home.

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.

Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.

Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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