Why ABC’s 'The Good Doctor' Is THE Medical Series To Watch Right Now

Why ABC’s 'The Good Doctor' Is THE Medical Series To Watch Right Now

Following the journey of a surgical resident through the eyes of Shaun Murphy.

If you’re like me, you have watched (and re-watched) every single episode of "House" and its ending (no spoilers ahead) left you wanting another show like it. Well, ABC has finally answered our wishes and released a hard-hitting medical series.

The story follows the journey of Dr. Shaun Murphy who is a new surgical resident at St. Bonaventure Hospital. Sounds like another prosaic medical series right? Well...IT IS NOT. Although the plot is similar to many other series, the tagline highlights Dr. Murphy’s struggle to fit in with the “normal” staff at St. Bonaventure as he is diagnosed with autism and savant syndrome. His diagnosis leads many of the prestigious board members of the hospital to believe that his condition will put him at a deficit, due to his inability to interact appropriately with patients. However, this so-called “deficit” lends Dr. Murphy a sixth sense which many of his superiors failed to have acquired despite their experience.

With his unique perspective, he single-handedly and cunningly goes above and beyond normal guidelines and is not afraid to propose ideas that seem preposterous to his seniors. Despite the fact that his ideas get ridiculed, in the end, they yield promising results for his patients. The character’s resilience is echoed within the support and advocacy he receives from the president of the hospital, Dr. Glassman, who pushes his board to give people like Shaun a chance so that “[They can] give hope to those people with limitations that those limitations aren’t what they think they are.” That statement wowed me and won me over. Dr. Glassman’s insistence to stand up for Shaun makes this show AMAZING. It shows a unique and positive perspective on what our society views as “limiting.” It destroys the normative stereotype of autism as something which is anything but limiting.

Aside from the medical references, the show goes on to portray doctors for what they really are, humans. Dr. Murphy hesitates to send some of his patients home because he doesn't have a clear-cut answer when asked: “Am I OK?” Murphy lingers with that question because he isn't sure. His honesty makes him question himself in the regard that the patient has been treated for the symptoms that they initially presented with, but are they really OK? His hesitance highlights the truth behind what many people fail to acknowledge: it is OK for a doctor to not know the answer to everything. That, dear readers, is the truth. It is impossible for a doctor to have immediate answers for every situation that a patient presents with.

Straying further away from a typical medical series, ABC’s “The Good Doctor” also paints Shaun’s childhood. That picture is something that I highly appraise ABC for. I keep on insisting that on the journey to med school almost every single doctor I have known forgets why they are in it in the first place; they get so lost in their books that they forget themselves. But, Dr. Murphy does not. In fact, he keeps an orange, toy scalpel (presented to him by his younger brother) with him at all times to remind himself where he started from and how hard he had to work to get here. Most of what Dr. Murphy knows about life is taught to him by his younger brother; basic interactions and social skills, as well as life lessons that he continuously reminisces about to give himself encouragement. Aside from his commitment as a doctor, Shaun’s backstory also helps him stay anchored to his mission statement: he wants to help save people.

I cannot wait for the next episode. And if you cant either, “The Good Doctor” airs on ABC every Monday night at 10 p.m.

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Playboy: America's Favorite Magazine, China's Favorite... Clothing Brand?!?!

What are they doing wearing THAT?!??!!!

We just kept seeing it.

Not necessarily in abundance or anything like that, but still…

We did see it often enough for it to pique our curiosity. It was definitely around – there was no denying that. From shirts to socks to other random items of clothing, its presence did not go unnoticed by us.

When I noticed it on the sock of the guy sitting next to me during lunch, I secretly took a picture of it using my iPhone and showed it to my roommate. Is that what I think it is? Hell, we even noticed it on the front of our tour guide’s collared shirt as she was showing us around a hydrology laboratory. Geez, it’s present in lab settings, too? What was going on here?

By now, I'm sure you're wondering what "it" is, right? Well, you don’t have to wonder any further; I'll tell you. The "it" that I am specifically referring to is none other than the simple, easily recognizable, and famous Playboy bunny logo. Yep, you read that right.

Staying true to its image of a cute, little bunny rabbit, the Playboy logo seemingly followed us around, quietly hopping from one random piece of clothing to another. It would appear, then disappear, then reappear out of nowhere, just like a rabbit going in and out of its hole in the ground. However, as fitting as this all may sound from a metaphorical standpoint, the semi-frequent sightings of the bunny logo were weird and out of place to us Americans.

“Is this really a thing over here or what,” we were asking ourselves. “Hmm…”

By “we,” I am referring to the small group of American college students from Western Michigan University I was part of that was studying abroad in China at the time. This was during the first summer semester of 2017. We were over there for two weeks, spending time in both Beijing, the country’s capital, and Lanzhou, a city not as globally known as the capital. For all of us students, it was our first time visiting China.

It was a memorable, stimulating overseas trip filled with new experiences. From the learning to the tourism to the food to meeting new people, the trip was very well-balanced. Still, none of us expected something such as the Playboy logo to pop up from time to time. I guess you just never know what you’ll see when you travel abroad.

In the United States of America, the famous Playboy bunny is synonymous with adult entertainment and eroticism. Fancy mansions, pool parties, girlie magazines, and promiscuity are what we think of when we see it. Take the picture below, for example; it features scantily clad models in bunny outfits who fit Western culture’s standard of beauty. The image is a spot-on representation of what can typically enter the mind of an American consumer when thinking about Playboy.

Such is not the case in China, however. As we would find out toward the end of our trip, Playboy is merely another everyday clothing brand, albeit a popular one. There is nothing raunchy or sexually suggestive about it at all. Who knew? Talk about getting some much-needed closure.

The picture below is a spot-on representation of what Playboy means to the Chinese consumer. Quite different from that first depiction, don’t you think?

So, there you have it. That’s the explanation. Knowledge is power. Cool beans.

Oh, wait. There’s just one more thing I have to add: Shout out to Hugh Hefner!

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Comedian Aziz Ansari's Sexual Misconduct Showed Me That 'Time's Up' For Ignorance

My reaction to Aziz Ansari's sexual misconduct allegation

OK, so I think by now we’re all aware of the trend in today’s Hollywood. More and more sexual misconduct allegations are coming to light, and more and more of my beloved Hollywood idols are slowly revealing themselves to be the opposite of who I’d envisioned them to be. Take the latest wrongdoer. You may know him as the creator of Netflix staple, "Master of None" (easily one of my favorite shows on the streaming service) — the funny, incredibly likable Aziz Ansari. Who would’ve thought that he’d be the next star to be shamelessly exposed? When I first heard the news, I glared at my cracked phone screen in confusion, then leaped to my laptop for further sleuthing. It appeared the situation had a narrative like so...

Girl named Grace meets Ansari at an LA party.

Grace is starstruck by Ansari, and luckily for her, he likes her, too.

Grace gets his number, and the two chat it up in New York,

Grace agrees to go on a date with him and gets ready for what she thinks will be a beautiful night.

Now THIS is when it all starts going downhill.

Ansari rushes through a date at an upscale restaurant and quickly gets ready for desert.

Grace returns to his house and reluctantly accepts Ansari’s sexual advances.

Ansari asks for more, and Grace is clearly not willing.

But Grace does some of it anyways and leaves Ansari’s residence in tears

Grace is then too afraid to tell her story, until she sees Ansari again.

But this time, he's on TV at the Emmy Awards, proudly boasting a “Time’s up” pin as he braves the stage.

And there you have it, but of course, that's not the end of the story. As many of the convicted do, Ansari released a statement in which he said he was "surprised and concerned" that Grace was not comfortable, referencing the text he received saying so the morning after their encounter. After “taking the time to process” her words, Ansari responded that he really "took her words to heart" and responded "privately."

This situation just goes to show that even those who wear the ‘Time’s Up’ pin and vocally support female victims of sexual harassment and assault still do not understand what sexual misconduct is. They may see themselves as completely different from the Harvey Weinsteins of the world, but it is equally just as bad to support a cause that one simultaneously perpetuates. I’m sure there are hundreds of Ansaris in Hollywood, nice guys who make a wrong move without knowing, but it’s 2018; people have to learn the difference between yes and no. The time’s up on excusing this type of ignorance.

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