SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details from tonight’s season finale of ABC’s The Good Doctor.
In tonight's Season 3 finale of The Good Doctor, the staff at St. Bonaventure Hospital continued sifting through the ruins of the massive earthquake that rocked San Jose—and as promised, not everyone on the ABC series made it out alive.
Several characters’ lives hung in the balance during the two-part finale, which began airing last week with Episode 19, “Hurt.” In the end, it was Dr. Neil Melendez Nicholas Gonzalez who didn’t make it, in a tragic twist of fate. In the penultimate episode, Melendez was knocked down by rubble, with what appeared to be only minor injuries. Continuing to aid the injured for as long as he could, Melendez ultimately ended up in a bed at St. Bonaventure, succumbing to a rapidly advancing case of ischemic bowel.
While the attending surgeon was tonight's only casualty among the principal cast, the events of Episode 20, “I Love You,” forecast a number of major changes to come in Season 4. Bonding with a dying young man in the finale, Dr. Alex Park Will Yun Lee indicated at episode's end that he'll be moving away next season, to be closer with his family.
Then, there's Dr. Morgan Reznick Fiona Gubelmann, a surgeon who grappled with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis for much of Season 3, hiding the news from her superiors. Enduring a dramatic surgery late in the season in hopes of saving her hands—and her career—Reznick performs surgery while still healing in the finale, sacrificing her ability to work in that space, in order to save a life at a time when no one else is available to help.
Finally, there's Dr. Shaun Murphy Freddie Highmore, the young surgeon with Savant syndrome, who saves the life of a woman impaled by steel rebar, while reeling from the rejection of his longtime love interest Lea Paige Spara. Coming to grips with Lea's decision while dealing with a life-or-death crisis, Shaun is surprised to find Lea waiting for him once he emerges from the depths of a destroyed brewery, kissing him passionately and telling him, “You make me more.”
So, what will the events of tonight's finale mean for the next season of The Good Doctor? In an interview with Deadline, series creator/executive producer David Shore broke down the emotional finale, explained why Melendez had to die and teased what's to come in Season 4 and the fates of Park and Reznick. A showrunner with a long history in medical television who also created Fox’s House, Shore also touched on the still-unfolding coronavirus epidemic, discussing the impact it would have on the direction of the next season, and on the future of television at large.
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For the first time, attorney Tom Ajamie opens up about his pro bono investigation into questionable practices at amfAR that led to the disgraced movie mogul's demise.
In January 2017, Tom Ajamie sat in a luxury hotel suite at Main & Sky in Park City when Harvey Weinstein came bounding in for an awkward face-to-face meeting. The Houston-based financial fraud attorney had been hired by the amfAR board to investigate a suspect transaction involving Weinstein. Ajamie had recently submitted his eight-page confidential report, the details of which Weinstein appeared to know well. But as the two-hour meeting kicked off, the Oscar-winning producer was focused on a different subject entirely.
'He began screaming at me, 'You're telling everyone I rape women. You're causing problems for me. I have a very good reputation. And you're the source of all these rumors',' Ajamie recalls. 'Harvey was manic. One minute he'd be yelling, and then he would calm down. He was all over the place. Yelling, screaming, cajoling, begging, trying to explain, often talking in circles, confused, not confused, justifying his actions — 'I slept with dozens and dozens of women, and you know they all won Academy Awards'.'
Fast-forward three years, and Weinstein is now a convicted rapist and has been bouncing around New York correctional facilities amid health issues. Although Ajamie's amfAR investigation never received the same level of attention as Weinstein's sexual predation, it remains the key event that led to his downfall. After all, it was during the eight-month inquiry, which Ajamie's firm did pro bono, that he learned of Weinstein's open secret.
'Everyone I interviewed started off by saying things like, 'You know he's a sexual predator, right?' as opposed to jumping right to this issue of financial transactions,” Ajamie says. 'As a lawyer who's done dozens of these investigations, it was very odd.'
At Main & Sky, he faced off with Weinstein — Ajamie, the Hollywood outsider, was unimpressed with the mogul's name-dropping. Weinstein was in Sundance with Jay-Z for the premiere of their TV series Time: The Kalief Browder Story, and days earlier, it was reported that Malia Obama would intern for him. Attorney Lisa Bloom, who arranged the meeting, was the only other person present.
Near the end of the meeting, Weinstein leaned close to Ajamie and told him to sign an NDA. “He said, 'David Boies wants you to sign this nondisclosure. You have to keep everything you learned about me secret,' ” recalls Ajamie.
He refused. Soon after, he was contacted by New York Times writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. 'I told them what I was able to tell them,' he says. The rest is history.
On a cold February day in Manhattan, the maitre d' at Fleming greets Ajamie by name. The 59-year-old lawyer splits his...