Okay, yeah, well, all of that happened!
Totally surprised that Melendez actually does die and that it was creative decision, because, at best, it really felt more like Nicholas Gonzalez had wanted out and they had to scramble to give him an exit. But judging from all of the interviews and social media, that's totally not the case? I just can't wrap my head around that. While he wasn't my favorite character on the show, I thought he had one of the best arcs; starting out as an obstacle for Shaun, but end up being a tough, but fair and helpful mentor; and considering all of the plots that seemed to be set up going forward, his exit is just baffling. I certainly hope Gonzalez gets another gig soon, although sadly all of this stuff with the virus is probably going to put a pause on most everything in the television/entertainment industry. Either way, I'll miss him here.
That said, I do hope that this leads to Lim and Claire spending more time together, because I think there is a lot of potential to explore that relationship. Certainly helps that Antonia Thomas and Christina Chang are both excellent actresses.
Not surprised that Park's story ended tragically, but it was well-acted at least. But now he wants to be closer to his family? That whole thing definitely gave off a vibe of him not actually leaving for good, so I'm curious to see how they're going to make this work. But I certainly don't want Will Yun Lee to go anywhere (unless he finally is given an opportunity to lead his own show!)
Also not surprised that Reznick manages to not get in trouble for breaking rules, and even re-earns the respect of Andrews. But it sounds like she did damage her hands by helping the patient?
But let's get to the big one: against all odds, Shaun manages to save Vera/his patient and sure enough, his near death experience ends up making Lea realize that, hey, she totally does "love" Shaun, so now it's kissing time! Yep, lets just forget about all of the creepy, obsessive behavior from Shaun or that lovely time he almost smashed her car and belittled her! He was right all along! Good grief! Again, I wouldn't have minded the storyline if it ended with the show acknowledging that Shaun was in the wrong and needed to accept that Lea didn't owe him anything. Instead, it feels like he is being rewarded for his bad behavior, and actually manages to make me think less of him. If this type of writing continues to be in store for him, it will be interesting seeing how Freddie Highmore manages to keep rising above it like he somehow is able to, in my view.
Yeah, I'm going to guess Carly also is just gone or, at best, will be regulated to recurring going forward. They really just threw their hands and gave up on the character after she and Shaun were done. Maybe she find solace with all the other departed characters like Jared, Allegra, and Jessica (remember her?! Wouldn't blame y'all if you didn't!)
Not going to pretend that I won't be back, because I do enjoy these characters and, honestly, I even enjoyed the majority of this season. But I really think they made the wrong call by going all in on Shaun/Lea as a romantic couple. I wasn't wild about Shaun/Carly, but I felt like that relationship was a good way for Shaun to learn about being in a romantic relationship and learning to grow from it. But honestly, it feels like they just regressed him instead, and I feel like Shaun/Lea is going to be ridiculous going forward forever how long it lasts. I just hope this decision isn't the beginning of a tailspin.