‘Good Doctor’ Meets ‘Good Lawyer,’ A Legal ‘Leap,’ Near-Death Crisis on ‘9-1-1,’ David Strathairn’s ‘Great Performance’

ABC’s The Good Doctor presents a “backdoor pilot” when autistic Dr. Shaun Murphy is represented in a malpractice trial by a Good Lawyer (Kennedy McMann) whose brilliance is clouded by her OCD. Quantum Leap also goes into court when Ben jumps into an overwhelmed public defender. 9-1-1 firefighter Buck imagines a different life for himself while hovering near death. Great Performances offers David Strathairn’s acclaimed one-man show about WWII Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski.

Kennedy McMann in 'The Good Doctor'
ABC/Jeff Weddell

The Good Doctor

Autistic doctor Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) finds a kindred spirit in Jodi DeGroot (Nancy Drew’s Kennedy McMann), a gifted lawyer who is sidelined from meeting with clients at her firm because of her obsessive-compulsive disorder. In an episode intended as a backdoor pilot for a projected The Good Lawyer series, Shaun insists to Jodi’s boss, Janet Stewart (Desperate Housewives alum Felicity Huffman, making her ABC comeback after the school admissions scandal), that Jodi represent him at a malpractice trial, which would be her first time in court. Bolstered by Shaun’s confidence, Jodi learns to step up, even if a squeaky chair threatens to throw her off her game. “I’m not wanted in a lot of places,” she tells Janet. “If I let that stop me, I wouldn’t be anywhere.” Time will tell if Jodi finds a spot on ABC’s schedule next season.

Quantum Leap - Raymond Lee
Serguei Bachlakov/NBC

Quantum Leap

Also taking a detour into the courtroom, the sci-fi time-travel series plops Ben (Raymond Lee) into the body of an overwhelmed public defender, who’s struggling to keep an innocent teen from getting a life sentence in a murder charge. Because of the stakes, QL security head Jenn (Nanrisa Lee) takes over as Ben’s hologram helper, lending her legal acumen.

Oliver Stark as Buck in 9-1-1
Mathieu Young/ FOX


Last week, a lightning strike struck down firefighter Buck (Oliver Stark), who’s now in limbo between life and death. Prompt the It’s a Wonderful Life cues, as Buck imagines an existence where he didn’t spend his life trying to save others. Will a first responder get their wings before Buck snaps out of it?

David Strathairn - 'Remember This'

Great Performances

The renowned character actor David Strathairn reprises his acclaimed solo stage performance in a Great Performances adaptation of Remember This, a Clark Young and Derek Goldman’s play about WWII Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski. Strathairn portrays Karski and scores of other characters in this account of how Karski carried the first eyewitness reports of Holocaust atrocities to the Western world, all the way to the Oval Office. The film, shot in black and white, was produced on a Brooklyn soundstage at the height of the pandemic in July 2020, completed last year for a brief theatrical run.


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