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When will 'The Good Doctor' Season 4 Episode 8 air? Lim tackles her PTSD, but Shaun and Lea might get engaged

There's a bit of both in the next episode of the ABC medical drama as emotions run raw with Audrey Lim confronting her mental health and Shaun scores another relationship milestone.
Christina Chang as Audrey Lim (ABC)
Christina Chang as Audrey Lim (ABC)

The aftermath of Dr Audrey Lim's (Christina Chang) motorcycle crash was an epiphanic eye-opener for both the character and viewers alike. The chief of surgery of The Good Doctor's fictional St Bonaventure hospital finally breaks down in the wake of the pandemic and the torment of being on the frontline in a post-Covid-19 world. Lim's stoicism and denial work hard at keeping her away from confronting her own alluded PTSD, and it is only in another patient's words does she find a striking resemblance of her own ordeal. Although, what Lim does with this daunting realization was something highly anticipated, yet completely ignored in the latest Episode 7. Episode 8 will tackle more on that front. Read on to find out when 'The Good Doctor' airs next.

According to TV listings and schedule, the upcoming Episode 8 of Season 4 titled 'Parenting' will air in just a week's time on Monday, January 25, at its usual 10 pm time slot on ABC. The official synopsis of the episode reveals who the center of all the focus will be and, needless to say, our curiosity has been piqued. ABC teases via the synopsis that "The team treats a teenage gymnast who experiences complications from her intensive training. Meanwhile, Shaun meets Lea's parents for the first time."

We're glad Shaun (Freddie Highmore) and Lea (Paige Spara) are able to unlock one milestone after the other in their new but familiar relationship. He surely has come a long way from calling Lea's voice annoying to now meeting the parents. It's a serious matter, can we expect an engagement after all? It would make perfect sense. A lot of viewers aren't exactly fond of the relationship owing to what they claim is a lack of chemistry between the characters. But given how headstrong the show is being about making them endgame, an engagement wouldn't be the most shocking development of their arcs this season.

It is however Lim's confrontation of her mental health that keeps us on the edge of our seats. With Chang teasing to TV Line that "We barely see Lim," in Episode 7, a lot of bubbles might have burst but worry not. The actress has also shared that "[...] but we do (se Lim) in the one after that. The physical injury is mentioned by Claire (Antonia Thomas), but Lim brushes it off. It’s all about the emotional injury in subsequent episodes." The actress also adds how Lim will continue to push Claire away as she too is healing from the loss of Nick Melendez, so it will be interesting to see who she clings on to for help and progress.

'The Good Doctor' Season 4 airs on Mondays at 10 pm on ABC.