Shaun, sacked in last week’s episode by Han, skips a job interview to go drinking in a bar, where he successfully goads another patron, Zack, into assaulting him. But just as Zack is winding up to give Shaun a thorough going-over he falls to the ground. Shaun takes Zack to the hospital, but without revealing how he happened to be there when Zack took ill. Which poses something of a problem when Shaun starts to cough up blood as a result of being beaten. He then realises that Zack has been misdiagnosed, but all he can manage to say is that Zack needs immediate treatment for something that sounds like “trampoline” before collapsing himself.
This, of course, is a bit of a pickle for everyone in the hospital: master diagnostician Shaun has come up with a master diagnosis, but no-one knows what it is. Then Claire has a great idea: what if she channels Shaun? She stands in the same position as Shaun was standing, tries to think in the same way… and, sure enough, works out what Shaun was saying. Zack is successfully treated. And, in turn, this provides Andrews with evidence that Shaun is an inspirational figure who needs to be rehired as a surgeon. Uh, no, says Han; I get to control my staff. Uh, no, says Andrews; they’re not your staff any more, dude, because I’m getting rid of you. This is what I expected to happen, but it’s a bit of a shame, I think: I’ve enjoyed having Daniel Dae Kim, and his unbelievably sharp cheekbones, around.
This being the final episode of the season, there are plenty of relationship developments. Glassman proposes marriage to Debbie, who is enough of an idiot to accept. More happily, Lim and Melendez are interviewed by hospital HR (?) in order for their workplace relationship to be endorsed. Having confirmed that they’ve had sex, and plan to again in the future, the interviewer mulls the situation. “Neither of you”, she observes, “are in a subservient position to the other”. “Well, sometimes…”, Lim offers brightly, reminding me, YET AGAIN, that adding Christina Chang to the permanent cast is someone’s best decision ever.
Lim and Melendez, approved as a couple, are then able to make out in public. And do, vigorously. However, Han’s dismissal means that the chief of surgery job has opened up again, and if one of them takes it they’ll need to split up. They both agree that if offered the job, they’d take it. One of them is offered it.
And Shaun gets dressed up, clutching flowers and chocolates, in order to ask someone out. But not Lea. (Or, as I thought for a second, Claire.) In fact, he’s not as immune to the perky charms of Carly as I thought he was; and, having dreaded for months the possibility of Shaun offering himself to Lea for certain rejection, I now find that I’m entirely on board with the possibility of Shaun and Carly. As, it seems, is she, because she agrees to go out with him.
Which means that we finish the season with Shaun back as a surgeon, a possible romance on the horizon, and barely a cliffhanger in sight. It’s a happy ending, but fair enough; the show has earned it. It’s been an excellent year, with a handful of episodes which can properly be described as outstanding.