Christina Chang of the great physician weighs in on Lim’s PTSD (“That is the start of the break”) and this ultimate scene
The winter premiere of the Good Doctor culminated in a brutal wake-up call for Dr. Audrey Lim.
ABC’s medical drama, which exists in a post-COVID world, examined the emotional aftermath of the pandemic through the eyes of St. Bonaventure’s chief of surgery, determined to bury her feelings and live her normal life. But it was clear when she attacked Jordan (who let her personal beliefs interfere in an abortion process) and Shaun (who refused to teach the interns after Asher’s fatal mistake) that she was not doing well.
After treating Ben (The Baker and David Del Rio of The Beauty), an Iraq war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, Lim took a joyride and crashed her motorcycle. Even though she walked off the rubble with barely a scratch, it was obvious that she could no longer ignore her own PTSD.
Below, Lim’s actress Christina Chang talks about Lim’s reluctance to seek help and the additional underlying trauma associated with the death of you-know-who, and provides a preview of how Lim’s crash will affect the further development of the Character will affect.
TVLINE | Why do you think Lim is so reluctant to admit to herself that she is not okay?
Part of Lim’s struggle is to be vulnerable, which I think is evident in this episode. She has a pretty big role [as chief of surgery]and she is responsible for many employees, so it is not okay for her to have any problems. The first part of this episode is that all she feels is, “Look, I’m tired, I’m overrun, but everyone is. I have a lot on my plate, but everyone does. Every hospital, every hospital director and head of surgery, everyone feels this. I’m not unique, I’m not special, I hold it together. “As you can see in the last scene, she just can’t … It’s all falling apart and this is the beginning of the break. It’s a high point of [her emotions]and it cracks.
TVLINE | Claire tried to intervene – she even revealed her own PTSD diagnosis and how Melendez helped her in her distress – but Lim shut her down. Why do you think this is?
Lim is fighting how to get this [help] and what to do with it. By the way, I really want to hear how anyone else had PTSD than this person [who helped her through it] was my love too? There are just so many different dynamics. I also have feelings for Melendez and my own struggles that I don’t want to share. It’s all there.
TVLINE | I’m glad you said that. When Claire mentioned Melendez by name, there was definitely a look in Lim’s eyes. I felt like she was sad, but she didn’t know how to feel about her ex talking to Claire. Was it a conscious decision to play this unspoken conflict on the scene?
Yes, 100 percent. I’m glad you picked that up. Antonia [Thomas] and I talked about it while we were rehearsing the scene. We both agreed that of course it is [Lim] would feel. It’s like, “Oh great, tell me more about your pain” and at the same time, “I feel you sister” because I feel that too [pain].
TVLINE | Do you think Lim ever fully saw the parallels between Ben and their struggles?
I think it would be too hot for her to stand there and say, “Wait a minute, I have PTSD too.” This guy went to war and saw death in a very different way – in a very violent way. When Lim looks at this, I don’t think she’s making the connection. She thinks, “I’m a doctor. I should see illness, I should see death and I should see how people are getting better. That’s all part of the job description, so that’s not the problem. Something is going on here and something is not quite right, but I’m sure not like this guy. “
TVLINE | What thoughts go through Lim’s mind immediately after the crash?
There is the first shock that it happened because it never crashed [her motorcycle before]. I don’t even think that she physically feels anything when she gets up off the floor. That was an amazing stunt, by the way. The stuntman stood up straight away and limped slightly, so I decided to limp Lim too. She looks like a superhero who jumps up afterwards.
TVLINE | But where do you think she is emotional?
She feels like, “OK, there is clearly a problem here.” The sound you hear is what she finally hears: it’s the flatline, then she starts hearing all these voices. All of these things are getting louder and louder in her head. It’s clearly a signal of what bothered them. It is an awakening for Lim.
TVLINE | It’s all at once and she can no longer ignore it.
Correct. There were some noises she’d heard before, like the scene in her office where she tried to drown them out with music. She tries to drown out that beep, but she still doesn’t understand what it is. It’s bothersome and nibbles on her, but it’s not clear. In the end, I don’t think it’s a specific thought that she has. It is more of a general awareness that this is related to the experience I had that year.
TVLINE | Are we recording shortly after the crash in episode 7?
We are not. Actually we hardly see Lim, but we do in the following one. The physical injury is mentioned by Claire, but Lim wipes it off. It’s about the emotional hurt in subsequent episodes.
TVLINE | Is she pushing Claire further away? Are you trying to deal with your trauma yourself?
Yeah and that’s all I can say
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