In the closing minutes of Monday’s episode Jared found himself fired after getting into a violent altercation with Dr. Coyle, the doctor who sexually harassed Claire earlier in the episode. He confronted Coyle on it and got physical with him, which in turn led to Coyle reporting him to human resources. It was Jared who took the fall after Claire seemingly corroborated Coyle’s story about the confrontation — she obviously didn’t know that Jared’s job was on the line and just wanted to report on what happened to her.
As to whether or not Jared has a future at the hospital moving forward it does seem to be so. Here is what executive producer David Shore said on the subject to Entertainment Weekly:
“Attorneys will be involved. I’m an ex-lawyer — that’s where I go on everything.”
Shore did not confirm as to if we would see the Coyle character again (this was the first episode for Eric Winter in the role), but his presence will be felt in one form or another.
There is a dark and very eerie sense of timing that came out of The Good Doctor tonight, namely in that this episode was in the writing process before the #MeToo movement even began and some of those stories started to come out. Regardless of the pop-culture relevancy of it this remains a story that is important to tell. Given the power dynamic at hospitals it is not altogether difficult to imagine these incidents of sexual harassment happening where doctors at the top of the food chain find a way to seize power and take advantage of the men and women working under them. This could be a story that lasts for the remainder of the season given that it could be so challenging for Claire to state her case.
No matter what the future of the series is, can we just celebrate getting a great first half of the season? The Good Doctor delivered on the hype and gave us smart, compelling, and emotional TV.