‘The Good Doctor’ Treats ‘House’ Fans To Ironic Plot Line

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Fans of medical dramas may have noticed a familiar face during this week’s episode of The Good Doctor.

Robert Sean Leonard who played the role of Dr. Wilson in House made a guest appearance during this week’s episode. Leonard, however, did not play the role of a guest doctor at the hospital. Instead, he played the role of a patient who ended up at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital in an emergent situation.

The House alum played the role of an ambitious fisherman who didn’t want to part with the large fish that was jammed into his leg.

Robert Sean Leonard’s character in The Good Doctor ended up with a ironic diagnosis.

There was a bit of a hidden gem in this week’s episode of The Good Doctor that only fans of House were likely to have picked up on. Beyond the fact that Robert Sean Leonard offered a bit of nostalgia, his character’s diagnosis was ironic.

Things became a bit hectic for the enthusiastic fisherman when the fish came out of his leg and he started to gush blood. Fortunately, Claire (played by Antonia Thomas) sprung into action. She jumped on the patient and plugged the hole to stop the bleeding.


Later, the series serves up an ironic dish when they revealed Leonard’s character had cancer. House fans would have found this diagnosis ironic because Robert Sean Leonard’s character Dr. Wilson was an expert in cancer. Ultimately, it appears as if the incident with the fish is what saved the fisherman’s life. The fish allowed the doctors to discover the cancer. His character, however, did lose his leg by the time the episode came to a close.

The Good Doctor isn’t the only ABC series to treat fans to nostalgia.

According to Distractify, the network has made an entire week out of treating viewers to blasts from the past. Featuring the alum from House during an episode of The Good Doctor was just a taste of the nostalgia.

On Monday, Dancing With The Stars brought back Season 17 contestant Leah Remini as a guest judge. On Tuesday, The Conners, Bless This Mess, and Black-Ish all treated viewers to a blast from the past.

Tonight, Goldbergs fans can enjoy a Cheers reunion with Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, and George Wendt. In Single Parents, Leighton Meester’s husband and Life Partners co-star Adam Brody enters as her former flame.

On Thursday night, two-thirds of the Charmed sisters will make their way to Grey’s Anatomy. There will also be a small reunion during A Million Little Things between Romany Malco (Rome) and his Think Like a Man co-star Jerry Ferrara.


On Friday, American Housewife treats ABC fans to a Drew Carey Show reunion complete with Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, and Kathy Kinney. Fresh Off The Boat also brings up some memories with a Crazy Rich Asians reunion.

On Sunday, the network rounds out the nostalgic week with a mini Castle reunion during an episode of The Rookie.

Did you catch this week’s episode of The Good Doctor? Did you notice the nostalgia-filled line-up on ABC this week? Sound off in the comments down below.

Allie Johnson

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