‘The Good Doctor’: Did Dr. Melendez Really Love Claire?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Nicholas Gonzalez and Antonia Thomas

The
Good Doctor
Season 3, Episode 20 (titled “I Love You,”) ended with the
loss of life of Dr. Neil Melendez. Before Melendez dies from septic shock, he says his
goodbyes to the staff. His goodbye to Claire was a bit extra intense. Claire stated
she liked Melendez, and he stated the identical. Did Melendez actually imply what he
stated? Here’s Showbiz Cheat Sheet’s tackle his remaining hours.

What Dr. Melendez stated to Dr. Lim

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Dr. Melendez and Dr. Lim (previously referred to as LimLendez), stated their remaining phrases to one another. They shared regrets about their failed relationship. “I could have spent a lifetime drinking whiskey with you,” stated Melendez to Lim. “What did we do?” stated Lim. It’s apparent Lim and Melendez cared deeply for one another. It additionally looks like they remorse breaking apart. Melendez ended the dialog by saying he didn’t blame her for something.

Lim had a troublesome time letting go of her former flame. She
even consulted with Dr. Glassman to see if they might strive one other surgical procedure. However,
Glassman stated the surgical procedure she steered would doubtless go away Melendez needing to be
tube fed. He would even be a diabetic with an ostomy bag, ready for a liver transplant.
He advised her to cease being a physician and begin being a friend.

Dr. Melendez’s emotions for Claire

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Claire and Melendez by no means actually had an easy dialog
about their emotions earlier than his accident. They referred to one another as
associates, however their interactions didn’t transcend that. It appears Melendez was
beginning to develop an attraction towards Claire, however it didn’t seem to be a lot
greater than that.

One factor some viewers most likely seen is Melendez and Lea appeared
to be having a second throughout episode 19. It’s attainable Melendez was merely a
serial office dater. If the earthquake by no means occurred, we surprise if he would
have tried to this point Lea.

What did Dr. Melendez actually imply when he stated he liked Claire?

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Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Brown and Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez | Jack Rowand/ABC by way of Getty Images

At one level throughout episode 20, it appeared like Claire was
about to admit her love for Dr. Melendez. However, he stopped her earlier than she
might communicate and stated, ‘Don’t.’ It attainable he knew what she was going to say,
be he didn’t really feel the identical, so he steered she cease talking. He didn’t appear
keen to listen to what she needed to reveal. Although Melendez stated Claire ought to go
and save lives, it seems as if he was simply searching for an excuse to alter
the subject in order that Claire wouldn’t embarrass herself.

When Claire lastly stated, ‘I love you,’ Melendez stated the
similar in return. However, we surprise if he solely stated he liked her as a result of he was
on his loss of life mattress and it could be awkward to say he wasn’t feeling the identical means.
Perhaps Melendez did love Claire, however not in a romantic means.

Read extra: ‘The
Good Doctor’: Fans Have Mixed Reactions About Melendez and Lim’s Big Decision

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