In the episode, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) seeks legal representation to help him win a case and puts his faith in a promising, young lawyer who has obsessive compulsive disorder. The episode is written by Good Doctor co-showrunners David Shore and Liz Friedman, and directed by Ruben Fleischer.
McMann, who will be transitioning from her role as investigative teen sleuth Nancy Drew, plays Joni DeGroot, the brilliant, funny and self-aware lawyer who is relatively new to her prestigious law firm when she takes Shaun’s case. Living with OCD, Joni has never wanted to be treated differently. While her symptoms take a toll on her personal and professional life, her attention to detail allows her to see cases through a different lens.
Huffman will portray Janet Stewart, a highly regarded attorney and partner at the law firm with a fierce intellect and dry wit. A seasoned veteran, Janet has represented Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) in several legal matters over the years, so he turns to her to represent his beloved prot?g?. But when Shaun declares that he wants Joni to represent him, Janet is forced to let Joni take lead on the case.
“Not really,” he said when asked about whether he’s envisioned reaching the rare TV accomplishment. “It just feels like a complete rarity to get to 100 and we’ll be finishing up with this season. And then, I guess we will see.”