“The Good Doctor,” the medical drama series that has captured the hearts of viewers with its compelling stories and endearing characters, is no stranger to exploring intricate and emotional narratives.
One such storyline that tugged at the heartstrings of fans was the mystery surrounding the death of Dr. Aaron Glassman's daughter, Maddie.
In this article, we delve into the heartbreaking backstory of Maddie's untimely demise and its impact on the characters in the series.
What Happened to Maddie in ‘The Good Doctor'?
The ghost of Dr. Glassman's daughter, Maddie, who began experimenting with recreational drug use, haunts him. Frustrated over how to deal with his daughter's growing addiction, he would bargain with her and threaten to stop providing for her if she continued to use drugs.
Their relationship was strained since Dr. Glassman spent most of his time as president of San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.
When he caught Maddie high again one night, he kicked her out of the house, expecting she'd spend the night at Jessica Preston's (the hospital's in-house attorney who befriended the young girl) or her aunt's place, as her mother wasn't home that evening.
Instead, she died that evening, most likely from an overdose. Dr. Glassman is still haunted by her death.
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Aaron begins hallucinating his daughter. After the tumor is removed, he begins to see images of her, and the two argue over their relationship and what happened prior to her death. Maddie eventually tells her father that she loves him after they have a verbal spat. Aaron then collapses and falls asleep. Maddie is nowhere to be seen when he awakens.
Dr. Glassman's remorse over his daughter's death may explain why he takes on the hospital's patriarchal father figure so well. Dr. Glassman's wife suggested they take their daughter to rehab before she leaves, but Aaron argued he was perfectly capable of “fixing” her himself.
The manner in which he lost his daughter, as well as his previous “hands-off” approach to parenthood, could be the reason he's working so hard to make atonement for being a workaholic and losing his child to overdose-induced suicide.