6 thoughts on “Season 5 Recap: 5×10 Cheat Day

  1. Great analysis. So detailed. I love it.
    I liked “badass” Shaun standing up for himself. I actually don’t like Lea and Glassman talking and trying to solve Shaun’s problems behind his back and then telling him here is what we think you should do. They had good arguments but it was the way it was delivered it made me feel uneasy. He was not really included in the discussion. He didn’t really have any choice so good for him for making his own decision at the end (and for not apologizing to Salen.) The individual discussion they had with him should have been the discussion in the bedroom. Not a fan of Lea and Glassman’s association when it comes to dealing with Shaun. Really liked Park’s discussion with Shaun.
    Side note : I liked the way Glassman broached the subject of his Asd making him vulnerable, very tactful. Don’t like Lea calling Shaun Shaunie.

    • Thank you for the lovely comment!

      As for your concerns about Lea and Glassman talking, I think I know what you mean, and I could imagine that Shaun might feel a little uneasy, knowing that Lea and Glassman talk to each other about him behind his back. I could see how that might seem a little condescending, but I don’t think that was what was happening here. I saw it more as problem solving, trying to find a viable solution that they could run by Shaun. Which they did, and he gave his input on what he thought.

      Would it have been better if they’d done this initial brainstorming with Shaun present? Possibly. But Shaun referred to an argument he had with Glassman previously (which I presume was not the scene at the end of Yippee Ki-Yay we saw but something else off-screen), so I have a feeling Shaun was in not in the right headspace to be open for a constructive problem-solving discussion.

      But I understand what you mean, it felt a little bit like they were ganging up on Shaun to try and force him into submission. But as you pointed out, he said no to the apology, and it wasn’t like Lea or Glassman weren’t receptive to what he had to say. I didn’t really think it was that much of an issue, and let’s face it, Shaun can sometimes get a bit stroppy and stuck in his own ways. And then you need to knock down those walls a little more forcefully to get somewhere with him. I think that’s what was happening here, or at least that’s my take on it.

      As for the Shaunie nickname, I actually like it. I think it’s sweet and better than Lea calling him Babe or Sweetheart or one of those corny ones everyone uses. 🙂

  2. Well you know my favorite parts of the episode were those that gave us Dad!Dr. Glassman. And I’m hoping this was just the beginning and that family dynamics will play a larger part in the next episodes. Sooo many callbacks! And I’m glad you mentioned them all down to the repetition of outfits. I would like to think it’s at least somewhat intentional with all the nods to the past they gave us. It’s rare for a network show in its fifth season to actually pull something like this off so I’m pleasantly surprised. This was a great recap and really highlighted what was so great about this ep. I know some people said it tied the arc too quickly but to me it was mostly positive and felt like the show was back to its true form. Thanks for a great read as always!

    • Daddy!Glassman is the best Glassman. I hope we’ll see more of him. And I hope one day we’ll see an actual discussion between Shaun and Glassy about it, goddammit!

      I will need to put together something more substantial on the light blue shirt, because come on, that can’t be a coincidence. One more TGD project for the list.

      I didn’t take as much issue to them wrapping up the Salen story so quickly as I did to getting Shaun and Lea back together. They basically took three episodes to take Salen down. That was ample space and they outlined the steps along the way. Some may have said it felt anticlimactic after all these dramatic threats of her going on the warpath and publicly denouncing everyone, but it feels like they have something different planned for the second half of the fifth season and wanted to get Salen out of the way. Let’s see what that is, I’m curious now and I’ll be waiting with baited breath as the next few episodes unfold.

  3. Wow, talk about detailed! Including Shaun’s wardrobe. I hadn’t noticed any of that, except that he does indeed look good in blue – “with those eyes,” as the tailor fitting his tux said. He does have at least one other blazer: the lighter blue one he wore at the engagement party. Wardrobe people, keep dressing him in blue!

    Thanks for the explanation of Cheat Day. As a serial dieter, it’s something I should have seen right away! The lady who snacked on crickets takes a healthy bite of a piece of pizza.

    I was really impressed by Shaun’s growth and strength in this episode…he was a ROCK! He stood up to Andrews, Salen, Glassman, and finally Lea in the restaurant. He didn’t even flinch when Glassman told him his ASD would make it difficult to get another job as a surgical resident, but ultimately insisted that he knew exactly what he was doing and what the consequences were. He was choosing friendship and love.

    And oh, that restaurant scene with Lea! She tried to talk him out of joining the Magnificent Ones, but he responded with a quiet, beautiful, ode to friends and loved ones…he stands with them. I’m choking up just thinking of that scene.

    • The light blue shirt thing is so subtle, but I went back to past episodes after I posted the blog entry and it’s actually striking that he seems to wear that exact shirt in most of the episodes where something impactful happens. There is a pattern to it when you pay attention, and I’m now convinced that it’s very much on purpose. Super interesting when they play with these details that would go unnoticed by most people. And yes, blue definitely looks good on him!

      Shaun made us all proud this episode, and you’re right that it’s a testament to his growth. Compare him now to season 1 or 2, and he’s such a different person. More mature, more confident, more self-assured. I’m curious to see where the rest of the season will take him.

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