This week’s episode is interesting (I’m going to sound really racist for this) not really for the civil rights aspect, but more for the lines that Hazama uses at the end of the episode. It’s reminding us that while Hazama is a talented doctor, his skill as a doctor comes not from his ability to mend, but for his ability to figure out a solution for the patient. That being said, it’s very possible that this idea will be undermined by the fact that another doctor has arrived in Chicago who potentially has the answer already…guess we’ll see.
From the preview, it looks like that doctor is not really a factor in Johnny’s case quite yet. It seems to suggest that Johnny is mentally blocking out pain as a defense mechanism…a side effect of PTSD. But that can’t be the whole story, right? This week’s episode clearly states the significance of this other doctor…does Hazama get it wrong? I think the episode would be more interesting if he did, but the likeliest course is that his answer will be incomplete.