Surgeon Shaun Murphy () is deft with a scalpel, but how’s his diapering technique? That’s just one skill set Shaun, a medical prodigy on the autism spectrum, will have to master if he and his IT expert live-in girlfriend, Lea (), decide to continue the pregnancy revealed in the March 8 episode of .

“Every year we explore a new challenge, a new opportunity for Shaun,” says creator David Shore. “An unexpected pregnancy is both. It’s incredibly exciting, but are they ready for this? Is it the right time? We want both Shaun and Lea to explore that.”

Much of the episode is devoted to the couple weighing their options, including abortion. Far from keeping their situation a secret, the compulsively oversharing Shaun and more private

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