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September 27, 2019

The Good Doctor' Season 3 Premiere: Shaun Murphy Said His Date with Carly Was a 'Disaster'

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Shaun Murphy's date didn't go as planned — and that in itself was a reason to give up on romance for "The Good Doctor." Meanwhile, fans responded with mixed reactions to the intense premiere. 

Season three of "The Good Doctor" sent fans on an emotional rollercoaster when their favorite doctor went on his first date with pathologist Carly Lever. Dr. Shaun Murphy was by far the most affected though. 

Murphy's first date had many close calls

After the date, he told Melendez, Clair, Morgan, and Park that it was a "disaster" for one simple reason. Really, he could have chosen from many of the things that nearly went wrong that night.

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When Murphy and Lever sat down to have their dinner, they encountered several close calls. In the first instance, Murphy kept his cool when he got pickles on his plate after requesting there not be any. 

However, he did have to show off great reflexes when he caught a wine bottle that almost fell over after he jumped out of his chair. His communication skills were a bit trickier to work around. 

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But he handled every one of them like a boss

As Lever talked about her disharmonious relationship with her father, Murphy interrupted her to make a joke. Luckily, Lever ignored the rudeness and actually laughed at the jest. 

As the pair were leaving, Murphy again was klutzy when he knocked over another patron, sending her to the floor with a dislocated shoulder. He was able to pop the limb back in and even garnered praise. 

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Murphy ended the night by walking Lever home. He earned a goodnight kiss at the end of it. Considering that every disaster seemed to be thwarted, why did Murphy describe his night as such? 

He didn't see it as a successful night at all

He told his colleagues: 

"Everything was always out of control. Anything could happen at any time. Anything did. There was too much to remember to do. Too much to remember not to do and none of it made sense."

Murphy was exhausted but went on to treat a cancer patient. At work, Glassman returned to being hospital president. He fired Andrews from the position and put him as surgical attending. 

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Lim used her new title as chief of surgery to reveal that third-year residents would be allowed to lead routine procedures. Amid all that, Dr. Claire Brown advised Murphy that the dating world is always uncontrollable.

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In the end, it's about finding the right person, Brown said. "It's not worth it," Murphy declared. After work, he came this close to asking Lever out on another date — but he didn't. 

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Fan reactions ranged from tears to psychological analyses

When the episode finished, fans took to Twitter to let out all the pent up emotions they had just gone through. Like Murphy's colleagues, most people felt that the date wasn't that bad. 

Austin Dafoe had high hopes. He said: 

"It only was [a disaster] if it made him nervous. Maybe when he thinks about it for a while, he'll try again, because the date was good and she was lovely." 

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Another user took Murphy's autism into account saying,"...not in his control as he said ... believe as austistic, he likes order in a controlled manner ... seems Carly didn't [sic] mind ... sadden that he left ..."

Several other users made their own psychological analysis. One person suggested that Murphy is "not that into" Lever while another said the doctor is "subconsciously afraid of relationships" because of Leah. 

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Some people were affected psychologically themselves. Jessica Mets wrote:

"@GoodDoctorABC I don’t think there’s been an episode of this show that hasn’t made me cry. I love it! #TheGoodDoctor."

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The actor also talked about his character's dramatic season debut

Freddie Highmore, the actor behind Murphy, gave his own take on the first episode of the season. He said the experience for Murphy was a "universal" one, and his character's autism was just another factor. 

According to Highmore, Murphy's nerves is something that everyone goes through. The actor believes that Murphy will be able to handle things a bit better in the future. 

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Really, he said, the first date was a small victory, and the season is prepped to show a few of these as Murphy slowly makes his way through the dating world. 

Upcoming episodes of "The Good Doctor" will air on Mondays at 10 p.m ET on ABC. Who else is holding out hope that the pair will go on a second date? 

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