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The Responder Viewers Can't Stop Talking About That 'Awkward' Therapy Scene

Kimberley Bond

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The Responder Viewers Can't Stop Talking About That 'Awkward' Therapy Scene

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If you’ve been keeping up with The Responder, there was likely a scene in the latest episode of the BBC drama that left you scratching your head.

Martin Freeman plays Chris Carson, a Merseyside Police officer who finds himself juggling therapy with his family life and work, as the pressures of his job take its toll.

But while he is getting professional support by a psychologist, fans of the show have been left unimpressed by her laisez-faire approach:

Watch the scene and see for yourself:

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The psychologist is played by Elizabeth Berrington, who has previously worked alongside Freeman before in The Office.

And while she was known for being straight talking and direct as Anne in the BBC One comedy, the psychologist finds herself stumped for words in The Responder after this awkward gaffe.

Fans of the show took to Twitter to share their shock at a medical professional making such a huge error.

#Responder is not selling the police therapist very well,” one person said. “Forgetting who your client is in episode 3?

“Please don’t be put off by this portrayal!”

Fans were not impressed with the psychologist's error (Credit: BBC)
Fans were not impressed with the psychologist's error (Credit: BBC)

“No psychologist would behave like that,” said a second viewer.

“What a fantastic therapist, should be struck off the register,” sniped a third viewer.

A fourth agreed: “Don’t believe his therapist would get him confused with someone else like that …”

Her poor efforts did not go unnoticed (Credit: Twitter)
Her poor efforts did not go unnoticed (Credit: Twitter)

And a fifth added: “He needs to start again with a new therapist.”

The crappy psychologist notwithstanding, fans have hugely enjoyed The Responder, with Freeman’s performance receiving high praise.

The actor has been particularly applauded for nailing the often difficult Scouse accent.

Ahead of the series premiere, Freeman confessed that he had spent the last year and a half speaking in Scouse to prepare for the role.

The psychologist apologised for her error (Credit: BBC)
The psychologist apologised for her error (Credit: BBC)

"I walked around for a year and a half, occasionally just talking to myself in Scouse. Even though you’re not always the best judge of your own thing, I do trust my ear," he told Metro.

"If I say something, I know when it sounds off. I got very, very exact about that stuff. You have to be because if I don’t do it well, it’s a terrible accent to get wrong.

"There are some accents where you don’t want to be in that city among the inhabitants of that city making a balls-up of it."

Topics: BBC, TV And Film

Kimberley Bond
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