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The Resident – Identity Crisis (1×04)

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It didn’t take long before Dr. Hawkins’ decision to save Luisa trickled down to the hospital on The Resident. 

They have to get the $2 million dollars from somewhere — budget cuts were inevitable.

And the first phase of budget cuts is to get rid of the overqualified, overcompensated employees and replace them with “bubbleheads.”

Admittedly, Chastain was understaffed this week and as a result, a hot mess.

Everything was blamed on the new nurse. Was it fair? Maybe. She was sitting there trying to score the perfect selfie for her social media #firstdayatthehospital post.

But she was also really stressed out about giving patients the wrong code after Dr. Feldman scolded her. I can understand not wanting to upset anyone and as a result, assigning a patient with a mere headache to the “basic” pile.

In fact, I would say she’s only about 25% to blame as several other people made their rounds, threw a backpack at the unconscious patient, knocked his phone over, and even tripped over him without taking notice.

I don’t care how busy you are, if you are a doctor in a hospital setting, it is your job to take note of your surroundings.

And why was a nurse not shadowing another nurse on her first day? That’s absurd and I really hope it doesn’t happen in real life.

Dr. Pravesh FINALLY spotted him lying unconscious and realized something was very wrong. By the time they got to him, his brain was bleeding and there was nothing more they could do for him.

“Bubblehead” nurse got a massive scolding from Dr. Hawkins. It was so bad, all the other doctors, including Dr. Feldman, assured him she’d learned her lesson so that he’d let it go. We never did see her again and if Twitter had its way, she was probably fired.

In addition to misdiagnosing him, she failed to I.D his properly. And then she took his name from the backpack, which wasn’t his to begin with thus misidentifying him as Ian. I’m not sure if the I.D’s that they have don’t have pictures on them, but I guess no one thought to assumed that this mix-up was even possible.

This kickstarted a string of very unfortunate event. Dr. Hawkins called Ian’s father who broke down upon hearing the news of his son’s death. Except when he went to identify him, he realized it wasn’t really his son.

So now, Dr. Hawkins wasn’t only trying to help the living, he was also trying to identify the John Doe so that he could inform his family.

And since one patient was so neglected, who knows what other mistakes were made during intake.

Dr. Pravesh took lead on an elderly patient with supposed gallstones. I’m trained to think that whenever someone talks about how much they love the other person or how they have big plans for the future, it’s a sure indicator that the character is going to die.

The woman’s husband asked Pravesh to inform him if the situation became dire because he wanted to propose to his 80-year-old girlfriend.

Something so trivial forced Pravesh to develop a bond with the couple and when tests revealed it was cancer, he insisted they take on the meticulous surgery. He was so dedicated, he even spent four hours on Medicare to make sure the surgery was approved.

And when the couple decided to postpone the surgery so they could tie the knot first, he offered to bring the wedding to them, quickly decorating a room with airplane-themed decorations. He even got Dr. Feldman to officiate while Dr. Hawkins secured a photographer through the hospital’s publicist. You can never have too much PR!

The surgery — performed by a refreshed, re-energized and unfailingly cocky Dr. Bell — went off without a hitch. At least someone had a better day than Dr. Hawkins.

Dr. Bell is doing well, for now, thanks to the benzo’s. The tremors have subsided, but may I remind you, symptoms include aggression and cognitive impairment so it’s only a matter of time before something goes haywire. Will Mina be there to help him when it does?

He completely discarded her because he was so overly confident about the surgery.

Mina may be arrogant but she has every right to be; she’s bloody brilliant.

And unfortunately, that’s seen as a threat in industries, especially to the older, more established doctors who are used to things being a certain way.

Protocol should never be broken, but if Mina saved a life because she made a quick choice in a hospital where the staff is scarce she definitely shouldn’t be punished for it.

Not only did she get benched by an upper doctor, Bell was so threatened and irked by her blatantly honest comment about being his secret success weapon, he upheld the decision.

Sometimes, it’s really frightening to see just how unimportant our lives actually are to doctors. If they aren’t stroking their egos or making money off of it, they simply do not care about the outcome.

Dr. Bell and Dr. Hunter even made a snarky comment about how “residents” are so gung ho, which further proves that older and more experienced doctors are too stale and out-of-touch. They prioritize money over the well-being of patients way too often.

That actually couldn’t be more true about Dr. Hunter. Nic’s storyline has been very different from everyone else’s. For starters, she’s really the only nurse on the team, but she’s very much involved with all the patients, especially Lily.

Lily is a cancer patient who frequents the hospital because of her cancer.  A few episodes ago, Nic questioned Dr. Hunter about Lily’s early release.

The moment sparked a passive aggressiveness between the two ladies and Nic hasn’t let go of it, especially because Lily arrived in the hospital again, this time weaker than ever and with an infection.

Without checking her charts, neither Nic nor Dr. Hawkins felt confident enough to move forward with treatment. She requested Lily’s charts from Dr. Hunter, who keeps them at her private practice, but they didn’t show up on purpose.

Obviously, Dr. Hunter is hiding something very critical about Lily’s prognosis.

Nic decided to take matters into her own hands and get the files in person. Off the bat, the receptionist seemed shady and disinclined to give her the charts.

As she’s waiting in the lobby, she runs into her old nursing school friend who works for Dr. Hunter, which leads her to take a peek inside the treatment room; a space with dozens of patients all hooked up to IVs.

I could barely breathe as she snapped a picture thinking she would get caught up at any minute.

Nic is fearless, especially as she zoomed in on the patient medications right as Dr. Hunter walked in!

Unable to let it go, she meets up with her nursing school friend for drinks and uses the catch-up session to grill her about what it’s like working for Dr. Hunter.

This makes her look very suspicious and the friend informs her that Dr. Hunters wants her employees to be discreet.

 

Nic has really dug herself into a major role, but she might be on the cusp of exposing something tremendous and corrupt.

If everyone is so shady about what’s happening at the private practice, could Dr. Hunter be giving these severely sick patients placebos in order to make a few bucks?

Unlike other medical shows, the writers are focusing on the doctors and their craft, while also exposing some flaws in our medical system.

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The Resident – Stupid Things in the Name of Sex (2×14)

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The Resident Stupid Things in the Name of Sex

Can you feel the love tonight?

Most of Chastain could except for Pravesh of course who was still mourning the loss of Julian.

In fact, Pravesh was right in pointing out that it seems the only person who cares about Julian’s disappearance is himself.

The police don’t seem to care, her family doesn’t care, if it wasn’t for Pravesh it would be like she never existed.

Pravesh didn’t spend too much time moping around, however, because of Mrs. Gertie, Mina’s neighbor who passed away unexpectedly.

Both Mina and Pravesh dedicated much of their time to finding out what happened to Gertie as her self-absorbed, money-hungry niece only cared about the death certificate so she could score her aunt’s money.

But Mina and Pravesh’s vested interest actually saved the nieces life. A rogue autopsy performed by AJ led them to the discovery that Gertie had an aneurysm.

When they scanned her niece, they found the same aneurysm was causing her headaches and would have ruptured at any moment.

AJ is in love with Mina, that’s undeniable, but as I’ve said before, I love that he respects her relationship with Micah.

And because of AJ, Mina and Micah may be engaged!

That is is Mina accepts his cliche Valentine’s Day proposal. Micah’s a good guy and it’s clear Mina loves him, but I have a feeling she’s going to turn him down and that’ll lead to a break-up.

Seeing as Mina just watched Pravesh pull the plug on his wedding, I doubt she’s going to be gung-ho about getting into an engagement herself.

Plus, I don’t foresee her curbing her worries about Micah’s heart condition which isn’t healthy for their relationship.

Mina and Micah’s break-up will then allow for some sparks between Mina and AJ. Though, at this point, I’m content with their friendship remaining strictly platonic.

Jesse went to rehab which is a good sign for her relationship with Nic.

Nic made good on her promise to be there for Jesse if she agreed to get help and thus, she had to spend Valentine’s Day at rehab’s family night.

I’m still confused as to Conrad and Nic’s fight from two episodes ago when she made it clear she wasn’t interested in moving in with him yet, however, it seems like these two are going strong.

A Valentine’s Day date with mozzarella sticks and sparkling water is honestly better than any fancy dinner. Good job, Conrad.

Even the cases of the week were romantic in nature.

Conrad’s patient was a man suffering from dementia brought upon by years of alcohol abuse. As his memory was withering away, his husband made a conscious choice to exist with him in this new world even if it wasn’t what they’d planned on.

Dr. Kitt’s patient may have been the funniest as he was looking for love in all the wrong places and positions.

Seriously, car sex seems really dangerous.

Though Kitt’s lecture about all the germs in the hospital was laughable as I think every couple has hooked up at Chastain at some point, including Irving and Jessica.

I wouldn’t be surprised if pretty soon Bell and Kitt hook up in some spare closet or something.

Their relationship is bound to happen and I’m not complaining, Kitt brings out a gentler side of Bell that’s going to be good for Chastain.

As for Irving and Jessica, well, it’s about time they made things official.

I don’t exactly understand why Irving felt it was necessary to keep their relationship a secret or why he needed to see another woman become interested in him to realize Jessica was the one, but hey, at least it happened.

Thoughts on tonight’s The Resident?

All the love delivered a slower-paced episode but sometimes, that’s exactly what you need before things really heat up.

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The Resident – Virtually Impossible (2×13)

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The Resident Virtually Impossible

What an intense episode.

Pravesh got closer to solving Julian’s disappearance, Nic stopped enabling her sister and the Raptor’s “hands” performed nothing short of a miracle.

Nic’s storyline tied in closely with Dr. Hawkin’s and Kit’s patient, Eloise, a med student who needed a lung transplant.

Eloise’s donor, Lenny, turned out to be Jess’ friend from high school who had overdosed on opioids.

As the parents told Nic they’d ignored the signs that Jess was using again, Nic began to realize she’d been doing the same with her own sister, who arrived at Chastain a little too happy and was indifferent about being late for her job interview.

Sadly, when she arrived at the house, she found pills in Jess’ purse proving that she was using once again.

Jess tried to place the blame on Nic by saying that she was so overprotective, she needed to take the pills to deal with her.

At this point, Nic did something that was long overdue — she stopped being the enabler.

She told her sister that she was either going to rehab or she was getting out of the house. And though it was the hardest thing Nic has ever had to do, Jess needs that tough love if she’s ever going to get better.

Cleary, Nic’s overprotective worrying didn’t do anything for Jess because she figured her sister would always be there for her.

It’s only until she hits rock bottom that the wake-up call will hit. She’ll either voluntarily enter rehab and work on getting clean or she’ll overdose and end up like Lenny.

Nic, she’s stronger than she looks.

I was surprised to see her cuddled up with Conrad after their fight last week. Did they just kiss and make-up? Are they pretending none of that ever transpired?

I’m not complaining considering I never wanted them to break-up in the first place, but it was a weird thing to gloss over on the writers’ part.

Julian’s car was pulled out of some swamp and as we all guessed, her body was nowhere to be found.

Now, that doesn’t mean she’s still alive.

Gordon Page doesn’t seem like he’d leave any loose ends, which also leads me to believe that he’d have his goons displace Julian’s body so it would never be found.

And that, friends, would probably be worse torture for Pravesh than actually finding out she was murdered.

Pravesh began to put two-and-two together on this week’s episode, and after sneaking into Julian’s apartment and realizing the last person she spoke to worked for the FDA, he’s more convinced that Quo Vadis played a role in her disappearance.

It’s nice to see that someone cares enough to find out what happened to her.

With all the evidence stacked against Quo Vadis at this point — the defected heart valves, Bradley’s death as a result, the news that the last person Page did business with is dead — it seems Chastain’s employees might go after him.

It’s a good thing they all have a vested interest in taking Page down because after Bell’s call to remove the valves from his hospital shelves, Page will undoubtedly declare war and try to retaliate.

If only Bell could just pay off the debt he owes Page. Lesson learned.

It sure seems like Bell is making a comeback as a good guy and more importantly, good surgeon.

Even Kit is noticing and really liking what she seeing. Look, Bell’s bound to get a love interest sooner or later. If it’s going to be anyone, it may as well be the woman that brings out the best in him. Lord knows he needs that after all the bad seeds — cough Lane cough — he’s been with.

And lastly, that miracle of surgery.

Despite initial hesitation from the board, Chastain went ahead and performed, no, scratch that, they perfected, a triple surgery.

The odds weren’t in their favor but with such a brilliant team of surgeons, one could even say that best of the best, they managed to succeed with minor hiccups.

I got chills when the whole class watching the live stream cheered.

I’m hoping Eloise’s mother makes a full recovery for her selfless sacrifice. A mother’s love is unparalleled.

This whole storyline was proof that not every story has to have a tragic ending at Chastain.

They aren’t miracle workers but sometimes, luck is on their side.

Not only is the Raptor back on his feet, but his feelings for Mina aren’t going away anytime soon.

I know he’s giving her space and trying to let things fall into place, but he can’t keep ignoring this for much longer.

The way he looks at her makes me melt but she’s with Micah. The series has been focusing more on AJ, but we can’t forget that Micah is still there.

What do you think is going to happen?

Will Jess leave Nic alone for good? Will she go to rehab? How far will Page go to get revenge on Bell? And how will Chastain take Page down?

Sound-off in the comments, Cravers!

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The Resident – Fear Finds a Way (2×12)

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The Resident Fear Finds a Way

If you weren’t a germaphobe before this episode, you definitely are now.

The Resident’s “Fear Finds a Way” was basically a PSA for flu-season.

However, in addition to the regular flu, there was an outbreak that had most of the doctors at Chastain stumped.

You knew the woman Dot Jones and Michael Rady made appearances, they were going to play a major role.

Jones served as the prison guard who had a soft spot for Nic after she served some time there.

Rady played a man struck by cupid’s arrow after one date with his soulmate, Sue.

Now, given the emphasis the series placed on Sue, it was only a matter of time before she was pinpointed as the origin for this infectious disease that caused Chastain to take containment measures much to Bell’s displeasure.

Man, it’s always money with that dude.

He didn’t want an ER full of flu patients because it would deter other patients with money from coming to the hospital. What a guy.

When Jones began aspirating on her own phlegm, Nic broke protocol to save her and thus, exposed herself to the unknown virus.

There were many times that Nic’s behavior was questionable, but it all leads back to the house hunting with Conrad at the beginning of the episode.

Most women would be thrilled if their longtime lover brought up the idea of moving in together, but Nic treated it like the worst thing in the world.

While I wasn’t really a fan of how their confrontation at the end went down, I do believe Conrad has a point in that Nic doesn’t want to take the next step because there’s nothing left to be fixed.

She’s a fixer, people are her projects, and now that Conrad has taken all of her advice, the relationship is beginning to feel too real.

There’s also the Alec factor. Those two have warmed up to each other rather quickly. We saw the trio working together to find a cure for Jones and Rady, but in general, Alec is definitely smitten with Nic.

If things were to go south with Nic and Conrad and she decided to give Alec a real shot, things would get messy because he’s already engrained himself in the Chastain culture.

He speaks Bell fluently, I’d argue even better than Conrad.

Bell realizes he’s in a lot more trouble than he initially believed.

You’d think that he’d research the hospital Chastain previously had dealings with beforehand, but he was so eager to capitalize on the “flawless” product, he signed without doing his due diligence.

Now, finding out that the former CEO that Gordon was involved with was found “dead” doesn’t exactly evoke optimism.

Wait till he finds out about Julian.

I knew Gordon Page was a bad guy, but it seems like he has more blood on his hands than initially believed.

He even manipulated A.J’s mentor into vouching for the company.

A.J may have been off of his game thinking the only way to become that great surgeon he initially believed himself to be was by humbling himself, but Mina knew that A.J’s ego wasn’t at fault for killing Bradley.

I’m not sure why no one tested these devices the way Mina did or why the nurse helping her claimed that they’d be in so much trouble.

It seems like the right course of action if you’re trying to see what really killed a patient, doesn’t it?

Mina’s hunch was right — Quo Vadis’ heart valves weren’t strong enough to handle the heart of a young patient.

Operator error, as Gordon Page put it, was not the reason Bradley died, but a faulty valve, like A.J originally argued, definitely was.

A.J initially didn’t want to believe Mina thinking she would say anything to get her mentor back, but a bit of digging revealed his mentor’s motive — a giant million dollar sum.

A.J was a straight up boss in the scene where he confronted his mentor and basically told him his opinion was no longer valid.

However, Gordon Page is a dangerous adversary.

How is Chastain going to go against him and not lose face?

If only someone could prove that he was a murderer… oh wait.

Lastly, I really enjoy A.J and Mina’s scenes together because they balance each other out so effortlessly, but I don’t want the series to kill off Micah to make room for this couple. Is there a better way around it?

Thoughts on tonight’s episode?

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