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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 – Total Eclipse of the Heart (1×14)

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The Resident Total Eclipse of the Heart

It’s obvious The Resident didn’t think it was going to get a second season at FOX.

And that’s a shame because it rushed through storylines that probably would have made for great cliffhangers.

I wonder if Conrad’s father becoming the new Chairman at Chastain was always going to be the ending scene or if they added it in after getting the green light?

I’ve wanted Dr. Lane to pay for what she did to Nic, to all the other dedicated doctors and to all the innocent patients that she’s been mistreating, but I didn’t want it to be wrapped up so swiftly.

If it was that easy to run her of course, why did it take so long?

Everything was wrapped up so neatly. Pravesh admitted Olivia, the ER’s known hypochondriac who admitted Lane diagnosed her with lymphoma and gave her her first dose of chemo.

She was the big break that they’d been waiting for; she put all of their plans into motion.

When Nic, who was bailed out of prison by Conrad’s trusted father (yep, throw some money on it and make the problems go away), realized she didn’t have any cancer markers, they took it up with Dr. Bell.

Now, initially, I thought that Dr. Bell was going to vouch for his girlfriend and help her get rid of all the evidence.

And turns out, Lane thought that too. When he told her to rush to her office and get rid of evidence, she was there in a heartbeat removing more files than there should have been. Jeez, does this woman have any semblance of a soul?

Thankfully, Bell came through just this one time. As she exited the clinic, the FBI took her in as Bell watched on.

Bell is tricky; he may have an ego and he may make decisions that benefit him, but he’s not a terrible person in the way that Lane is.

He’d never misdiagnose an innocent person nor would he treat someone that’s completely healthy. That goes against, probably, every doctor code out there.

Not to mention, Bell has never put anyone before himself. His relationship with Lane definitely wouldn’t change that. Even if he had wanted to help her, imagine how badly that would reflect on his as newly established CEO and on Chastain.

In a way, Lane shot herself in the foot by inching him into the coveted role.

And I can bet each and every one of you felt a ting of joy when she was handcuffed and roughed up in the same way Nic was.

Doesn’t feel as good when you’re the one being set up, does it?

In his victory speech to the press, Bell obviously took most of the credit but surprisingly, mentioned Pravesh, Hawkins and Nevin as the ones who brought it to his attention. That’s worth something, right?

With Lane’s story tied up, they also pumped the gas on Nic and Conrad’s relationship.

They didn’t have time to establish what direction it was going in but after teasing us for so long, they couldn’t leave fans wondering if they’d ever reconcile and pursue the obvious chemistry between them.

Even Mina, the surgeon who swore up and down that she wasn’t made for romance and didn’t have feelings, got a love interest in former heart-transplant patient Micah.

And in addition to getting a new relationship, she also got a reputation as the girl who gave her man a heart-attack during sex.

Okay, Mina! No wonder all the boys are swooning after her.

Micah’s life hung in the balance as it was revealed that he would need possibly life-threatening surgery.

Most of the surgeons refused to take the case on, however, AJ was more that eager to because you know, god complex.

And even during such a tedious and complex procedure, he still embraced the moment to force Mina to confront her emotions. He may have a terrible may of going about it, but he’s going to make her a better surgeon in the long run.

Thankfully, Micah survived even after they kept his heart stopped for an extended monologue and we’ll get to see their relationship flourish next season.

The Resident returns to FOX this fall!

Will Conrad finally have an upper hand now that his father is in charge and putting an end to this rigged system?

Will Chastain start putting patient safety ahead of profit?

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The Resident – Run, Doctor, Run (1×13)

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How did Nic not see that coming?

Nic was the most intelligent nurse at Chastain so when multiple people told her not to mess with Lane Hunter and to “run the other way,” I don’t understand why she didn’t heed the warning.

And if she thought she could outsmart her, why didn’t she actually use her smarts?

Seeing as Lane had some dude threaten her while delivering groceries so it seemed inconspicuous and then had her followed, you could expect her next move to be some sort of set-up.

And Nic walked right into it thinking that Allie, the woman who repeatedly refused to help her out, called to meet her at 4 am.

The moment Nic walked through those doors, it was evident that they would get her for breaking and entering amongst many other charges.

Seriously, girl? As she cried in the hospital, I couldn’t help but feel bad but also, on some level, I was just mad that she let herself get played like this

Lane is ruthless; I don’t even want to see what else she has in store for Nic.

At this point, Nic is so infuriated, she won’t give up until she takes her down.

It seems like the team will look to Dr. Bell next but from the season finale promo, he’s in cahoots with Lane, which is obvious considering their romantic relationship.

Nic’s been going through quite a rough patch. In addition to getting fired and later, arrested, her sister overdosed on oxy again after being clean for a full eight months.

Thankfully, she got to her in time and administered Narcan but moving forward, she knew something had to change; Jessie needed to go to a rehab program that would actually help her get clean.

I wish Nic stuck to her decision to reject Lane’s offer for a free stint at Crossroads but unfortunately, it seems like desperate times called for desperate measures. I understand wanting to save your sister but turning to the woman who has put patients in danger and is out to ruin your life doesn’t sound like a good plan.

If I had to take a guess, I would say that Lane will leech onto Jessie and diagnose her with cancer that she doesn’t have, which from the promos seems to be something she does on a daily basis.

One of my biggest medical fears came to light when Claudia was diagnosed with an amoeba from a waterpark! Do you know how many times I have read those stories in the news and freaked out vowing to never go in a public pool or jacuzzi again?

Especially because in most cases, there is no cure. Thankfully, in Claudia’s case, she had a dedicated team of doctors who went out on a limb for her and stayed up all night calling a former Big Pharma rep who had a dose of the drug they needed to save her.

In a country where a band-aid at the ER comes with a $600 price tag, there wasn’t much surprise when Kevin told Pravesh that the life-saving drug for an uninsured patient would be $48,000.

Obviously, Chastain would never pay for that and Bell would never agree to it, so Pravesh and Conrad kept the case on the down-low. And since Claudia was like a mother to so many former felons and gangbangers, they came through for her and raised the money in a hood fundraiser in the waiting room. This had to be one of my favorite moments.

Everyone’s favorite patient, York, returned to the ER, but this time, he was with his mother who needed surgery. Unlike her son who gets put under quite often so they can remove objects from his colon, she was against being put under anesthesia. So the doctors decided to perform her surgery while she was awake and it quickly became evident why that’s not common practice.

I didn’t really care for the banter between Mina and the Raptor. She hates his honesty and well, he is a bit unprofessional while operating. I don’t care for his pompous attitude or the fact that he thinks Mina needs to be like him in order to be the “best” surgeon.

But mostly, I think the writers are trying too hard to create sexual tension between these two doctors when it’s okay for it to just come naturally or not at all.

It was hilarious watching York squirm in fear that one of the doctors would tell his mother the truth about his favorite pastimes. Eventually, Pravesh accidentally pulled up the wrong chart and his mother finally saw what he’d come in for surgery and she wasn’t even made because she had chlamydia.

Thoughts on this week’s episode? Will the finale finally work in Nic’s favor? Or will she continue losing to Lane?

And let’s all give The Resident a round of applause for landing a season two order!

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The Resident – Rude Awakenings and the Raptor (1×12)

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The Resident Rude Awakenings and The Raptors

Nic Nevin is way over her head as she tries to take down Dr. Lane Hunter on The Resident. 

Hunter murdered a patient, Lily, simply to frame Nic who was “figuring out” that her chemo wasn’t actually helping patients, it was killing them. She seduced Dr. Bell to guarantee that he became Chastain’s CEO and fired Nic and now that Nic has some spare time on her hands as remains persistent in her quest for the truth, Lane is actually threatening her.

Truthfully, Nic should have realized just how far Lane was willing to go when she intentionally killed a patient to jeopardize her career from the get-go. If she wanted to take her down, she didn’t have to announce her plans at the local coffee shop!

Lane is good at one thing — spooking people. Inciting fear is one way of guaranteeing people will never undermine you or rat you out.

Nic realizes that’s exactly what she did to Anthony who was “screwed by Lane” after he started asking too many questions. See how both of them are defeated without a job as Lane makes millions? She’s got this figured out!

And it turns out, she’s been here before so she’s learned a thing or two about making indestructible; her reputation is unchallenged, she’s dating the CEO of Chastain and in a minute, she could sway the board to put her in that position. She’s playing her cards right.

Though, I’m a firm believer in the truth will come out eventually and even though Nic seems spooked, I don’t think she’ll give up digging. Eventually, she’ll hit a goldmine and have everything to bring down Lane, even as a “disgraced nurse” who is dating Conrad. Seriously, Lane ever went as far as discrediting him because of their “romance.”

When that man appeared on her doorstep with groceries, I was certain there was a bomb or something. Why would she just accept them without a single thought?

Things aren’t much better at Chastain — maybe she should be happy she got out of there?

Bell’s ego shot way up ever since he took on the CEO position. For now, his reputation as HODAD has been put on the backburner but given that he’s still going to serve as the Director of Surgery, it’ll come back into play in some major way.

Something tells him his new hire Dr. Austin is going to be his downfall. Austin is a great surgeon but he has no bedside manners and he’s not afraid to call it like it is. He was able to take down one surgeon during a surgery and if as he works with side-by-side with Dr. Okafor, he’ll realize Bell’s flaws.

Also, I hope they don’t give Dr. Okafor a romantic interest and especially not Dr. Austin. It’s clear Bell wanted her to persuade Austin to join the team and trusted her opinion since they’re both brilliant and uncensored, but I found their chemistry to be forced. Okafor made it clear that she’s not interested in a love interest so why botch up her story with one?

Then overworked Bradley fell through a skylight and onto Dr. Bell’s meeting table, which I initially believed was a hallucination. Bell tried to spin the story as a resident suicide and even had the nerve to conjure up statistics about suicide rates amongst male doctors when he knew damn well that this was an issue of a man being overworked.

Bradley was going continuing on a 30-hour shift and running on straight Red Bull. That’s obviously problematic. It didn’t take a doctor to realize the energy drink was to blame for the fall.

Thankfully, his story had a happy ending because Conrad figured out that Bradley didn’t even want to be a doctor. He felt trapped at Chastain — go figure — and admitted to thinking about taking the plunge many times before it happened accidentally.

Moral of the story — always choose a career path that you love. Life is too short to be doing anything other than what you love.

My only quip with this storyline is that Bradley seemingly tried to reach out to his friends on the team including Okafor and Conrad and both of them ignored him because he was so jacked up on his energy drink. They are equally to blame for not saying anything when clearly, their colleagues work hours were becoming an issue.

Pravesh was the only one who gave him the time of the day before the accident!

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