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The Resident – Lost Love (1×09)

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Even fluffy, adorable puppies couldn’t lift our moods after tonight’s heartbreaking The Resident. Although, we really appreciated Cookie’s efforts.

Lily’s biggest mistake in life was choosing Dr. Lane as her doctor and trusting her doubtlessly.

Initially, I thought Dr. Bell was the biggest villain in the series but I was gravely mistaken. He may have ego but he still has some soul left. Dr. Lane? There’s nary a good quality left in her.

She murdered Lily in cold blood simply to get revenge on Nic for trying to recommend her patient to a different oncologist. A doctor who claims you don’t need a second opinion raises many red flags. If she was so confident in herself, she would be confident that after getting various opinions, they would still come back to her for treatment. But she knew that if anyone else were to see her files and treatment plans, they would whiff out her scam and she would lose millions.

It’s utterly disgusting.

How can someone purposefully kill an innocent girl and celebrate by grabbing dinner?

What’s worse is that Nic didn’t even know she was walking into a trap. She’s going to have to carry that guilt for the rest of her life. And her career? She can kiss that goodbye because Chastain is getting ready to get rid of the “problem” doctors; the one that cover up mistakes by calling them “complications.”

Of course, the world isn’t a fair place and the people that actually are making the mistakes and costing the hospital money — Lane, Bell, etc. — won’t be terminated, but the decent doctors who put in long hours and personal energy into the patients will be the first to go.

The higher-ups in Chastain wear so many faces. Lane showed her ugliest side with this stunt, but Bell wasn’t any better.

He knows he’s running out of time as Claire tries to eliminate surgical errors by installing cameras.

Somehow, he’s been avoiding close calls like Catherine’s emergency surgery, which would have definitely revealed his inability to perform.

Conrad conveniently pulled him off because Catherine is his ex-fiancee and he couldn’t risk anything happening to her.

If everyone knows his nickname that Bell’s nickname HODAD, how is Claire so out of the loop? It seems to be common knowledge that he fudges up procedures and puts patients at risk.

Sadly, just because all the interns and residents know something, doesn’t mean they can do anything about it.

Who would the boards believe? Someone that’s just starting out their career or acclaimed surgeons and doctors who have years of experience? That was a rhetorical question.

However, since they’ve involved Devon’s fiancee Priya, we’ve found out something very interesting — many of her patients are in complete remission for incurable cancers.

It could be a miracle or it could be that she’s misdiagnosis patients.

It felt a bit like foreshadowing when the other oncologist asked for a full workup, including a name of who referred Lily in the first place. If no one referred her, maybe she was never sick! Can you imagine if Lane was pumping chemo into a perfectly good patient to line her own pockets?

Ugh, this woman just keeps getting more and more despicable.

I hope they bring her down and make her pay for every single person she’s put at risk. This definitely means war.

I was really rooting for Lily — she’s become the picture of innocence in this series — and was convinced Conrad would be able to save her.

His refusal to give up on Lily so painful because there wasn’t anything more he could do. He was so emotionally invested in her care and she was just gone and he couldn’t bring himself to let go.

That’s really what makes Conrad such a great doctor — he cares about his patients.

At first, I thought Catherine’s visit would be really cliche; old girlfriend comes to get treatment from an ex-boyfriend and tries to get back with him.

But in actuality, Catherine helped move the Conrad and Nic storyline forward while allowing us to learn a bit more about the doctor and his feelings for the nurse.

His relationship with Catherine fell apart for the same reason it ended with Nic — he couldn’t open up and fully let them in.

However, Catherine tells Nic she must be special as he gave her his mother’s ring, which she still wears even though they broke up.

“You must mean a great deal to him if he gave it to you,” she adds.

Nic confronts Conrad about it and he reveals that his mother told him to give the ring to “the love of his life.”

If you weren’t shipping these two before, you definitely are now.

Catherine admitted that Conrad has definitely changed; he’s no longer the wild and rebellious guy she knew. I’d argue that he’s channeled his rebellion into defying authority and breaking rules to help his patients. But he’s still a guy who needs guidance from Nic and she loves him enough to be his rock.

However, as much as I’m rooting for them, I don’t mind seeing them in the friend-zone for now because they make it work.

Conrad is walking proof that you can stay friends with your exes, even ex-fiancees.

He couldn’t be more genuine when telling Catherine about her pregnancy, especially since he knew how badly she always wanted to have kids. And he went out of his way to save her during unexpected surgical complications.

To be honest, if my ex was a brilliant doctor and all-around good human like Conrad, I’d probably seek treatment from him, as well.

Thoughts on The Resident? What will happen to Nic after she inadvertently killed Lily? Will they find any incriminating evidence to take down Lane? When will Nic and Conrad get together?

And most importantly, will every episode feature puppies?

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The Resident – Haunted (1×10)

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Everyone is haunted by Lily’s death at Chastain on this week’s The Resident.

Well, everyone except for Dr. Lane who is solely responsible so what happened to the terminally ill patient. She may not have been in the hospital when Lily passed, but it was her treatment plan that led to her death.

Following her death, everyone grieved it in their own way. Conrad’s grief manifested itself into physical pain — he forced himself to walk on a sprained ankle to punish himself for not believing Nic when she first brought it to his attention.

One thing they could all agree on is that they needed to get an autopsy done so that they could prove once and for all that Lane’s high chemo dosage was to blame.

However, when Lane was all too eager to get the autopsy results, they realized something else was definitely up.

Lane knows how to play the game; she realized Nic was closing in on her and enlisting friends to look into it so she framed her. That autopsy is going to reveal that Nic was responsible for her death.

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And Lane knew that she’d need help getting Nic fired so she seduced Dr. Bell by telling him exactly what he wanted to hear — that he should be running the show a Chastain not Claire.

Obviously, Bell has been struggling with his tremors since they directly threaten his position as Head Surgeon. If he’s not doing that, what else is he doing? Now that Lane gave him the idea that a physician should be at the helm, he’s definitely going to pursue it. And with an ego like his, he’ll likely get far.

How many people are going to know about his screw-ups? That he lives up to the nickname HODAD daily? And no one can do anything about it! He just keeps getting away with it, accepting expensive gifts and placing the blame on doctors that are really good at what they do; doctors who are there simply to save lives, the paycheck is just an added bonus.

Jude is a whatever character to me, though. Write him off or don’t, I don’t particularly care. It’s Nic that I’m more concerned about because obviously, when the autopsy comes back, she’ll be incriminated and since Lane has Bell in her pocket, she’ll also be fired immediately.

And there’s nothing scarier than two egotistical know-it-alls with no regard for human life running the show.

I loved the symmetry between what Conrad was going through and what his former teacher, Mrs. Jacoby, was experiencing.

The fact that her condition didn’t have a medical basis was also a lovely deviation from the weekly story structure.

She wasn’t experiencing any mental issues or “losing it,” nor was she experiencing a decline in health. She was simply guilt-stricken much like Conrad was.

It sheds light on the issues doctors — doctors unlike Bell and Lane — who actually care about their patients, face on a daily basis. Every patient they lose is a patient on their conscience.

Conrad wasn’t seeing ghosts in the beginning, but he could definitely relate to what she was going through.

However, by the end, Lily’s death haunted him. And the scene when he saw Lily in the corner as he was holding Nic in his arms after they just made love was utterly eerie.

On the plus side, they finally got together even though what brought them together was pretty grim!

Other Thoughts

  • We’ve never seen Mina this excited. It was refreshing especially because she and Jacoby both shared such a love and passions for machines. It isn’t geeky — these things save lives!
  • Nic really knows how to handle peculiar patients. She was a pro with the rich Chinese man. Too bad she wasn’t gifted the watch.
  • Pravesh trolling Conrad about getting his foot looked at was funny but also proof that he’s a great doctor who cares about all of his patients.
  • Since the other doctor knows Bell is having issues, will he voice his concerns? The Xanax really messed him up during a procedure that a second-year-resident would have nailed.
  • When Jacoby said “the world needs more doctors like you,” I really wanted to say, “you have no idea.”

How do you think season 1 of The Resident is going to end? Will Nic, Conrad and Pravesh take down Lane? Will his girlfriend come up with enough evidence to prove she’s milking her cancer-stricken patients for money? Will Bell be forced to retire because of his incompetence? Or will he and Lane find a way to boot Claire out of the position and take over on a greater scale?

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The Resident – Family Affair (1×08)

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As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. Especially when it comes to patients.

When a deranged, homeless woman crashes a donors party at Chastain, Bell and Lane are floored and demand to know how she got past security.

But that doesn’t matter much to Conrad and Nic, who immediately run over because their number one priority isn’t cocktails and hors oeuvre’s, it’s taking care of patients.

The Resident continuously puts a large emphasis on a hospital’s need for money, and while much of it is rooted in reality — the idea has to come from somewhere — it’s slightly exaggerated.

I admired them for pulling the curtain on the dark side, the ugly-side of medicine, but it’s coming at a cost of the series. Everything is financially motivated.

While a hospital cannot function if it’s not making enough to keep its doors open, it would be nice for someone other than Nic, Devon, Mina and Conrad to actually give a crap about the patients, not just the ones with a thick stack of cash. I’d think optics would be equally as important as how much money is being funneled through.

Everything revolves around money; every patient they admit, every test they run, every decision they make. It’s exhausting to the viewers; I found myself wanting to scream “we get it” on several occasions this week.

Surely, that’s how the other doctors actually feel about the money-machine being shoved down their throats and their priorities being shifted from patient care to billing.

It’s no surprise they are trying to find ways around the system instead of “treating and streeting” patients, which Bell would have preferred until Mina made the discovery that their Jane Doe was actually Sara Ravenscroft, a daughter of a wealthy philanthropist in Savannah.

Did you see Bell’s eyes almost light up in dollar signs?

Turns out, sometimes just having a patient’s best interest at heart comes with a healthy reward. Maybe next time, he’ll think twice before turning someone away or dumping them on the steps of another hospital.

Is that really something that happens? Or is that a misconception? Atlanta General’s loss was Chastain’s gain.

It’s absurd how a patients treatment differs with a change in status and wealth.

Nic calls Sara’s parents, but her mother is adamant that her daughter is schizophrenic. Her solution? Give her the pills she needs and they’ll pay the bill.

Sometimes, people believe that their expensive doctors would never botch up a diagnosis,  but in this case, some measly residents were able to unearth the real issue causing Sara to display mentally ill symptoms.

Once again, I think this storyline was beefed up for the sake of television. Wouldn’t an experienced doctor do a full workup and eliminate every other medical condition before arriving at a diagnosis? Then again saying someone has a psychological disorder is a lot easier than finding the root cause.

And even then, the only way to convince Bell to buy them some time was by spelling out that saving Sara meant financially grateful parents. Come on, Bell!

It was almost comical when he had the nerve to declare, “it’s not always about money.” Actually, on this show, it is. I would hate to be the kind of person that was solely motivated by the green stuff.

Keeping in line with the familial theme, Dr. Pravesh had a break-through with his parent’s thanks to some wise advice from a male gigolo er, male escort.

I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to marry into a different caste, especially one that has different priorities and traditions than you do. Devon mentions that the ideologies are so outdated but definitely buys into them himself.

His father is worried that his fiancee’s father might think he’s lesser because he’s just a cab driver, but that’s actually what Devon thinks. He’s scared that when the two families meet, her parents will deem him not good enough.

And sadly, his worries manifest onto his parents, who are at the receiving end of his wrath.

My mother always told me never to be embarrassed of your parents because they are the ones that gave you life. Regardless of who they are or what they believe, they have always been there for you, just like Devon’s parents were there for him, working seven days a week just to get him through medical school.

As a daughter of immigrants, I loved this storyline because it is so true — these parents came here with nothing and managed to build a life for themselves and simultaneously, a better life for their children who have been given endless opportunities to become whatever and whoever they want to be.

Don’t ever take that for granted and don’t ever be ashamed of that. Seriously, go give your parents a hug right now and say thank you.

Immigrants deserve so much recognition!

Devon’s wedding is definitely going to be an event.

Maybe Mina will even take Micah as her date? Someone is bound to break through her tough exterior. Although, I can definitely respect her desire to focus on her studies and distance herself from distractions such as flirtatious patients.

Speaking of, Conrad and Nic spent the whole episode working side-by-side and actually enjoyed it. Is their reunion on the horizon?

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The Resident – No Matter The Cost (1×06)

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Family issues, a mysterious disease an one doctor’s major secrets shape this week’s The Resident.

The episode kicks off with a pretty ominous scene featuring Dr. Okafor as she heads home from what we’re sure was a long shift.

The angles set-up for an obvious attack, but what we don’t expect is Mina to ninja-out on the assailant who’s just looking to score his next hit.

Her self-defense is so on point, Akiba, as we later find out his name, is knocked-out, and Mina is forced to return to Chastain. She can never get a break from that place.

Everyone is impressed with her ability to take care of herself but no one more than Irving, who harbors a major crush on her.

Since the premiere, there have been several moments where the series falsely depicts the patient/doctor relationship. Nic’s decision to take Akiba home since no one was willing to pick him up and convincing his parents to give him another chance at sobriety is one of those moments.

I understand not wanting to let a patient go back into the streets, especially if you have family who has gone through addiction like Nic reveals about her sister, but becoming “too involved” is dangerous and sets a terrible precedent.

Also, the false hope she gave the mother who knew damn well this time wouldn’t be any different was cringe-worthy.

I’ve said I wanted to find out more about Mina — her backstory, what makes her such a good doctor, why she’s silent but deadly and we got more than we bargained for when Nic followed her home after she received an urgent call.

Turns out, Mina is running a little hospital from inside her home. Once again, this is illegal. It seems like the doctors at Chastain have a penchant for doing things that can get their license suspended.

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But she does bring up a good point — if she doesn’t help these patients, who will? Nic recommended clinics but as Mina pointed out hospitals are closing clinics for lack of profit.

And again, we circle back to the premise of hospitals putting money over patient care.

It’s a nice segway to Dr. Hunter, the renowned oncologist that Nic has always been skeptical of. Her persuasiveness even got her kicked off the team.

Hunter’s decision to remove Nic was all the proof I needed to know that she was running a shady “private clinic.”

When Nic looped in Pravesh, who has taken her spot, he dismissed her concerns as just a “misunderstanding with Lane.”

Yet the more he talked to Lily, the bone-marrow transplant patient, the more Nic’s concerns resonated.

Eventually, he threw caution to the wind in what I’m assuming is another illegal behavior by an intern and ordered a full lab on Lily. The results were gravely different from the story Lane and her clinic had been spewing; Lily has kidney failure and if she were to undergo the procedure, she would definitely die.

Pravesh brought the situation to Lane’s attention and she did exactly what we’d expect her to do — save face. She blamed the employees at her clinic, commended him for catching the error and stormed off with an expression that clearly displayed her anger at getting caught.

When Pravesh told Nic, she gave him the “I told you so stare” before explaining that bone marrow transplants are the “Super Bowl” when it comes to billing.

Money-talk aside, this is a doctor that people trust who was willing to let her young patient die in order to up her paycheck.

Clearly, she needs to be stopped but if you know anything about people in power, you know that isn’t an easy feat. Pravesh and Nic can’t simply walk up to the director and point fingers without getting the fall-out.

They need to go about this in a smart way. Realistically, what can they do?

There seems to be a discord with the attending physicians and the residents over who is right, especially when it comes to Conrad.

Wilmot and the other doctors descended like vultures onto one of Conrad’s patients who he promised not to continue prodding and poking for the sake of finding the root of his pain.

When Conrad tried to tell them to back-off, he was removed from the case with the doctor even threatening to get rid of him.

And even after Wilmot screwed up, there were no real repercussions to his actions simply because he had seniority over Conrad.

In fact, anytime Conrad disagrees with someone (and he’s usually right), everyone accuses him of his God complex, which doesn’t seem logical.

Yes, Conrad is assertive but he also isn’t here to bill a patient for unnecessary tests when he can just talk to him and paint a clearer picture.

That’s how he was able to pinpoint the root of his patient’s problem and find a solution.

If the doctors continue riding on their high-horse while making irrational calls that will only steal them a “w,” I could see Conrad getting so fed up his father’s offer of running a small private hospital might actually seem like a promising idea.

Yes, he would still be buying his son by giving him what he’s always wanted — a hospital where he doesn’t have to deal with the greedy and bureaucratic mess — but at least Conrad would actually make a difference.

Conrad’s been getting hit from all sides of the emotional spectrum; his father came back, he’s getting push-back on how he should treat his patients and lastly, Nic is getting cozy with Jude.

When Mina confronted Nic about “sleeping with” Jude, Nic refuted the rumors and she’s wasn’t lying — there’s nothing happening between them. Although, Jude would really love for that to change that.

However, from the outside-looking-in, it definitely feels like more is going on, which is why Conrad semi blew-up on her at the end of the episode and apologized for continuing to think there was a chance after she told him repeatedly that they were through.

We all know that the reason why Nic isn’t into Jude is because she still has feelings for Conrad, she’s just too afraid to admit it. This coming from a girl who wasn’t afraid to go after an oncologist for mistreating patients.

In the top tier, we have Dr. Bell who is assigned to convince top-rated surgeon, Dr. Carver, to take up a position at Chastain. Everything was going swell until Carver inquired about the error rates. He was adamant that his new hospital would be transparent about them, which would obviously put an end to Bell’s career. He didn’t earn the nickname HODAD for no reason.

Bell decided to shut down the idea of hiring Carver by allowing Thorpe to think it was her decision; he gently reminded her how much money that kind of knowledge would cost the hospital.

Needless to say, Bell will live to see another day as the hospital’s pride and joy. As for the tremors, if they don’t go away soon, we’re looking at potential brain surgery, which would surely be the end of him.

While many things on The Resident aren’t accurately depicted, especially core concepts of medicine and responsibilities in the medical hierarchy, I find myself entertained by the narratives and the multi-dimensional characters enough to stick around.

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