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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 – Total Eclipse of the Heart (1×14)

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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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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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