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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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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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