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The Resident – None The Wiser (1×05)

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Is anyone completely disgusted with what happened on tonight’s The Resident and more specifically, how the established, head surgeons handled the situations? I mean seriously, I don’t care how many 5-star Yelp reviews Dr. Bell receives, it’s known that he routinely kills patients and refuses to take the blame. Why is he continuously getting away with it?

He also shouldn’t be allowed to sabotage other careers because of his horrible calls, while at the same time ruining Dr. Leonard, who really seemed to have a good head on her shoulders and a patient-focused outlook.

 

The opening scene finds Dr. Okafor in the hot seat for a three-patient mix-up that happened 12-hours prior.

In the flashbacks, we see Thorpe and Bell discussing concurrent surgeries. Leonard tries to dissuade them from it because doing multiple things at once forces them to split focus and thus, welcomes chaos and mistakes into the operating room.

However, this is a hospital that operates with the money-first mentality so everyone ignores her warnings.

We’re introduced to our three patients and it’s a little bittersweet because we simply want to warn them that things are about to get really messy, but we can’t.

We have Christine, a single mother who refuses to see a doctor because of her fear of hospital bills. Her son and Nic band together convince her to get checked out and it’s a good thing she listens to them because she’s diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. I’m no doctor but the ones on TV tell me it’s dangerous; if it ruptures, she dies.

Then, there’s York, one of Conrad’s favorite patients due to his penchant for sticking things up his rectum.

Conrad finds pleasure in educating Dr. Privesh “on the frequency and creative nature,” which brings a comedic tone to a rather grim episode. And in turn, watching Privesh squirm while trying to remove the “Princess of Pancakes” from York’s butt while he scolds him for not being “present” is equally as entertaining.

Of course, York’s favorite past time is writing Yelp reviews of the Chastain doctors and Privesh’s is as negative as it gets. York ridiculously blames the lodged piece of family-sized maple syrup in his body, which now requires surgery.

Finally, we have Ed who needs to have one of his testicles removed. It’s not something any man wants to hear, but the doctors assure him he’ll still have one testicle left and “one good one is all you need” to have kids.

Three very likable patients unknowingly going into the biggest mess I’ve ever seen in a TV hospital setting.

There are many things that go wrong before the surgeries and all can be chalked up to Bell’s carelessness and lack of repercussions.

For one, Dr. Bell finds himself spacing out on multiple occasions because of the pills he’s been taking. That doesn’t stop him from being a pretentious asshole, but still, everyone quickly catches on that “something is wrong.” Yet no one actually takes any time to look into it further.

Confident that he can take on multiple surgeries, Bell forces Dr. Bradley to stay and help out, even though he’s just worked a 30-hour shift. Is that legal? Personally, I do not want to be a patient with an overworked and sleep-deprived doctor.

Then, there’s the obvious lack of surgeons. When they begin all the surgeries, it’s really only Bradley, Okafor and Jude assisting Bell. And when each patient starts exhibiting problems, Bell only leans on Okafor for help.

Granted, the problems start when Bradley loses consciousness mid-operation and plummets to the ground pulling out what looks like major body parts from a patient. Yeah, I definitely almost coughed up my dinner as I was watching that.

His collapse sends the operating rooms into a frenzy, with Okafor running back and forth between patients like a chicken with her head cut off. These are life-threatening surgeries and one doctor is trying to get them all done; her head is spinning and she’s bound to make a few mistakes, I think that’s pretty evident to everyone except Bell.

In all of the chaos, Okafor accidentally removed both of Ed’s testicles, taking away their ability to ever have a child; Christine crashed and Jude’s patient passed. I don’t even recall what happened to York — does anyone know if he made it out so he can return in a future episode with yet another unrecognizable object stuck way up there?

So now we’re back to start with Okafor getting grilled for the botched up surgeries. Except this time we know that it wasn’t her fault. Even the smartest of surgeons, which Bell technically is, would easily mess this up.

When Leonard turns to Bell for some clarification on what happened, he compares himself to Mozart, teaching the next generation of surgeons. Here comes the most FRUSTRATING line to ever come out of this entitled man’s mouth: “I pushed her and on this day, she simply wasn’t ready.”

I mean, every resident is shaking their head at this point because Bell is just so full of it. How can you literally blame the highly-skilled, but still in training, girl who tried her very best?

Publically, Okafor gets shamed by Bell, but when Thorpe asks him how they should proceed, he vouches for Okafor saying she’s one of the most gifted surgeons and needs to stay on the team.

The only reason he sees her as “invaluable” is that he needs someone to save his ass over and over and knows that she’ll do it. But for how long?

I have to say, after the day Mina had, I’d understand if she just retreated to the comfort of her couch and stayed there until her next shift. But nope, homegirl puts on her red, self-created dress and goes to “unwind.” Props, girl. I don’t know how these doctors do it.

Here comes the most heartwarming moment of the series thus far: Dr. Irving telling her she looks stunning. He’s always trying to make a move on her but I applaud him for not being too pushy and simply giving a compliment after a rough day.

Conrad wasn’t the main focus of the episode, which was nice for a change. However, we still saw him struggling with the possibility of Nic dating Jude, even having an outburst because of it disguised as a “work concern.” Personally, Jude doesn’t even need to be on this show. Nic and Conrad have something special and I want to dig more into that; what happened between them? Why didn’t it work out?

Nic got herself into some hot water with Dr. Hunter, who found out she had been snooping around her clinic and trying to tell her patients to get a second opinion. Did she overstep? Gravely. But at least she’s still doing it for the patients.

Hunter is very unlikeable and if she’s this upset with Nic for wanting to know “more” than it definitely means she has something to hide. As Nic put it, more chemo = more money. And time and time again, this show has proven that these doctors will do anything for more cash.

When an investor rejects Bell’s life-saving tool for being too risky, Thorpe offers him a tour of the cancer facility because “cancer is the number one revenue stream.” Isn’t that depressing? A disease that kills millions a year is singlehandedly keeping them in business and as such, they turn a blind eye to whatever Hunter is doing to bring in that money, I’m sure.

At first, I couldn’t figure out why this investor was so important or why Nic randomly brought up Conrad’s father. Do people just assume that when someone is mad or lashing out it’s because of parents and something that happened in their childhood? However, in the end it all came together — the money hungry investor was actually Conrad’s father.

The reason he hates him so much, other than the fact that he kept his late mother from him, is because they don’t see eye-to-eye. Conrad is all about helping people and he’ll put his career on the line for a patient, while his father only cares about capitalizing on the “winning horse.”

I can’t wait to see how this plays out. Will Conrad’s strained relationship with his father lead to a reconciliation with Nic?

Thoughts on The Resident? Who else can’t wait for Dr. Bell to finally get what’s coming to him?

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The Resident – Trial & Error (2×07)

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Pravesh, Pravesh, Pravesh.

You better call off that wedding as soon as possible.

The Resident has been building up the romantic tension between Pravesh and Julian for a few episodes now and they finally gave into temptation shortly after Pravesh found out Priya got a job off in San Francisco.

Instead of talking it out with fiancee, Pravesh decided to just cheat on her.

And though he and Julian both agreed that the kiss meant nothing, emotional cheating was a far was culprit here than the physical deed.

Pravesh is totally smitten with Julian and vice-versa.

We saw it when she offered to be a Beta tester for his watch prototype. He could have put an end to the flirtation right then and there by saying Priya was his first Beta tester but he went along with it because he enjoyed it.

They were already in the red zone when he decided to do the wedding dance with her at the karaoke bar, however, they crossed into the danger zone when they went in for the slow dance.

Everyone around them could feel the sexual tension. Way to not keep things a secret!

He cannot in good faith go through with marrying Priya.

Also, how fun was it for all of the doctors to just let loose and have fun? I thoroughly enjoyed watching every single one of them dance it out, Bollywood style.

This storyline is rather unfortunate because as I’ve said before, it’s completely out of character for Pravesh who was head over heels for his girl.

While he was conducting a trial run on his health watch, Conrad and Nic dealt with a messy clinical trial at  Chastain.

Nic was disappointed to find out her sister Jess joined a trial to make a few bucks and her disappointment only escalated when the side-effects from the clinical trial drug became deadly.

John, Jess’ rehab friend, was the first to pass from the trial.

And still, then, Kisic insisted it was Chastain’s fault for not being up to the health code.

Kisic had the nerve to argue with Conrad saying that the trial wasn’t to blame for all the patient’s getting sick, it was actually an outbreak of Sepsis.

I know Conrad and Nic proved him wrong but you damn well know a lawsuit is coming.

However, this time, it seems like Bell is going to have their backs because he also accused Kisic of manslaughter via a clinical trial.

We actually saw an ounce of humanity and emotion on Bell’s side when he had to deliver the news of John’s death to his wife and child — the reason John was in the trial in the first place as he was trying to make an extra few bucks to support the family.

It turns out, Bell is capable of thinking about feelings over money. It was a nice change of pace.

Nic’s relationship with her sister is complicated, but I hope that Jess realizes how lucky she is to have someone like Nic around and stops making poor life decisions.

Mina and Austin are finally on the same page. He’s always given her a hard time but finally, he was able to appreciate just how irreplaceable and badass she is.

I can totally see their writings taking their relationship down the romantic path, but I hope they don’t.

Sometimes, relationships work better when they are platonic and any romance would ruin the hilarious banter these two have going for them.

Voss blends with their dynamic seamlessly because she’s a spitfire who isn’t afraid to say what she’s thinking.

That kind of courage comes with age and many years of experience in a field.

She wasn’t afraid to call Bell out for being a good person but also “a bastard” on occasion. That’s what Bell needs in his life — someone to keep it real with him.

Do you see romance on the horizon for these two?

The Resident always does a really great job at following through on storylines, but this episode was so loaded with character development, they didn’t really get to address the cliffhangers.

What’s going on with Nic’s panic attacks? Will she tell Conrad about them? What’s going on with Conrad’s nightmares?

Where is Conrad’s dad? What’s happening with Bell’s multi-million dollar deal with Qua Vadis?

Leave your thoughts below and we’ll catch you in two weeks Residents!

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The Resident – Nightmares (2×06)

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The Resident delivered an extraordinary Halloween episode that was equal parts horror, humor and character development.

Rarely do Halloween episodes actually add something necessary to a series other than an opportunity to get a little spooky, but the folks at Chastain pulled it off.

And are we really surprised? These are doctors that know how to have fun (the de-attached arm holding up the peace sign and a thumbs up), but also know how to be serious (going into a four-person surgery to re-attach said limbs before time was up).

The horror elements fit neatly into Laurie’s storyline. She was experiencing nightmares — something we’ve all dealt with — but they were so bad, she considered jumping off of the roof at Chastain.

It’s slightly worrisome that patients in such dire stages and suffering from delusions can so easily find access to the rooftop. Shouldn’t they take care of that?

Conrad was able to talk Laurie down from the ledge by promising to run as many tests as they needed to until they got to the bottom of it.

Schizophrenia, which was genetic in Laurie’s situation, is more horror-inducing than any of the double-jointed, ceiling-climbing monsters in her dreams.

Thankfully, Conrad was able to eliminate the disorder completely.

That didn’t stop the nightmares and the next time she had one, Laurie plunged through a glass screen and busted her leg open.

During the surgery, Conrad was able to diagnose and prove that she had a teratoma, a tumor made up of tissues. In her case, since it’s Halloween, there was a tooth literally growing inside of it.

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Yep, if you’re squeamish, this would be one of the many times you found yourself wanting to hurl.

One of the other times? When Bell, Mina, Voss, and Austin came together to re-attach all the limbs.

I don’t do well with blood so this whole scene was more terrifying than any masked murderer preying on it’s victims.

Pravesh likely won’t forget his first Halloween working in the ER.

Nic and Irving somehow scored the night off and they attended Mina’s Halloween party. Apparently, Mina is the Queen of Halloween parties and more specifically, elaborate costumes.

And she did not disappoint in her gold, goddess-inspired digs. Nic also delivered as Cleopatra. The same cannot be said for her sister, who went as a cute but basic cat, and Irving, who came with multiple costumes to impress the surgeon.

After Mina got called into an emergency surgery, she left Nic in charge which probably wasn’t a good idea for someone who has trouble “letting go” of responsibilities.

She was a helicopter sister for half of the party as she clearly didn’t trust her sober sister to well, stay sober.

Her control issues were bound to manifest themselves somehow and she unsurprisingly ended up having a full-on panic attack in the kitchen.

It’s nice to see Nic as a human from time to time relying on others instead of always holding down the fort and helping everyone else.

Jessie was so empowering as the person holding herself to her own sobriety, however, I wish she would have told the dude she was hooking up with to shove those pills.

Seriously, who did Mina invite to this party? These people were acting like lunatics clogging the sink, passing out in the closets, and spilling things on her rug.

Meanwhile, Bell found himself in a hot rendezvous after allowing his new, spoiled, assistant to hook him up on a date.

Little did he know, the date was going to be the assistant’s mother, Vivian.

Bell, like most of the staff, has made many improvements including being genuinely helpful to his staff. On occasion, that is.

But like most of them, he also has problems that he’s bottling up inside.

Trying to access porn at work, obsessively swiping left on a dating app, and letting some young dude set you up on a date seems a bit problematic.

Is he a sex addict?

Whatever Lane did, she messed him up!

At least all of it was better than soliciting sex from strangers, I guess.

Conrad confronted his father about skipping their meeting because as he pointed out, his dad never skips meetings.

Marshall refuses to tell him the truth acting just as coy and secretive as his son always has.

It makes me think he’s suffering from some kind of health condition that he doesn’t want anyone to know about, especially Conrad as he’d get worried.

It would logically explain why Marshall is encouraging him to take off some time and even to go on a bonding vacation with him. Yes, it’s one thing to look out for your son so that he doesn’t burn out, but it’s another when it seems like your withholding the real reasons for being concerned for his mental health.

It’s no secret Conrad gets very invested in his patients, but that’s also what makes him such a thorough and good doctor.

After a long and exhausting day working a Halloween hospital shift, Conrad finally went home but he didn’t necessarily get too much rest.

Instead, he found himself suffering from night terrors himself.

My first assumption was that Conrad was suffering from bouts of PTSD, however, it seems whatever his subconcious fears has to do with his childhood.

The dream sequence, in my opinion, was scarier than Laurie’s as a young Conrad saw his mother fall down the stairs and break her spine before his father appeared telling him to get out but poor little Conrad couldn’t run away because of some super glue-like goop under his shoe.

Is he remembering that his father was abusive towards his mother?

There has to be a significance to the nightmare, otherwise, they could have done anything else not relating to family dysfunction if it was merely a scare-scene.

What did you think of the Halloween-edition of The Resident?

Will Conrad try to find out the meaning behind his nightmares? Will Nic fess up about her panic attacks?

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The Resident – The Germ (2×05)

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Seeing a title like “The Germ” doesn’t evoke many heavy emotions (unless you’re, of course, a germaphobe), but it is exactly why they say to never judge a book by its cover.

The Resident has a pretty lengthy track record when it comes to making me ball my eyes out.

Next to Lily’s unsettling death by own doctor storyline, the death of Jasper is high up on the list.

Truthfully, any cancer-related death is.

Cancer doesn’t pick and choose who it kills off, which is partly why it’s so devastating.

I try to believe that there really are selfless and kind doctors like Conrad, Nic and the rest of the team.

What they did for Jasper — throwing him a police mystery birthday because they knew he wouldn’t make it to his police-themed shindig — was amazing.

Everyone chipped in and acted out their parts so believably. Devon might have complained about the job not paying enough, but nothing compares to putting a smile on a sick child’s face.

And Mina was mistaken when she said Conrad and Nic have a future in children’s theatre — they all do.

If it wasn’t for doctors like these who go the extra mile for their patients, Chastain wouldn’t have the stellar reputation it does currently.

Dr. Bell should be thanking all of them.

Instead, he’s selling out to Qua Vadis on the promise of trips to Cabo and whatever else.

His nickname was HODAD, so I never expected him to put patient safety and satisfaction first, but to be completely careless in changing up products that employees use? That’s arrogant and proves that he’s only interested in the profit margin and lining his own pockets.

He’s a sell-out in every sense of the word.

And I’m glad he’s been called out on him. Quo Vadis’ reputation may be stellar, for now, however, this is far from over.

You know how I know that? Abe Benedict, the doctor Dr. Austin credits all his knowledge to.

Before even giving Quo Vadis parts the time of day, Austin had to clear with Benedict why he made the switch.

Benedict gave him some spiel about only accepting new inventions if they were proven to be better, however, that’s a lie.

Much like Bell, Benedict was lured in by what I’m assuming is organic vodka, overpriced watches and the promise of lavish tropical vacations on a private jet.

Patient safety, be damned.

So yeah, I’m beyond confident that this will come back to bite them somewhere that doesn’t usually see the light of day because while Julian may believe in the products, her boss is a grade-A con-artist who is going to roll up his sails the moment the going gets tough.

And I cannot wait for Bell to try to weasel out of that one after multiple people on his team warned him.

Speaking of Julian, can she distance herself from Devon for about a minute?

It’s beyond obvious that she’s trying to establish a deeper connection with him by showing him childhood videos. But Devon, don’t be mistaken, childhood videos do not equate to showing someone who could technically steal your idea and benefit from it your groundbreaking app inventions.

Someone needs to talk some sense into that boy.

When strangers — though Bradley isn’t exactly a stranger — are noticing that there is some chemistry between you and a woman that isn’t your wife, it’s a problem.

I’m especially upset by how they inserted the conflict Devon is having with wedding planning.

Take it from someone who has planned a wedding just recently — it is a pain in the ass, and yes, it is an endless array of go-to lists that don’t stop once you walk down that aisle.

But, if it’s with the right person, it doesn’t matter.

So, Devon … is Priya the right person?

Because last we checked, she was a budding journalist who probably doesn’t have all that much free time either who is trying to make all this work.

And it would be a shame for her to find out that her future husband was having second thoughts and getting too cozy with some girl from medical sales.

Other Observations

  • I’m not sure why Bell could ever be mad at someone for setting him up with a leisurely massage. Sure, it wasn’t what he was expecting, but how weird was it for that he expected to hook-up with Dr. Voss in his office in the first place?
  • Anyone else getting a little tired of Austin’s God-complex? We get it, you’re a brilliant surgeon with talented hands and an ego that surpasses Bell. But as we saw with the new Quo Vadis device, sometimes change is good and you shouldn’t ride off the people who are there to teach you a thing or two.
  • Jessica and Irving are hilarious additions. “Where did you get real-handcuffs?” Oh, you know, Nic. You know.
  • The hardcore approach Dr. Voss utilizes in her OR is equal parts disturbing and equal parts fascinating. I would not want to be the person that had to clean up the mess.

The Resident continues to prove that despite the plethora of medical dramas on our TV screens, this one deserves all your attention.

I’ll keep frequenting Chastain every Monday night, and I recommend you do the same.

Up next: Chastain gets spooky in time for Halloween.

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