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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 – 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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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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