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The Resident – About Time (2×04)

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Doctors just can’t win, can they?

The Resident was a slightly weaker installment this season only because of the hazy time jump that occurred.

There was no distinguishing factor between the past and the present, though we knew it was happening because Conrad was being interrogated by a lawyer representing a patient injured during a supposed bomb at a music festival.

Everything about the situation was messy from the leech-like lawyers to the fact that Conrad was volunteering and shouldn’t have even been working that day.

Arguably, the worst part was that he did everything to save the life of the man who was now suing him.

The lawyers tried to hit it where it hurts — he had too many patients that day, he was in a relationship with a co-worker, but none of it stuck.

What I admire most about Conrad is that he follows his gut instincts. He disregarded his father’s advice to stick to “No,” “Yes,” and “I don’t recall.”

He made his case, he proved his point, and he showed that he was a doctor making a necessary call to save a life.

Robinson is mad because Conrad didn’t wait for a Neuro doctor and instead, went ahead with the surgery. He claims because of that negligence, he came down with Meningitis which is what landed him in a wheelchair permanently, crushing his adventure-seeking lifestyle.

I’d argue, and Conrad would back me up, that it wasn’t Conrad’s on-the-whim decision but rather, the fact that he was stuffing himself with unregulated supplements which lead to the blood clots.

It’s important to note that “natural” doesn’t always mean safe and everyone should use caution when taking supplements that aren’t regulated by the FDA.

For a second, I truly believed that Marshall was going to support his son and fight this “his” way. In other words, the ethical way.

However, I should have known by now that Marshall has his own way of loving his son; a way that Conrad would never approve of.

Marshall took a risk by approaching Robinson and telling him they would settle everything with an NDA that would never see the light of day.

In the end, it proved that Robinson knew deep down inside that Conrad did his best to save him. He was after money all along.

Though it took care of the problem, it also set a precedent for patients who decide the treatment they received in a dire time isn’t good enough.

It shows that Marshall didn’t have faith that Conrad wouldn’t win by simply recounting what happened and proving that he did everything to prevent Robinson’s death.

Emotions really took over me when Robinson came through to Conrad with a peace-offering, and light of everything that’s happened, Conrad reacted by hugging the man who just tried to jeopardize his career.

Conrad may have a bad track record of going off-the-books regularly, but he does it with the best of intentions. Any of us would be lucky to have a doctor like him during a time where every decision matters.

This doesn’t happen often, but I found myself impressed with Dr. Bell’s initiative to turn a profit.

Who knew that the key to making more money was to pay all the bills of patients struck by tragedy.

Needless to say, Chastain only did it because they received a small portion of the victims. The rest of the hospitals in the area who took in hundreds of patients were put on blast when Bell called on them to also cover medical bills of their victims during a well-crafted publicity stunt.

The Resident also took a page from Chicago Med’s book with the battle of EMT lounges. I can’t believe choosing which hospital to bring patients to is decided by who has the bigger flatscreen TV!

Next up for Bell is striking a deal with the young billionaire behind Quo Vadis. Will his “honesty” be enough to persuade him into a deal with Chastain?

Julian has been overly helpful in introducing the products, but I fear that the moment sales begins dictating decisions, patient care will go out the door.

I also can’t shake the feeling that Julian’s company is shady and will cause Chastain plenty of headaches.

They may be just as shady as Julian has been!

As a matter of fact, she can see herself right out as well because I don’t appreciate her trying to seduce Pravesh with her cleavage-bearing, tight dress.

Really, asking a man if your bodycon is “ironed” isn’t transparent at all.

It’s even more infuriating that Pravesh is feeding right into it! The tightrope is getting thinner and thinner.

Okafor finally stood up to AJ aka “The Raptor.” Cheers erupted my body when she told him she’s not a “descendant,” but rather, an “ancestor.” Yes, girl, tell him!

AJ thought he was punishing Mina by sending her to Ortho when, in fact, she’ll probably succeed better with someone who lets her get her hands dirty.

Dr. Kit Voss, an orthopedic surgeon, is a mad woman. And it’s badass!

Did you see the way she was that brain? No wonder one of the most promising students heaved in a sink. That was brutal. If it was me, I probably wouldn’t have even made it out of the operating room before giving back my breakfast.

I especially love that she told AJ that maybe the best career move for Mina was the decision she made.

There is too much “male energy” trying to call the shots. AJ was overstepping his boundaries in more ways than one and someone had to put him in his place.

I’m glad it was Dr. Voss.

Based on the interactions she’s had with Bell, I’m sensing a relationship in the near future.

Both hold themselves to high standards and regard themselves as equals; that kind of woman is right up his alley.

Other Observations

  • Your body is capable of being a self-contained brewery, although, it isn’t exactly healthy.
  • The Resident doesn’t know how music festivals work because there is no way in hell that he would ever be able to find Nic, especially during a possible bomb stampede.
  • Chastain needs to look into installing new elevators because Marshall’s ride with Robinson took way too long.

What did you think of this week’s episode of The Resident? Will Conrad find out about daddy taking care of his problems? Will he be made at his dad for throwing money at the problem?

Will Voss accept Mina as her new resident?

Will Bell be able to dig Chastain out of a financial hole?

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The Resident – After the Wall (2×10)

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The Resident After the Fall

Man, it feels so good to have The Resident back.

In the final moments of the episode, as intense violin music played in the background, I found myself holding my breath in anticipation of what would happen next.

The gripping intensity is where The Resident has found most of its success.

The spring premiere reconnected with a storyline I thought we left behind in the series finale of season one.

In a twist that shocked residents and doctors alike, Dr. Lane Hunter was released from prison after making her $5 billion dollar bail.

Dr. Bell played a hand in her release and from the moment she waltzed right out of there, it was evident he underestimated her.

He definitely should have heeded his lawyer’s warnings.

Did anyone actually celebrate Lane’s return? Bell summarized it perfectly, she’s a “monster.”

There are the kind of villains that you love to hate, and there are the kind of villains whose demise you cheer for. Dr. Lane falls in the latter category.

While Dr. Lane was gloating in her newfound freedom without a care in the world, the brilliant minds and hands at Chastain were still repairing what she’d broken.

Conrad’s first patient, Natalie, was a former patient of Dr. Lane’s who was receiving Stage IV cancer treatment without actually having cancer.

She came in because of a fracture, was misdiagnosed so Lane could line her pockets, and now all of her organs are shutting down because of the damage from the chemo!

If that doesn’t make your blood boil, I don’t know what does.

Saving Lane’s patient the day Lane gets out of prison is poetic.

But what we really need is poetic justice.

She didn’t learn anything during her stint in jail. It’s infuriating to watch her prance around without any guilt or remorse. In fact, she’s even viler than she was before.

We can all agree that she had it coming.

After Natalie successfully made it out of surgery, I noticed this alarming look on Roger’s face and made note of it.

When the doorbell rang to her hotel room, I wasn’t surprised to see Roger on the other side, nor was I surprised to see him pull out a gun and shoot.

He’s lucky it was actually Lane and not a lawyer or something.

Murder is never encouraged, but man, I understood Dr. Bell’s sigh of relief.

On my end, I was just happy justice was served, but Bell got rid of a much bigger problem. Lane threatened to expose his patient mortality rates and the fact that he solicited an undercover cop for sex and didn’t report it to the board.

Obviously, Bell is no angel, but seeing him write out a resignation the board because he couldn’t in good faith allow Lane to walk away from all the damage she’s done was a sign that Bell hasn’t lost his moral compass just yet.

In season one, he started off as the man everyone despised, but since becoming the CEO, he’s repaired his relationship with many people including Conrad and Marshall Winthrop.

He even saved Marshall’s life, which we’ll get to in a second.

Bottom line: Dr. Bell deserves another chance, Dr. Lane never did.

My palms were getting sweaty as I panicked that he would accidentally hit send. If he had sent it just a minute before, the board would have probably assumed the “mistake” was that he killed Lane.

During the winter finale, Marshall’s life hung in Dr. Bell’s hands. And, as you know, those don’t have the best track record.

Thankfully, after eight hours, the surgery was a success and despite Conrad’s anger that he wasn’t there for his father, he was able to save him by getting him off the oxygen that was choking him.

Since Marshall formalized things shortly after by telling Conrad not to prolong life by aggressive measures if this happens again, I am going to say that this father and son duo don’t have a lot of time to right the wrongs of the past.

Sometimes it takes losing someone to make you realize just how much you really love them despite their flaws.

It’s going to be hard on Conrad, but at least he will be able to say goodbye on good terms eventually as they both acknowledged they have a lot to figure out.

With so much happening, it’s easy to forget that Julian was run off the road by her boss, Gordon Page’s, goonies because she threatened to expose his shady business.

Oh, and Devon was now without a wife and without a home. Poor dude.

Mina was giving him such a hard time because he fell for another woman while being engaged, but honestly, Devon did the noble thing by calling it off before it was too late.

Sure, he could have said something before the wedding day, but at least he didn’t let it get to the altar.

And, as A.J pointed out — talking more about his feelings for Mina than anything else — the heart wants what it wants and it doesn’t listen to reason.

Devon became increasingly concerned with Julian’s silence. Everyone tried to tell him that she was just ghosting him, but Devon knew something else was up.

Sadly, trying to get in contact with her only angered Gordon who had Julian’s phone and had his goonies scrubbing her apartment.

I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but she’s definitely dead.

In order to keep the FBI off of him, Gordon tried to frame Devon for her disappearance by making the FBI think he was a stalker.

I don’t know how “we need to talk” messages are going to convince the FBI that he did something to her. Sure, an abundance of texts is a bit “stalker-ish,” but I doubt he’d be looking for her if he killed her.

Either way, it’s not looking good for Devon.

I don’t know who is more evil, Gordon or Lane.

Hopefully, justice will also be served for Gordon who is the epitome of what we all hate about salespeople.

Meanwhile, Nic was scouting doctor’s for the new clinic she’s working on with Mina.

Everyone was in it for the money, except for a local street doctor operating out of a med van whose main interest was the patients.

We all know Nic is persuasive and always gets what she wants so it wasn’t long before Dr. Shaw was on-board at the clinic.

Maybe it’s just me, but I definitely felt some vibes between Nic and Alec. I hope he doesn’t come between her and Nic, but man, he is charming.

Thoughts?

Is The Resident finally putting Dr. Lane to bed? Will Devon go down for Julian’s murder?

Will someone figure out that Gordon Page is a sleazy dirtbag?

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The Resident – Trial & Error (2×07)

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The Resident Trial & Error

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 Halloween

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.

The Resident Halloween

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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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