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.
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?
The Resident – The Unbefriended (2×23)
Cliffhangers are the worst.
Waiting for months on end to find out what happens can be exhausting, but it’s especially taxing when you’re waiting to find out which character didn’t make it.
At the end of the hour, Nic and Conrad were keeping watch over both Kyle and Jessie.
They’d undergone a simple kidney transplant procedure that was complicated when anesthesiologist Smooth overdosed in the ER and ruptured Kyle’s artery.
The episode taught me two lessons: never promise anyone that things are going to be okay and always listen to whatever someone wants to tell you, despite thinking things are going to turn out okay.
Given how the episode played out, my guess is that Kyle doesn’t make it.
Jessie’s odds are worse, but the scene right before Nic was paged showed Kyle’s full circle.
Though he may have been a terrible and unreliable father when they were children, he came through for his daughter’s when they needed him most.
He made the ultimate sacrifice to save Jessie despite being terrified of the surgery.
His death will be much more impactful considering his strained relationship with Nic.
Nic will do what she does best and blame herself, but she’ll also regret the words left unspoken.
Kyle wanted to tell Nic something before the surgery in case things went south but she assured him they’d talk on the other side.
Now, she won’t ever know what he wanted to tell her. I have a feeling it has something to do with being grateful that she pushed him into becoming a better father.
Kyle’s death will be devastating but there’s no way Nic could ever survive without Jessie.
She’d be too consumed with guilt for not doing everything to save her sister.
Conrad has always wanted to do some of the heavy lifting for Nic.
She cares way too much and never asks for help, but with everything happening between Kyle and Jessie, she realized that she had to stop being the strong one.
It was okay to lean on Conrad for a change and he was more than willing to provide that shoulder.
By telling her to grab some air, he took the burden of saving her father (or her sister because the storyline can go that route as well) onto himself.
Jess did give her an advanced proxy so it’s possible she’s the one that dies.
Like most episodes, The Resident season finale was a little light on the happy moments, but nothing made me happier than Conrad and Nic’s reconciliation.
Nic needed a little nudge in the right direction and coming close to losing both her father and her sister made her realize that she couldn’t lose the love of her life either.
They’re better together.
He’s a better doctor, and she’s a better nurse when he’s around.
All Conrad ever wanted was some acknowledgment that Nic would consider a future with him.
Conrad is open to baby steps as long as Nic is open to having a conversation about the future.
Before you know it, Nic and Conrad will have the house, the family, and the chickens they’re talking about. I just hope we get enough seasons to see these storylines through.
Nic and Conrad’s relationship wasn’t the only one that was thriving.
Mina and AJ are also getting deeper involved yet their chemistry is way more subtle.
It’s in the looks and in the actions.
AJ’s bluntly telling Mina that Micah moved on from their engagement and already has a new girlfriend may have seemed harsh, but it came from a place of love.
The Raptor didn’t want Mina to go into surgery while still having feelings.
And he also didn’t want her to find out from someone else.
I swooned when he reminded her that anyone who would move on so quickly didn’t deserve her in the first place.
I always considered Micah to be a decent and loving dude, so I was pretty surprised to see him with a new “lovey” girlfriend.
Why would a guy bring his new squeeze to a hospital where his almost-fiancee worked?
Then again, it didn’t really matter whether or not Micah moved on because Mina’s storyline with him was completely over.
In fact, seeing him with his new girl allowed her to finally move on.
Most exes would be an emotional wreck seeing their man with some new chick, but it helped Mina understand that she never wanted a romantic relationship.
She saw what she could never give him; what she never wanted to give him.
She never wanted to be the woman that Micah needed her to be.
Instead, she loved being at the hospital and bonding with AJ over their upcoming surgery’s.
Micah was a good guy, he just wasn’t a good guy for Mina.
Seeing him move on and be happy was comforting.
I’m glad the writers strayed from putting Mina and Micah in a scene together. They are over and there’s no point in rehashing it.
Then we have Dr. Bell whose left with a particularly tough decision by the end of the season.
Chastain is in the red and experiencing a loss of profits. Does he sign over his rights about making decisions for the hospital to the Red Rock Mountain Group or does he try to steer the ship himself?
The old Dr. Bell wouldn’t have given this decision a second thought, but the new and improved Dr. Bell is walking a fine line between patient care and profits.
He’s seeing the hospital’s patients through a new lens — they aren’t just moneymakers, they’re real people who need help.
How can he turn away a patient in need simply because they are uninsured?
It’s disgusting to me that hospitals base a patients level of medical care based on how much money they have.
I understand hospitals are still a business, but letting someone die or letting their condition worsen because they don’t have the funds shouldn’t be happening.
That’s why I truly believe Bell is going to tell the Red Rock Mountain Group to piss off as he finds a new way to make money and remain the decision maker for Chastain.
Some sacrifices will have to be made, but if it’s for the good of the people, I’m not complaining.
I am truly saddened by the fact that Kit went back to her husband instead of pursuing her obvious feelings for Dr. Bell.
Hopefully, the situation changes come The Resident Season 3 because I think Bell could use a positive love interest.
And though I know it’s impossible, I’m still hoping Chastain gets a better PR rap next season.
Smoot made a mess when it came to Nic’s father, but I really thought there was going to be more to her situation.
She was “flirting” with Pravesh, she was stealing drugs, and she was using while on the clock.
There was so much more potential with her storyline that I feel wasn’t tapped into.
Overall, it isn’t the strongest season finale I’ve ever seen, but it does make me want to return next season to find out what happens so I guess it did what it was intended to do.
What did you think?
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The Resident – Stuck as Foretold (2×21)
The Resident is gearing up for yet another explosive chapter with that cliffhanger.
Nic’s been through it all with her sister, Jessie, a former drug addict who is in kidney failure and needs a transplant.
Despite all the drama that went down between the sisters, Nic’s always been the dependable one that has taken care of Jessie.
So, naturally, she immediately got tested to see if she could become a donor.
Because of some arterial anomaly, she was disqualified, but the remaining hope lied within their father.
Nic was skeptical about Kyle’s willingness to donate to his daughter because of his spotty past during most of their childhood.
Kyle was never a present father and while it was refreshing that he wanted to change now, it was also slightly suspicious.
Nic was so certain her father was going to bail and let them down, she even sat him down for a heart-to-heart.
Kyle promised that he was here to help both of his daughters and lift the burden from Nic’s shoulders.
So imagine all of our disappointments when Kyle lied about not being a match and then tried to defend it by saying an addict shouldn’t get a kidney.
The nerve of this dude.
Nic was way calmer than I would have been. Telling him to get out was putting it mildly.
Realistically, Kyle isn’t completely wrong.
Jessie is an addict and not a full recovered one at that. She even brought up her desire to use again during the episode and questioned how she’d resist the urge now that life had taken a nasty turn for her.
For all we know, that was supposed to be a foreshadowing scene that Jessie isn’t ready for a new kidney.
Nic had hoped this would be the wakeup call Jessie needed, but maybe she just wants to believe that so badly she’s too blinded by the truth.
It’s possible that Jessie might make the most of her new kidney, so don’t think I’m crossing her off just yet.
Nic’s devotion to her sister, despite everything, is admirable; it’s what makes her such a great nurse.
With Kyle out of the picture, it seemed all hope was lost of saving Jessie but then, Alec came around with a possible solution.
“How far are you willing you go to save your sister,” he asked Nic whose interest piqued.
Obviously, Alec hasn’t been paying attention because Nic would do anything.
Thanks to the teaser, we don’t have to wait until the next episode to figure out what Alec meant — he’s bringing in someone from the black market.
At least, it seems like it.
And now, I have an issue with this.
Wanting to save your sister is natural, but let’s just get this out in the open real quick: it’s illegal.
Nic has already been in the slammer once before, she doesn’t need to return there.
Alec was supposed to be a kind and helpful doctor, but every time he’s around, he’s steering Nic down the wrong path.
This isn’t the first questionable thing he’s done.
Conrad is going to become concerned because even though he and Nic have called it quits, he still cares about her.
Nic should really keep him around instead of allowing Alec into the fold.
Alec and Conrad have never seen eye-to-eye so I’m here for this showdown.
Conrad isn’t opposed to breaking rules here and there when necessary, but his risks are calculated.
Saving Fritz during a blood crisis wasn’t an easy feat for Conrad and his team.
Initially, they couldn’t figure out why Fritz lost so much blood despite his fall, then they couldn’t get him a necessary blood transfusion so Conrad brought him down the basement where he plopped him into some cryo-submarine machine to ensure he’d get enough oxygen and buy himself some time.
Dr. AJ took over with spleen surgery, and Conrad ended up donating live blood that hadn’t been cleared of diseases to save the man’s life.
Blood shortages are very real so yes, this was a shameless plug to encourage everyone to go out and donate at blood drives.
If you’re not queasy around needles, get to it.
Me, I couldn’t even stomach watching Conrad prick himself.
AJ was spotted chatting with a young woman at the beginning of the episode which seemed to make Mina a little jealous though she’d never admit it.
The fact that Mina tried to pry the truth from him while he was “inebriated” in the operating room only further proved that her jealous was alive and well.
While I assumed the woman was going to be AJ’s sister, it turned out to be a woman from the adoption agency who delivered him info about his biological parents.
It was heartbreaking to watch AJ tell Mina that his mother, a doctor, chose med school over him.
It was even more heartbreaking because as a consummate professional himself who values his career over his personal life, he completely understood her decision.
That doesn’t mean it hurt any less, but he understood.
His biological parents, who I don’t doubt we’ll meet in the future, live in Chastain with the three children they did want.
I’m willing to bet that one day, his bio parents are going to roll into the hospital as patients!
The moment where Mina agreed to be angry at the Raptor’s parents for him gave me all the feels.
These two don’t even have to say anything — they transfer all that energy in the way they look at each other.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bell’s two love interests came face-to-face in what may be the most exciting love triangle (square if you count Kit’s husband, Brett) in the history of TV.
Bell’s assistant, Grayson, brought his mother, Vivian, to the hospital where she was diagnosed with gonorrhea by Kit.
Kit was cool with Vivian, Vivian thought she was a wonderful doctor and both women spoke fondly of “Randolph” and just wanted him to be happy.
Randolph, who has come so far since the first season, ultimately chose Kit, who now has a difficult decision ahead of her.
She could give her first husband, Brett, another try since he was willing to make things work, or she could pursue her feelings for Bell.
I think she’s going to lean towards the latter.
Bell’s relationship with Grayson has also evolved. While Grayson still annoys him, I think Bell appreciates him and his quirkiness now.
Grayson straight up confronted Bell asking whether or not he gave his mom gonorrhea, which Bell found was noble because he was sticking up for his mother.
He then bonded with Bell by telling him he was a good and giving man, way better than his own father.
And, in quite possibly the most bizarre storyline to date, The Resident introduced a new anesthesiologist who came prepared with plenty of terribly punny jokes.
Though he wasn’t a hit with Mina at first, eventually, she made her laugh so hard, half of the OR was triggered.
But her flirty jokes to Pravesh, who is seemingly moving on from Julian Booth, were merely a distraction because she went to a patient and stole the drugs from him.
Is she an addict?
Is Pravesh getting in way over his head again?
When will someone pick up on the warning signs?
Is Nic going to go too far to save Jessie? Will Conrad be able to stop her?
And when will Mina and AJ finally get together?
The Resident – If Not Now, When? (2×20)
The Resident has never shied away from delivering emotional and profound television, and that didn’t change during their most powerful and thought-provoking episode to date.
“If Not Now, When” lifted the curtain on the US’ maternity mortality rates.
As Bell mentioned, the US, despite being such a developed country, is one with the most deaths, and black women are more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women.
The Resident addressed this epidemic head-on when Pravesh noticed that Davies was experiencing post-C-section complications
When he brought it to Dr. Stewart’s, attention, he waved him off with his ego gloating about all the successful birth’s he’s delivered.
As Davies’ situation became direr, Pravesh and even her husband were both met with the same disregard.
Their concerns were dismissed and deemed as ‘normal’ for a woman who just had a C-Section.
The tests Pravesh ordered took too long, and by that time, Davies was shivering and freezing.
Pravesh was right; the blood in her catheter wasn’t normal, she had been bleeding internally for six hours.
Stewart’s reaction was infuriating because he couldn’t even clean up the mess he created. Upon opening Mrs. Davies up, he immediately called in for trauma as her situation was beyond his control.
Mina and AJ tried their best, but as we later found out, Davies’ heart gave out during surgery and she passed leaving behind a husband, her newborn, and a young daughter.
Mina, AJ and Pravesh witness plenty of terrible and heartbreaking situations, but you know this was one of their toughest ones when even Mina broke down crying.
Worst of all, the situation was preventable and likely wouldn’t have happened if Davies was white.
Pravesh points out that there’s such a thing as unconscious bias, which seemingly is exactly what Stewart exhibited. He even assumed Pravesh “came to the states” as an immigrant because an Indian being born in the states is unheard of.
The Resident opens up the conversation for plenty of important topics.
Many of us, myself included, probably weren’t aware that giving birth could be so dangerous despite all the technology available to our disposal.
Similarly, I didn’t know Tokyo barely had any gun violence and their yearly shootings were equivalent to one day in a US city.
The US has a gun problem, that’s no secret, and many times, as was the case with Danny and his mother, the victims of gun violence are innocent bystanders and accidental targets.
The team was able to save both Danny and his mother, but as Mina pointed out, the odds were against both of them yet they had a flock of doctors surrounding them with help.
The same courtesy wasn’t extended to Davies.
The shooting storyline fell slightly flat compared to the heartbreak of the Davies family.
I was even convinced it was going to be used as a tool to push Nic and Conrad back together by helping her realize how precious life was since if she hadn’t pulled over, she would have been the target.
However, for now, Conrad and Nic have called it quits because they aren’t on the same wavelength and really, haven’t been for a while.
Conrad is ready to move forward with their relationship which means moving in together and getting married.
Nic is content with how things are right now and doesn’t see herself changing anything, which stems from her fear of losing people and losing control.
Their fight really irritated me because Conrad came there to have a productive conversation and approached their relationship in a really mature manner, but as usual, Nic shut down the moment anything serious was mentioned and tried to steer the conversation away from her own flaws.
Until she matures and is able to appreciate the love she has, these two will never be good for each other.
And it’s unfortunate because they are so good for each other.
I really hope splitting up Conrad and Nic isn’t the writers’ ploy to bring her together with Alex.
You’d think Nic would want the stability of having a secure future with Conrad considering what’s going on with her sister, Jessie.
Jessie has irreversible kidney damage and will have to live out the rest of her days on dialysis unless she finds a kidney after six months without a relapse.
Of course, despite Nic saying she was done trying to help Jessie, she offers to see if she’d be a match to give her a kidney.
And much like Nic, I want to believe that this will be Jessie’s wake-up call to finally remain sober, but I don’t think it is.
I think Jessie is going to be affected by how ruined her life is now and she’ll fall deeper into the rabbit hole than before.
What did you think of tonight’s The Resident?
Will Conrad and Nic figure things out? Will Bell keep his word and ensure that the maternity ward is taking care of all women equally?
Will he hold Stewart accountable for the senseless death?
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