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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 – If Not Now, When? (2×20)

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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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The Resident – Snowed In (2×19)

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A snowstorm hit Atlanta and it was anything but peaceful at Chastain.

I don’t know how this series never fails to have a bad episode, but somehow, they manage it.

A car crashed into the ER — almost exactly as it happened last week on Chicago Med — except on this show, the driver was a young girl with her brother who drove their frozen father to get help.

Mina’s a brilliant doctor, but since the girl reminded her of her late sisters and put so much pressure on her to save her dad, she began doubting her abilities.

She didn’t feel comfortable flying solo without a residing doctor, but unfortunately, The Raptor was having trouble starting his car.

He did mention the winters aren’t nearly as bad in Atlanta as they are in Chicago, but I don’t know anyone who could successfully trek four miles in the blizzard conditions.

The fact that AJ did it just goes to show you that he’d do anything, risk everything for Mina. His love knows no bounds.

His celebration when she handled it without him and saved the patient was so heartwarming. No one has believed in her more than he has!

The surgery was stressful mainly because we formed such a connection with Mr. Garcia’s children and wanted him to be okay for their sake.

And thankfully, he was. After warming him, stopping the bleeding, and cooling him, he didn’t have any brain damage and was just happy to be reunited with his children.

The kids allowed us to see Dr. Bell in a new light. His hesitation to bond with them or be left alone with them was understandable since he never had kids of his own, but it was interesting to see the young boy only open up to him.

For someone who doesn’t deal with kids on a daily basis, he did a really great job.

Though he hopped on Nic’s surgery without a second thought if it meant he could get away from babysitting duty.

CEO of the hospital babysitting — I bet he didn’t see that coming when he said the skeleton crew has to assume various positions.

Kitt was, as always, a joy and continues to bring out the best version of Bell.

Nic overstepped a little when it came to her and Conrad’s patient Donna.

While she knew Donna was eager to see Bob, her one true love from thirty years ago, her desire didn’t overwriter her explicit DNR.

When Donna suffered a strangulated hernia, she shouldn’t have pushed for surgery, and she shouldn’t have gone above Conrad to convince Bell.

When she saw Bell blatantly ignoring the patient’s DNR wishes simply to save a life on his OR table, she knew that she screwed up.

Thankfully, Donna was a forgiving patient who knew that Nic did what she thought was best.

But imagine if she wasn’t. That’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.

What makes Nic a great doctor though is that she always goes with her gut even if it isn’t telling her to do things by the book.

If Nic hadn’t vouched for Donna, we would have never seen Donna tell Bob to ‘go to hell.’

I mean seriously, if I’m ever on our deathbed, I want the energy Donna has. What a firecracker. What an inspiration how life should be lived and how death should be handled.

She can now die peacefully knowing she got Bob back for breaking her heart. What a badass woman!

Nic was also dealing with Jessie, who was in kidney failure and on dialysis.

Alec was taking care of Jessie, which is fine, but also felt like he was trying to prove something to Nic.

It didn’t take long before both Jessie and Conrad caught onto Alec’s feelings for Nic.

Nic denied feeling anything back to both of them, but I’m not so sure this storyline’s going to have an innocent ending considering the teaser addressed the seemingly random fight between Conrad and Nic a few episodes.

The couple seemed to ignore their problems temporarily, but like Nic said towards the end of the episode, there’s a pattern that keeps happening over and over again.

They’re going to have to talk things through eventually.

If Nic isn’t ready for the next step with Conrad, maybe they shouldn’t be together.

Alec is just waiting for things to fall apart, which bothers me. I fear that Nic will also rebound with Alec, and I can’t bear to watch that either.

I’m also afraid that Jessie isn’t going to survive this time around which will crush Nic, cause her to finally lose control and spiral.

As for Pravesh, the student became the teacher after he took a med student under his wing to guide him through his first death declaration.

It feels like it was only yesterday that he was looking for guidance from Conrad and now, he’s imparting his wisdom on bright and doe-eyed students who may one day have a good career at Chastain.

As long as that student stops declaring patients dead in front of their family members before they are actually dead.

What did you think of tonight’s episode of The Resident?

It was very case-of-the-week focused and didn’t really address Mina getting dumped, The Raptor finding out about her ended relationship, the return of Nic’s father or Pravesh moving on from Julian.

But all in all, it made for some emotionally compelling television. And sometimes, that’s all we need.

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The Resident – Emergency Contact (2×18)

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The Resident didn’t waste any time addressing Julian’s fate.

And it’s about time. The series kept fans in the dark about her fate since November after she threatened to expose Quo Vadis and Gordon had his goons run her off the road and into a river.

Now that Quo Vadis was no more and Gordon Page was neutralized, she could finally emerge out of hiding.

Seeing Julian wasn’t too surprising considering the preview from last week showed her popping up and giving a presentation at a conference at Chastain.

This is just one of the many reasons I despise watching trailers. They give away all the good stuff.

To be clear, we weren’t surprised Julian was alive, but Pravesh looked like he’d just seen a ghost.

Thankfully, Julian wasn’t planning on ignoring him.

After the conference, the two lovebirds caught up and she informed him that she narrowly escaped the vehicle (where were her scars?), swam to safety and went into hiding at her parent’s home in Savannah out of fear that Gordon would retaliate if he found out she’d survived.

She also didn’t think Pravesh would care about what happened to her because she expected him to be in Silicon Valley with his new bride.

Pravesh’s wedding seems like it was forever ago yet Julian didn’t even know he broke things off with Priya because of his feelings for her.

Those feels were validated and reciprocated by Julian shortly after her return as they hooked up at his apartment while she picked up his cat, Bailey.

Surprisingly, Marshall Winthrop knew about her whereabouts this whole time and was actually the catalyst for Julian coming forward to his recommended agent.

We really do have him to thank for the Quo Vadis takedown.

I didn’t see that coming nor did I expect the two of them to strike up a partnership to better the device business for both patients and doctors.

Marshall resigned his position at Chastain with plans of rehabilitating Gordon’s company and also agreed to help fund Julian’s new venture which holds companies and the FDA accountable for their products.

It’s nice to see someone putting patient safety first.

The chapter on Quo Vadis, at least this version of the company, is officially shut.

Julian and Pravesh’s romance was short-lived as she had to dedicate herself to her non-profit which required an extensive traveling schedule.

Truthfully, an actress of Jenna Dewan’s caliber was never going to stick around a series as a regular.

For this reason, I was surprised to see her come out of the accident unscathed. Her death was her out and a chance for the writers to simply write her off.

But having her survive and rekindle a romance with Pravesh despite it not being the “right time” allows her to swing by on occasion in a guest-starring role.

It’s also a healthier alternative for Pravesh to move on with his life. His feelings and decision not to marry Priya were validated, they shared their last dance, and he was hopeful that one day, they could finally be together.

I guess thinking you’ve lost someone permanently puts things in a new perspective; Pravesh was surprisingly understanding about Julian having to leave again, a departure from how he acted anytime Priya wanted to pursue a career.

Mirroring Julian’s careers vs. love crossroads is Kit’s storyline with her ex-husband Brett.

Despite breaking his heart into a million pieces —  her words, not mine — Kit and Brett had a very playful and caring relationship.

He was concerned about her and wanted her to find happiness, a rarity when it comes to ex-husbands.

When Brett’s diagnosis came back bleak, Kit did everything she could even roping in the best of the best — AJ, Mina, Bell — to take care of him.

Luckily, Brett pulled through despite a few close calls.

Seeing Kit’s backstory makes her character, one we already love, more well-rounded, but hopefully, the writers don’t use this to create a love-traingle between Kit, Brett and Bell.

Brett and Kit’s ship has sailed; their friendship means more than another shot at romance ever could.

And I’m Team Bell at this point. I’ve never seen Bell so smitten with someone. It’s almost strange to see him consider someone other than himself first.

Kit seems to be having a good impact on him.

He was there for her, held her hand, supported her, and even felt his ego a little bruised when he realized there may be some unfinished business between her and her ex.

Also struggling in the romanc department? Mina.

I feel for Mina because she was basically rejected after saying ‘yes’ to a marriage proposal. How do you bounce back from that?

The choice wasn’t easy for her as it took her weeks to even conjure up an answer.

Mina’s not the kind of person to wear her heart on her sleeve.

She took a leap of faith, which we know was hard for her, and was shot down.

Micah knew who she was when he proposed. He should have understood that she needed the space to make her decision and it wasn’t anything personal.

On the other hand, Mina, girl. Good guys like Micah are a dime a dozen! Weighing the pros and cons and making educated and informed decisions may have success in the medical field but when it comes to love, you have to follow your heart and go with your gut.

Mina couldn’t reciprocate the level of love Micah had for her.

Did she really think he was going to wait around for weeks as she made up her mind without even speaking to him?

Not knowing if you want to marry someone is generally never a good sign.

That’s not normal, that’s not love, and Micah was right, it means they shouldn’t be together or forcing a relationship.

When it’s right, Mina will just know.

Plenty of fans have been shipping Mina and AJ but didn’t know how the series could ever go about bringing them together because of her relationship with the darling Micah, but this was the most neutral approach.

It minimizes the drama and the pain from all parties involved.

Mina doesn’t strike me as the kind of woman to go lean on the next available man to heal her broken heart, but I’m willing to bet that AJ will be able to tell something is off with his girl and be there for her.

It seems like the writers of The Resident have been hit with the love triangle bug.

We eliminated one when Pravesh called things off with Priya and chose Julian, but we’re dealing with Kit, Brett and Bell, Micah, Mina and AJ, and now, Nic, Alec and Conrad.

Alec noticed that Nic’s been avoiding him after he told her he had feelings for her and honestly, what did he expect was going to happen?

Nic is in a happy, committed relationship with Conrad, but her business relationship with Alec also works.

Why would she want to sabotage that?

When it became evident that Alec wasn’t going to give up without a fight, Nic proved to be the good girlfriend by letting him know she loved Conrad and they should remain focused on their clinic work.

Alec then wanted to know if he’d have a chance if it wasn’t for Conrad which was so upsetting coming from him.

Is this guy for real? She just let you down easy, man. Why are you asking for more trouble?

Alec pursuing Nic while knowing she’s with Conrad is typical male behavior but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing because we were never under the impression that Alec was a typical man.

What’s more infuriating is that Alec and Conrad bonded over a joint patient with Conrad even suggesting they grab beers some time.

How shady does a person have to be to act friendly to someone while simultaneously trying to pick up their girlfriend behind their back?

This behavior goes against everything we thought Alec was proving that Conrad had every right to question “who Alec really was.”

Conrad also isn’t an idiot. He can definitely see that something is up by how Nic and Alec act around each other. There have been two times he’s walked in on them when they were talking about Alec’s feelings for her.

He has impeccable timing.

We finally met Nic’s estranged father, Kyle, as he cruised into the city to help Jessie post-rehab.

Nic had every right to be skeptical of her father’s sudden interest in their lives; he was never present when they were children and the only reason he was even around now was to leverage Nic’s relationship with Conrad to pitch Marshall his new app idea.

While his app idea wasn’t too shabby and had legs,  it seemed like Kyle was the kind of guy who had a new venture idea each week and never followed through on them.

Nic calls him out on being an absent parent, but he promises to do better this time if they’ll give him a chance.

Jessie has a much better relationship with her father than Nic does but considering she’s freshly out of rehab his erratic behaviors might not be what’s best for her at this point.

Meeting Kyle also explains Jess and Nic’s addictive personalities. Nic needs to be in control, Jess has a drug problem, and their father needs to be the charismatic man even when he’s lying to everyone around him.

Jessie is also in kidney failure which Nic attributes to the drug trail more than her drug addiction.

There’s definitely a possibility that Nic will lose her sister to organ failure and not an overdose. After their long road to recovery, it would be such a low blow but a sad reality for many people nonetheless.

Offbeat Thoughts

  • Why were Nic, Jessie, and Kyle drinking coffee in the bitter cold? You could see their breath as they chatted outside sipping on coffee. Are there no cafes inside Chastain?
  • Alec was introduced as this incredible doctor who wasn’t corrupted by the healthcare system but sadly, he tried to coerce a patient into treatment by lying to them. His actions were disgusting this week.
  • Conrad and Marshall are finally taking the trip to Anguilla together. Their repaired relationship makes my heart glow. Let’s hope Marshall doesn’t die before this happens.

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