Can you feel the love tonight?
Most of Chastain could except for Pravesh of course who was still mourning the loss of Julian.
In fact, Pravesh was right in pointing out that it seems the only person who cares about Julian’s disappearance is himself.
The police don’t seem to care, her family doesn’t care, if it wasn’t for Pravesh it would be like she never existed.
Pravesh didn’t spend too much time moping around, however, because of Mrs. Gertie, Mina’s neighbor who passed away unexpectedly.
Both Mina and Pravesh dedicated much of their time to finding out what happened to Gertie as her self-absorbed, money-hungry niece only cared about the death certificate so she could score her aunt’s money.
But Mina and Pravesh’s vested interest actually saved the nieces life. A rogue autopsy performed by AJ led them to the discovery that Gertie had an aneurysm.
When they scanned her niece, they found the same aneurysm was causing her headaches and would have ruptured at any moment.
AJ is in love with Mina, that’s undeniable, but as I’ve said before, I love that he respects her relationship with Micah.
And because of AJ, Mina and Micah may be engaged!
That is is Mina accepts his cliche Valentine’s Day proposal. Micah’s a good guy and it’s clear Mina loves him, but I have a feeling she’s going to turn him down and that’ll lead to a break-up.
Seeing as Mina just watched Pravesh pull the plug on his wedding, I doubt she’s going to be gung-ho about getting into an engagement herself.
Plus, I don’t foresee her curbing her worries about Micah’s heart condition which isn’t healthy for their relationship.
Mina and Micah’s break-up will then allow for some sparks between Mina and AJ. Though, at this point, I’m content with their friendship remaining strictly platonic.
Jesse went to rehab which is a good sign for her relationship with Nic.
Nic made good on her promise to be there for Jesse if she agreed to get help and thus, she had to spend Valentine’s Day at rehab’s family night.
I’m still confused as to Conrad and Nic’s fight from two episodes ago when she made it clear she wasn’t interested in moving in with him yet, however, it seems like these two are going strong.
A Valentine’s Day date with mozzarella sticks and sparkling water is honestly better than any fancy dinner. Good job, Conrad.
Even the cases of the week were romantic in nature.
Conrad’s patient was a man suffering from dementia brought upon by years of alcohol abuse. As his memory was withering away, his husband made a conscious choice to exist with him in this new world even if it wasn’t what they’d planned on.
Dr. Kitt’s patient may have been the funniest as he was looking for love in all the wrong places and positions.
Seriously, car sex seems really dangerous.
Though Kitt’s lecture about all the germs in the hospital was laughable as I think every couple has hooked up at Chastain at some point, including Irving and Jessica.
I wouldn’t be surprised if pretty soon Bell and Kitt hook up in some spare closet or something.
Their relationship is bound to happen and I’m not complaining, Kitt brings out a gentler side of Bell that’s going to be good for Chastain.
As for Irving and Jessica, well, it’s about time they made things official.
I don’t exactly understand why Irving felt it was necessary to keep their relationship a secret or why he needed to see another woman become interested in him to realize Jessica was the one, but hey, at least it happened.
Thoughts on tonight’s The Resident?
All the love delivered a slower-paced episode but sometimes, that’s exactly what you need before things really heat up.
The Resident – Virtually Impossible (2×13)
What an intense episode.
Pravesh got closer to solving Julian’s disappearance, Nic stopped enabling her sister and the Raptor’s “hands” performed nothing short of a miracle.
Nic’s storyline tied in closely with Dr. Hawkin’s and Kit’s patient, Eloise, a med student who needed a lung transplant.
Eloise’s donor, Lenny, turned out to be Jess’ friend from high school who had overdosed on opioids.
As the parents told Nic they’d ignored the signs that Jess was using again, Nic began to realize she’d been doing the same with her own sister, who arrived at Chastain a little too happy and was indifferent about being late for her job interview.
Sadly, when she arrived at the house, she found pills in Jess’ purse proving that she was using once again.
Jess tried to place the blame on Nic by saying that she was so overprotective, she needed to take the pills to deal with her.
At this point, Nic did something that was long overdue — she stopped being the enabler.
She told her sister that she was either going to rehab or she was getting out of the house. And though it was the hardest thing Nic has ever had to do, Jess needs that tough love if she’s ever going to get better.
Cleary, Nic’s overprotective worrying didn’t do anything for Jess because she figured her sister would always be there for her.
It’s only until she hits rock bottom that the wake-up call will hit. She’ll either voluntarily enter rehab and work on getting clean or she’ll overdose and end up like Lenny.
Nic, she’s stronger than she looks.
I was surprised to see her cuddled up with Conrad after their fight last week. Did they just kiss and make-up? Are they pretending none of that ever transpired?
I’m not complaining considering I never wanted them to break-up in the first place, but it was a weird thing to gloss over on the writers’ part.
Julian’s car was pulled out of some swamp and as we all guessed, her body was nowhere to be found.
Now, that doesn’t mean she’s still alive.
Gordon Page doesn’t seem like he’d leave any loose ends, which also leads me to believe that he’d have his goons displace Julian’s body so it would never be found.
And that, friends, would probably be worse torture for Pravesh than actually finding out she was murdered.
Pravesh began to put two-and-two together on this week’s episode, and after sneaking into Julian’s apartment and realizing the last person she spoke to worked for the FDA, he’s more convinced that Quo Vadis played a role in her disappearance.
It’s nice to see that someone cares enough to find out what happened to her.
With all the evidence stacked against Quo Vadis at this point — the defected heart valves, Bradley’s death as a result, the news that the last person Page did business with is dead — it seems Chastain’s employees might go after him.
It’s a good thing they all have a vested interest in taking Page down because after Bell’s call to remove the valves from his hospital shelves, Page will undoubtedly declare war and try to retaliate.
If only Bell could just pay off the debt he owes Page. Lesson learned.
It sure seems like Bell is making a comeback as a good guy and more importantly, good surgeon.
Even Kit is noticing and really liking what she seeing. Look, Bell’s bound to get a love interest sooner or later. If it’s going to be anyone, it may as well be the woman that brings out the best in him. Lord knows he needs that after all the bad seeds — cough Lane cough — he’s been with.
And lastly, that miracle of surgery.
Despite initial hesitation from the board, Chastain went ahead and performed, no, scratch that, they perfected, a triple surgery.
The odds weren’t in their favor but with such a brilliant team of surgeons, one could even say that best of the best, they managed to succeed with minor hiccups.
I got chills when the whole class watching the live stream cheered.
I’m hoping Eloise’s mother makes a full recovery for her selfless sacrifice. A mother’s love is unparalleled.
This whole storyline was proof that not every story has to have a tragic ending at Chastain.
They aren’t miracle workers but sometimes, luck is on their side.
Not only is the Raptor back on his feet, but his feelings for Mina aren’t going away anytime soon.
I know he’s giving her space and trying to let things fall into place, but he can’t keep ignoring this for much longer.
The way he looks at her makes me melt but she’s with Micah. The series has been focusing more on AJ, but we can’t forget that Micah is still there.
What do you think is going to happen?
Will Jess leave Nic alone for good? Will she go to rehab? How far will Page go to get revenge on Bell? And how will Chastain take Page down?
Sound-off in the comments, Cravers!
The Resident – Fear Finds a Way (2×12)
If you weren’t a germaphobe before this episode, you definitely are now.
The Resident’s “Fear Finds a Way” was basically a PSA for flu-season.
However, in addition to the regular flu, there was an outbreak that had most of the doctors at Chastain stumped.
You knew the woman Dot Jones and Michael Rady made appearances, they were going to play a major role.
Jones served as the prison guard who had a soft spot for Nic after she served some time there.
Rady played a man struck by cupid’s arrow after one date with his soulmate, Sue.
Now, given the emphasis the series placed on Sue, it was only a matter of time before she was pinpointed as the origin for this infectious disease that caused Chastain to take containment measures much to Bell’s displeasure.
Man, it’s always money with that dude.
He didn’t want an ER full of flu patients because it would deter other patients with money from coming to the hospital. What a guy.
When Jones began aspirating on her own phlegm, Nic broke protocol to save her and thus, exposed herself to the unknown virus.
There were many times that Nic’s behavior was questionable, but it all leads back to the house hunting with Conrad at the beginning of the episode.
Most women would be thrilled if their longtime lover brought up the idea of moving in together, but Nic treated it like the worst thing in the world.
While I wasn’t really a fan of how their confrontation at the end went down, I do believe Conrad has a point in that Nic doesn’t want to take the next step because there’s nothing left to be fixed.
She’s a fixer, people are her projects, and now that Conrad has taken all of her advice, the relationship is beginning to feel too real.
There’s also the Alec factor. Those two have warmed up to each other rather quickly. We saw the trio working together to find a cure for Jones and Rady, but in general, Alec is definitely smitten with Nic.
If things were to go south with Nic and Conrad and she decided to give Alec a real shot, things would get messy because he’s already engrained himself in the Chastain culture.
He speaks Bell fluently, I’d argue even better than Conrad.
Bell realizes he’s in a lot more trouble than he initially believed.
You’d think that he’d research the hospital Chastain previously had dealings with beforehand, but he was so eager to capitalize on the “flawless” product, he signed without doing his due diligence.
Now, finding out that the former CEO that Gordon was involved with was found “dead” doesn’t exactly evoke optimism.
Wait till he finds out about Julian.
I knew Gordon Page was a bad guy, but it seems like he has more blood on his hands than initially believed.
He even manipulated A.J’s mentor into vouching for the company.
A.J may have been off of his game thinking the only way to become that great surgeon he initially believed himself to be was by humbling himself, but Mina knew that A.J’s ego wasn’t at fault for killing Bradley.
I’m not sure why no one tested these devices the way Mina did or why the nurse helping her claimed that they’d be in so much trouble.
It seems like the right course of action if you’re trying to see what really killed a patient, doesn’t it?
Mina’s hunch was right — Quo Vadis’ heart valves weren’t strong enough to handle the heart of a young patient.
Operator error, as Gordon Page put it, was not the reason Bradley died, but a faulty valve, like A.J originally argued, definitely was.
A.J initially didn’t want to believe Mina thinking she would say anything to get her mentor back, but a bit of digging revealed his mentor’s motive — a giant million dollar sum.
A.J was a straight up boss in the scene where he confronted his mentor and basically told him his opinion was no longer valid.
However, Gordon Page is a dangerous adversary.
How is Chastain going to go against him and not lose face?
If only someone could prove that he was a murderer… oh wait.
Lastly, I really enjoy A.J and Mina’s scenes together because they balance each other out so effortlessly, but I don’t want the series to kill off Micah to make room for this couple. Is there a better way around it?
Thoughts on tonight’s episode?
The Resident – Operator Error (2×11)
That Raptor cannot be saved from The Raptor. That sentence, uttered by Mina, encompasses the whole episode.
The war between Chastain and Quo Vadis has been ignited, although Gordon Page was adamant about pushing off the blame on to AJ as “operator error.”
We know how cruel and conniving Page is; he’ll do anything to get his way, but this is the first confrontation Bell has had with him. Making a deal with the devil doesn’t seem like such a good idea after all does it?
Bell surprised me by not immediately placing all the blame on AJ, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.
Bell isn’t as irrational and hot-headed as he used to be, and I believe the weight of CEO has helped him get a good head on his shoulders. Don’t get me wrong, he still trips up now and again, but overall, Bell seems to have the hospital’s back, and thus, his doctor’s backs a lot more now.
Though he didn’t immediately want to start a feud with Page because on some level, Bell realizes that he’s dangerous. Yet Bell also didn’t want to crucify AJ because as a fellow surgeon who has made lots of mistakes, he understands its par for the course.
There’s no denying AJ’s talents either. This was his first casualty, but those hands have saved countless patients who were teetering between life or death. He’s performed nothing short of a miracle day in and day out, so even if it was operator error, Bell doesn’t want that on his record. I respect that.
However, at the end of the day, he had to make the choice that protected both his assets — Quo Vadis — and his surgeons — AJ. Is this the right call? Washing the blame away from both parties who may have been responsible? It’s likely this will come back to bite him in the long run.
The evidence was there: Quo Vadis’ valve failed. We know that’s a fact more than anyone based on Julian’s discoveries that the products touted as being “made in America” were being imported from China and white-labeled. There were no tests or success rates backing them up despite Gordon’s claims that they’ve never shown any wear and tear.
Gordon Page assumed Julian’s notes about that operation might be enough to back up his claims that AJ wasn’t prepared in the OR which shouldn’t have been the case. If I were Bell, I would summon Julian to ask her about that procedure in person. This would have been the perfect opportunity for The Resident to re-engage the hospital’s interest in Julian, eventually leading them to the realization that she didn’t just leave, she disappeared. Better yet, that Gordon Page was to blame.
That is if he didn’t just cover his tracks completely. At the rate he’s going, he’s going to run out of medical reps to push forward his shady business.
It’s odd that the FBI hasn’t come knocking on Pravesh’s door yet seeing as Page allowed them to think he was responsible for Julian’s disappearance.
Unfortunately, AJ’s ego wasn’t one that could win this fight. Though AJ coursecorrected during the surgery, he still ignored the instructions the device rep gave him during the surgery because “that’s how he operates.” It’s easy to pin the blame on a surgeon whose track record of being “difficult” preceeds him.
Gordon Page deifnitely had to pay off AJ’s mentor. The same mentor first swayed AJ into giving these Quo Vadis devices a shot, something Page would have wanted, and he now led AJ to believe that he’s not invisncible. In order to become the great surgeon he believes himself to be, he has to elarn huility.
AJ took that to mean he has to give up surgery until he does, which is worse punihsment than having the operator error on his track record. We are always hardest on ourselves, hhowever, this was especially hard on AJ because Bradley, the victim, was one on their own.
I don’t think I need to point out the coincidence between Bradley raving about the Quo Vadis devices and then falling victim to one all in the same breath.
It’s an unfortunate death despite Bradley’s minimal screentime. He’s no longer at Chastiain, but he’s become a good friend to the staff, particulary Pravesh, who can’t seem to catch a break these days.
Not only did he disgrace his family by calling off a wedding with the woman of his dreams at the last minute, but he also lost Julian, he’s about to be the FBI’s target, and now he lost his best friend.
Hard life, Pravesh.
Thankfully, he has a group of friends surroudning him that really care about him and his mental health. I shed a tear when they all devoured that pineapple pizza in honor of Bradley.
Conrad did Pravesh a solid by putting him on a case with a woman who helped him more than Pravesh helped her.
And he sure helped her by finding gloves or whatever it was left inside her body by a doctor. Can you say lawsuit?
While Nic enveloped herself in opening the clinic with Alec, Conrad reunited with Henry, the youngest Quo Vadis patient.
Henry wanted to show Conrad his MVP trophy, however, his mother was concerned with a new “tick” he’s been having.
Of course, with what was happening with AJ, Conrad wanted to test to see if there were any irregularities with Henry. Thankfully, everything came out fine this time, but I’m not crossing this storyline off my list just yet.
The Quo Vadis storyline may have been a red herring this time, but I have no doubts that this tick has something to do with yet another defective valve.
We all saw the way Zoe looked at Conrad, and in addition to his good looks, I’m not surprised she’s in awe of him. He’s basically the “fatherly figure” for her son, and the only one who has helped her throuhgout this difficult time. They’ve formed a bond.
How awkward was the scene where Alec assumed Henry was Conrad and Zoe’s kid. Wasn’t it obvious Nic and Conrad were dating?
Conrad and Nic both teased each other about these “potential love interests,” but I hope that simply meant The Resident wasn’t going to be adding in this love triangle anytime soon.
However, I do believe Nic will take Alec up on that dinner offer.
After last week’s shocking ending — Dr. Lane was murdered in cold blood (and deserved it) — I was surprised the only mention of it was a brief news segment that Bell was watching. Sadly, Roger did get caught for the crime, but like we all know, she had it coming.
I’m glad we won’t ever have to feel her wrath again.
So, I’m turning it over to you. What did you think? Will Bradley get a proper funeral? Will Nic and Alec become more than co-workers? Will AJ find his groove again?
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