The halls of Chastain will see quite a shift when The Resident returns for its fifth season.
Emily Van Camp, who plays the beloved nurse practitioner Nic Nevins, is scrubbing out after four seasons on the FOX medical drama.
While it isn’t unheard of for an actress to leave a show, the timing is unfortunate from a storytelling perspective considering Nic and Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) recently got married and welcomed a baby girl.
In real life, Van Camp also welcomed a baby girl with husband Josh Bowman, so she obviously has to do what’s best for her and her family. We also have to assume that the struggles of working during a pandemic impacted her decision, as did her potentially expanded role in the Marvel universe.
But there’s absolutely no denying that it’s a huge bummer for fans of the series, many of whom only tune in because of their attachment to the couple affectionately dubbed #CoNic.
We’ve seen the couple go through their fair share of ups and downs, but the fact that the writers chose to introduce a baby means they likely thought she was coming back for the upcoming season and had more a happier storyline in the works.
While I have ultimate faith in the writers, it’s understandable that fans are worried about how her departure will be addressed.
Nic is a crucial part of the show; some might argue that she’s the glue that holds everything together.
Her exit must be handled with the utmost care and respect in order to preserve the integrity of the character.
Since her character is a dedicated wife and mother, it’s unproductive to mess with the relationship by introducing a cheating storyline or a new job since it isn’t believable.
We know Nic would never prioritize anything over her new family, not even a new gig. Even suggesting that as an alternative dishonors the kindhearted character Van Camp has built.
So, this is where it gets concerning.
All signs and breadcrumbs point to Nic not surviving the premiere.
There are a few indications that the writers are going to kill her off and pursue the “Conrad is a heartbroken and widowed single father to baby Gigi” storyline.
The official season 5 poster pointed to tragedy as Conrad was seen alone in a defeated stance. His back was turned to the camera and the words “healing stars within” were written on top.
We think this will hurt us more than heal us, but we're always in.
— The Resident (@ResidentFOX) August 5, 2021
A follow-up trailer titled “Everything Will Change” opens with an ominous montage of CoNic’s happiest moments. It then shows Conrad standing alone in his daughter’s nursery before cops come to his door to deliver some news. Since it’s never a good sign when cops show up at your house in the middle of the night, many fans to theorized that Nic was involved in a tragic accident.
The gossip Instagram account, Deuxmoi, seemingly confirmed that theory via an anonymous tip.
“I can 10,000 percent confirm she’s leaving The Resident early in the upcoming season, but her character will die in a car accident,” a source told the account, though, these can be hit or miss so take it with a grain of salt!
It’s a frustrating approach considering Nic just survived a stabbing along with pregnancy complications last season, but it’s really the only way to handle it while keeping the character intact.
It also presents plenty growth opportunities for Conrad’s character.
Much like the fans (and probably, the writers), he never anticipated that he’d be a single father, but life threw him a curveball and now he has to step up to raise his daughter, likely with the help of his friends at Chastain.
And while we typically see the plight of working mothers, this would offer the series a chance to dig into the hardships of balancing a thriving career in the medical field while also being a present father.
The only other option on the table is that the accident causes Nic to go into a lengthy coma, which would also leave the door open for any potential guest appearances from Van Camp should she so choose to be involved.
The latter would allow for the character to come back, while also allowing the writers to explain her off-screen existence with a storyline about how she gave up her career to stay at home with Gigi in the aftermath of the accident.
However, Elkoff seemingly confirmed that Conrad will be a single father to TV Line, noting: “He’s really good at it. He’s just going to be the best dad you can imagine.”
He also explained that the season will pick up with a nine-month time jump, which explains why Gigi is so big in the promos already.
FOX entertainment president Michael Thorn told Deadline that it will be an emotional departure.
“The audience is going to be surprised and emotionally engaged with how we handle Emily’s departure and the way that it affects all of the other characters,” he said. “And yes, we will be introducing some new characters as we go along, but I think it’s going to be another excellent season. Amy Holden Jones does an incredible job,” he added.
While everyone involved with the series is staying mum on how Van Camp will be written off, they are convinced that fans won’t be disappointed by what they are calling a “potentially game-changing, development.”
In the wake of her exit (along with the exit of Shaunette Renee as Mina last season and Morris Chestnut as Barrett Cain), the series is also adding new cast members to fill the void and ensure the upcoming season has a robust ensemble.
Miles Fowler will join the medical drama as Billie Sutton’s (Jessica Lucas) estranged son, Trevor. If you’ll recall, Billie opened up to bestie Nic about being raped at 13-years-old and giving up the baby for adoption. While she didn’t want to meet her son, he’s been reaching out hoping to get to know his birth mom.
Regardless of how the series tackles this unexpected cast shake-up, be prepared for an emotional journey ahead.
The fifth season returns on Tuesday, September 21st at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox.
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The Resident Halloween Episode Review – Spirits or Symptoms? (5×05)
The Resident did it once again.
They nailed their annual Halloween episode out of the ballpark and managed to squeeze every single emotion out of me.
I love that the series goes all out for spooky season. As does Chastain.
Every single corner of the hospital was decked out for the holiday. Year after year, the series excels in delivering themed storylines that tie in organically with the plot.
The mystery of the three witches was Conrad’s first day back following his hiatus after Nic’s death. Women who believe in magic and are experiencing deep hallucinations are bound to get your mind off of the dark stuff at home. The three “witches” definitely gave off a Hocus Pocus vibe, especially when one of them freaked out about the abilities of the blood pressure cuff.
How cool and creepy was that scene where one of them snuck off to the bathroom and saw her evil self laughing maniacally back at her only to be enveloped by ghosts?
While it eventually turned out to be an accidental poisoning through an herb in the tea and not a result of spells, magic, or alcohol, it was a teachable moment for Conrad, who realized that these three women were together to reconnect with a loved one when the veil was at its thinnest.
It was a gentle reminder that despite being physically gone, Nic will always be there for them.
And the fact that he came home to a delivery of Gigi’s Halloween costume proved that she’s always looking out for them.
The case inspired Conrad to host his own pagan ritual to say a proper goodbye to Nic.
Seeing everyone in the house, sharing a meal at the table, and reminiscing about the good times they had with Nic was the sweetest sendoff.
And somehow, over the span of an hour, The Resident manage to freak me out before turning me into a pile of mush.
After everyone departed, Conrad went upstairs to check on Gigi, and when he went through her bedroom door, she was suddenly a sweet 5-year-old dressed up as an astronaut.
Conrad may have forgotten her first Halloween costume while being wrapped up in his grief, but it’s clear he never forgot it moving forward. He became the best version of himself for his family.
The series is jumping into the future, which honestly, is the only way they can really move on from this loss while honoring Nic’s character.
Seeing Conrad mope around and mourn his late wife is only sustainable for a few episodes, though, having him move on too quickly is also insensitive.
Utilizing a time jump is the only thing that makes sense at this moment, plus, it allows the series to reframe and explore new storylines.
After all, there have been a handful of shakeups recently, including Mina’s exit that left The Raptor heartbroken, that we need to move past.
Since it’s not known how many more seasons Fox will give The Resident — this could even be the last one — the time jump allows us to go deeper with the characters and see how things turned out.
Basing this solely off the teaser, it seems as though Conrad stepped away from medicine to be a full-time father, but leave it up to Pravesh (and his new ‘do) to convince him to come back!
It also seems like The Raptor and Leela are hooking up… or were, though, maybe that’s just how the teaser is cut to throw us off?
And AJ is now a published author.
Here’s hoping the book includes his sound advice about warding off ghosts!
Leave it to AJ to be a man of both science and science fiction. In the present, he didn’t dismiss the beliefs of any of his patients. Even though he knew there was likely a scientific and medical explanation for what was happening, he indulged them in their hypothesis. This is why he’s the best character — I won’t be convinced otherwise.
Spirits or symptoms is a sound premise for a future series!
His ghost expertise calmed his patient down long enough so that his medical expertise could diagnose him with a life-threatening tumor. Win-win.
Pravesh may not have been a believer, but whatever happened in room 2413 (“it’s haunted, I won’t go in there” – Nolan) convinced him to abandon the historical apartment with “character” for more modern fixing hopefully not built atop of a burial site.
Kit channeled her inner Mary Poppins — I’ll never unsee it now — to entertain the children at the daycare, but she didn’t stop worrying about Dr. Bell, who boldly picked up a hitchhiker on the side of the road.
We know hitchhikers tend to be bad news, so it was clear that there was going to be something up with Mike.
Did I expect him to be a full-blown serial killer that slashed three people before hopping into Bell’s Mercedes and forcing him under the knife, so to speak, to pay for the sins of his past?
Absolutely not. But I wasn’t opposed to the storyline.
I was genuinely concerned about Bell’s well-being once we knew there was a serial killer on the loose, Mike began inquiring if Bell ever murdered anyone, and when he asked him to drop him off in some dark street far away from the main road.
Thankfully, Mike appreciated Bell’s honesty and the fact that he owned up to his previous mistakes, so he let him go.
I doubt that would ever happen in a real-life brush with a serial killer wielding a knife, but I’m glad that’s how it went down for Bell’s sake.
And it’s always nice to see the series acknowledge the massive character growth. It’s important that they didn’t forget who Bell was when all of this started.
There were medical cases, there were fun moments where Chastain’s finest indulged in some chilling antics, and there was closure to Nic’s death topped with an emotional time jump the finish things off.
What did you think of the annual Halloween episode? Are you excited about the time jump?
Let us know your thoughts below!
The Resident Review – Now What? (5×04)
The hardest thing to do is accept what you don’t understand.
Conrad spent much of The Resident Season 5 Episode 4 looking for answers to explain Nic’s tragic and unexpected death.
While everyone has to go through the process of grieving, Conrad’s was concerning to his loved ones.
His obsession to find an answer that wasn’t there caused him to spiral.
He needed to make peace with it, and when he couldn’t, he got a little nudge from Pravesh.
I love that Pravesh was real with Conrad. It pained him to say it, but it needed to be said.
And that kind of thing should always come from a good and trusted friend.
Conrad was there for Pravesh when his dad died, and now, he was returning the favor.
Conrad was so broken without Nic — it was tough to watch. That was his rock, his world, his everything.
How do you even begin to move on? It’s unbearable.
The sad truth is that Nic’s death was a freak accident. He might never know what happened, which is hard for a doctor to stomach because they’re always looking for answers.
Towards the end of the episode, after Conrad finally came to terms with his loss, he broke down before revisiting the scene of the crash one last time, which is where he spotted a deer.
It sort of implies Nic swerved to avoid hitting a deer, but it could also be interpreted as Nic’s spirit checking up on him.
Do with that scene what you will, but I’ll forever judge a deer when I see one on the side of the road.
And as much as he wanted an answer, it’s a sigh of relief that Gigi doesn’t have a genetic heart condition to deal with on top of everything.
Dr. Devi had her first brush with an egotistical doctor, and, boy, did I feel for her.
I find myself forgetting that she’s an intern sometimes because she’s so talented and fits in so well with the group.
Kranepool definitely channeled a season 1 Bell vibe.
He was using his arrogance and tenure to mask the fact that his eyesight was on the decline. By putting the blame mostly on interns, he didn’t have to admit his faults and the fact that his career was coming to an end.
While his behavior towards Devi was unacceptable, it was only a fraction of the problem. In reality, Kranepool’s declining health put patients in jeopardy and was a liability for the hopsital.
For those reasons, I think it’s awesome the Devi spoke up. Or rather, snacked on a chip and nodded. It was a step below doing an interpretive dance.
I also admire that Devi still did what her gut told her to do instead of taking Pravesh’s advice.
Women, oftentimes, have to tread much more carefully than men. In this case, she feared retaliation, so it’s awesome that Dr. Kit is the kind of CEO that will address these situations,
Bell was pretty inconspicuous with his approach, but when Kranepool visibly almost killed a patient, he had no choice but to step in.
He recognized his past self in Kranepool, which is why he knew exactly what to say to convince him to retire.
There was a point in time where Bell would act in the same manner, but even he noted that he’s not the same person he was four years ago.
Thank god for that because this Bell is a keeper.
His friendship/ borderline relationship with Kit Voss is one of the sweetest in the series. The BACK RUB! Enough said!
I want them to pursue those feelings, but I’m kind of digging this supportive thing they’ve got going on. It’s an unspoken understanding that just works for them.
Billie and Trevor’s relationship is messy, especially when he comes to hang out at the hospital.
Obviously, that was never AJ’s intention, but it’s understandable that Billie doesn’t want to keep running into her son when it isn’t on her terms.
However, I think Billie and Devi’s chat about people deserving the truth no matter how bad is a bit of foreshadowing. Also, that is a friendship I’m ready to ship! Who else misses all the doctors hanging out at the bar to cool off after an intense shift? This was a good moment to bring it back to the basics.
Billie is avoiding Trevor not because she hates him but because she wants to protect him. But her actions are hurting him even more and feeding into his feelings of abandonment.
Trevor wants to know where he came from; he wants to get to know his roots.
The Raptor recognized that and figured he could be a source of support and mentorship. And he’s great at it.
AJ knows exactly what Trevor is going through, so he’s able to advise, but he also calls him out. It’s a great balance, and it’s something that Trevor, who strikes me as a smart and good guy deep down inside, really needs.
He needs a role model since that’s all he’s ever really wanted from Billie and his father.
Billie has every right to her feelings, but she was a bit harsh with AJ.
Still, AJ is such a gentleman that he honored her wishes.
And am I picking up on a bit of chemistry between the two of them?
The Raptor’s romance with Mina was so pure, I don’t know if I could get behind him and Billie.
And especially not if he’s going to develop a strong relationship with Trevor. I don’t believe in fairytales enough to be convinced that they could, at some point, end up some happy modern family.
As I mentioned, Trevor has a lot to learn from The Raptor, and I particularly loved the scene where he asked him what kind of man he wants to be after defending his choice to save the cop that pulled them over.
The Raptor doesn’t judge when he steps into that OR. He has taken an oath to save anyone and everyone, regardless if they do him wrong. It’s what makes him exceptional. It’s a mindset I think we could all adopt and benefit from.
The Halloween episode is coming up next week and those flashbacks to #CoNic gave me chills. What do you think the shocking moment is in the preview? What is behind the door that Conrad opens?
Does Emil Van Camp return as a ghost? Or is he stepping into his future and seeing Gigi as a toddler/ young adult?
Sound off in the comments!
The Resident Review – Nic’s Goodbye (5×04)
Goodbye, Nicolette Nevins. You changed the lives of so many both in life and in death.
While we all knew this was going to be a tough episode, I didn’t expect Conrad to hold it together better than I did.
I’m a snotty, teary mess after the beautifully written The Resident Season 5 Episode 4.
Hats off to the writers for delivering a goodbye worthy of the greatness that always exuded from the loving and caring Nic.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Emily Van Camp’s exit had to make sense in terms of her character, who unconditionally loved Gigi and Conrad and would never abandon them.
Therefore, the only narrative that made sense was killing Nic off.
After a single-car collision, Nic was helicoptered to Chastain, where after several CT scans and a thorough exam by Pravesh, she was declared brain dead.
“Nic’s gone,” Kit told Bell.
It’s a hard reality to accept for a loved one, especially when, on the outside, Nic looked peaceful and healthy.
Kyle was in denial about her death, and while his pushback to Conrad was understandable, it also made a very hard situation even worse. This is the last thing Conrad wanted. Everyone at Chastain loved Nic like one of their own, and they did everything to save her — from the residents to the nurses to the doctors.
I wouldn’t say Conrad was in denial, but he was optimistic because he wanted a different outcome. How could he not?
His happily ever after was just beginning. Conrad and Nic got married and they welcomed Gigi. They weathered so many storms that he didn’t want to give up on it; he didn’t want to give up on her.
But Conrad is a man of science who goes through these situations daily with patients.
He wanted honesty, and the honest truth is that Nic was no longer with them.
The only thing keeping her heart beating and her lungs breathing was a machine.
At this point, all he could do for her is honor her wishes about organ donation.
It wouldn’t make sense in terms of plot or character for him to fight to hold on because he knows the reality of the situation.
But you have to hand it to him for handling Nic’s death with class and strength when everyone would have understood if he lost it.
Scene after scene, my heart broke more and more, but there was nothing more tragic than Conrad accepting Nic’s death and taking Gigi in to see her mother one last time.
I also broke down quite intensely when they wheeled Nic through the halls — her last walk through a place where she had spent so much time giving all of herself for others.
Seeing flashbacks with all the other characters was a testament to the impact she had on everyone at Chastain. She was the glue holding them all together. This wasn’t just a loss for Conrad and Gigi, it was a loss for every doctor and for Chastain as a whole.
And even in the darkest moments, the writers managed to offer a positive with a storyline that featured a patient that Nic helped while she was alive. Her organ donation ensured that Mr. Lopez was given a second chance at life by undergoing trachea surgery.
Leave it to AJ to point out that there is a silver lining even in tragedy; organ donation can be the light at a very dark tunnel.
As ridiculous as it sounds, I couldn’t help but feel a little mad at Van Camp because I selfishly wanted her to stay. She was such a well-developed character and so integral to the show, that it’s such a huge loss felt so deeply.
Following the episode, Van Camp spoke to TV Line and revealed the reason she left the show included her growing family, COVID, and a hectic schedule. All fair, I know. I forgive her.
“I spent so many years on network television, but then suddenly priorities shifted,” she explained. “I think there comes a moment in every woman’s life — in every person’s life — where it becomes less about work and more about family, and that’s what happened while I was making the show. Doing that many episodes in a different city and then you add COVID to that, most of us couldn’t see our families for almost a year. It really solidified for me that family is where my heart is at the moment.”
She explained that she remains on good terms with everyone.
“It’s such a bittersweet moment for me. I loved doing The Resident so much for the four years I was on it. Oftentimes you hear about someone exiting a show because something bad had happened or there was some bad blood. But in this case, it’s the exact opposite. There’s nothing but love and respect between all of us and this decision was not an easy one for anybody. But it was the right one for me, personally. I’m grateful that I was met with understanding and compassion.”
So, while it was definitely a hard watch, we’ll all make it through it, Resident fans.
We have to be just as strong as Conrad was.
Next up, Conrad will begin the grieving process, which also includes trying to figure out what lead to Nic’s death in the first place. If there were no other cars on the scene, no other victims, and her body didn’t sustain any other injuries typical of a car wreck, what happened?
What did everyone think about the episode? Do you think the writers did justice by Nic?
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