If you’ve been paying attention to the first few episodes of The Resident, you’ve probably picked up a theme.
The doctors get a patient with a serious and life-threatening condition, which oftentimes requires an expensive surgery or medical procedure. The hospital objects because someone else will get the organ/there isn’t enough money in the budget/whatever other problem presents itself. Dr. Conrad goes rogue and devises a plan against the wishes of everyone thus getting his way and creating a few enemies in the process.
This week, however, Dr. Conrad had his team of idealist doctors backing him when their hospital employee, Luisa, turned out to be an undocumented immigrant with a life-threatening tumor.
The Resident is one of the shows that touches upon the reality of our healthcare system: it’s a business, down to its core.
That means they can’t save everyone, not even one of their own.
Luisa’s surgery can cost them upwards of $1 million dollars on a good day and that just simply isn’t something the hospital can afford.
Add in undocumented and uninsured and Dr. Conrad really doesn’t have a strong case here.
Especially with Barb frantically making her rounds around Chastain and drilling into every resident, nurse, doctor and med student that they are to upcode: assign an inaccurate billing code to increase reimbursement. Shady stuff right.
No one is a fan of charging patients more than they are supposed to be simply to “make ends meet,” but worst of all, Barb is thwarting major surgeries in an attempt to capitalize.
Thankfully, Nic finally puts an end to all the madness by catching a grave error on Barb’s part; she stopped a patient’s necessary surgery to send him for an “MRI” before reading up on his charts. Had Nic not intervened, well, his metal penile injection would not have made it out of there unscathed. And that my friends, would cost the hospital A LOT more than $2 million.
Not only was Barb annoying, she was a walking and talking embodiment of everything that is wrong in healthcare right now… and she called immigration on Luisa.
Since I don’t have a fond grasp on how any of this works, I’m not 100% sure if you immigration can just come and remove unconscious patient prior to surgery to deport them back to their homeland. It seems rather unjust, but at the same time, unsurprising.
The storyline really resonated with the current state of things in Donald Trump’s America, which makes this that much more upsetting.
These days everything is a business and nothing can survive without money; I get that. But Barb telling them to stop testing on Luisa until they can verify if her insurance could cover it and then Luisa collapsing in the middle of the hallway was just brash. Couldn’t you at least try to cover face in front of the patient? How is one supposed to feel when they are literally dying on your hospital bed and you’re refusing service?
The theme of “you can’t help everyone” really carried through the episode as a lesson Conrad had to learn.
His other patient, a drunk man who fell over during their “doctors against cancer race,” could have received the proper treatment, but refused to help himself. Seeing him throwing back beers at the bar after being told he’s drinking himself to death was a somber look at the reality of alcoholics.
Seeing that bone protrude almost made me puke so yeah, I don’t even have the stomach for a medical show, yet alone to be an actual doctor.
Dr. Bell is another patient who refuses to get the proper help and is looking for a quick fix. As a surgeon, he should know better than that but desperation trumps clear thinking. His hand tremors may have subsided for now, but the effects — aggression and cognitive impairment — could very well cost him the job.
Nic has been onto Dr. Lane about Lily’s case since last week and it seems that her intuition was right. Lily is rushed to the hospital at the end of the episode because the cancer is winning. Why isn’t her treatment working? What is Dr. Lane hiding?
I can’t say I’m fond of Dr. Jude for two reasons: he keeps trying to convince Conrad to re-enlist with him and he’s hitting on his girl. Right after Nic admitted that she and Conrad were no longer an item, he was asking her out to a concert and assuring her it “wouldn’t be a date.” Yeah, okay.
And while their time in Afghanistan likely made them both better doctors, he needs to respect that Conrad thinks he can make a real change at Chastain. Sure, everyone is always after him because he makes calls that put patients before profits but you need a good balance in order for things to function. Can you imagine if everyone was simply in it for the money? His smile when Dr. Pravesh successfully drilled into Luisa’s leg tells you everything you need to know — this is is home and he’s going to fight for his patients.
Thoughts on The Resident? What are you loving? What are you hating?
‘The Resident’ Canceled at FOX After 6 Seasons – Read the Statement
The Resident aired its sixth season finale on Monday, January 17, and unfortunately, it will also be the show’s last.
On April 6, TVLine confirmed that FOX officially canceled the medical drama, which has been on the air since 2018.
In my review of the season finale, I pointed out that while I’m gunning for another season as I love the cast and all the drama that goes down at Chastain, it did feel as though the writers weren’t confident that they would get another season as every loose end got tied up and all the characters essentially found their happy ending.
In fact, TVLine asked creator Amy Holden Jones if it was intentional on their part, to which she responded, “We do this every year. Last year’s worked as a series finale also, but thankfully, it wasn’t to be. We left open questions and put new character arcs in place to launch us into Season 7.”
So what are fans missing out on since the series wasn’t renewed? Jones told the outlet that Season 7 would’ve featured Devon and Leela’s wedding, along with the “continuation of Conrad and Billie’s romance” and a mix of Bell being a patient and a doctor, in addition to his relationship with Kit.
While it’s a bummer that we won’t get to see any of that, it’s comforting that fans got a proper conclusion to the storyline with an ending that served as a suitable sendoff.
The Resident Season Finale – All Hands on Deck (613)
Can someone pass the tissues because that was one emotional season finale?
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if The Resident Season 6 Episode 13 ended up being the series finale because it felt so final. After a tense hour where two lives hung in the balance as Chastain’s finest attempted to figure out the mystery illnesses ailing them, everything came up roses.
The final moments of the episode featured happy endings for all of our favorites. And while I don’t doubt that the creators/writers have plenty of material to continue with a seventh season, if FOX doesn’t renew the series, there are no cliffhangers or loose ends to tie up. It all just makes sense.
Conrad and Billie exchanged “I love yous,” which brought into perspective Billie’s prior conversation with Cade where she informed her that he’s never said the L-word. Regardless of your personal opinions about Billie, it was a beautiful and pivotal moment for Conrad, who spent years trying to find his way after Nic’s death and felt as though he would never love again. The fact that he was brave enough to open himself up to the possibility and pursue the woman that made him feel again was huge. And Gigi ships it, which means so do it. The cherry on top was that they now made up this perfect family with Gigi. They never forgot about Nic, and I’d argue that with Billie around it’s easier to keep her memory alive, but it was bittersweet to see their bliss knowing that Nic got robbed of it, which also speaks to the realities of life itself. It’s cruel and beautiful in the same breath.
Dr. Bell finally passed the torch, and while Conrad was responsible for teaching the best intern at Chastain, Bell was responsible for crafting one of Chastain’s best doctors as Dr. Devi proved she was ready to graduate from resident to attending. Leela always had the skills and the smarts, but she needed that little push to believe in herself, which actually came from AJ Austin and his brilliant metaphor about being fearless like Michael Jordan. Once she “took the shot,” Devi was unstoppable, and Bell felt comfortable leaving Chastain’s most important patient, Gov. Betz (most important because he had the funding to see the hospital), in her hands.
Despite his progressing MS, Bell suited up for the surgery, but unlike so many other times in the past, he wasn’t hiding his diagnosis or the fact that it was interfering with his ability to perform the job. Bell accepted the realities and finally felt comfortable leaning on his team—the best team Atlanta has to offer. And it made me tear up to see how they all rallied around him and extended a helping hand when they realized he was having a flare-up.
It was also a huge moment for Bell to simply accept that he couldn’t fight through this one, no matter how much he wanted to. Bell has been dedicated to getting better for some time, so he took a necessary leave of absence to participate in Devon’s clinical trial, which will hopefully provide him with a full cure. There were a lot of full-circle moments where the mentor became the mentee and, in this case, Bell put his faith completely in Devon. And truly, there’s no better person than Devon, who is passionate about finding a cure with his trial.
Bell handed over the reins—his stethoscope from when he became an attending—to Leela, and while it was already a joyous moment for her, it became the best day of her life when Devon got down on one knee and propped. It’s about damn time, Devon. His love life has been quite a rollercoaster throughout the seasons, but Leela has been his one constant. I want the show to get renewed solely so we can see this wedding!
Bell also had a chat with Dr. Ian, who slightly redeemed himself by coming clean about his addiction prior to Sammie’s surgery and accepted the job again after Kit informed him that she was willing to take the risk to have him back on the staff. It was genuinely important that she highlighted that addiction was a disease and not a moral failing, and while he made some questionable and potentially dangerous decisions, it happened while he was under the influence.
It was nice to see Bell and Ian so transparent about their diseases because, as they pointed out, in many ways, they are alike. They’ve both operated when they shouldn’t have while believing that they have a handle on whatever it is, however, the difference between them both is that Bell has always come from a place of arrogance while Ian’s was motivated by fear. The distinction was important because it shows that different influences can often lead to the same outcome, and Ian shouldn’t be looked down upon while Bell is praised as a hero.
During their talk, Bell seemed to quell any concerns that he’s leaving the show by explaining that while he will be taking some time for himself, and his priority will be Kit and his family, he’s still going to be around to mentor the interns. I can’t think of a better way to have him involved.
Bell could also understand Ian in a way no one else could as they both had a very strong work ethic, with work becoming their reason for existence at one point. Bell could relate because it’s how his life used to be before he met Kit. I think that he might be a solid influence on Ian while also being a person who keeps him accountable and always striving to be better. Of course, Ian has to do the work to remain sober and not fall back into old habits, but I think it’s good that he has people in his corner who believe in him and want to help him.
There was even a happy ending for Cade and Yamada who realized that as two childless adults, the world was their oyster. There were no limits—they could live it up, travel, enjoy each other, and live a carefree life. As amazing as it sounds, I loved that it was juxtaposed with Billie and Conrad’s family moments. No path is better or right—everyone finds what’s truly meant for them, and there’s a reason Cade never fully fit into Conrad’s life.
As for Padma, she got the treatment necessary for postpartum depression, which, as AJ pointed out, can affect anyone, and was on a path to bliss with her newborns. This doesn’t mean there won’t be hard days, but she finally has the tools to be the mom that she wanted to be for her adorable little boys. AJ’s comment that they are that adorable because they look like him was very on-brand for the character. In a way, Padma and AJ needed each other—and their family—more than they even realized. It’s nice to see a series acknowledge that two people who are not romantically involved can be a happy family. A modern family for the win.
The title “All Hands on Deck” wasn’t used lightly as the episode required everyone to be on their A-game to help Betz and Sammie through their rough patches. And they hit quite a few of them.
Betz’s heart transplant was successful, but his body began rejecting it for unknown reasons. It wasn’t lost on me—or Bell—that Betz needed the same procedure as the patient at the helm of the lawsuit that kicked this rivalry into high gear in the first place. Full circle… karma… it was all of it.
Meanwhile, Sammie came in with a collapsed lung that led to an effusion, which gave everyone a scare that her cancer came back. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, and it was actually Gigi (a little Nic) who pointed out the red tongue that led to the Kawasaki diagnosis. They caught it right in time and were able to operate and help the sweet girl.
I wish the series addressed the role Gigi played in saving Sammie, especially as Conrad and Devon went back to the whiteboard a handful of times and couldn’t figure it out!
With Sammie on the mend, Gigi was able to have her birthday party after all, even if it was in a hospital room. All of her favorite people were on hand to celebrate, so she wasn’t even phased. And she has such a heart of gold, she even gave Mr. Giraffe to Sammie to make sure he takes care of her and she doesn’t get sick again. Conrad really lucked out with Gigi because she’s so pure.
As for Betz, he pulled through and made good on his promise to restore the funding to Chastain. The hospital’s services did save his life after all. And the funny thing is that they would have tried equally as hard even without his promise to save the hospital, but it was necessary that he came around and finally saw the benefit of healthcare for all… even if he did cheat his way to the top of the transplant list. Maybe his stone-cold heart was finally warming up. Let’s hope.
What did you think of The Resident Season 6 finale? Did you think they wrapped up all the storylines succinctly? Are you happy that Chastain lives to see another day?
The Resident Review – All the Wiser (6×12)
The Resident Season 6 Episode 12 kicked off the fight for Chastain’s life, which is, unfortunately, tied directly to Gov. Betz.
In the penultimate episode, Betz was forced to rely on Chastain’s finest for help following a helicopter accident.
We already knew Betz was a terrible man after refusing to give Chastain their annual budget and trying to ruin Dr. Bell’s image, but the fact that he made a chopper pilot risk everyone’s life by flying in bad weather sealed the deal.
Thea’s parents made a remark about how terribly Betz treated her while she was employed for him, and because of him, her life was hanging in the balance.
His situation wasn’t any better as he suffered a heart attack while throwing an adult-sized tantrum about how he wanted to be transferred to another “top tier” hospital. It was pathetic. You’d think he’d be more concerned with staying at the hospital that could provide him the best level of care, but that would require Betz to be a decent human being.
However, he began to change his tune when he realized it could work in his favor, so he attempted to strike a deal to get to the top of the transplant list. Apparently, that was the only reason that would persuade him to reconsider restoring the money from the discretionary fund that he initially pulled, which caused staff shortages and depleted resources at other hospitals that had to take on the overflow.
Of course, his offer came with a catch—an eye for an eye, if you will. The money would only be given to them if they promised that they would make his transplant a priority and if he survived the surgery. He couldn’t even do the right thing out of the goodness of his weak heart, which is truly the most telling.
I’m not entirely sure why Betz didn’t go to Kit Voss with the offer, and I’m not sure why AJ and Conrad decided to go above her head when they agreed to the deal, but the important thing is that everyone seemed to be on the same page and in agreement.
When AJ first considered Betz’s offer, Conrad was slightly shocked that he would compromise his integrity to make a deal with the devil. I love that AJ called back to Conrad’s humble beginnings as a renegade doctor who broke all the damn rules, wondering what that guy would have done in this situation. It helped to reframe Conrad’s present-day mindset by showing him that he used to be more willing to take risks if the payout was worth it. While knocking someone else off the transplant list is never ideal, the money that Betz promised could end up saving a lot more lives. ‘Do a little bad for a lot of good” seems like a decent motto to live by.
In a way, they couldn’t risk losing the deal. That’s something I think Kit would’ve understood if they had just presented her with all the facts outright. She’s always made Chastain and the patient’s priority number one—she was even talking to Bell about needing a “parachute” for saving Chastain at the beginning of the episode. It may be a poor choice in light of the tragedy, but it was a fitting analogy nonetheless.
Of course, even though they may have secured a heart for him, the deal still hinges on his survival. You’d think the man would simply be grateful for everything the hospital was doing to save his life. If this is how they treat their enemies, just imagine how good things must be for the everyday patient!
Doing things for the “greater good” was a common theme in the episode as Leela convinced Pravesh to accept Marko’s offer in exchange for more funding for his MS clinical trial, which could be Bell’s saving grace.
I love that Pravesh made the sacrifice for Bell as he definitely didn’t believe in anything Marko was putting down, though I cannot say that I’m into this storyline. I hate to see Pravesh investing so much energy into something that doesn’t bring him joy.
He’s always been such an inspired doctor, and it’s unfortunate that at the end of the day, everything boils down to money.
Billie and Cade teamed up to provide next-level care for Thea, whose expert piloting skills saved a lot of lives, including her own and Gov. Betz’s. No one would have been able to accept an outcome where Thea died and donated her heart to keep Betz’s beating, so it was a relief when she finally woke up following surgery to stop her brain bleed and reduce the swelling.
There’s a lot happening in Billie and Cade’s personal lives, but they never let that get in the way. They were able to put all of that behind them and see each other as talented, skilled, and incredible medical professionals. It would have been so easy for these two women to put each other down and make a hostile work environment, but instead, they were showering each other with compliments. It was sweet.
The “no-hard feelings” attitude seems to stem from the idea that everyone ended up right where they were supposed to be.
Billie and Conrad were thrilled to finally give into their feelings for each other as it felt “right,” while Cade and Takeda found common ground after being “dumped.” And while they promised to keep it casual and not clingy, I think these two are already way more smitten with each other than they’d like to admit.
Also, Irving’s “musical chairs” comment was so perfect and provided a bit of levity during a pretty intense moment in the episode.
Love is messy, baby, what can they say?
Cade’s father, Ian, finally returned to the hospital, but it was a short-lived comeback as he resigned after being faced with the reality of having to come clean about his addiction. He didn’t want the “addiction stigma” to cast a shadow on his incredibly successful career, and while it’s a bummer to see him go—and a huge loss for Chastain—I get where he’s coming from. Ian worked so hard to build up his reputation, and he personally wouldn’t be able to recover if he lost the respect of his peers. I don’t ever want anyone to feel ashamed of their addiction, or even defined by it, but he’s so early in his recovery stages that it makes sense that he wants to keep it private.
The most important thing is that he got the help he needed, kicked the addiction to the curb, and began making amends with himself and Cade.
Speaking of getting necessary help, there was a brief update about Padma, who is doing really well in the treatment facility following her PTSD diagnosis. Leela’s concerns that the feelings will bubble up again once she gets into the swing of motherhood are valid, but hopefully, she’s being given the tools to cope and manage when the time finally comes. It seems as though AJ and Padma have not been in contact, though we’re to believe he’s holding everything down in the interim. It hasn’t been easy for these two, but the truth is—parenthood never really is. There are plenty of ups and downs, and the important thing is that you learn to navigate them, have respect for the person you’re in it with, and have a village around you that you can lean on. It seems as though all those things apply to Padma and AJ.
And finally, leading into the season finale, which will focus on Chastain’s finest coming together to save Sammie, Bell’s granddaughter, who is in town with her dads for Gigi’s birthday. In the final scene, Sammie spiked a high fever and experienced abdominal pain during the flight—and since she’s had quite the medical history, we have our fingers crossed that it’s nothing major.
The two-hour finale was set to air this week with two back-to-back episodes, but FOX decided to split them up and air the final episode of the season on January 17. I can’t say I’m mad as that just means we get one extra week with all of our favorites.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!
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