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’ Season 4 Will Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic
The season 4 premiere of The Resident is going to hit a bit close to home.
For years people have turned to television for an escape, but lately, reality and fiction are beginning to bleed together.
Our everyday experiences and dilemmas are beginning to shape and influence the content we see on television, and, in turn, that content becomes a direct reflection of our society and provides poignant commentary on current events.
For the most part, it’s exciting to see our daily lives reflected on screen as it offers a more robust and representative experience. However, it also means that it’s harder to escape the monotony of everyday life in lockdown.
There’s absolutely no way to escape the pandemic plaguing our world — it has consumed every part of our lives.
Everywhere you look, you’ll (hopefully) see face masks, people using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing.
And now, you’re going to see more of that reflected on the small screen.
The medical drama, which often draws from real-life scenarios for inspiration, will tackle the pandemic in its upcoming season.
Series co-creator Amy Holden Jones told Us Weekly: “Our premiere deals with the early days of the outbreak, focusing on the effect on our hero doctors and nurses as they risk their lives daily.
She added: “Long-term, sadly, the after-effects of COVID-19 will go on, even after we have a vaccine, and we’ll be there to show that, as well.”
The show’s writing team includes several medical professionals who weigh in on storylines to ensure accuracy. Daniel Lama and Eric Lu penned the coronavirus inspired episode.
Meanwhile, an on-set nurse has spent her time volunteering in New York City and Texas during the pandemic.
Jones said the episode would honor the heroes fighting on the frontlines stating, “their stories are moving, deep and tragic and continue to accumulate to this day,” Jones added. “We hope soon to share all we have learned.”
The show hasn’t begun production on the season just yet, so it may take a bit until we get to see these pandemic episodes considering, you know, we’re in a pandemic ourselves, and that pandemic has made it harder for cast and crew to film new episodes of our favorite TV shows.
However, this wouldn’t be the first mention of coronavirus in the series as the season 3 finale dealt with a highly contagious superbug that was initially compared to coronavirus.
The Resident also won’t be the only drama incorporating the pandemic into their storylines. Grey’s Anatomy previously announced that they would touch upon the pandemic with showrunner Krista Vernoff stating, “there’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”
It’ll be interesting to see these two shows tackle the virus in their own unique ways. As we look to relate to our favorite characters in our shows, you have to admit,, there’s nothing more relatable than seeing their lives altered by the same disease that has stripped us of so many joyous moments this year.
Do you think it’s a good idea for shows to address the pandemic? Sound off in the comments!
QUIZ: Which ‘The Resident’ Doctor Is Your Soulmate?
When you’re strolling the halls of Chastain, which exceptional doctor is your soulmate? Is it Conrad Hawkins? AJ Austin? Randolph Bell? Or Devon Pravesh?
Take our quiz below to find out!
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‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 4 at FOX, Expected to Return in 2021
The Resident has a pulse!
Fox has renewed the beloved medical drama for a fourth season!
The exciting news means that The Resident will be able to conclude the storylines that were interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, which shut down production on shows indefinitely.
Season 3 ended abruptly because it wasn’t able to finish filming the episodes.
We’ll also get to see more of the power-dynamics at play at Chastain as Logan Kim turned his back on the once-invincible Dr. Cain and attempted to schmooze up to Conrad Hawkins.
While he medical drama had been critiqued for exaggerating and portraying unrealistic incident by medical professionals and the industry, the series has also amassed a rather dedicated following largely due to its thrilling weekly patient cases and the relationship and chemistry between many of its cast members.
Plus, fans love that the series tackles on “ethical” issues surrounding the healthcare industry head-on.
TV Series Finale indicated that the audiences have tapered off with a 21% drop since the second season, but despite the lower-ratings, there’s no denying that The Resident has a strong pull amongst dedicated fans who watch faithfully.
Unfortunately, similar to many The CW shows, The Resident won’t return until 2021 as FOX released its 2020-2021 fall TV schedule, which relies heavily on football (if the seasons returns as expected) and many animated series. The network plans to hold all scripted offerings for midseason premieres.
FOX also renewed sitcom Last Man Standing leaving Prodigal Son and Outmatched on the fence.
Are you thrilled The Resident was renewed for season 4?
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