Family issues, a mysterious disease an one doctor’s major secrets shape this week’s The Resident.
The episode kicks off with a pretty ominous scene featuring Dr. Okafor as she heads home from what we’re sure was a long shift.
The angles set-up for an obvious attack, but what we don’t expect is Mina to ninja-out on the assailant who’s just looking to score his next hit.
Her self-defense is so on point, Akiba, as we later find out his name, is knocked-out, and Mina is forced to return to Chastain. She can never get a break from that place.
Everyone is impressed with her ability to take care of herself but no one more than Irving, who harbors a major crush on her.
Since the premiere, there have been several moments where the series falsely depicts the patient/doctor relationship. Nic’s decision to take Akiba home since no one was willing to pick him up and convincing his parents to give him another chance at sobriety is one of those moments.
I understand not wanting to let a patient go back into the streets, especially if you have family who has gone through addiction like Nic reveals about her sister, but becoming “too involved” is dangerous and sets a terrible precedent.
Also, the false hope she gave the mother who knew damn well this time wouldn’t be any different was cringe-worthy.
I’ve said I wanted to find out more about Mina — her backstory, what makes her such a good doctor, why she’s silent but deadly and we got more than we bargained for when Nic followed her home after she received an urgent call.
Turns out, Mina is running a little hospital from inside her home. Once again, this is illegal. It seems like the doctors at Chastain have a penchant for doing things that can get their license suspended.
But she does bring up a good point — if she doesn’t help these patients, who will? Nic recommended clinics but as Mina pointed out hospitals are closing clinics for lack of profit.
And again, we circle back to the premise of hospitals putting money over patient care.
It’s a nice segway to Dr. Hunter, the renowned oncologist that Nic has always been skeptical of. Her persuasiveness even got her kicked off the team.
Hunter’s decision to remove Nic was all the proof I needed to know that she was running a shady “private clinic.”
When Nic looped in Pravesh, who has taken her spot, he dismissed her concerns as just a “misunderstanding with Lane.”
Yet the more he talked to Lily, the bone-marrow transplant patient, the more Nic’s concerns resonated.
Eventually, he threw caution to the wind in what I’m assuming is another illegal behavior by an intern and ordered a full lab on Lily. The results were gravely different from the story Lane and her clinic had been spewing; Lily has kidney failure and if she were to undergo the procedure, she would definitely die.
Pravesh brought the situation to Lane’s attention and she did exactly what we’d expect her to do — save face. She blamed the employees at her clinic, commended him for catching the error and stormed off with an expression that clearly displayed her anger at getting caught.
When Pravesh told Nic, she gave him the “I told you so stare” before explaining that bone marrow transplants are the “Super Bowl” when it comes to billing.
Money-talk aside, this is a doctor that people trust who was willing to let her young patient die in order to up her paycheck.
Clearly, she needs to be stopped but if you know anything about people in power, you know that isn’t an easy feat. Pravesh and Nic can’t simply walk up to the director and point fingers without getting the fall-out.
They need to go about this in a smart way. Realistically, what can they do?
There seems to be a discord with the attending physicians and the residents over who is right, especially when it comes to Conrad.
Wilmot and the other doctors descended like vultures onto one of Conrad’s patients who he promised not to continue prodding and poking for the sake of finding the root of his pain.
When Conrad tried to tell them to back-off, he was removed from the case with the doctor even threatening to get rid of him.
And even after Wilmot screwed up, there were no real repercussions to his actions simply because he had seniority over Conrad.
In fact, anytime Conrad disagrees with someone (and he’s usually right), everyone accuses him of his God complex, which doesn’t seem logical.
Yes, Conrad is assertive but he also isn’t here to bill a patient for unnecessary tests when he can just talk to him and paint a clearer picture.
That’s how he was able to pinpoint the root of his patient’s problem and find a solution.
If the doctors continue riding on their high-horse while making irrational calls that will only steal them a “w,” I could see Conrad getting so fed up his father’s offer of running a small private hospital might actually seem like a promising idea.
Yes, he would still be buying his son by giving him what he’s always wanted — a hospital where he doesn’t have to deal with the greedy and bureaucratic mess — but at least Conrad would actually make a difference.
Conrad’s been getting hit from all sides of the emotional spectrum; his father came back, he’s getting push-back on how he should treat his patients and lastly, Nic is getting cozy with Jude.
When Mina confronted Nic about “sleeping with” Jude, Nic refuted the rumors and she’s wasn’t lying — there’s nothing happening between them. Although, Jude would really love for that to change that.
However, from the outside-looking-in, it definitely feels like more is going on, which is why Conrad semi blew-up on her at the end of the episode and apologized for continuing to think there was a chance after she told him repeatedly that they were through.
We all know that the reason why Nic isn’t into Jude is because she still has feelings for Conrad, she’s just too afraid to admit it. This coming from a girl who wasn’t afraid to go after an oncologist for mistreating patients.
In the top tier, we have Dr. Bell who is assigned to convince top-rated surgeon, Dr. Carver, to take up a position at Chastain. Everything was going swell until Carver inquired about the error rates. He was adamant that his new hospital would be transparent about them, which would obviously put an end to Bell’s career. He didn’t earn the nickname HODAD for no reason.
Bell decided to shut down the idea of hiring Carver by allowing Thorpe to think it was her decision; he gently reminded her how much money that kind of knowledge would cost the hospital.
Needless to say, Bell will live to see another day as the hospital’s pride and joy. As for the tremors, if they don’t go away soon, we’re looking at potential brain surgery, which would surely be the end of him.
While many things on The Resident aren’t accurately depicted, especially core concepts of medicine and responsibilities in the medical hierarchy, I find myself entertained by the narratives and the multi-dimensional characters enough to stick around.
Thoughts on this week’s episode?
‘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?
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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 Resident (@ResidentFOX) May 19, 2020
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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