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 Finale Review – Nic and Conrad Welcome a Baby Girl (4×14)
The Resident Season 4 finale focused heavily on relationships.
And with a season 5 renewal under their belts, it’s an exciting future to look forward to!
Baby CoNic, Giorgiana Grace Hawkins, made her official arrival into the world.
The moment Nic and Conrad became parents was heartwarming, but why did they have to spoil it by using a creepy, fake baby?
I understand that COVID may have impacted their ability to get a real baby, but I just couldn’t get over it and it took away from the magic.
I did, however, appreciate that a doctor and a nurse with a world of experience had the same uncertainties and anxieties as normal first-time parents.
My only complaint? Nic was up and moving around with ease a little too quickly for it to be realistic.
Also, why did little Gigi barely cry? Newborns cry… a lot. It seems Nic and Conrad gave birth to the perfect baby!
Television, I know! Though, I’ll admit, that CoNic montage really got me!
Much of the hour focused on AJ and his mother. While it was a blessing that her cancer didn’t return, the therapy weakened her bones and she suffered a broken back.
Neurosurgery was required to stabilize her spine, but the surgery was very risky. One small misstep could result in permanent paralysis.
Kit suggested Dr. Cain, but AJ was against it… for good reason.
Dr. Cain may be a brilliant surgeon, but he’s problematic in his own way. He’s put himself before patients numerous times, and he’s the reason that Mina was deported to Nigeria.
He already took one of AJ’s loves, so AJ wasn’t going to let it happen again.
However, when there was no other option and his mother’s life was hanging in the balance, he also had it in him to push aside their differences.
In the same way that his mother promised that she’d always take care of him and never give up on him when he was a child, AJ promised her the same.
When they showed the flashback to AJ’s time in the adoption agency, I was sure that it meant AJ’s mother wouldn’t survive, but I’m glad it was to make a point about the love between AJ and his mother instead.
You could see that scared little boy from the adoption home as AJ stood in the hospital and worried about the procedure.
When Cain didn’t pick up AJ’s calls, Billie stepped in despite her PTSD.
While it was in line with Cain’s character to blow off AJ, I was surprised that he didn’t take the chance to redeem himself.
However, he did surprise me by rushing to help without even being asked.
He walked out on his meeting with John Hopkins, a hospital offering him a position, to help out AJ. It speaks to the changed man that he is.
Yes, Cain’s ego is still there, but after his own health issues and his relationship with Rose, he’s learning to become a better man who puts others before himself.
Coming to help AJ’s mom wasn’t the only redeemable thing he did as he gave Billie credit for the surgery and even said he was proud that she was his resident.
He’s made plenty of progress — as much progress as someone like Cain can make.
It was the first time that we saw a genuine moment between these two characters.
AJ was grateful and assured him they could work under the same roof after all, but is that enough to make Cain stick around?
Since we know that Morris Chestnut will no longer be a series regular come season 5, it’s possible that he still takes the offer at Hopkins and leaves Kit Voss, the woman who gave him a second chance when he needed it most, high and dry.
I never thought I’d say this, but I would actually kind of miss Cain. He brought a “different” energy to Chastain.
If he does end up leaving, he wouldn’t be the first person to disappoint Kit. After she made a deal with Bio South, the start-up with the cure that helped Rose’s sickle cell, she found out that Phillip sold the company to big pharma.
Kit had a different vision for her hospital, so Phillip’s decision was surprising, especially since he initially seemed to care about creating an affordable cure. But with a pharmaceutical company at the helm, it would undoubtedly jack up prices.
Phillip didn’t even show any remorse when he was confronted about it by Conrad, and Devon, who trusted Philip, was blindsided.
Even the good guys will become sell-outs when it comes to money!
Sammie was finally adopted in a sweet ceremony that finally made Jake and Greg parents.
They got their daughter while she got two parents (and grandpa Bell!) who love her unconditionally.
Grandpa Bell melts my heart. There doesn’t even need to be a storyline there, I just want to see Bell spoil the heck out of that sweet girl.
Speaking of grandpa’s, isn’t it so sweet how well Nic’s father and Conrad’s father get along? Gigi is one lucky lady to have two incredible grandfathers in her life.
Bell also helped Jake’s patient, Roland, who needed a liver transplant. While available organs typically go to the healthier, younger patient, which would’ve been Devon’s patient Astrid, the doctors were able to kill two birds with one stone by doing a domino transplant.
Roland got Astrid’s liver while Astrid got the available organ — win-win!
To celebrate the successful procedure, Devon and Leela finally gave in to their feelings for each other. I genuinely love that she was the one that pursued him and planted one on him; she’s a girl that knows what she wants.
Their relationship has been one of the most exciting ones this season, and maybe that’s because I’m thrilled that Devon finally found a worthy partner who vibes on his level.
I hope this doesn’t make this awkward at work!
And for my least favorite storyline of the evening… Billie came home after a long and exhausting workday only to be ambushed by her son.
Honestly, what was that?
The text messages he was sending her bordered on harassment, but then he had the nerve to show up at her place after she specifically said that she didn’t want to meet him?
This is a terrible start to their relationship — if there even is one after this. The man clearly has no respect for boundaries and doesn’t understand that “no means no.”
I’m not keen on this storyline because I don’t understand why every adoption storyline has to be tied to a tragedy, but it makes it even worse that the child, which was a byproduct of rape, is now forcing her into a situation that she doesn’t want to be in yet again.
There are just so many things wrong with this storyline.
Also, the whole approach of coming up behind her was just flat-out creepy.
There must be better avenues that he could’ve pursued if he really wanted to meet his birth mother.
The Resident will return in the fall, and for the most part, I’m thrilled with the storylines that the finale has set up.
Are you thrilled to see CoNic as parents? Are you into the Billie storyline? Do you ship Leela and Devon?
Let us know in the comments!
The Resident Review – Nic’s Baby Shower (4×13)
Life was hanging in the balance for several characters on The Resident Season 4 Episode 13.
And when there were too many happy endings, I’m always a little skeptical. That’s what happens when you watch too many medical shows.
With all the happy moments rolling in, I couldn’t help but wonder if they were too good to be true.
And some of them seemed to be.
AJ’s mother got the positive news that her target therapy eliminated all of her tumors. Sadly, the promos for next week’s season finale reveal that we shouldn’t be celebrating just yet as she ends up back at Chastain and her life is on the line.
I don’t love this story for AJ mainly because I don’t want to see him in pain, but since she was battling stage 4 cancer, it feels like a realistic arc.
Sammie, the young Korean girl that Jake and Greg are gearing up to adopt, was suffering complications from her surgery.
Despite the risk of another surgery, it was their only option, and thankfully, Sammie’s infection seemed to have subsided thanks to Dr. Bell.
Again, I was fully expecting the other foot to drop, but I think that would be too much heartbreak for Jake and Greg, who previously lost a potential child when the mother backed out of the adoption because her parents didn’t approve of the child having two dads.
Plus, Sammie’s storyline is one of the things bonding Jake and his formerly estranged stepfather, Dr. Bell, so it seems like she’ll be a more permanent fixture in their family.
I love the bilingual aspect that Sammie and Jake bring to the series, and it’s always great to see Dr. Bell in grandfather mode.
Doctors are always told not to get personally involved with their patients, but when the patient is also a family member (which is rare cause doctors typically sit these cases out since it’s a conflict of interest), we get to see the storyline through all the way.
Speaking of doctors not getting too emotionally connected to patients, Dr. Devi and Pravesh both struggled with that when it came to their respective patients.
Dr. Devi assisted AJ in treating Doug, a respected and beloved apartment superintendent who saved a young boy from a burning fire.
Doug’s surgery was complicated and came with its fair share of risks, which pretty much solidified that he wasn’t going to survive.
Dr. Devi blamed herself and thought they could’ve done more, but even with the best hands operating on him, his chances of survival were slim.
It’s the sad reality of the job and one that Devi is going to have to accept.
It was her first real loss, and Pravesh understood what she was going through.
Even after all these years, Pravesh’s emotions still get the best of him.
When Rose came into the hospital with muscle pain, he couldn’t bring himself to treat her because he felt too protective over her. Seeing her with Cain made him angry and jealous, and not because he wanted a romantic relationship with her but because he didn’t want Rose to get hurt.
Pravesh’s reaction is understandable considering there’s only a handful of doctors who truly know how terrible Dr. Cain is.
However, Conrad was right when he suggested that somehow, someway Cain and Rose better each other. He’s still an arrogant ass, but at least when he’s around Rose, he’s tolerable and cares for someone other than himself.
Rose’s story also had a happy ending as it was revealed that her pains were a byproduct of exercising.
The gene therapy was also successfully and cured her sickle cell.
Rose has suffered immensely, so this moment was a long time coming.
Unfortunately, it’s also a reality we’re hoping for in the real world as the cure for sickle cell is still in clinical trials. Hopefully, more patients will one day get the same happy news as Rose did.
Also, Pravesh is in denial about his feelings for Devi. We know that relationship is eventually going to happen!
Nic’s baby shower went off without a hitch — what’s with all the hate against baby showers? — but the moment it ended, she revealed she was in labor!
It’s happening everyone… baby Nevins is coming!
I cannot wait to see Nic and Conrad become parents. We’ve followed their relationship through the highs and lows, and it’s all led to this moment.
If The Resident doesn’t get renewed for a fifth season (it’s a bubble show right now), I’ll be furious because that means we won’t get to see their journey through parenthood. Long-time fans deserve better!
During the baby shower, Billie also revealed that when she was raped at the age of 13, she got pregnant and now, her 18-year-old biological son is trying to meet up with her.
The text messages were a bit extreme as he wasn’t respecting her decision and taking no for an answer.
Also, if it was a closed adoption, how did he find out her identity and how did he get her number? It’s felt like borderline harassment.
I’m all for the boy meeting his mother, but there’s a way to go about it that doesn’t pressure or force someone into doing something they don’t want to do.
Billie was faced with a tough decision. On one hand, she wanted to meet her son, but she couldn’t shake what happened to her and was scared she’d see her rapist every time she looked at her son.
While what happened wasn’t the boy’s fault, it’s understandable that Billie would have her qualms about the meeting, especially since it took a long time to put the past behind her.
And honestly, what do you even say to the kid when he asks about his father? It’s a complicated situation and a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly.
My guess is that once Billie sees Nic and her baby, she’ll have a change of heart and decide to meet up with her son after all.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below!
The Resident Review – Best Laid Plans (4×12)
The Resident Season 4 Episode 12 tugged on all of our heartstrings!
Nic and Conrad’s relaxing spa day was cut short when they jumped into action to save a former patient who was critically ill.
Pete refused to speak to anyone but Nic, and when they paid him a visit, he collapsed right on top of her.
A visit to Chastain revealed that he was bleeding internally but the cause was unclear. That is until Nic realized that Pete was going through a vitamin deficiency.
It’s rare that a medical series addresses the importance of proper nutrition, but it’s so important to emphasize just that eating your fruits and veggies can have a huge impact on your health!
Let this be a little reminder before your mid-week grocery trip!
Even after a full night shift and an unexpected additional shift, Conrad made time to pamper his pregnant wife.
It’s what makes him the dream TV husband. Nic is one lucky lady!
Dr. Devi struggled with The Raptor, who was verbally abusive to her during a procedure.
She’s not the first one to scream it out in the supply closet.
However, AJ’s behavior towards her wasn’t okay even if he was going through his own personal hell with Mina’s departure and his mother’s cancer diagnosis.
Nothing ever gets resolved by hostility.
The Raptor kept comparing Devi to Mina, which is unfair mainly because, as Devi later mentioned, Mina was superhuman.
And Devi, as we know, does her best amid her own struggles.
I’m glad that Kit took the initiative to grab Devi and pair her with Bell when she realized things with Dr. Austin weren’t working out.
When she says that she’s not like the other CEOs, this is what she means.
Dr. Bell’s approach was much more Devi’s speed; he encouraged her, coached her through the procedure, and most importantly, believed in her.
Not every procedure will allow for that kind of hand-holding, but as Devi gets her bearings, it’s much more encouraging than the hostility that was coming from AJ.
Thankfully, AJ remedied his mistakes. He acknowledged that his behavior towards her was unwarranted and apologized. He even extended the residency to her if she’d have him.
Moving forward, I think this will be a great partnership.
As is Cain’s partnership with Billie. While mostly everyone at Chastain has kind of given up on Cain, she continues to believe in him and is patient with him.
The patience she extends to him is a big deal because Cain lacks it for himself. He’s hard on himself and continues to put himself down for not exceeding the expectations he’s set for himself.
With Billie’s encouragement, he was able to get through the surgery successfully.
And seeing her kindness towards him inspired him to extend the same courtesy towards Rose.
Rose’s situation broke my heart.
Not only has she gone through her fair share of hardships, but the minute she was given any semblance of hope with the gene therapy, things took a turn for the worse with renal failure.
The idea of being on dialysis for the rest of her life was not something she was prepared for, especially after being told that she may have a shot at some normalcy.
Without any support from loved ones in her life, Rose simply gave up.
When Pravesh wasn’t able to convince her to accept the dialysis, he turned to Cain.
Cain was able to convince her by promising her that if none of the treatments worked, he wouldn’t let her suffer.
Rose simply needs someone to be by her side and also ensure that her quality of life doesn’t decline. Cain’s the perfect person because he, of all people, understands what that means.
It’s heartbreaking, but I’m really rooting for Rose’s recovery.
As Pravesh said, she’s the bravest and strongest person he knows!
Rose’s health may have declined, but it wasn’t a result of the gene therapy, which was good news for Pravesh’s friend as Chastain decided to invest in his company as an angel investor.
It’s a risky investment since there’s no evidence that the gene therapy is effective, but Chastain needs to find a new source of income and there’s nothing better than a partnership with someone who is actually determined to better the world!
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below!
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