Is anyone completely disgusted with what happened on tonight’s The Resident and more specifically, how the established, head surgeons handled the situations? I mean seriously, I don’t care how many 5-star Yelp reviews Dr. Bell receives, it’s known that he routinely kills patients and refuses to take the blame. Why is he continuously getting away with it?
He also shouldn’t be allowed to sabotage other careers because of his horrible calls, while at the same time ruining Dr. Leonard, who really seemed to have a good head on her shoulders and a patient-focused outlook.
The opening scene finds Dr. Okafor in the hot seat for a three-patient mix-up that happened 12-hours prior.
In the flashbacks, we see Thorpe and Bell discussing concurrent surgeries. Leonard tries to dissuade them from it because doing multiple things at once forces them to split focus and thus, welcomes chaos and mistakes into the operating room.
However, this is a hospital that operates with the money-first mentality so everyone ignores her warnings.
We’re introduced to our three patients and it’s a little bittersweet because we simply want to warn them that things are about to get really messy, but we can’t.
We have Christine, a single mother who refuses to see a doctor because of her fear of hospital bills. Her son and Nic band together convince her to get checked out and it’s a good thing she listens to them because she’s diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. I’m no doctor but the ones on TV tell me it’s dangerous; if it ruptures, she dies.
Then, there’s York, one of Conrad’s favorite patients due to his penchant for sticking things up his rectum.
Conrad finds pleasure in educating Dr. Privesh “on the frequency and creative nature,” which brings a comedic tone to a rather grim episode. And in turn, watching Privesh squirm while trying to remove the “Princess of Pancakes” from York’s butt while he scolds him for not being “present” is equally as entertaining.
Of course, York’s favorite past time is writing Yelp reviews of the Chastain doctors and Privesh’s is as negative as it gets. York ridiculously blames the lodged piece of family-sized maple syrup in his body, which now requires surgery.
Finally, we have Ed who needs to have one of his testicles removed. It’s not something any man wants to hear, but the doctors assure him he’ll still have one testicle left and “one good one is all you need” to have kids.
Three very likable patients unknowingly going into the biggest mess I’ve ever seen in a TV hospital setting.
There are many things that go wrong before the surgeries and all can be chalked up to Bell’s carelessness and lack of repercussions.
For one, Dr. Bell finds himself spacing out on multiple occasions because of the pills he’s been taking. That doesn’t stop him from being a pretentious asshole, but still, everyone quickly catches on that “something is wrong.” Yet no one actually takes any time to look into it further.
Confident that he can take on multiple surgeries, Bell forces Dr. Bradley to stay and help out, even though he’s just worked a 30-hour shift. Is that legal? Personally, I do not want to be a patient with an overworked and sleep-deprived doctor.
Then, there’s the obvious lack of surgeons. When they begin all the surgeries, it’s really only Bradley, Okafor and Jude assisting Bell. And when each patient starts exhibiting problems, Bell only leans on Okafor for help.
Granted, the problems start when Bradley loses consciousness mid-operation and plummets to the ground pulling out what looks like major body parts from a patient. Yeah, I definitely almost coughed up my dinner as I was watching that.
His collapse sends the operating rooms into a frenzy, with Okafor running back and forth between patients like a chicken with her head cut off. These are life-threatening surgeries and one doctor is trying to get them all done; her head is spinning and she’s bound to make a few mistakes, I think that’s pretty evident to everyone except Bell.
In all of the chaos, Okafor accidentally removed both of Ed’s testicles, taking away their ability to ever have a child; Christine crashed and Jude’s patient passed. I don’t even recall what happened to York — does anyone know if he made it out so he can return in a future episode with yet another unrecognizable object stuck way up there?
So now we’re back to start with Okafor getting grilled for the botched up surgeries. Except this time we know that it wasn’t her fault. Even the smartest of surgeons, which Bell technically is, would easily mess this up.
When Leonard turns to Bell for some clarification on what happened, he compares himself to Mozart, teaching the next generation of surgeons. Here comes the most FRUSTRATING line to ever come out of this entitled man’s mouth: “I pushed her and on this day, she simply wasn’t ready.”
I mean, every resident is shaking their head at this point because Bell is just so full of it. How can you literally blame the highly-skilled, but still in training, girl who tried her very best?
Publically, Okafor gets shamed by Bell, but when Thorpe asks him how they should proceed, he vouches for Okafor saying she’s one of the most gifted surgeons and needs to stay on the team.
The only reason he sees her as “invaluable” is that he needs someone to save his ass over and over and knows that she’ll do it. But for how long?
I have to say, after the day Mina had, I’d understand if she just retreated to the comfort of her couch and stayed there until her next shift. But nope, homegirl puts on her red, self-created dress and goes to “unwind.” Props, girl. I don’t know how these doctors do it.
Here comes the most heartwarming moment of the series thus far: Dr. Irving telling her she looks stunning. He’s always trying to make a move on her but I applaud him for not being too pushy and simply giving a compliment after a rough day.
Conrad wasn’t the main focus of the episode, which was nice for a change. However, we still saw him struggling with the possibility of Nic dating Jude, even having an outburst because of it disguised as a “work concern.” Personally, Jude doesn’t even need to be on this show. Nic and Conrad have something special and I want to dig more into that; what happened between them? Why didn’t it work out?
Nic got herself into some hot water with Dr. Hunter, who found out she had been snooping around her clinic and trying to tell her patients to get a second opinion. Did she overstep? Gravely. But at least she’s still doing it for the patients.
Hunter is very unlikeable and if she’s this upset with Nic for wanting to know “more” than it definitely means she has something to hide. As Nic put it, more chemo = more money. And time and time again, this show has proven that these doctors will do anything for more cash.
When an investor rejects Bell’s life-saving tool for being too risky, Thorpe offers him a tour of the cancer facility because “cancer is the number one revenue stream.” Isn’t that depressing? A disease that kills millions a year is singlehandedly keeping them in business and as such, they turn a blind eye to whatever Hunter is doing to bring in that money, I’m sure.
At first, I couldn’t figure out why this investor was so important or why Nic randomly brought up Conrad’s father. Do people just assume that when someone is mad or lashing out it’s because of parents and something that happened in their childhood? However, in the end it all came together — the money hungry investor was actually Conrad’s father.
The reason he hates him so much, other than the fact that he kept his late mother from him, is because they don’t see eye-to-eye. Conrad is all about helping people and he’ll put his career on the line for a patient, while his father only cares about capitalizing on the “winning horse.”
I can’t wait to see how this plays out. Will Conrad’s strained relationship with his father lead to a reconciliation with Nic?
Thoughts on The Resident? Who else can’t wait for Dr. Bell to finally get what’s coming to him?
‘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 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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