Man, it feels so good to have The Resident back.
In the final moments of the episode, as intense violin music played in the background, I found myself holding my breath in anticipation of what would happen next.
The gripping intensity is where The Resident has found most of its success.
The spring premiere reconnected with a storyline I thought we left behind in the series finale of season one.
In a twist that shocked residents and doctors alike, Dr. Lane Hunter was released from prison after making her $5 billion dollar bail.
Dr. Bell played a hand in her release and from the moment she waltzed right out of there, it was evident he underestimated her.
He definitely should have heeded his lawyer’s warnings.
Did anyone actually celebrate Lane’s return? Bell summarized it perfectly, she’s a “monster.”
There are the kind of villains that you love to hate, and there are the kind of villains whose demise you cheer for. Dr. Lane falls in the latter category.
While Dr. Lane was gloating in her newfound freedom without a care in the world, the brilliant minds and hands at Chastain were still repairing what she’d broken.
Conrad’s first patient, Natalie, was a former patient of Dr. Lane’s who was receiving Stage IV cancer treatment without actually having cancer.
She came in because of a fracture, was misdiagnosed so Lane could line her pockets, and now all of her organs are shutting down because of the damage from the chemo!
If that doesn’t make your blood boil, I don’t know what does.
Saving Lane’s patient the day Lane gets out of prison is poetic.
But what we really need is poetic justice.
She didn’t learn anything during her stint in jail. It’s infuriating to watch her prance around without any guilt or remorse. In fact, she’s even viler than she was before.
We can all agree that she had it coming.
After Natalie successfully made it out of surgery, I noticed this alarming look on Roger’s face and made note of it.
When the doorbell rang to her hotel room, I wasn’t surprised to see Roger on the other side, nor was I surprised to see him pull out a gun and shoot.
He’s lucky it was actually Lane and not a lawyer or something.
Murder is never encouraged, but man, I understood Dr. Bell’s sigh of relief.
On my end, I was just happy justice was served, but Bell got rid of a much bigger problem. Lane threatened to expose his patient mortality rates and the fact that he solicited an undercover cop for sex and didn’t report it to the board.
Obviously, Bell is no angel, but seeing him write out a resignation the board because he couldn’t in good faith allow Lane to walk away from all the damage she’s done was a sign that Bell hasn’t lost his moral compass just yet.
In season one, he started off as the man everyone despised, but since becoming the CEO, he’s repaired his relationship with many people including Conrad and Marshall Winthrop.
He even saved Marshall’s life, which we’ll get to in a second.
Bottom line: Dr. Bell deserves another chance, Dr. Lane never did.
My palms were getting sweaty as I panicked that he would accidentally hit send. If he had sent it just a minute before, the board would have probably assumed the “mistake” was that he killed Lane.
During the winter finale, Marshall’s life hung in Dr. Bell’s hands. And, as you know, those don’t have the best track record.
Thankfully, after eight hours, the surgery was a success and despite Conrad’s anger that he wasn’t there for his father, he was able to save him by getting him off the oxygen that was choking him.
Since Marshall formalized things shortly after by telling Conrad not to prolong life by aggressive measures if this happens again, I am going to say that this father and son duo don’t have a lot of time to right the wrongs of the past.
Sometimes it takes losing someone to make you realize just how much you really love them despite their flaws.
It’s going to be hard on Conrad, but at least he will be able to say goodbye on good terms eventually as they both acknowledged they have a lot to figure out.
With so much happening, it’s easy to forget that Julian was run off the road by her boss, Gordon Page’s, goonies because she threatened to expose his shady business.
Oh, and Devon was now without a wife and without a home. Poor dude.
Mina was giving him such a hard time because he fell for another woman while being engaged, but honestly, Devon did the noble thing by calling it off before it was too late.
Sure, he could have said something before the wedding day, but at least he didn’t let it get to the altar.
And, as A.J pointed out — talking more about his feelings for Mina than anything else — the heart wants what it wants and it doesn’t listen to reason.
Devon became increasingly concerned with Julian’s silence. Everyone tried to tell him that she was just ghosting him, but Devon knew something else was up.
Sadly, trying to get in contact with her only angered Gordon who had Julian’s phone and had his goonies scrubbing her apartment.
I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but she’s definitely dead.
In order to keep the FBI off of him, Gordon tried to frame Devon for her disappearance by making the FBI think he was a stalker.
I don’t know how “we need to talk” messages are going to convince the FBI that he did something to her. Sure, an abundance of texts is a bit “stalker-ish,” but I doubt he’d be looking for her if he killed her.
Either way, it’s not looking good for Devon.
I don’t know who is more evil, Gordon or Lane.
Hopefully, justice will also be served for Gordon who is the epitome of what we all hate about salespeople.
Meanwhile, Nic was scouting doctor’s for the new clinic she’s working on with Mina.
Everyone was in it for the money, except for a local street doctor operating out of a med van whose main interest was the patients.
We all know Nic is persuasive and always gets what she wants so it wasn’t long before Dr. Shaw was on-board at the clinic.
Maybe it’s just me, but I definitely felt some vibes between Nic and Alec. I hope he doesn’t come between her and Nic, but man, he is charming.
Is The Resident finally putting Dr. Lane to bed? Will Devon go down for Julian’s murder?
Will someone figure out that Gordon Page is a sleazy dirtbag?
The Resident Season Premiere Review – Da Da (5×01)
Oh, it’s good to be back in the halls of Chastain again…. even amidst a cyberattack that has hindered everyone’s ability to provide the necessary care to several accident victims.
On The Resident Season 5 Episode 1, the dream team — minus Nic, Cain, and Mina — navigated obstacle after obstacle to put their patients (and velociraptors! I was cracking up at that line) first.
The ransomware attack by a group of hackers hit the hospital at the same time as victims from a 5K derailed by a drunk driver. Amongst them was a blind man named Winston, who was saved by 14-year-old Esty, who also sustained serious life-threatening injuries. Her father, Ronan, accompanied her to make sure she was safe and ended up a patient himself when he collapsed after suffering a heart attack.
All of this was going on while different systems, machines, and hospital wings began getting shut down by the attack.
Conrad was determined to get to the bottom of Esty’s injuries, especially after she passed out spontaenously and without reason.
When the same thing happened to Ronan, he realized that the heart failure was a result of a hereditary condition known as Bragada.
Conrad’s find was equally as impressive as Pravesh’s ability to jurry rig an operating room. Unfortunately, Ronan didn’t make it as his heart was too weak for the procedure and he passed away.
Accepting death, particularly a preventable one, is difficult, but the silver lining was that Conrad’s duedilligence ensured Esty wouldn’t die prematurely as he flagged the condition and began the necessary treatment.
Even after such an eventful day, Pravesh still made it his priority to check on his patient, Winston, after he noticed that he hadn’t been signed out after getting outfitted with a cast.
While other doctors suggested that he check on it tomorrow, Pravesh decided to go find out what happened at that moment, and it was both a good and bad decision.
When he walked downstairs, he found Winston passed out in one of the rooms.
Sadly, he also fell victim to the gas leak that not only took down Winston but likely made all of the other nurses sick.
Now, if you’re like me and have a soft spot for Pravesh, you were probably shocked by this turn of events.
Why didn’t Pravesh cover his nose? Why didn’t he run for help while his nose was covered? Would that even have helped?
I don’t know, but I am grateful that he at least told someone where he was going so that they’ll eventually find him.
I went into the episode anticipating a heartbreaking turn of events for Conrad, Nic, and Gigi considering Emily VanCamp’s decision to leave the series, but I didn’t expect to be so worried about Pravesh instead.
It’s especially concerning because everything is finally going right for him, especially in terms of his love life.
Since the series embraced a nine-month time jump, his relationship with Leela Devi has progressed signfiicantly; they’re even talking about moving in together.
And look, I don’t want to be the one to point this out, but that fortune teller was right!
Hopefully, we won’t have to worry about him for too long and they can be back to canoodling and hooking up in the closests (like Nic and Conrad used to) soon enough.
However, the same cannot be said for Nic. As of this episode, she’s still alive and at a spa retreat, but there were quite a few moments of foreshadowing: Conrad mentioned that “life hangs by such a fragile thread,” his striking comment about talking to someone one moment and the next they’re gone, and even the emphasis on Gigi’s connection to her mama.
While the series didn’t write Nic off just yet, but you know it’s coming, so the wait is almost unbearable.
It’s unclear how they’re going to address her exit. There were rumors that it would involve a car accident, but since this episode hinged on a drunk driving accident, I feel like it would be too repetative if they did that.
All that is clear is that it’s going to be a huge adjustment for Conrad and Gigi as Nic is their rock.
Do you wish the series would just rip off the bandaid and get it over with?
Or are you happy living in bliss for a few more episodes even though you know it’s going to crush Conrad?
Other Medical Musings
- Kit’s the kind of CEO that makes change that not only benefits the hospital but also the corporate stakeholders and the patients. Turns out, it is possible to be a decent and compassionate CEO, which is why I was thrilled that she found a way to save Chastain from the hackers without paying them a penny. Her books are going to stay in the black as they deserve to!
- That being said, the way they “caught” the hackers was highly improbable. I know Pravesh brought in an expert hacker, but you have to be top-notch in order to be able to pull something like that off. They should hire her for their security!
- Admittedly, it was hilarious that once unmasked, it was just three basic dudes sitting in their mom’s basement.
- You would think hospitals would have some kind of protocal in place when all the machines began going haywire. They run tornado drills, so it seems logical that they would run cyberattack drills at this point.
- There was no mention of Billie’s estranged son despite the ambush in the final, but you know it’s coming!
- How convenient is it to have a daycare on sight while you’re working? I wish more companies would embrace this idea.
- The Resident may be the only series to incorporate fatherhood in a way where the baby isn’t always off screen. Other shows struggle with writing babies into storylines, but this episode did a good job of juggling all of Conrad’s responsibilities in both his personal and professional life.
- Anyone else just dying for Kit and Bell to get together already? The love is there!
Overall, it was a decent premiere. The medical drama feels reinvigorated as it takes its first steps into a gamechanging season.
Everything is going to be different for our beloved chracaters, and even though we’re bracing ourselves for the inevitable heartbreak, there’s a beauty in wanting to see how everyone powers on and together through the times of uncertainty.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
How Will ‘The Resident’ Write Off Nic?
The halls of Chastain will see quite a shift when The Resident returns for its fifth season.
Emily Van Camp, who plays the beloved nurse practitioner Nic Nevins, is scrubbing out after four seasons on the FOX medical drama.
While it isn’t unheard of for an actress to leave a show, the timing is unfortunate from a storytelling perspective considering Nic and Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) recently got married and welcomed a baby girl.
In real life, Van Camp also welcomed a baby girl with husband Josh Bowman, so she obviously has to do what’s best for her and her family. We also have to assume that the struggles of working during a pandemic impacted her decision, as did her potentially expanded role in the Marvel universe.
But there’s absolutely no denying that it’s a huge bummer for fans of the series, many of whom only tune in because of their attachment to the couple affectionately dubbed #CoNic.
We’ve seen the couple go through their fair share of ups and downs, but the fact that the writers chose to introduce a baby means they likely thought she was coming back for the upcoming season and had more a happier storyline in the works.
While I have ultimate faith in the writers, it’s understandable that fans are worried about how her departure will be addressed.
Nic is a crucial part of the show; some might argue that she’s the glue that holds everything together.
Her exit must be handled with the utmost care and respect in order to preserve the integrity of the character.
Since her character is a dedicated wife and mother, it’s unproductive to mess with the relationship by introducing a cheating storyline or a new job since it isn’t believable.
We know Nic would never prioritize anything over her new family, not even a new gig. Even suggesting that as an alternative dishonors the kindhearted character Van Camp has built.
So, this is where it gets concerning.
All signs and breadcrumbs point to Nic not surviving the premiere.
There are a few indications that the writers are going to kill her off and pursue the “Conrad is a heartbroken and widowed single father to baby Gigi” storyline.
The official season 5 poster pointed to tragedy as Conrad was seen alone in a defeated stance. His back was turned to the camera and the words “healing stars within” were written on top.
We think this will hurt us more than heal us, but we're always in.
— The Resident (@ResidentFOX) August 5, 2021
A follow-up trailer titled “Everything Will Change” opens with an ominous montage of CoNic’s happiest moments. It then shows Conrad standing alone in his daughter’s nursery before cops come to his door to deliver some news. Since it’s never a good sign when cops show up at your house in the middle of the night, many fans to theorized that Nic was involved in a tragic accident.
The gossip Instagram account, Deuxmoi, seemingly confirmed that theory via an anonymous tip.
“I can 10,000 percent confirm she’s leaving The Resident early in the upcoming season, but her character will die in a car accident,” a source told the account, though, these can be hit or miss so take it with a grain of salt!
It’s a frustrating approach considering Nic just survived a stabbing along with pregnancy complications last season, but it’s really the only way to handle it while keeping the character intact.
It also presents plenty growth opportunities for Conrad’s character.
Much like the fans (and probably, the writers), he never anticipated that he’d be a single father, but life threw him a curveball and now he has to step up to raise his daughter, likely with the help of his friends at Chastain.
And while we typically see the plight of working mothers, this would offer the series a chance to dig into the hardships of balancing a thriving career in the medical field while also being a present father.
The only other option on the table is that the accident causes Nic to go into a lengthy coma, which would also leave the door open for any potential guest appearances from Van Camp should she so choose to be involved.
The latter would allow for the character to come back, while also allowing the writers to explain her off-screen existence with a storyline about how she gave up her career to stay at home with Gigi in the aftermath of the accident.
However, Elkoff seemingly confirmed that Conrad will be a single father to TV Line, noting: “He’s really good at it. He’s just going to be the best dad you can imagine.”
He also explained that the season will pick up with a nine-month time jump, which explains why Gigi is so big in the promos already.
FOX entertainment president Michael Thorn told Deadline that it will be an emotional departure.
“The audience is going to be surprised and emotionally engaged with how we handle Emily’s departure and the way that it affects all of the other characters,” he said. “And yes, we will be introducing some new characters as we go along, but I think it’s going to be another excellent season. Amy Holden Jones does an incredible job,” he added.
While everyone involved with the series is staying mum on how Van Camp will be written off, they are convinced that fans won’t be disappointed by what they are calling a “potentially game-changing, development.”
In the wake of her exit (along with the exit of Shaunette Renee as Mina last season and Morris Chestnut as Barrett Cain), the series is also adding new cast members to fill the void and ensure the upcoming season has a robust ensemble.
Miles Fowler will join the medical drama as Billie Sutton’s (Jessica Lucas) estranged son, Trevor. If you’ll recall, Billie opened up to bestie Nic about being raped at 13-years-old and giving up the baby for adoption. While she didn’t want to meet her son, he’s been reaching out hoping to get to know his birth mom.
Regardless of how the series tackles this unexpected cast shake-up, be prepared for an emotional journey ahead.
The fifth season returns on Tuesday, September 21st at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox.
You can catch up on all of our The Resident reviews HERE!
‘The Resident’s Emily VanCamp Welcomes Baby Girl with Husband Josh Bowman
Emily VanCamp has welcomed a new bundle of joy with husband Josh Bowan.
The Resident star announced the birth of her daughter on Instagram.
“Welcome to the world our sweet little Iris 💐 Our hearts are full 💗” she captioned a photo holding the little one’s tiny fingers.
The couple also revealed that they named her Iris!
A few other photos showed fans a glimpse of VanCamp’s pregnancy, including a shot of the couple kissing as Bowman holds her growing bump.
This is a fitting announcement considering VanCamp’s character on the FOX drama was also pregnant with a baby girl they named Gigi in the season 4 finale!
VanCamp and Bowan met on the set of their drama Revenge.
Earlier this year, she told PopSugar that they’ve been together for 10 years.
Congrats to the happy couple!
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