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 – Belief System (3×04)
The Resident – Saints and Sinners (3×03)
The Resident has tapped into its strongest, most developed season, and yet, the show continues to be criminally underrated.
The series offers up the kind of content that’s missing from primetime television, and the cast’s dynamic is what makes it stand out from other medical dramas, and still, ratings keep dropping to the point where the show faces the threat of cancellation.
Come on everyone, The Resident deserves more love. Tell your friends about it, tell Revenge lovers, tell Gilmore Girl lovers, tell everyone!
Too many good shows get trimmed from lineups because they aren’t getting the recognition they deserve; we’re leaving good television on the table.
Here’s the gist of “Saints and Sinners.”
Dr. Bell – Leave it to Bell to remind us that despite his glow-up there are, and always will be, parts of him that are self-serving. He refused the supplements under the guise of Chastain not being a good business partner, but really, he wanted to elevate himself into a household name a la Dr. Oz.
Bell’s ego falls below the Cain and AJ Austin threshold, but it’s still there and it creeps up enough to get him looped into mess after mess. Egos, they’re a tricky thing.
Bell agrees to get into the supplement business even though he doesn’t believe in it. The fact that people are eating it up is all he needs to see those money signs.
As a doctor who *usually* puts patient care first, it’s frustrating that he’s fine with selling a product he doesn’t believe is anything more than a placebo to an uninformed public simply to line his pockets and propel himself to further success. We took two steps forward with Bell’s character, and now, we’re taking a few steps back.
Bell’s so desperate for recognition that he turns to Grayson’s father and his handsy mother for capital. Now, that’s what you call an awkward love triangle.
However, Bell is still a better person now than he was when the show started and his dynamic with Grayson (having to spell out the rich person in his life) continues to be comedic gold.
Mina – Where you at girl? There was a void that no one could possibly fill with Mina absent. She should have been at the Cain vs. Raptor ego showdown.
The Showdown – Which brings me here to the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Raptor vs. Cain. It was easy to start placing bets as the two quibbled during pre-op, and it was even funnier to see Nolan uncomfortably wedged right between them suffocating under all the egos. But all of that should have been left outside of the operating room.
There’s a lot of silliness that goes on within Chastain that the doctor’s credit with helping them during surgery. Listening to “Old Town Road” is fine if it gets the job done. But competing for the top spot and putting a patient in danger should have no place in the operating room.
It took the patient experiencing problems for the Raptor and Cain to put aside their difference and work together. Maybe this will be the end of their toe-to-toe, but knowing their competitive nature and God-like personalities, it’s only just the beginning.
Blame it on the Dialysis – Conrad was having a really rotten day after his patient, who he was getting ready to discharge, dropped to the ground and coded. The empathetic doctor wracked his brain trying to figure out what happened and what he did wrong. Turns out, it wasn’t on him at all.
The patient died of a pulmonary embolism. While that’s nothing out of the ordinary, the fact that 5 other dialysis patients died of a PE within a few weeks of each other is no coincidence. It sounds more like another Lane Hunter situation.
One of those patients was obviously Nic’s sister, Jessie. Nic has been blaming herself for the death and for convincing Jessie to undergo surgery, but it may not be her fault at all. Kyle’s gut feeling about something being amiss may have been right. He could stand to win this lawsuit.
Chastain has an abnormal amount of malpractice issues. Though this dialysis situation is shaping up to be another Lane Hunter situation, I doubt the doctor responsible is aware. It’s unlikely they’d attempt the same storyline again.
The fact that Conrad told Nic about it right away is a solid sign for their relationship. They’re doing it right and trusting each other no matter how difficult the situation may seem. Oh, and the whole sock thing with Conrad, SO ACCURATE. Is that a typical male trait? My husband does that all. the. damn. time.
Cain You Believe Him? – Cain is one frustrating character, but nothing was more frustrating than listening to him complain about how much money he lost after being forced to pull a surgery that was unnecessary to begin with.
I don’t care if Cain’s the best surgeon in all the land, I’m not going to someone who will make me go through procedures just to rake in the big bucks. Sha-dy.
Thank goodness for Nic and her vigilant eye. I think she’ll take the position working alongside Cain simply to keep him in check. He’s a good person to have in your corner, but he also needs to be observed. Nic doesn’t trust him or his business practices, and neither do I.
Doing What’s Right vs. Doing What’s Necessary: Conrad and Devin came to a crossroads during a disagreement that saw Conrad bend the law in order to lay down the law.
Conrad connected with the detective hellbent on saving his suspect, Rob, simply because he wanted to find his crew and save the innocent man they kidnapped.
The detective’s dedication to his job was admirable, and the lengths he was willing to go to do the right thing resonated with Conrad. They connected on their passions and saw eye-to-eye. It helped that they both spent time serving.
After the detective survived his risky surgery, Conrad offered to cross a line to get the job done by cutting off Rob’s morphine and essentially torturing him.
Devon stepped in the way and urged him to stop because it wasn’t ethical, and while he’s right, Conrad believes in getting stuff done. The only way to save the hostage was to rough up some feathers. Devon stuck to what he believed in, and I’m glad. His viewpoints are valid and necessary to keep Conrad, who isn’t afraid to test the limits, in check.
But I’m glad Conrad wasn’t deterred by Devon either. They don’t see eye-to-eye and that’s okay, as long as they respect each other. Conrad heard him out and owned up to what he was going to do.
Conrad’s torturing methods worked and they successfully saved the hostage, but I was surprised we didn’t get to see it go down. Maybe it would have made us look differently at him. Maybe some things are better left unseen?
We know Conrad’s does the right thing and that’s all that matters — it doesn’t matter how he gets there.
The Resident – Flesh of my Flesh (3×02)
The third season of The Resident keeps getting better and better.
The Mother of All Surgeries – This surgery was a team effort but one Cain thought was entirely doable. Maybe it was his interest in being TV famous (the surgery was being covered by Montel), or maybe it was just another accolade to boost his ego. Whatever it was, Cain was fully in while Kit had her reservations about removing so many tumors. The doctors are opposites, which impressively works in a group setting. Kit is meticulous and rehearses her surgeries to make sure everything goes off without a hitch; Cain goes in and just does it and it always works.
Dawn’s surgery was so risky, even Bell was skeptical at first underlining the fear that while the publicity was good right now, it would be a PR nightmare if Dawn didn’t pull through. Cain’s like the little devil on Bell’s shoulder who keeps pressuring him to do the things the newly reformed Bell wouldn’t dream of doing. And when Cain stroked Bell’s ego by telling him they’ll be teaming up for the surgery, well, he had him in the palm of his hand.
Ultimately, it’s unclear whether or not she’ll make it out alive from the surgery. After 17-straight hours of operating, Dawn was unconscious and recovering as everyone awaited the news. What do you think? Will she make it out alive?
Nic Makes the Move – Nic finally pulled the trigger on moving in with Conrad. Admittedly, it all feels a little bit rushed. We left them in season 2 in a rather broken state and following Jessie’s death, Nic was all in on the relationship. I do believe losing someone allows you to appreciate what you have and cherish it, but it could also be that she’s clinging on to Conrad for safety and comfort.
Everything about their relationship now is adorable, I just hope Nic is genuine in her decision-making. Her desire for a fresh start could lead her into making some hasty decisions that she’s not ready for. They have chickens to think about now!
Nic was also re-energized about her re-opening her clinic. She and Mina technically broke in to get things off the ground again, and when she got a little pushback from the higher-ups, she pulled a page out of Cain’s playbook and secured a segment on Montel highlighting how they give back to the disadvantaged with their free clinic. If there’s one thing Bell can’t resist its publicity. For now, Nic got her way, but it’s unlikely that it’ll stay that way.
Mina & Adaku – Mina’s best friend, Adaku, whom you’ll recall guest-starred last season when Mina and her mother operated on her to get rid of the breast cancer, comes into town with some big news: she’s pregnant. Mina isn’t entirely thrilled because pregnancy could potentially cause the return of cancer. Adaku agrees to get tested, but Mina goes a little too far when she judges her for her decision “not to play god” and test the embryo for the BCRA mutation.
The topic is heavy-handed and can spark tons of debates, but I think The Resident glossed over it too quickly to wrap up the storyline by the end of the hour. Mina apologized for being intrusive and all was well.
The Raptor’s Father – AJ met his biological father, or at the very least, the man who assumed he was his biological father, but things were off to a rocky start. For starters, Lamar ambushed AJ at work telling him he’s dying and that it could be hereditary. Conrad confirms that’s not the truth and the next time AJ sees his dad, they get into it. A screaming match ensues that ends with Lamar collapsing on the ground.
Turns out, Lamar had some clogged arteries so it was a good thing he collapsed when he did. Conrad tells AJ he’s the best person for the job, but with all the animosity against his father, AJ isn’t sure he’s up for the task. It’s deeply personal, which is often frowned upon.
However, after confronting his father and saying his peace, and hearing that his father regretted giving him away, AJ agrees to do the surgery. The whole story arc is immensely powerful and emotional especially because AJ doesn’t seem to have it in him to see his father again. The fact that he can get over something so heavy to save the man’s life speaks volumes to AJ as a person.
What did you think of the heart-pounding hour of The Resident?
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