Dr. Barrett Cain does have a heart. But it’s just a little too late at this point.
The premature season finale of The Resident gave fans a bit of background about Cain while also attempting to humanize him by bringing in an ex-girlfriend who became his patient.
Unfortunately, even when Cain wanted to do his best to take care of Justine, his hubris got in the way.
Cain was pulled in two directions and he did the right thing by agreeing to operate on Derek, Kit’s son-in-law.
Derek was a fighter who survived the chemo and was on the mend when the candida auris, a superbug, knocked him back down.
While it’s not Cain’s fault that his patient Dawn had the superbug, it was his fault that he neglected to inform everyone and as a result, Derek ended up with a ventilator that belonged to Long.
I was waiting to see who would make the connection and was so glad when Pravesh figured it out thanks to Derek’s daughter Josie.
If it hadn’t been for Cain wanting to protect himself at all costs, Derek might not have become infected.
Instead, Derek woke up and immediately realized something was wrong because he’d lost his eyesight. The infection had spread to his bloodstream.
Conrad attempted to find a quick solution to the drug-resistant bacteria, and when that didn’t work, he realized the abscess had spread to Derek’s spine thus requiring a surgery that only Cain specialized in.
Isn’t it ironic that the only man who could save Derek was the man who got him sick in the first place?
Funny how life works.
Cain’s decision to honor Bell and Conrad’s request to operate on Kit’s son-in-law came from his ability to recognize the consequence of his own actions.
It was incredibly impressive that Cain could acknowledge his mistake and man up to fix it, though, it shouldn’t have been something that Bell and Conrad needed to advocate for.
However, Cain is still the ego-driven doctor who doesn’t listen to reason or anyone else’s advice.
He said that he would take on both Derek and Justine’s case, and when Conrad pointed out the dangers of waiting to operate on Justice, he didn’t want to hear it.
Had Cain simply handed off Justine to Reynolds and checked in after he was done operating on Dawn, there’s a huge chance that she would have survived.
Instead, he wasted precious time, and by the time he got to her, she was too far gone and he was frazzled.
Cain has treated hundreds if not thousands of patients and his rule of thumb is that no one dies in his OR, but the one person that mattered to him personally couldn’t make it out alive.
It was a huge blow to Cain’s ego, revealed that he wasn’t the God he’s led everyone to believe he is, and it happened just after we realized that he’s a human with feelings.
It’s why Nic stuck around and fell for him. She saw most of Cain’s interactions with Justine and knew there was this other side to him that he wasn’t allowing anyone to see. And through Justine, she’d learned the real reason why Cain was the way he was and it all stemmed to the anger and loss he felt when his chance at playing professional football was shuttered because of an injury.
He was never the same after that.
Cain’s luck only got worse because someone leaked the news about medical staff withholding information about the superbug to the media and it was a bad look for Chastain.
As Cain pointed out, a cover-up as worse than the virus itself because it strips Chastain of any transparency and accountability for its patient.
Who would want to get treated at a hospital that doesn’t tell them about the risks and dangers to their health?
It wasn’t clear who leaked it to the media, and it may not be important, but given that Conrad reconnected with Marshall in the scene prior and commented about becoming part of the system he was fighting by covering up the superbug, it makes me feel like it has their name written all over it.
It’s possible Marshall was only there to give his son moral support, but it’s unlikely, especially since Marshall always has an agenda. Where they just catching up or did Marshall want intel?
Had the season not been cut shorts, it’s likely Marshall may have played a bigger role in the following episodes, but instead, this felt like a standalone moment. Marshall’s advice may just play a role in Conrad’s acceptance of Kim’s offer of becoming the face of the hospital.
Things between Cain and Kim turned nasty real quick when the former no longer served the latter’s agenda.
Kim wanted Cain to fall in line, but the dynamic between them has been changing for a bit now to where Cain finally put his foot down and alleged that Kim was to blame about everything that happened. I’d say they were both responsible in some way, but it’s no secret that Kim is a snake who doesn’t have an honest bone in his body.
It seems the war is no longer between the employees and Red Rock, but between Cain and Kim.
Kim is an opportunist who is always playing an angle that will make him look better. He realized Cain was no longer his poster boy, so he turned to Conrad by apologizing and offering him the opportunity to be the face of Chastain.
It’s incredible how quickly Kim will change sides whenever it benefits him and how quickly Conrad went from being Chastain and Red Rock’s biggest adversary to their saving grace.
Conrad wasn’t sold on the idea because he’s not the type of doctor who ever seeks glory and praise, but Cain did figure out a way to get to him by offering Conrad a way to invoke real change at Chastain, which is what Conrad has always wanted.
He’s always fought the good fight to prioritize patient care over anything else and accepting Cain’s offer would wield him the power to do so.
However, we know that power always comes at a price. Is Conrad willing to pay it?
Is he willing to get in bed with the devil?
And was his chat with Marshall about doing good not being a black or white area but a shade of grey a bit of foreshadowing?
Will Conrad accept the offer and then lose himself to the system he’s been trying to fix?
In a sweeter and more lighthearted lane, the Raptor and Mina helped Miguel, a pro salsa dancer who was suffering from heart failure.
Miguel was in denial about the severity of his condition because he was scared it would cost him his career.
And for a moment there, it seemed like it would before the super duo took a second look and realized they could ablate a part of the heart that was causing the problem.
Once they did that, Miguel was good as new, though, a little skeptical about getting back on the dance floor, which prompted a full out salsa party in his room.
Mina was standing on the outside looking in at the sweet moment, but she realized she was also on the outside looking in at AJ’s relationship.
She’s grown so accustomed to their working relationship and prefers him over anyone else because they’re so similar in beliefs and ideals. She wants him to be her plus one, but she doesn’t want to admit it.
And while she didn’t think anything of it when AJ turned the offer down because it was his parents 45th anniversary, she was taken aback when she realized it was also when he was introducing his parents to Andrea.
At that moment, it kind of clicked for Mina that AJ wasn’t her man and the one she could always lean on. It’s a tough realization, but one that was bound to happen.
How will move forward? Mina isn’t one to break up a relationship, especially one that’s as serious as AJ and Andrea, but her feelings are not something she’s going to be able to bury for much longer.
The Resident did its best to deliver a cohesive season finale that touched upon many of the season’s moments, and they succeeded even if it wasn’t exactly what they had in mind when mapping out the trajectory of the season.
There’s always next season to tell all the stories that were intended.
Till then, stay safe, happy, and don’t do anything Conrad Hawkins wouldn’t do.
The Resident Review – Cain’s Karma (4×03)
What goes around comes around.
That statement couldn’t be more true for Cain, who suffered an injury that threatened his entire career on The Resident Season 4 Episode 3.
The staff at Chastain is genuinely good and would never wish this upon anyone, even someone as ruthless as Cain (and neither would we), it does prove that karma is alive and well. And it’s totally fine if you found it quite enjoyable to watch.
The episode kicked off with Cain finding out that someone at Chastain was going to testify against him after he was sued by a patient for exposing them to COVID. Before that reality could fully sink in, he jumped into action to save a woman from a burning car. As he was trying to stop a bystander from filming the whole thing for clout, he got plowed down by an oncoming car… Regina George-style.
Though it didn’t seem like Cain could get away with minor injuries, killing him off would be too easy considering there was a huge focus on a potential redemption arc.
However, having him rely on the same employees and doctors that he has always looked down on is some poetic justice.
Unlike Cain, the rest of the staff at Chastain always put patients over profits and personal gain, so he should feel lucky that he’s not getting the same kind of treatment that he’s been dishing out.
Cain’s moneymaker — his hands — were injured in the accident, which put his whole career on the line. He knew that this surgery was tricky and required the best of the best so he summoned Kit to do the procedure.
Yet, considering how many enemies he has made in the hospital, he asked for his own residents to be in the room during the surgery, and honestly, that’s what sealed his fate.
Again, the surgery was said to be highly complex for the best of surgeons, and somehow, his own residents thought they could handle it until Kit arrive.
On one hand, it was a completely cringe-worthy mistake, on the other hand, they were simply following the orders and advice Cain has given them over and over again.
It’s karma coming full-circle.
But what was with that creepy clip of Cain waking up on the operating table and pulling out his tubes? I thought maybe the anesthesia didn’t take at first and he was freaking out about the interns making a decision to operate, but it seemed to be some bad dream? Or maybe that’s what Cain was experiencing while unconscious? It’s unclear.
The point is — if he was awake right now, he’d unleash holy hell on the interns and probably all the people who tried to save his life.
Will Cain make it out? Probably. But maybe this is the humbling event he needs to bring him down a notch. Maybe he’ll finally realize that he’s not invincible and he needs to put his ego aside if he wants to be truly great?
If Cain was awake, he would also unleash his wrath on Mina, so for her sake, this may be for the best.
Cain isn’t the only one in danger as Chastain is facing down a grim future. Bell paid Mr. Yorn a little visit and learned that Red Rock has decided to sell Chastain because it’s draining money.
The narrative of profits over people continues to be Red Rock’s M.O. At this point, I’d love for Bell and Winthrop to put their money together and invest in Chastain, but I know that’s logically impossible. Still, there has to be something that can be done here.
For a moment, Bell was painted as a villain in Mina’s eyes as she thought he was using a patient’s surgery for self-gain and self-promotion.
It was a reminder of how far Bell has come since The Resident Season 1 as his intentions, though murky, were pure – this was the only solution he had for saving Chastain at the moment.
Mina is not one to hold back on her opinions; she’ll tell you exactly what she’s thinking at any given moment. And she always used to when she would butt heads with Bell in the first season.
But even she realized that she owed Bell an apology for misjudging him and his decision to bring a camera crew into a surgery. Seeing them work side-by-side again was a real treat, and I’m eager for more partnerships from #TeamSaveChastain.
Mina and AJ are learning how to navigate this new aspect of their relationship and they figured setting “ground rules” at work would do the trick.
However, I’m confident their relaltionship can get over the work hiccups because outside of the hospital, the duo is very much in-sync. They go together like PB&J; everything about their pairing just feels right.
And how adorable is Mina when she’s giddy and in love? It was sweet that she confided in Nic even after establishing that she and AJ would keep their private relationship under wraps.
And of course, Nic’s reaction couldn’t be sweeter and more genuine. “About time,” is what we’ve all been saying.
I was confident that Nic would confide in Mina about the pregnancy right then and there, but considering Nic’s past miscarriage, it makes sense that she wants to be certain that everything is on-track before sharing the news.
Nic and Conrad eventually confirmed their pregnancy — and surprisingly, kept the bloodwork from getting into the wrong hands — but it’s hard to be happy and excited about the news when Amy Holden Jones, the series co-creator, revealed there would be complications that arise.
For now, it’s nice to see #Conic simply enjoying the moment and thinking about what the future holds. How cute was Conrad when he fessed up to ordering all those pregnancy essentials for his baby mama?
Devon’s case paralleled his own life moments, and while the loss of his father has severely impacted him, it’s also making him a stronger and more connected doctor.
He may not have been able to be there with his father when he passed, but because of that experience, he was able to give another family a final goodbye they otherwise might have not had. He knows what it means to miss out on saying goodbye and he doesn’t want to see anyone waste another precious moment.
Allowing him to exist in his grief is a cathartic experience not only for the character but also for the audience, many of whom have dealt with their own share of tragedy and loss amid the pandemic.
Eva’s storyline wasn’t my favorite as her reaction to seeing herself on television made it seem like she was hiding from someone who wanted to hurt her rather than from a lover.
There wasn’t a smooth transition from Eva’s in danger to Darren turning up as the love of her life who she abandoned after going to witness protection.
The whole time, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and all those people she pissed off to come after her. The whole storyline felt choppy and out of place even if the final moments gave way to a romantic reunion. Hey, at least Darren was able to help Nic and Conrad figure out Eva’s medical condition!
What did you think of the episode, Cravers?
Let us know in the comments below!
The Resident Review – [SPOILER] Is Pregnant! (4×02)
There are so many relationships doing so many things on The Resident Season 2 Episode 2.
The decision to move past the coronavirus pandemic has allowed the characters (and show) to do something most of us haven’t been able to do since mid-March — move on with our lives.
Instead of being stuck in a world where everything is limited and social distancing is mandated, the series can tackle the aftermath of surviving a pandemic, which includes plenty of fallouts (some deserved) and new realizations.
Relationships are able to thrive and wane all in the same breath, while new journey’s are welcomed without a crippling fear of the future. It’s refreshing and inspiring to see as many of us look forward to a world where we can finally close this chapter and live again.
But despite our desire to get past this, what has happened has affected everyone in some way. And sadly, not everyone is able to pick up the pieces and move on, especially after experiencing a huge loss at the hands of a deadly and highly-respiratory virus.
Let’s start with the happy news first, shall we?
Nic and Conrad are in their honeymoon phase, and though I wouldn’t peg them as Key West people, I am a bit bummed that we didn’t get to see any part of their honeymoon. Most of the action takes place in the hospital setting, so it would have been nice to see them enjoying their freedom. However, I imagine that would’ve been hard to film these days.
Their romance is still on level 10, which is a welcome change for Nic and Conrad, who haven’t always been on the same page. Hearing her refer to Conrad as her husband is something we’re all going to have to get used to, but it does have a nice ring to it.
If you saw the teaser for the episode, you likely weren’t surprised by Nic’s grand reveal that she’s pregnant. We all saw it coming from a mile away. But what does this truly mean for the series and the relationship? In real-life, having children is typically the natural next step step as a relationship progresses, but on television, a pregnancy isn’t always in the best interest of characters.
I wish the series would’ve waited a bit and allowed them to simply be happy together for a bit instead of pushing towards the next big-thing. However, it’s also an opportunity for the show to present a couple that is able to juggle having children while not losing themselves in the process or having the children become an afterthought somewhere off-screen.
Since I’m not one of those people that’s opposed to characters having children, I hope the series incorporates the storyline and emphasizes the joys and hardships of being a working mother.
Are you thrilled by this next step for #Conic? Or do you think it’s too soon?
Then we have Mina and the Raptor and boy, that relationship is even better than I ever could’ve imagine. They compliment each other so well and allowing them to be fully into their feeling brings a new dynamic that’s exciting and spontaneous. Even when they’re disagreeing and having their first fight as a couple, everything about them is still intoxicating.
Since they are both extremely confident and driven, it’s going to be much harder for them to separate their personal and professional relationship. If anyone can do it, it’s #Minator, but they’re also seeing first-hand that it’s not going to be easy, especially when it involves disagreements about such fundamental differences.
Cain is a mixed bag, but generally, you’re either supporting him or against him. Mostly everyone at Chastain — and those watching offscreen — are against him. And up until now, there wasn’t a bone in my body that could justify Cain’s actions, but after gaining some insight into the “why” behind his ego does paint him in a new light.
There’s no excuse for Cain’s behavior, but at least now there’s an explanation, which humanizes him. Cain refuses to fail because the system is set up to see him fail. His actions are a byproduct of a failed system. Of course, one could argue that it’s simply an excuse as there are others of color like Mina and AJ that have found success without sacrificing patients, and that too is valid.
But it does give us a better understanding as to where Cain is coming from. And as AJ pointed out, if it’s a learned survival instinct, it’s not something we can fault him on. His logic is that if he keeps billing high and proving that he’s profitable then they can’t get rid of him.
And this allows us to understand why AJ doesn’t want to completely destroy the man’s career even despite all the terrible things he’s done.
BLM has been a contested topic in 2020 and the early stages of 2021, and The Resident found a natural way to work it into the narrative.
We’re also seeing multiple sides of the coin from the people affected by systemic racism.
There doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong answer here as both Mina and AJ make valid points. Mina’s concerns about Cain’s approach are valid, especially as he knowingly put patients at risk during a pandemic including a patient who got COVID from a surgery that he was misled about, which spurred a string of health incidents.
Both Mina and AJ followed their gut, and while AJ asked Mina to respect his wishes, she acted on principle; she’s never been a fan of Cain’s, but this time, she couldn’t forgive him for putting a patient in danger simply for his own advancement.
The scene where they both “agreed to disagree” and took a 3-day break from the mind-blowing sex proves that they have a mutual respect for each other.
However, if I had to pick a side, I’d say that AJ can’t protect Cain from his self-destructive ways no matter how much he believes that change is possible.
But the truth is, Cain i’s damn good at his job. so no matter what, so he’ll always find a way to justify his actions because he performs miracles that others can’t. It’s a complex situation that is fascinating to peel back. I’m invested and can’t wait to see how this all pans out.
Of course, being “damn good” at a job hasn’t always meant much to the machine that is Chastain, a hospital that has put profits over people time and time again, even amid a pandemic.
Just look at what happened to Logan Kim, one of the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. There’s no denying that Kim had it coming. As Conrad said, he allowed the disease that is Red Rock to swallow him up whole. And the moment the company no longer needed him or saw that he wasn’t in their best interest, they chewed him up and spit him out without a second thought.
However, his warning that something even worse is coming is concerning. What could ever be worse than Cain and Kim? I shudder at the thought of finding out.
Kit was doing her best to get information, but does the vague answer she got about no one replacing Kim as CEO mean that Chastain won’t be operational for much longer?
It’s one of the “better” hospitals when compared to the experience Pravesh’s late father had at a low-income hospital in a mostly brown neighborhood that was understaffed.
But if Chastain can’t find a way to turn profit with all that it has to offer, what does that say for everyone else? Or the state of the industry?
Devon is going to need some time to come to terms with his father’s death, but at least he opened up about the pain and the guilt to Conrad. Keeping that bottled up inside was toxic; he was lashing out at patients, which is never okay. Plus, it prevented him from fully grieving the loss.
Bell’s storyline wasn’t my favorite. It’s always exciting to delve into a character’s backstory, and it’s obvious that Bell has plenty of stories to tell and layers to peel back, but introducing a long lost child is cumbersome.
Bell’s guilt isn’t doing anyone any favors — not himself and definitely not Jake, who was pretty accurate in his assessment that Bell’s reason for reaching out wasn’t genuine.
Instead, it was the fear of dying alone that was creeping up on Bell. Their encounter was completely unrealistic considering Bell last saw him when he was 12.
Here’s the thing — Bell doesn’t need a forced redemption arc because he’s already been redeemed. He’s done a complete 180 since The Resident Season 1, and seeing him make amends with his staff like Nic and Conrad has been more powerful than his attempts with Jake.
If Bell were to die, he might not have many blood relatives by his side, but he would have his family. I’d much rather invested all this time seeing Bell explore a relationship with Kit, who has always been there for him and seen the good in him.
I’d like to say the series was going to let this one go, but considering Jake is a surgeon, I foresee him somehow getting wrapped up in the politics of Chastain and being introduced as an integral character.
What did you think about the episode, Cravers? What did you love and what did you hate?
Sound off in the comments section below. We’d love to hear your thoughts!
The Resident Premiere Review – Conrad and Nic Get Married as COVID-19 Hits Chastain (4×01)
The Resident is back in action for season 4, and it’s taking a bit of a different approach than most medical dramas.
While “A Wedding, A Funeral” addressed the current COVID-19 pandemic plaguing our country, it made it clear from the get-go that it would only be for an episode and would move the rest of the season “sometime in the future when the COVID-pandemic is history.”
That’s good news for audiences who don’t want the real-world events rehashed in a TV show, but for this episode, there was no way to ignore reality as it played a direct role in postponing Nic and Conrad’s wedding. I know this hit close to home for many couples with their big days scheduled in 2020!
Don’t worry, the wedding happened eventually and it was still as romantic as ever. In fact, I think having overcome the pandemic and finally being able to celebrate the moment made it all the more joyous despite the loss of some fellow nurses and doctors.
But first, we watched as Chastain’s finest battled the respiratory virus that infected some of their own including Hundley and Kit. It was heartbreaking to watch Hundley suffer, and for a moment, it truly seemed like we were going to lose her, so it was such a relief to see her singing and dancing at Nic and Conrad’s wedding.
The series allowed audiences to see the effects of COVID-19 from every angle.
Doctors and nurses were working tirelessly to help patients, though most of them felt pretty helpless and not well protected because of the lack of PPE. Conrad personally addressed the situation with Logan Kim, who proved he wasn’t completely heartless by going out of his way and securing additional resources to protect his staff.
However, that doesn’t excuse all his prior behavior or the fact that he ordered Cain to intentionally put patients at risk by scheduling low-risk surgeries as “emergency” ones to make the hospital money. Obviously, hospitals have struggled with finances amidst the pandemic as many people were too afraid to get procedures, but honestly, that should not be a priority when the world is dealing with an unprecedented health crisis
And for those of you who had hope that maybe Cain learned his lesson the first time around when he was the superbug spreader, he absolutely did not. Instead, his ego once again got the best of him as he listened to Kim and lied to patients in order to convince them that surgeries were necessary.
The series also didn’t shy away from putting “bad” patients on blast. You know, the ones who don’t think the rules apply to them and don’t believe in wearing masks or social distancing.
Mina put the patient, who refused to follow protocol on blast, and it was so enjoyable. Also, if you spit on a nurse during a pandemic, you deserve to be kicked out of the ER without being treated.
In addition to dealing with sick patients, Chastain’s best also had to make sure that they emphasized just how serious COVID was to their parents. And I know I’m not the only one who has had a similar conversation with a parent as Nic, Pravesh, and Conrad did.
Sadly, Pravesh’s father didn’t make it as he felt he had no choice but to keep driving his cab to make a living. While many companies have opted to make “remote” working the new norm, not everyone — especially minorities — has that luxury and this is a direct result.
Even more heartbreaking than watching Hundley suffer from the virus was watching Pravesh thank his father for helping him become the man that he is today just before he passed.
I’ve said this before on my Chicago Med reviews, but the episodes with COVID at the center hit us harder in the feels because it’s a situation we’re all too familiar with and one we’re watching play out in realtime with friends and family members. It hits too close to home.
So, while it’s important that the show acknowledges and addresses the pandemic, I’m also glad it will be more optimistic and allowing us to imagine a time when all of this is a distant memory and we can hug, laugh, and be with our loved ones without any fear.
This brings me to the highly-anticipated and long-awaited CONIC wedding. It may have been brief, but it was perfect and fitting for who they are as not only a couple but as people.
The duo took a moment to remember all those they lost the year prior while allowing themselves to celebrate their love. I’d say it was worth the wait!
And the wedding was made all the better by Minator finally embracing their feelings for each other.
Mina has been trying to deny the truth for too long, but honestly, if COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it’s that life is too short not to follow our heart. (And to wash our hands!)
The previews have me slightly concerned as it does seem like there are relationship woes on the horizon, and it’s too early. Relationships obviously need hardships and a primetime drama needs there to be ups and downs, but can we let them enjoy the honeymoon phase for a minute? I want to see the “in-love Raptor” with Mina! I want to see them happy and not questioning their decision or ruining a friendship.
It’s rare to have a TV relationship that’s built on a solid foundation, so let’s not ruin a good thing.
What did you think of The Resident Season 4 premiere?
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