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’ 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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