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The Resident – Choice Words (3×05)

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Emily VanCamp, Matt Czuchry and Manish Dayal in the "Choice Words" episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

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After a brief hiatus because of the World Series, The Resident is back and it hit the ground running.

Chastain becomes overrun with patients from a plane crash that also found Bell on-board.

Pravesh beat himself up over the crash because just a day before, he allowed a drunk pilot to leave the hospital without reporting him.

Was it the right choice?

This storyline purposefully digs into ethical codes and how Pravesh is determined not to be the kind of doctor that Conrad Hawkins is.

The two of them haven’t seen eye-to-eye since Conrad tortured a patient to get him to talk, but ignoring a pilot’s alcoholism and sending him merrily on his way was naive of Pravesh.

The man is responsible for hundreds of people’s lives, and despite HIPA protecting patient confidentiality, there should be some protocol on when it is to okay to break the rules or bend them slightly.

Thankfully, Pravesh’s decision to send the pilot off with an AA pamphlet was justified when we learned that he wasn’t responsible for the crash. And seeing the crash alerted him to how serious and dangerous his drinking problem was.

But still… this could have ended badly.

I will commend Pravesh for sticking to his guns. He made it very clear that he doesn’t want to be the type of doctor to make up his own rules and he’s sticking to it even when it doesn’t feel like the right thing to do.

Dr. Bell may have been dubbed the “Sully of Atlanta” after saving all those patients, including the chatty guy next to him in economy class, but he’s not out of the woods yet.

He suffered from a herniated disc, which may or may not resolve on its own with therapy.

For Kit’s sake, I do hope it does so that she can stick it to Dr. Cain whose ego keeps inflating with every coming week.

Dr. Cain loves to boast about the fact that he’s billed 80 million dollars for the hospital.

Since he’s so open about how his main motivation is money, it was surprising he told off Pravesh and Conrad for assuming that he’d only take on their patient if he knew she had the best insurance in town.

That’s honestly the only reason he considered that patient.

Nic and Conrad are looking into the suspicious events leading up to Jessie’s death and if Conrad is correct, Hemopleatin may be to blame.

But in order to prove their theory, they need to get their hands on patient records which is going to prove difficult.

Sure, Conrad can always break the glass, but opening up patient files without going through the proper channels will be recorded on his file and could come back to bite him.

How far is Conrad willing to go to help and get answers?

Couldn’t they just loop in Bell who could probably get them an expedited request?

The Raptor got permission from his adoptive parents to meet his birth mother.

AJ always wanted to mee them, he simply felt guilty about doing it behind his parents’ back.

Truthfully, those two are not what I pictured when I imagined the people that raised a not stubborn, melodramatic, and opinionated doctor.

Family played a huge role in AJ and Mina’s storylines as she agreed to become the godmother of Adaku’s unborn child.

The way AJ said that “she’d become the legal guardian if anything happened” makes me seem like something’s going to happen.

They wouldn’t stress this storyline just to have Adaku survive. Mina is going to eventually get that baby.

AJ mentioning his desire for children couldn’t be a coincidence either.

What did you think of the episode?

Will Conrad risk everything and break the glass? Will they find another way?

Does justice for Jessie exist?

Will Mina and AJ ever own up to their feelings for each other?

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The Resident Review – Pravesh and AJ Pursue New Relationships (3×12)

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The Resident Best Laid Plans Review

The Resident continues to pick a bone with the American healthcare system.

As Nic and Mina brought their healthcare clinic to rural areas without access to doctors and hospitals (and we’re talking only about 3 hours away from Atlanta), Conrad stopped feeling sorry for himself and put his talents to good use by doing some good ole’ volunteer work.

This right here is why the doctors at Chastain are more valuable than some egotistical, profit-driven goof like Cain who has never helped anyone unless it was self-serving.

Nic and Mina encountered a patient, Bianca, whose VAD battery was running out. She rushed out of the house to get her sister to a free clinic and forgot the spare at home, and it almost cost her her life. Seriously, how many times have we left the house and forgotten something? It’s so real and yet, in this case, a near-death experience.

It’s insane to think that getting your hands on something necessary to keep you alive could be so difficult.

Bianca couldn’t just run to the drugstore and had to make peace with the fact that she was going to die.

She was incredibly calm about the whole ordeal as they pulled over so she could go peacefully under the blue sky and sun.

While we didn’t know Bianca and her sister for long, the moment was heartbreaking as Nic connected it with her sister’s violent death and how she couldn’t do anything to save her either.

But then, miraculously, Bianca didn’t die. Her wit and humor carried the storyline and made us feel connected to it.

All those years relying on the VAD gave Bianca’s heart time to heal and restore. Still, she wasn’t out of the woods as the VAD was now causing a blood-clot and needed to be removed by the Okafor-Austin dynamic duo.

Speaking of Okafor-Austin, can Mina just accept her feelings for him already?

AJ loves her, he let his feelings be known by telling her that she would be his “one-hour” person and hoped that she’d return the feelings.

Instead, Mina friend-zoned him, again. Her reasoning does make sense as she explained that this is the most important friendship in her life, which could get ruined by making things romantic.

But as a doctor who sees up-close how fleeting a moment can be and how short life is, Mina should grab the opportunity before it’s gone.

And it will be gone because AJ is a catch.

He’s kind, confident, and most of all, respectful. He has never once crossed a line with Mina even when he was professing his feelings for her and probably wanted to just grab her and kiss her.

With the way this storyline is shaping up, Mina is going to realize her feelings when AJ’s has moved on (physically not emotionally) with Andrea.

After meeting Andrea and seeing that there was some potential, he gave Mina the chance to snatch him up, and she didn’t.

I can’t blame AJ for giving Andrea a call; he deserves to be loved in return.

His call to Andrea came at the right moment as she was being “Barrett Cained.”

That’s a phrase we should all just adopt for moments where Cain thinks he can manipulate someone into falling in line and doing what he wants. It happens nearly every single episode.

Though it hasn’t been working so well for him in the hospital setting with his staff and it doesn’t seem to be working for his love life either.

He asked Andrea out under the pretenses that there would be an investor there for her company and then tried to woo her with lavish and expensive things. He’s clearly not good at reading people.

Andrea was disgusted by the whole idea, especially because she can see right through Cain. The way he weaseled his way into her business and how he tried to trash talk Bell in order to promote himself.

The most enjoyable part of the episode was that Cain’s ego was bruised not once but twice.

The first time was when a fan asked him to take a photo of her and Bell, and the second was when Andrea left the date because a “patient with a sick cat” called.

Two epic moments that wiped that smug look right off of his face. Could this be the start of Cain’s demise? I sure hope so!

Conrad’s search and rescue volunteer work was cut short when Nic’s father called about a towed truck.

He then responded to a concerning call from an MS patient, Archer, who was ready to take his life because of sky-high medical bills tacked on by Chastain.

The fact that someone thinks suicide is their “get out of medical debt” card is upsetting.

Conrad arrived on the scene in the knick of time to stop Archer from overdosing on pills.

And though Kyle couldn’t get to the gun fast enough, his intervention helped save Archer’s life.

Unfortunately, Kyle didn’t feel heroic at all and the moment only tacked onto his negative outlook on life and his self-worth.

The way he explained what Archer must have been going through to the wife was especially concerning to Conrad because Kyle seemed to understand the mindset of someone contemplating suicide.

By the end of the episode, I was terrified that we’d hear a gunshot go off as we got an aerial view of Kyle’s car.

Thankfully, he didn’t and teasers for next week reveal that Nic intervenes and tries to stop her father. Will she succeed? Let’s hope so.

Most of the storylines carried a deeply emotional weight, but Pravesh’s reunion with Nadine was a fun segway from the heaviness.

She didn’t necessarily need medical attention, but she came to the ER because she wanted to see Pravesh again.

Her whole life has been controlled and Pravesh is the one who allows her to just be a person rather than a princess.

I’m very much shipping this couple, although, it is risky to get involved with a patient, especially one of such a high caliber. Red Rock Medical is always watching and ready to swoop in and destroy the good doctor’s who value patient life over profit.

Pravesh needs to be careful.

And then there was a Smurf-looking patient that was treated by Pravesh and his intern Ezra. The storyline wasn’t necessary, but it was a fun distraction and allowed the audience to get to know Ezra a little bit. Turns out, he has crippling OCD, which is what has influenced his decision to become an anesthesiologist. Something tells me that spending time with Pravesh in the ER will likely change his mind. He’s already proving to him that you can turn what once used to be considered flaws into a superpower in the field.

Mina may not have been ready to pursue a romantic relationship with AJ (and aside from the fear of ruining a friendship, it could be because of how hurt she was from her last relationship), but the good news is that Adaku woke up and is on her way to recovering. Mina made a wonderful interim-mom and proved that she took the godmother title seriously, which is exactly where she belongs.

It’ll be great to see Mina with the baby once in a while, but Adaku’s return means that a baby storyline no longer sidelines Mina’s opportunities for character development and growth!

What did you think of the episode?

Will AJ and Andrea hit it off? Will it make Mina jealous and regret that she turned him down?

What does Cain have up his sleeve next?

When will Conrad start fighting back against Red Rock?

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The Resident Midseason Premiere – Interns, Zero Gravity, and Conrad’s Revenge (3×11)

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Greed and corruption are the basis of Red Rock Medical even more now that Barrett Cain and Logan Kim have positioned themselves at the top.

One of the first changes they’ve decided to implement is to cut salaries and opt for commission-based pay.

In other words, the more procedures you perform, the more you make. Quantity trumps quality (The Raptor was right, they didn’t have to say it out loud to say it) and those who refuse to fall in line will meet the same fate as Bell or Conrad; demotion or firing.

It’s a battle between good and evil thinly veiled under the “medicine is money” umbrella, which makes it a reality for many doctors and nurses.

Even without Conrad, Chastain still has some morally ethical and good doctors left, but they cannot afford to lose them.

Will Cain and Kim acknowledge that before its too late?

Their money-first, patient-second approach will drive Chastain in the ground if no one stops them.

Thankfully, Marshall Winthrop and Conrad have a plan.

At the kickstart of “Free Fall,” Conrad was sulking and feeling a bit sorry for himself, a vast change from the Conrad who confidently walked out of Chastain upon getting fired.

Conrad may have played it off well, but he’s nothing without Chastain or his work. Aside from Nic, it’s the only thing that ever gave him purpose.

He gets distracted by Finn, a former patient suffering from muscular dystrophy who was running out of time.

His one wish was to exist in zero gravity, and he wanted to take Conrad along for the ride.

Finn’s enthusiasm was electrifying and easily the best part of the episode. His outlook on life was also necessary to remind Conrad what’s worth fighting for.

It was nice to see Conrad enjoy himself outside of Chastain. As I mentioned previously, Conrad’s whole life has been wrapped up in his work that it’s sometimes easy to forget that he’s still a person.

But thousands of miles up in the air, Conrad was just Conrad floating without the worries of the world dragging him down.

Of course, that didn’t last very long because one of the free-fallers, Reggie, suffered a heart attack while up there and Conrad had to resuscitate him sans gravity.

Let me tell you, this man can work wonders!

It’s moments like these that prove how good and selfless of a doctor Conrad is.

He wasn’t getting paid to accompany Finn nor did he make a buck off of saving Reggie — it was simply the right thing to do.

Another example of how Conrad’s been able to connect with his patients is when Annie called him before signing a DNR and undergoing lung surgery.

She knew the right choice and yet, she wanted guidance and support from a doctor she trusted.

Chastain is beyond stupid to have let someone like Conrad go, and more specifically, to wage war against him.

Kim and Cain only want those who comply around. They want their “yes men” so that their rulings are never challenged, but the success of a hospital is built up by doctors of various beliefs and backgrounds who often challenge each other about the proper treatment necessary.

Without that, you just have people doing the job for the wrong reasons.

As Winthrop told Conrad, going after Red Rock was going to get ugly.

Kim made it clear that he knows where the skeletons are buried and he’s not afraid to dig them up and expose Winthrop.

But here’s the thing — Winthrop may have earned his riches by doing shady deals, but he’s grown from that. By reconnecting with his son, he’s become a better person who does the right thing no matter what it costs him. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be willing to air out his own dirty laundry to help his son, a notorious rulebreaker.

If they want to take down Red Rock Medical, they all have to be willing to get their hands dirty and deal with whatever comes up.

It’s incredible that Cain has the stamina to keep up with everyone’s lives and continuously get up in their business.

Not only was he overseeing Pravesh and AJ’s patients, but he threatened to throw Bell under the bus unless he gave him a percentage of the profits from his new supplement line.

The devil works hard, Kris Jenner works harder, but Barrett Cain works hardest.

Cain also ordered AJ not to give Annie a DNR, which is totally unethical but also stupid.

Many patients are aware of their rights, especially those who have suffered from serious diseases like cancer.

Annie would have likely made up her mind about what she’d like to happen with her body in case the procedure went sideways in advance, but most importantly, it’s her right and her choice.

No one is allowed to strip her of that to turn a profit.

Cain stoops lower and lower each episode, but the blatant disregard for human lives to make a quick buck is his least appealing quality.

It’s technically only been a year, but times have changed. Conrad has been booted and Pravesh, the intern, now has his own interns.

He’s walking in Conrad’s shoes and learning that it isn’t a walk in the park.

Unlike Conrad, however, Pravesh has two doe-eyed interns to look after, and Ezra and Aileen didn’t seem to take him seriously or respect him.

Things quickly go sideways when Aileen made a call to schedule a patient who came in with a cough for a needless procedure, which obviously was recommended by the specialist because it’s all about that money, honey.

Aileen’s decision caused the patient to have a heart attack, but it also caught a clogged artery that would have been potentially deadly had the patient gone to Cambodia without getting it checked out.

The whole storyline was proof that when you try to tack on procedures for the sake of getting money, it can cause more harm than good.

Pravesh was hard on his interns, but it was necessary.

When you walk through those doors and put on your scrubs, these patient’s lives are in your hand.

You have to make the best decisions and stand by them and claim responsibility when you’re in the wrong.

It’s a tough lesson, but it’s necessary.

And that isn’t even the hardest lesson. The hardest one is navigating the work politics on the business side, which they got a little taste of, but will likely see much more as the series progresses. That is if they even last that long.

Aileen seems like a fighter, but Ezra looks like he’ll be tapping out quickly.

Mina was learning that having a baby and being a doctor was not easy. Along with the sleepless nights, she just wasn’t connecting with Adaku’s child until the Raptor suggested simply snuggling.

The idea seemed foreign to Mina, which was hilarious.

Mina can diagnose you simply by looking at you, yet something so simple as cuddling and nurturing a child didn’t occur to her.

Once she embraced it though, a true bond formed between her and the baby, and Mina might be on her way to rocking motherhood.

Mina will likely get very attached to baby Michelle, which I’m fine with, but as stated before, I hope it doesn’t hinder storylines and character development.

Though, I’m not opposed to it softening her up a bit.

What did you think of The Resident midseason premiere?

Does Conrad stand a chance against Red Rock?

How would you take down Cain and Kim?

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The Resident Fall Finale – Cain Will Pay for This (3×10)

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The greedy, capitalistic, well-oiled machine that is Red Rock keeps churning at the “new and improved” Chastain, a place that willingly sacrifices patient care to bump its statistics and inflate survival rates.

The midseason finale was well worth the wait as the people vs. Cain and Logan Kim came to a head that’s been simmering for much of the season.

Those dark clouds looming over the hospital weren’t just there for fun, they were representative of the once-great hospital losing two key and critical members simultaneously: Dr. Bell and Conrad.

Dr. Bell will still be sticking around, though his role and reach has been greatly reduced now that he’s been removed as Chief of Surgery, a title given to the pretentious and ego-driven Cain. Can you believe it?

We’re honestly just sitting here watching Red Rock make the worst decisions possible and wage war against good doctor’s that care about their patients.

Red Rock has made Cain their poster boy, a man who can do no wrong even though he literally does everything wrong.. He sinks lower and lower every week and his reckless behavior is rewarded because he’s untouchable despite potentially causing the hospital lots of damage.

Case-and-point, leaving his brain surgery patient alone with a resident as he left the hospital to “take care” of something, most likely, his vent farm, which is despicable.

Then, he covers his tracks by lying through his teeth to all of his patients and giving them false hope.

What a god awful person. We thought Dr. Lane was bad but she’s a drop in the ocean compared to Cain.

The only thing that’s keeping me hopeful is that karma always hits back twice as hard. While revenge is the dish everyone wants to serve, it’s best to let the hospital just self-implode.

Unlike Cain, when Conrad lies to patients, it’s with their best interests in mind.

After getting Bell demoted for trying to stand up to Cain, Logan Kim successfully ousted Conrad, something he’s been trying to accomplish since The Resident Season 3 Episode 9.

He failed in his attempt to use the lawsuit against Conrad then, but he scored a win with Tyler, the patient in liver failure who needed a kidney.

This one fell into Kim’s lap as Conrad accidentally outed himself for lying to the board. We were all cringing as he sat there with his back to the doorway attempting to have a heartfelt conversation with his patient about suicide not realizing that the mother and the transplant rep were right behind him.

Talk about bad timing.

Tyler even tried to warn Conrad but to no avail as the damage had been done.

However, I just cannot get behind the fact that Conrad would be so careless about speaking openly knowing that they were closing in.

Kim and Cain were waiting like hawks to take advantage of any slip-up and the moment they saw their opening, they pulled a double whammy on the hospital’s two most promising employees.

Regardless of what you think of Conrad’s decision, it proves what kind of doctor Conrad is and has always been.

He doesn’t work for praise or for titles, though the idea of his own shower and office was nice, and it was sweet to see him truly ecstatic about accomplishing something. Having all of his closest friends and employees there rallying behind him and supporting him only made the moment that much more gratifying.

But there was so much joy that it was obvious it was about to come crashing down, and it did as Logan Kim stripped Conrad of his badge.

Conrad is such a badass doctor, he doesn’t get intimidated easily. He quipped right back confronting Kim about what was really transpiring between them. It wasn’t about the liver transplant, he knew they wanted him out cause he was a whistleblower, a man who spoke out about corruption, which threatened the bottom line.

Kim didn’t deny it either. Conrad’s power and his bravery in that moment was electrifying.

But the true Conrad came out after he walked out the door, as he gently placed his new chief resident jacket down and the emotional weight of what transpired crept in.

You could see the loss spreading across his face; it was one of the strongest moments on the series where every emotion was evoked without saying anything. Props to Matt Czuchry.

The firing won’t even come as a surprise to Conrad’s father as he knows that he’s a rule breaker, a man who takes risks for patients who deserve it.

Cain may be brilliant, but he’ll never be half the doctor Conrad is. Heck, he even gets bested by Pravesh, the intern no-more.

Pravesh’s last day as intern was eventful and dramatic, but that’s just life at Chastain these days.

And while it was nice for him and Conrad to bury the hatchet and all the good doctor/bad doctor drama, it felt contrived to drive home yet another point.

Pravesh went from being a goody two-shoes, Mr. do the right thing no matter what to suddenly thinking that bending the rules was okay, which is who he was in the first place.

What was the point of going through all of that “I’m not you” if we were just going to wind up back at square one?

It’s not true to character that Pravesh will suddenly lean whichever way necessary to either move the storyline along or create conflict.

Last time, the writers needed Pravesh to question Conrad’s morals and how far he was willing to go so they made him the pushback and now, they needed someone to underline how great of a doctor and mentor Conrad has been, so they made Pravesh see the “gray areas” again.

They even referred to them as Batman and Robin, which felt more like a forcible way to get a point across than like old times.

Still, there were some sweet scenes between Pravesh and Conrad as they reflected on their first day working together and Conrad even confided Pravesh that he bought a ring for Nic!

When Conrad got escorted out, I want Pravesh, Nic, Irving, and everyone else to follow suit, but Conrad is right, he needs people on the inside if he stands a chance at bringing down the injustice.

Because that’s what they’re all gearing up for — the fight for Chastain, the fight for what’s right.

And we didn’t even get to the drama surrounding Adaku, whose life was left hanging in the balance after she prematurely went into labor.

The moment Mina made the decision to be this baby’s godmother, we knew that Adaku’s life would be put in danger and Mina would be forced to take care of the child.

The look of terror on Mina’s face could be felt by everyone. She has no idea how to raise a child let alone have the desire to become a mother, but she owes it to Adaku.

Hopefully, her soul sister will recover. She’s a fighter having she survived the C-section and the valve replacement surgery

But mostly, she needs to survive because while it’ll be fun to see Mina force herself to become a motherly-figure for a little while, we can’t sideline her character by having her become a full-time mommy.

Other Chastain Thoughts

  • Conrad is going to propose to Nic! Obviously, that’s not going to happen anytime soon with his current predicament, but the fact that there’s a ring is very exciting!
  • The Raptor keeps Mina in check, especially when she’s freaking out about Adaku. I love that his feelings for her never cloud his judgment. He’ll lay down the law when he needs to even though he has a soft spot for her.
  • Cain really tried to come back at Dr. Bell with story’s of “HODAD.” You weren’t there, Cain, you have no right to reference that. But also, what happened to those tremors?

What did you think of the midseason finale of The Resident?

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We’ll see you in three weeks time as Conrad prepares for battle with Red Rock Medical!

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