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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 – Nurses’ Day (3×06)

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The Resident Nurses' Day Review

The Resident is known for being realistic and calling out real-life issues plaguing hospitals in the country.

On “Nurses’ Day” they addressed how understaffed some of the most important people in the hospital are. Seriously, all they got them as a thank you was some measly cookies?

They deserve so much better than working back-to-back-to-back shifts that leave them so tired, they crash while driving home.

I’ll address Jessica’s accident first because it’s the cliffhanger that has us wondering if she’ll survive or not.

The teaser shows everyone at Chastain fighting to save her, so the odds aren’t good, but this team really doesn’t need to lose anyone so soon.

When Bradley died, it was sad, but we didn’t even really know him.

Then, we lost Jessie.

But Jessica has been a staple on this series even throughout her minimal role. She’s the sunny disposition amongst the group, and she and Irving are a fan-favorite couple.

The warning signs that something was amiss were there. Irving contemplated his relationship highlighting how much Jessica’s done throughout her life before realizing that she was the love of his life.

No one makes a declaration that bold unless something is about to go terribly wrong.

Irving is precisely why we cannot lose Jessica; he wouldn’t survive the loss.

While attempting to find out any information about the Hemopleatin, Conrad reunited with his father, Marshall, who he found out was on the drug to combat anemia.

Marshall’s lungs were, thankfully, all good, and he did offer a work-around to hacking those patient files at Chastain.

The father-son duo took a private jet to DC for a DoaCure conference where the over-the-top CEO agreed to give them a look inside their data in exchange for Chastain carrying his products at the hospital.

That’s the world of corporate healthcare folks — an eye for an eye.

Will Conrad make the deal?

Speaking of business and money, Cain won a premium paying patient in a game of poker and decided to go through with performing a risky, never-been-done-before procedure to essentially give him a bionic spine.

Kit clashed with Cain once again but he won this fight.

That is until his surgery almost killed the patient who began choking as a result of a defective disc that was inserted into his spine.

Kit admitted that Bell was right; she would lose if she tried to go against Cain because his pull was so strong at Red Rock Medical.

But Kit isn’t a quitter. Instead, she found a workaround that involved her striking up a deal with Cain to open a joint neuro, ortho, and physical therapy venture.

Cain was beyond eager to put aside their differences, but Kit has a larger play in motion.

What does she have up her sleeve?

AJ Austin’s story took place outside of the hospital walls for once, but it made me realize that he’s one of the strongest and most developed characters in the series.

He took his mother’s advice and agreed to meet his birth mother, Bonnie, a successful pediatrician. It all makes sense.

AJ wasted no time getting their backstory, which revealed why they gave him up for a closed adoption.

Bonnie was 22, she had just met AJ’s dad, she wasn’t ready to become a mom and put her medical aspirations on hold.

If anyone can appreciate that, it’s the Raptor.

But the decision wasn’t senseless — it was done with his best interest at heart and not a day goes by where she hasn’t thought of him.

She even helped AJ and Mina diagnose a young patient at the clinic who ended up having Lyme disease.

I’m sure AJ’s adoptive mother is great, but it’s nice for AJ to see where he comes from and who his parents are.

If there is a Thanksgiving episode, I truly hope we get invited to this dinner.

Other Thoughts

  • Pravesh assured us that Priya is doing just fine in San Francisco and dating a hot sportscaster. Good for her!
  • We get it, Pravesh. You’re not that kind of doctor.

What did you think of the episode?

Will Jessica survive?

Will Conrad and Nic successfully prove their theories about the drug?

Will Kit outsmart Cain by playing to his egotistical side?

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The Resident – Belief System (3×04)

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The Resident Belief System Review
Halloween in Chastain (and Jeremiah, Georgia) ws terrifying… but so damn exciting.
Holiday-themed episodes are my favorite, but particularly when the story-arcs remain loyal to the series.
Nothing felt out of place during the Halloween episode, though it gave us a fresh look at Mina and the Raptor outside of their comfort zones in Chastain.
The mentor was supporting his mentee before her big speech when their car broke down in the middle of cornfields.
Cornfields in relation to Halloween never bode well. Neither do flat tires or radiator hoses burning out.
The mechanic that came out wasn’t overly helpful, and the obvious consensus was that he was a racist,  just like all the patrons of the mostly-deserted town.
Anytime side-eyes a person of color, it usually means one thing, but while there was a racist/white supremacist storyline in play, it wasn’t in this small town.
The townsfolk were mean-mugging Mina and AJ because they were doctors, specifically, doctors at Chastain now owned by Red Rock Medical, which purchased the small-town’s hospital and shut it down.
Red Rock continues to prove that it values profit over patients in an astronomical way.
Mina and AJ were quick to prove that their values didn’t match Red Rock’s, but the townspeople weren’t any more welcoming.
When they reverted to their chambers for the evening (look, I have to keep up the creepy factor), they both experienced some bizarre dreams.
Mina dream that the whole town was sawing her open only to find “she didn’t have a heart,” while the Raptor dreamt he was getting attacked by the cornfield voodoo scarecrow.
The scenes were spooky and fun and even led to a very romantic kiss between the Raptor and Mina that for a split moment felt REAL. Why wasn’t it real? Fans demand to know.
They even bickered like a real couple at the beginning of the episode.
The chemistry between these two is out of this world; not only do they play well off of each other but anytime they gaze into each other’s eyes, it’s magnetic.
The dreams weren’t just inserted to fill a Halloween quota either; they were a product of the water being contaminated by Red Rocks dumping all their drugs down the drains.
After successfully operating on the only waiter of color, who had a flesh-eating bacteria, Mina and AJ encouraged the town to sue their employer.
Mina made it to her presentation thanks to the Raptor who entrusted her with his baby, his prized-possession, his whip.
AJ told her to picture the only person that mattered to avoid getting nervous and you guys, she imagined he was sitting there cheering her on.
I’ve never shipped a couple more. If only she’d sent him the heart.
The cases at Chastain were also Halloween-themed as Pravesh’s patient “came back from the dead,” which was a direct result of practicing “vampirism.”
Of course, there was a non-spooky explanation for what was happening. The man had too much iron in his system which was effectively shutting down organs and causing arrhythmias that made him “dead” for a little bit.
The vampirism storyline was a bit of a stretch, but at the end of the day, when the man put his health above his “beliefs,” which he admitted he was only doing to please his girlfriend, she broke up with him because they were “fundamentally different.”
Though less extreme, Conrad and Pravesh also acknowledged that they are two very different people with opposing viewpoints and beliefs that are not willing to compromise.
They may have worked well in the past, but after seeing how far Conrad was willing to go to “do the right” thing and torture the patient on The Resident Season 3 Episode 3, Pravesh couldn’t get over it.
He viewed Conrad as a hypocrite while Conrad was acting very superior. They all have egos, sure, but Conrad’s never one to harp on someone when he hasn’t run his own diagnostics. And especially after he just had a patient die just last week who seemed to be fine.
Conrad’s attitude wasn’t acceptable — he of all people knows how difficult it could be to treat a patient that isn’t exhibiting outward symptoms.
It’s unclear whether they go separate ways. They’ve always made a great team and complimented each other, which I think is important. Their opposing viewpoints are beneficial, but not if they distract both of them from the ultimate goal: helping patients.
And, lastly, there was Cain’s nightmare.
Do you know what’s scarier than a monster? A white supremacist. Cain’s patient, Hades, was disgusting in every sense of the word. And what’s worse is he had a large number of followers that were eating up all the hate he was spewing.
Cain didn’t want to admit that Hades got under his skin, but it’s what impacted him to proceed with the operation without waiting for Hades’ psychological records.
Hades was showing signs of DID; Hades was terrible, but his counterpart was a tame twenty-something named Douglas Atwater who couldn’t stand sharing a mind with Hades.
Given the DID, it was difficult to figure out which personality was the dormant one, but since Cain didn’t think the situation was “real,” he didn’t wait around and proceeded with the surgery.
And, you guessed it, Hades was dominant.
Cain was reckless in his quest for revenge — he broke protocol, he broke a patient’s trust, and he refused to listen to anyone but himself.
Nic tried to warn him. but he undermined her.
All actions have consequences, and Cain singlehandedly released this evil onto the world by cutting out the only goodness left in him.
Will this be Cain’s lesson to learn? Will he start accepting responsibility? Will he try to become a better person?
The betterment arc will carry on for Cain, but when it comes to this episode, The Resident found a way to highlight a real issue in a way that resonates with people.
Bell also has an issue on his hands because he’s forced to cover for every mistake Cain makes since he’s a ‘self-proclaimed’ cash cow.
It’s an unfortunate situation for Chastain to be in because without Cain’s profits, the hospital seizes to exist and they can no longer help anyone.
Maybe Mina was onto something when she said: “I usually avoid weird people, especially on Halloween.”
>When Mina willingly walked into her own room, I told my husband that there’s no way I would have ever split up with the buff dude I was with. You take the couch, but I’m not staying alone!

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The Resident – Saints and Sinners (3×03)

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The Resident Saints and Sinners Review

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.

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