The Resident didn’t waste any time addressing Julian’s fate.
And it’s about time. The series kept fans in the dark about her fate since November after she threatened to expose Quo Vadis and Gordon had his goons run her off the road and into a river.
Now that Quo Vadis was no more and Gordon Page was neutralized, she could finally emerge out of hiding.
Seeing Julian wasn’t too surprising considering the preview from last week showed her popping up and giving a presentation at a conference at Chastain.
This is just one of the many reasons I despise watching trailers. They give away all the good stuff.
To be clear, we weren’t surprised Julian was alive, but Pravesh looked like he’d just seen a ghost.
Thankfully, Julian wasn’t planning on ignoring him.
After the conference, the two lovebirds caught up and she informed him that she narrowly escaped the vehicle (where were her scars?), swam to safety and went into hiding at her parent’s home in Savannah out of fear that Gordon would retaliate if he found out she’d survived.
She also didn’t think Pravesh would care about what happened to her because she expected him to be in Silicon Valley with his new bride.
Pravesh’s wedding seems like it was forever ago yet Julian didn’t even know he broke things off with Priya because of his feelings for her.
Those feels were validated and reciprocated by Julian shortly after her return as they hooked up at his apartment while she picked up his cat, Bailey.
Surprisingly, Marshall Winthrop knew about her whereabouts this whole time and was actually the catalyst for Julian coming forward to his recommended agent.
We really do have him to thank for the Quo Vadis takedown.
I didn’t see that coming nor did I expect the two of them to strike up a partnership to better the device business for both patients and doctors.
Marshall resigned his position at Chastain with plans of rehabilitating Gordon’s company and also agreed to help fund Julian’s new venture which holds companies and the FDA accountable for their products.
It’s nice to see someone putting patient safety first.
The chapter on Quo Vadis, at least this version of the company, is officially shut.
Julian and Pravesh’s romance was short-lived as she had to dedicate herself to her non-profit which required an extensive traveling schedule.
Truthfully, an actress of Jenna Dewan’s caliber was never going to stick around a series as a regular.
For this reason, I was surprised to see her come out of the accident unscathed. Her death was her out and a chance for the writers to simply write her off.
But having her survive and rekindle a romance with Pravesh despite it not being the “right time” allows her to swing by on occasion in a guest-starring role.
It’s also a healthier alternative for Pravesh to move on with his life. His feelings and decision not to marry Priya were validated, they shared their last dance, and he was hopeful that one day, they could finally be together.
I guess thinking you’ve lost someone permanently puts things in a new perspective; Pravesh was surprisingly understanding about Julian having to leave again, a departure from how he acted anytime Priya wanted to pursue a career.
Mirroring Julian’s careers vs. love crossroads is Kit’s storyline with her ex-husband Brett.
Despite breaking his heart into a million pieces — her words, not mine — Kit and Brett had a very playful and caring relationship.
He was concerned about her and wanted her to find happiness, a rarity when it comes to ex-husbands.
When Brett’s diagnosis came back bleak, Kit did everything she could even roping in the best of the best — AJ, Mina, Bell — to take care of him.
Luckily, Brett pulled through despite a few close calls.
Seeing Kit’s backstory makes her character, one we already love, more well-rounded, but hopefully, the writers don’t use this to create a love-traingle between Kit, Brett and Bell.
Brett and Kit’s ship has sailed; their friendship means more than another shot at romance ever could.
And I’m Team Bell at this point. I’ve never seen Bell so smitten with someone. It’s almost strange to see him consider someone other than himself first.
Kit seems to be having a good impact on him.
He was there for her, held her hand, supported her, and even felt his ego a little bruised when he realized there may be some unfinished business between her and her ex.
Also struggling in the romanc department? Mina.
I feel for Mina because she was basically rejected after saying ‘yes’ to a marriage proposal. How do you bounce back from that?
The choice wasn’t easy for her as it took her weeks to even conjure up an answer.
Mina’s not the kind of person to wear her heart on her sleeve.
She took a leap of faith, which we know was hard for her, and was shot down.
Micah knew who she was when he proposed. He should have understood that she needed the space to make her decision and it wasn’t anything personal.
On the other hand, Mina, girl. Good guys like Micah are a dime a dozen! Weighing the pros and cons and making educated and informed decisions may have success in the medical field but when it comes to love, you have to follow your heart and go with your gut.
Mina couldn’t reciprocate the level of love Micah had for her.
Did she really think he was going to wait around for weeks as she made up her mind without even speaking to him?
Not knowing if you want to marry someone is generally never a good sign.
That’s not normal, that’s not love, and Micah was right, it means they shouldn’t be together or forcing a relationship.
When it’s right, Mina will just know.
Plenty of fans have been shipping Mina and AJ but didn’t know how the series could ever go about bringing them together because of her relationship with the darling Micah, but this was the most neutral approach.
It minimizes the drama and the pain from all parties involved.
Mina doesn’t strike me as the kind of woman to go lean on the next available man to heal her broken heart, but I’m willing to bet that AJ will be able to tell something is off with his girl and be there for her.
It seems like the writers of The Resident have been hit with the love triangle bug.
We eliminated one when Pravesh called things off with Priya and chose Julian, but we’re dealing with Kit, Brett and Bell, Micah, Mina and AJ, and now, Nic, Alec and Conrad.
Alec noticed that Nic’s been avoiding him after he told her he had feelings for her and honestly, what did he expect was going to happen?
Nic is in a happy, committed relationship with Conrad, but her business relationship with Alec also works.
Why would she want to sabotage that?
When it became evident that Alec wasn’t going to give up without a fight, Nic proved to be the good girlfriend by letting him know she loved Conrad and they should remain focused on their clinic work.
Alec then wanted to know if he’d have a chance if it wasn’t for Conrad which was so upsetting coming from him.
Is this guy for real? She just let you down easy, man. Why are you asking for more trouble?
Alec pursuing Nic while knowing she’s with Conrad is typical male behavior but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing because we were never under the impression that Alec was a typical man.
What’s more infuriating is that Alec and Conrad bonded over a joint patient with Conrad even suggesting they grab beers some time.
How shady does a person have to be to act friendly to someone while simultaneously trying to pick up their girlfriend behind their back?
This behavior goes against everything we thought Alec was proving that Conrad had every right to question “who Alec really was.”
Conrad also isn’t an idiot. He can definitely see that something is up by how Nic and Alec act around each other. There have been two times he’s walked in on them when they were talking about Alec’s feelings for her.
He has impeccable timing.
We finally met Nic’s estranged father, Kyle, as he cruised into the city to help Jessie post-rehab.
Nic had every right to be skeptical of her father’s sudden interest in their lives; he was never present when they were children and the only reason he was even around now was to leverage Nic’s relationship with Conrad to pitch Marshall his new app idea.
While his app idea wasn’t too shabby and had legs, it seemed like Kyle was the kind of guy who had a new venture idea each week and never followed through on them.
Nic calls him out on being an absent parent, but he promises to do better this time if they’ll give him a chance.
Jessie has a much better relationship with her father than Nic does but considering she’s freshly out of rehab his erratic behaviors might not be what’s best for her at this point.
Meeting Kyle also explains Jess and Nic’s addictive personalities. Nic needs to be in control, Jess has a drug problem, and their father needs to be the charismatic man even when he’s lying to everyone around him.
Jessie is also in kidney failure which Nic attributes to the drug trail more than her drug addiction.
There’s definitely a possibility that Nic will lose her sister to organ failure and not an overdose. After their long road to recovery, it would be such a low blow but a sad reality for many people nonetheless.
- Why were Nic, Jessie, and Kyle drinking coffee in the bitter cold? You could see their breath as they chatted outside sipping on coffee. Are there no cafes inside Chastain?
- Alec was introduced as this incredible doctor who wasn’t corrupted by the healthcare system but sadly, he tried to coerce a patient into treatment by lying to them. His actions were disgusting this week.
- Conrad and Marshall are finally taking the trip to Anguilla together. Their repaired relationship makes my heart glow. Let’s hope Marshall doesn’t die before this happens.
‘The Resident’ Canceled at FOX After 6 Seasons – Read the Statement
The Resident aired its sixth season finale on Monday, January 17, and unfortunately, it will also be the show’s last.
On April 6, TVLine confirmed that FOX officially canceled the medical drama, which has been on the air since 2018.
In my review of the season finale, I pointed out that while I’m gunning for another season as I love the cast and all the drama that goes down at Chastain, it did feel as though the writers weren’t confident that they would get another season as every loose end got tied up and all the characters essentially found their happy ending.
In fact, TVLine asked creator Amy Holden Jones if it was intentional on their part, to which she responded, “We do this every year. Last year’s worked as a series finale also, but thankfully, it wasn’t to be. We left open questions and put new character arcs in place to launch us into Season 7.”
So what are fans missing out on since the series wasn’t renewed? Jones told the outlet that Season 7 would’ve featured Devon and Leela’s wedding, along with the “continuation of Conrad and Billie’s romance” and a mix of Bell being a patient and a doctor, in addition to his relationship with Kit.
While it’s a bummer that we won’t get to see any of that, it’s comforting that fans got a proper conclusion to the storyline with an ending that served as a suitable sendoff.
The Resident Season Finale – All Hands on Deck (613)
Can someone pass the tissues because that was one emotional season finale?
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if The Resident Season 6 Episode 13 ended up being the series finale because it felt so final. After a tense hour where two lives hung in the balance as Chastain’s finest attempted to figure out the mystery illnesses ailing them, everything came up roses.
The final moments of the episode featured happy endings for all of our favorites. And while I don’t doubt that the creators/writers have plenty of material to continue with a seventh season, if FOX doesn’t renew the series, there are no cliffhangers or loose ends to tie up. It all just makes sense.
Conrad and Billie exchanged “I love yous,” which brought into perspective Billie’s prior conversation with Cade where she informed her that he’s never said the L-word. Regardless of your personal opinions about Billie, it was a beautiful and pivotal moment for Conrad, who spent years trying to find his way after Nic’s death and felt as though he would never love again. The fact that he was brave enough to open himself up to the possibility and pursue the woman that made him feel again was huge. And Gigi ships it, which means so do it. The cherry on top was that they now made up this perfect family with Gigi. They never forgot about Nic, and I’d argue that with Billie around it’s easier to keep her memory alive, but it was bittersweet to see their bliss knowing that Nic got robbed of it, which also speaks to the realities of life itself. It’s cruel and beautiful in the same breath.
Dr. Bell finally passed the torch, and while Conrad was responsible for teaching the best intern at Chastain, Bell was responsible for crafting one of Chastain’s best doctors as Dr. Devi proved she was ready to graduate from resident to attending. Leela always had the skills and the smarts, but she needed that little push to believe in herself, which actually came from AJ Austin and his brilliant metaphor about being fearless like Michael Jordan. Once she “took the shot,” Devi was unstoppable, and Bell felt comfortable leaving Chastain’s most important patient, Gov. Betz (most important because he had the funding to see the hospital), in her hands.
Despite his progressing MS, Bell suited up for the surgery, but unlike so many other times in the past, he wasn’t hiding his diagnosis or the fact that it was interfering with his ability to perform the job. Bell accepted the realities and finally felt comfortable leaning on his team—the best team Atlanta has to offer. And it made me tear up to see how they all rallied around him and extended a helping hand when they realized he was having a flare-up.
It was also a huge moment for Bell to simply accept that he couldn’t fight through this one, no matter how much he wanted to. Bell has been dedicated to getting better for some time, so he took a necessary leave of absence to participate in Devon’s clinical trial, which will hopefully provide him with a full cure. There were a lot of full-circle moments where the mentor became the mentee and, in this case, Bell put his faith completely in Devon. And truly, there’s no better person than Devon, who is passionate about finding a cure with his trial.
Bell handed over the reins—his stethoscope from when he became an attending—to Leela, and while it was already a joyous moment for her, it became the best day of her life when Devon got down on one knee and propped. It’s about damn time, Devon. His love life has been quite a rollercoaster throughout the seasons, but Leela has been his one constant. I want the show to get renewed solely so we can see this wedding!
Bell also had a chat with Dr. Ian, who slightly redeemed himself by coming clean about his addiction prior to Sammie’s surgery and accepted the job again after Kit informed him that she was willing to take the risk to have him back on the staff. It was genuinely important that she highlighted that addiction was a disease and not a moral failing, and while he made some questionable and potentially dangerous decisions, it happened while he was under the influence.
It was nice to see Bell and Ian so transparent about their diseases because, as they pointed out, in many ways, they are alike. They’ve both operated when they shouldn’t have while believing that they have a handle on whatever it is, however, the difference between them both is that Bell has always come from a place of arrogance while Ian’s was motivated by fear. The distinction was important because it shows that different influences can often lead to the same outcome, and Ian shouldn’t be looked down upon while Bell is praised as a hero.
During their talk, Bell seemed to quell any concerns that he’s leaving the show by explaining that while he will be taking some time for himself, and his priority will be Kit and his family, he’s still going to be around to mentor the interns. I can’t think of a better way to have him involved.
Bell could also understand Ian in a way no one else could as they both had a very strong work ethic, with work becoming their reason for existence at one point. Bell could relate because it’s how his life used to be before he met Kit. I think that he might be a solid influence on Ian while also being a person who keeps him accountable and always striving to be better. Of course, Ian has to do the work to remain sober and not fall back into old habits, but I think it’s good that he has people in his corner who believe in him and want to help him.
There was even a happy ending for Cade and Yamada who realized that as two childless adults, the world was their oyster. There were no limits—they could live it up, travel, enjoy each other, and live a carefree life. As amazing as it sounds, I loved that it was juxtaposed with Billie and Conrad’s family moments. No path is better or right—everyone finds what’s truly meant for them, and there’s a reason Cade never fully fit into Conrad’s life.
As for Padma, she got the treatment necessary for postpartum depression, which, as AJ pointed out, can affect anyone, and was on a path to bliss with her newborns. This doesn’t mean there won’t be hard days, but she finally has the tools to be the mom that she wanted to be for her adorable little boys. AJ’s comment that they are that adorable because they look like him was very on-brand for the character. In a way, Padma and AJ needed each other—and their family—more than they even realized. It’s nice to see a series acknowledge that two people who are not romantically involved can be a happy family. A modern family for the win.
The title “All Hands on Deck” wasn’t used lightly as the episode required everyone to be on their A-game to help Betz and Sammie through their rough patches. And they hit quite a few of them.
Betz’s heart transplant was successful, but his body began rejecting it for unknown reasons. It wasn’t lost on me—or Bell—that Betz needed the same procedure as the patient at the helm of the lawsuit that kicked this rivalry into high gear in the first place. Full circle… karma… it was all of it.
Meanwhile, Sammie came in with a collapsed lung that led to an effusion, which gave everyone a scare that her cancer came back. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, and it was actually Gigi (a little Nic) who pointed out the red tongue that led to the Kawasaki diagnosis. They caught it right in time and were able to operate and help the sweet girl.
I wish the series addressed the role Gigi played in saving Sammie, especially as Conrad and Devon went back to the whiteboard a handful of times and couldn’t figure it out!
With Sammie on the mend, Gigi was able to have her birthday party after all, even if it was in a hospital room. All of her favorite people were on hand to celebrate, so she wasn’t even phased. And she has such a heart of gold, she even gave Mr. Giraffe to Sammie to make sure he takes care of her and she doesn’t get sick again. Conrad really lucked out with Gigi because she’s so pure.
As for Betz, he pulled through and made good on his promise to restore the funding to Chastain. The hospital’s services did save his life after all. And the funny thing is that they would have tried equally as hard even without his promise to save the hospital, but it was necessary that he came around and finally saw the benefit of healthcare for all… even if he did cheat his way to the top of the transplant list. Maybe his stone-cold heart was finally warming up. Let’s hope.
What did you think of The Resident Season 6 finale? Did you think they wrapped up all the storylines succinctly? Are you happy that Chastain lives to see another day?
The Resident Review – All the Wiser (6×12)
The Resident Season 6 Episode 12 kicked off the fight for Chastain’s life, which is, unfortunately, tied directly to Gov. Betz.
In the penultimate episode, Betz was forced to rely on Chastain’s finest for help following a helicopter accident.
We already knew Betz was a terrible man after refusing to give Chastain their annual budget and trying to ruin Dr. Bell’s image, but the fact that he made a chopper pilot risk everyone’s life by flying in bad weather sealed the deal.
Thea’s parents made a remark about how terribly Betz treated her while she was employed for him, and because of him, her life was hanging in the balance.
His situation wasn’t any better as he suffered a heart attack while throwing an adult-sized tantrum about how he wanted to be transferred to another “top tier” hospital. It was pathetic. You’d think he’d be more concerned with staying at the hospital that could provide him the best level of care, but that would require Betz to be a decent human being.
However, he began to change his tune when he realized it could work in his favor, so he attempted to strike a deal to get to the top of the transplant list. Apparently, that was the only reason that would persuade him to reconsider restoring the money from the discretionary fund that he initially pulled, which caused staff shortages and depleted resources at other hospitals that had to take on the overflow.
Of course, his offer came with a catch—an eye for an eye, if you will. The money would only be given to them if they promised that they would make his transplant a priority and if he survived the surgery. He couldn’t even do the right thing out of the goodness of his weak heart, which is truly the most telling.
I’m not entirely sure why Betz didn’t go to Kit Voss with the offer, and I’m not sure why AJ and Conrad decided to go above her head when they agreed to the deal, but the important thing is that everyone seemed to be on the same page and in agreement.
When AJ first considered Betz’s offer, Conrad was slightly shocked that he would compromise his integrity to make a deal with the devil. I love that AJ called back to Conrad’s humble beginnings as a renegade doctor who broke all the damn rules, wondering what that guy would have done in this situation. It helped to reframe Conrad’s present-day mindset by showing him that he used to be more willing to take risks if the payout was worth it. While knocking someone else off the transplant list is never ideal, the money that Betz promised could end up saving a lot more lives. ‘Do a little bad for a lot of good” seems like a decent motto to live by.
In a way, they couldn’t risk losing the deal. That’s something I think Kit would’ve understood if they had just presented her with all the facts outright. She’s always made Chastain and the patient’s priority number one—she was even talking to Bell about needing a “parachute” for saving Chastain at the beginning of the episode. It may be a poor choice in light of the tragedy, but it was a fitting analogy nonetheless.
Of course, even though they may have secured a heart for him, the deal still hinges on his survival. You’d think the man would simply be grateful for everything the hospital was doing to save his life. If this is how they treat their enemies, just imagine how good things must be for the everyday patient!
Doing things for the “greater good” was a common theme in the episode as Leela convinced Pravesh to accept Marko’s offer in exchange for more funding for his MS clinical trial, which could be Bell’s saving grace.
I love that Pravesh made the sacrifice for Bell as he definitely didn’t believe in anything Marko was putting down, though I cannot say that I’m into this storyline. I hate to see Pravesh investing so much energy into something that doesn’t bring him joy.
He’s always been such an inspired doctor, and it’s unfortunate that at the end of the day, everything boils down to money.
Billie and Cade teamed up to provide next-level care for Thea, whose expert piloting skills saved a lot of lives, including her own and Gov. Betz’s. No one would have been able to accept an outcome where Thea died and donated her heart to keep Betz’s beating, so it was a relief when she finally woke up following surgery to stop her brain bleed and reduce the swelling.
There’s a lot happening in Billie and Cade’s personal lives, but they never let that get in the way. They were able to put all of that behind them and see each other as talented, skilled, and incredible medical professionals. It would have been so easy for these two women to put each other down and make a hostile work environment, but instead, they were showering each other with compliments. It was sweet.
The “no-hard feelings” attitude seems to stem from the idea that everyone ended up right where they were supposed to be.
Billie and Conrad were thrilled to finally give into their feelings for each other as it felt “right,” while Cade and Takeda found common ground after being “dumped.” And while they promised to keep it casual and not clingy, I think these two are already way more smitten with each other than they’d like to admit.
Also, Irving’s “musical chairs” comment was so perfect and provided a bit of levity during a pretty intense moment in the episode.
Love is messy, baby, what can they say?
Cade’s father, Ian, finally returned to the hospital, but it was a short-lived comeback as he resigned after being faced with the reality of having to come clean about his addiction. He didn’t want the “addiction stigma” to cast a shadow on his incredibly successful career, and while it’s a bummer to see him go—and a huge loss for Chastain—I get where he’s coming from. Ian worked so hard to build up his reputation, and he personally wouldn’t be able to recover if he lost the respect of his peers. I don’t ever want anyone to feel ashamed of their addiction, or even defined by it, but he’s so early in his recovery stages that it makes sense that he wants to keep it private.
The most important thing is that he got the help he needed, kicked the addiction to the curb, and began making amends with himself and Cade.
Speaking of getting necessary help, there was a brief update about Padma, who is doing really well in the treatment facility following her PTSD diagnosis. Leela’s concerns that the feelings will bubble up again once she gets into the swing of motherhood are valid, but hopefully, she’s being given the tools to cope and manage when the time finally comes. It seems as though AJ and Padma have not been in contact, though we’re to believe he’s holding everything down in the interim. It hasn’t been easy for these two, but the truth is—parenthood never really is. There are plenty of ups and downs, and the important thing is that you learn to navigate them, have respect for the person you’re in it with, and have a village around you that you can lean on. It seems as though all those things apply to Padma and AJ.
And finally, leading into the season finale, which will focus on Chastain’s finest coming together to save Sammie, Bell’s granddaughter, who is in town with her dads for Gigi’s birthday. In the final scene, Sammie spiked a high fever and experienced abdominal pain during the flight—and since she’s had quite the medical history, we have our fingers crossed that it’s nothing major.
The two-hour finale was set to air this week with two back-to-back episodes, but FOX decided to split them up and air the final episode of the season on January 17. I can’t say I’m mad as that just means we get one extra week with all of our favorites.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!
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