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The Resident – Emergency Contact (2×18)

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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.

Offbeat Thoughts

  • 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.

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The Resident – The Unbefriended (2×23)

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THE RESIDENT The Unbefriended Review

Cliffhangers are the worst.

Waiting for months on end to find out what happens can be exhausting, but it’s especially taxing when you’re waiting to find out which character didn’t make it.

At the end of the hour, Nic and Conrad were keeping watch over both Kyle and Jessie.

They’d undergone a simple kidney transplant procedure that was complicated when anesthesiologist Smooth overdosed in the ER and ruptured Kyle’s artery.

The episode taught me two lessons: never promise anyone that things are going to be okay and always listen to whatever someone wants to tell you, despite thinking things are going to turn out okay.

Given how the episode played out, my guess is that Kyle doesn’t make it.

Jessie’s odds are worse, but the scene right before Nic was paged showed Kyle’s full circle.

Though he may have been a terrible and unreliable father when they were children, he came through for his daughter’s when they needed him most.

He made the ultimate sacrifice to save Jessie despite being terrified of the surgery.

His death will be much more impactful considering his strained relationship with Nic.

Nic will do what she does best and blame herself, but she’ll also regret the words left unspoken.

Kyle wanted to tell Nic something before the surgery in case things went south but she assured him they’d talk on the other side.

Now, she won’t ever know what he wanted to tell her. I have a feeling it has something to do with being grateful that she pushed him into becoming a better father.

Kyle’s death will be devastating but there’s no way Nic could ever survive without Jessie.

She’d be too consumed with guilt for not doing everything to save her sister.

Conrad has always wanted to do some of the heavy lifting for Nic.

She cares way too much and never asks for help, but with everything happening between Kyle and Jessie, she realized that she had to stop being the strong one.

It was okay to lean on Conrad for a change and he was more than willing to provide that shoulder.

By telling her to grab some air, he took the burden of saving her father (or her sister because the storyline can go that route as well) onto himself.

Jess did give her an advanced proxy so it’s possible she’s the one that dies.

Like most episodes, The Resident season finale was a little light on the happy moments, but nothing made me happier than Conrad and Nic’s reconciliation.

Nic needed a little nudge in the right direction and coming close to losing both her father and her sister made her realize that she couldn’t lose the love of her life either.

They’re better together.

He’s a better doctor, and she’s a better nurse when he’s around.

All Conrad ever wanted was some acknowledgment that Nic would consider a future with him.

Conrad is open to baby steps as long as Nic is open to having a conversation about the future.

Before you know it, Nic and Conrad will have the house, the family, and the chickens they’re talking about. I just hope we get enough seasons to see these storylines through.

Nic and Conrad’s relationship wasn’t the only one that was thriving.

Mina and AJ are also getting deeper involved yet their chemistry is way more subtle.

It’s in the looks and in the actions.

AJ’s bluntly telling Mina that Micah moved on from their engagement and already has a new girlfriend may have seemed harsh, but it came from a place of love.

The Raptor didn’t want Mina to go into surgery while still having feelings.

And he also didn’t want her to find out from someone else.

I swooned when he reminded her that anyone who would move on so quickly didn’t deserve her in the first place.

Preach, AJ!

I always considered Micah to be a decent and loving dude, so I was pretty surprised to see him with a new “lovey” girlfriend.

Why would a guy bring his new squeeze to a hospital where his almost-fiancee worked?

Then again, it didn’t really matter whether or not Micah moved on because Mina’s storyline with him was completely over.

In fact, seeing him with his new girl allowed her to finally move on.

Most exes would be an emotional wreck seeing their man with some new chick, but it helped Mina understand that she never wanted a romantic relationship.

She saw what she could never give him; what she never wanted to give him.

She never wanted to be the woman that Micah needed her to be.

Instead, she loved being at the hospital and bonding with AJ over their upcoming surgery’s.

Micah was a good guy, he just wasn’t a good guy for Mina.

Seeing him move on and be happy was comforting.

I’m glad the writers strayed from putting Mina and Micah in a scene together. They are over and there’s no point in rehashing it.

Then we have Dr. Bell whose left with a particularly tough decision by the end of the season.

Chastain is in the red and experiencing a loss of profits. Does he sign over his rights about making decisions for the hospital to the Red Rock Mountain Group or does he try to steer the ship himself?

The old Dr. Bell wouldn’t have given this decision a second thought, but the new and improved Dr. Bell is walking a fine line between patient care and profits.

He’s seeing the hospital’s patients through a new lens — they aren’t just moneymakers, they’re real people who need help.

How can he turn away a patient in need simply because they are uninsured?

It’s disgusting to me that hospitals base a patients level of medical care based on how much money they have.

I understand hospitals are still a business, but letting someone die or letting their condition worsen because they don’t have the funds shouldn’t be happening.

That’s why I truly believe Bell is going to tell the Red Rock Mountain Group to piss off as he finds a new way to make money and remain the decision maker for Chastain.

Some sacrifices will have to be made, but if it’s for the good of the people, I’m not complaining.

I am truly saddened by the fact that Kit went back to her husband instead of pursuing her obvious feelings for Dr. Bell.

Hopefully,  the situation changes come The Resident Season 3 because I think Bell could use a positive love interest.

And though I know it’s impossible, I’m still hoping Chastain gets a better PR rap next season.

Smoot made a mess when it came to Nic’s father, but I really thought there was going to be more to her situation.

She was “flirting” with Pravesh, she was stealing drugs, and she was using while on the clock.

There was so much more potential with her storyline that I feel wasn’t tapped into.

Overall, it isn’t the strongest season finale I’ve ever seen, but it does make me want to return next season to find out what happens so I guess it did what it was intended to do.

What did you think?

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The Resident – Stuck as Foretold (2×21)

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The Resident is gearing up for yet another explosive chapter with that cliffhanger.

Nic’s been through it all with her sister, Jessie, a former drug addict who is in kidney failure and needs a transplant.

Despite all the drama that went down between the sisters, Nic’s always been the dependable one that has taken care of Jessie.

So, naturally, she immediately got tested to see if she could become a donor.

Because of some arterial anomaly, she was disqualified, but the remaining hope lied within their father.

Nic was skeptical about Kyle’s willingness to donate to his daughter because of his spotty past during most of their childhood.

Kyle was never a present father and while it was refreshing that he wanted to change now, it was also slightly suspicious.

Nic was so certain her father was going to bail and let them down, she even sat him down for a heart-to-heart.

Kyle promised that he was here to help both of his daughters and lift the burden from Nic’s shoulders.

So imagine all of our disappointments when Kyle lied about not being a match and then tried to defend it by saying an addict shouldn’t get a kidney.

The nerve of this dude.

Nic was way calmer than I would have been. Telling him to get out was putting it mildly.

Realistically, Kyle isn’t completely wrong.

Jessie is an addict and not a full recovered one at that. She even brought up her desire to use again during the episode and questioned how she’d resist the urge now that life had taken a nasty turn for her.

For all we know, that was supposed to be a foreshadowing scene that Jessie isn’t ready for a new kidney.

Nic had hoped this would be the wakeup call Jessie needed, but maybe she just wants to believe that so badly she’s too blinded by the truth.

It’s possible that Jessie might make the most of her new kidney, so don’t think I’m crossing her off just yet.

Nic’s devotion to her sister, despite everything, is admirable; it’s what makes her such a great nurse.

With Kyle out of the picture, it seemed all hope was lost of saving Jessie but then, Alec came around with a possible solution.

“How far are you willing you go to save your sister,” he asked Nic whose interest piqued.

Obviously, Alec hasn’t been paying attention because Nic would do anything.

Thanks to the teaser, we don’t have to wait until the next episode to figure out what Alec meant — he’s bringing in someone from the black market.

At least, it seems like it.

And now, I have an issue with this.

Wanting to save your sister is natural, but let’s just get this out in the open real quick: it’s illegal.

Nic has already been in the slammer once before, she doesn’t need to return there.

Alec was supposed to be a kind and helpful doctor, but every time he’s around, he’s steering Nic down the wrong path.

This isn’t the first questionable thing he’s done.

Conrad is going to become concerned because even though he and Nic have called it quits, he still cares about her.

Nic should really keep him around instead of allowing Alec into the fold.

Alec and Conrad have never seen eye-to-eye so I’m here for this showdown.

Conrad isn’t opposed to breaking rules here and there when necessary, but his risks are calculated.

Saving Fritz during a blood crisis wasn’t an easy feat for Conrad and his team.

Initially, they couldn’t figure out why Fritz lost so much blood despite his fall, then they couldn’t get him a necessary blood transfusion so Conrad brought him down the basement where he plopped him into some cryo-submarine machine to ensure he’d get enough oxygen and buy himself some time.

Dr. AJ took over with spleen surgery, and Conrad ended up donating live blood that hadn’t been cleared of diseases to save the man’s life.

Blood shortages are very real so yes, this was a shameless plug to encourage everyone to go out and donate at blood drives.

If you’re not queasy around needles, get to it.

Me, I couldn’t even stomach watching Conrad prick himself.

AJ was spotted chatting with a young woman at the beginning of the episode which seemed to make Mina a little jealous though she’d never admit it.

The fact that Mina tried to pry the truth from him while he was “inebriated” in the operating room only further proved that her jealous was alive and well.

While I assumed the woman was going to be AJ’s sister, it turned out to be a woman from the adoption agency who delivered him info about his biological parents.

It was heartbreaking to watch AJ tell Mina that his mother, a doctor, chose med school over him.

It was even more heartbreaking because as a consummate professional himself who values his career over his personal life, he completely understood her decision.

That doesn’t mean it hurt any less, but he understood.

His biological parents, who I don’t doubt we’ll meet in the future, live in Chastain with the three children they did want.

I’m willing to bet that one day, his bio parents are going to roll into the hospital as patients!

The moment where Mina agreed to be angry at the Raptor’s parents for him gave me all the feels.

These two don’t even have to say anything — they transfer all that energy in the way they look at each other.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bell’s two love interests came face-to-face in what may be the most exciting love triangle (square if you count Kit’s husband, Brett) in the history of TV.

Bell’s assistant, Grayson, brought his mother, Vivian, to the hospital where she was diagnosed with gonorrhea by Kit.

Kit was cool with Vivian, Vivian thought she was a wonderful doctor and both women spoke fondly of “Randolph” and just wanted him to be happy.

Randolph, who has come so far since the first season, ultimately chose Kit, who now has a difficult decision ahead of her.

She could give her first husband, Brett, another try since he was willing to make things work, or she could pursue her feelings for Bell.

I think she’s going to lean towards the latter.

Bell’s relationship with Grayson has also evolved. While Grayson still annoys him, I think Bell appreciates him and his quirkiness now.

Grayson straight up confronted Bell asking whether or not he gave his mom gonorrhea, which Bell found was noble because he was sticking up for his mother.

He then bonded with Bell by telling him he was a good and giving man, way better than his own father.

And, in quite possibly the most bizarre storyline to date, The Resident introduced a new anesthesiologist who came prepared with plenty of terribly punny jokes.

Though he wasn’t a hit with Mina at first, eventually, she made her laugh so hard, half of the OR was triggered.

But her flirty jokes to Pravesh, who is seemingly moving on from Julian Booth, were merely a distraction because she went to a patient and stole the drugs from him.

Is she an addict?

Is Pravesh getting in way over his head again?

When will someone pick up on the warning signs?

Is Nic going to go too far to save Jessie? Will Conrad be able to stop her?

And when will Mina and AJ finally get together?

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The Resident – If Not Now, When? (2×20)

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The Resident has never shied away from delivering emotional and profound television, and that didn’t change during their most powerful and thought-provoking episode to date.

“If Not Now, When” lifted the curtain on the US’ maternity mortality rates.

As Bell mentioned, the US, despite being such a developed country, is one with the most deaths, and black women are more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women.

The Resident addressed this epidemic head-on when Pravesh noticed that Davies was experiencing post-C-section complications

When he brought it to Dr. Stewart’s, attention, he waved him off with his ego gloating about all the successful birth’s he’s delivered.

As Davies’ situation became direr, Pravesh and even her husband were both met with the same disregard.

Their concerns were dismissed and deemed as ‘normal’ for a woman who just had a C-Section.

The tests Pravesh ordered took too long, and by that time, Davies was shivering and freezing.

Pravesh was right; the blood in her catheter wasn’t normal, she had been bleeding internally for six hours.

Stewart’s reaction was infuriating because he couldn’t even clean up the mess he created. Upon opening Mrs. Davies up, he immediately called in for trauma as her situation was beyond his control.

Mina and AJ tried their best, but as we later found out, Davies’ heart gave out during surgery and she passed leaving behind a husband, her newborn, and a young daughter.

Mina, AJ and Pravesh witness plenty of terrible and heartbreaking situations, but you know this was one of their toughest ones when even Mina broke down crying.

Worst of all, the situation was preventable and likely wouldn’t have happened if Davies was white.

Pravesh points out that there’s such a thing as unconscious bias, which seemingly is exactly what Stewart exhibited. He even assumed Pravesh “came to the states” as an immigrant because an Indian being born in the states is unheard of.

The Resident opens up the conversation for plenty of important topics.

Many of us, myself included, probably weren’t aware that giving birth could be so dangerous despite all the technology available to our disposal.

Similarly, I didn’t know Tokyo barely had any gun violence and their yearly shootings were equivalent to one day in a US city.

The US has a gun problem, that’s no secret, and many times, as was the case with Danny and his mother, the victims of gun violence are innocent bystanders and accidental targets.

The team was able to save both Danny and his mother, but as Mina pointed out, the odds were against both of them yet they had a flock of doctors surrounding them with help.

The same courtesy wasn’t extended to Davies.

The shooting storyline fell slightly flat compared to the heartbreak of the Davies family.

I was even convinced it was going to be used as a tool to push Nic and Conrad back together by helping her realize how precious life was since if she hadn’t pulled over, she would have been the target.

However, for now, Conrad and Nic have called it quits because they aren’t on the same wavelength and really, haven’t been for a while.

Conrad is ready to move forward with their relationship which means moving in together and getting married.

Nic is content with how things are right now and doesn’t see herself changing anything, which stems from her fear of losing people and losing control.

Their fight really irritated me because Conrad came there to have a productive conversation and approached their relationship in a really mature manner, but as usual, Nic shut down the moment anything serious was mentioned and tried to steer the conversation away from her own flaws.

Until she matures and is able to appreciate the love she has, these two will never be good for each other.

And it’s unfortunate because they are so good for each other.

I really hope splitting up Conrad and Nic isn’t the writers’ ploy to bring her together with Alex.

You’d think Nic would want the stability of having a secure future with Conrad considering what’s going on with her sister, Jessie.

Jessie has irreversible kidney damage and will have to live out the rest of her days on dialysis unless she finds a kidney after six months without a relapse.

Of course, despite Nic saying she was done trying to help Jessie, she offers to see if she’d be a match to give her a kidney.

And much like Nic, I want to believe that this will be Jessie’s wake-up call to finally remain sober, but I don’t think it is.

I think Jessie is going to be affected by how ruined her life is now and she’ll fall deeper into the rabbit hole than before.

What did you think of tonight’s The Resident?

Will Conrad and Nic figure things out? Will Bell keep his word and ensure that the maternity ward is taking care of all women equally?

Will he hold Stewart accountable for the senseless death?

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