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!
‘The Resident’ Season 4 Will Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic
The season 4 premiere of The Resident is going to hit a bit close to home.
For years people have turned to television for an escape, but lately, reality and fiction are beginning to bleed together.
Our everyday experiences and dilemmas are beginning to shape and influence the content we see on television, and, in turn, that content becomes a direct reflection of our society and provides poignant commentary on current events.
For the most part, it’s exciting to see our daily lives reflected on screen as it offers a more robust and representative experience. However, it also means that it’s harder to escape the monotony of everyday life in lockdown.
There’s absolutely no way to escape the pandemic plaguing our world — it has consumed every part of our lives.
Everywhere you look, you’ll (hopefully) see face masks, people using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing.
And now, you’re going to see more of that reflected on the small screen.
The medical drama, which often draws from real-life scenarios for inspiration, will tackle the pandemic in its upcoming season.
Series co-creator Amy Holden Jones told Us Weekly: “Our premiere deals with the early days of the outbreak, focusing on the effect on our hero doctors and nurses as they risk their lives daily.
She added: “Long-term, sadly, the after-effects of COVID-19 will go on, even after we have a vaccine, and we’ll be there to show that, as well.”
The show’s writing team includes several medical professionals who weigh in on storylines to ensure accuracy. Daniel Lama and Eric Lu penned the coronavirus inspired episode.
Meanwhile, an on-set nurse has spent her time volunteering in New York City and Texas during the pandemic.
Jones said the episode would honor the heroes fighting on the frontlines stating, “their stories are moving, deep and tragic and continue to accumulate to this day,” Jones added. “We hope soon to share all we have learned.”
The show hasn’t begun production on the season just yet, so it may take a bit until we get to see these pandemic episodes considering, you know, we’re in a pandemic ourselves, and that pandemic has made it harder for cast and crew to film new episodes of our favorite TV shows.
However, this wouldn’t be the first mention of coronavirus in the series as the season 3 finale dealt with a highly contagious superbug that was initially compared to coronavirus.
The Resident also won’t be the only drama incorporating the pandemic into their storylines. Grey’s Anatomy previously announced that they would touch upon the pandemic with showrunner Krista Vernoff stating, “there’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”
It’ll be interesting to see these two shows tackle the virus in their own unique ways. As we look to relate to our favorite characters in our shows, you have to admit,, there’s nothing more relatable than seeing their lives altered by the same disease that has stripped us of so many joyous moments this year.
Do you think it’s a good idea for shows to address the pandemic? Sound off in the comments!
QUIZ: Which ‘The Resident’ Doctor Is Your Soulmate?
When you’re strolling the halls of Chastain, which exceptional doctor is your soulmate? Is it Conrad Hawkins? AJ Austin? Randolph Bell? Or Devon Pravesh?
Take our quiz below to find out!
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‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 4 at FOX, Expected to Return in 2021
The Resident has a pulse!
Fox has renewed the beloved medical drama for a fourth season!
The exciting news means that The Resident will be able to conclude the storylines that were interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, which shut down production on shows indefinitely.
Season 3 ended abruptly because it wasn’t able to finish filming the episodes.
We’ll also get to see more of the power-dynamics at play at Chastain as Logan Kim turned his back on the once-invincible Dr. Cain and attempted to schmooze up to Conrad Hawkins.
While he medical drama had been critiqued for exaggerating and portraying unrealistic incident by medical professionals and the industry, the series has also amassed a rather dedicated following largely due to its thrilling weekly patient cases and the relationship and chemistry between many of its cast members.
Plus, fans love that the series tackles on “ethical” issues surrounding the healthcare industry head-on.
TV Series Finale indicated that the audiences have tapered off with a 21% drop since the second season, but despite the lower-ratings, there’s no denying that The Resident has a strong pull amongst dedicated fans who watch faithfully.
Unfortunately, similar to many The CW shows, The Resident won’t return until 2021 as FOX released its 2020-2021 fall TV schedule, which relies heavily on football (if the seasons returns as expected) and many animated series. The network plans to hold all scripted offerings for midseason premieres.
FOX also renewed sitcom Last Man Standing leaving Prodigal Son and Outmatched on the fence.
Are you thrilled The Resident was renewed for season 4?
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