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?
Sound-off in the comment section below.
We’ll see you in three weeks time as Conrad prepares for battle with Red Rock Medical!
The Resident Season Premiere Review – Da Da (5×01)
Oh, it’s good to be back in the halls of Chastain again…. even amidst a cyberattack that has hindered everyone’s ability to provide the necessary care to several accident victims.
On The Resident Season 5 Episode 1, the dream team — minus Nic, Cain, and Mina — navigated obstacle after obstacle to put their patients (and velociraptors! I was cracking up at that line) first.
The ransomware attack by a group of hackers hit the hospital at the same time as victims from a 5K derailed by a drunk driver. Amongst them was a blind man named Winston, who was saved by 14-year-old Esty, who also sustained serious life-threatening injuries. Her father, Ronan, accompanied her to make sure she was safe and ended up a patient himself when he collapsed after suffering a heart attack.
All of this was going on while different systems, machines, and hospital wings began getting shut down by the attack.
Conrad was determined to get to the bottom of Esty’s injuries, especially after she passed out spontaenously and without reason.
When the same thing happened to Ronan, he realized that the heart failure was a result of a hereditary condition known as Bragada.
Conrad’s find was equally as impressive as Pravesh’s ability to jurry rig an operating room. Unfortunately, Ronan didn’t make it as his heart was too weak for the procedure and he passed away.
Accepting death, particularly a preventable one, is difficult, but the silver lining was that Conrad’s duedilligence ensured Esty wouldn’t die prematurely as he flagged the condition and began the necessary treatment.
Even after such an eventful day, Pravesh still made it his priority to check on his patient, Winston, after he noticed that he hadn’t been signed out after getting outfitted with a cast.
While other doctors suggested that he check on it tomorrow, Pravesh decided to go find out what happened at that moment, and it was both a good and bad decision.
When he walked downstairs, he found Winston passed out in one of the rooms.
Sadly, he also fell victim to the gas leak that not only took down Winston but likely made all of the other nurses sick.
Now, if you’re like me and have a soft spot for Pravesh, you were probably shocked by this turn of events.
Why didn’t Pravesh cover his nose? Why didn’t he run for help while his nose was covered? Would that even have helped?
I don’t know, but I am grateful that he at least told someone where he was going so that they’ll eventually find him.
I went into the episode anticipating a heartbreaking turn of events for Conrad, Nic, and Gigi considering Emily VanCamp’s decision to leave the series, but I didn’t expect to be so worried about Pravesh instead.
It’s especially concerning because everything is finally going right for him, especially in terms of his love life.
Since the series embraced a nine-month time jump, his relationship with Leela Devi has progressed signfiicantly; they’re even talking about moving in together.
And look, I don’t want to be the one to point this out, but that fortune teller was right!
Hopefully, we won’t have to worry about him for too long and they can be back to canoodling and hooking up in the closests (like Nic and Conrad used to) soon enough.
However, the same cannot be said for Nic. As of this episode, she’s still alive and at a spa retreat, but there were quite a few moments of foreshadowing: Conrad mentioned that “life hangs by such a fragile thread,” his striking comment about talking to someone one moment and the next they’re gone, and even the emphasis on Gigi’s connection to her mama.
While the series didn’t write Nic off just yet, but you know it’s coming, so the wait is almost unbearable.
It’s unclear how they’re going to address her exit. There were rumors that it would involve a car accident, but since this episode hinged on a drunk driving accident, I feel like it would be too repetative if they did that.
All that is clear is that it’s going to be a huge adjustment for Conrad and Gigi as Nic is their rock.
Do you wish the series would just rip off the bandaid and get it over with?
Or are you happy living in bliss for a few more episodes even though you know it’s going to crush Conrad?
Other Medical Musings
- Kit’s the kind of CEO that makes change that not only benefits the hospital but also the corporate stakeholders and the patients. Turns out, it is possible to be a decent and compassionate CEO, which is why I was thrilled that she found a way to save Chastain from the hackers without paying them a penny. Her books are going to stay in the black as they deserve to!
- That being said, the way they “caught” the hackers was highly improbable. I know Pravesh brought in an expert hacker, but you have to be top-notch in order to be able to pull something like that off. They should hire her for their security!
- Admittedly, it was hilarious that once unmasked, it was just three basic dudes sitting in their mom’s basement.
- You would think hospitals would have some kind of protocal in place when all the machines began going haywire. They run tornado drills, so it seems logical that they would run cyberattack drills at this point.
- There was no mention of Billie’s estranged son despite the ambush in the final, but you know it’s coming!
- How convenient is it to have a daycare on sight while you’re working? I wish more companies would embrace this idea.
- The Resident may be the only series to incorporate fatherhood in a way where the baby isn’t always off screen. Other shows struggle with writing babies into storylines, but this episode did a good job of juggling all of Conrad’s responsibilities in both his personal and professional life.
- Anyone else just dying for Kit and Bell to get together already? The love is there!
Overall, it was a decent premiere. The medical drama feels reinvigorated as it takes its first steps into a gamechanging season.
Everything is going to be different for our beloved chracaters, and even though we’re bracing ourselves for the inevitable heartbreak, there’s a beauty in wanting to see how everyone powers on and together through the times of uncertainty.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
How Will ‘The Resident’ Write Off Nic?
The halls of Chastain will see quite a shift when The Resident returns for its fifth season.
Emily Van Camp, who plays the beloved nurse practitioner Nic Nevins, is scrubbing out after four seasons on the FOX medical drama.
While it isn’t unheard of for an actress to leave a show, the timing is unfortunate from a storytelling perspective considering Nic and Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) recently got married and welcomed a baby girl.
In real life, Van Camp also welcomed a baby girl with husband Josh Bowman, so she obviously has to do what’s best for her and her family. We also have to assume that the struggles of working during a pandemic impacted her decision, as did her potentially expanded role in the Marvel universe.
But there’s absolutely no denying that it’s a huge bummer for fans of the series, many of whom only tune in because of their attachment to the couple affectionately dubbed #CoNic.
We’ve seen the couple go through their fair share of ups and downs, but the fact that the writers chose to introduce a baby means they likely thought she was coming back for the upcoming season and had more a happier storyline in the works.
While I have ultimate faith in the writers, it’s understandable that fans are worried about how her departure will be addressed.
Nic is a crucial part of the show; some might argue that she’s the glue that holds everything together.
Her exit must be handled with the utmost care and respect in order to preserve the integrity of the character.
Since her character is a dedicated wife and mother, it’s unproductive to mess with the relationship by introducing a cheating storyline or a new job since it isn’t believable.
We know Nic would never prioritize anything over her new family, not even a new gig. Even suggesting that as an alternative dishonors the kindhearted character Van Camp has built.
So, this is where it gets concerning.
All signs and breadcrumbs point to Nic not surviving the premiere.
There are a few indications that the writers are going to kill her off and pursue the “Conrad is a heartbroken and widowed single father to baby Gigi” storyline.
The official season 5 poster pointed to tragedy as Conrad was seen alone in a defeated stance. His back was turned to the camera and the words “healing stars within” were written on top.
We think this will hurt us more than heal us, but we're always in.
— The Resident (@ResidentFOX) August 5, 2021
A follow-up trailer titled “Everything Will Change” opens with an ominous montage of CoNic’s happiest moments. It then shows Conrad standing alone in his daughter’s nursery before cops come to his door to deliver some news. Since it’s never a good sign when cops show up at your house in the middle of the night, many fans to theorized that Nic was involved in a tragic accident.
The gossip Instagram account, Deuxmoi, seemingly confirmed that theory via an anonymous tip.
“I can 10,000 percent confirm she’s leaving The Resident early in the upcoming season, but her character will die in a car accident,” a source told the account, though, these can be hit or miss so take it with a grain of salt!
It’s a frustrating approach considering Nic just survived a stabbing along with pregnancy complications last season, but it’s really the only way to handle it while keeping the character intact.
It also presents plenty growth opportunities for Conrad’s character.
Much like the fans (and probably, the writers), he never anticipated that he’d be a single father, but life threw him a curveball and now he has to step up to raise his daughter, likely with the help of his friends at Chastain.
And while we typically see the plight of working mothers, this would offer the series a chance to dig into the hardships of balancing a thriving career in the medical field while also being a present father.
The only other option on the table is that the accident causes Nic to go into a lengthy coma, which would also leave the door open for any potential guest appearances from Van Camp should she so choose to be involved.
The latter would allow for the character to come back, while also allowing the writers to explain her off-screen existence with a storyline about how she gave up her career to stay at home with Gigi in the aftermath of the accident.
However, Elkoff seemingly confirmed that Conrad will be a single father to TV Line, noting: “He’s really good at it. He’s just going to be the best dad you can imagine.”
He also explained that the season will pick up with a nine-month time jump, which explains why Gigi is so big in the promos already.
FOX entertainment president Michael Thorn told Deadline that it will be an emotional departure.
“The audience is going to be surprised and emotionally engaged with how we handle Emily’s departure and the way that it affects all of the other characters,” he said. “And yes, we will be introducing some new characters as we go along, but I think it’s going to be another excellent season. Amy Holden Jones does an incredible job,” he added.
While everyone involved with the series is staying mum on how Van Camp will be written off, they are convinced that fans won’t be disappointed by what they are calling a “potentially game-changing, development.”
In the wake of her exit (along with the exit of Shaunette Renee as Mina last season and Morris Chestnut as Barrett Cain), the series is also adding new cast members to fill the void and ensure the upcoming season has a robust ensemble.
Miles Fowler will join the medical drama as Billie Sutton’s (Jessica Lucas) estranged son, Trevor. If you’ll recall, Billie opened up to bestie Nic about being raped at 13-years-old and giving up the baby for adoption. While she didn’t want to meet her son, he’s been reaching out hoping to get to know his birth mom.
Regardless of how the series tackles this unexpected cast shake-up, be prepared for an emotional journey ahead.
The fifth season returns on Tuesday, September 21st at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox.
You can catch up on all of our The Resident reviews HERE!
‘The Resident’s Emily VanCamp Welcomes Baby Girl with Husband Josh Bowman
Emily VanCamp has welcomed a new bundle of joy with husband Josh Bowan.
The Resident star announced the birth of her daughter on Instagram.
“Welcome to the world our sweet little Iris 💐 Our hearts are full 💗” she captioned a photo holding the little one’s tiny fingers.
The couple also revealed that they named her Iris!
A few other photos showed fans a glimpse of VanCamp’s pregnancy, including a shot of the couple kissing as Bowman holds her growing bump.
This is a fitting announcement considering VanCamp’s character on the FOX drama was also pregnant with a baby girl they named Gigi in the season 4 finale!
VanCamp and Bowan met on the set of their drama Revenge.
Earlier this year, she told PopSugar that they’ve been together for 10 years.
Congrats to the happy couple!
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