Conrad Hawkins may have felt slightly defeated, but his comeback is one for the ages on The Resident.
It felt good for the audience to see Conrad walk into Logan Kim’s office and gloat, so I cannot imagine how glorious Conrad must have felt.
In one fell swoop, he got back into Chastain as Chief Resident, Kim off his back, and became the team physician. Get it, Conrad.
Watching Logan Kim squirm and not be able to say “I’ll sue you,” – his go-to statement, at this point – was the icing on the cake.
Conrad 1 – Kim (and Red Rock) 0
Conrad’s talents are undeniable, but it’s his dedication to his patients that needs to be acknowledged.
Despite being fired and not getting any money for helping, he never let any of his patients down; he was there for them, he was invested, and he’s the sole reason why they were able to diagnose and help Dax, the star player.
Dax’s mysterious injury brought Bell, AJ, and Conrad together in such an entertaining way. The quips from Bell about having an “acquired taste” to Conrad’s medical moments was genius. You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone, and Bell, who has evolved drastically as a character as he went from villain to a part of the team, is seeing how much Chastain truly needs a man like Conrad around. Though, it’s unlikely Conrad is the only one on that team that would be able to figure out this diagnosis (maybe everyone else was just busy?).
The second-best moment goes to Bell and AJ realizing that despite being two of the best at Chastain, they needed Conrad’s help cracking this one, and then spent some time hyping each other up with rounds of compliments. Can it be that this is suddenly my new favorite pairing on the series? Sorry, Mina, you have some competition.
The offer from Landry to got Conrad back on his feet was deserved, but it almost felt like an easy way out. Granted, the show would run out of ways to incorporate Conrad into the fabric of the series if he stayed away from Chastain for too long. Conrad working with patients that get brought into the ER for treatment can only work for so long before it starts being weird.
However, the way Pravesh was hyping Conrad up as a man who “thinks outside the box” and makes his own success warranted a storyline where Conrad really stuck it to Red Rock, Kim, and Cain. Technically, he did by listing his demands and not taking no for an answer, and he’ll continue to block them and irritate them at every turn upon his return, but it still felt like this should have stretched into a more prominent war between Red Rock and Chastain’s finest.
That being said, I really cannot wait for Conrad to give them hell.
Aside from dishing out good advice, Pravesh was encouraged to take his own while doing rotations in Internal Medicine.
There seem to be constant clashes between departments that are fueled by money.
Internal Medicine was refusing patients from the ER with Pravesh being told to be “a blocking machine” when it comes to accepting and admitting anyone. As a result, the patients suffered the most and one, in particular, who came in with nausea and severe vomiting slipped through the cracks. Sure, her symptoms didn’t trigger too much concern, but while she was left unattended by both departments, she suffered a stroke that would have been easily preventable if someone had admitted her or taken her seriously.
Pravesh taking after Conrad and sticking up to the status quo is the best part of this series and undoes all the bad writing that came with Pravesh being a stickler for the rules. Let’s just forget that ever happened, okay?
Nic spent the episode outside of Chastain, but she bore the heavy storylines with her suicidal father.
Emily van Camp brought her all to this storyline as she went through a range of emotions from picking up her father from jail to learning that he was planning on leaving to realizing that he was lying and in dire need of help.
The most frustrating aspect here was the complete lack of communication between Nic and Conrad on the issue.
Conrad had his suspicions that something wasn’t right with Kyle last week. He’d overheard him explaining the rationale behind suicide to a patient and worried about him when he left the house, which we know is when Kyle sat in his car holding a gun and contemplated ending things.
Why didn’t Conrad mention anything to Nic when she called him to tell him that Kyle betrayed her again?
Yes, he was preoccupied with his own issues, but for someone whose best at involving himself in other people’s problems and solving them, it seemed out of character for him not to say anything.
Nic figured it out by comparing Kyle’s previous patterns with his current ones. Back then, Kyle used to just leave without a word, but this time, he sold his car to give her money. It wasn’t in line with the man he’d become, but she also acknowledged how broken he’d been over Jessie’s death.
Thankfully, she made it in time and was able to talk him down from those thoughts of being worthless and not deserving of a second chance.
It meant a lot that Nic was able to rebuild a relationship with her father which used to be so fractured.
It was heartbreaking to watch Kyle break down and admit he’s scared, but it’s key that he’s able to express those feelings and accept that he needs help. Nic is getting it for him as they road trip to Savannah, which gives them more time to bond, and we’re just happy this story got an ending that’s hopeful.
Kyle’s suicide attempt addressed that ending a life isn’t the answer because there are people who want to help and also underlined that it hurts the people that care most about you.
And lastly, Adaku woke up and was healthy enough to be discharged. She was able to meet and hold her baby, though, her fears that Michelle wouldn’t know who she was were valid.
Michelle bonded with Mina upon birth as her mother recovered, so it’s not entirely surprising that she feels more comfortable with her godmother or that Mina knows the tips and tricks to calm baby Michelle down.
Seeing her soothe the child shows how much Mina has grown. She went from being a character who disliked children and shuddered at the thought to essentially becoming the baby whisperer. It’s cute. Will she move in with Michelle and Adaku to help them out and also remain close since she’s become so attached?
Mina’s hesitation at giving baby Michelle over is natural, and I think it will help her see that maybe she does want a family in the future. She doesn’t have to close herself off from love and be alone forever.
This realization will likely lead Mina to confront her feelings for AJ, but as we know, he’s trying to move on and probably seeing Andrea.
I don’t want to see Mina and AJ’s perfect friendship get tainted by relationship drama, but I’m also here for Mina opening up and admitting that her decision to alienate any romantic interests is about her fear of commitment and getting hurt.
Alright, turning it over to you, Resident fans!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you happy Conrad is back at Chastain? What happens now?
The Resident Season Finale Review: Will Conrad Accept Kim’s Offer (3×20)
Dr. Barrett Cain does have a heart. But it’s just a little too late at this point.
The premature season finale of The Resident gave fans a bit of background about Cain while also attempting to humanize him by bringing in an ex-girlfriend who became his patient.
Unfortunately, even when Cain wanted to do his best to take care of Justine, his hubris got in the way.
Cain was pulled in two directions and he did the right thing by agreeing to operate on Derek, Kit’s son-in-law.
Derek was a fighter who survived the chemo and was on the mend when the candida auris, a superbug, knocked him back down.
While it’s not Cain’s fault that his patient Dawn had the superbug, it was his fault that he neglected to inform everyone and as a result, Derek ended up with a ventilator that belonged to Long.
I was waiting to see who would make the connection and was so glad when Pravesh figured it out thanks to Derek’s daughter Josie.
If it hadn’t been for Cain wanting to protect himself at all costs, Derek might not have become infected.
Instead, Derek woke up and immediately realized something was wrong because he’d lost his eyesight. The infection had spread to his bloodstream.
Conrad attempted to find a quick solution to the drug-resistant bacteria, and when that didn’t work, he realized the abscess had spread to Derek’s spine thus requiring a surgery that only Cain specialized in.
Isn’t it ironic that the only man who could save Derek was the man who got him sick in the first place?
Funny how life works.
Cain’s decision to honor Bell and Conrad’s request to operate on Kit’s son-in-law came from his ability to recognize the consequence of his own actions.
It was incredibly impressive that Cain could acknowledge his mistake and man up to fix it, though, it shouldn’t have been something that Bell and Conrad needed to advocate for.
However, Cain is still the ego-driven doctor who doesn’t listen to reason or anyone else’s advice.
He said that he would take on both Derek and Justine’s case, and when Conrad pointed out the dangers of waiting to operate on Justice, he didn’t want to hear it.
Had Cain simply handed off Justine to Reynolds and checked in after he was done operating on Dawn, there’s a huge chance that she would have survived.
Instead, he wasted precious time, and by the time he got to her, she was too far gone and he was frazzled.
Cain has treated hundreds if not thousands of patients and his rule of thumb is that no one dies in his OR, but the one person that mattered to him personally couldn’t make it out alive.
It was a huge blow to Cain’s ego, revealed that he wasn’t the God he’s led everyone to believe he is, and it happened just after we realized that he’s a human with feelings.
It’s why Nic stuck around and fell for him. She saw most of Cain’s interactions with Justine and knew there was this other side to him that he wasn’t allowing anyone to see. And through Justine, she’d learned the real reason why Cain was the way he was and it all stemmed to the anger and loss he felt when his chance at playing professional football was shuttered because of an injury.
He was never the same after that.
Cain’s luck only got worse because someone leaked the news about medical staff withholding information about the superbug to the media and it was a bad look for Chastain.
As Cain pointed out, a cover-up as worse than the virus itself because it strips Chastain of any transparency and accountability for its patient.
Who would want to get treated at a hospital that doesn’t tell them about the risks and dangers to their health?
It wasn’t clear who leaked it to the media, and it may not be important, but given that Conrad reconnected with Marshall in the scene prior and commented about becoming part of the system he was fighting by covering up the superbug, it makes me feel like it has their name written all over it.
It’s possible Marshall was only there to give his son moral support, but it’s unlikely, especially since Marshall always has an agenda. Where they just catching up or did Marshall want intel?
Had the season not been cut shorts, it’s likely Marshall may have played a bigger role in the following episodes, but instead, this felt like a standalone moment. Marshall’s advice may just play a role in Conrad’s acceptance of Kim’s offer of becoming the face of the hospital.
Things between Cain and Kim turned nasty real quick when the former no longer served the latter’s agenda.
Kim wanted Cain to fall in line, but the dynamic between them has been changing for a bit now to where Cain finally put his foot down and alleged that Kim was to blame about everything that happened. I’d say they were both responsible in some way, but it’s no secret that Kim is a snake who doesn’t have an honest bone in his body.
It seems the war is no longer between the employees and Red Rock, but between Cain and Kim.
Kim is an opportunist who is always playing an angle that will make him look better. He realized Cain was no longer his poster boy, so he turned to Conrad by apologizing and offering him the opportunity to be the face of Chastain.
It’s incredible how quickly Kim will change sides whenever it benefits him and how quickly Conrad went from being Chastain and Red Rock’s biggest adversary to their saving grace.
Conrad wasn’t sold on the idea because he’s not the type of doctor who ever seeks glory and praise, but Cain did figure out a way to get to him by offering Conrad a way to invoke real change at Chastain, which is what Conrad has always wanted.
He’s always fought the good fight to prioritize patient care over anything else and accepting Cain’s offer would wield him the power to do so.
However, we know that power always comes at a price. Is Conrad willing to pay it?
Is he willing to get in bed with the devil?
And was his chat with Marshall about doing good not being a black or white area but a shade of grey a bit of foreshadowing?
Will Conrad accept the offer and then lose himself to the system he’s been trying to fix?
In a sweeter and more lighthearted lane, the Raptor and Mina helped Miguel, a pro salsa dancer who was suffering from heart failure.
Miguel was in denial about the severity of his condition because he was scared it would cost him his career.
And for a moment there, it seemed like it would before the super duo took a second look and realized they could ablate a part of the heart that was causing the problem.
Once they did that, Miguel was good as new, though, a little skeptical about getting back on the dance floor, which prompted a full out salsa party in his room.
Mina was standing on the outside looking in at the sweet moment, but she realized she was also on the outside looking in at AJ’s relationship.
She’s grown so accustomed to their working relationship and prefers him over anyone else because they’re so similar in beliefs and ideals. She wants him to be her plus one, but she doesn’t want to admit it.
And while she didn’t think anything of it when AJ turned the offer down because it was his parents 45th anniversary, she was taken aback when she realized it was also when he was introducing his parents to Andrea.
At that moment, it kind of clicked for Mina that AJ wasn’t her man and the one she could always lean on. It’s a tough realization, but one that was bound to happen.
How will move forward? Mina isn’t one to break up a relationship, especially one that’s as serious as AJ and Andrea, but her feelings are not something she’s going to be able to bury for much longer.
The Resident did its best to deliver a cohesive season finale that touched upon many of the season’s moments, and they succeeded even if it wasn’t exactly what they had in mind when mapping out the trajectory of the season.
There’s always next season to tell all the stories that were intended.
Till then, stay safe, happy, and don’t do anything Conrad Hawkins wouldn’t do.
The Resident Review – Cain Deals With a Superbug As We Deal with Coronavirus (3×19)
This episode of The Resident was the one we’ve all been waiting for — it’s the beginning of Dr. Cain’s demise.
Sadly, it comes at the cost of many vulnerable patients who were unknowingly exposed to a superbug.
Cain’s unraveling and losing the power he wields as Logan Kim proved that he goes where the wind blows. That man has absolutely no loyalty.
While Kim’s actions and decisions to keep the Candida Auris a secret were disgusting, Cain wasn’t any better.
An intern had more courage and a stronger moral code than Cain did, who essentially boiled down to a sell-out for Chastain.
Cain could’ve easily ignored Kim’s threats and exposed what was really happening thus saving many lives in the process, but he chose to be a coward instead.
Kim and Cain may not have seen eye-to-eye but they prioritized profits and their personal reputation over patient care.
Both couldn’t put their egos aside and refused to acknowledge that this was bigger than anyone — their inability to own up to their mistakes would and could lead to a public health crisis. Would it be a bad look for Cain to have overlooked this superbug? Yes. But would it be better than people finding out he knew and exposed it to so many vulnerable patients? Also yes.
Kim is also a hypocrite because he was fine backing Cain’s behavior when it benefitted him and lined his pockets. He signed off on every course of treatment, on the mother of all surgeries, on keeping Dawn on the vent, but now that it might come back to bite him, all of a sudden, he’s washing his hands of any involvement. Dude.
He threatened Cain by telling people what happened when he was an intern, but honestly, it can’t be that bad if Cain just told an intern the truth. Making mistakes doesn’t make you less talented or desirable — it makes you human. And it’s incredibly in-tune to be able to acknowledge a mistake and take responsibility for it.
As a bystander who has no choice but to trust the hospitals and physicians that treat her, this episode was incredibly terrifying to watch.
Cain has a moral obligation as a doctor and yet, he preyed on a vulnerable, scared and impressionable intern to do his dirty work.
He didn’t care that he may have jeopardized Ezra’s career because it was better than putting his career on the line.
We knew Cain was a monster, but he manipulated Ezra with guilt and psychological manipulation.
Anytime someone uses the “I helped you” line and wants a favor in return didn’t do it out of the goodness of their heart — they did it because they expected something in return. You should help someone in good faith because you want to and because it’s the right thing to do.
Poor Ezra was left torn about what to do. On one hand, this respected surgeon is asking for his help, but on the other hand, he’s breaking rules, undermining his attending and other respectable doctors, and putting the patient at risk.
Eventually, the guilt was too much and he told Pravesh and Hawkins the truth. At that point, though, it was too late as Sophia, the EMT that brought Dawn in, died.
Conrad confronted Cain and the showdown was epic — he got to say everything he’s been thinking about Cain.
However, by this point, the fungal virus was everywhere, especially because the vent that was used on Dawn (and not sanitized! Y’all, how gross) made its rounds from room to room and patient to patient giving us all bouts of anxiety on where it would end up.
Finally, it arrived at its next destination: Derek’s room.
No patient deserved to be exposed to the vent, but Derek was the patient we were most invested in because of his connection to Kit.
We met Derek on Season 3 Episode 18 and he began his chemo, which nearly killed him.
Now, his lungs were giving out on him and he needed to be put on a ventilator to give him a fighting chance. It was painful to watch Kit’s daughter come to terms with the fact that this might be her final moment with Derek as there’s a chance he wouldn’t wake up, and for us on the other side, knowing that it was highly likely he’d experience complications.
You want to trust your hospital, but it was so easy for a machine to get overlooked.
It’s odd that Logan Kim doesn’t want this fungal infection to get out because he believes it’ll bankrupt Chastain, but is doing absolutely nothing to prevent it. Would it kill him to show a shred of humanity?
The superbug was very timely for The Resident and when they mentioned coronavirus, my jaw-dropped to the ground.
I thought the writers were just that good, but a tweet from screenwriter Amy Holden James revealed that while the storyline was conceived months ago, the line was added in during filming a few weeks ago to reflect our current climate. And thus, they aren’t wizards or sorcerers, but I’m still sticking by my initial reaction that the writers are genius.
Clarifying for the fans. The story line was conceived many months ago. The episode written two and a half months ago but shot 5 weeks ago. Lines that mention coronavirus were added as it was shot. #TheResident
— Amy Holden Jones (@aholdenj) March 25, 2020
My first reaction when an episode about a superbug that also attacked Immuno-compromised patients was shock. I was shocked that they didn’t pull it because it hit so close to home, but then I really thought about that and realized there’s absolutely no reason to pull the episode.
Superbugs, infectious diseases, coronavirus are a reality. We should know because they’re our current reality.
It’s an extreme coincidence that The Resident decided to tackle this topic at this exact moment, but honestly, it allows the series to connect with the times on a deeper level and makes it all the more relevant.
Medical shows have medical advisors that inform and guide the episode, and thus, this topic allows the series to inform the public on a very real threat. Getting educated is not something that should ever be deemed too sensitive, especially since that knowledge will come in handy at this very moment.
Plus, there’s far too many people in our society right now that simply don’t understand and grasp how coronavirus spreads. The Resident cleared that all up for everyone as we watched the vent with the little unicorn venture into every crevice of the hospital.
Look how many people touched the vent without washing their hands, look how many people were around it, and then how many people came in contact with them.
The CDC should honestly thank The Resident (which donated a ton of supplies to hospitals in need that are on the frontlines battling the virus at this very moment) for airing an entertaining yet informative episode.
Jones, the screenwriter also tweeted that hospitals are not required to tell patients if a superbug is on-site, which also blew my mind. See — an informative moment.
If you’re a healthy individual, you likely won’t care about the virus, but if you’re immunocompromised, it suddenly becomes a huge threat and you’re not even aware it’s happening.
This episode managed to highlight just how many at-risk patients there were that had various diseases.
In addition to Derek, we had Isaac, who was waiting for a lung transplant and eager to start a life after finally being reconnected with his birth parents.
But lastly, the episode touches on what The Resident has always prided itself on — exposing medical cover-ups and hypocrisy within the hospital. Obviously, the storylines are very exaggerated (sometimes) for entertainment purposes, but you know there’s always an underlying truth.
This isn’t the first time the series addressed such topics and shady business dealings, and it likely won’t be the last, but it sure is an illuminating look into what happens behind-the-scenes that patients likely never know about.
What did you think about the episode?
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