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 Review – The New Public Chastain (4×06)
It’s a new day at Chastain.
The hospital lives to see another day on The Resident Season 4 Episode 6, which is exciting for everyone, but working at a public hospital also comes with a bit of a learning curve.
For starters, they’ve downgraded in terms of equipment, and secondly, they have an influx of patients and a lot less money to care for them.
And the staff? Well, they’re losing people, particularly good surgeons, by the minute.
While all of this looks pretty bleak, it does reveal everyone’s true motivations. It’s a natural way of weeding out those doctors and surgeons that put profits over patients (just like Red Rock did).
The regulars like Pravesh, Kit, Bell, and AJ are all willing to do whatever it takes to help as many patients as possible without sacrificing the quality of care.
It’s a tall order but one they’re determined to fulfill. This is especially true for Pravesh, whose father died because of an understaffed public hospital.
Pravesh views this as his opportunity to right the wrongs and help patients just like his father.
He does so by overriding Feldman’s discharge of an elderly couple. He believes the man has been misdiagnosed, but Feldman discharges him in after his burn has been treated in order to see the other patients.
Thankfully, Pravesh turns out to be right and proves that sometimes it’s necessary to take some extra time with a patient. He saved this man’s life with a simple spinal tap — a man who would have otherwise seen a decline in the quality of life because he thought he had Alzheimer’s.
Feldman admitted that Pravesh was right and they need to find a balance when it comes to handling patients, while Pravesh realized that this new chapter for Chastain allowed him to see patients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford his medical care.
The pay may not be as high, but the work is more rewarding than ever as it allows him to honor his late father.
Nic’s not entirely out of the woods after being stabbed by a rogue patient on The Resident Season 4 Episode 5.
Her physical recovery is going well, but her mental health has taken a toll as she suffers from PTSD and night terrors. And who could blame her?
Nic went through a traumatic event. That compounded with her first miscarriage has made her super cautious. It’s a stressful situation as something can go wrong at every turn. Thankfully, she’s got some great people around her that have her best interest at heart, including Billie Sutton.
Sutton is Nic’s friend, Conrad’s foe, and a woman who has clearly made a name for herself at Chastain.
It’s difficult to introduce a character that everyone in the hospital is familiar with but the audience isn’t.
The Resident does a great job at explaining what went down between Conrad and Billie – a former resident who cut unsupervised and nearly killed a patient – and the two actors sell the tension between each other.
But again, it’s hard for audiences to resent Billie the way others do because we quite literally just met the chick.
Despite making quite an entrance by cutting off Pravesh in the parking lot, which was definitely ego-driven, Billie seems to have a grasp on her life and even explains to Nic that she’s been working through her issues.
By the end of the episode, she makes amends with Conrad, apologizes for her behavior, and explains that she understands why he reported her.
The two of them even team-up to figure out why Nic’s blood pressure is rising. From the little time we do get to spend with Billie, it’s clear that she and Conrad are so much alike that butting heads was unavoidable.
And when all is said and done, Nic comes out on top. Conrad will do anything for his girl, so he even asked Billie to stick around and help take care of Nic during her recovery. Eventually, I think Conrad will vouch for Billie and get her re-hired at Chastain. Everyone deserves a second chance, right?
For now, it’s so good to see our girls back at home! Nic and Conrad’s little girl has already gone through so much — she’s such a survivor. Does anyone else think they’re going to name her Jessie after Nic’s sister?
The search for Chastain’s next CEO was on, and well, could it have gone to a better person?
Kit has always been undervalued, but the way she stood up for herself during that meeting and called them all out for not interviewing any women was bold!
And then, she proved her worth simply by getting the job done!
Chastain couldn’t be in better hands. There’s never been an instance where Kit has lost her cool or allowed the pressure to get to her. She’s a great orthopedic surgeon who has been fighting tooth and nail not only for her patients but also for Chastain every step of the way.
Now, can she and Bell get together already?
With grade-A surgeons dropping left and right for higher-paying gigs, Kit and Bell were scrambling to find a surgeon to perform a hand transplant for a young baseball-loving boy named Andy.
With a time crunch before the kid lost his place in line and the match went to another person in need, Bell called up his former stepson, Jake, to see if he’d perform the surgery.
We knew that the series would eventually go down this path, but it’s hard to deny the fact that Jake fit in really well with the team. His excellence and talents were on par with Chastain’s greatest surgeons like Kit and AJ.
It’s not surprising the hospital offered him a job on the spot. They may be a public hospital, but they have some great assets on their staff that sets it apart from other hospitals in Atlanta.
Things may still be a bit tense and awkward between Bell and Jake, but at least working together will allow them to restore some balance to their fraught relationship.
The only downside of this episode is that Mina wasn’t in it. I know, she was meeting with immigration lawyers, which means down the line, we’ll get some great storylines with her, but it was a sad hour without her witty humor and snarky remarks!
What did you think of the episode? It was definitely not as emotional and high-stakes as last week, but it’s nice to see things return to normal… or, at least, the new normal.
The Resident Review – Do Nic and Chastain Survive? (4×05)
The Resident Review – Babies, Proposals, and Immigration (4×04)
It was another stellar hour of The Resident, but sadly, our time at Chastain could be coming to an end.
That is if Red Rock’s sale of Chastain (to turn it into more overpriced luxury condos) goes through.
Isn’t it frustrating how the world prioritizes turning a profit and disregards the good work that is happening right inside this glorious lobby?
When Bell mentioned that Red Rock offered him the CEO gig, I was genuinely excited. Bell wasn’t perfect, but Chastain did well under his leadership as he’s a person with medical experience in the top role.
And as Kit pointed out, he would have a say in who gets hired and what gets prioritized. We all knew Bell’s plastic surgeon son, Jake, would somehow play into the overall narrative, and while I was initially against the storyline, this would have been an interesting way to rope him in.
I don’t think that bridge has been burned yet, but Bell, Kit, and the rest of the team will need to find a very compelling reason to either encourage Red Rock not to sell or find a buyer willing to offer more to save the hospital.
Without Chastain, there wouldn’t be a show, so we know something will eventually work in their favor, but sadly, the previews paint a very somber reality as everything is boxed up and ready for departure. Those moving trucks wasted absolutely no time!
The episode threw me off with Fiona’s case. When she asked for a job, it seemed as though maybe she was a super fan who was going to become his assistant once he took on the CEO gig, but then she tried to come onto him, which was all types of awkward.
And when Bell rejected her advances, she started barking/growling at him.
Honestly, the whole thing was random, unnecessary, and made me feel so uncomfortable even after she was diagnosed with a rare tumor that was affecting her behavior. Let’s never do that again!
Conrad and Devon took on a mother-and-daughter duo, which mirrored some of what Devon was feeling about his own mother’s arrival in town.
Trinity and Devon were both in a state of denial. Devon, specifically, lied to his friends that he was fine, but I’m glad he has a good group surrounding him.
It was looking iffy there for a moment for Devon, especially when he was trying to get pills from Nic on the down-low, but thankfully, Conrad never gave up on him. Despite Devon’s constant pushback, he was adamant about offering advice and encouraged him to seek help.
I love it when a case informs and connects to a character’s specific solution.
Trinity, whose fainting spells and falls were a result of a rare genetic condition, was so “over” living with her mom after spending so much time with her in quarantine, but when her mother fainted and had a heart attack, she wanted nothing more than to be there for her.
When Devon pointed out that sometimes mothers can sense something is wrong before you’re able to, he realized that he was being unfair and rude to his mother, who was just trying her best to be there for him and support him.
And while she was in town to check in on him, she also needed someone to help her get through this grieving process. They needed each other.
Instead of pushing everyone away, Devon needed to just take the time to heal and work through the sadness.
Seeing him make the effort and embrace the help from his mother made for one heartwarming scene. Plus, it made him realize that he should cherish the one parent he still has left.
And maybe his mother can hold off on trying to set him up for now because Devon really just needs to focus on himself for a bit. There’s been enough trauma in his life.
Who else was caught off by Mina’s proposal to AJ? A #Minator wedding is a dream come true, but it’s way too soon. AJ is a stand-up guy for agreeing to such a big favor for Mina, but as we know, he’d do anything for her because he loves her.
However, it wasn’t exactly fair for their relationship. Maybe it would have worked out because Mina did have a point when she said every marriage is simply figuring out if they want to be married while being married.
Mina and AJ are good friends, so they have a good foundation, but they are just beginning to explore the romantic aspect. Jumping the gun, even for such a solid reason, puts all of that in jeopardy. And this is far too precious to risk.
Thankfully, Nic helped put it into perspective for Mina; she helped her understand that for AJ, a wedding would be very real, and if she wasn’t entirely on-board with that, then it wasn’t a fair ask and it was bound to sabotage their relationship.
And, of course, there’s the fact that a quickie, last-minute wedding after her visa was denied would raise red flags. With matters of immigration, marriage isn’t a full-on fix and would require them to jump through hoops, prove that their love is real, and might not even work in the end.
Not to mention it runs the risk of Mina getting deported for good if they think that she’s trying to game the system.
It’s unclear what Mina’s options are, and truthfully, I don’t have the knowledge here when it comes to visas, but I would think there could be a workaround if Chastain proves that Mina is a valuable asset and has saved countless lives!
The whole “marriage” thing aside, how cute was the moment between AJ and Mina when they exchanged “I love you’s”?
Given Nic’s previous miscarriage, it’s valid that she wanted to keep her pregnancy hush-hush until she was certain it was in the clear. There’s also something so special and intimate about just the two of them knowing.
However, once they did the ultrasound and found out that their baby girl is healthy, it seemed like a good time to inform all their colleagues.
After all, Mina already figured it out!
Conrad is absolutely adorable as an excited father-to-be. His cheesiness beams from the TV screen. Sadly, since The Resident showrunners warned that Nic’s pregnancy would be put in danger, it was hard to get excited and happy since you kept waiting for the other foot to drop.
And according to the trailer, it does next week.
On the “last day” of Chastain’s operation, a deranged patient comes in and stabs Nic in the back. The promo is hard to stomach as she lays there bleeding out while Conrad rushes to her side.
Hopefully, the good news is that the baby is fine and both of them will recover. TV shows have a tendency of putting pregnancies in jeopardy for the sake of drama, but considering the previous miscarriage, would it kill them to allow a moment of bliss for our love birds?
An episode jam-packed with action, it didn’t have any room to squeeze in any mention or updates on Cain’s situation. I guess we should just assume that there hasn’t been a change in his state.
What did you think of the episode?
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