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?
The Resident Review – Nic’s Baby Shower (4×13)
Life was hanging in the balance for several characters on The Resident Season 4 Episode 13.
And when there were too many happy endings, I’m always a little skeptical. That’s what happens when you watch too many medical shows.
With all the happy moments rolling in, I couldn’t help but wonder if they were too good to be true.
And some of them seemed to be.
AJ’s mother got the positive news that her target therapy eliminated all of her tumors. Sadly, the promos for next week’s season finale reveal that we shouldn’t be celebrating just yet as she ends up back at Chastain and her life is on the line.
I don’t love this story for AJ mainly because I don’t want to see him in pain, but since she was battling stage 4 cancer, it feels like a realistic arc.
Sammie, the young Korean girl that Jake and Greg are gearing up to adopt, was suffering complications from her surgery.
Despite the risk of another surgery, it was their only option, and thankfully, Sammie’s infection seemed to have subsided thanks to Dr. Bell.
Again, I was fully expecting the other foot to drop, but I think that would be too much heartbreak for Jake and Greg, who previously lost a potential child when the mother backed out of the adoption because her parents didn’t approve of the child having two dads.
Plus, Sammie’s storyline is one of the things bonding Jake and his formerly estranged stepfather, Dr. Bell, so it seems like she’ll be a more permanent fixture in their family.
I love the bilingual aspect that Sammie and Jake bring to the series, and it’s always great to see Dr. Bell in grandfather mode.
Doctors are always told not to get personally involved with their patients, but when the patient is also a family member (which is rare cause doctors typically sit these cases out since it’s a conflict of interest), we get to see the storyline through all the way.
Speaking of doctors not getting too emotionally connected to patients, Dr. Devi and Pravesh both struggled with that when it came to their respective patients.
Dr. Devi assisted AJ in treating Doug, a respected and beloved apartment superintendent who saved a young boy from a burning fire.
Doug’s surgery was complicated and came with its fair share of risks, which pretty much solidified that he wasn’t going to survive.
Dr. Devi blamed herself and thought they could’ve done more, but even with the best hands operating on him, his chances of survival were slim.
It’s the sad reality of the job and one that Devi is going to have to accept.
It was her first real loss, and Pravesh understood what she was going through.
Even after all these years, Pravesh’s emotions still get the best of him.
When Rose came into the hospital with muscle pain, he couldn’t bring himself to treat her because he felt too protective over her. Seeing her with Cain made him angry and jealous, and not because he wanted a romantic relationship with her but because he didn’t want Rose to get hurt.
Pravesh’s reaction is understandable considering there’s only a handful of doctors who truly know how terrible Dr. Cain is.
However, Conrad was right when he suggested that somehow, someway Cain and Rose better each other. He’s still an arrogant ass, but at least when he’s around Rose, he’s tolerable and cares for someone other than himself.
Rose’s story also had a happy ending as it was revealed that her pains were a byproduct of exercising.
The gene therapy was also successfully and cured her sickle cell.
Rose has suffered immensely, so this moment was a long time coming.
Unfortunately, it’s also a reality we’re hoping for in the real world as the cure for sickle cell is still in clinical trials. Hopefully, more patients will one day get the same happy news as Rose did.
Also, Pravesh is in denial about his feelings for Devi. We know that relationship is eventually going to happen!
Nic’s baby shower went off without a hitch — what’s with all the hate against baby showers? — but the moment it ended, she revealed she was in labor!
It’s happening everyone… baby Nevins is coming!
I cannot wait to see Nic and Conrad become parents. We’ve followed their relationship through the highs and lows, and it’s all led to this moment.
If The Resident doesn’t get renewed for a fifth season (it’s a bubble show right now), I’ll be furious because that means we won’t get to see their journey through parenthood. Long-time fans deserve better!
During the baby shower, Billie also revealed that when she was raped at the age of 13, she got pregnant and now, her 18-year-old biological son is trying to meet up with her.
The text messages were a bit extreme as he wasn’t respecting her decision and taking no for an answer.
Also, if it was a closed adoption, how did he find out her identity and how did he get her number? It’s felt like borderline harassment.
I’m all for the boy meeting his mother, but there’s a way to go about it that doesn’t pressure or force someone into doing something they don’t want to do.
Billie was faced with a tough decision. On one hand, she wanted to meet her son, but she couldn’t shake what happened to her and was scared she’d see her rapist every time she looked at her son.
While what happened wasn’t the boy’s fault, it’s understandable that Billie would have her qualms about the meeting, especially since it took a long time to put the past behind her.
And honestly, what do you even say to the kid when he asks about his father? It’s a complicated situation and a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly.
My guess is that once Billie sees Nic and her baby, she’ll have a change of heart and decide to meet up with her son after all.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below!
The Resident Review – Best Laid Plans (4×12)
The Resident Season 4 Episode 12 tugged on all of our heartstrings!
Nic and Conrad’s relaxing spa day was cut short when they jumped into action to save a former patient who was critically ill.
Pete refused to speak to anyone but Nic, and when they paid him a visit, he collapsed right on top of her.
A visit to Chastain revealed that he was bleeding internally but the cause was unclear. That is until Nic realized that Pete was going through a vitamin deficiency.
It’s rare that a medical series addresses the importance of proper nutrition, but it’s so important to emphasize just that eating your fruits and veggies can have a huge impact on your health!
Let this be a little reminder before your mid-week grocery trip!
Even after a full night shift and an unexpected additional shift, Conrad made time to pamper his pregnant wife.
It’s what makes him the dream TV husband. Nic is one lucky lady!
Dr. Devi struggled with The Raptor, who was verbally abusive to her during a procedure.
She’s not the first one to scream it out in the supply closet.
However, AJ’s behavior towards her wasn’t okay even if he was going through his own personal hell with Mina’s departure and his mother’s cancer diagnosis.
Nothing ever gets resolved by hostility.
The Raptor kept comparing Devi to Mina, which is unfair mainly because, as Devi later mentioned, Mina was superhuman.
And Devi, as we know, does her best amid her own struggles.
I’m glad that Kit took the initiative to grab Devi and pair her with Bell when she realized things with Dr. Austin weren’t working out.
When she says that she’s not like the other CEOs, this is what she means.
Dr. Bell’s approach was much more Devi’s speed; he encouraged her, coached her through the procedure, and most importantly, believed in her.
Not every procedure will allow for that kind of hand-holding, but as Devi gets her bearings, it’s much more encouraging than the hostility that was coming from AJ.
Thankfully, AJ remedied his mistakes. He acknowledged that his behavior towards her was unwarranted and apologized. He even extended the residency to her if she’d have him.
Moving forward, I think this will be a great partnership.
As is Cain’s partnership with Billie. While mostly everyone at Chastain has kind of given up on Cain, she continues to believe in him and is patient with him.
The patience she extends to him is a big deal because Cain lacks it for himself. He’s hard on himself and continues to put himself down for not exceeding the expectations he’s set for himself.
With Billie’s encouragement, he was able to get through the surgery successfully.
And seeing her kindness towards him inspired him to extend the same courtesy towards Rose.
Rose’s situation broke my heart.
Not only has she gone through her fair share of hardships, but the minute she was given any semblance of hope with the gene therapy, things took a turn for the worse with renal failure.
The idea of being on dialysis for the rest of her life was not something she was prepared for, especially after being told that she may have a shot at some normalcy.
Without any support from loved ones in her life, Rose simply gave up.
When Pravesh wasn’t able to convince her to accept the dialysis, he turned to Cain.
Cain was able to convince her by promising her that if none of the treatments worked, he wouldn’t let her suffer.
Rose simply needs someone to be by her side and also ensure that her quality of life doesn’t decline. Cain’s the perfect person because he, of all people, understands what that means.
It’s heartbreaking, but I’m really rooting for Rose’s recovery.
As Pravesh said, she’s the bravest and strongest person he knows!
Rose’s health may have declined, but it wasn’t a result of the gene therapy, which was good news for Pravesh’s friend as Chastain decided to invest in his company as an angel investor.
It’s a risky investment since there’s no evidence that the gene therapy is effective, but Chastain needs to find a new source of income and there’s nothing better than a partnership with someone who is actually determined to better the world!
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below!
The Resident Review – Tornado Warning (4×11)
A tornado flew around Chastain… and it left the place in shambles!
But it wasn’t anything that the heroes of Atlanta couldn’t handle. After The Resident Season 4 Episode 11, everyone walked out of the hospital changed forever.
To be quite honest, I’d think a tornado of that size would’ve left much more devastation in its wake.
Yes, there was a man with a metal rod piercing his skull and a paramedic died after being crushed by the ambulance and having her leg amputated, but there wasn’t a surge in patients that needed to be treated due to the severe weather.
I’ve also never experienced a tornado, but I’ve seen some bad storms, and the power is never restored that quickly.
What electrical company do they use?
I’ve lost count of the near-death experiences Nic has endured while pregnant, but I’m glad that this time it wasn’t anything serious.
Conrad, her everyday hero, shielded her from the blast and they went on to attempt to free Piper from the weight of the ambulance.
Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, Piper didn’t survive the surgery. It was a sad moment, but since we didn’t really know Piper all that well, the emotional impact of her death faded rather quickly.
The series is desperately trying to make Pravesh and Leela happen… and I’m not entirely opposed to it.
The two of them were trapped in a room together and needed to rely on each other to save a man’s life since they had no service and no one to walk them through brain surgery.
Honestly, I’d never want to “wing” removing a metal rod and bone fractures from a man’s brain without the proper tools, but the two of them did a phenomenal job.
Leela was the brain’s behind the operation, but due to her dyslexia, she needed Pravesh to motivate and encourage her.
By the end of the hour, Pravesh was smitten with her, but considering his track record with relationships, I’m going to want him to take this slow so that he’s completely sure.
Leela is too good at her job, so Chastain can’t afford to lose her if he were to break her heart.
Billy became Cain’s new resident, and I can’t argue with him — they are cut from the same cloth.
Cain doesn’t have the best opinion amongst the staff (or audiences), but there’s constantly someone that isn’t willing to give up on him.
From Rose to Billy, so many people believe that he can become a better person with the right motivation.
If people continue seeing something redeemable in him, maybe there’s a chance that he’ll turn over a new leaf?
Especially if Rose and Billy aren’t planning on giving up on him.
I love that Billy called him out about Rose. He clearly has feelings for her, but he’s terrified of being abandoned again since she technically comes with an expiration date.
However, Cain of all people should know that there’s always a chance that she’ll defy the odds.
And Billy made a good point: we can all die at any minute, so why is that stopping him from feeling something for Rose and making a move?
While I think the series is going to have Rose and Cain get together, I’m not counting Billy out just yet as there’s plenty of chemistry between them.
The Raptor struggled to deal with Mina’s move to Nigeria, but he took his mind off of it by assisting Bell and Jake with Sammy’s high-risk surgery.
I’m glad the series isn’t just brushing off Mina’s departure simply because Shaunette Renee Wilson left the series. Mina made such a big impact on her colleagues at Chastain that it’s more than understandable that they would be lost without her and missing her deeply.
Mina’s absence will be felt by both characters and audiences for quite some time. (And I’m secretly hoping she’ll return in some capacity!)
Bell and Jake’s storyline was one of the stronger in the hour because it not only allowed them to continue bonding but it also introduced the potential for Jake to adopt Sammy.
We know Jake and his husband will take Sammy in. The series established the bond when Sammy connected with Jake while speaking Chinese and then again when she asked him not to leave prior to the surgery and opened up about the loss of yer parents due to COVID.
Considering Jake and his hubby just lost out on the little girl they planned to adopt, it’s as though the stars are aligning. And considering Sammy’s delicate health situation, Jake is going to be a much better dad than her current foster family who didn’t have the means or mental energy to deal with her diagnosis.
Jake can be there for her, monitor her, and help nurse her back to health. He already did the first step with the help of his stepdad and AJ by removing much of the cancerous growths from her organs giving her a fighting chance.
Even though the storyline is the most obvious thing in the world, I’m still excited to see it pan out. And I never thought that I’d like Jake as a character as much as I do.
After such an eventful day, the staff all went out for after-work drinks, which made me wonder — if Chastain is in shambles because of the tornado, how is the bar perfectly intact?
Was it located in a different area that wasn’t affected by the severe weather or is that just the magic of television at play?
Let us know what you thought of the episode!
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