Greed and corruption are the basis of Red Rock Medical even more now that Barrett Cain and Logan Kim have positioned themselves at the top.
One of the first changes they’ve decided to implement is to cut salaries and opt for commission-based pay.
In other words, the more procedures you perform, the more you make. Quantity trumps quality (The Raptor was right, they didn’t have to say it out loud to say it) and those who refuse to fall in line will meet the same fate as Bell or Conrad; demotion or firing.
It’s a battle between good and evil thinly veiled under the “medicine is money” umbrella, which makes it a reality for many doctors and nurses.
Even without Conrad, Chastain still has some morally ethical and good doctors left, but they cannot afford to lose them.
Will Cain and Kim acknowledge that before its too late?
Their money-first, patient-second approach will drive Chastain in the ground if no one stops them.
Thankfully, Marshall Winthrop and Conrad have a plan.
At the kickstart of “Free Fall,” Conrad was sulking and feeling a bit sorry for himself, a vast change from the Conrad who confidently walked out of Chastain upon getting fired.
Conrad may have played it off well, but he’s nothing without Chastain or his work. Aside from Nic, it’s the only thing that ever gave him purpose.
He gets distracted by Finn, a former patient suffering from muscular dystrophy who was running out of time.
His one wish was to exist in zero gravity, and he wanted to take Conrad along for the ride.
Finn’s enthusiasm was electrifying and easily the best part of the episode. His outlook on life was also necessary to remind Conrad what’s worth fighting for.
It was nice to see Conrad enjoy himself outside of Chastain. As I mentioned previously, Conrad’s whole life has been wrapped up in his work that it’s sometimes easy to forget that he’s still a person.
But thousands of miles up in the air, Conrad was just Conrad floating without the worries of the world dragging him down.
Of course, that didn’t last very long because one of the free-fallers, Reggie, suffered a heart attack while up there and Conrad had to resuscitate him sans gravity.
Let me tell you, this man can work wonders!
It’s moments like these that prove how good and selfless of a doctor Conrad is.
He wasn’t getting paid to accompany Finn nor did he make a buck off of saving Reggie — it was simply the right thing to do.
Another example of how Conrad’s been able to connect with his patients is when Annie called him before signing a DNR and undergoing lung surgery.
She knew the right choice and yet, she wanted guidance and support from a doctor she trusted.
Chastain is beyond stupid to have let someone like Conrad go, and more specifically, to wage war against him.
Kim and Cain only want those who comply around. They want their “yes men” so that their rulings are never challenged, but the success of a hospital is built up by doctors of various beliefs and backgrounds who often challenge each other about the proper treatment necessary.
Without that, you just have people doing the job for the wrong reasons.
As Winthrop told Conrad, going after Red Rock was going to get ugly.
Kim made it clear that he knows where the skeletons are buried and he’s not afraid to dig them up and expose Winthrop.
But here’s the thing — Winthrop may have earned his riches by doing shady deals, but he’s grown from that. By reconnecting with his son, he’s become a better person who does the right thing no matter what it costs him. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be willing to air out his own dirty laundry to help his son, a notorious rulebreaker.
If they want to take down Red Rock Medical, they all have to be willing to get their hands dirty and deal with whatever comes up.
It’s incredible that Cain has the stamina to keep up with everyone’s lives and continuously get up in their business.
Not only was he overseeing Pravesh and AJ’s patients, but he threatened to throw Bell under the bus unless he gave him a percentage of the profits from his new supplement line.
The devil works hard, Kris Jenner works harder, but Barrett Cain works hardest.
Cain also ordered AJ not to give Annie a DNR, which is totally unethical but also stupid.
Many patients are aware of their rights, especially those who have suffered from serious diseases like cancer.
Annie would have likely made up her mind about what she’d like to happen with her body in case the procedure went sideways in advance, but most importantly, it’s her right and her choice.
No one is allowed to strip her of that to turn a profit.
Cain stoops lower and lower each episode, but the blatant disregard for human lives to make a quick buck is his least appealing quality.
It’s technically only been a year, but times have changed. Conrad has been booted and Pravesh, the intern, now has his own interns.
He’s walking in Conrad’s shoes and learning that it isn’t a walk in the park.
Unlike Conrad, however, Pravesh has two doe-eyed interns to look after, and Ezra and Aileen didn’t seem to take him seriously or respect him.
Things quickly go sideways when Aileen made a call to schedule a patient who came in with a cough for a needless procedure, which obviously was recommended by the specialist because it’s all about that money, honey.
Aileen’s decision caused the patient to have a heart attack, but it also caught a clogged artery that would have been potentially deadly had the patient gone to Cambodia without getting it checked out.
The whole storyline was proof that when you try to tack on procedures for the sake of getting money, it can cause more harm than good.
Pravesh was hard on his interns, but it was necessary.
When you walk through those doors and put on your scrubs, these patient’s lives are in your hand.
You have to make the best decisions and stand by them and claim responsibility when you’re in the wrong.
It’s a tough lesson, but it’s necessary.
And that isn’t even the hardest lesson. The hardest one is navigating the work politics on the business side, which they got a little taste of, but will likely see much more as the series progresses. That is if they even last that long.
Aileen seems like a fighter, but Ezra looks like he’ll be tapping out quickly.
Mina was learning that having a baby and being a doctor was not easy. Along with the sleepless nights, she just wasn’t connecting with Adaku’s child until the Raptor suggested simply snuggling.
The idea seemed foreign to Mina, which was hilarious.
Mina can diagnose you simply by looking at you, yet something so simple as cuddling and nurturing a child didn’t occur to her.
Once she embraced it though, a true bond formed between her and the baby, and Mina might be on her way to rocking motherhood.
Mina will likely get very attached to baby Michelle, which I’m fine with, but as stated before, I hope it doesn’t hinder storylines and character development.
Though, I’m not opposed to it softening her up a bit.
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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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