The Resident delivered an extraordinary Halloween episode that was equal parts horror, humor and character development.
Rarely do Halloween episodes actually add something necessary to a series other than an opportunity to get a little spooky, but the folks at Chastain pulled it off.
And are we really surprised? These are doctors that know how to have fun (the de-attached arm holding up the peace sign and a thumbs up), but also know how to be serious (going into a four-person surgery to re-attach said limbs before time was up).
The horror elements fit neatly into Laurie’s storyline. She was experiencing nightmares — something we’ve all dealt with — but they were so bad, she considered jumping off of the roof at Chastain.
It’s slightly worrisome that patients in such dire stages and suffering from delusions can so easily find access to the rooftop. Shouldn’t they take care of that?
Conrad was able to talk Laurie down from the ledge by promising to run as many tests as they needed to until they got to the bottom of it.
Schizophrenia, which was genetic in Laurie’s situation, is more horror-inducing than any of the double-jointed, ceiling-climbing monsters in her dreams.
Thankfully, Conrad was able to eliminate the disorder completely.
That didn’t stop the nightmares and the next time she had one, Laurie plunged through a glass screen and busted her leg open.
During the surgery, Conrad was able to diagnose and prove that she had a teratoma, a tumor made up of tissues. In her case, since it’s Halloween, there was a tooth literally growing inside of it.
Yep, if you’re squeamish, this would be one of the many times you found yourself wanting to hurl.
One of the other times? When Bell, Mina, Voss, and Austin came together to re-attach all the limbs.
I don’t do well with blood so this whole scene was more terrifying than any masked murderer preying on it’s victims.
Pravesh likely won’t forget his first Halloween working in the ER.
Nic and Irving somehow scored the night off and they attended Mina’s Halloween party. Apparently, Mina is the Queen of Halloween parties and more specifically, elaborate costumes.
And she did not disappoint in her gold, goddess-inspired digs. Nic also delivered as Cleopatra. The same cannot be said for her sister, who went as a cute but basic cat, and Irving, who came with multiple costumes to impress the surgeon.
After Mina got called into an emergency surgery, she left Nic in charge which probably wasn’t a good idea for someone who has trouble “letting go” of responsibilities.
She was a helicopter sister for half of the party as she clearly didn’t trust her sober sister to well, stay sober.
Her control issues were bound to manifest themselves somehow and she unsurprisingly ended up having a full-on panic attack in the kitchen.
It’s nice to see Nic as a human from time to time relying on others instead of always holding down the fort and helping everyone else.
Jessie was so empowering as the person holding herself to her own sobriety, however, I wish she would have told the dude she was hooking up with to shove those pills.
Seriously, who did Mina invite to this party? These people were acting like lunatics clogging the sink, passing out in the closets, and spilling things on her rug.
Meanwhile, Bell found himself in a hot rendezvous after allowing his new, spoiled, assistant to hook him up on a date.
Little did he know, the date was going to be the assistant’s mother, Vivian.
Bell, like most of the staff, has made many improvements including being genuinely helpful to his staff. On occasion, that is.
But like most of them, he also has problems that he’s bottling up inside.
Trying to access porn at work, obsessively swiping left on a dating app, and letting some young dude set you up on a date seems a bit problematic.
Is he a sex addict?
Whatever Lane did, she messed him up!
At least all of it was better than soliciting sex from strangers, I guess.
Conrad confronted his father about skipping their meeting because as he pointed out, his dad never skips meetings.
Marshall refuses to tell him the truth acting just as coy and secretive as his son always has.
It makes me think he’s suffering from some kind of health condition that he doesn’t want anyone to know about, especially Conrad as he’d get worried.
It would logically explain why Marshall is encouraging him to take off some time and even to go on a bonding vacation with him. Yes, it’s one thing to look out for your son so that he doesn’t burn out, but it’s another when it seems like your withholding the real reasons for being concerned for his mental health.
It’s no secret Conrad gets very invested in his patients, but that’s also what makes him such a thorough and good doctor.
After a long and exhausting day working a Halloween hospital shift, Conrad finally went home but he didn’t necessarily get too much rest.
Instead, he found himself suffering from night terrors himself.
My first assumption was that Conrad was suffering from bouts of PTSD, however, it seems whatever his subconcious fears has to do with his childhood.
The dream sequence, in my opinion, was scarier than Laurie’s as a young Conrad saw his mother fall down the stairs and break her spine before his father appeared telling him to get out but poor little Conrad couldn’t run away because of some super glue-like goop under his shoe.
Is he remembering that his father was abusive towards his mother?
There has to be a significance to the nightmare, otherwise, they could have done anything else not relating to family dysfunction if it was merely a scare-scene.
What did you think of the Halloween-edition of The Resident?
Will Conrad try to find out the meaning behind his nightmares? Will Nic fess up about her panic attacks?
‘The Resident’ Season 4 Will Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic
The season 4 premiere of The Resident is going to hit a bit close to home.
For years people have turned to television for an escape, but lately, reality and fiction are beginning to bleed together.
Our everyday experiences and dilemmas are beginning to shape and influence the content we see on television, and, in turn, that content becomes a direct reflection of our society and provides poignant commentary on current events.
For the most part, it’s exciting to see our daily lives reflected on screen as it offers a more robust and representative experience. However, it also means that it’s harder to escape the monotony of everyday life in lockdown.
There’s absolutely no way to escape the pandemic plaguing our world — it has consumed every part of our lives.
Everywhere you look, you’ll (hopefully) see face masks, people using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing.
And now, you’re going to see more of that reflected on the small screen.
The medical drama, which often draws from real-life scenarios for inspiration, will tackle the pandemic in its upcoming season.
Series co-creator Amy Holden Jones told Us Weekly: “Our premiere deals with the early days of the outbreak, focusing on the effect on our hero doctors and nurses as they risk their lives daily.
She added: “Long-term, sadly, the after-effects of COVID-19 will go on, even after we have a vaccine, and we’ll be there to show that, as well.”
The show’s writing team includes several medical professionals who weigh in on storylines to ensure accuracy. Daniel Lama and Eric Lu penned the coronavirus inspired episode.
Meanwhile, an on-set nurse has spent her time volunteering in New York City and Texas during the pandemic.
Jones said the episode would honor the heroes fighting on the frontlines stating, “their stories are moving, deep and tragic and continue to accumulate to this day,” Jones added. “We hope soon to share all we have learned.”
The show hasn’t begun production on the season just yet, so it may take a bit until we get to see these pandemic episodes considering, you know, we’re in a pandemic ourselves, and that pandemic has made it harder for cast and crew to film new episodes of our favorite TV shows.
However, this wouldn’t be the first mention of coronavirus in the series as the season 3 finale dealt with a highly contagious superbug that was initially compared to coronavirus.
The Resident also won’t be the only drama incorporating the pandemic into their storylines. Grey’s Anatomy previously announced that they would touch upon the pandemic with showrunner Krista Vernoff stating, “there’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”
It’ll be interesting to see these two shows tackle the virus in their own unique ways. As we look to relate to our favorite characters in our shows, you have to admit,, there’s nothing more relatable than seeing their lives altered by the same disease that has stripped us of so many joyous moments this year.
Do you think it’s a good idea for shows to address the pandemic? Sound off in the comments!
QUIZ: Which ‘The Resident’ Doctor Is Your Soulmate?
When you’re strolling the halls of Chastain, which exceptional doctor is your soulmate? Is it Conrad Hawkins? AJ Austin? Randolph Bell? Or Devon Pravesh?
Take our quiz below to find out!
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‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 4 at FOX, Expected to Return in 2021
The Resident has a pulse!
Fox has renewed the beloved medical drama for a fourth season!
The exciting news means that The Resident will be able to conclude the storylines that were interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, which shut down production on shows indefinitely.
Season 3 ended abruptly because it wasn’t able to finish filming the episodes.
We’ll also get to see more of the power-dynamics at play at Chastain as Logan Kim turned his back on the once-invincible Dr. Cain and attempted to schmooze up to Conrad Hawkins.
While he medical drama had been critiqued for exaggerating and portraying unrealistic incident by medical professionals and the industry, the series has also amassed a rather dedicated following largely due to its thrilling weekly patient cases and the relationship and chemistry between many of its cast members.
Plus, fans love that the series tackles on “ethical” issues surrounding the healthcare industry head-on.
TV Series Finale indicated that the audiences have tapered off with a 21% drop since the second season, but despite the lower-ratings, there’s no denying that The Resident has a strong pull amongst dedicated fans who watch faithfully.
Unfortunately, similar to many The CW shows, The Resident won’t return until 2021 as FOX released its 2020-2021 fall TV schedule, which relies heavily on football (if the seasons returns as expected) and many animated series. The network plans to hold all scripted offerings for midseason premieres.
FOX also renewed sitcom Last Man Standing leaving Prodigal Son and Outmatched on the fence.
Are you thrilled The Resident was renewed for season 4?
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