The Resident is known for being realistic and calling out real-life issues plaguing hospitals in the country.
On “Nurses’ Day” they addressed how understaffed some of the most important people in the hospital are. Seriously, all they got them as a thank you was some measly cookies?
They deserve so much better than working back-to-back-to-back shifts that leave them so tired, they crash while driving home.
I’ll address Jessica’s accident first because it’s the cliffhanger that has us wondering if she’ll survive or not.
The teaser shows everyone at Chastain fighting to save her, so the odds aren’t good, but this team really doesn’t need to lose anyone so soon.
When Bradley died, it was sad, but we didn’t even really know him.
Then, we lost Jessie.
But Jessica has been a staple on this series even throughout her minimal role. She’s the sunny disposition amongst the group, and she and Irving are a fan-favorite couple.
The warning signs that something was amiss were there. Irving contemplated his relationship highlighting how much Jessica’s done throughout her life before realizing that she was the love of his life.
No one makes a declaration that bold unless something is about to go terribly wrong.
Irving is precisely why we cannot lose Jessica; he wouldn’t survive the loss.
While attempting to find out any information about the Hemopleatin, Conrad reunited with his father, Marshall, who he found out was on the drug to combat anemia.
Marshall’s lungs were, thankfully, all good, and he did offer a work-around to hacking those patient files at Chastain.
The father-son duo took a private jet to DC for a DoaCure conference where the over-the-top CEO agreed to give them a look inside their data in exchange for Chastain carrying his products at the hospital.
That’s the world of corporate healthcare folks — an eye for an eye.
Will Conrad make the deal?
Speaking of business and money, Cain won a premium paying patient in a game of poker and decided to go through with performing a risky, never-been-done-before procedure to essentially give him a bionic spine.
Kit clashed with Cain once again but he won this fight.
That is until his surgery almost killed the patient who began choking as a result of a defective disc that was inserted into his spine.
Kit admitted that Bell was right; she would lose if she tried to go against Cain because his pull was so strong at Red Rock Medical.
But Kit isn’t a quitter. Instead, she found a workaround that involved her striking up a deal with Cain to open a joint neuro, ortho, and physical therapy venture.
Cain was beyond eager to put aside their differences, but Kit has a larger play in motion.
What does she have up her sleeve?
AJ Austin’s story took place outside of the hospital walls for once, but it made me realize that he’s one of the strongest and most developed characters in the series.
He took his mother’s advice and agreed to meet his birth mother, Bonnie, a successful pediatrician. It all makes sense.
AJ wasted no time getting their backstory, which revealed why they gave him up for a closed adoption.
Bonnie was 22, she had just met AJ’s dad, she wasn’t ready to become a mom and put her medical aspirations on hold.
If anyone can appreciate that, it’s the Raptor.
But the decision wasn’t senseless — it was done with his best interest at heart and not a day goes by where she hasn’t thought of him.
She even helped AJ and Mina diagnose a young patient at the clinic who ended up having Lyme disease.
I’m sure AJ’s adoptive mother is great, but it’s nice for AJ to see where he comes from and who his parents are.
If there is a Thanksgiving episode, I truly hope we get invited to this dinner.
- Pravesh assured us that Priya is doing just fine in San Francisco and dating a hot sportscaster. Good for her!
- We get it, Pravesh. You’re not that kind of doctor.
What did you think of the episode?
Will Jessica survive?
Will Conrad and Nic successfully prove their theories about the drug?
Will Kit outsmart Cain by playing to his egotistical side?
The Resident Premiere Review – Conrad and Nic Get Married as COVID-19 Hits Chastain (4×01)
The Resident is back in action for season 4, and it’s taking a bit of a different approach than most medical dramas.
While “A Wedding, A Funeral” addressed the current COVID-19 pandemic plaguing our country, it made it clear from the get-go that it would only be for an episode and would move the rest of the season “sometime in the future when the COVID-pandemic is history.”
That’s good news for audiences who don’t want the real-world events rehashed in a TV show, but for this episode, there was no way to ignore reality as it played a direct role in postponing Nic and Conrad’s wedding. I know this hit close to home for many couples with their big days scheduled in 2020!
Don’t worry, the wedding happened eventually and it was still as romantic as ever. In fact, I think having overcome the pandemic and finally being able to celebrate the moment made it all the more joyous despite the loss of some fellow nurses and doctors.
But first, we watched as Chastain’s finest battled the respiratory virus that infected some of their own including Hundley and Kit. It was heartbreaking to watch Hundley suffer, and for a moment, it truly seemed like we were going to lose her, so it was such a relief to see her singing and dancing at Nic and Conrad’s wedding.
The series allowed audiences to see the effects of COVID-19 from every angle.
Doctors and nurses were working tirelessly to help patients, though most of them felt pretty helpless and not well protected because of the lack of PPE. Conrad personally addressed the situation with Logan Kim, who proved he wasn’t completely heartless by going out of his way and securing additional resources to protect his staff.
However, that doesn’t excuse all his prior behavior or the fact that he ordered Cain to intentionally put patients at risk by scheduling low-risk surgeries as “emergency” ones to make the hospital money. Obviously, hospitals have struggled with finances amidst the pandemic as many people were too afraid to get procedures, but honestly, that should not be a priority when the world is dealing with an unprecedented health crisis
And for those of you who had hope that maybe Cain learned his lesson the first time around when he was the superbug spreader, he absolutely did not. Instead, his ego once again got the best of him as he listened to Kim and lied to patients in order to convince them that surgeries were necessary.
The series also didn’t shy away from putting “bad” patients on blast. You know, the ones who don’t think the rules apply to them and don’t believe in wearing masks or social distancing.
Mina put the patient, who refused to follow protocol on blast, and it was so enjoyable. Also, if you spit on a nurse during a pandemic, you deserve to be kicked out of the ER without being treated.
In addition to dealing with sick patients, Chastain’s best also had to make sure that they emphasized just how serious COVID was to their parents. And I know I’m not the only one who has had a similar conversation with a parent as Nic, Pravesh, and Conrad did.
Sadly, Pravesh’s father didn’t make it as he felt he had no choice but to keep driving his cab to make a living. While many companies have opted to make “remote” working the new norm, not everyone — especially minorities — has that luxury and this is a direct result.
Even more heartbreaking than watching Hundley suffer from the virus was watching Pravesh thank his father for helping him become the man that he is today just before he passed.
I’ve said this before on my Chicago Med reviews, but the episodes with COVID at the center hit us harder in the feels because it’s a situation we’re all too familiar with and one we’re watching play out in realtime with friends and family members. It hits too close to home.
So, while it’s important that the show acknowledges and addresses the pandemic, I’m also glad it will be more optimistic and allowing us to imagine a time when all of this is a distant memory and we can hug, laugh, and be with our loved ones without any fear.
This brings me to the highly-anticipated and long-awaited CONIC wedding. It may have been brief, but it was perfect and fitting for who they are as not only a couple but as people.
The duo took a moment to remember all those they lost the year prior while allowing themselves to celebrate their love. I’d say it was worth the wait!
And the wedding was made all the better by Minator finally embracing their feelings for each other.
Mina has been trying to deny the truth for too long, but honestly, if COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it’s that life is too short not to follow our heart. (And to wash our hands!)
The previews have me slightly concerned as it does seem like there are relationship woes on the horizon, and it’s too early. Relationships obviously need hardships and a primetime drama needs there to be ups and downs, but can we let them enjoy the honeymoon phase for a minute? I want to see the “in-love Raptor” with Mina! I want to see them happy and not questioning their decision or ruining a friendship.
It’s rare to have a TV relationship that’s built on a solid foundation, so let’s not ruin a good thing.
What did you think of The Resident Season 4 premiere?
When Will ‘The Resident’ Return for Season 4? FOX Sets Return Date for 2021
2021 cannot come faster.
Not only is everyone “over” 2020, but all of your favorite FOX shows – which were delayed due to the COVID pandemic – will be returning early next year.
The network announced that it plans to bring back highly-anticipated new episodes of its scripted shows including 911, The Resident, and Prodigal Son during its midseason schedule.
The Masked Singer spinoff Masked Dancer will premiere on Sunday, December 27 before moving permanently to Wednesday nights.
The Mayim Bialik series Miranda, a remake of a U.K. comedy of the same name, will arrive on Sunday, January 3 along with the ninth and final season of Last Man Standing with Tim Allen.
The rest of the premieres will be scattered throughout the first half of the month!
Check out the full schedule to find out when you need to tune in and set your DVR:
SUNDAY, DEC. 27
8 pm The Masked Dancer series premiere
SUNDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm Call Me Kat series premiere
8:30 pm Last Man Standing final season
9 pm The Simpsons (special time)
9:30 pm Bless the Harts (special time)
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm The Masked Dancer (time slot premiere)
THURSDAY, JAN. 7
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen Season 19 premiere
9 pm Call Me Kat (time slot premiere)
9:30 pm Last Man Standing (time slot premiere)
TUESDAY, JAN. 12
8 pm The Resident Season 4 premiere
9 pm Prodigal Son Season 2 premiere
MONDAY, JAN. 18
8 pm 9-1-1 Season 4 premiere
9 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 2 premiere
‘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!
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