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 Review – Conrad’s Back, Baby! (3×13)
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 – Pravesh and AJ Pursue New Relationships (3×12)
The Resident continues to pick a bone with the American healthcare system.
As Nic and Mina brought their healthcare clinic to rural areas without access to doctors and hospitals (and we’re talking only about 3 hours away from Atlanta), Conrad stopped feeling sorry for himself and put his talents to good use by doing some good ole’ volunteer work.
This right here is why the doctors at Chastain are more valuable than some egotistical, profit-driven goof like Cain who has never helped anyone unless it was self-serving.
Nic and Mina encountered a patient, Bianca, whose VAD battery was running out. She rushed out of the house to get her sister to a free clinic and forgot the spare at home, and it almost cost her her life. Seriously, how many times have we left the house and forgotten something? It’s so real and yet, in this case, a near-death experience.
It’s insane to think that getting your hands on something necessary to keep you alive could be so difficult.
Bianca couldn’t just run to the drugstore and had to make peace with the fact that she was going to die.
She was incredibly calm about the whole ordeal as they pulled over so she could go peacefully under the blue sky and sun.
While we didn’t know Bianca and her sister for long, the moment was heartbreaking as Nic connected it with her sister’s violent death and how she couldn’t do anything to save her either.
But then, miraculously, Bianca didn’t die. Her wit and humor carried the storyline and made us feel connected to it.
All those years relying on the VAD gave Bianca’s heart time to heal and restore. Still, she wasn’t out of the woods as the VAD was now causing a blood-clot and needed to be removed by the Okafor-Austin dynamic duo.
Speaking of Okafor-Austin, can Mina just accept her feelings for him already?
AJ loves her, he let his feelings be known by telling her that she would be his “one-hour” person and hoped that she’d return the feelings.
Instead, Mina friend-zoned him, again. Her reasoning does make sense as she explained that this is the most important friendship in her life, which could get ruined by making things romantic.
But as a doctor who sees up-close how fleeting a moment can be and how short life is, Mina should grab the opportunity before it’s gone.
And it will be gone because AJ is a catch.
He’s kind, confident, and most of all, respectful. He has never once crossed a line with Mina even when he was professing his feelings for her and probably wanted to just grab her and kiss her.
With the way this storyline is shaping up, Mina is going to realize her feelings when AJ’s has moved on (physically not emotionally) with Andrea.
After meeting Andrea and seeing that there was some potential, he gave Mina the chance to snatch him up, and she didn’t.
I can’t blame AJ for giving Andrea a call; he deserves to be loved in return.
His call to Andrea came at the right moment as she was being “Barrett Cained.”
That’s a phrase we should all just adopt for moments where Cain thinks he can manipulate someone into falling in line and doing what he wants. It happens nearly every single episode.
Though it hasn’t been working so well for him in the hospital setting with his staff and it doesn’t seem to be working for his love life either.
He asked Andrea out under the pretenses that there would be an investor there for her company and then tried to woo her with lavish and expensive things. He’s clearly not good at reading people.
Andrea was disgusted by the whole idea, especially because she can see right through Cain. The way he weaseled his way into her business and how he tried to trash talk Bell in order to promote himself.
The most enjoyable part of the episode was that Cain’s ego was bruised not once but twice.
The first time was when a fan asked him to take a photo of her and Bell, and the second was when Andrea left the date because a “patient with a sick cat” called.
Two epic moments that wiped that smug look right off of his face. Could this be the start of Cain’s demise? I sure hope so!
Conrad’s search and rescue volunteer work was cut short when Nic’s father called about a towed truck.
He then responded to a concerning call from an MS patient, Archer, who was ready to take his life because of sky-high medical bills tacked on by Chastain.
The fact that someone thinks suicide is their “get out of medical debt” card is upsetting.
Conrad arrived on the scene in the knick of time to stop Archer from overdosing on pills.
And though Kyle couldn’t get to the gun fast enough, his intervention helped save Archer’s life.
Unfortunately, Kyle didn’t feel heroic at all and the moment only tacked onto his negative outlook on life and his self-worth.
The way he explained what Archer must have been going through to the wife was especially concerning to Conrad because Kyle seemed to understand the mindset of someone contemplating suicide.
By the end of the episode, I was terrified that we’d hear a gunshot go off as we got an aerial view of Kyle’s car.
Thankfully, he didn’t and teasers for next week reveal that Nic intervenes and tries to stop her father. Will she succeed? Let’s hope so.
Most of the storylines carried a deeply emotional weight, but Pravesh’s reunion with Nadine was a fun segway from the heaviness.
She didn’t necessarily need medical attention, but she came to the ER because she wanted to see Pravesh again.
Her whole life has been controlled and Pravesh is the one who allows her to just be a person rather than a princess.
I’m very much shipping this couple, although, it is risky to get involved with a patient, especially one of such a high caliber. Red Rock Medical is always watching and ready to swoop in and destroy the good doctor’s who value patient life over profit.
Pravesh needs to be careful.
And then there was a Smurf-looking patient that was treated by Pravesh and his intern Ezra. The storyline wasn’t necessary, but it was a fun distraction and allowed the audience to get to know Ezra a little bit. Turns out, he has crippling OCD, which is what has influenced his decision to become an anesthesiologist. Something tells me that spending time with Pravesh in the ER will likely change his mind. He’s already proving to him that you can turn what once used to be considered flaws into a superpower in the field.
Mina may not have been ready to pursue a romantic relationship with AJ (and aside from the fear of ruining a friendship, it could be because of how hurt she was from her last relationship), but the good news is that Adaku woke up and is on her way to recovering. Mina made a wonderful interim-mom and proved that she took the godmother title seriously, which is exactly where she belongs.
It’ll be great to see Mina with the baby once in a while, but Adaku’s return means that a baby storyline no longer sidelines Mina’s opportunities for character development and growth!
What did you think of the episode?
Will AJ and Andrea hit it off? Will it make Mina jealous and regret that she turned him down?
What does Cain have up his sleeve next?
When will Conrad start fighting back against Red Rock?
The Resident Midseason Premiere – Interns, Zero Gravity, and Conrad’s Revenge (3×11)
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.
What did you think of The Resident midseason premiere?
Does Conrad stand a chance against Red Rock?
How would you take down Cain and Kim?
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