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The Resident – Operator Error (2×11)

THE RESIDENT: Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the "Operator Error" episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Jan. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX.

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That Raptor cannot be saved from The Raptor. That sentence, uttered by Mina, encompasses the whole episode.

The war between Chastain and Quo Vadis has been ignited, although Gordon Page was adamant about pushing off the blame on to AJ as “operator error.”

We know how cruel and conniving Page is; he’ll do anything to get his way, but this is the first confrontation Bell has had with him. Making a deal with the devil doesn’t seem like such a good idea after all does it?

Bell surprised me by not immediately placing all the blame on AJ, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.

Bell isn’t as irrational and hot-headed as he used to be, and I believe the weight of CEO has helped him get a good head on his shoulders. Don’t get me wrong, he still trips up now and again, but overall, Bell seems to have the hospital’s back, and thus, his doctor’s backs a lot more now.

Though he didn’t immediately want to start a feud with Page because on some level, Bell realizes that he’s dangerous. Yet Bell also didn’t want to crucify AJ because as a fellow surgeon who has made lots of mistakes, he understands its par for the course.

There’s no denying AJ’s talents either. This was his first casualty, but those hands have saved countless patients who were teetering between life or death. He’s performed nothing short of a miracle day in and day out, so even if it was operator error, Bell doesn’t want that on his record. I respect that.

However, at the end of the day, he had to make the choice that protected both his assets — Quo Vadis — and his surgeons — AJ. Is this the right call? Washing the blame away from both parties who may have been responsible? It’s likely this will come back to bite him in the long run. 

The evidence was there: Quo Vadis’ valve failed. We know that’s a fact more than anyone based on Julian’s discoveries that the products touted as being “made in America” were being imported from China and white-labeled. There were no tests or success rates backing them up despite Gordon’s claims that they’ve never shown any wear and tear.

Gordon Page assumed Julian’s notes about that operation might be enough to back up his claims that AJ wasn’t prepared in the OR which shouldn’t have been the case. If I were Bell, I would summon Julian to ask her about that procedure in person. This would have been the perfect opportunity for The Resident to re-engage the hospital’s interest in Julian, eventually leading them to the realization that she didn’t just leave, she disappeared. Better yet, that Gordon Page was to blame.

That is if he didn’t just cover his tracks completely. At the rate he’s going, he’s going to run out of medical reps to push forward his shady business.

It’s odd that the FBI hasn’t come knocking on Pravesh’s door yet seeing as Page allowed them to think he was responsible for Julian’s disappearance. 

Unfortunately, AJ’s ego wasn’t one that could win this fight. Though AJ coursecorrected during the surgery, he still ignored the instructions the device rep gave him during the surgery because “that’s how he operates.” It’s easy to pin the blame on a surgeon whose track record of being “difficult” preceeds him.

Gordon Page deifnitely had to pay off AJ’s mentor. The same mentor first swayed AJ into giving these Quo Vadis devices a shot, something Page would have wanted, and he now led AJ to believe that he’s not invisncible. In order to become the great surgeon he believes himself to be, he has to elarn huility.

AJ took that to mean he has to give up surgery until he does, which is worse punihsment than having the operator error on his track record. We are always hardest on ourselves, hhowever, this was especially hard on AJ because Bradley, the victim, was one on their own.

I don’t think I need to point out the coincidence between Bradley raving about the Quo Vadis devices and then falling victim to one all in the same breath.

It’s an unfortunate death despite Bradley’s minimal screentime. He’s no longer at Chastiain, but he’s become a good friend to the staff, particulary Pravesh, who can’t seem to catch a break these days.

Not only did he disgrace his family by calling off a wedding with the woman of his dreams at the last minute, but he also lost Julian, he’s about to be the FBI’s target, and now he lost his best friend.

Hard life, Pravesh.

Thankfully, he has a group of friends surroudning him that really care about him and his mental health. I shed a tear when they all devoured that pineapple pizza in honor of Bradley. 

Conrad did Pravesh a solid by putting him on a case with a woman who helped him more than Pravesh helped her.

And he sure helped her by finding gloves or whatever it was left inside her body by a doctor. Can you say lawsuit?

While Nic enveloped herself in opening the clinic with Alec, Conrad reunited with Henry, the youngest Quo Vadis patient.

Henry wanted to show Conrad his MVP trophy, however, his mother was concerned with a new “tick” he’s been having.

Of course, with what was happening with AJ, Conrad wanted to test to see if there were any irregularities with Henry. Thankfully, everything came out fine this time, but I’m not crossing this storyline off my list just yet.

The Quo Vadis storyline may have been a red herring this time, but I have no doubts that this tick has something to do with yet another defective valve.

We all saw the way Zoe looked at Conrad, and in addition to his good looks, I’m not surprised she’s in awe of him. He’s basically the “fatherly figure” for her son, and the only one who has helped her throuhgout this difficult time. They’ve formed a bond.

How awkward was the scene where Alec assumed Henry was Conrad and Zoe’s kid. Wasn’t it obvious Nic and Conrad were dating?

Conrad and Nic both teased each other about these “potential love interests,” but I hope that simply meant The Resident wasn’t going to be adding in this love triangle anytime soon.

However, I do believe Nic will take Alec up on that dinner offer.

After last week’s shocking ending — Dr. Lane was murdered in cold blood (and deserved it) — I was surprised the only mention of it was a brief news segment that Bell was watching. Sadly, Roger did get caught for the crime, but like we all know, she had it coming.

I’m glad we won’t ever have to feel her wrath again.

So, I’m turning it over to you. What did you think? Will Bradley get a proper funeral? Will Nic and Alec become more than co-workers? Will AJ find his groove again?


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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The Resident Review – Best Laid Plans (4×12)

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The Resident Review Hope in the Unseen Season 4 Episode 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! 


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The Resident Review – Tornado Warning (4×11)

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The Resident Review After the Storm Season 4 Episode 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!) 

The Resident Review After the Storm Season 4 Episode 11

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Conrad Ricamora and guest star Chedi Chang in the “After the Storm” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, April 27 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

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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The Resident Review – Goodbye, Mina Okafor (4×10)

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The Resident Review Into the Unknown Season 4 Episode 10

I’m still in denial about Mina Okafor leaving Chastain! Her exit is only temporary, right?

Sadly, we know that’s not true as Shaunette Renee Wilson announced that she is exiting the series permanently.

On The Resident Season 4 Episode 10, one month has passed and AJ and Mina are gearing up for their big trip to Nigeria that evening.

Sadly, AJ never makes the flight after his mother is diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. 

The Resident Review Into the Unknown Season 4 Episode 10

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Summer Selby, guest star Michael Paul Chan and Matt Czuchry in the “Into the Unknown” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, April 20 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

Mina understands AJ’s tricky situation and even though it breaks her heart, she insists that he stay behind to take care of his mother during this difficult time. 

That’s what makes Mina so special.

Mina also got an emotional sendoff from everyone at Chastain including her best friend Nic Nevins, who even cracked Mina’s hard exterior and got her to show some emotion!

Wilson’s exit a huge loss for the show, especially since AJ and Mina just got together, but if it’s what she wants, we have to respect her decision. 

Now, that’s not to say that there won’t be a huge Mina-sized hole at Chastain moving forward. A woman like Mina simply cannot be replaced. 

While throwing a wrench into #Minator (aka the Beyonce and Jay-Z of Chastain) is heartbreaking, the positive is that AJ isn’t going anywhere just yet. 

Dr. Cain attempted his return to the OR but found that his ego couldn’t get him through the surgery. 

Honestly, I don’t know how this man hasn’t figured it out yet. 

He was so confident in himself and assured Voss that she didn’t need to supervise the surgery, but the truth is, one false move could’ve killed a patient. 

It’s not a basic surgery either — it was spinal decompression! 

If it wasn’t for Billy, who took over when his hand gave out, the patient would’ve been brain dead. 

It’s times like these where Dr. Cain could exercise some humility. He’s lucky that Voss even gave him his job back and trusted that he would tell the truth if he wasn’t up for it. 

Rose may be the best influence in Cain’s life, so I’m hoping the clinical trial that Pravesh enrolled her in proves to be successful. 

There are two possible outcomes here both of which include her being a positive influence on Cain.

Either she’ll die and he’ll be encouraged to become a better person following her death, or they’ll fall in love and he’ll become a better man because of it.

Either way, it’s a win-win for Chastain and everyone that has to work with him. 

There’s always the possibility that the clinical trial could go sideways because, you know, Big Pharma, which would be terrible for Dr. Voss. She’s taking a huge chance not only by trusting Phillip but also Pravesh. 

The Resident Review Into the Unknown Season 4 Episode 10

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Anuja Joshi and Manish Dayal in the “Into the Unknown” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, April 20 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

Pravesh’s dating life may just be heating up after he was matched with Dr. Devi! 

They both shrugged off the fact that they’re on the app and said it was to appease their parents, but there’s definitely something bubbling between them. 

Will Pravesh give it a chance? 

Workplace romances tend to be frowned upon, but they’ve worked so well for Chastain employees in the past! 

The episode pulled at your heartstrings for many reasons, but next week proves to be action-packed when a tornado rolls through Atlanta and Chastain. 

Let us know what you thought about the episode in the comments below now! 


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