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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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‘The Resident’ Season 4 Will Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic

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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.

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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. 

Additionally, FOX’s fall 2020 lineup is moving ahead without the medical drama, as it is being held till 2021.

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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QUIZ: Which ‘The Resident’ Doctor Is Your Soulmate?

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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! 

Did you hear the good news? The Resident was renewed for a fourth season on FOX! If you’re missing the show and all the medical mysteries, you can read reviews right here!

And don’t forget to take more fun quizzes here

 


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‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 4 at FOX, Expected to Return in 2021

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The Resident has a pulse! 

Fox has renewed the beloved medical drama for a fourth season! 

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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. 

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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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