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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 Review – [SPOILER] Is Pregnant! (4×02)

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There are so many relationships doing so many things on The Resident Season 2 Episode 2. 

The decision to move past the coronavirus pandemic has allowed the characters (and show) to do something most of us haven’t been able to do since mid-March — move on with our lives. 

Instead of being stuck in a world where everything is limited and social distancing is mandated, the series can tackle the aftermath of surviving a pandemic, which includes plenty of fallouts (some deserved) and new realizations. 

Relationships are able to thrive and wane all in the same breath, while new journey’s are welcomed without a crippling fear of the future. It’s refreshing and inspiring to see as many of us look forward to a world where we can finally close this chapter and live again.

But despite our desire to get past this, what has happened has affected everyone in some way. And sadly, not everyone is able to pick up the pieces and move on, especially after experiencing a huge loss at the hands of a deadly and highly-respiratory virus.

Let’s start with the happy news first, shall we?

Nic and Conrad are in their honeymoon phase, and though I wouldn’t peg them as Key West people, I am a bit bummed that we didn’t get to see any part of their honeymoon. Most of the action takes place in the hospital setting, so it would have been nice to see them enjoying their freedom. However, I imagine that would’ve been hard to film these days. 

Their romance is still on level 10, which is a welcome change for Nic and Conrad, who haven’t always been on the same page. Hearing her refer to Conrad as her husband is something we’re all going to have to get used to, but it does have a nice ring to it. 

If you saw the teaser for the episode, you likely weren’t surprised by Nic’s grand reveal that she’s pregnant. We all saw it coming from a mile away. But what does this truly mean for the series and the relationship? In real-life, having children is typically the natural next step step as a relationship progresses, but on television, a pregnancy isn’t always in the best interest of characters. 

I wish the series would’ve waited a bit and allowed them to simply be happy together for a bit instead of pushing towards the next big-thing. However, it’s also an opportunity for the show to present a couple that is able to juggle having children while not losing themselves in the process or having the children become an afterthought somewhere off-screen.

Since I’m not one of those people that’s opposed to characters having children, I hope the series incorporates the storyline and emphasizes the joys and hardships of being a working mother. 

Are you thrilled by this next step for #Conic? Or do you think it’s too soon?

The Resident Premiere Review – Conrad and Nic Get Married as COVID-19 Hits Chastain (4×01)

Then we have Mina and the Raptor and boy, that relationship is even better than I ever could’ve imagine. They compliment each other so well and allowing them to be fully into their feeling brings a new dynamic that’s exciting and spontaneous. Even when they’re disagreeing and having their first fight as a couple, everything about them is still intoxicating. 

Since they are both extremely confident and driven, it’s going to be much harder for them to separate their personal and professional relationship. If anyone can do it, it’s #Minator, but they’re also seeing first-hand that it’s not going to be easy, especially when it involves disagreements about such fundamental differences. 

Cain is a mixed bag, but generally, you’re either supporting him or against him. Mostly everyone at Chastain — and those watching offscreen — are against him. And up until now, there wasn’t a bone in my body that could justify Cain’s actions, but after gaining some insight into the “why” behind his ego does paint him in a new light. 

There’s no excuse for Cain’s behavior, but at least now there’s an explanation, which humanizes him. Cain refuses to fail because the system is set up to see him fail. His actions are a byproduct of a failed system. Of course, one could argue that it’s simply an excuse as there are others of color like Mina and AJ that have found success without sacrificing patients, and that too is valid. 

But it does give us a better understanding as to where Cain is coming from. And as AJ pointed out, if it’s a learned survival instinct, it’s not something we can fault him on. His logic is that if he keeps billing high and proving that he’s profitable then they can’t get rid of him.

And this allows us to understand why AJ doesn’t want to completely destroy the man’s career even despite all the terrible things he’s done.

BLM has been a contested topic in 2020 and the early stages of 2021, and The Resident found a natural way to work it into the narrative. 

We’re also seeing multiple sides of the coin from the people affected by systemic racism. 

There doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong answer here as both Mina and AJ make valid points. Mina’s concerns about Cain’s approach are valid, especially as he knowingly put patients at risk during a pandemic including a patient who got COVID from a surgery that he was misled about, which spurred a string of health incidents. 

Both Mina and AJ followed their gut, and while AJ asked Mina to respect his wishes, she acted on principle; she’s never been a fan of Cain’s, but this time, she couldn’t forgive him for putting a patient in danger simply for his own advancement. 

The scene where they both “agreed to disagree” and took a 3-day break from the mind-blowing sex proves that they have a mutual respect for each other.

However, if I had to pick a side, I’d say that AJ can’t protect Cain from his self-destructive ways no matter how much he believes that change is possible. 

But the truth is, Cain i’s damn good at his job. so no matter what, so he’ll always find a way to justify his actions because he performs miracles that others can’t. It’s a complex situation that is fascinating to peel back. I’m invested and can’t wait to see how this all pans out. 

Of course, being “damn good” at a job hasn’t always meant much to the machine that is Chastain, a hospital that has put profits over people time and time again, even amid a pandemic. 

Just look at what happened to Logan Kim, one of the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. There’s no denying that Kim had it coming. As Conrad said, he allowed the disease that is Red Rock to swallow him up whole. And the moment the company no longer needed him or saw that he wasn’t in their best interest, they chewed him up and spit him out without a second thought. 

However, his warning that something even worse is coming is concerning. What could ever be worse than Cain and Kim? I shudder at the thought of finding out. 

Kit was doing her best to get information, but does the vague answer she got about no one replacing Kim as CEO mean that Chastain won’t be operational for much longer?

It’s one of the “better” hospitals when compared to the experience Pravesh’s late father had at a low-income hospital in a mostly brown neighborhood that was understaffed. 

But if Chastain can’t find a way to turn profit with all that it has to offer, what does that say for everyone else? Or the state of the industry?

Devon is going to need some time to come to terms with his father’s death, but at least he opened up about the pain and the guilt to Conrad. Keeping that bottled up inside was toxic; he was lashing out at patients, which is never okay. Plus, it prevented him from fully grieving the loss. 

Bell’s storyline wasn’t my favorite. It’s always exciting to delve into a character’s backstory, and it’s obvious that Bell has plenty of stories to tell and layers to peel back, but introducing a long lost child is cumbersome.

Bell’s guilt isn’t doing anyone any favors — not himself and definitely not Jake, who was pretty accurate in his assessment that Bell’s reason for reaching out wasn’t genuine. 

Instead, it was the fear of dying alone that was creeping up on Bell. Their encounter was completely unrealistic considering Bell last saw him when he was 12.

Here’s the thing — Bell doesn’t need a forced redemption arc because he’s already been redeemed. He’s done a complete 180 since The Resident Season 1, and seeing him make amends with his staff like Nic and Conrad has been more powerful than his attempts with Jake. 

If Bell were to die, he might not have many blood relatives by his side, but he would have his family. I’d much rather invested all this time seeing Bell explore a relationship with Kit, who has always been there for him and seen the good in him.  

I’d like to say the series was going to let this one go, but considering Jake is a surgeon, I foresee him somehow getting wrapped up in the politics of Chastain and being introduced as an integral character. 

What did you think about the episode, Cravers? What did you love and what did you hate?

Sound off in the comments section below. We’d love to hear your thoughts! 


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The Resident Premiere Review – Conrad and Nic Get Married as COVID-19 Hits Chastain (4×01)

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The Resident Review Season 4 Episode 1 A Wedding, A Funeral

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?


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When Will ‘The Resident’ Return for Season 4? FOX Sets Return Date for 2021

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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! 

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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


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