Don’t believe everything you read. That’s what Kit Voss was trying to tell people on The Resident Season 6 Episode 9, but Gov. Betz’s smear campaign about Dr. Bell already did its fair share of damage.
While there may have been some truth to the gutter press—HODAD was a danger to Chastain at one point—most of it was exaggerated and sensationalized in order to destroy Bell. And unfortunately, it kind of worked.
You could be the world’s best surgeon behind closed doors, but one negative story or review, and your credibility’s shot. In the public’s eyes, Bell was a bad doctor, and no amount of damage control was going to convince them otherwise.
Even Bell began to question himself and his abilities, taking the safe route with Conrad’s patient, Wolf, simply because he was too scared to make a wrong move and put a patient’s life at risk.
Of course, Bell’s still got it, and Conrad was there to help him overcome the crippling anxiety. He reminded him that he’s one of the few people who knew then and now and can vouch that he’s not the same person/doctor that’s being profiled in the smear piece.
That seemed to put Bell at ease and pull him back to reality just in time for him to make another remarkable save, which was caught on camera from the sidelines by the documentary team. As Conrad pointed out, the footage doesn’t lie, and once they release it, it’s enough to redeem him in the eyes of the public and put him back on top.
But the truth is, the negative press forced Bell to take a hard look at himself and face a reality he was putting off. He may be a great doctor, but the fact is that he’s a doctor who is sick, and his illustrious career may be coming to an end sooner than he wanted to accept.
Kit’s optimism is sweet because she believes in him so much, but it’s not going to make him better or lessen the symptoms of his MS. The stress from the article triggered symptoms as Bell heard a high-pitched ringing, began to see double, and even got dizzy, and all of this made him realize that he’s pushing off the inevitable—his MS progressing and forcing him to hang up the scrubs and white coat, especially since it wasn’t an isolated incident.
When he finally confided in Kit, she was taken aback but, ultimately, supportive, which is the best thing about her. She has a heart of gold and always knows the right thing to say, even if she doesn’t believe it. She worried about him, but she’ll put on a brave face because she loves him and wants the best for him.
If Chastain loses Bell, it will be a huge loss, but after introducing this MS storyline, I don’t know if The Resident will find a way to keep him on as a main character, which bodes the question…. Is Bell leaving? Only time will tell. For now, he’s going to Minnesota for more treatment.
Bell was crucial in saving Wolf’s (William Mark McCullough) life, the man who was brought into the ED with a gnarly scratch on his arm that definitely wasn’t from a Maine Coon. Absolutely no one believed Wolf and Cricket (Rich Hutchman), but the duo wasn’t exactly forthcoming with the truth. As Wolf’s condition worsened and pancreatitis set in, Conrad pushed on Cricket to tell him what really caused the scratch, and it was a Tiger King-sized nightmare.
The men seemed to be inspired by the Netflix series so much so that they opened their own home zoo with exotic animals, which is, absolutely illegal. Conrad bit his tongue for a bit as he went through the list of animals that could have possibly injured Wolf in hopes of saving his life, and thankfully, Cricket informed him about the Brazilian scorpions right in the nick of time.
When Wolf finally regained consciousness, Conrad took all the pleasure in informing the duo that he reported them to the state wildlife department. It’s for the best. If they were putting themselves in that much danger and being so careless with these wild animals, just imagine how much danger they were putting their guests and visitors in. Conrad did the right thing for everyone.
The scathing article on Bell impacted Pravesh’s patient, Tessa, who was initially part of his clinical trial before she got cancer and needed a titanium set of ribs created by Inman Park Tech’s robotics team, a new partner of Chastain’s.
It was a very exciting opportunity for Chastain to prove, once again and amid all the budget cut threats, that they remain a cutting-edge hospital. Pravesh even convinced Kit Voss to sign off on a documentary crew to film the momentous moment in hopes that it would bring the hospital some much-needed positive PR.
Unfortunately, Tessa experienced some complications before she could go through with the rib replacement that would eventually transform her into a bionic woman of sorts. Let’s be honest, she was already a bionic woman way before—her strength to stay hopeful and positive in the face of so many setbacks was inspiring.
And it’s also why her daughter, Wendy, demanded that Bell be taken off of her mother’s case. I honestly can’t blame Wendy for her reaction after reading the hit piece. She was terrified of the possibility of losing her mother, and the article did not put those anxieties at ease. All she saw when she read the piece was that her mother was going to be operated on by a dangerous doctor. I wish that people would just trust the staff that has worked with Bell and can personally vouch for his abilities, but that’s just looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. And the fact that Kit is Bell’s wife doesn’t help his case because it seems like she’s biased, even though we know she wouldn’t do anything to harm her patients or put the hospital in jeopardy. She tells it like it is!
Even Kit knew it was a losing battle, and since the risk of the titanium rib procedure was so high regardless of the doctor’s expertise, it was best for Bell to get taken off to minimize any negative PR.
It was fun to see Kit step in for Bell because it proves that being CEO hasn’t stopped her from getting into the thick of the action. And if Bell can’t do it, there really isn’t anyone better for the job than his wife!
Lastly, AJ felt the brunt of childcare that most new parents feel. Only he had double the trouble as he tried to find someone to watch his twins. AJ took on the childcare duties to give Padma a break, which was very sweet of him, but I can’t say that I think the ER is the best place for two newborns. I know that everyone there meant well and pitched in—and he’s lucky to have such a supportive team—but there are a lot of germs and dangers lurking around!
Unfortunately, Padma’s absence throughout the day was concerning, and Hundley’s comment about AJ agreeing to have kids with a friend wasn’t overly reassuring. It all culminated in AJ coming home at the end of a very stressful shift to find that Padma still wasn’t home and her phone was going to voicemail.
There could be an easy explanation, or it could be the worst-case situation that comes to mind almost immediately: something happened to her or she skipped town and left her twins behind. My guess is that it’s the last one considering Padma has been under a lot of stress and struggling to adjust to motherhood.
A prior episode showed her crying on the bathroom floor after a very exhausting day, lending itself to a storyline about postpartum depression, which is much more common than people believe. However, I don’t ever want to imagine that Padma would abandon the children she so badly wanted, so I’m hoping that once she gets the necessary help, she’ll begin to come around to motherhood and maybe even bond with the babies.
What did you think of the episode? Are enjoying the storylines of the season so far?
Is ‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 7? Here’s What We Know
The Resident aired its sixth season finale on Monday, January 17.
And naturally, that means fans are asking questions about a potential season 7, including whether or not the show has been renewed already.
As of January 18, 2023, FOX has not renewed The Resident for a seventh season.
But how likely is another season?
The series saw about 2.9 million viewers and a 0.4 rating, which makes it one of the highest-viewed episodes this season, but is it enough to guarantee a save?
In my review, I pointed out that while I’m gunning for another season as I love the cast and all the drama that goes down at Chastain, it did feel as though the writers weren’t confident that they would get another season as every loose end got tied up and all the characters found their happy ending.
In fact, TVLine asked creator Amy Holden Jones if it was intentional on their part, to which she responded, “We do this every year. Last year’s worked as a series finale also, but thankfully, it wasn’t to be. We left open questions and put new character arcs in place to launch us into Season 7.”
While I do think other seasons definitely had some lingering cliffhangers, it’s definitely a smart approach, especially as she added that they “never hear until May.”
And that means fans of the hospital drama may have to wait several months before they find out if FOX is willing to give Chastain’s finest the green light for yet another season.
When TVLine pressed Jones for any additional information about a possible renewal, she explained that she has “not gotten any indication” either way.
“Losing a cast like this one seems insane to me, but corporate decisions are a mystery,” she added. Let’s hope that FOX doesn’t make any insane decisions and that it renews both The Resident and The Cleaning Lady soon enough!
The Resident Season Finale – All Hands on Deck (613)
Can someone pass the tissues because that was one emotional season finale?
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if The Resident Season 6 Episode 13 ended up being the series finale because it felt so final. After a tense hour where two lives hung in the balance as Chastain’s finest attempted to figure out the mystery illnesses ailing them, everything came up roses.
The final moments of the episode featured happy endings for all of our favorites. And while I don’t doubt that the creators/writers have plenty of material to continue with a seventh season, if FOX doesn’t renew the series, there are no cliffhangers or loose ends to tie up. It all just makes sense.
Conrad and Billie exchanged “I love yous,” which brought into perspective Billie’s prior conversation with Cade where she informed her that he’s never said the L-word. Regardless of your personal opinions about Billie, it was a beautiful and pivotal moment for Conrad, who spent years trying to find his way after Nic’s death and felt as though he would never love again. The fact that he was brave enough to open himself up to the possibility and pursue the woman that made him feel again was huge. And Gigi ships it, which means so do it. The cherry on top was that they now made up this perfect family with Gigi. They never forgot about Nic, and I’d argue that with Billie around it’s easier to keep her memory alive, but it was bittersweet to see their bliss knowing that Nic got robbed of it, which also speaks to the realities of life itself. It’s cruel and beautiful in the same breath.
Dr. Bell finally passed the torch, and while Conrad was responsible for teaching the best intern at Chastain, Bell was responsible for crafting one of Chastain’s best doctors as Dr. Devi proved she was ready to graduate from resident to attending. Leela always had the skills and the smarts, but she needed that little push to believe in herself, which actually came from AJ Austin and his brilliant metaphor about being fearless like Michael Jordan. Once she “took the shot,” Devi was unstoppable, and Bell felt comfortable leaving Chastain’s most important patient, Gov. Betz (most important because he had the funding to see the hospital), in her hands.
Despite his progressing MS, Bell suited up for the surgery, but unlike so many other times in the past, he wasn’t hiding his diagnosis or the fact that it was interfering with his ability to perform the job. Bell accepted the realities and finally felt comfortable leaning on his team—the best team Atlanta has to offer. And it made me tear up to see how they all rallied around him and extended a helping hand when they realized he was having a flare-up.
It was also a huge moment for Bell to simply accept that he couldn’t fight through this one, no matter how much he wanted to. Bell has been dedicated to getting better for some time, so he took a necessary leave of absence to participate in Devon’s clinical trial, which will hopefully provide him with a full cure. There were a lot of full-circle moments where the mentor became the mentee and, in this case, Bell put his faith completely in Devon. And truly, there’s no better person than Devon, who is passionate about finding a cure with his trial.
Bell handed over the reins—his stethoscope from when he became an attending—to Leela, and while it was already a joyous moment for her, it became the best day of her life when Devon got down on one knee and propped. It’s about damn time, Devon. His love life has been quite a rollercoaster throughout the seasons, but Leela has been his one constant. I want the show to get renewed solely so we can see this wedding!
Bell also had a chat with Dr. Ian, who slightly redeemed himself by coming clean about his addiction prior to Sammie’s surgery and accepted the job again after Kit informed him that she was willing to take the risk to have him back on the staff. It was genuinely important that she highlighted that addiction was a disease and not a moral failing, and while he made some questionable and potentially dangerous decisions, it happened while he was under the influence.
It was nice to see Bell and Ian so transparent about their diseases because, as they pointed out, in many ways, they are alike. They’ve both operated when they shouldn’t have while believing that they have a handle on whatever it is, however, the difference between them both is that Bell has always come from a place of arrogance while Ian’s was motivated by fear. The distinction was important because it shows that different influences can often lead to the same outcome, and Ian shouldn’t be looked down upon while Bell is praised as a hero.
During their talk, Bell seemed to quell any concerns that he’s leaving the show by explaining that while he will be taking some time for himself, and his priority will be Kit and his family, he’s still going to be around to mentor the interns. I can’t think of a better way to have him involved.
Bell could also understand Ian in a way no one else could as they both had a very strong work ethic, with work becoming their reason for existence at one point. Bell could relate because it’s how his life used to be before he met Kit. I think that he might be a solid influence on Ian while also being a person who keeps him accountable and always striving to be better. Of course, Ian has to do the work to remain sober and not fall back into old habits, but I think it’s good that he has people in his corner who believe in him and want to help him.
There was even a happy ending for Cade and Yamada who realized that as two childless adults, the world was their oyster. There were no limits—they could live it up, travel, enjoy each other, and live a carefree life. As amazing as it sounds, I loved that it was juxtaposed with Billie and Conrad’s family moments. No path is better or right—everyone finds what’s truly meant for them, and there’s a reason Cade never fully fit into Conrad’s life.
As for Padma, she got the treatment necessary for postpartum depression, which, as AJ pointed out, can affect anyone, and was on a path to bliss with her newborns. This doesn’t mean there won’t be hard days, but she finally has the tools to be the mom that she wanted to be for her adorable little boys. AJ’s comment that they are that adorable because they look like him was very on-brand for the character. In a way, Padma and AJ needed each other—and their family—more than they even realized. It’s nice to see a series acknowledge that two people who are not romantically involved can be a happy family. A modern family for the win.
The title “All Hands on Deck” wasn’t used lightly as the episode required everyone to be on their A-game to help Betz and Sammie through their rough patches. And they hit quite a few of them.
Betz’s heart transplant was successful, but his body began rejecting it for unknown reasons. It wasn’t lost on me—or Bell—that Betz needed the same procedure as the patient at the helm of the lawsuit that kicked this rivalry into high gear in the first place. Full circle… karma… it was all of it.
Meanwhile, Sammie came in with a collapsed lung that led to an effusion, which gave everyone a scare that her cancer came back. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, and it was actually Gigi (a little Nic) who pointed out the red tongue that led to the Kawasaki diagnosis. They caught it right in time and were able to operate and help the sweet girl.
I wish the series addressed the role Gigi played in saving Sammie, especially as Conrad and Devon went back to the whiteboard a handful of times and couldn’t figure it out!
With Sammie on the mend, Gigi was able to have her birthday party after all, even if it was in a hospital room. All of her favorite people were on hand to celebrate, so she wasn’t even phased. And she has such a heart of gold, she even gave Mr. Giraffe to Sammie to make sure he takes care of her and she doesn’t get sick again. Conrad really lucked out with Gigi because she’s so pure.
As for Betz, he pulled through and made good on his promise to restore the funding to Chastain. The hospital’s services did save his life after all. And the funny thing is that they would have tried equally as hard even without his promise to save the hospital, but it was necessary that he came around and finally saw the benefit of healthcare for all… even if he did cheat his way to the top of the transplant list. Maybe his stone-cold heart was finally warming up. Let’s hope.
What did you think of The Resident Season 6 finale? Did you think they wrapped up all the storylines succinctly? Are you happy that Chastain lives to see another day?
The Resident Review – All the Wiser (6×12)
The Resident Season 6 Episode 12 kicked off the fight for Chastain’s life, which is, unfortunately, tied directly to Gov. Betz.
In the penultimate episode, Betz was forced to rely on Chastain’s finest for help following a helicopter accident.
We already knew Betz was a terrible man after refusing to give Chastain their annual budget and trying to ruin Dr. Bell’s image, but the fact that he made a chopper pilot risk everyone’s life by flying in bad weather sealed the deal.
Thea’s parents made a remark about how terribly Betz treated her while she was employed for him, and because of him, her life was hanging in the balance.
His situation wasn’t any better as he suffered a heart attack while throwing an adult-sized tantrum about how he wanted to be transferred to another “top tier” hospital. It was pathetic. You’d think he’d be more concerned with staying at the hospital that could provide him the best level of care, but that would require Betz to be a decent human being.
However, he began to change his tune when he realized it could work in his favor, so he attempted to strike a deal to get to the top of the transplant list. Apparently, that was the only reason that would persuade him to reconsider restoring the money from the discretionary fund that he initially pulled, which caused staff shortages and depleted resources at other hospitals that had to take on the overflow.
Of course, his offer came with a catch—an eye for an eye, if you will. The money would only be given to them if they promised that they would make his transplant a priority and if he survived the surgery. He couldn’t even do the right thing out of the goodness of his weak heart, which is truly the most telling.
I’m not entirely sure why Betz didn’t go to Kit Voss with the offer, and I’m not sure why AJ and Conrad decided to go above her head when they agreed to the deal, but the important thing is that everyone seemed to be on the same page and in agreement.
When AJ first considered Betz’s offer, Conrad was slightly shocked that he would compromise his integrity to make a deal with the devil. I love that AJ called back to Conrad’s humble beginnings as a renegade doctor who broke all the damn rules, wondering what that guy would have done in this situation. It helped to reframe Conrad’s present-day mindset by showing him that he used to be more willing to take risks if the payout was worth it. While knocking someone else off the transplant list is never ideal, the money that Betz promised could end up saving a lot more lives. ‘Do a little bad for a lot of good” seems like a decent motto to live by.
In a way, they couldn’t risk losing the deal. That’s something I think Kit would’ve understood if they had just presented her with all the facts outright. She’s always made Chastain and the patient’s priority number one—she was even talking to Bell about needing a “parachute” for saving Chastain at the beginning of the episode. It may be a poor choice in light of the tragedy, but it was a fitting analogy nonetheless.
Of course, even though they may have secured a heart for him, the deal still hinges on his survival. You’d think the man would simply be grateful for everything the hospital was doing to save his life. If this is how they treat their enemies, just imagine how good things must be for the everyday patient!
Doing things for the “greater good” was a common theme in the episode as Leela convinced Pravesh to accept Marko’s offer in exchange for more funding for his MS clinical trial, which could be Bell’s saving grace.
I love that Pravesh made the sacrifice for Bell as he definitely didn’t believe in anything Marko was putting down, though I cannot say that I’m into this storyline. I hate to see Pravesh investing so much energy into something that doesn’t bring him joy.
He’s always been such an inspired doctor, and it’s unfortunate that at the end of the day, everything boils down to money.
Billie and Cade teamed up to provide next-level care for Thea, whose expert piloting skills saved a lot of lives, including her own and Gov. Betz’s. No one would have been able to accept an outcome where Thea died and donated her heart to keep Betz’s beating, so it was a relief when she finally woke up following surgery to stop her brain bleed and reduce the swelling.
There’s a lot happening in Billie and Cade’s personal lives, but they never let that get in the way. They were able to put all of that behind them and see each other as talented, skilled, and incredible medical professionals. It would have been so easy for these two women to put each other down and make a hostile work environment, but instead, they were showering each other with compliments. It was sweet.
The “no-hard feelings” attitude seems to stem from the idea that everyone ended up right where they were supposed to be.
Billie and Conrad were thrilled to finally give into their feelings for each other as it felt “right,” while Cade and Takeda found common ground after being “dumped.” And while they promised to keep it casual and not clingy, I think these two are already way more smitten with each other than they’d like to admit.
Also, Irving’s “musical chairs” comment was so perfect and provided a bit of levity during a pretty intense moment in the episode.
Love is messy, baby, what can they say?
Cade’s father, Ian, finally returned to the hospital, but it was a short-lived comeback as he resigned after being faced with the reality of having to come clean about his addiction. He didn’t want the “addiction stigma” to cast a shadow on his incredibly successful career, and while it’s a bummer to see him go—and a huge loss for Chastain—I get where he’s coming from. Ian worked so hard to build up his reputation, and he personally wouldn’t be able to recover if he lost the respect of his peers. I don’t ever want anyone to feel ashamed of their addiction, or even defined by it, but he’s so early in his recovery stages that it makes sense that he wants to keep it private.
The most important thing is that he got the help he needed, kicked the addiction to the curb, and began making amends with himself and Cade.
Speaking of getting necessary help, there was a brief update about Padma, who is doing really well in the treatment facility following her PTSD diagnosis. Leela’s concerns that the feelings will bubble up again once she gets into the swing of motherhood are valid, but hopefully, she’s being given the tools to cope and manage when the time finally comes. It seems as though AJ and Padma have not been in contact, though we’re to believe he’s holding everything down in the interim. It hasn’t been easy for these two, but the truth is—parenthood never really is. There are plenty of ups and downs, and the important thing is that you learn to navigate them, have respect for the person you’re in it with, and have a village around you that you can lean on. It seems as though all those things apply to Padma and AJ.
And finally, leading into the season finale, which will focus on Chastain’s finest coming together to save Sammie, Bell’s granddaughter, who is in town with her dads for Gigi’s birthday. In the final scene, Sammie spiked a high fever and experienced abdominal pain during the flight—and since she’s had quite the medical history, we have our fingers crossed that it’s nothing major.
The two-hour finale was set to air this week with two back-to-back episodes, but FOX decided to split them up and air the final episode of the season on January 17. I can’t say I’m mad as that just means we get one extra week with all of our favorites.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!
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