The writing on The Resident Season 5 Episode 16 was incredible.
Hats off, truly, to the writing staff for making the audience feel a whirlwind of emotions.
There’s not a case that goes by that I don’t find myself personally invested in, and that’s because the doctors at Chastain care so much.
They literally give the job their all. Look at Pravesh who quite literally threw himself in front of a bus to save his suicidal patient, Eliza.
They take on the pain, the worry, the heartache of each patient, and that can be felt through the screen. It’s what differentiates The Resident from every other medical show on television… and trust me, there’s a lot of them.
It’s not an easy task, however, and it takes a toll on the very best of them.
Conrad has gone through his fair share of pain with losing Nic, and yet, he’s always been a boulder showing up day-in-and-day-out with an untapped source of strength.
But seeing the patients he loves and cares about get so close to the edge and not knowing whether or not they can save them finally got to him.
Aaron situation was devastating and heartbreaking but also terrifying because it’s not uncommon. I’ve seen a Lifeline Screening pamphlet pop up in my mailbox many times before, and my mother has definitely gone and taken advantage of their “deals.”
I never thought anything of it, but now I’m seeing that these organizations and so-called doctors prey on the fact that people are uninformed.
Aaron, a perfectly healthy man, agreed to the screening, which resulted in a completely unnecessary procedure that could’ve ended in death.
Thankfully, AJ and Conrad got there in time and found a way to save him, but Aaron will never be the same again.
And the worst part is that the system is so flawed that Pellington, the doctor who committed the fraudulent procedures, will never be held accountable.
How many other Aaron’s are out there in this world? How many of them aren’t lucky enough to have two guardian angels like Conrad and AJ?
It’s deeply disturbing and frustrating.
While these organizations and privately run wellness companies are technically “legal” and untouchable, at the very least, we have shows like this to bring the truth to light.
The Raptor went into full beast mode when he confronted Pellington, and it was one of the best scenes on television to date.
We’ve only seen him like this one other time when he confronted Cain after he came after Mina, but it was a joy to watch both times.
Honestly, if I was Pellington, I’d be terrified and would probably quit my job.
This man tried to tell a triple board cardiothoracic surgeon that he was a “lucky man” for getting a screening so they could put in a cath as a preventative measure.
AJ’s face when he looked at the EKG and informed him that it was “completely normal.”
I don’t think I’ll ever get over the moment.
Dr. Bell also set his sights on bringing about justice for Emily Beseech, a patient who was paralyzed as a result of a doctor’s negligence and malpractice.
When the board refused to listen to Bell and kept telling him to sit on the sidelines, Bell simply accepted the challenge and found new ways to make them listen.
There was a time when Bell might’ve been the doctor that was hurting patients, but he’s made so much progress, and being the superhero (without the spandex) surely suits him much better.
Of course, the ego is harder to get rid of, so when his MS flared-up and his doctor recommended a walking cane, he refused it stating that it was a concession to the disease.
There’s no one more stubborn than a doctor, I’m sure of it. They can dish out advice and treatments, but they’re terrible about taking their own advice.
AJ and Conrad’s team-up was effective on many levels, but it was the sweetest when they showed up with canes of their own to give Bell a nudge in the right direction.
The camaraderie at Chastain is next level.
Pravesh and Sutton had the hard task of finding a treatment to cure Eliza’s treatment resistant depression.
It’s hard to see someone suffer and think that the only way out is suicide, but it’s even worse when you don’t have an out from the suffering.
Pravesh’s suggestion was purely experimental, but since they exhausted all other options, there was nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Eliza went into it without any hopes, but she was pleasantly surprised. After an electrode was placed in her brain, she finally had some mental clarity that allowed her to feel joy.
Honestly, can you imagine living your whole life without ever feeling an ounce of happiness?
What a relief it must have been for her to not feel the dread and constant nagging of sadness closing in on her.
I’m really happy that Eliza’s story got a happy ending, and it was nice to see the series incorporate psychiatry into the mix as it’s so common to have patients in the ER that can benefit from some form of counseling.
Billie also got some closure with Trevor while also entering a new chapter in their relationship. After learning who his father was and thus, finding out why his mother gave him up all those years ago, Trevor got some mental clarity. Mostly, he realized that he only went into medicine in order to become the kind of son that Billie regretted giving up.
Now that he’s aware that she was just a victim and a kid who wasn’t ready to be a parent, he was ready to find a career path that made him happy.
Admittedly, I wasn’t a fan of this storyline when it was first introduced, but Trevor and Billie’s arc grew on me.
And I have goosebumps when she finally acknowledge him as her son. What a beautiful end to the story.
With AJ’s mother gearing up for hospice, I know that some tough episodes are waiting in the wings, but with the support of the Chastain family, we’ll get through this together.
I also love that Nic is still such a huge part of these episodes “all these years later.” As AJ and Conrad noted, there are some holes you can’t fill.
What did you think of the episode?
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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