Knowing that AJ’s mother was going to die didn’t lessen the blow on The Resident Season 5 Episode 19.
As we lived out Carol’s final days, we experienced the same pain, agony, and heartache right along with AJ.
It didn’t help that we knew it was coming. And knowing the signs to look out for — feeling much better, the unexpected talks, and planning a trip — only made it worse.
However, it was nice that AJ had someone on hand to guide him through the process and ensure that he was going to be okay at the end of it.
The hospice nurse was obviously there to help Carol in her final days, but she was also a source of support for AJ, who was going through this big moment alone and needed reassurance.
AJ is a doctor, so he’s programmed to fight till the very end to save a life. Letting go was a foreign concept to him, and it was even harder to convince him to let go of someone that he personally cared about.
Accepting that you cannot control a situation and save someone from death is not an easy feat. He was feeling hopeless.
And yet, it was the only thing AJ could do for her.
Carol was at the end of the road, and she finally accepted it. She needed her son to do the same.
There was something so beautiful about the fact that her death was ordinary. There was no big talk or big moment.
Even though they had the luxury of saying goodbye, Carol died peacefully in her sleep.
And it was beautiful because that’s real life. There are so many times where TV shows exaggerate a death simply because they can, but in this case, the fact that it happened so naturally and quietly was such a reflection of reality.
AJ was there in her final moments, but he didn’t even know when her final moments were as she slipped away from him.
You can anticipate a death and still be utterly and completely destroyed by the moment when it happens.
For AJ, I don’t think the reality ever really sunk in until she was no longer there and the silence crept in.
At that point, AJ realized that he wanted to start a family just as his mother suggested. And he also had the perfect situation fall right into his lap with Padman and Leela.
I know that he made the decision from a place of grief, but I think AJ is level-headed enough to stick by it.
Padma asked him to be the sperm donor that fertilizes Leela’s egg, and he was hesitant on signing off on it until he realized that without his mother, he was completely alone in this world.
When he finally agreed to it, he said there was one stipulation: he wanted to be more than a donor — he wants to be a father.
This likely isn’t what Padma had in mind when she propositioned AJ, but honestly, I hope she takes him up on the offer.
AJ would be a wonderful father, and it’s not exactly an odd situation considering the two of them did have a fling.
Padma has men lining up left and right to father her child.
Of course, when Pravesh suggested that he would be the donor, it was slightly more strange considering he’s dating Leela.
While the child would technically be their DNA, it would belong to Padma, so I understand why Leela shot it down and said it would make all of her relationships, including the one with her sister and the one with him, too complicated.
Though, it definitely raises a concern about where Pravesh is at. Leela is thinking about her career right now, first and foremost, but Pravesh clearly wants to start a family.
Will this break them? Will Leela realize that she also wants to start a family?
Pravesh’s wild suggestion about fathering his girlfriend’s sister’s baby should likely be chalked up to his lack of sleep.
Pravesh, Conrad, and Dr. Bonner teamed up to treat a patient that tested positive for rabies.
And after witnessing that, I’m absolutely certain no one ever wants to get rabies. The poor patient was near death as the virus was spreading before they could even control it.
Whereas AJ’s storyline was about accepting death and letting go of situations beyond your control, Pravesh and Conrad’s lesson was all about never giving up and finding a solution.
The duo ran every hypothetical situation in hopes of treating their patient knowing that time was of the essence. The moment the virus got to the brain, the patient was as good as dead.
In a miraculous feat, they were able to reverse the virus and save the patient after several strenuous days and a lot of effort.
With most rabies patients succumbing to their injury, he was pretty much a walking miracle, which is just a testament to how incredible Pravesh and Conrad are when they work side-by-side.
Elsewhere, Dr. Bell was wreaking havoc on bad doctors in Atlanta, the medical board, and anyone who turned a blind eye to malpractice in order to turn a quick buck.
Bell, who once abused his white coat privileges, decided to burn the whole rigged system to the ground in order to get justice for the patients who were wrong, to hold those who were responsible accountable, and to redeem the turst in the medical system.
And he put his name and reputation on the line to do so.
In the words of Kit Voss… “that’s my man.”
Honestly, I can’t even express how proud I am of how far Bell has come. He’s fighting for the little people — money and reputation be damned.
He didn’t even stop at the medical board, he even fired shots at the governor.
Obviously, his stint won’t sit well with everyone he’s destroyed, but it will hopefully bring about real change.
He tried to go through the proper channels and get everything squared away the right way, but when he was ignored, pushed aside, and silenced, he leaked it to the press knowing that it would be the only way that corruption would ever be exposed and handled.
Now, let’s hope the blowback isn’t too bad on Bell and Chastain in general.
It also seems that now that Bell has MS, he’s throwing caution to the wind and fixing the mistakes of his past.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
The Resident Season Premiere Review – Two Hearts (6×01)
The Resident Season 6 premiere did not waste any time.
All hands were on deck to save Padma and her twins as she was diagnosed with a rare condition called TTTS (twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome). I almost got whiplash from how quickly they went from celebrating healthy twins to Padma needing emergency surgery to save her unborn children, but, as Leela pointed out, that’s life. It comes at you fast—one-minute things and perfect, the next, everything is falling apart. And twin pregnancies often come with additional, unexpected complications.
While Chastain wasn’t exactly equipped to handle this type of fetal procedure, they jury-rigged it when it became clear that the emergency helicopter couldn’t fly out to Orlando’s specialized unit due to inclement weather. I think it may have been in Padma’s best interest because she got the best of the best working to save her life. Not only did Padma’s twins have a few hours left, but she was showing signs of mirroring, which meant that she could’ve died as well. Honestly, it’s because of The Resident that I know about so many possible medical conditions.
Thankfully, the one thing Chastain did have was an expert in the field of fetal medicine, Ian Sullivan, who was eager to take on the surgery and give everyone a front-row ticket to the show. Padma couldn’t have had any more cheerleaders—everyone who was anyone at Chastain was there cheering her on and assisting. In the words of Hamilton, I want to be in the room where it happened!
AJ was told to take a step back and act as a father rather than a surgeon, but when it came down to the wire and Padma’s heart rate began spiking, he had to step in and work his magic. And that’s a perk of having a baby with one of the hospital’s finest and brightest!
Plenty of complications arose during the surgery, which was to be expected, but Ian didn’t even hesitate, proving that he really is the best of the best at this specific procedure. And you’d think that there would be a lot to celebrate since his doctor informed him that his cancer cleared up right before he saved Padma and her twins, and yet, we have to worry about his drug use as all signs seem to point at a drug addiction. How is that going to impact his career? Cade spotted him popping some pills, so she’ll surely bring it up next time, but will she try to cover for her dad knowing the risks? Their relationship was just getting to a good place, I don’t want to see it jeopardized again.
I know that a medical drama requires medical cases + drama, but I wish that they would have just allowed Padma to have a calm pregnancy, at least for a little bit. We’ve seen so many pregnancy situations pan out, can’t it just be okay for once?!
The first few scenes of the episode were beyond terrifying. Why were those creepy children whisper singing “Ring Around the Rosie” like that? Honestly, if I was Gigi, I’d be having nightmares too.
The series has remained committed to showing Conrad as a father despite the fact that he’s constantly in a hospital setting. It helps to humanize him and keeps Nic’s memory alive. Plus, it’s nice to see that doctors also have lives outside of the ER.
Conrad, however, seems to be torn between the two women. When Leela mentioned that Conrad finally has a new love interest, I was convinced she was referring to Billie after seeing how close she was with Conrad while talking about Gigi’s nightmares as they waited for the scans. So color me shocked when he ended up kissing Cade as Billie looked on longingly. And while I thought I didn’t have a stake in this love triangle, turns out, I was rooting for Billie this whole time, much like AJ Austin.
Austin may have been preoccupied with the health of Padma and the babies, but he carved out a little time to give Billie some advice: tell the man you love him! Also, it’s never too late to fight for the love of your life. Oh, AJ, a wise, wise man.
AJ seems to think that Conrad settled for Cade because he didn’t think Billie was interested since she was Nic’s best friend. I hate to call his relationship with Cade settling, however, as they always had a genuine connection, but I don’t think it’s fair that he didn’t know all of his options before making a decision.
And I don’t believe that he’s not picking up what Billie is throwing down. Conrad is perceptive and she all but threw herself at the man as he told her how grateful he was to have her by his side! This is a relationship that needs to be explored at some point… sorry, Cade.
After saving four lives—Padma and the twins and Ciara, the best cook in all of Atlanta—and dealing with two women who are head over heels in love with him, Conrad went home to his main girl. While everyone was suggesting different solutions to help Gigi cope with the night terrors, I love that Conrad kept it simple by taking her outside and showing her that there is beauty in the darkness. The dark is scary, sure, but it doesn’t have to be. Conrad is giving Gigi the tools she needs to succeed all on her own, and it’s absolutely adorable how much that man cares about that little girl. When Gigi asked if he’d stay with her until she fell asleep, he didn’t even hesitate. It’s unclear if Gigi will continue suffering nightmares and if there’s a deeper issue causing them, but for now, I’m content knowing that Conrad will be there for her if she’s ever scared again.
Elsewhere in the episode, Pravesh’s clinical trial got shut down because the sponsor went with another hospital that had better facilities. It definitely seems that the series is going to tap into the financial aspect of running a hospital once again as Kit complained a few times about the lack of resources, while Bell—who was part of the action from far away while undergoing treatment for his MS— suggested they need more funding if they are going to remain a top-notch hospital. And there’s a war brewing between Kit and some new candidate running for mayor, and poised to win, who wants to cut hospital funding.
While Padma’s pregnancy situation took up much of the hour, Chastain’s finest always go to bat for their patients, which included Ciara. All of her symptoms led to a CT that unveiled a mass in her brain. Billie ended up performing the risky surgery and was shocked to find an “egg” near her brain instead of a tumor. Yes, an egg… filled with a parasite from eating undercooked pork. And that, friends, is a reminder to cook your meat thoroughly!!
Not a moment was wasted on The Resident Season 6 premiere. It may just be another day in the ER, but it’s always going to be action-packed when it comes to Chastain!
What did you think of the episode?
The Resident Season Finale – Neon Moon (5×23)
Can I just say how grateful I am that there was a season finale that dished out happy endings all around?
The Resident Season 5 Episode 23 delivered its fair share of heartbreaking moments, but Chastain’s finest came out relatively unscathed at the end of it all.
And some of those distressing moments in the ED actually gave some characters a new outlook on life.
Conrad found his mind wandering to the past, specifically to his first post-baby date with Nic, but he wasn’t entirely sure why.
Wise Winston informed him that he shouldn’t try to push away the memory because it was likely trying to teach him something, and sure enough, it was the pivotal moment Conrad needed to finally allow himself to move on romantically.
Conrad himself admitted to feeling guilty about even pursuing another woman, and it’s understandable. Nic was the love of his life, and she was taken too soon. I don’t think Conrad will ever actually move on from her, but he also deserves love and happiness.
He feels like he owes it to her to stay single forever just to prove how much he loves her, but the truth is, Nic would’ve never wanted it.
We always knew that, but now, after Conrad worked through his memories, he also knows it. She said so herself.
I never knew how much I missed Nic until I saw Emily VanCamp back on my screen. It felt right. It felt like home, which is exactly how Conrad must feel whenever he gets pulled back into one of these memories.
The specific one his brain kept going back to was the first date after they became parents where Nic got jealous after seeing Conrad hug another woman at a bar. I don’t know why Nic would ever think Conrad would be stepping out on her since 1. that isn’t Conrad and 2. jealousy isn’t her look, but let’s blame those baby hormones. Plus, it explains why he feels so guilty about even considering it.
The moment led to an open discussion about death, and though Nic didn’t want to think about it, Conrad informed her that he bought out a life insurance policy in case anything ever happened to him.
He then gave her permission to move on with someone that loved her and Gigi unconditionally. Nic promised to do so only if Conrad vowed to do the same if the tables were turned. It was a gut-wrenching scene to watch simply because you know that this conversation isn’t hypothetical and it’s actually Nic who doesn’t live to see her daughter grow up.
While Conrad didn’t immediately make a decision between the two ladies completely smitten with him — Cade and Billie — (at least not openly), he did acknowledge that he was ready to finally let love in.
Who will his heart settle on? It’s unclear for now, but my money is on Cade.
Billie continues to give me best friend vibes, plus, they haven’t even had any scenes together in a minute. Meanwhile, he’s basically out here helping Cade heal from her shooting, patch up her relationship with her dad, and she even has a connection with Gigi. The woman that loves Conrad as much as he loves her is Cade. There’s no question about it.
Cade and Conrad also have a good groove going. They definitely feel like the same person — Cade is the female version of Conrad.
Even their daddy issues are similar. And Conrad, who has rebuilt his relationship with his father by acknowledging that it was a two-way street and one that needed a little bit of TLC and understanding, is the perfect person to guide Cade through it.
When her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he knew exactly what to say and how to help her navigate.
And while I don’t think Cade and her dad are completely healed, I do think they made a lot of progress, especially as she worried that he might not make it out of the OR.
He’s tough, so he did, and virtually cancer-free. Though, he definitely had help from some incredible doctors, including Bell and Leela, who performed her first Whipple.
Bell isn’t blind, thank god, and the eyesight issues were a temporary MS flare-up. Terrifying? Yes, but not the end of the world or his career. He has a huge cheerleader in his corner with Kit, but Bell is also a realist, so he’s training Leela as his replacement.
Leela took on quite a lot this season as she attempted a double specialty, but she quickly learned that overdoing it wasn’t the key to happiness.
Instead, she figured she was going to be a general surgeon, which would allow her to flex her muscle on a variety of different patients and procedures. It sure does feel like the best of both worlds, but it also frees her up to have a personal life.
And a personal life is much needed if she plans to course-correct her relationship with Pravesh.
Leela didn’t have a change of heart about her stance on children, but she also didn’t shoot down the idea of it in the future either.
And Pravesh, who was leaving Chastain for a position with the research hospital in Baltimore, realized that he wanted to give their relationship another try.
I don’t want Pravesh to give up his dream of having a family, but it’s hard to argue with the logic that he’s giving up on the woman he loves for a hypothetical child.
The realization came to him after a patient ignored his and AJ Austin’s orders to terminate a pregnancy that was putting his wife’s life at risk.
I know that no one ever wants to hear that they have to kill their unborn child to save their wife, but in this case, the options weren’t stacked in Trini’s favor. And it seemed careless to choose the option with the most risk simply to save an unborn child over the wife and mother of your actual child.
The husband’s decision was the one he’ll regret for the rest of his life. The pain of losing an unborn child would’ve been there regardless, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as traumatizing as losing Trini.
Trini deserved better. The doctors would have saved them both if they could, but the options simply weren’t there. Instead of saving one patient, they lost them both.
And honestly, my heart aches the most for the young boy who had no say and watched his mother die in front of him.
I won’t ever understand why someone would willingly do that to their child.
It’s not the same, but as Pravesh explained, Trini would one day be able to have another child. The family could’ve been whole again, but now they will forever have a hole in place of Trini.
But if one good thing came out of it, it was Pravesh and Leela’s reconciliation.
Then there are soon-to-be parents AJ and Padma, who are expecting twins. I’m over the moon about this, and I can’t wait to see AJ in the role of a loveable and gentle father.
All the love in the air was fitting considering everyone was at an engagement party for Kit and Bell.
Say what you want but it finally feels like everyone at Chastain is getting a much-deserved break.
Did you like the season finale? Who will Conrad choose as his romantic partner? Or will it be neither of his co-workers? Marion did make a little appearance there, and Nic sniffed out a crush. Maybe it’s always been Marion!
The Resident Review – The Proof Is in the Pudding (5×22)
Even the best fall down sometimes. That much became evident on The Resident Season 5 Episode 22 when Cade, Ian Sullivan, and Dr. Bell all took a turn for the worse and found themselves doubled over in pain at some point throughout the evening.
Cade was recovering from her near-death experience at the hands of the mob. The good news is that she’s doing much better and is in great hands, mainly Conrad and Gigi’s.
The bad news is that while she’s on bed rest, she’s forced to deal with PTSD and the trauma of her past at the hands of her previously absent father but incredible pediatric surgeon, Dr. Sullivan.
Sullivan is definitely a mixed bag. He’s one of those men that put his career first, which meant that his family fell to second place and wasn’t a priority because it didn’t stroke his ego.
As Cade reveals, she pretty much had to raise herself — the silver lining is that she became all too self-reliant and the badass that walked into Chastain and left a mark on everyone.
And that self-reliance is what lead to her fall when she decided to finally go for a walk for the first time following the shooting by herself. When her legs buckled under her, she hit her head, tore her incision, and laid there in a pool of blood. Brutal.
To no one’s surprise, instead of being by her side, her father was taking a meeting with Kit Voss to talk about potentially accepting a job as a pediatric surgeon.
When Cade got word of his potential plans, she realized that even though he came to save her, he somehow found a way to make the trip all about himself.
Their fight came after a strongly worded between Conrad and Sullivan. And you know it says something when Conrad, an exceptional doctor and father-of-the-year is calling you out.
And yet, I don’t hate Sullivan.
There are plenty of red flags about Sullivan, sure, but he also doesn’t strike me as someone that’s beyond fixing. Bell has come a long way from the corrupt man he once was at the kickstart of the series, and I don’t Sullivan is nearly as bad as that.
Not to mention that adding another ego-driven doctor to the team who is all too aware that he’s god’s gift to mankind could make for some great television. And I’m not opposed to seeing his relationship with Cade pan out either.
Kit acknowledged that Sullivan was an impressive man, but I love that she remained impervious to his charms.
Of course, Dr. Sullivan is also not being very honest about what’s ailing him. At the end of the episode, he doubled over in pain and pretty much fell unconscious on his hotel floor. I’m not a doctor, but I think it’s definitely much more than a pulled muscle.
It’s so funny how some of the best doctors don’t actually know how to take their own medical advice.
I’m sure Sullivan will be alright, but he’s likely going to need a stay at Chastain as a patient rather than the hero.
Kit’s going to have her hands full with Bell, who admitted to pushing himself too hard and causing an MS flare-up that has affected his vision.
It’s definitely a concerning situation, but I’m hoping for the best possible outcome. There needs to be a Kitbell wedding — I’m not letting a disease stop us from getting that epic moment.
Conrad spent much of the episode waiting on Cade and making sure that she had everything she needed.
He pretended that he was simply acting as Cade’s doctor, but it’s obvious that he has it bad for her.
Conrad hasn’t allowed himself to enter a serious relationship with anyone since Nic’s passing, but Cade might be the one who breaks through the wall that he continues building up.
Of course, that’s not ideal for Billie, who just admitted that she has feelings for Conrad.
AJ Austin didn’t even need her to name names because he knew exactly who her heart was pining for. It’s obvious Billie.
But as the saying goes — you snooze, you lose.
The series is obviously trying to build up a love triangle here between Conrad, Billie, and Cade, but honestly, there’s no reason for it.
We haven’t walked the romantic road with Billie and Conrad too far, and I say, leave it be. Conrad and Billie will forever be connected because of their love for Nic, but it doesn’t have to become anything more than a genuine and good friendship.
She can be auntie Billie without being stepmom Billie.
Let’s not mess with this, especially because Billie was Nic’s best friend. It would make sense as a storyline if there was no one else that Conrad had chemistry with, but that’s not the case, so there’s no point in forcing this for the sake of a love triangle.
Though, I did really love the heart-to-heart between AJ and Billie. This isn’t the first time I’ve found myself rooting for them as a couple, but I know it’s not going to happen since he’s having a baby with Padma, so it’s a bummer.
In addition to their heartwarming moment, the two top surgeons worked together on a case of a boy with a rare disease that caused his bones to break.
His mother refused surgery because of the potential risks, but it was almost like a ticking time bomb.
Doing the surgery was risky, but not doing the surgery was riskier. She allowed fear to cloud her judgment, and it almost led to a bigger disaster than had she simply listened to the medical advice of the experts and opted for the surgery.
Marco’s mother didn’t know how to let go. She was what some might call a helicopter parent but for good reason — she was trying to protect her son in the best way she knew how.
Eventually, she had to push all those fears aside and trust that the doctors knew what they were doing, and it allowed for the best possible outcome.
Marco may even have a shot at a normal life one day, which sounds incredible after 15 years of watching his every move.
An overbearing and overcaring mother was an interesting storyline choice to parallel Cade’s complex relationship with her father.
Neither case was ideal because they were both so extreme. There was no middle ground. Marco’s mom didn’t let him live his life, which made him resentful. Meanwhile, Cade knew she could never rely on her father, which forced her to become resentful and independent.
If there was a takeaway here for AJ, it’s how not to parent. But Conrad — role model!
Pravesh spent the episode interviewing for a job. His career is accelerating, which means he’s a wanted man. And it also means Chastain is terrified of losing him.
But what’s Pravesh going to do now? Will he accept the “dream job” offer? Or will he stick around and continue being loyal to the hospital that “made him.”
I don’t think any of his friends gave him the right advice. While Conrad was understanding and told him he’d support him regardless, he also asked him not to break up the team, while Leela pretty much made him think that because Chastain gave him a start, he couldn’t pursue any other avenues.
I know Pravesh will eventually decide to stick around because this is his home and it’s what makes sense for the show, but if this was a real-life situation, I’d encourage him to take the risk and become a director at a new center for rare diseases! Why not? Some people outgrow jobs, and it’s perfectly okay. In fact, it’s normal and healthy to move on to new things while remaining grateful for what once was.
I wish Pravesh’s loved ones would be happy for him and encourage him to follow his heart.
Of course, while chatting with Leela, their relationship also came up, and it’s playing a big role in Pravesh’s decision.
It’s difficult to work with your ex, especially an ex you still love. However, they clearly don’t see eye-to-eye on the idea of starting a family.
I’m almost annoyed that their conversation happened because it only reiterated what we already knew — she doesn’t want kids, and he does. There’s no middle ground or way to make this work if two people aren’t on the same page. Leela used to be one of my favorite characters, but this season has done her no favors. It’s her way or no way, and if that’s how she’s going to carry on, it’s probably best that Pravesh drew the line and called it quits.
What did you think of the episode?
Will Pravesh accept the new job? Is Bell alright? What’s ailing Dr. Sullivan?
Will Conrad get pulled into a love triangle?
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