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The Resident Review – Pravesh and AJ Pursue New Relationships (3×12)

THE RESIDENT: Morris Chestnut and guest star Kearran Giovanni in the "Best Laid Plans" episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Jan. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

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The Resident continues to pick a bone with the American healthcare system.

As Nic and Mina brought their healthcare clinic to rural areas without access to doctors and hospitals (and we’re talking only about 3 hours away from Atlanta), Conrad stopped feeling sorry for himself and put his talents to good use by doing some good ole’ volunteer work.

This right here is why the doctors at Chastain are more valuable than some egotistical, profit-driven goof like Cain who has never helped anyone unless it was self-serving.

Nic and Mina encountered a patient, Bianca, whose VAD battery was running out. She rushed out of the house to get her sister to a free clinic and forgot the spare at home, and it almost cost her her life. Seriously, how many times have we left the house and forgotten something? It’s so real and yet, in this case, a near-death experience.

It’s insane to think that getting your hands on something necessary to keep you alive could be so difficult.

Bianca couldn’t just run to the drugstore and had to make peace with the fact that she was going to die.

She was incredibly calm about the whole ordeal as they pulled over so she could go peacefully under the blue sky and sun.

While we didn’t know Bianca and her sister for long, the moment was heartbreaking as Nic connected it with her sister’s violent death and how she couldn’t do anything to save her either.

But then, miraculously, Bianca didn’t die. Her wit and humor carried the storyline and made us feel connected to it.

All those years relying on the VAD gave Bianca’s heart time to heal and restore. Still, she wasn’t out of the woods as the VAD was now causing a blood-clot and needed to be removed by the Okafor-Austin dynamic duo.

Speaking of Okafor-Austin, can Mina just accept her feelings for him already?

AJ loves her, he let his feelings be known by telling her that she would be his “one-hour” person and hoped that she’d return the feelings.

Instead, Mina friend-zoned him, again. Her reasoning does make sense as she explained that this is the most important friendship in her life, which could get ruined by making things romantic.

But as a doctor who sees up-close how fleeting a moment can be and how short life is, Mina should grab the opportunity before it’s gone.

And it will be gone because AJ is a catch.

He’s kind, confident, and most of all, respectful. He has never once crossed a line with Mina even when he was professing his feelings for her and probably wanted to just grab her and kiss her.

With the way this storyline is shaping up, Mina is going to realize her feelings when AJ’s has moved on (physically not emotionally) with Andrea.

After meeting Andrea and seeing that there was some potential, he gave Mina the chance to snatch him up, and she didn’t.

I can’t blame AJ for giving Andrea a call; he deserves to be loved in return.

His call to Andrea came at the right moment as she was being “Barrett Cained.”

That’s a phrase we should all just adopt for moments where Cain thinks he can manipulate someone into falling in line and doing what he wants. It happens nearly every single episode.

Though it hasn’t been working so well for him in the hospital setting with his staff and it doesn’t seem to be working for his love life either.

He asked Andrea out under the pretenses that there would be an investor there for her company and then tried to woo her with lavish and expensive things. He’s clearly not good at reading people.

Andrea was disgusted by the whole idea, especially because she can see right through Cain. The way he weaseled his way into her business and how he tried to trash talk Bell in order to promote himself.

The most enjoyable part of the episode was that Cain’s ego was bruised not once but twice.

The first time was when a fan asked him to take a photo of her and Bell, and the second was when Andrea left the date because a “patient with a sick cat” called.

Two epic moments that wiped that smug look right off of his face. Could this be the start of Cain’s demise? I sure hope so!

Conrad’s search and rescue volunteer work was cut short when Nic’s father called about a towed truck.

He then responded to a concerning call from an MS patient, Archer, who was ready to take his life because of sky-high medical bills tacked on by Chastain.

The fact that someone thinks suicide is their “get out of medical debt” card is upsetting.

Conrad arrived on the scene in the knick of time to stop Archer from overdosing on pills.

And though Kyle couldn’t get to the gun fast enough, his intervention helped save Archer’s life.

Unfortunately, Kyle didn’t feel heroic at all and the moment only tacked onto his negative outlook on life and his self-worth.

The way he explained what Archer must have been going through to the wife was especially concerning to Conrad because Kyle seemed to understand the mindset of someone contemplating suicide.

By the end of the episode, I was terrified that we’d hear a gunshot go off as we got an aerial view of Kyle’s car.

Thankfully, he didn’t and teasers for next week reveal that Nic intervenes and tries to stop her father. Will she succeed? Let’s hope so.

Most of the storylines carried a deeply emotional weight, but Pravesh’s reunion with Nadine was a fun segway from the heaviness.

She didn’t necessarily need medical attention, but she came to the ER because she wanted to see Pravesh again.

Her whole life has been controlled and Pravesh is the one who allows her to just be a person rather than a princess.

I’m very much shipping this couple, although, it is risky to get involved with a patient, especially one of such a high caliber. Red Rock Medical is always watching and ready to swoop in and destroy the good doctor’s who value patient life over profit.

Pravesh needs to be careful.

And then there was a Smurf-looking patient that was treated by Pravesh and his intern Ezra. The storyline wasn’t necessary, but it was a fun distraction and allowed the audience to get to know Ezra a little bit. Turns out, he has crippling OCD, which is what has influenced his decision to become an anesthesiologist. Something tells me that spending time with Pravesh in the ER will likely change his mind. He’s already proving to him that you can turn what once used to be considered flaws into a superpower in the field.

Mina may not have been ready to pursue a romantic relationship with AJ (and aside from the fear of ruining a friendship, it could be because of how hurt she was from her last relationship), but the good news is that Adaku woke up and is on her way to recovering. Mina made a wonderful interim-mom and proved that she took the godmother title seriously, which is exactly where she belongs.

It’ll be great to see Mina with the baby once in a while, but Adaku’s return means that a baby storyline no longer sidelines Mina’s opportunities for character development and growth!

What did you think of the episode?

Will AJ and Andrea hit it off? Will it make Mina jealous and regret that she turned him down?

What does Cain have up his sleeve next?

When will Conrad start fighting back against Red Rock?

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The Resident Review – The New Public Chastain (4×06)

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The Resident Review Requiems & Revivals” Season 4 Episode 6

It’s a new day at Chastain.

The hospital lives to see another day on The Resident Season 4 Episode 6, which is exciting for everyone, but working at a public hospital also comes with a bit of a learning curve. 

For starters, they’ve downgraded in terms of equipment, and secondly, they have an influx of patients and a lot less money to care for them.

And the staff? Well, they’re losing people, particularly good surgeons, by the minute.

While all of this looks pretty bleak, it does reveal everyone’s true motivations. It’s a natural way of weeding out those doctors and surgeons that put profits over patients (just like Red Rock did).

The regulars like Pravesh, Kit, Bell, and AJ are all willing to do whatever it takes to help as many patients as possible without sacrificing the quality of care. 

It’s a tall order but one they’re determined to fulfill. This is especially true for Pravesh, whose father died because of an understaffed public hospital. 

Pravesh views this as his opportunity to right the wrongs and help patients just like his father. 

He does so by overriding Feldman’s discharge of an elderly couple. He believes the man has been misdiagnosed, but Feldman discharges him in after his burn has been treated in order to see the other patients. 

Thankfully, Pravesh turns out to be right and proves that sometimes it’s necessary to take some extra time with a patient. He saved this man’s life with a simple spinal tap — a man who would have otherwise seen a decline in the quality of life because he thought he had Alzheimer’s.

Feldman admitted that Pravesh was right and they need to find a balance when it comes to handling patients, while Pravesh realized that this new chapter for Chastain allowed him to see patients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford his medical care. 

The pay may not be as high, but the work is more rewarding than ever as it allows him to honor his late father. 

Nic’s not entirely out of the woods after being stabbed by a rogue patient on The Resident Season 4 Episode 5

Her physical recovery is going well, but her mental health has taken a toll as she suffers from PTSD and night terrors. And who could blame her?

Nic went through a traumatic event. That compounded with her first miscarriage has made her super cautious. It’s a stressful situation as something can go wrong at every turn. Thankfully, she’s got some great people around her that have her best interest at heart, including Billie Sutton.

Sutton is Nic’s friend, Conrad’s foe, and a woman who has clearly made a name for herself at Chastain.

It’s difficult to introduce a character that everyone in the hospital is familiar with but the audience isn’t. 

The Resident does a great job at explaining what went down between Conrad and Billie – a former resident who cut unsupervised and nearly killed a patient – and the two actors sell the tension between each other.

But again, it’s hard for audiences to resent Billie the way others do because we quite literally just met the chick.

The Resident Review Requiems & Revivals” Season 4 Episode 6

THE RESIDENT: Matt Czuchry in the “Requiems & Revivals” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

Despite making quite an entrance by cutting off Pravesh in the parking lot, which was definitely ego-driven, Billie seems to have a grasp on her life and even explains to Nic that she’s been working through her issues. 

By the end of the episode, she makes amends with Conrad, apologizes for her behavior, and explains that she understands why he reported her. 

The two of them even team-up to figure out why Nic’s blood pressure is rising. From the little time we do get to spend with Billie, it’s clear that she and Conrad are so much alike that butting heads was unavoidable.

And when all is said and done, Nic comes out on top. Conrad will do anything for his girl, so he even asked Billie to stick around and help take care of Nic during her recovery. Eventually, I think Conrad will vouch for Billie and get her re-hired at Chastain. Everyone deserves a second chance, right?

For now, it’s so good to see our girls back at home! Nic and Conrad’s little girl has already gone through so much — she’s such a survivor. Does anyone else think they’re going to name her Jessie after Nic’s sister?

The search for Chastain’s next CEO was on, and well, could it have gone to a better person?

Kit has always been undervalued, but the way she stood up for herself during that meeting and called them all out for not interviewing any women was bold!

And then, she proved her worth simply by getting the job done!

Chastain couldn’t be in better hands. There’s never been an instance where Kit has lost her cool or allowed the pressure to get to her. She’s a great orthopedic surgeon who has been fighting tooth and nail not only for her patients but also for Chastain every step of the way.

Now, can she and Bell get together already?

With grade-A surgeons dropping left and right for higher-paying gigs, Kit and Bell were scrambling to find a surgeon to perform a hand transplant for a young baseball-loving boy named Andy.

With a time crunch before the kid lost his place in line and the match went to another person in need, Bell called up his former stepson, Jake, to see if he’d perform the surgery. 

We knew that the series would eventually go down this path, but it’s hard to deny the fact that Jake fit in really well with the team. His excellence and talents were on par with Chastain’s greatest surgeons like Kit and AJ. 

It’s not surprising the hospital offered him a job on the spot. They may be a public hospital, but they have some great assets on their staff that sets it apart from other hospitals in Atlanta. 

Things may still be a bit tense and awkward between Bell and Jake, but at least working together will allow them to restore some balance to their fraught relationship. 

The only downside of this episode is that Mina wasn’t in it. I know, she was meeting with immigration lawyers, which means down the line, we’ll get some great storylines with her, but it was a sad hour without her witty humor and snarky remarks!

What did you think of the episode? It was definitely not as emotional and high-stakes as last week, but it’s nice to see things return to normal… or, at least, the new normal.


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The Resident Review – Do Nic and Chastain Survive? (4×05)

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The Resident Promo - Home Before Dark (4x05)

 
It was a dark day at Chastain. 
 
The hospital’s best and brightest took a hit on The Resident Season 4 Episode 5.
 
In the most intense episode to date, Chastain’s employees were not only facing the loss of their home and jobs, but they were also threatened with the possibility of losing each other after Nic was brutally stabbed by a man seeking treatment at the recently-closed ER.
 
The Resident provides some of the most exceptional television. It’s a well-written, well-executed medical drama that knows how to pull on your heartstrings even when it shakes up the format. 
 
Instead of the case-of-the-week formula, the episode made it personal and revolved around the doctors who have made Chastain such a great hospital and asset to Atlanta. 
 
As they rallied to save Nic and the baby, she was given some of the best care under the worst of circumstances considering Red Rock wasted absolutely no time shutting things down and selling off equipment. 
 
But in the worst of times and with a shortage of supplies, the doctors proved that their expertise knows no bounds. The talent is real and raw. No one gave up on Nic; everyone played a critical part in saving her life and ensuring that her baby survived the attack. 
 
It was uncertain if Nic would make it through the hour. While it was very unlikely that the series would kill off one of the main characters, they still managed to find to keep the suspense up. Would Nic survive? Sure. But would the baby? Would there be neurological side-effects? It was all up in the air. 
 
Matt Czuchry delivered some of his best work. The shot of him watching over her as the doctors operated was so powerful. He was helpless, which is the worst position for a doctor, husband, and expectant father.
 
As Nic’s life hung in the balance, so did his whole world. 
 
I hate when shows mess with pregnancy storylines for the sake of drama, but this was storyline was exceptionally well crafted and completely unpredictable.
 
Seeing Conrad unravel was one thing, but it was heartbreaking to see the rest of the staff and family crumble. 
 
Nic’s father, who didn’t even know she was pregnant yet, collapsed to the ground once he found out he could lose his whole world, especially since he lost his other daughter not too long ago. 
 
Mina felt a sense of responsibility for what happened since Nic stepped in to de-escalate the situation, but it helped AJ Austin realize that he would go to Boston and try to find a job so he never had to be without her. 
 
Thankfully, Nic pulled through and so did her baby! She’s a fighter just like her mama. But she doesn’t seem to be out of the woods just yet as teasers for next week’s episode show that something is wrong with the baby. Can we please let #Conic just have a moment of bliss?
The Resident Promo - Home Before Dark (4x05)

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Glenn Morshower and Matt Czuchry in the “Home Before Dark” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

 
If the baby survives, do you think they’ll name her Sara after Sunshine Sara?
 
The good thing about the dark is that it’s always followed by the light, and Nic’s recovery was a turning point. 
 
As Conrad didn’t give up on his wife and baby momma, Bell and Marshall didn’t give up on Chastain. 
 
When they couldn’t find any ICU beds for Nic, they realized just how vital Chastain was to the community and the resolution was quite impressive and sets the series on a brand new track. 
 
Nichelle, the governor and former Chastain patient, agreed to buy the hospital from Red Rock and make it a public hospital that’s run by the doctors. With all the legal battles that Chastain and its employees have fought, this is the light at the end of the tunnel. 
 
Being in charge of the hospital means that they can prioritize patient care without always being pushed and prompted by dollar signs. Chastain got a second chance and it may now become a leader in modern healthcare. It’s an exciting new chapter. 
 
Again, the threat of Chastain shutting down was never realistic because no Chastain means no show, but it was deeply concerning for a second as there didn’t seem to be an actual solution on the table.
 
And if it didn’t hit hard enough with the employees mourning the loss of Chastain, the writers pulled at your heartstrings with Henry, a dying patient who was removed from the heart transplant list because of the risk associated with his age.
 
As he packed up his things and said goodbye to the place he called home for six years, it was proof that it wasn’t just employees who called Chastain home. So many people relied on Chastain, which was yet another incentive to go the extra mile to save it. 
 
Barret Cain may not be able to speak or breathe on his own, but don’t count him out just yet. He suggested a radical idea that not only saved Henry’s life but also gave him plenty of additional years.
 
And this just proves that Cain, despite his inflated ego, is one hell of a doctor.
 
However, that isn’t to say he isn’t getting his own dose of karma. After being moved to Atlanta General, Cain realized just how important Chastain’s level of healthcare really is. 
 
Being rolled into a room that was overflowing with patients and beds was a dose of his own medicine. 
 
Maybe this will be his wakeup call? Also, how telling was it that once he was no longer a money-making asset for Red Rock, they completely turned their back on him. No one from the company cared what happened to him anymore.
 
Though it looked grim for a second, it was a huge win for Chastain, which proves that having your priorities in order ensures longevity. Profits are temporary, being a good human is forever. 
 
Hats off to The Resident for delivering an exceptional hour of television. 
 
Let us know what you thought about the episode in the comments below! 
 


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The Resident Review – Babies, Proposals, and Immigration (4×04)

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The Resident Review Moving on and Mother Hens season 4 episode 4

It was another stellar hour of The Resident, but sadly, our time at Chastain could be coming to an end.

That is if Red Rock’s sale of Chastain (to turn it into more overpriced luxury condos) goes through.

Isn’t it frustrating how the world prioritizes turning a profit and disregards the good work that is happening right inside this glorious lobby?

When Bell mentioned that Red Rock offered him the CEO gig, I was genuinely excited. Bell wasn’t perfect, but Chastain did well under his leadership as he’s a person with medical experience in the top role. 

And as Kit pointed out, he would have a say in who gets hired and what gets prioritized. We all knew Bell’s plastic surgeon son, Jake, would somehow play into the overall narrative, and while I was initially against the storyline, this would have been an interesting way to rope him in. 

I don’t think that bridge has been burned yet, but Bell, Kit, and the rest of the team will need to find a very compelling reason to either encourage Red Rock not to sell or find a buyer willing to offer more to save the hospital. 

Without Chastain, there wouldn’t be a show, so we know something will eventually work in their favor, but sadly, the previews paint a very somber reality as everything is boxed up and ready for departure. Those moving trucks wasted absolutely no time! 

The episode threw me off with Fiona’s case. When she asked for a job, it seemed as though maybe she was a super fan who was going to become his assistant once he took on the CEO gig, but then she tried to come onto him, which was all types of awkward.

And when Bell rejected her advances, she started barking/growling at him. 

Honestly, the whole thing was random, unnecessary, and made me feel so uncomfortable even after she was diagnosed with a rare tumor that was affecting her behavior. Let’s never do that again! 

Conrad and Devon took on a mother-and-daughter duo, which mirrored some of what Devon was feeling about his own mother’s arrival in town. 

Trinity and Devon were both in a state of denial. Devon, specifically, lied to his friends that he was fine, but I’m glad he has a good group surrounding him. 

It was looking iffy there for a moment for Devon, especially when he was trying to get pills from Nic on the down-low, but thankfully, Conrad never gave up on him. Despite Devon’s constant pushback, he was adamant about offering advice and encouraged him to seek help. 

The Resident Review Moving on and Mother Hens season 4 episode 4

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Manish Dayal and Emily VanCamp in the “Moving On and Mother Hens” THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

I love it when a case informs and connects to a character’s specific solution.

Trinity, whose fainting spells and falls were a result of a rare genetic condition, was so “over” living with her mom after spending so much time with her in quarantine, but when her mother fainted and had a heart attack, she wanted nothing more than to be there for her. 

When Devon pointed out that sometimes mothers can sense something is wrong before you’re able to, he realized that he was being unfair and rude to his mother, who was just trying her best to be there for him and support him. 

And while she was in town to check in on him, she also needed someone to help her get through this grieving process. They needed each other. 

Instead of pushing everyone away, Devon needed to just take the time to heal and work through the sadness. 

Seeing him make the effort and embrace the help from his mother made for one heartwarming scene. Plus, it made him realize that he should cherish the one parent he still has left. 

And maybe his mother can hold off on trying to set him up for now because Devon really just needs to focus on himself for a bit. There’s been enough trauma in his life. 

Who else was caught off by Mina’s proposal to AJ? A #Minator wedding is a dream come true, but it’s way too soon. AJ is a stand-up guy for agreeing to such a big favor for Mina, but as we know, he’d do anything for her because he loves her. 

However, it wasn’t exactly fair for their relationship. Maybe it would have worked out because Mina did have a point when she said every marriage is simply figuring out if they want to be married while being married.

Mina and AJ are good friends, so they have a good foundation, but they are just beginning to explore the romantic aspect. Jumping the gun, even for such a solid reason, puts all of that in jeopardy. And this is far too precious to risk. 

Thankfully, Nic helped put it into perspective for Mina; she helped her understand that for AJ, a wedding would be very real, and if she wasn’t entirely on-board with that, then it wasn’t a fair ask and it was bound to sabotage their relationship.

And, of course, there’s the fact that a quickie, last-minute wedding after her visa was denied would raise red flags. With matters of immigration, marriage isn’t a full-on fix and would require them to jump through hoops, prove that their love is real, and might not even work in the end. 

Not to mention it runs the risk of Mina getting deported for good if they think that she’s trying to game the system. 

It’s unclear what Mina’s options are, and truthfully, I don’t have the knowledge here when it comes to visas, but I would think there could be a workaround if Chastain proves that Mina is a valuable asset and has saved countless lives! 

The whole “marriage” thing aside, how cute was the moment between AJ and Mina when they exchanged “I love you’s”?

Given Nic’s previous miscarriage, it’s valid that she wanted to keep her pregnancy hush-hush until she was certain it was in the clear. There’s also something so special and intimate about just the two of them knowing. 

However, once they did the ultrasound and found out that their baby girl is healthy, it seemed like a good time to inform all their colleagues. 

After all, Mina already figured it out! 

Conrad is absolutely adorable as an excited father-to-be. His cheesiness beams from the TV screen. Sadly, since The Resident showrunners warned that Nic’s pregnancy would be put in danger, it was hard to get excited and happy since you kept waiting for the other foot to drop. 

And according to the trailer, it does next week. 

On the “last day” of Chastain’s operation, a deranged patient comes in and stabs Nic in the back. The promo is hard to stomach as she lays there bleeding out while Conrad rushes to her side. 

Hopefully, the good news is that the baby is fine and both of them will recover. TV shows have a tendency of putting pregnancies in jeopardy for the sake of drama, but considering the previous miscarriage, would it kill them to allow a moment of bliss for our love birds?

An episode jam-packed with action, it didn’t have any room to squeeze in any mention or updates on Cain’s situation. I guess we should just assume that there hasn’t been a change in his state.

What did you think of the episode? 

Let us know in the comments below.


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