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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 – Did Dr. Bell Take the Blame for the 3B Life Supplement Poisoning? (3×15)

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Another The Resident episode, another terrible Dr. Cain sighting.

He may have been put in his place by Logan Kim on the previous episode, but all of that seems to be in the past as Cain’s ego takes precedence over patient care and preparedness during the unveiling of the Cain Neurological Institute.

Getting your own hospital wing is a prestigious honor that is given to those who deserve it and comes with great responsibility, which Cain ignored to prioritize his donors.

This isn’t the first time Cain has gone into surgery and disregarded valid concerns from his staff and nurses.

The argument that someone “didn’t die” doesn’t negate that they could have. He should have listened to Nic and waited until they were ready to perform the surgery.

Nic’s point was valid — they perform incredibly risky procedures on a daily basis where the odds are stacked against them, and being prepared can make a life or death a difference. They owe that much to the patients.

There are so many issues with Cain’s character, but the most frustrating has to be how he belittles nurses and makes them feel less than.

Those are the people you want on your good side — they support you, help you, and lift you up — you don’t want to make an enemy of them. Also, it’s hilarious that he truly believes that Nic, who chose a profession that barely gives her any recognition, would care about having her name on a building. Cain, not everyone is as selfish as you are.

But enough about Cain, let’s focus on Dr. Bell’s glow-up because it is one of the best on television.

As Bell grappled with the realization that his 3B Life supplements may have been poisoning and killing people, Pravesh questioned what it would take for Bell to revert back to his old ways to save himself.

While it seemed like Pravesh was still thinking of the Bell from back in the day, it was a fair question considering some people never change.

But Bell did.

And he proved that he’s above his old ways when he was presented with the opportunity to throw his business partner under the bus and refused.

Bell backed Andrea early on when the situation was first brought up and he was ready to taint his name if the product turned out to be dangerous to consumers because “it was his responsibility.”

Every time I watch The Resident, I think how the writers are to have been able to transform Bell’s character from the villain to a champion of the people who wants to be better and do better.

The conclusion of the 3B Life story-arc was necessary as it was pointless to drag it out any longer, and it was surprising that there was no foul play involved with their products. We all considered that Cain was somehow involved, didn’t we?

Instead, Conrad and Pravesh determined in the knick-of-time that the illnesses and deaths were related to a pesticide shipped on clothing from a boutique advertised on the same shopping network.

The storyline almost makes you want to stop online shopping… almost.

Conrad seems to have a knack at getting to the bottom of unsolvable cases and “seeing what others don’t,” a quality that Bell has learned to admire instead of chastise. See, isn’t it so nice when everyone works together on the same team?

Bell’s on such a positive trajectory, he’s about to become the new Dr. Oz after being offered an opportunity to take over the Dr. Pierce Show following his retirement.

While Bell never imagined a life outside of the OR and Chastain, he’s clearly been very flexible as to his career moves. He’s also a natural on TV and not one to shy away from the spotlight.

A gig like this could bring much-needed exposure to Chastain and the good work they’re doing. But, it also struck me when Pierce told Bell he could “restructure” the show in a way he wanted to that Bell could use this platform to expose Red Rock for the greedy, money-over-patients company that it is.

Bell said he’d think about accepting the gig, and I think he just might after he got deeply personal with Conrad and acknowledged his past for the first time.

He admitted that he always wanted to be as respected as his father, a man that people trusted, and now, he was working towards that. Being in public in front of thousands of people who trust and respect him could be the next step that he needs to take.

It was an enlightening moment as we’ve never heard Bell speak so fondly of his father before, and it gave us a deeper look at who Bell is when he’s not a surgeon.

Torres is an exciting addition to Chastain, but will his romance with Mina bloom?

Mina pursued him and suggested a date after coming to terms with AJ and Andrea’s romance.

AJ gave Torres his blessing after shutting down any notion that he and Mina were more than friends and allowed them to have some alone time.

And while it’s sweet that these two are so supportive of each other’s love lives, they’re very clearly just avoiding the inevitable; those feelings are bound to bubble up.

Things between AJ and Andrea and Mina and Torres could be fine, but they won’t be “it” and sooner or later, they’ll have to acknowledge those feelings.

Even Torres saw the sparks that we see with Mina and AJ.

The Resident is taking a brief hiatus before returning in March with the episode we’ve all been waiting for — the Conic proposal!

From the promo, it looks like Conrad isn’t the only one ready to pop the question as Nic also suggests getting engaged. But I have to ask if any of my Gilmore Girls fans saw the nod to the series with the gazebo in the background. It could just be a coincidence, but I’m not one that believes in them.

I’m ready for a wedding, y’all. I have my dress picked out and everything.

Other Noteworthy Moments from Chastain 

  • Annie is a recurring character that offers some relief from the new-case-of-the-week formula of the series. Not only did she survive the explosion, but she also beat cancer and now, so did her foster daughter, Lucy. Chastain has been good to Annie. The scene with Lucy singing while getting her brain tumor removed gave me chills.
  • At first, the case-of-the-week featuring two bickering roommates that were both waiting for a heart transplant didn’t seem like it would give you the fuzzy’s, but The Resident knows how to pull one over on you to make you feel the feels and really connect with the patients even if for a little while. Each patient leaves a lasting impression on audiences in a similar way they do on doctor’s. If you’re familiar with the show, you knew one of them would die and the other would donate the heart, but it was still heartbreaking when it happened. Though, shouldn’t there be a button that warns them when a heart recipient has a stroke?
  • I found it odd that Bell was promoting the supplements when on the previous episode when they were potentially making people sick. I guess they tried to explain it by saying Andrea had the lab tested, but it was still incredibly risky knowing that they might have to issue a recall. If Conrad hadn’t figured it out, Bell would have made himself look incredibly stupid.

This is the first time The Resident ended on a high note — no cliffhanger, not dramatic death, no emotional moment. The end saw three friends, Nic, Conrad, and Pravesh, gathering to eat pizza and laugh together after a day of saving lives.

It’s a nice change of pace to remind us that not every day is extremely difficult or filled with suffering. And sometimes, you just have to embrace the small moments.

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The Resident Review – Is This The Beginning of the End for Cain? (3×14)

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The residents of Chastain took on some high-risk surgeries and proved that they are worthy of the title “best in the healthcare biz.”

Three seemingly innocent patients at the ER turned into much bigger cases and started the downfall of 3B, Bell and Andrea’s lucrative supplements brand. After the astronomically high projections and the metaphorical champagne popping, it was only a matter of time before something fudged up. Though, admittedly, I didn’t expect it to be this fast or this dire.

But when the unrelated patients all began displaying symptoms caused by a rare poison, there was cause for concern.

A thorough Q+A conducted by Pravesh and Irving revealed they all had one thing in common: the supplements.

Bell wasn’t interested in jumping to immediate conclusions since it affected his profits and investments. However, a stern talking from Pravesh convinced him to do the right thing. Oh, how the parent has become the child and vice-versa. Bell’s doctors and staff have kept him in check since day one, though, it used to be more of a tussle. These days, Bell just needs a little reminder of what the right thing is and a push in that direction.

Bell informed the team, including Cain and another investor, who both expectedly panicked and tried to wash their hands of everything before more cases became known and they were liable. Isn’t it sick how companies can just declare bankruptcy and refuse responsibility for the hurt they’ve caused? The behavior was typical from Cain.

Andrea promised them that it wasn’t her formula, but the “go team, we’re in this together” environment that we saw early in the episode when things were going well was gone now that their bottom line was being threatened.

While Cain’s reaction was expected (and he deserves to go down with the ship more than anyone), Bell surprised us by offering to buy the other investors out and be personally responsible for what’s to come.

Now, even he admitted that the decision is either incredibly stupid or incredibly savvy depending on how this unfolds. It’s extremely comforting to know that Bell is honoring his promise and standing by Andrea’s side — he may have initially entered into this deal for profits but he actually believes in what he is selling.

The upcoming teaser reveals that the situation gets worse with more sick patients and one who has died, but I think Bell and Andrea are going to come out on top. They’re both doctors who try to help people and have no malicious intent.

If they are making people sick, they’ll gladly be held accountable. But if they aren’t, let those big bucks roll in with Cain no longer in the picture.

There is also something to be said about Cain’s involvement. Not that he would want to jeopardize his own business, but things began going south when he got involved. Andrea’s formula could be fine, and the contamination may be happening at the factor or during the packaging process. Personally, I wouldn’t put anything past Cain. He’s so conniving that he could very well have done this just to see Bell get hurt.

What started out as a light day for Conrad turned into him wracking his brain with what could be making his patient gravely ill. He ran all the diagnostics and nothing showed up, which gave Cain the perfect platform to taunt him as a failed doctor who puts patients at risk.

But Conrad came through for his patient diagnosing a rare condition via his pee. Truly impressive stuff from our resident doc! Sorry, Cain, what were you saying? Oh yah, Conrad is a damn genius who cares about his patient and is back in his element. And this time, he won’t get blindsided.

Conrad’s diagnosis shut Cain up long enough for them to work side by side, and surprisingly when Cain stopped his ego from running rampant to mask his insecurities, he was able to make great progress with his colleagues.

The end of Cain is beginning, and it seems to have blindsided him completely. He thought the partnership he and Logan established was going to protect him, but after he went to Kim complaining about Conrad’s reinstatement, Kim reminded him that no one is invincible. It was a humbling reminder for Cain, but Kim should take his own advice, too. The good guys always win one way or the other.

Cain is now feeling what it’s like to be on the other side at Chastain. With his profits down, he is no longer the goose with the golden egg and that means his position is threatened. For the audience, it is quite enjoyable to see him rattled and getting dished back what he dishes to others including top-notch docs like Conrad, AJ, and Bell.

Cain’s arc can go one of two ways: he can either do Bell-sized transformation and join the good guys (there’s safety in numbers) or he can watch Red Rock snuff him out the way he helped them snuff out Conrad. Though, unlike Conrad, Cain is running out of lives.

With such a dramatic and heavy day at Chastian, it was comforting to see Conrad retreat home where a sick yet loving Nic awaited. Their chat about spending time apart is what makes them such a secure and sweet couple, finally. They have arrived at a place where they are both on the same page about their feelings for each other. It’s only a matter of time before he musters up the courage to pop the question. Things are going well and hopefully, nothing changes unless it’s for the better. The audience is ready for a CoNic wedding!

As for Mina and AJ, she did him a solid by talking him up to Andrea. She knew it was the right thing to do because saying anything other than compassionate, protective, and smart would be a lie. But as Mina pushes Andrea and AJ together, she’s going to realize what she let go of and missed out on.

I don’t want this to turn into a love triangle because both Mina and AJ are grown adults who are above that kind of storyline, but they will eventually be drawn together and Andrea will get pushed out. She doesn’t stand a chance as AJ and Mina as cosmically fated. Until then, though, I’m enjoying Mina crashing the party without even realizing it.

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Are you ready for a CoNic wedding? Are Bell and Andrea’s supplements to blame?

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The Resident Review – Conrad’s Back, Baby! (3×13)

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Conrad Hawkins may have felt slightly defeated, but his comeback is one for the ages on The Resident.

It felt good for the audience to see Conrad walk into Logan Kim’s office and gloat, so I cannot imagine how glorious Conrad must have felt.

In one fell swoop, he got back into Chastain as Chief Resident, Kim off his back, and became the team physician. Get it, Conrad.

Watching Logan Kim squirm and not be able to say “I’ll sue you,” – his go-to statement, at this point – was the icing on the cake.

Conrad 1 – Kim (and Red Rock) 0

Conrad’s talents are undeniable, but it’s his dedication to his patients that needs to be acknowledged.

Despite being fired and not getting any money for helping, he never let any of his patients down; he was there for them, he was invested, and he’s the sole reason why they were able to diagnose and help Dax, the star player.

Dax’s mysterious injury brought Bell, AJ, and Conrad together in such an entertaining way. The quips from Bell about having an “acquired taste” to Conrad’s medical moments was genius. You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone, and Bell, who has evolved drastically as a character as he went from villain to a part of the team, is seeing how much Chastain truly needs a man like Conrad around. Though, it’s unlikely Conrad is the only one on that team that would be able to figure out this diagnosis (maybe everyone else was just busy?).

The second-best moment goes to Bell and AJ realizing that despite being two of the best at Chastain, they needed Conrad’s help cracking this one, and then spent some time hyping each other up with rounds of compliments. Can it be that this is suddenly my new favorite pairing on the series? Sorry, Mina, you have some competition.

The offer from Landry to got Conrad back on his feet was deserved, but it almost felt like an easy way out. Granted, the show would run out of ways to incorporate Conrad into the fabric of the series if he stayed away from Chastain for too long. Conrad working with patients that get brought into the ER for treatment can only work for so long before it starts being weird.

However, the way Pravesh was hyping Conrad up as a man who “thinks outside the box” and makes his own success warranted a storyline where Conrad really stuck it to Red Rock, Kim, and  Cain. Technically, he did by listing his demands and not taking no for an answer, and he’ll continue to block them and irritate them at every turn upon his return, but it still felt like this should have stretched into a more prominent war between Red Rock and Chastain’s finest.

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THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry, Bruce Greenwood and Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the “How Conrad Gets His Groove Back” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Jan. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

That being said, I really cannot wait for Conrad to give them hell.

Aside from dishing out good advice, Pravesh was encouraged to take his own while doing rotations in Internal Medicine.

There seem to be constant clashes between departments that are fueled by money.

Internal Medicine was refusing patients from the ER with Pravesh being told to be “a blocking machine” when it comes to accepting and admitting anyone. As a result, the patients suffered the most and one, in particular, who came in with nausea and severe vomiting slipped through the cracks. Sure, her symptoms didn’t trigger too much concern, but while she was left unattended by both departments, she suffered a stroke that would have been easily preventable if someone had admitted her or taken her seriously.

Pravesh taking after Conrad and sticking up to the status quo is the best part of this series and undoes all the bad writing that came with Pravesh being a stickler for the rules. Let’s just forget that ever happened, okay?

Nic spent the episode outside of Chastain, but she bore the heavy storylines with her suicidal father.

Emily van Camp brought her all to this storyline as she went through a range of emotions from picking up her father from jail to learning that he was planning on leaving to realizing that he was lying and in dire need of help.

The most frustrating aspect here was the complete lack of communication between Nic and Conrad on the issue.

Conrad had his suspicions that something wasn’t right with Kyle last week. He’d overheard him explaining the rationale behind suicide to a patient and worried about him when he left the house, which we know is when Kyle sat in his car holding a gun and contemplated ending things.

Why didn’t Conrad mention anything to Nic when she called him to tell him that Kyle betrayed her again?

Yes, he was preoccupied with his own issues, but for someone whose best at involving himself in other people’s problems and solving them, it seemed out of character for him not to say anything.

Nic figured it out by comparing Kyle’s previous patterns with his current ones. Back then, Kyle used to just leave without a word, but this time, he sold his car to give her money. It wasn’t in line with the man he’d become, but she also acknowledged how broken he’d been over Jessie’s death.

Thankfully, she made it in time and was able to talk him down from those thoughts of being worthless and not deserving of a second chance.

It meant a lot that Nic was able to rebuild a relationship with her father which used to be so fractured.

It was heartbreaking to watch Kyle break down and admit he’s scared, but it’s key that he’s able to express those feelings and accept that he needs help. Nic is getting it for him as they road trip to Savannah, which gives them more time to bond, and we’re just happy this story got an ending that’s hopeful.

Kyle’s suicide attempt addressed that ending a life isn’t the answer because there are people who want to help and also underlined that it hurts the people that care most about you.

And lastly, Adaku woke up and was healthy enough to be discharged. She was able to meet and hold her baby, though, her fears that Michelle wouldn’t know who she was were valid.

Michelle bonded with Mina upon birth as her mother recovered, so it’s not entirely surprising that she feels more comfortable with her godmother or that Mina knows the tips and tricks to calm baby Michelle down.

Seeing her soothe the child shows how much Mina has grown. She went from being a character who disliked children and shuddered at the thought to essentially becoming the baby whisperer. It’s cute. Will she move in with Michelle and Adaku to help them out and also remain close since she’s become so attached?

Mina’s hesitation at giving baby Michelle over is natural, and I think it will help her see that maybe she does want a family in the future. She doesn’t have to close herself off from love and be alone forever.

This realization will likely lead Mina to confront her feelings for AJ, but as we know, he’s trying to move on and probably seeing Andrea.

I don’t want to see Mina and AJ’s perfect friendship get tainted by relationship drama, but I’m also here for Mina opening up and admitting that her decision to alienate any romantic interests is about her fear of commitment and getting hurt.

Alright, turning it over to you, Resident fans!

What did you think of the episode?

Are you happy Conrad is back at Chastain? What happens now?

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