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?
‘The Resident’ Season 4 Will Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic
The season 4 premiere of The Resident is going to hit a bit close to home.
For years people have turned to television for an escape, but lately, reality and fiction are beginning to bleed together.
Our everyday experiences and dilemmas are beginning to shape and influence the content we see on television, and, in turn, that content becomes a direct reflection of our society and provides poignant commentary on current events.
For the most part, it’s exciting to see our daily lives reflected on screen as it offers a more robust and representative experience. However, it also means that it’s harder to escape the monotony of everyday life in lockdown.
There’s absolutely no way to escape the pandemic plaguing our world — it has consumed every part of our lives.
Everywhere you look, you’ll (hopefully) see face masks, people using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing.
And now, you’re going to see more of that reflected on the small screen.
The medical drama, which often draws from real-life scenarios for inspiration, will tackle the pandemic in its upcoming season.
Series co-creator Amy Holden Jones told Us Weekly: “Our premiere deals with the early days of the outbreak, focusing on the effect on our hero doctors and nurses as they risk their lives daily.
She added: “Long-term, sadly, the after-effects of COVID-19 will go on, even after we have a vaccine, and we’ll be there to show that, as well.”
The show’s writing team includes several medical professionals who weigh in on storylines to ensure accuracy. Daniel Lama and Eric Lu penned the coronavirus inspired episode.
Meanwhile, an on-set nurse has spent her time volunteering in New York City and Texas during the pandemic.
Jones said the episode would honor the heroes fighting on the frontlines stating, “their stories are moving, deep and tragic and continue to accumulate to this day,” Jones added. “We hope soon to share all we have learned.”
The show hasn’t begun production on the season just yet, so it may take a bit until we get to see these pandemic episodes considering, you know, we’re in a pandemic ourselves, and that pandemic has made it harder for cast and crew to film new episodes of our favorite TV shows.
However, this wouldn’t be the first mention of coronavirus in the series as the season 3 finale dealt with a highly contagious superbug that was initially compared to coronavirus.
The Resident also won’t be the only drama incorporating the pandemic into their storylines. Grey’s Anatomy previously announced that they would touch upon the pandemic with showrunner Krista Vernoff stating, “there’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”
It’ll be interesting to see these two shows tackle the virus in their own unique ways. As we look to relate to our favorite characters in our shows, you have to admit,, there’s nothing more relatable than seeing their lives altered by the same disease that has stripped us of so many joyous moments this year.
Do you think it’s a good idea for shows to address the pandemic? Sound off in the comments!
QUIZ: Which ‘The Resident’ Doctor Is Your Soulmate?
When you’re strolling the halls of Chastain, which exceptional doctor is your soulmate? Is it Conrad Hawkins? AJ Austin? Randolph Bell? Or Devon Pravesh?
Take our quiz below to find out!
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‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 4 at FOX, Expected to Return in 2021
The Resident has a pulse!
Fox has renewed the beloved medical drama for a fourth season!
The exciting news means that The Resident will be able to conclude the storylines that were interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, which shut down production on shows indefinitely.
Season 3 ended abruptly because it wasn’t able to finish filming the episodes.
We’ll also get to see more of the power-dynamics at play at Chastain as Logan Kim turned his back on the once-invincible Dr. Cain and attempted to schmooze up to Conrad Hawkins.
While he medical drama had been critiqued for exaggerating and portraying unrealistic incident by medical professionals and the industry, the series has also amassed a rather dedicated following largely due to its thrilling weekly patient cases and the relationship and chemistry between many of its cast members.
Plus, fans love that the series tackles on “ethical” issues surrounding the healthcare industry head-on.
TV Series Finale indicated that the audiences have tapered off with a 21% drop since the second season, but despite the lower-ratings, there’s no denying that The Resident has a strong pull amongst dedicated fans who watch faithfully.
Unfortunately, similar to many The CW shows, The Resident won’t return until 2021 as FOX released its 2020-2021 fall TV schedule, which relies heavily on football (if the seasons returns as expected) and many animated series. The network plans to hold all scripted offerings for midseason premieres.
FOX also renewed sitcom Last Man Standing leaving Prodigal Son and Outmatched on the fence.
Are you thrilled The Resident was renewed for season 4?
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