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The Resident Review – Cain Deals With a Superbug As We Deal with Coronavirus (3×19)

THE RESIDENT: Morris Chestnut in the "Support System" episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, March 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

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This episode of The Resident was the one we’ve all been waiting for — it’s the beginning of Dr. Cain’s demise.

Sadly, it comes at the cost of many vulnerable patients who were unknowingly exposed to a superbug.

Cain’s unraveling and losing the power he wields as Logan Kim proved that he goes where the wind blows. That man has absolutely no loyalty.

While Kim’s actions and decisions to keep the Candida Auris a secret were disgusting, Cain wasn’t any better.

An intern had more courage and a stronger moral code than Cain did, who essentially boiled down to a sell-out for Chastain.

Cain could’ve easily ignored Kim’s threats and exposed what was really happening thus saving many lives in the process, but he chose to be a coward instead.

Kim and Cain may not have seen eye-to-eye but they prioritized profits and their personal reputation over patient care.

Both couldn’t put their egos aside and refused to acknowledge that this was bigger than anyone — their inability to own up to their mistakes would and could lead to a public health crisis. Would it be a bad look for Cain to have overlooked this superbug? Yes. But would it be better than people finding out he knew and exposed it to so many vulnerable patients? Also yes.

Kim is also a hypocrite because he was fine backing Cain’s behavior when it benefitted him and lined his pockets. He signed off on every course of treatment, on the mother of all surgeries, on keeping Dawn on the vent, but now that it might come back to bite him, all of a sudden, he’s washing his hands of any involvement. Dude.

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THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp in the “Support System” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, March 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

He threatened Cain by telling people what happened when he was an intern, but honestly, it can’t be that bad if Cain just told an intern the truth. Making mistakes doesn’t make you less talented or desirable — it makes you human. And it’s incredibly in-tune to be able to acknowledge a mistake and take responsibility for it.

As a bystander who has no choice but to trust the hospitals and physicians that treat her, this episode was incredibly terrifying to watch.

Cain has a moral obligation as a doctor and yet, he preyed on a vulnerable, scared and impressionable intern to do his dirty work.

He didn’t care that he may have jeopardized Ezra’s career because it was better than putting his career on the line.

We knew Cain was a monster, but he manipulated Ezra with guilt and psychological manipulation.

Anytime someone uses the “I helped you” line and wants a favor in return didn’t do it out of the goodness of their heart — they did it because they expected something in return. You should help someone in good faith because you want to and because it’s the right thing to do.

Poor Ezra was left torn about what to do. On one hand, this respected surgeon is asking for his help, but on the other hand, he’s breaking rules, undermining his attending and other respectable doctors, and putting the patient at risk.

Eventually, the guilt was too much and he told Pravesh and Hawkins the truth. At that point, though, it was too late as Sophia, the EMT that brought Dawn in, died.

Conrad confronted Cain and the showdown was epic — he got to say everything he’s been thinking about Cain.

However, by this point, the fungal virus was everywhere, especially because the vent that was used on Dawn (and not sanitized! Y’all, how gross) made its rounds from room to room and patient to patient giving us all bouts of anxiety on where it would end up.

Finally, it arrived at its next destination: Derek’s room.

No patient deserved to be exposed to the vent, but Derek was the patient we were most invested in because of his connection to Kit.

We met Derek on Season 3 Episode 18 and he began his chemo, which nearly killed him.

Now, his lungs were giving out on him and he needed to be put on a ventilator to give him a fighting chance. It was painful to watch Kit’s daughter come to terms with the fact that this might be her final moment with Derek as there’s a chance he wouldn’t wake up, and for us on the other side, knowing that it was highly likely he’d experience complications.

You want to trust your hospital, but it was so easy for a machine to get overlooked.

It’s odd that Logan Kim doesn’t want this fungal infection to get out because he believes it’ll bankrupt Chastain, but is doing absolutely nothing to prevent it. Would it kill him to show a shred of humanity?

The superbug was very timely for The Resident and when they mentioned coronavirus, my jaw-dropped to the ground.

I thought the writers were just that good, but a tweet from screenwriter Amy Holden James revealed that while the storyline was conceived months ago, the line was added in during filming a few weeks ago to reflect our current climate. And thus, they aren’t wizards or sorcerers, but I’m still sticking by my initial reaction that the writers are genius.

My first reaction when an episode about a superbug that also attacked Immuno-compromised patients was shock. I was shocked that they didn’t pull it because it hit so close to home, but then I really thought about that and realized there’s absolutely no reason to pull the episode.

Superbugs, infectious diseases, coronavirus are a reality. We should know because they’re our current reality.

It’s an extreme coincidence that The Resident decided to tackle this topic at this exact moment, but honestly, it allows the series to connect with the times on a deeper level and makes it all the more relevant.

Medical shows have medical advisors that inform and guide the episode, and thus, this topic allows the series to inform the public on a very real threat. Getting educated is not something that should ever be deemed too sensitive, especially since that knowledge will come in handy at this very moment.

Plus, there’s far too many people in our society right now that simply don’t understand and grasp how coronavirus spreads. The Resident cleared that all up for everyone as we watched the vent with the little unicorn venture into every crevice of the hospital.

Look how many people touched the vent without washing their hands, look how many people were around it, and then how many people came in contact with them.

The CDC should honestly thank The Resident (which donated a ton of supplies to hospitals in need that are on the frontlines battling the virus at this very moment) for airing an entertaining yet informative episode.

Jones, the screenwriter also tweeted that hospitals are not required to tell patients if a superbug is on-site, which also blew my mind. See — an informative moment.

If you’re a healthy individual, you likely won’t care about the virus, but if you’re immunocompromised, it suddenly becomes a huge threat and you’re not even aware it’s happening.

This episode managed to highlight just how many at-risk patients there were that had various diseases.

In addition to Derek, we had Isaac, who was waiting for a lung transplant and eager to start a life after finally being reconnected with his birth parents.

But lastly, the episode touches on what The Resident has always prided itself on — exposing medical cover-ups and hypocrisy within the hospital. Obviously, the storylines are very exaggerated (sometimes) for entertainment purposes, but you know there’s always an underlying truth.

This isn’t the first time the series addressed such topics and shady business dealings, and it likely won’t be the last, but it sure is an illuminating look into what happens behind-the-scenes that patients likely never know about.

What did you think about the episode?


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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.

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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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