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.
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.
Clarifying for the fans. The story line was conceived many months ago. The episode written two and a half months ago but shot 5 weeks ago. Lines that mention coronavirus were added as it was shot. #TheResident
— Amy Holden Jones (@aholdenj) March 25, 2020
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?
The Resident Season Premiere Review – Da Da (5×01)
Oh, it’s good to be back in the halls of Chastain again…. even amidst a cyberattack that has hindered everyone’s ability to provide the necessary care to several accident victims.
On The Resident Season 5 Episode 1, the dream team — minus Nic, Cain, and Mina — navigated obstacle after obstacle to put their patients (and velociraptors! I was cracking up at that line) first.
The ransomware attack by a group of hackers hit the hospital at the same time as victims from a 5K derailed by a drunk driver. Amongst them was a blind man named Winston, who was saved by 14-year-old Esty, who also sustained serious life-threatening injuries. Her father, Ronan, accompanied her to make sure she was safe and ended up a patient himself when he collapsed after suffering a heart attack.
All of this was going on while different systems, machines, and hospital wings began getting shut down by the attack.
Conrad was determined to get to the bottom of Esty’s injuries, especially after she passed out spontaenously and without reason.
When the same thing happened to Ronan, he realized that the heart failure was a result of a hereditary condition known as Bragada.
Conrad’s find was equally as impressive as Pravesh’s ability to jurry rig an operating room. Unfortunately, Ronan didn’t make it as his heart was too weak for the procedure and he passed away.
Accepting death, particularly a preventable one, is difficult, but the silver lining was that Conrad’s duedilligence ensured Esty wouldn’t die prematurely as he flagged the condition and began the necessary treatment.
Even after such an eventful day, Pravesh still made it his priority to check on his patient, Winston, after he noticed that he hadn’t been signed out after getting outfitted with a cast.
While other doctors suggested that he check on it tomorrow, Pravesh decided to go find out what happened at that moment, and it was both a good and bad decision.
When he walked downstairs, he found Winston passed out in one of the rooms.
Sadly, he also fell victim to the gas leak that not only took down Winston but likely made all of the other nurses sick.
Now, if you’re like me and have a soft spot for Pravesh, you were probably shocked by this turn of events.
Why didn’t Pravesh cover his nose? Why didn’t he run for help while his nose was covered? Would that even have helped?
I don’t know, but I am grateful that he at least told someone where he was going so that they’ll eventually find him.
I went into the episode anticipating a heartbreaking turn of events for Conrad, Nic, and Gigi considering Emily VanCamp’s decision to leave the series, but I didn’t expect to be so worried about Pravesh instead.
It’s especially concerning because everything is finally going right for him, especially in terms of his love life.
Since the series embraced a nine-month time jump, his relationship with Leela Devi has progressed signfiicantly; they’re even talking about moving in together.
And look, I don’t want to be the one to point this out, but that fortune teller was right!
Hopefully, we won’t have to worry about him for too long and they can be back to canoodling and hooking up in the closests (like Nic and Conrad used to) soon enough.
However, the same cannot be said for Nic. As of this episode, she’s still alive and at a spa retreat, but there were quite a few moments of foreshadowing: Conrad mentioned that “life hangs by such a fragile thread,” his striking comment about talking to someone one moment and the next they’re gone, and even the emphasis on Gigi’s connection to her mama.
While the series didn’t write Nic off just yet, but you know it’s coming, so the wait is almost unbearable.
It’s unclear how they’re going to address her exit. There were rumors that it would involve a car accident, but since this episode hinged on a drunk driving accident, I feel like it would be too repetative if they did that.
All that is clear is that it’s going to be a huge adjustment for Conrad and Gigi as Nic is their rock.
Do you wish the series would just rip off the bandaid and get it over with?
Or are you happy living in bliss for a few more episodes even though you know it’s going to crush Conrad?
Other Medical Musings
- Kit’s the kind of CEO that makes change that not only benefits the hospital but also the corporate stakeholders and the patients. Turns out, it is possible to be a decent and compassionate CEO, which is why I was thrilled that she found a way to save Chastain from the hackers without paying them a penny. Her books are going to stay in the black as they deserve to!
- That being said, the way they “caught” the hackers was highly improbable. I know Pravesh brought in an expert hacker, but you have to be top-notch in order to be able to pull something like that off. They should hire her for their security!
- Admittedly, it was hilarious that once unmasked, it was just three basic dudes sitting in their mom’s basement.
- You would think hospitals would have some kind of protocal in place when all the machines began going haywire. They run tornado drills, so it seems logical that they would run cyberattack drills at this point.
- There was no mention of Billie’s estranged son despite the ambush in the final, but you know it’s coming!
- How convenient is it to have a daycare on sight while you’re working? I wish more companies would embrace this idea.
- The Resident may be the only series to incorporate fatherhood in a way where the baby isn’t always off screen. Other shows struggle with writing babies into storylines, but this episode did a good job of juggling all of Conrad’s responsibilities in both his personal and professional life.
- Anyone else just dying for Kit and Bell to get together already? The love is there!
Overall, it was a decent premiere. The medical drama feels reinvigorated as it takes its first steps into a gamechanging season.
Everything is going to be different for our beloved chracaters, and even though we’re bracing ourselves for the inevitable heartbreak, there’s a beauty in wanting to see how everyone powers on and together through the times of uncertainty.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
How Will ‘The Resident’ Write Off Nic?
The halls of Chastain will see quite a shift when The Resident returns for its fifth season.
Emily Van Camp, who plays the beloved nurse practitioner Nic Nevins, is scrubbing out after four seasons on the FOX medical drama.
While it isn’t unheard of for an actress to leave a show, the timing is unfortunate from a storytelling perspective considering Nic and Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) recently got married and welcomed a baby girl.
In real life, Van Camp also welcomed a baby girl with husband Josh Bowman, so she obviously has to do what’s best for her and her family. We also have to assume that the struggles of working during a pandemic impacted her decision, as did her potentially expanded role in the Marvel universe.
But there’s absolutely no denying that it’s a huge bummer for fans of the series, many of whom only tune in because of their attachment to the couple affectionately dubbed #CoNic.
We’ve seen the couple go through their fair share of ups and downs, but the fact that the writers chose to introduce a baby means they likely thought she was coming back for the upcoming season and had more a happier storyline in the works.
While I have ultimate faith in the writers, it’s understandable that fans are worried about how her departure will be addressed.
Nic is a crucial part of the show; some might argue that she’s the glue that holds everything together.
Her exit must be handled with the utmost care and respect in order to preserve the integrity of the character.
Since her character is a dedicated wife and mother, it’s unproductive to mess with the relationship by introducing a cheating storyline or a new job since it isn’t believable.
We know Nic would never prioritize anything over her new family, not even a new gig. Even suggesting that as an alternative dishonors the kindhearted character Van Camp has built.
So, this is where it gets concerning.
All signs and breadcrumbs point to Nic not surviving the premiere.
There are a few indications that the writers are going to kill her off and pursue the “Conrad is a heartbroken and widowed single father to baby Gigi” storyline.
The official season 5 poster pointed to tragedy as Conrad was seen alone in a defeated stance. His back was turned to the camera and the words “healing stars within” were written on top.
We think this will hurt us more than heal us, but we're always in.
— The Resident (@ResidentFOX) August 5, 2021
A follow-up trailer titled “Everything Will Change” opens with an ominous montage of CoNic’s happiest moments. It then shows Conrad standing alone in his daughter’s nursery before cops come to his door to deliver some news. Since it’s never a good sign when cops show up at your house in the middle of the night, many fans to theorized that Nic was involved in a tragic accident.
The gossip Instagram account, Deuxmoi, seemingly confirmed that theory via an anonymous tip.
“I can 10,000 percent confirm she’s leaving The Resident early in the upcoming season, but her character will die in a car accident,” a source told the account, though, these can be hit or miss so take it with a grain of salt!
It’s a frustrating approach considering Nic just survived a stabbing along with pregnancy complications last season, but it’s really the only way to handle it while keeping the character intact.
It also presents plenty growth opportunities for Conrad’s character.
Much like the fans (and probably, the writers), he never anticipated that he’d be a single father, but life threw him a curveball and now he has to step up to raise his daughter, likely with the help of his friends at Chastain.
And while we typically see the plight of working mothers, this would offer the series a chance to dig into the hardships of balancing a thriving career in the medical field while also being a present father.
The only other option on the table is that the accident causes Nic to go into a lengthy coma, which would also leave the door open for any potential guest appearances from Van Camp should she so choose to be involved.
The latter would allow for the character to come back, while also allowing the writers to explain her off-screen existence with a storyline about how she gave up her career to stay at home with Gigi in the aftermath of the accident.
However, Elkoff seemingly confirmed that Conrad will be a single father to TV Line, noting: “He’s really good at it. He’s just going to be the best dad you can imagine.”
He also explained that the season will pick up with a nine-month time jump, which explains why Gigi is so big in the promos already.
FOX entertainment president Michael Thorn told Deadline that it will be an emotional departure.
“The audience is going to be surprised and emotionally engaged with how we handle Emily’s departure and the way that it affects all of the other characters,” he said. “And yes, we will be introducing some new characters as we go along, but I think it’s going to be another excellent season. Amy Holden Jones does an incredible job,” he added.
While everyone involved with the series is staying mum on how Van Camp will be written off, they are convinced that fans won’t be disappointed by what they are calling a “potentially game-changing, development.”
In the wake of her exit (along with the exit of Shaunette Renee as Mina last season and Morris Chestnut as Barrett Cain), the series is also adding new cast members to fill the void and ensure the upcoming season has a robust ensemble.
Miles Fowler will join the medical drama as Billie Sutton’s (Jessica Lucas) estranged son, Trevor. If you’ll recall, Billie opened up to bestie Nic about being raped at 13-years-old and giving up the baby for adoption. While she didn’t want to meet her son, he’s been reaching out hoping to get to know his birth mom.
Regardless of how the series tackles this unexpected cast shake-up, be prepared for an emotional journey ahead.
The fifth season returns on Tuesday, September 21st at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox.
You can catch up on all of our The Resident reviews HERE!
‘The Resident’s Emily VanCamp Welcomes Baby Girl with Husband Josh Bowman
Emily VanCamp has welcomed a new bundle of joy with husband Josh Bowan.
The Resident star announced the birth of her daughter on Instagram.
“Welcome to the world our sweet little Iris 💐 Our hearts are full 💗” she captioned a photo holding the little one’s tiny fingers.
The couple also revealed that they named her Iris!
A few other photos showed fans a glimpse of VanCamp’s pregnancy, including a shot of the couple kissing as Bowman holds her growing bump.
This is a fitting announcement considering VanCamp’s character on the FOX drama was also pregnant with a baby girl they named Gigi in the season 4 finale!
VanCamp and Bowan met on the set of their drama Revenge.
Earlier this year, she told PopSugar that they’ve been together for 10 years.
Congrats to the happy couple!
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