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 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!
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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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