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’ Canceled at FOX After 6 Seasons – Read the Statement
The Resident aired its sixth season finale on Monday, January 17, and unfortunately, it will also be the show’s last.
On April 6, TVLine confirmed that FOX officially canceled the medical drama, which has been on the air since 2018.
In my review of the season finale, I pointed out that while I’m gunning for another season as I love the cast and all the drama that goes down at Chastain, it did feel as though the writers weren’t confident that they would get another season as every loose end got tied up and all the characters essentially found their happy ending.
In fact, TVLine asked creator Amy Holden Jones if it was intentional on their part, to which she responded, “We do this every year. Last year’s worked as a series finale also, but thankfully, it wasn’t to be. We left open questions and put new character arcs in place to launch us into Season 7.”
So what are fans missing out on since the series wasn’t renewed? Jones told the outlet that Season 7 would’ve featured Devon and Leela’s wedding, along with the “continuation of Conrad and Billie’s romance” and a mix of Bell being a patient and a doctor, in addition to his relationship with Kit.
While it’s a bummer that we won’t get to see any of that, it’s comforting that fans got a proper conclusion to the storyline with an ending that served as a suitable sendoff.
The Resident Season Finale – All Hands on Deck (613)
Can someone pass the tissues because that was one emotional season finale?
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if The Resident Season 6 Episode 13 ended up being the series finale because it felt so final. After a tense hour where two lives hung in the balance as Chastain’s finest attempted to figure out the mystery illnesses ailing them, everything came up roses.
The final moments of the episode featured happy endings for all of our favorites. And while I don’t doubt that the creators/writers have plenty of material to continue with a seventh season, if FOX doesn’t renew the series, there are no cliffhangers or loose ends to tie up. It all just makes sense.
Conrad and Billie exchanged “I love yous,” which brought into perspective Billie’s prior conversation with Cade where she informed her that he’s never said the L-word. Regardless of your personal opinions about Billie, it was a beautiful and pivotal moment for Conrad, who spent years trying to find his way after Nic’s death and felt as though he would never love again. The fact that he was brave enough to open himself up to the possibility and pursue the woman that made him feel again was huge. And Gigi ships it, which means so do it. The cherry on top was that they now made up this perfect family with Gigi. They never forgot about Nic, and I’d argue that with Billie around it’s easier to keep her memory alive, but it was bittersweet to see their bliss knowing that Nic got robbed of it, which also speaks to the realities of life itself. It’s cruel and beautiful in the same breath.
Dr. Bell finally passed the torch, and while Conrad was responsible for teaching the best intern at Chastain, Bell was responsible for crafting one of Chastain’s best doctors as Dr. Devi proved she was ready to graduate from resident to attending. Leela always had the skills and the smarts, but she needed that little push to believe in herself, which actually came from AJ Austin and his brilliant metaphor about being fearless like Michael Jordan. Once she “took the shot,” Devi was unstoppable, and Bell felt comfortable leaving Chastain’s most important patient, Gov. Betz (most important because he had the funding to see the hospital), in her hands.
Despite his progressing MS, Bell suited up for the surgery, but unlike so many other times in the past, he wasn’t hiding his diagnosis or the fact that it was interfering with his ability to perform the job. Bell accepted the realities and finally felt comfortable leaning on his team—the best team Atlanta has to offer. And it made me tear up to see how they all rallied around him and extended a helping hand when they realized he was having a flare-up.
It was also a huge moment for Bell to simply accept that he couldn’t fight through this one, no matter how much he wanted to. Bell has been dedicated to getting better for some time, so he took a necessary leave of absence to participate in Devon’s clinical trial, which will hopefully provide him with a full cure. There were a lot of full-circle moments where the mentor became the mentee and, in this case, Bell put his faith completely in Devon. And truly, there’s no better person than Devon, who is passionate about finding a cure with his trial.
Bell handed over the reins—his stethoscope from when he became an attending—to Leela, and while it was already a joyous moment for her, it became the best day of her life when Devon got down on one knee and propped. It’s about damn time, Devon. His love life has been quite a rollercoaster throughout the seasons, but Leela has been his one constant. I want the show to get renewed solely so we can see this wedding!
Bell also had a chat with Dr. Ian, who slightly redeemed himself by coming clean about his addiction prior to Sammie’s surgery and accepted the job again after Kit informed him that she was willing to take the risk to have him back on the staff. It was genuinely important that she highlighted that addiction was a disease and not a moral failing, and while he made some questionable and potentially dangerous decisions, it happened while he was under the influence.
It was nice to see Bell and Ian so transparent about their diseases because, as they pointed out, in many ways, they are alike. They’ve both operated when they shouldn’t have while believing that they have a handle on whatever it is, however, the difference between them both is that Bell has always come from a place of arrogance while Ian’s was motivated by fear. The distinction was important because it shows that different influences can often lead to the same outcome, and Ian shouldn’t be looked down upon while Bell is praised as a hero.
During their talk, Bell seemed to quell any concerns that he’s leaving the show by explaining that while he will be taking some time for himself, and his priority will be Kit and his family, he’s still going to be around to mentor the interns. I can’t think of a better way to have him involved.
Bell could also understand Ian in a way no one else could as they both had a very strong work ethic, with work becoming their reason for existence at one point. Bell could relate because it’s how his life used to be before he met Kit. I think that he might be a solid influence on Ian while also being a person who keeps him accountable and always striving to be better. Of course, Ian has to do the work to remain sober and not fall back into old habits, but I think it’s good that he has people in his corner who believe in him and want to help him.
There was even a happy ending for Cade and Yamada who realized that as two childless adults, the world was their oyster. There were no limits—they could live it up, travel, enjoy each other, and live a carefree life. As amazing as it sounds, I loved that it was juxtaposed with Billie and Conrad’s family moments. No path is better or right—everyone finds what’s truly meant for them, and there’s a reason Cade never fully fit into Conrad’s life.
As for Padma, she got the treatment necessary for postpartum depression, which, as AJ pointed out, can affect anyone, and was on a path to bliss with her newborns. This doesn’t mean there won’t be hard days, but she finally has the tools to be the mom that she wanted to be for her adorable little boys. AJ’s comment that they are that adorable because they look like him was very on-brand for the character. In a way, Padma and AJ needed each other—and their family—more than they even realized. It’s nice to see a series acknowledge that two people who are not romantically involved can be a happy family. A modern family for the win.
The title “All Hands on Deck” wasn’t used lightly as the episode required everyone to be on their A-game to help Betz and Sammie through their rough patches. And they hit quite a few of them.
Betz’s heart transplant was successful, but his body began rejecting it for unknown reasons. It wasn’t lost on me—or Bell—that Betz needed the same procedure as the patient at the helm of the lawsuit that kicked this rivalry into high gear in the first place. Full circle… karma… it was all of it.
Meanwhile, Sammie came in with a collapsed lung that led to an effusion, which gave everyone a scare that her cancer came back. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, and it was actually Gigi (a little Nic) who pointed out the red tongue that led to the Kawasaki diagnosis. They caught it right in time and were able to operate and help the sweet girl.
I wish the series addressed the role Gigi played in saving Sammie, especially as Conrad and Devon went back to the whiteboard a handful of times and couldn’t figure it out!
With Sammie on the mend, Gigi was able to have her birthday party after all, even if it was in a hospital room. All of her favorite people were on hand to celebrate, so she wasn’t even phased. And she has such a heart of gold, she even gave Mr. Giraffe to Sammie to make sure he takes care of her and she doesn’t get sick again. Conrad really lucked out with Gigi because she’s so pure.
As for Betz, he pulled through and made good on his promise to restore the funding to Chastain. The hospital’s services did save his life after all. And the funny thing is that they would have tried equally as hard even without his promise to save the hospital, but it was necessary that he came around and finally saw the benefit of healthcare for all… even if he did cheat his way to the top of the transplant list. Maybe his stone-cold heart was finally warming up. Let’s hope.
What did you think of The Resident Season 6 finale? Did you think they wrapped up all the storylines succinctly? Are you happy that Chastain lives to see another day?
The Resident Review – All the Wiser (6×12)
The Resident Season 6 Episode 12 kicked off the fight for Chastain’s life, which is, unfortunately, tied directly to Gov. Betz.
In the penultimate episode, Betz was forced to rely on Chastain’s finest for help following a helicopter accident.
We already knew Betz was a terrible man after refusing to give Chastain their annual budget and trying to ruin Dr. Bell’s image, but the fact that he made a chopper pilot risk everyone’s life by flying in bad weather sealed the deal.
Thea’s parents made a remark about how terribly Betz treated her while she was employed for him, and because of him, her life was hanging in the balance.
His situation wasn’t any better as he suffered a heart attack while throwing an adult-sized tantrum about how he wanted to be transferred to another “top tier” hospital. It was pathetic. You’d think he’d be more concerned with staying at the hospital that could provide him the best level of care, but that would require Betz to be a decent human being.
However, he began to change his tune when he realized it could work in his favor, so he attempted to strike a deal to get to the top of the transplant list. Apparently, that was the only reason that would persuade him to reconsider restoring the money from the discretionary fund that he initially pulled, which caused staff shortages and depleted resources at other hospitals that had to take on the overflow.
Of course, his offer came with a catch—an eye for an eye, if you will. The money would only be given to them if they promised that they would make his transplant a priority and if he survived the surgery. He couldn’t even do the right thing out of the goodness of his weak heart, which is truly the most telling.
I’m not entirely sure why Betz didn’t go to Kit Voss with the offer, and I’m not sure why AJ and Conrad decided to go above her head when they agreed to the deal, but the important thing is that everyone seemed to be on the same page and in agreement.
When AJ first considered Betz’s offer, Conrad was slightly shocked that he would compromise his integrity to make a deal with the devil. I love that AJ called back to Conrad’s humble beginnings as a renegade doctor who broke all the damn rules, wondering what that guy would have done in this situation. It helped to reframe Conrad’s present-day mindset by showing him that he used to be more willing to take risks if the payout was worth it. While knocking someone else off the transplant list is never ideal, the money that Betz promised could end up saving a lot more lives. ‘Do a little bad for a lot of good” seems like a decent motto to live by.
In a way, they couldn’t risk losing the deal. That’s something I think Kit would’ve understood if they had just presented her with all the facts outright. She’s always made Chastain and the patient’s priority number one—she was even talking to Bell about needing a “parachute” for saving Chastain at the beginning of the episode. It may be a poor choice in light of the tragedy, but it was a fitting analogy nonetheless.
Of course, even though they may have secured a heart for him, the deal still hinges on his survival. You’d think the man would simply be grateful for everything the hospital was doing to save his life. If this is how they treat their enemies, just imagine how good things must be for the everyday patient!
Doing things for the “greater good” was a common theme in the episode as Leela convinced Pravesh to accept Marko’s offer in exchange for more funding for his MS clinical trial, which could be Bell’s saving grace.
I love that Pravesh made the sacrifice for Bell as he definitely didn’t believe in anything Marko was putting down, though I cannot say that I’m into this storyline. I hate to see Pravesh investing so much energy into something that doesn’t bring him joy.
He’s always been such an inspired doctor, and it’s unfortunate that at the end of the day, everything boils down to money.
Billie and Cade teamed up to provide next-level care for Thea, whose expert piloting skills saved a lot of lives, including her own and Gov. Betz’s. No one would have been able to accept an outcome where Thea died and donated her heart to keep Betz’s beating, so it was a relief when she finally woke up following surgery to stop her brain bleed and reduce the swelling.
There’s a lot happening in Billie and Cade’s personal lives, but they never let that get in the way. They were able to put all of that behind them and see each other as talented, skilled, and incredible medical professionals. It would have been so easy for these two women to put each other down and make a hostile work environment, but instead, they were showering each other with compliments. It was sweet.
The “no-hard feelings” attitude seems to stem from the idea that everyone ended up right where they were supposed to be.
Billie and Conrad were thrilled to finally give into their feelings for each other as it felt “right,” while Cade and Takeda found common ground after being “dumped.” And while they promised to keep it casual and not clingy, I think these two are already way more smitten with each other than they’d like to admit.
Also, Irving’s “musical chairs” comment was so perfect and provided a bit of levity during a pretty intense moment in the episode.
Love is messy, baby, what can they say?
Cade’s father, Ian, finally returned to the hospital, but it was a short-lived comeback as he resigned after being faced with the reality of having to come clean about his addiction. He didn’t want the “addiction stigma” to cast a shadow on his incredibly successful career, and while it’s a bummer to see him go—and a huge loss for Chastain—I get where he’s coming from. Ian worked so hard to build up his reputation, and he personally wouldn’t be able to recover if he lost the respect of his peers. I don’t ever want anyone to feel ashamed of their addiction, or even defined by it, but he’s so early in his recovery stages that it makes sense that he wants to keep it private.
The most important thing is that he got the help he needed, kicked the addiction to the curb, and began making amends with himself and Cade.
Speaking of getting necessary help, there was a brief update about Padma, who is doing really well in the treatment facility following her PTSD diagnosis. Leela’s concerns that the feelings will bubble up again once she gets into the swing of motherhood are valid, but hopefully, she’s being given the tools to cope and manage when the time finally comes. It seems as though AJ and Padma have not been in contact, though we’re to believe he’s holding everything down in the interim. It hasn’t been easy for these two, but the truth is—parenthood never really is. There are plenty of ups and downs, and the important thing is that you learn to navigate them, have respect for the person you’re in it with, and have a village around you that you can lean on. It seems as though all those things apply to Padma and AJ.
And finally, leading into the season finale, which will focus on Chastain’s finest coming together to save Sammie, Bell’s granddaughter, who is in town with her dads for Gigi’s birthday. In the final scene, Sammie spiked a high fever and experienced abdominal pain during the flight—and since she’s had quite the medical history, we have our fingers crossed that it’s nothing major.
The two-hour finale was set to air this week with two back-to-back episodes, but FOX decided to split them up and air the final episode of the season on January 17. I can’t say I’m mad as that just means we get one extra week with all of our favorites.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!
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