The Resident Midseason Finale Review – Mina’s Career is in Jeopardy, Pravesh Gets Shocking News (4×08)
Chastain’s finest were forced to confront their past trauma on The Resident Season 4 Episode 8.
It was a jam-packed midseason finale that marked Nic’s return to work following the stabbing. And it just so happened that they wheeled in the man responsible at the same time.
The situation was really hyped up in the teasers, but it proved to be anti-climactic as we never saw what Nic really needed or wanted from him when she went to confront him. It likely wouldn’t have done her any good, but it was still never explored because both Billie and Conrad’s bickering and babying of Nick interjected.
To be honest, the whole situation served Billie more than it served Nic as she was able to establish herself as a source of comfort and advice for Nic, while also becoming a sympathetic character with her rape revelation.
And while it’s necessary for the series to find a way to loop Billie into the narrative, it shouldn’t have been done at the expense of Nic’s healing.
While the assailant’s return served its purpose by simply Nic and Conrad on the path of healing, what if Nic needed more than simply acknowledging that he was weak and vulnerable and moving on?
She almost lost her child, she was still haunted by what happened to her, and it’s totally okay if that takes time and maybe some therapy.
We all want Nic to realize that she’s a fighter who overcame everything that was thrown her way instead of a victim, but she needs to do it in her own way and at her own pace. And that would have been more effective if she confronted her assailant and took her power back.
And again, this isn’t anything against Billie because she’s growing on me. She may have a strong personality, but she exudes a confidence that will make her a great addition to Chastain.
She may have been out of practice for a while, but the way she handled the patient that stabbed Nic proves that she’s still got it. And well, it’s not entirely unheard of for Chastain to have a doctor who is willing to bend the rules when necessary. She’ll fit right in.
Nic stuck her neck out for Billie, but Kit was the deciding factor to bring her on board.
And she’s right that everyone deserves a second chance.
Well, almost everyone.
Most people learn from their mistakes and change, yet the same cannot be said for Cain, who continues to be a pompous ass during his recovery period.
His stubborness makes it extremely difficult to feel sorry for him even when he’s breaking down in the bathroom. And while it’s obviously difficult for him to accept that he may never be a top surgeon again, lashing out at other people isn’t the answer.
His behavior during physical therapy was unnaceptable. But truthfully, the only person he’s hurting is himself at this point.
Kit informed him that she’d be seeking someone new for his neurosurgeon position because regardless of his physical recovery, his attitude did not align with Chastain’s values. His skills used to be his saving grace, but everyone is realizing that he’s simply not worthe trouble anymore.
The therapists are there to help him, but they can only take it so far. Cain thought that the healing process would make him weak because he still views himself as superior to everyone else. But all he’s doing by letting his ego get in the way is hurting any chance of recovering his motor skills, which, in turn, prevent him from being the top doctor he once was.
And he doesn’t even have the support of his former colleagues because he’s made enemies out of them, particularly AJ and Mina.
He’s getting revenge on Mina because she “tried to ruin his career,” yet he doesn’t see that he’s already ruined it himself.
It’s understandable that he would be upset about Mina’s claims against him, but she wasn’t exactly fabricating them either. He did everything she was accusing him of!
As AJ put it, she was calling him out for the right reasons and holding him accountable for his actions. Cain, on the other hand, was trying to destroy her for all the wrong reasons.
And his threats have the ability to take everything away from her as the medical board has launched an investigation into past relationships, current ones, and an illegal clinic that she ran from home.
Because of him, she could lose her medical license and her visa.
Now, I know we’re all mad, but no one was more peeved than AJ himself because there was a time he stuck his neck out for Cain and tried to give him the benefit of the doubt.
AJ’s approach was so eloquent as were his thinly veiled threats. I was cheering when he calmly stated “and you won’t walk away from me ever again.”
It takes a lot of composure and restraint when it would have been understandable if he just knocked him in the face right then and there.
While he didn’t resort to violence, he sure let Cain know that he wasn’t above it if he didn’t fix his mistakes and call it all off.
If I were Cain, I’d be very, very afraid, especially since he tried to right his wrongs and was told it was “too late.”
And that, in itself, is such an important lesson — sometimes, when you take things too far, you can’t take them back.
Will Cain go out of his way to make it up to Mina? Will he incriminate himself to save her?
So many people have tried to give Cain a chance to change his ways, and they’ve all been unsuccessful. Even a brush with death wasn’t able to make him a better person.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable to watch people put him in his place.
The latest person to kick Cain down a notch was Rose, Pravesh’s patient from The Resident Season 4 Episode 7, who was a dancer that was diagnosed with sickle cell disease.
She watched as Cain threw himself a pity party during physical therapy all while being an example of strength and resilience; a woman dedicated to her recovery. Half the battle is simply the attitude and mindset you go into it with.
And when Cain informed her that she was in denial about her recovery, she shot right back explaining that he’s in denial about his prognosis as well.
She said what so many people have been too afraid to say, and she did it without missing a beat.
Leela Devi’s first day as the new surgical intern at Chastain was an eventful rollercoaster. It’s great that we’re back to having interns; that was one of the best dynamics of the series early on.
And Leela seems like a genuinely good person who wants to be a good doctor.
It seemed promising when she impressed the Raptor during the morning rounds, but she failed to meet expectations during an emergency situation and caught his wrath. The latter happened right after AJ learned about Mina’s visa situation, so it’s likely anything would have triggered such a stern response from him.
However, she proved she’s more than capable of taking it and was never intimidated or thrown off her game.
And she even stood up to Pravesh when he scolded her instead of trying to help and guide her.
Eventually, they made up when he realized Leela was dyslexic. It’ll be interesting to see Leela navigate her residency while keeping her condition under wraps and working twice as hard as everyone else.
It’s a good thing she’s dedicated and ambitious because that’ll go a long way!
For now, she’s back in AJ’s “potential” column after redeeming herself after she scrubbed in to take Mina’s place in the OR.
She’s going place for sure.
And lastly… Pravesh is a father?!
When Princess Nadine called Pravesh to tell him about her “surprise,” I half-jokingly said to my husband: “watch, she’s pregnant.”
But then she showed up at the hospital with a whole baby. And according to the teasers, she confirms it’s Pravesh’s baby.
We’re going to need an explanation as to how this is possible.
Has it only been nine months since Nadine and Pravesh last saw each other? We have to remember that there was a whole “coronavirus” period that the show fast-forwarded through. And while it doesn’t really explain how long that period was, if it’s anything like the real-life pandemic, it had to be at least a year.
So, how is the timeline adding up?
And really, what does that mean for Pravesh? Obviously, his whole life is in Atlanta… how is he going to see his baby?
Again, I have so many questions, and the worst part is that we have to wait until April 13 — a whole month — for episodes to return! That’s just cruel.
I’m turning the mic over to you, Cravers! What did you think of this episode?
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Is ‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 7? Here’s What We Know
The Resident aired its sixth season finale on Monday, January 17.
And naturally, that means fans are asking questions about a potential season 7, including whether or not the show has been renewed already.
As of January 18, 2023, FOX has not renewed The Resident for a seventh season.
But how likely is another season?
The series saw about 2.9 million viewers and a 0.4 rating, which makes it one of the highest-viewed episodes this season, but is it enough to guarantee a save?
In my review, 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 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.”
While I do think other seasons definitely had some lingering cliffhangers, it’s definitely a smart approach, especially as she added that they “never hear until May.”
And that means fans of the hospital drama may have to wait several months before they find out if FOX is willing to give Chastain’s finest the green light for yet another season.
When TVLine pressed Jones for any additional information about a possible renewal, she explained that she has “not gotten any indication” either way.
“Losing a cast like this one seems insane to me, but corporate decisions are a mystery,” she added. Let’s hope that FOX doesn’t make any insane decisions and that it renews both The Resident and The Cleaning Lady soon enough!
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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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