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The Resident Midseason Finale Review – Mina’s Career is in Jeopardy, Pravesh Gets Shocking News (4×08)

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp and Jessica Lucas in the “First Days, Last Days” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, March 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

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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 Resident Review First Days, Last Days” Season 4 Episode 8

THE RESIDENT: Guest star Tasso Feldman and Manish Dayal in the ÒFirst Days, Last DaysÓ episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, March 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

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’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 6 Episode 9

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The week leading up to Thanksgiving is kind of a terrible week for fans of primetime television because all of your favorite shows are on hiatus. 

And that goes for The Resident as well. The medical drama will not be airing a new episode on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. FOX will be airing the season 6 premiere episode titled “Two Hearts” in its place. 

But don’t fret—Conrad Hawkins and the rest of Chastain’s finest will be back the following week on November 29 with an episode titled “No Pressure No Diamonds.”

Here’s the synopsis for The Resident Season 6 Episode 9:

Devon is approached by a documentary producer as he prepares to perform the first titanium rib cage implant surgery in the country; Conrad tends to an unhelpful patient who claims to have been mauled by a large cat; Dr. Bell faces negative press.
 
It’s clear that the episode will continue with the revenge storyline of Governor Betz trying to destroy Dr. Bell’s reputation as he tries his best to salvage it. But will a documentary help him out? Or will it feed the beast and make things worse?
 
Check out the promo below:
 

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The Resident Season 6 Episode 8 brought the battle between Bell and Governor Betz to a head. And the truth is, Bell absolutely messed with the wrong man. While Bell had every right to call out Betz, who initially staged a meeting with Kit Voss in order to embarrass her, he needed to be prepared and aware of who he was dealing with— a very fragile man who can’t handle his ego being bruised. 

Betz stooped to a petty level simply because he felt wronged and insulted, which is pathetic for anyone in a position of power, and yet, feels so familiar and relatable. When Bell aired Betz’s dirty laundry publicly, the governor felt that he had no choice but to retaliate by digging up every single piece of dirt on Bell, including his infamous HODAD nickname (remember that?!), before deposing him in a lawsuit over Claire’s death. 

Everyone knows that Claire’s sepsis was so far gone that she would’ve died regardless of what they did, but in this case, Betz and his slimy, cutthroat lawyer Costican only care about optics. They want to paint Bell in a bad light to ruin his reputation and cost him his job. Betz admitted that much himself, telling Kit that he wanted revenge and to make an example out of Bell; he wants to destroy him, his career, and his name. 

I loved that Kit “lost it” after realizing that there was no point in arguing or rationalizing with Betz, but part of me wishes she had a recording device and captured everything he said and leaked it to the press. It seems the only way to win here is to stoop to his level and beat him at his own game. 

There are definitely skeletons in Bell’s closet—the hubbub around the HODAD nickname resurfacing is proof of that—but the case also proves that HODAD Bell is not present-day Bell. He’s not the same man or doctor that he was when the show was starting out. The fact that everyone was standing up for Bell and going above and beyond to protect him means that he’s changed and become the kind of doctor that puts his patients first. 

He may have done the wrong thing back in the day, but he’s righted his wrongs and found purpose, which is more than could be said for Betz. Betz’s crusade against Bell is also hurting the very people he’s been elected to represent because he’s taking a genuinely good doctor and surgeon away from the people that need him most. The whole thing is completely selfish, which is just further proof of Betz’s character. 

It’s also a terrible time considering stress flares up Bell’s MS. He got it under control after his involvement in a clinical trial, so this case is the last thing he needs right now while he’s simply trying to be the best version of himself. He began experiencing numbness and tremors, and since he didn’t want to worry Kit, he asked Conrad to prescribe him something. But that’s only a temporary bandaid, and as Betz and Costican push, Bell will have to be honest with Kit about his ailing health, even if it’s the last thing she needs to hear.

Bell isn’t the only person whose career was on the line as Ian Sullivan’s addiction spiraled to a point where he no longer had control. When he was caught stealing meds from the cart, it was clear that Ian needed help. Dr. Jayci Lee seemingly saw the signs and figured out that Ian was addicted, but it’s unclear if she reported the strange encounter. However, Ian immediately called Cade for help, and the whole scene was truly heartbreaking. Ian kept rationalizing his addiction instead of calling it what it was and admitting that he needed professional help.

I love that Cade stood her ground and informed her father that she wasn’t going to bargain with him. She’s dealt with addiction before, so she knew that she couldn’t give into his demands and pleas as it was only going to make things worse. Cade offered up two choices—either he went to rehab or she would report her father to Dr. Voss. After some back and forth, Ian finally agreed to go to rehab as it was his only shot as surviving and saving his career, but will it be effective? He reached out for help, sure, but since he’s not the one who wanted to go in the first place, it might not make a difference in the long run. 

As Jayci stated, addiction does not discriminate, and it’s not unheard of for brilliant doctors to become addicted. Cade even promised to keep his rehab a secret from Conrad (who has dealt with addiction before with Nic’s sister, so I’m surprised he’s not picking up on the signs), and when she bailed on their date night, she didn’t tell him it was because she was going to drive her father to an out-of-state rehab designed specifically for those in the medical field. 

I’m just glad Ian came clean before it led to a disaster, and I’m hoping he finally gets the help he needs. 

Conrad dealt with a handful of addiction cases during the hour, which started when a 13-year-old named Malik was brought in following an overdose. His best friend, Tally, called for help after he became unresponsive, and her split second decision saved her best friend’s life. When Conrad learned that the pills Malik took were laced with fentanyl, and when Tally informed them that he got them from his older brother, Amir, Conrad raced over to the high school where he found several football players who had overdosed,  with one already too far gone. When Amir passed out, he took a tumble down the steps, which made his situation much worse, and while Billie and AJ gave it their all and seemingly got the him in the knick of time, Amir was a “wait-and-see” case, which meant that there was a possibility he would wake up with permanent brain damage. 

The whole storyline was heartbreaking, though important as it brought to light the very real opioid crisis affecting the youth in America today, including counterfeit drugs that are usually laced with something extremely dangerous and deadly. 

Conrad and AJ had a sweet moment where they both acknowledged just how differently these cases hit now that they are parents, and honestly, while it’s an important PSA for the teens watching, it’s also a reminder to their parents to stay vigilante and involved. You can’t monitor your kids every moment of every single day (though yes, hugging them till their 18 would be ideal), but there are steps you can take to make them aware of the dangers that are lurking out there.

Other Thoughts

  • Bell was served his deposition while accepting the Lifetime Service Award in front of all of his peers… similar to Olivia Wilde getting served while on stage at a fan convention. I’m not sure if the series did that on purpose, but it was juicy. 
  • The moment Bell realized the scrub tech Donald was the plant, man, I thought he was going to go in for the kill. I would’ve loved to see it.
  • It’s nice seeing the doctors having a human moment and decompressing in the lounge. They even made time to crack some jokes.
  • I’m still feeling the tension between Billie and Conrad even when they barely have any scenes together! When Malik mentioned Tally was his best friend and he didn’t know what he would do without her, Conrad knew exactly what he meant because he feels that way about Billie!

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Gov. Betz is the absolute worst thing to happen to Bell and Chastain? How will they find a way to beat this lawsuit and get the public funding they need for Chastain?

Share your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll see you all in two weeks on Tuesday, November 29! 


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The doctors at Chastain performed nothing short of a miracle on The Resident Season 6 Episode 7, but unfortunately, they couldn’t save every life. And the loss was profound.

We didn’t know Claire for long, but she felt like the kind of friend you’ve had for life. I found myself rooting for her this entire episode, so the outcome of her case was gutwrenching.

She was visiting the states with her boyfriend from England when she began developing some serious stomach pain, but since the cost of healthcare is so high in the U.S., she put off treatment until the pain was unbearable and brought her into the ER. 

At first glance, everyone assumed her kidney stones were the root of the issue, but once they broke those bad boys up, Clare’s health continued to decline. As they rushed her into emergency surgery, they realized that they misdiagnosed her and that the underlying infection was sepsis all along. Despite their best efforts to revive her, Claire did not make it out alive, and everyone, including Dr. Bell, was truly crushed by the outcome. The doctors at Chastain are personally invested in the lives of their patients, so any death carries a lot of weight. 

Unfortunately, Donald, the new nurse practitioner at Chastain, was roped in by Governor Betz to dig up any dirt he can on Bell, so when he overheard that Bell “missed” something when it came to a patient who later died, he scored gold. Honestly, I hate this storyline because it’s infuriating that someone wants to take down Bell and unearth all the skeletons in his closet (we know he has plenty) after he went to great lengths to become a better man and doctor. And considering Donald was in the OR at the time of Claire’s death, he should know better as he witnessed the whole situation go down—Bell tried his best but there was nothing he could’ve done. Even Kit acknowledged that despite their best efforts, it was likely already too late to save Claire as she avoided getting treatment due to the insane costs, which is the whole point of getting funding from the state. A hospital needs funding to function and provide reliable and top-tier care to all patients. Wouldn’t it be funny if, at some point, Betz needed the help of Chastain’s finest?

It’s been nice not having a villain on The Resident as it’s allowed the series to just focus on the personal lives of the core characters and the patients they heal on a daily basis, but the war has been brewing since the kickstart of the season when Betz promised to cut funding to the public hospital. Bell made an enemy out of Betz when he confronted him on national TV and exposed him for making his fortune through medicare fraud, but honestly, it was necessary. Betz claimed to want to pull back the curtain, but then he couldn’t play his own game. He agreed to meet with Kit for a personal meeting and then turned it into a media day simply to embarrass her, which is why Bell stepped in in the first place. 

I hope that Bell destroys Betz and shows the people of Georgia who he really is (I feel like he kind of already did), but I know that it will be a little rocky there for a bit before he delivers the final blow.

Donald is the scapegoat in all of this, so I do feel bad for him as Betz is manipulating him by threatening his career, but I hope he knows he’s risking it all either way because Betz won’t protect him if it comes out that he’s the one feeding him information. If I were Donald, I’d side with the good guys on this one. 

AJ and Conrad responded to a call from Janay, the hospice nurse who helped aid AJ and his mother when she was on her deathbed. She asked them to pay a visit to her brother, Bobby, a death row patient that was very ill. The series tapped into how inmates are largely brushed off and ignored by medical staff within prisons with the doctor making a comment about how Bobby just wanted to “take a field trip” literally moments before he seized on the table.

Turns out, his health condition was critical as he had a carotid body tumor. Initially, Bobby didn’t care for the surgery as the recovery time was extensive and he didn’t have a lot of time left before his planned execution, but when the doctors did a genetic test cross reference to prescreen Janay, they realized that there was something even rarer about Bobby situation–he’s a chimera, a person who has two sets of DNA.

Since Bobby had a bone marrow transplant when he was younger for his leukemia, he had two sets of DNA, which meant that he could appeal his case and see a day when he was a free man as the real murderer was his donor and childhood friend, Martin.

His sister always maintained his innocence, but Bobby never thought it would be possible until this very discovery finally gave him hope. It was a powerful storyline, and though it’s not always the case, it was nice to see this one has a positive outcome. Seeing that he had every reason to want to live since life outside of a jail cell was possible, he agreed to the surgery, which was extremely complicated and required the very best of AJ and Billie’s abilities. I won’t even try to get into what they did because the medical lingo was very intense, but everyone was impressed, with the doctors even commenting that that shouldn’t have gone as well as it did.

You can’t win them all, but when you do, it’s so rewarding. Bobby deserved a second chance–and the doctors at Chastain did everything to give it to him.

The chatter amongst the doctors seemed to be all about Billie and Conrad’s unspoken feelings for each other. It seems like everyone sees it except the two of them. And the truth is, neither of them denied those feelings when confronted about it. 

However, Conrad didn’t act on them either, informing Cade, who got jealous when she saw a romantic photo of Conrad and Billie dancing at the wedding, that he was just really good friends with Billie (bonded by loss) and promising to be transparent about his feelings moving forward. I think the person he needs to be honest with is himself, but we’ll let Conrad figure that out on his own. 

When Billie confronted Conrad about the dance and explained that she was a little confused about what it meant, he assured her that he was happy with Cade, which caused her to back down. It was basically the equivalent of him saying that he’s not interested right now, but is that the truth?  The stolen looks and glances say otherwise, but he assured her that he just wants her to be happy, so Billie took it at face value. 

When the new high-billing cardiologist James asked her out on a date, she considered Conrad’s comments and accepted, realizing it was time to move on from her crush. Though James, who was a new face at Chastain, even seemed to realize the tension between Billie and Conrad so there’s something there. Both Nolan and AJ emphasized it, with AJ kind of planting the seed in Conrad’s brain.

I truly think Conrad has simply been oblivious to the very obvious situation right in front of him and now that he’s aware, his feelings for Billie are going to intensify and only complicate matters further. 

Don’t get me wrong—I like Cade, but I just don’t feel the electricity between her and Conrad. They’re better as friends, doctors, and colleagues. 

What did you think of the episode?


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