Nic Nevins lives on in a beautiful episode of The Resident.
The medical drama returned after a brief hiatus and reminded us that the writers know just how to make us all teary-eyed.
A patient named Hannah was brought into Chastain after she collapsed while taking a pilates class.
After a brief glance at her chart, AJ realized that Hannah was the recipient of Nic’s heart.
He immediately paged Conrad, who lit up at the chance to listen to Hannah’s heart.
It’s such a rare moment when you’re able to have a piece of someone you lost, even if for a little.
Nic’s death crushed Conrad, but it wasn’t in vain — she went on to give someone a new life.
However, Hannah’s life was being threatened as the collapse was seemingly caused by her body rejecting her new heart.
With so much love for Nic, everyone at Chastain came together to try to figure out what was wrong with Hannah.
Eventually, Hawkins realized that it wasn’t a heart problem at all but rather an issue with her brain that was causing her to forget her meds.
Once Hawkins made the connection, Billie, Leela, and AJ were able to operate on Hannah and give her another shot at life.
If you thought all of that was highly emotional, the final scene was the cherry on top and opened a flood of waterworks.
As Hannah thanked Hawkins for saving her life, he opened up to her about the fact that she had his wife’s heart.
And in return, he asked if he could introduce her to his daughter, Gigi.
Then, he gave Gigi a stethoscope and gave her a chance to listen to her mother’s heartbeat.
Cue the flood of tears. It was such a pure moment. Nic was a genuinely sweet soul who loved her daughter more than anything, but Gigi never got a chance to get to know her mother.
However, that’s the heartbeat she heard in the womb, so in a way, it was familiar.
And the moment seemed to mean the world to Gigi as she uttered “hello mommy.”
The Resident has dished out its fair share of heart-shattering moments.
Nic’s death tops them all, but they’ve managed to give fans plenty of closure and continue to honor her memory.
The second heartbreaking moment was AJ’s mother’s cancer diagnosis. While AJ tried his best to get Carol into Pravesh’s new cancer trial, he was pretty upset when Pravesh informed him that she didn’t meet the criteria.
AJ’s anger is understandable as he feels helpless. He wants so badly to help his mother and sees this as the only way.
When Pravesh denied him, he took it as an attack, but eventually, Conrad helped AJ see that this trial wasn’t the way.
As Pravesh explained, the criteria is in place in order to protect the participants as well. It would only hurt Carol and cause her so much pain in the remaining months of her life.
Upon breaking the news to Carol, she admitted that felt relieved that she could just enjoy her last few months the way she wanted to.
There’s a beauty in acceptance. While AJ wanted what was best, he wasn’t considering what his mother wanted.
Pravesh never meant to hurt him, he was simply thinking clearly and protecting everyone involved.
And finally, Dr. Bell’s diagnosis was revealed as multiple sclerosis (MS).
It was a shock to the renowned surgeon as it meant that his career was essentially over.
While Kit seemed confident that they could get him some of the best doctors and get him back to the operating table, Bell was so angry that he was ready to hang up his lab coat.
Again, Bell’s anger is understandable as it threatens his whole career and the life he’s ever known.
He became a better man — with a lot of help from Kit — but now he doesn’t see any promise in his future. All he knows is that in the end, he’s going to be paralyzed and unable to feed himself.
He tries to free Kit from the responsibilities, but she assures him that she’ll be with him through everything.
I melted when she told him that he’s her great love, especially because it’s clear that she’s also his great love.
Bell was a difficult man at the beginning of the series, but he’s come a long way. His relationship with Kit is so sweet, so I’m rooting for him to find a way out of this that doesn’t corrupt him or all the progress he’s made.
Other sweet moments included Sammie and Gigi connecting and promising to be there for each other, especially after Sammie “saved” Gigi from the dragon at the lunar new year parade.
Leela wasn’t involved in the episode much but there was an important moment between her and Billie in which she decided that she wants to pursue neurosurgery.
Since Pravesh just started the clinical trial and celebrated the fact that he would have more time with her at home, her decision will likely cause a rift between them. I know that Pravesh will be supportive, but this likely isn’t the path he was hoping Leela would take. I also think that the mention of having kids will become an issue. Leela said the idea of children wasn’t in her plans anytime soon, but I feel like Pravesh might want to have children sooner rather than later.
What did you think of the episode? Are you happy that The Resident is finally back?
The Resident Review – Peek and Shriek (6×02)
The Resident really wants to make sure that you go and exercise your right to vote.
If the doctors and nurses who are busy saving countless lives day in and day out can make time for it, so can you! And truthfully, I have no idea when the staff at Chastain even finds the time to fit all that into a day.
Hopefully, when you do go and vote in the upcoming election, you don’t encounter the chaos that ensued outside of the polling place where Hundley was lined up. Things escalated rather quickly in the scene; one minute everyone was patiently waiting in line, and the next minute, punches and walking canes were being thrown.
What was once a slow day in the ER suddenly turned into a crazy busy day. Irving definitely jinxed them, and they all knew it was coming the moment he made the “slow” comment.
Unfortunately, all the commotion at the polls didn’t stop Betz, a billionaire finance entrepreneur from taking the lead over an experienced woman who values healthcare and education. There’s a reason all of this feels oddly familiar, and considering Betz’s new title as Governor of Georgia is especially concerning to Kit, who is worried about his platform’s desire to cut funding to public hospitals, it’ll play into the upcoming episodes.
Kit has a lot weighing on her shoulders aside from the election, which mostly includes Bell’s MS diagnosis. While his treatment is going well and he’s doing better, it’s always there lurking in the shadows. The MS isn’t going to go away; they’re going to have to find a way to live alongside it and come to terms with the fact that there will be good days and bad days. Acceptance, however, isn’t just hard on Bell, it’s also hard on the caregiver. Kit tried to pretend as though she was fine, but in reality, what was happening in her personal life was bleeding into her professional decisions. She was leaning into optimism, which isn’t bad, but she wasn’t being realistic about the expectations she was setting for her patient, Ben. Both Billie and Pravesh attempted to make it clear to Kit that her judgment was being clouded, but she was thriving on the idea of hope. In her mind, if she could fix Ben, she could fix Bell. We never saw the outcome of Ben’s surgery, nor do we know if he’ll be able to walk again or re-enter Pravesh’s clinical trial, but his situation was necessary for Kit to acknowledge that she’s not invincible.
I didn’t have a heartfelt friendship between Billie and Kit on my bingo card this season, but I’m digging their girl’s night plans. Billie needs someone to let loose with; a new friend to fill the void left behind by Nic, and it’s not exactly going to be Cade. There’s some tension between the two when it comes to Conrad, and since Conrad and Cade are now dating, it’s been hard on Billie to see it happen right in front of her.
We’re only on the second episode of the season, and I feel like Billie was the third wheel on multiple occasions. A woman knows when another woman has feelings for the same man, so I’m sure Cade has an inkling, but Conrad seems totally oblivious about Billie’s feelings towards him. When he sees her, he sees Nic, so it’s not surprising that he put her in the friend zone in his mind. Plus, she hasn’t really done anything to challenge that. She’s there for him in the way a friend should be while serving as a reminder of his wife. She even pushed him to be with Cade after he doubted whether Nic would want him to move on. I was rooting for Billie, but seeing how much he values her friendship and her opinion, I think I’d rather the writers just let this one go and find Billie a new love interest so that they could both find happiness in their respective relationships.
Conrad has made huge strides by allowing himself to love again, and the fact that he’s asking Cade to spend the night and be there for breakfast in the morning with Gigi is huge! There’s no stopping this relationship, and I don’t want a love triangle to make him question his feelings. The way he and Cade worked together “in the trenches” of the ER kind of reminded me of how he used to work alongside Nic. She was always his equal yet she challenged him, and that’s the vibe I’m getting from his relationship with Cade.
Stewart, the angry patient that started the commotion at the polling place and attacked Billie with a scalpel, was a unique way to loop back to Conrad’s experience as a vet. Turns out, the mood swings and angry outbursts were a result of medication to cut back on smoking. Who knew that was a known side-effect? It was also nice to see Conrad treat him like a human being whereas everyone else was all too eager to call him crazy and a lunatic. He said some terrible things at the polling place, but the man we saw in the ER after (aside from his attack) was like a different person. He needed someone to help him out rather than judge, and that’s exactly what Conrad did.
In a weird way, his outburst and attack on Enrique ended up being a good thing as it brought to light a mass in his bowels that he was constantly writing off as MS. Unfortunately, once AJ and Leela opened him up, they realized that the cancer spread throughout and there was nothing more that they could do. Leela’s detached reaction stirred up a very emotional reaction from her intern, Maya, which simply means that she’s going to be a great doctor one day. She cares about her patients, which is natural considering it’s Maya’s first brush with a situation where the result was out of their hands; there was nothing more that could be done as Enrique’s fate was sealed. It takes a lot of practice to accept such a result, and I’m glad that AJ informed Leela that she needed to be a little more empathetic towards her intern. The experienced doctors know all about compassion fatigue as it’s a part of their daily routine, but someone that’s new to this world needs to be eased into it.
Padma is on the mend after her rare pregnancy complication, but she’s not out of the woods just yet. A teaser for the upcoming episode reveals that she goes into shock, however, in this episode, she was simply coping with all the new fears by watching a lot of documentaries, aromatherapy, and spicy cheesies. I feel for Padma—being on bed rest can cause one to go stir crazy, especially when the loved ones you want to connect with are too busy dealing with patients and not really making time for you.
Padma’s breakdown in the bathroom over not feeling her twins’ heartbeats was completely normal and to be expected. Pregnant women have this fear even without any incidents, and there are so many potential complications with twins. Padma has seen it firsthand, so now she’s just expecting the worst while trying to remain hopeful.
Thankfully, she’s not in this alone as she has a great support system in AJ and Leela, even if they are a little busy. The duo carved some time to spend the evening with her and grab takeout, and it was nice to see them all bonding, especially with the knowledge that her next health scare with the babies is just around the corner. I’m really pulling for Padma and her plus two’s—I don’t want to see her grieve a child!
And finally, I can’t get on board with this new intro. I tried, I really did. I even thought that maybe I was just being sentimental last week, but when it came on again this week, it just felt wrong. Can we please go back to the original? It’s just not the same!
What did you think of The Resident Season 6 Episode 2? Do you like Conrad and Cade together? Does it make you miss Nic even more? Are you rooting for Billie?
The Resident Season Premiere Review – Two Hearts (6×01)
The Resident Season 6 premiere did not waste any time.
All hands were on deck to save Padma and her twins as she was diagnosed with a rare condition called TTTS (twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome). I almost got whiplash from how quickly they went from celebrating healthy twins to Padma needing emergency surgery to save her unborn children, but, as Leela pointed out, that’s life. It comes at you fast—one-minute things and perfect, the next, everything is falling apart. And twin pregnancies often come with additional, unexpected complications.
While Chastain wasn’t exactly equipped to handle this type of fetal procedure, they jury-rigged it when it became clear that the emergency helicopter couldn’t fly out to Orlando’s specialized unit due to inclement weather. I think it may have been in Padma’s best interest because she got the best of the best working to save her life. Not only did Padma’s twins have a few hours left, but she was showing signs of mirroring, which meant that she could’ve died as well. Honestly, it’s because of The Resident that I know about so many possible medical conditions.
Thankfully, the one thing Chastain did have was an expert in the field of fetal medicine, Ian Sullivan, who was eager to take on the surgery and give everyone a front-row ticket to the show. Padma couldn’t have had any more cheerleaders—everyone who was anyone at Chastain was there cheering her on and assisting. In the words of Hamilton, I want to be in the room where it happened!
AJ was told to take a step back and act as a father rather than a surgeon, but when it came down to the wire and Padma’s heart rate began spiking, he had to step in and work his magic. And that’s a perk of having a baby with one of the hospital’s finest and brightest!
Plenty of complications arose during the surgery, which was to be expected, but Ian didn’t even hesitate, proving that he really is the best of the best at this specific procedure. And you’d think that there would be a lot to celebrate since his doctor informed him that his cancer cleared up right before he saved Padma and her twins, and yet, we have to worry about his drug use as all signs seem to point at a drug addiction. How is that going to impact his career? Cade spotted him popping some pills, so she’ll surely bring it up next time, but will she try to cover for her dad knowing the risks? Their relationship was just getting to a good place, I don’t want to see it jeopardized again.
I know that a medical drama requires medical cases + drama, but I wish that they would have just allowed Padma to have a calm pregnancy, at least for a little bit. We’ve seen so many pregnancy situations pan out, can’t it just be okay for once?!
The first few scenes of the episode were beyond terrifying. Why were those creepy children whisper singing “Ring Around the Rosie” like that? Honestly, if I was Gigi, I’d be having nightmares too.
The series has remained committed to showing Conrad as a father despite the fact that he’s constantly in a hospital setting. It helps to humanize him and keeps Nic’s memory alive. Plus, it’s nice to see that doctors also have lives outside of the ER.
Conrad, however, seems to be torn between the two women. When Leela mentioned that Conrad finally has a new love interest, I was convinced she was referring to Billie after seeing how close she was with Conrad while talking about Gigi’s nightmares as they waited for the scans. So color me shocked when he ended up kissing Cade as Billie looked on longingly. And while I thought I didn’t have a stake in this love triangle, turns out, I was rooting for Billie this whole time, much like AJ Austin.
Austin may have been preoccupied with the health of Padma and the babies, but he carved out a little time to give Billie some advice: tell the man you love him! Also, it’s never too late to fight for the love of your life. Oh, AJ, a wise, wise man.
AJ seems to think that Conrad settled for Cade because he didn’t think Billie was interested since she was Nic’s best friend. I hate to call his relationship with Cade settling, however, as they always had a genuine connection, but I don’t think it’s fair that he didn’t know all of his options before making a decision.
And I don’t believe that he’s not picking up what Billie is throwing down. Conrad is perceptive and she all but threw herself at the man as he told her how grateful he was to have her by his side! This is a relationship that needs to be explored at some point… sorry, Cade.
After saving four lives—Padma and the twins and Ciara, the best cook in all of Atlanta—and dealing with two women who are head over heels in love with him, Conrad went home to his main girl. While everyone was suggesting different solutions to help Gigi cope with the night terrors, I love that Conrad kept it simple by taking her outside and showing her that there is beauty in the darkness. The dark is scary, sure, but it doesn’t have to be. Conrad is giving Gigi the tools she needs to succeed all on her own, and it’s absolutely adorable how much that man cares about that little girl. When Gigi asked if he’d stay with her until she fell asleep, he didn’t even hesitate. It’s unclear if Gigi will continue suffering nightmares and if there’s a deeper issue causing them, but for now, I’m content knowing that Conrad will be there for her if she’s ever scared again.
Elsewhere in the episode, Pravesh’s clinical trial got shut down because the sponsor went with another hospital that had better facilities. It definitely seems that the series is going to tap into the financial aspect of running a hospital once again as Kit complained a few times about the lack of resources, while Bell—who was part of the action from far away while undergoing treatment for his MS— suggested they need more funding if they are going to remain a top-notch hospital. And there’s a war brewing between Kit and some new candidate running for mayor, and poised to win, who wants to cut hospital funding.
While Padma’s pregnancy situation took up much of the hour, Chastain’s finest always go to bat for their patients, which included Ciara. All of her symptoms led to a CT that unveiled a mass in her brain. Billie ended up performing the risky surgery and was shocked to find an “egg” near her brain instead of a tumor. Yes, an egg… filled with a parasite from eating undercooked pork. And that, friends, is a reminder to cook your meat thoroughly!!
Not a moment was wasted on The Resident Season 6 premiere. It may just be another day in the ER, but it’s always going to be action-packed when it comes to Chastain!
What did you think of the episode?
The Resident Season Finale – Neon Moon (5×23)
Can I just say how grateful I am that there was a season finale that dished out happy endings all around?
The Resident Season 5 Episode 23 delivered its fair share of heartbreaking moments, but Chastain’s finest came out relatively unscathed at the end of it all.
And some of those distressing moments in the ED actually gave some characters a new outlook on life.
Conrad found his mind wandering to the past, specifically to his first post-baby date with Nic, but he wasn’t entirely sure why.
Wise Winston informed him that he shouldn’t try to push away the memory because it was likely trying to teach him something, and sure enough, it was the pivotal moment Conrad needed to finally allow himself to move on romantically.
Conrad himself admitted to feeling guilty about even pursuing another woman, and it’s understandable. Nic was the love of his life, and she was taken too soon. I don’t think Conrad will ever actually move on from her, but he also deserves love and happiness.
He feels like he owes it to her to stay single forever just to prove how much he loves her, but the truth is, Nic would’ve never wanted it.
We always knew that, but now, after Conrad worked through his memories, he also knows it. She said so herself.
I never knew how much I missed Nic until I saw Emily VanCamp back on my screen. It felt right. It felt like home, which is exactly how Conrad must feel whenever he gets pulled back into one of these memories.
The specific one his brain kept going back to was the first date after they became parents where Nic got jealous after seeing Conrad hug another woman at a bar. I don’t know why Nic would ever think Conrad would be stepping out on her since 1. that isn’t Conrad and 2. jealousy isn’t her look, but let’s blame those baby hormones. Plus, it explains why he feels so guilty about even considering it.
The moment led to an open discussion about death, and though Nic didn’t want to think about it, Conrad informed her that he bought out a life insurance policy in case anything ever happened to him.
He then gave her permission to move on with someone that loved her and Gigi unconditionally. Nic promised to do so only if Conrad vowed to do the same if the tables were turned. It was a gut-wrenching scene to watch simply because you know that this conversation isn’t hypothetical and it’s actually Nic who doesn’t live to see her daughter grow up.
While Conrad didn’t immediately make a decision between the two ladies completely smitten with him — Cade and Billie — (at least not openly), he did acknowledge that he was ready to finally let love in.
Who will his heart settle on? It’s unclear for now, but my money is on Cade.
Billie continues to give me best friend vibes, plus, they haven’t even had any scenes together in a minute. Meanwhile, he’s basically out here helping Cade heal from her shooting, patch up her relationship with her dad, and she even has a connection with Gigi. The woman that loves Conrad as much as he loves her is Cade. There’s no question about it.
Cade and Conrad also have a good groove going. They definitely feel like the same person — Cade is the female version of Conrad.
Even their daddy issues are similar. And Conrad, who has rebuilt his relationship with his father by acknowledging that it was a two-way street and one that needed a little bit of TLC and understanding, is the perfect person to guide Cade through it.
When her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he knew exactly what to say and how to help her navigate.
And while I don’t think Cade and her dad are completely healed, I do think they made a lot of progress, especially as she worried that he might not make it out of the OR.
He’s tough, so he did, and virtually cancer-free. Though, he definitely had help from some incredible doctors, including Bell and Leela, who performed her first Whipple.
Bell isn’t blind, thank god, and the eyesight issues were a temporary MS flare-up. Terrifying? Yes, but not the end of the world or his career. He has a huge cheerleader in his corner with Kit, but Bell is also a realist, so he’s training Leela as his replacement.
Leela took on quite a lot this season as she attempted a double specialty, but she quickly learned that overdoing it wasn’t the key to happiness.
Instead, she figured she was going to be a general surgeon, which would allow her to flex her muscle on a variety of different patients and procedures. It sure does feel like the best of both worlds, but it also frees her up to have a personal life.
And a personal life is much needed if she plans to course-correct her relationship with Pravesh.
Leela didn’t have a change of heart about her stance on children, but she also didn’t shoot down the idea of it in the future either.
And Pravesh, who was leaving Chastain for a position with the research hospital in Baltimore, realized that he wanted to give their relationship another try.
I don’t want Pravesh to give up his dream of having a family, but it’s hard to argue with the logic that he’s giving up on the woman he loves for a hypothetical child.
The realization came to him after a patient ignored his and AJ Austin’s orders to terminate a pregnancy that was putting his wife’s life at risk.
I know that no one ever wants to hear that they have to kill their unborn child to save their wife, but in this case, the options weren’t stacked in Trini’s favor. And it seemed careless to choose the option with the most risk simply to save an unborn child over the wife and mother of your actual child.
The husband’s decision was the one he’ll regret for the rest of his life. The pain of losing an unborn child would’ve been there regardless, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as traumatizing as losing Trini.
Trini deserved better. The doctors would have saved them both if they could, but the options simply weren’t there. Instead of saving one patient, they lost them both.
And honestly, my heart aches the most for the young boy who had no say and watched his mother die in front of him.
I won’t ever understand why someone would willingly do that to their child.
It’s not the same, but as Pravesh explained, Trini would one day be able to have another child. The family could’ve been whole again, but now they will forever have a hole in place of Trini.
But if one good thing came out of it, it was Pravesh and Leela’s reconciliation.
Then there are soon-to-be parents AJ and Padma, who are expecting twins. I’m over the moon about this, and I can’t wait to see AJ in the role of a loveable and gentle father.
All the love in the air was fitting considering everyone was at an engagement party for Kit and Bell.
Say what you want but it finally feels like everyone at Chastain is getting a much-deserved break.
Did you like the season finale? Who will Conrad choose as his romantic partner? Or will it be neither of his co-workers? Marion did make a little appearance there, and Nic sniffed out a crush. Maybe it’s always been Marion!
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