How is it possible that The Resident keeps getting better with each passing week?
Even a week where there’s less focus on personal storylines and more of an emphasis on the medical-aspect of the series, I’m still glued to the TV in awe of Chastain’s finest.
The most personal storyline of the week involved Conrad and his former commanding officer in Afghanistan, Captain Hill, who was injured in a free climbing accident.
He immediately called Conrad knowing that he’d mobilize the Search and Rescue team.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Conrad work with them, but anytime he ventures outside of the hospital, it’s a joy to watch.
His quick thinking kept Hill alive until backup arrived and transported him to Chastain where AJ Austin was waiting to operate.
The storyline also gave us some insight into Conrad’s time at war. He remained loyal and committed to saving Hill because Hill took a bullet for him when he made the questionable decision to disobey a command.
While the operation went smoothly, Conrad grew concerned when they couldn’t find a bullet that he knew for a fact was lodged in Hill’s spine.
Considering the amount of shared respect between Conrad and Austin, I was a little surprised that Austin chose to wait for medical records instead of performing the CT to find the bullet.
Conrad may have had a personal connection to the case, but he wasn’t letting it cloud his judgment. Why didn’t Austin take his word for it?
When Hill suffered a mini-stroke, I was sure that we’d see a confrontation between Conrad and Austin as early action and detection could’ve likely prevented it.
Thankfully, they caught it in time and avoided a massive stroke, but still, I’m surprised Conrad didn’t press the issue further.
With Hill on the mend and the bullet dislodged from his neck, both of the men could begin the healing process.
While Hill’s decision to jump in and save Conrad was noble, he’s been harboring resentment as it ruined his tenured career in the army.
Meanwhile, Conrad had been harboring all that guilt for ignoring an order, almost getting his captain and friend killed, and singlehandedly ending his military career.
The bullet represented all that pent-up guilt and anger, so the act of physically throwing it away was so powerful.
Conrad rarely talks about his service so the flashbacks were a nice touch to give audiences an understanding of what he went through and what makes him such a headstrong doctor.
Nic continues to recover from the stabbing, so while she sat out a lot of the action at Chastain, she still managed to have Conrad’s back and was there for him when he needed her. Conic is the best, plain and simple.
Mina and the Raptor were gearing up for a once-in-a-lifetime surgery that has only been done by a handful of surgeons, but when AJ was personally requested to help Conrad’s patient, she successfully completed the surgery on her own.
What a badass! If that’s not a reason to renew her visa, I don’t know what is!
The U.S. would be silly to let go of such an impeccable and impressive surgeon. The woman works miracles.
The surgical feat also meant that she was ready to fly the coop – AJ had taught her everything he could and she was ready to stand on her own!
I was particularly fond of Pravesh’s storyline because it proved that Chastain and its doctors are not like the others.
Despite Chastain becoming a public hospital, they prioritize patient care.
Pravesh was faced with a difficult situation because he had a patient who needed a hip replacement but didn’t want one because of the potential other risks as a result of her sickle cell anemia.
It was hard to watch because you knew Pravesh was simply trying to help and doing what he thought was right.
Even when things got difficult and she had a reaction post-surgery, Pravesh stuck to his gut; he knew that the surgery was her best option even if there were moments where he wavered in his decision.
In the end, Rose received blood that was compatible, she got a new hip, and she made it to her dance recital… well, the dance recital came to her.
It was such a sweet gesture on Pravesh’s part as it showed that he actually listens to his patients and cares about their well-being. He went the extra mile when it wasn’t required of him.
So, when Kit says that there isn’t a place for Cain at Chastain in the previews, I’m not entirely surprised.
Everyone at Chastain goes above and beyond for patients and never lets their egos get in the way. The same cannot be said for Cain.
And while Kit seems to be a firm believer of the ideology that everyone deserves a second chance and people can change (that’s what she told Bell’s former step-son Jake), it doesn’t seem like that’s going to factor into rehiring Cain, who woke up from his procedure just as arrogant as ever.
When he told her “we’re done here,” I couldn’t believe that this man still had the audacity to act that way after everything his colleagues did for him and even now when Kit was there sacrificing her time to visit him.
Thankfully, she was able to hit right back by informing him that he was chatting with the new CEO of Chastain. Wasn’t that look on his face priceless?
I feel for the guy, I really do. Finding out that you might never be able to operate again when that was the only thing to ever bring you joy and fulfillment is a tough pill to swallow, but he also makes it so difficult to root for his success.
When his lawyer came, he basically kickstarted a witchhunt to find the person willing to testify against him at Chastain.
And, of course, we know that person is Mina. With her immigration status on the line, this is a terrible, very bad, no-good combo. Cain could easily hurt Mina’s chances of getting a visa, and you know he’d do it without even batting an eyelash.
Prepare for a showdown of epic proportions because all of Chastain is going to fight for Mina with everything they have.
I’ll be the one to say it yet again – can Bell and Kit get together already?
There’s no one that believes in Bell more than Kit, who even vouched for him to Jake.
Of course, erasing all that pain is going to take some time, but at least Jake seems to be open to the idea by agreeing to grab coffee with his former step-son.
I’m glad that Jake didn’t immediately give in to Bell’s requests as it wouldn’t have been realistic. He has every right to cling to his reservations after being abandoned by a man who he considered a father figure.
Just because Bell wants back in his life doesn’t mean that he deserves it.
And considering that Jake and Gregg are going to adopt, Jake is also looking out for his child as he doesn’t want him to experience the same feelings of abandonment.
Of course, we know that Kit is right because season 4 Bell is not the same as season 1 Bell, so it’s unlikely he’d squander another chance.
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When Will ‘The Resident’ Return After the Time Jump?
If you turned on the TV tonight hoping to catch a new episode of The Resident, you were in for quite the surprise.
The medical drama did not air a new episode this week, October 26.
That’s quite a bummer considering The Resident Season 5 Episode 5 — the show’s annual Halloween episode — featured a jaw-dropping time-jump that brought the staff of Chastain three years into the future.
Right before the reveal, the series also gave Conrad, his co-workers, and fans, closure to Nic’s death.
Since the series is taking a little break, we’ll have to wait to see what everyone is up to several years down the road.
When can we expect new episodes?
The short answer is that the upcoming episode will air after the World Series.
If you’re not a sports fan, you might find yourself wondering when that is.
The October 26 episode was preempted by Game 1 of the World Series.
The earliest the show could return is Tuesday, November 2. That’s if and only if the World Series wraps up within five games or less.
However, if it spans six games, The Resident will return with a new episode on November 9.
Basically, you’re going to have to pay attention to sports for the next few weeks to ensure that you don’t miss The Resident Season 5 Episode 6.
Here’s the synopsis for the episode to get you excited about what’s to come, although, I know you’re probably still buzzing from the major twist.
The Resident Halloween Episode Review – Spirits or Symptoms? (5×05)
The Resident did it once again.
They nailed their annual Halloween episode out of the ballpark and managed to squeeze every single emotion out of me.
I love that the series goes all out for spooky season. As does Chastain.
Every single corner of the hospital was decked out for the holiday. Year after year, the series excels in delivering themed storylines that tie in organically with the plot.
The mystery of the three witches was Conrad’s first day back following his hiatus after Nic’s death. Women who believe in magic and are experiencing deep hallucinations are bound to get your mind off of the dark stuff at home. The three “witches” definitely gave off a Hocus Pocus vibe, especially when one of them freaked out about the abilities of the blood pressure cuff.
How cool and creepy was that scene where one of them snuck off to the bathroom and saw her evil self laughing maniacally back at her only to be enveloped by ghosts?
While it eventually turned out to be an accidental poisoning through an herb in the tea and not a result of spells, magic, or alcohol, it was a teachable moment for Conrad, who realized that these three women were together to reconnect with a loved one when the veil was at its thinnest.
It was a gentle reminder that despite being physically gone, Nic will always be there for them.
And the fact that he came home to a delivery of Gigi’s Halloween costume proved that she’s always looking out for them.
The case inspired Conrad to host his own pagan ritual to say a proper goodbye to Nic.
Seeing everyone in the house, sharing a meal at the table, and reminiscing about the good times they had with Nic was the sweetest sendoff.
And somehow, over the span of an hour, The Resident manage to freak me out before turning me into a pile of mush.
After everyone departed, Conrad went upstairs to check on Gigi, and when he went through her bedroom door, she was suddenly a sweet 5-year-old dressed up as an astronaut.
Conrad may have forgotten her first Halloween costume while being wrapped up in his grief, but it’s clear he never forgot it moving forward. He became the best version of himself for his family.
The series is jumping into the future, which honestly, is the only way they can really move on from this loss while honoring Nic’s character.
Seeing Conrad mope around and mourn his late wife is only sustainable for a few episodes, though, having him move on too quickly is also insensitive.
Utilizing a time jump is the only thing that makes sense at this moment, plus, it allows the series to reframe and explore new storylines.
After all, there have been a handful of shakeups recently, including Mina’s exit that left The Raptor heartbroken, that we need to move past.
Since it’s not known how many more seasons Fox will give The Resident — this could even be the last one — the time jump allows us to go deeper with the characters and see how things turned out.
Basing this solely off the teaser, it seems as though Conrad stepped away from medicine to be a full-time father, but leave it up to Pravesh (and his new ‘do) to convince him to come back!
It also seems like The Raptor and Leela are hooking up… or were, though, maybe that’s just how the teaser is cut to throw us off?
And AJ is now a published author.
Here’s hoping the book includes his sound advice about warding off ghosts!
Leave it to AJ to be a man of both science and science fiction. In the present, he didn’t dismiss the beliefs of any of his patients. Even though he knew there was likely a scientific and medical explanation for what was happening, he indulged them in their hypothesis. This is why he’s the best character — I won’t be convinced otherwise.
Spirits or symptoms is a sound premise for a future series!
His ghost expertise calmed his patient down long enough so that his medical expertise could diagnose him with a life-threatening tumor. Win-win.
Pravesh may not have been a believer, but whatever happened in room 2413 (“it’s haunted, I won’t go in there” – Nolan) convinced him to abandon the historical apartment with “character” for more modern fixing hopefully not built atop of a burial site.
Kit channeled her inner Mary Poppins — I’ll never unsee it now — to entertain the children at the daycare, but she didn’t stop worrying about Dr. Bell, who boldly picked up a hitchhiker on the side of the road.
We know hitchhikers tend to be bad news, so it was clear that there was going to be something up with Mike.
Did I expect him to be a full-blown serial killer that slashed three people before hopping into Bell’s Mercedes and forcing him under the knife, so to speak, to pay for the sins of his past?
Absolutely not. But I wasn’t opposed to the storyline.
I was genuinely concerned about Bell’s well-being once we knew there was a serial killer on the loose, Mike began inquiring if Bell ever murdered anyone, and when he asked him to drop him off in some dark street far away from the main road.
Thankfully, Mike appreciated Bell’s honesty and the fact that he owned up to his previous mistakes, so he let him go.
I doubt that would ever happen in a real-life brush with a serial killer wielding a knife, but I’m glad that’s how it went down for Bell’s sake.
And it’s always nice to see the series acknowledge the massive character growth. It’s important that they didn’t forget who Bell was when all of this started.
There were medical cases, there were fun moments where Chastain’s finest indulged in some chilling antics, and there was closure to Nic’s death topped with an emotional time jump the finish things off.
What did you think of the annual Halloween episode? Are you excited about the time jump?
Let us know your thoughts below!
The Resident Review – Now What? (5×04)
The hardest thing to do is accept what you don’t understand.
Conrad spent much of The Resident Season 5 Episode 4 looking for answers to explain Nic’s tragic and unexpected death.
While everyone has to go through the process of grieving, Conrad’s was concerning to his loved ones.
His obsession to find an answer that wasn’t there caused him to spiral.
He needed to make peace with it, and when he couldn’t, he got a little nudge from Pravesh.
I love that Pravesh was real with Conrad. It pained him to say it, but it needed to be said.
And that kind of thing should always come from a good and trusted friend.
Conrad was there for Pravesh when his dad died, and now, he was returning the favor.
Conrad was so broken without Nic — it was tough to watch. That was his rock, his world, his everything.
How do you even begin to move on? It’s unbearable.
The sad truth is that Nic’s death was a freak accident. He might never know what happened, which is hard for a doctor to stomach because they’re always looking for answers.
Towards the end of the episode, after Conrad finally came to terms with his loss, he broke down before revisiting the scene of the crash one last time, which is where he spotted a deer.
It sort of implies Nic swerved to avoid hitting a deer, but it could also be interpreted as Nic’s spirit checking up on him.
Do with that scene what you will, but I’ll forever judge a deer when I see one on the side of the road.
And as much as he wanted an answer, it’s a sigh of relief that Gigi doesn’t have a genetic heart condition to deal with on top of everything.
Dr. Devi had her first brush with an egotistical doctor, and, boy, did I feel for her.
I find myself forgetting that she’s an intern sometimes because she’s so talented and fits in so well with the group.
Kranepool definitely channeled a season 1 Bell vibe.
He was using his arrogance and tenure to mask the fact that his eyesight was on the decline. By putting the blame mostly on interns, he didn’t have to admit his faults and the fact that his career was coming to an end.
While his behavior towards Devi was unacceptable, it was only a fraction of the problem. In reality, Kranepool’s declining health put patients in jeopardy and was a liability for the hopsital.
For those reasons, I think it’s awesome the Devi spoke up. Or rather, snacked on a chip and nodded. It was a step below doing an interpretive dance.
I also admire that Devi still did what her gut told her to do instead of taking Pravesh’s advice.
Women, oftentimes, have to tread much more carefully than men. In this case, she feared retaliation, so it’s awesome that Dr. Kit is the kind of CEO that will address these situations,
Bell was pretty inconspicuous with his approach, but when Kranepool visibly almost killed a patient, he had no choice but to step in.
He recognized his past self in Kranepool, which is why he knew exactly what to say to convince him to retire.
There was a point in time where Bell would act in the same manner, but even he noted that he’s not the same person he was four years ago.
Thank god for that because this Bell is a keeper.
His friendship/ borderline relationship with Kit Voss is one of the sweetest in the series. The BACK RUB! Enough said!
I want them to pursue those feelings, but I’m kind of digging this supportive thing they’ve got going on. It’s an unspoken understanding that just works for them.
Billie and Trevor’s relationship is messy, especially when he comes to hang out at the hospital.
Obviously, that was never AJ’s intention, but it’s understandable that Billie doesn’t want to keep running into her son when it isn’t on her terms.
However, I think Billie and Devi’s chat about people deserving the truth no matter how bad is a bit of foreshadowing. Also, that is a friendship I’m ready to ship! Who else misses all the doctors hanging out at the bar to cool off after an intense shift? This was a good moment to bring it back to the basics.
Billie is avoiding Trevor not because she hates him but because she wants to protect him. But her actions are hurting him even more and feeding into his feelings of abandonment.
Trevor wants to know where he came from; he wants to get to know his roots.
The Raptor recognized that and figured he could be a source of support and mentorship. And he’s great at it.
AJ knows exactly what Trevor is going through, so he’s able to advise, but he also calls him out. It’s a great balance, and it’s something that Trevor, who strikes me as a smart and good guy deep down inside, really needs.
He needs a role model since that’s all he’s ever really wanted from Billie and his father.
Billie has every right to her feelings, but she was a bit harsh with AJ.
Still, AJ is such a gentleman that he honored her wishes.
And am I picking up on a bit of chemistry between the two of them?
The Raptor’s romance with Mina was so pure, I don’t know if I could get behind him and Billie.
And especially not if he’s going to develop a strong relationship with Trevor. I don’t believe in fairytales enough to be convinced that they could, at some point, end up some happy modern family.
As I mentioned, Trevor has a lot to learn from The Raptor, and I particularly loved the scene where he asked him what kind of man he wants to be after defending his choice to save the cop that pulled them over.
The Raptor doesn’t judge when he steps into that OR. He has taken an oath to save anyone and everyone, regardless if they do him wrong. It’s what makes him exceptional. It’s a mindset I think we could all adopt and benefit from.
The Halloween episode is coming up next week and those flashbacks to #CoNic gave me chills. What do you think the shocking moment is in the preview? What is behind the door that Conrad opens?
Does Emil Van Camp return as a ghost? Or is he stepping into his future and seeing Gigi as a toddler/ young adult?
Sound off in the comments!
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