The Resident Review – Chastain’s Most Eligible Bachelor (5×08)
The lesson from The Resident Season 5 Episode 8? It’s never too late to change.
And change came for Chastain’s best in a variety of different ways.
Dr. Pravesh dealt with a corrupt system that wouldn’t offer help to a retired couple struggling to take care of themselves.
Pravesh has always wanted to change the system, but now, more than ever, he wants to do something meaningful.
It’s what pushed him to talk to Kit Voss about embracing clinical trials.
He wants to be part of the solution that ensures there is adequate treatment for those who really need it.
George and Celeste were a sweet couple, but it was clear the weight of taking care of her husband was getting to her. Eventually, it was important for Celeste to prioritize her own health in order to ensure that he would also be taken care of in the long run.
I’m always supportive of a woman advocating for herself. Though I’ll be honest, I love that we also got to see the other side of the coin with George explaining that he hates that his needs made his wife sick. I’m sure it’s not easy for a man, who is always considered the caretaker, to put all that pressure solely on his wife.
Kit hired DeSoto to coach Chastain’s self-proclaimed Kings of Surgery, and their egos were definitely a little bruised.
Bell and AJ spent much of the surgery gassing themselves up, so it was definitely painful to learn that Kit thought they could use coaching.
Even worse — DeSoto had a lot of notes about how they could improve, which meant that their technique wasn’t flawless after all.
While Bell was a little more adaptive, AJ pushed back on a lot of DeSoto’s suggestions because he felt he knew better.
However, once Bell applied the notes and excelled in surgery, AJ acknowledged that he probably could be more strategic in surgery.
And, if I’m interpreting the situation correctly, he also asked DeSoto to stick around to continue challenging him because he has a huge crush on her, right?
There was also Dr. Conrad better known as the hospital’s most eligible bachelor.
All the nurses were fawning over him, and while he definitely noticed, he wasn’t really comfortable with it.
It’s been years since Nic’s death, but Conrad still doesn’t feel like it’s the right time to move on.
However, with Billie’s blessing, he did indulge Marion, a daycare worker that Gigi loved.
Am I crazy or did it seem like Billie regretted giving Conrad the green light to move on from Nic because she has feelings for him?
That would be complicated. But she’s right that Nic wouldn’t want Conrad to be alone forever — she would want him and Gigi to find someone that could make them complete again.
Plus, I love how he manages to keep Nic’s memory alive. Gigi may not have known her mother, but you’d never tell by the way she talks about her mommy.
Admittedly, I don’t know if I’m ready for Conrad to move on mainly because I was so devoted to his relationship with Nic, but Marion seems like a really great person with a good heart.
If Conrad is going to move on, it better be with someone worthy of his and Gigi’s heart!
What did you think about the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
The Resident Review – Conrad’s Back! (5×07)
Dr. Hawkins is back, baby!
It took him a while to take the plunge back to Chastain, but Dr. Hawkins has returned to serve Atlanta!
And it was all part of a calculated effort by his former colleagues, who knew that there was nowhere he belonged more than in the midst of all the action.
However, I don’t think that proving to Hawkins just how much he missed the hospital would’ve sufficed on its own.
Hawkins has never shied away from the fact that he misses the thrill of it all, but he simply made due with the fact that his priorities shifted and he had to put miss Gigi first.
The real dealbreaker was when he had a heart-to-heart with Carol and she asked him the number one question: are you happy.
Conrad loves being a dad, but Conrad isn’t a fully realized Conrad when he’s not at Chastain.
Children always pick up on whether or not a parent is happy. They sense these things. While they need you, they also need to see their parent pursuing the things that interest them.
In this case, Conrad realized that by coming back to work, he wasn’t just doing it for himself, he was doing it for Gigi.
She would finally see the man that everyone at Chastain raves about.
And hey, it didn’t hurt that she loves Auntie Kit’s daycare program.
Honestly, who wouldn’t?
The fact that more companies don’t offer in-house daycare boggles my mind. Do you know how many problems it would solve? Do you know how much productivity would skyrocket.
It prevents parents from feeling guilty about pursuing careers!
Dr. Pravesh welcomed the new interns, and if you had a case of deja vu when Trevor misstepped, well, you weren’t the only one.
Pravesh was hard on Trevor — it almost seemed personal.
Yes, Trevore messed up royally. He gave a recovering addict beer. And worse, he did it to prove a point.
He sabotaged a patient’s wellbeing for his own selfish reasons; a doctor should never put his own interests first.
However, Trevor’s arrogance and ego is a symptom of not wanting to fail or admit to failure.
When he realized that everything he worked for could disappear in a blink, he admitted that med school was a challenge and Chastain was the only hospital to accept him as an intern.
Sometimes, you just have to say it how it is.
Conrad gave Trevor another shot — which came with quite a stern warning — and reminded Pravesh that everyone deserves a second chance.
After all, Pravesh’s first day of being an intern wasn’t exactly peachy either.
Trevor lives to see another day at Chastain, and while he seems to be much more knowledgable in comparison to the other interns, he can’t screw this up.
Hopefully, he’ll learn to play the game, or next time, Billie won’t be able to sweep in with the save.
I’m a little shocked that Billie was the one who wrote Trevor the glowing letter instead of AJ, who is supposed to be his mentor.
Billie tried to play tough, but I guess maternal insticts won over. Even if she doesn’t have that motherly connection to Trevor, she’s still his mom and wants to see his succeed.
It’s only a matter of time before everyone finds out the truth about his connection to Billie.
AJ’s mother found herself at a crossroads with her recent diagnosis, which was a double-edged sword.
The treatment that was curing her cancer was simultaenously causing her body to attack itself.
Some might call that a sick joke.
It was a hard pill to swallow for both her and AJ, but it led to some pretty great dialouge between Carol, the Raptor, Trevor, and Hawkins about making the best choice that ensured a quality of life.
There’s no outrunning death, but at least there’s finding a solution that allows you to squeeze out as much time as you possibly can.
The Raptor has seemingly come to terms with the fact that his mother was living on borrowed time, and that’s time that they’re both very thankful for, but they always knew it wouldn’t last forever.
Leela and Padma’s storyline is one of the first that takes place completely away from Chastain, but I’m totally invested.
I love how supportive they are of each other, particularly when their parents came down harshly on Leela’s career choice and suggested that her job was dangerous because of her dyslexia and not a good fit for someone who wants to have children.
Both of their viewpoints were rather outdated, a point which Leela had no problem emphasizing.
Leela is definitely the meek sister, but it was awesome to stand up for herself and for the life she’s chosen for herself.
It was the moment that her parents no longer had any control over her actions or decisions.
Also, as she pointed out, it’s the 21st century; women (and men) can have a career and a family. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. I mean, have they seen that onsite daycare? Leela should give them a tour.
And though it was brief, we got a little more insight into Padma’s character and found out that she’s more of the carefree spirit because she was diagnosed with leukemia as a child and isn’t able to have children.
Are you enjoying this storyline?
Are you happy Conrad is back at Chastain?
Share your thoughts on the episode below!
The Resident Review – Ask Your Doctor (5×06)
After a brief hiatus, The Resident returned, and thanks to a flash-forward, it felt like an entirely new show.
Conrad gave up his position at Chastain to run a private practice in order to be there for Gigi following Nic’s death.
It’s not the life he planned for himself, and it’s clear that he misses the action that came with working at Chastain.
When he encountered a cancer patient who needed to be seen, he rushed him over to his old place of employment a little too eagerly.
And, of course, he was welcomed back with open arms.
The dynamic duo — Hawkins and Pravesh — teamed up once again after the patient took two pharmacists hostage and demanded cancer trial drugs.
This is the kind of stuff Conrad has been missing in his life.
In fact, at a cute little dinner with Gigi later on, he said that working alongside Pravesh was the best day he’s had in a long time.
And it’s not surprising. His private clinic work seemed dull compared to a cancer misdiagnosis.
He’s challenged and valued at Chastain, and the hospital is losing out without him.
It’s only a matter of time before he finds himself back there again, but it’s also not surprising as to why he gave it all up.
Conrad is a single father. He said it himself — Gigi is his everything, so he’s doing everything to be there for her.
Working at Chastain would simply take him away from all of that.
Just look at Leela and Pravesh. As her twin sister, Padma, pointed out, she’s barely home and doesn’t seem to have a life outside of being a doctor.
While the dedication is admirable, it’s also not a way to live.
Conrad can’t go back to that kind of life if he wants to have a relationship with his daughter.
It’s not sustainable. And it’s not sustainable for Leela either.
At first, she defended her job, but eventually, she realized her sister was right.
So, she took the day off and indulged her sister, who just bought a van to live in.
Of course, her sister also realized that Leela was right about the fact that she should probably put down some roots.
To be quite honest, I don’t mind Padma as a permanent part of the show. Her relationship with Dr. Austin is intriguing as it gives him more depth. We get to see The Raptor outside of the hospital for once.
She’s fun and full of life, which is very different from Dr. Austin. She could bring out a new side to him.
Also, I’m here for the double dates between Dr. Austin and Padma and Leela and Pravesh.
AJ and Dr. Bell had a chest-puffing competition as they both set their sights on the Chief of Surgery position.
It was funny seeing them in such a competitive state since we’ve rarely seen these two actors play off of each other.
But it was also hilarious because both of them are very talented and accomplished, so there’s really no need to try to outshine one another.
In the end, Voss made her decision, and it wasn’t either of them.
It definitely bruised their egos a bit, but it’s necessary to keep them both in check so that they are the best doctors they could be.
Plus, she had valid points when she mentioned that AJ wouldn’t have the time and Bell already held the position once before and quit because he didn’t like it.
There’s too much red tape when it comes to COS, and both of them love the thrill of the operating room.
Instead, she chose Billie for the role and seeing how she commands a room these days, I’m not surprised.
Billie is very certain of herself and her talents; she’s direct and almost brash in her communication with patients.
Initially, I found it a little offputting, but I guess it’s one way to earn the respect of her colleagues.
It was nice to see that Chastain, and its doctors, have been flourishing over the years.
And it was even sweeter to see how seriously Conrad has taken the role of being a father.
He has something genuinely special with Gigi, and Nic would’ve been proud.
However, it’s important that he also does what’s best for him — he deserves to enjoy his life and his job.
What did you think of the episode? Are you feeling reenergized by the time jump?
How many episodes do you give it until Conrad figures out a way to come back to Chastain?
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