Another The Resident episode, another terrible Dr. Cain sighting.
He may have been put in his place by Logan Kim on the previous episode, but all of that seems to be in the past as Cain’s ego takes precedence over patient care and preparedness during the unveiling of the Cain Neurological Institute.
Getting your own hospital wing is a prestigious honor that is given to those who deserve it and comes with great responsibility, which Cain ignored to prioritize his donors.
This isn’t the first time Cain has gone into surgery and disregarded valid concerns from his staff and nurses.
The argument that someone “didn’t die” doesn’t negate that they could have. He should have listened to Nic and waited until they were ready to perform the surgery.
Nic’s point was valid — they perform incredibly risky procedures on a daily basis where the odds are stacked against them, and being prepared can make a life or death a difference. They owe that much to the patients.
There are so many issues with Cain’s character, but the most frustrating has to be how he belittles nurses and makes them feel less than.
Those are the people you want on your good side — they support you, help you, and lift you up — you don’t want to make an enemy of them. Also, it’s hilarious that he truly believes that Nic, who chose a profession that barely gives her any recognition, would care about having her name on a building. Cain, not everyone is as selfish as you are.
But enough about Cain, let’s focus on Dr. Bell’s glow-up because it is one of the best on television.
As Bell grappled with the realization that his 3B Life supplements may have been poisoning and killing people, Pravesh questioned what it would take for Bell to revert back to his old ways to save himself.
While it seemed like Pravesh was still thinking of the Bell from back in the day, it was a fair question considering some people never change.
But Bell did.
And he proved that he’s above his old ways when he was presented with the opportunity to throw his business partner under the bus and refused.
Bell backed Andrea early on when the situation was first brought up and he was ready to taint his name if the product turned out to be dangerous to consumers because “it was his responsibility.”
Every time I watch The Resident, I think how the writers are to have been able to transform Bell’s character from the villain to a champion of the people who wants to be better and do better.
The conclusion of the 3B Life story-arc was necessary as it was pointless to drag it out any longer, and it was surprising that there was no foul play involved with their products. We all considered that Cain was somehow involved, didn’t we?
Instead, Conrad and Pravesh determined in the knick-of-time that the illnesses and deaths were related to a pesticide shipped on clothing from a boutique advertised on the same shopping network.
The storyline almost makes you want to stop online shopping… almost.
Conrad seems to have a knack at getting to the bottom of unsolvable cases and “seeing what others don’t,” a quality that Bell has learned to admire instead of chastise. See, isn’t it so nice when everyone works together on the same team?
Bell’s on such a positive trajectory, he’s about to become the new Dr. Oz after being offered an opportunity to take over the Dr. Pierce Show following his retirement.
While Bell never imagined a life outside of the OR and Chastain, he’s clearly been very flexible as to his career moves. He’s also a natural on TV and not one to shy away from the spotlight.
A gig like this could bring much-needed exposure to Chastain and the good work they’re doing. But, it also struck me when Pierce told Bell he could “restructure” the show in a way he wanted to that Bell could use this platform to expose Red Rock for the greedy, money-over-patients company that it is.
Bell said he’d think about accepting the gig, and I think he just might after he got deeply personal with Conrad and acknowledged his past for the first time.
He admitted that he always wanted to be as respected as his father, a man that people trusted, and now, he was working towards that. Being in public in front of thousands of people who trust and respect him could be the next step that he needs to take.
It was an enlightening moment as we’ve never heard Bell speak so fondly of his father before, and it gave us a deeper look at who Bell is when he’s not a surgeon.
Torres is an exciting addition to Chastain, but will his romance with Mina bloom?
Mina pursued him and suggested a date after coming to terms with AJ and Andrea’s romance.
AJ gave Torres his blessing after shutting down any notion that he and Mina were more than friends and allowed them to have some alone time.
And while it’s sweet that these two are so supportive of each other’s love lives, they’re very clearly just avoiding the inevitable; those feelings are bound to bubble up.
Things between AJ and Andrea and Mina and Torres could be fine, but they won’t be “it” and sooner or later, they’ll have to acknowledge those feelings.
Even Torres saw the sparks that we see with Mina and AJ.
The Resident is taking a brief hiatus before returning in March with the episode we’ve all been waiting for — the Conic proposal!
From the promo, it looks like Conrad isn’t the only one ready to pop the question as Nic also suggests getting engaged. But I have to ask if any of my Gilmore Girls fans saw the nod to the series with the gazebo in the background. It could just be a coincidence, but I’m not one that believes in them.
I’m ready for a wedding, y’all. I have my dress picked out and everything.
Other Noteworthy Moments from Chastain
- Annie is a recurring character that offers some relief from the new-case-of-the-week formula of the series. Not only did she survive the explosion, but she also beat cancer and now, so did her foster daughter, Lucy. Chastain has been good to Annie. The scene with Lucy singing while getting her brain tumor removed gave me chills.
- At first, the case-of-the-week featuring two bickering roommates that were both waiting for a heart transplant didn’t seem like it would give you the fuzzy’s, but The Resident knows how to pull one over on you to make you feel the feels and really connect with the patients even if for a little while. Each patient leaves a lasting impression on audiences in a similar way they do on doctor’s. If you’re familiar with the show, you knew one of them would die and the other would donate the heart, but it was still heartbreaking when it happened. Though, shouldn’t there be a button that warns them when a heart recipient has a stroke?
- I found it odd that Bell was promoting the supplements when on the previous episode when they were potentially making people sick. I guess they tried to explain it by saying Andrea had the lab tested, but it was still incredibly risky knowing that they might have to issue a recall. If Conrad hadn’t figured it out, Bell would have made himself look incredibly stupid.
This is the first time The Resident ended on a high note — no cliffhanger, not dramatic death, no emotional moment. The end saw three friends, Nic, Conrad, and Pravesh, gathering to eat pizza and laugh together after a day of saving lives.
It’s a nice change of pace to remind us that not every day is extremely difficult or filled with suffering. And sometimes, you just have to embrace the small moments.
The Resident Review – Surgical Glory (4×07)
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.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments.
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The Resident Review – The New Public Chastain (4×06)
It’s a new day at Chastain.
The hospital lives to see another day on The Resident Season 4 Episode 6, which is exciting for everyone, but working at a public hospital also comes with a bit of a learning curve.
For starters, they’ve downgraded in terms of equipment, and secondly, they have an influx of patients and a lot less money to care for them.
And the staff? Well, they’re losing people, particularly good surgeons, by the minute.
While all of this looks pretty bleak, it does reveal everyone’s true motivations. It’s a natural way of weeding out those doctors and surgeons that put profits over patients (just like Red Rock did).
The regulars like Pravesh, Kit, Bell, and AJ are all willing to do whatever it takes to help as many patients as possible without sacrificing the quality of care.
It’s a tall order but one they’re determined to fulfill. This is especially true for Pravesh, whose father died because of an understaffed public hospital.
Pravesh views this as his opportunity to right the wrongs and help patients just like his father.
He does so by overriding Feldman’s discharge of an elderly couple. He believes the man has been misdiagnosed, but Feldman discharges him in after his burn has been treated in order to see the other patients.
Thankfully, Pravesh turns out to be right and proves that sometimes it’s necessary to take some extra time with a patient. He saved this man’s life with a simple spinal tap — a man who would have otherwise seen a decline in the quality of life because he thought he had Alzheimer’s.
Feldman admitted that Pravesh was right and they need to find a balance when it comes to handling patients, while Pravesh realized that this new chapter for Chastain allowed him to see patients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford his medical care.
The pay may not be as high, but the work is more rewarding than ever as it allows him to honor his late father.
Nic’s not entirely out of the woods after being stabbed by a rogue patient on The Resident Season 4 Episode 5.
Her physical recovery is going well, but her mental health has taken a toll as she suffers from PTSD and night terrors. And who could blame her?
Nic went through a traumatic event. That compounded with her first miscarriage has made her super cautious. It’s a stressful situation as something can go wrong at every turn. Thankfully, she’s got some great people around her that have her best interest at heart, including Billie Sutton.
Sutton is Nic’s friend, Conrad’s foe, and a woman who has clearly made a name for herself at Chastain.
It’s difficult to introduce a character that everyone in the hospital is familiar with but the audience isn’t.
The Resident does a great job at explaining what went down between Conrad and Billie – a former resident who cut unsupervised and nearly killed a patient – and the two actors sell the tension between each other.
But again, it’s hard for audiences to resent Billie the way others do because we quite literally just met the chick.
Despite making quite an entrance by cutting off Pravesh in the parking lot, which was definitely ego-driven, Billie seems to have a grasp on her life and even explains to Nic that she’s been working through her issues.
By the end of the episode, she makes amends with Conrad, apologizes for her behavior, and explains that she understands why he reported her.
The two of them even team-up to figure out why Nic’s blood pressure is rising. From the little time we do get to spend with Billie, it’s clear that she and Conrad are so much alike that butting heads was unavoidable.
And when all is said and done, Nic comes out on top. Conrad will do anything for his girl, so he even asked Billie to stick around and help take care of Nic during her recovery. Eventually, I think Conrad will vouch for Billie and get her re-hired at Chastain. Everyone deserves a second chance, right?
For now, it’s so good to see our girls back at home! Nic and Conrad’s little girl has already gone through so much — she’s such a survivor. Does anyone else think they’re going to name her Jessie after Nic’s sister?
The search for Chastain’s next CEO was on, and well, could it have gone to a better person?
Kit has always been undervalued, but the way she stood up for herself during that meeting and called them all out for not interviewing any women was bold!
And then, she proved her worth simply by getting the job done!
Chastain couldn’t be in better hands. There’s never been an instance where Kit has lost her cool or allowed the pressure to get to her. She’s a great orthopedic surgeon who has been fighting tooth and nail not only for her patients but also for Chastain every step of the way.
Now, can she and Bell get together already?
With grade-A surgeons dropping left and right for higher-paying gigs, Kit and Bell were scrambling to find a surgeon to perform a hand transplant for a young baseball-loving boy named Andy.
With a time crunch before the kid lost his place in line and the match went to another person in need, Bell called up his former stepson, Jake, to see if he’d perform the surgery.
We knew that the series would eventually go down this path, but it’s hard to deny the fact that Jake fit in really well with the team. His excellence and talents were on par with Chastain’s greatest surgeons like Kit and AJ.
It’s not surprising the hospital offered him a job on the spot. They may be a public hospital, but they have some great assets on their staff that sets it apart from other hospitals in Atlanta.
Things may still be a bit tense and awkward between Bell and Jake, but at least working together will allow them to restore some balance to their fraught relationship.
The only downside of this episode is that Mina wasn’t in it. I know, she was meeting with immigration lawyers, which means down the line, we’ll get some great storylines with her, but it was a sad hour without her witty humor and snarky remarks!
What did you think of the episode? It was definitely not as emotional and high-stakes as last week, but it’s nice to see things return to normal… or, at least, the new normal.
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