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 Season Finale Review: Will Conrad Accept Kim’s Offer (3×20)
Dr. Barrett Cain does have a heart. But it’s just a little too late at this point.
The premature season finale of The Resident gave fans a bit of background about Cain while also attempting to humanize him by bringing in an ex-girlfriend who became his patient.
Unfortunately, even when Cain wanted to do his best to take care of Justine, his hubris got in the way.
Cain was pulled in two directions and he did the right thing by agreeing to operate on Derek, Kit’s son-in-law.
Derek was a fighter who survived the chemo and was on the mend when the candida auris, a superbug, knocked him back down.
While it’s not Cain’s fault that his patient Dawn had the superbug, it was his fault that he neglected to inform everyone and as a result, Derek ended up with a ventilator that belonged to Long.
I was waiting to see who would make the connection and was so glad when Pravesh figured it out thanks to Derek’s daughter Josie.
If it hadn’t been for Cain wanting to protect himself at all costs, Derek might not have become infected.
Instead, Derek woke up and immediately realized something was wrong because he’d lost his eyesight. The infection had spread to his bloodstream.
Conrad attempted to find a quick solution to the drug-resistant bacteria, and when that didn’t work, he realized the abscess had spread to Derek’s spine thus requiring a surgery that only Cain specialized in.
Isn’t it ironic that the only man who could save Derek was the man who got him sick in the first place?
Funny how life works.
Cain’s decision to honor Bell and Conrad’s request to operate on Kit’s son-in-law came from his ability to recognize the consequence of his own actions.
It was incredibly impressive that Cain could acknowledge his mistake and man up to fix it, though, it shouldn’t have been something that Bell and Conrad needed to advocate for.
However, Cain is still the ego-driven doctor who doesn’t listen to reason or anyone else’s advice.
He said that he would take on both Derek and Justine’s case, and when Conrad pointed out the dangers of waiting to operate on Justice, he didn’t want to hear it.
Had Cain simply handed off Justine to Reynolds and checked in after he was done operating on Dawn, there’s a huge chance that she would have survived.
Instead, he wasted precious time, and by the time he got to her, she was too far gone and he was frazzled.
Cain has treated hundreds if not thousands of patients and his rule of thumb is that no one dies in his OR, but the one person that mattered to him personally couldn’t make it out alive.
It was a huge blow to Cain’s ego, revealed that he wasn’t the God he’s led everyone to believe he is, and it happened just after we realized that he’s a human with feelings.
It’s why Nic stuck around and fell for him. She saw most of Cain’s interactions with Justine and knew there was this other side to him that he wasn’t allowing anyone to see. And through Justine, she’d learned the real reason why Cain was the way he was and it all stemmed to the anger and loss he felt when his chance at playing professional football was shuttered because of an injury.
He was never the same after that.
Cain’s luck only got worse because someone leaked the news about medical staff withholding information about the superbug to the media and it was a bad look for Chastain.
As Cain pointed out, a cover-up as worse than the virus itself because it strips Chastain of any transparency and accountability for its patient.
Who would want to get treated at a hospital that doesn’t tell them about the risks and dangers to their health?
It wasn’t clear who leaked it to the media, and it may not be important, but given that Conrad reconnected with Marshall in the scene prior and commented about becoming part of the system he was fighting by covering up the superbug, it makes me feel like it has their name written all over it.
It’s possible Marshall was only there to give his son moral support, but it’s unlikely, especially since Marshall always has an agenda. Where they just catching up or did Marshall want intel?
Had the season not been cut shorts, it’s likely Marshall may have played a bigger role in the following episodes, but instead, this felt like a standalone moment. Marshall’s advice may just play a role in Conrad’s acceptance of Kim’s offer of becoming the face of the hospital.
Things between Cain and Kim turned nasty real quick when the former no longer served the latter’s agenda.
Kim wanted Cain to fall in line, but the dynamic between them has been changing for a bit now to where Cain finally put his foot down and alleged that Kim was to blame about everything that happened. I’d say they were both responsible in some way, but it’s no secret that Kim is a snake who doesn’t have an honest bone in his body.
It seems the war is no longer between the employees and Red Rock, but between Cain and Kim.
Kim is an opportunist who is always playing an angle that will make him look better. He realized Cain was no longer his poster boy, so he turned to Conrad by apologizing and offering him the opportunity to be the face of Chastain.
It’s incredible how quickly Kim will change sides whenever it benefits him and how quickly Conrad went from being Chastain and Red Rock’s biggest adversary to their saving grace.
Conrad wasn’t sold on the idea because he’s not the type of doctor who ever seeks glory and praise, but Cain did figure out a way to get to him by offering Conrad a way to invoke real change at Chastain, which is what Conrad has always wanted.
He’s always fought the good fight to prioritize patient care over anything else and accepting Cain’s offer would wield him the power to do so.
However, we know that power always comes at a price. Is Conrad willing to pay it?
Is he willing to get in bed with the devil?
And was his chat with Marshall about doing good not being a black or white area but a shade of grey a bit of foreshadowing?
Will Conrad accept the offer and then lose himself to the system he’s been trying to fix?
In a sweeter and more lighthearted lane, the Raptor and Mina helped Miguel, a pro salsa dancer who was suffering from heart failure.
Miguel was in denial about the severity of his condition because he was scared it would cost him his career.
And for a moment there, it seemed like it would before the super duo took a second look and realized they could ablate a part of the heart that was causing the problem.
Once they did that, Miguel was good as new, though, a little skeptical about getting back on the dance floor, which prompted a full out salsa party in his room.
Mina was standing on the outside looking in at the sweet moment, but she realized she was also on the outside looking in at AJ’s relationship.
She’s grown so accustomed to their working relationship and prefers him over anyone else because they’re so similar in beliefs and ideals. She wants him to be her plus one, but she doesn’t want to admit it.
And while she didn’t think anything of it when AJ turned the offer down because it was his parents 45th anniversary, she was taken aback when she realized it was also when he was introducing his parents to Andrea.
At that moment, it kind of clicked for Mina that AJ wasn’t her man and the one she could always lean on. It’s a tough realization, but one that was bound to happen.
How will move forward? Mina isn’t one to break up a relationship, especially one that’s as serious as AJ and Andrea, but her feelings are not something she’s going to be able to bury for much longer.
The Resident did its best to deliver a cohesive season finale that touched upon many of the season’s moments, and they succeeded even if it wasn’t exactly what they had in mind when mapping out the trajectory of the season.
There’s always next season to tell all the stories that were intended.
Till then, stay safe, happy, and don’t do anything Conrad Hawkins wouldn’t do.
The Resident Review – Cain Deals With a Superbug As We Deal with Coronavirus (3×19)
This episode of The Resident was the one we’ve all been waiting for — it’s the beginning of Dr. Cain’s demise.
Sadly, it comes at the cost of many vulnerable patients who were unknowingly exposed to a superbug.
Cain’s unraveling and losing the power he wields as Logan Kim proved that he goes where the wind blows. That man has absolutely no loyalty.
While Kim’s actions and decisions to keep the Candida Auris a secret were disgusting, Cain wasn’t any better.
An intern had more courage and a stronger moral code than Cain did, who essentially boiled down to a sell-out for Chastain.
Cain could’ve easily ignored Kim’s threats and exposed what was really happening thus saving many lives in the process, but he chose to be a coward instead.
Kim and Cain may not have seen eye-to-eye but they prioritized profits and their personal reputation over patient care.
Both couldn’t put their egos aside and refused to acknowledge that this was bigger than anyone — their inability to own up to their mistakes would and could lead to a public health crisis. Would it be a bad look for Cain to have overlooked this superbug? Yes. But would it be better than people finding out he knew and exposed it to so many vulnerable patients? Also yes.
Kim is also a hypocrite because he was fine backing Cain’s behavior when it benefitted him and lined his pockets. He signed off on every course of treatment, on the mother of all surgeries, on keeping Dawn on the vent, but now that it might come back to bite him, all of a sudden, he’s washing his hands of any involvement. Dude.
He threatened Cain by telling people what happened when he was an intern, but honestly, it can’t be that bad if Cain just told an intern the truth. Making mistakes doesn’t make you less talented or desirable — it makes you human. And it’s incredibly in-tune to be able to acknowledge a mistake and take responsibility for it.
As a bystander who has no choice but to trust the hospitals and physicians that treat her, this episode was incredibly terrifying to watch.
Cain has a moral obligation as a doctor and yet, he preyed on a vulnerable, scared and impressionable intern to do his dirty work.
He didn’t care that he may have jeopardized Ezra’s career because it was better than putting his career on the line.
We knew Cain was a monster, but he manipulated Ezra with guilt and psychological manipulation.
Anytime someone uses the “I helped you” line and wants a favor in return didn’t do it out of the goodness of their heart — they did it because they expected something in return. You should help someone in good faith because you want to and because it’s the right thing to do.
Poor Ezra was left torn about what to do. On one hand, this respected surgeon is asking for his help, but on the other hand, he’s breaking rules, undermining his attending and other respectable doctors, and putting the patient at risk.
Eventually, the guilt was too much and he told Pravesh and Hawkins the truth. At that point, though, it was too late as Sophia, the EMT that brought Dawn in, died.
Conrad confronted Cain and the showdown was epic — he got to say everything he’s been thinking about Cain.
However, by this point, the fungal virus was everywhere, especially because the vent that was used on Dawn (and not sanitized! Y’all, how gross) made its rounds from room to room and patient to patient giving us all bouts of anxiety on where it would end up.
Finally, it arrived at its next destination: Derek’s room.
No patient deserved to be exposed to the vent, but Derek was the patient we were most invested in because of his connection to Kit.
We met Derek on Season 3 Episode 18 and he began his chemo, which nearly killed him.
Now, his lungs were giving out on him and he needed to be put on a ventilator to give him a fighting chance. It was painful to watch Kit’s daughter come to terms with the fact that this might be her final moment with Derek as there’s a chance he wouldn’t wake up, and for us on the other side, knowing that it was highly likely he’d experience complications.
You want to trust your hospital, but it was so easy for a machine to get overlooked.
It’s odd that Logan Kim doesn’t want this fungal infection to get out because he believes it’ll bankrupt Chastain, but is doing absolutely nothing to prevent it. Would it kill him to show a shred of humanity?
The superbug was very timely for The Resident and when they mentioned coronavirus, my jaw-dropped to the ground.
I thought the writers were just that good, but a tweet from screenwriter Amy Holden James revealed that while the storyline was conceived months ago, the line was added in during filming a few weeks ago to reflect our current climate. And thus, they aren’t wizards or sorcerers, but I’m still sticking by my initial reaction that the writers are genius.
Clarifying for the fans. The story line was conceived many months ago. The episode written two and a half months ago but shot 5 weeks ago. Lines that mention coronavirus were added as it was shot. #TheResident
— Amy Holden Jones (@aholdenj) March 25, 2020
My first reaction when an episode about a superbug that also attacked Immuno-compromised patients was shock. I was shocked that they didn’t pull it because it hit so close to home, but then I really thought about that and realized there’s absolutely no reason to pull the episode.
Superbugs, infectious diseases, coronavirus are a reality. We should know because they’re our current reality.
It’s an extreme coincidence that The Resident decided to tackle this topic at this exact moment, but honestly, it allows the series to connect with the times on a deeper level and makes it all the more relevant.
Medical shows have medical advisors that inform and guide the episode, and thus, this topic allows the series to inform the public on a very real threat. Getting educated is not something that should ever be deemed too sensitive, especially since that knowledge will come in handy at this very moment.
Plus, there’s far too many people in our society right now that simply don’t understand and grasp how coronavirus spreads. The Resident cleared that all up for everyone as we watched the vent with the little unicorn venture into every crevice of the hospital.
Look how many people touched the vent without washing their hands, look how many people were around it, and then how many people came in contact with them.
The CDC should honestly thank The Resident (which donated a ton of supplies to hospitals in need that are on the frontlines battling the virus at this very moment) for airing an entertaining yet informative episode.
Jones, the screenwriter also tweeted that hospitals are not required to tell patients if a superbug is on-site, which also blew my mind. See — an informative moment.
If you’re a healthy individual, you likely won’t care about the virus, but if you’re immunocompromised, it suddenly becomes a huge threat and you’re not even aware it’s happening.
This episode managed to highlight just how many at-risk patients there were that had various diseases.
In addition to Derek, we had Isaac, who was waiting for a lung transplant and eager to start a life after finally being reconnected with his birth parents.
But lastly, the episode touches on what The Resident has always prided itself on — exposing medical cover-ups and hypocrisy within the hospital. Obviously, the storylines are very exaggerated (sometimes) for entertainment purposes, but you know there’s always an underlying truth.
This isn’t the first time the series addressed such topics and shady business dealings, and it likely won’t be the last, but it sure is an illuminating look into what happens behind-the-scenes that patients likely never know about.
What did you think about the episode?
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