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The Resident Review – [SPOILER] Is Pregnant! (4×02)

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry and guest star Nichelle Hines in the "Mina's Kangaroo Court" episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

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There are so many relationships doing so many things on The Resident Season 2 Episode 2. 

The decision to move past the coronavirus pandemic has allowed the characters (and show) to do something most of us haven’t been able to do since mid-March — move on with our lives. 

Instead of being stuck in a world where everything is limited and social distancing is mandated, the series can tackle the aftermath of surviving a pandemic, which includes plenty of fallouts (some deserved) and new realizations. 

Relationships are able to thrive and wane all in the same breath, while new journey’s are welcomed without a crippling fear of the future. It’s refreshing and inspiring to see as many of us look forward to a world where we can finally close this chapter and live again.

But despite our desire to get past this, what has happened has affected everyone in some way. And sadly, not everyone is able to pick up the pieces and move on, especially after experiencing a huge loss at the hands of a deadly and highly-respiratory virus.

Let’s start with the happy news first, shall we?

Nic and Conrad are in their honeymoon phase, and though I wouldn’t peg them as Key West people, I am a bit bummed that we didn’t get to see any part of their honeymoon. Most of the action takes place in the hospital setting, so it would have been nice to see them enjoying their freedom. However, I imagine that would’ve been hard to film these days. 

Their romance is still on level 10, which is a welcome change for Nic and Conrad, who haven’t always been on the same page. Hearing her refer to Conrad as her husband is something we’re all going to have to get used to, but it does have a nice ring to it. 

If you saw the teaser for the episode, you likely weren’t surprised by Nic’s grand reveal that she’s pregnant. We all saw it coming from a mile away. But what does this truly mean for the series and the relationship? In real-life, having children is typically the natural next step step as a relationship progresses, but on television, a pregnancy isn’t always in the best interest of characters. 

I wish the series would’ve waited a bit and allowed them to simply be happy together for a bit instead of pushing towards the next big-thing. However, it’s also an opportunity for the show to present a couple that is able to juggle having children while not losing themselves in the process or having the children become an afterthought somewhere off-screen.

Since I’m not one of those people that’s opposed to characters having children, I hope the series incorporates the storyline and emphasizes the joys and hardships of being a working mother. 

Are you thrilled by this next step for #Conic? Or do you think it’s too soon?

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Then we have Mina and the Raptor and boy, that relationship is even better than I ever could’ve imagine. They compliment each other so well and allowing them to be fully into their feeling brings a new dynamic that’s exciting and spontaneous. Even when they’re disagreeing and having their first fight as a couple, everything about them is still intoxicating. 

Since they are both extremely confident and driven, it’s going to be much harder for them to separate their personal and professional relationship. If anyone can do it, it’s #Minator, but they’re also seeing first-hand that it’s not going to be easy, especially when it involves disagreements about such fundamental differences. 

Cain is a mixed bag, but generally, you’re either supporting him or against him. Mostly everyone at Chastain — and those watching offscreen — are against him. And up until now, there wasn’t a bone in my body that could justify Cain’s actions, but after gaining some insight into the “why” behind his ego does paint him in a new light. 

There’s no excuse for Cain’s behavior, but at least now there’s an explanation, which humanizes him. Cain refuses to fail because the system is set up to see him fail. His actions are a byproduct of a failed system. Of course, one could argue that it’s simply an excuse as there are others of color like Mina and AJ that have found success without sacrificing patients, and that too is valid. 

But it does give us a better understanding as to where Cain is coming from. And as AJ pointed out, if it’s a learned survival instinct, it’s not something we can fault him on. His logic is that if he keeps billing high and proving that he’s profitable then they can’t get rid of him.

And this allows us to understand why AJ doesn’t want to completely destroy the man’s career even despite all the terrible things he’s done.

BLM has been a contested topic in 2020 and the early stages of 2021, and The Resident found a natural way to work it into the narrative. 

We’re also seeing multiple sides of the coin from the people affected by systemic racism. 

There doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong answer here as both Mina and AJ make valid points. Mina’s concerns about Cain’s approach are valid, especially as he knowingly put patients at risk during a pandemic including a patient who got COVID from a surgery that he was misled about, which spurred a string of health incidents. 

Both Mina and AJ followed their gut, and while AJ asked Mina to respect his wishes, she acted on principle; she’s never been a fan of Cain’s, but this time, she couldn’t forgive him for putting a patient in danger simply for his own advancement. 

The scene where they both “agreed to disagree” and took a 3-day break from the mind-blowing sex proves that they have a mutual respect for each other.

However, if I had to pick a side, I’d say that AJ can’t protect Cain from his self-destructive ways no matter how much he believes that change is possible. 

But the truth is, Cain i’s damn good at his job. so no matter what, so he’ll always find a way to justify his actions because he performs miracles that others can’t. It’s a complex situation that is fascinating to peel back. I’m invested and can’t wait to see how this all pans out. 

Of course, being “damn good” at a job hasn’t always meant much to the machine that is Chastain, a hospital that has put profits over people time and time again, even amid a pandemic. 

Just look at what happened to Logan Kim, one of the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. There’s no denying that Kim had it coming. As Conrad said, he allowed the disease that is Red Rock to swallow him up whole. And the moment the company no longer needed him or saw that he wasn’t in their best interest, they chewed him up and spit him out without a second thought. 

However, his warning that something even worse is coming is concerning. What could ever be worse than Cain and Kim? I shudder at the thought of finding out. 

Kit was doing her best to get information, but does the vague answer she got about no one replacing Kim as CEO mean that Chastain won’t be operational for much longer?

It’s one of the “better” hospitals when compared to the experience Pravesh’s late father had at a low-income hospital in a mostly brown neighborhood that was understaffed. 

But if Chastain can’t find a way to turn profit with all that it has to offer, what does that say for everyone else? Or the state of the industry?

Devon is going to need some time to come to terms with his father’s death, but at least he opened up about the pain and the guilt to Conrad. Keeping that bottled up inside was toxic; he was lashing out at patients, which is never okay. Plus, it prevented him from fully grieving the loss. 

Bell’s storyline wasn’t my favorite. It’s always exciting to delve into a character’s backstory, and it’s obvious that Bell has plenty of stories to tell and layers to peel back, but introducing a long lost child is cumbersome.

Bell’s guilt isn’t doing anyone any favors — not himself and definitely not Jake, who was pretty accurate in his assessment that Bell’s reason for reaching out wasn’t genuine. 

Instead, it was the fear of dying alone that was creeping up on Bell. Their encounter was completely unrealistic considering Bell last saw him when he was 12.

Here’s the thing — Bell doesn’t need a forced redemption arc because he’s already been redeemed. He’s done a complete 180 since The Resident Season 1, and seeing him make amends with his staff like Nic and Conrad has been more powerful than his attempts with Jake. 

If Bell were to die, he might not have many blood relatives by his side, but he would have his family. I’d much rather invested all this time seeing Bell explore a relationship with Kit, who has always been there for him and seen the good in him.  

I’d like to say the series was going to let this one go, but considering Jake is a surgeon, I foresee him somehow getting wrapped up in the politics of Chastain and being introduced as an integral character. 

What did you think about the episode, Cravers? What did you love and what did you hate?

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The Resident Review – Surgical Glory (4×07)

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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 Resident Hero Moment Review Season 4 Episode 7

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Tim Griffin and Emily VanCamp in the ÒHero MomentsÓ episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, March 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

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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The Resident Review – The New Public Chastain (4×06)

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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.

The Resident Review Requiems & Revivals” Season 4 Episode 6

THE RESIDENT: Matt Czuchry in the “Requiems & Revivals” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

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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The Resident Review – Do Nic and Chastain Survive? (4×05)

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The Resident Promo - Home Before Dark (4x05)

 
It was a dark day at Chastain. 
 
The hospital’s best and brightest took a hit on The Resident Season 4 Episode 5.
 
In the most intense episode to date, Chastain’s employees were not only facing the loss of their home and jobs, but they were also threatened with the possibility of losing each other after Nic was brutally stabbed by a man seeking treatment at the recently-closed ER.
 
The Resident provides some of the most exceptional television. It’s a well-written, well-executed medical drama that knows how to pull on your heartstrings even when it shakes up the format. 
 
Instead of the case-of-the-week formula, the episode made it personal and revolved around the doctors who have made Chastain such a great hospital and asset to Atlanta. 
 
As they rallied to save Nic and the baby, she was given some of the best care under the worst of circumstances considering Red Rock wasted absolutely no time shutting things down and selling off equipment. 
 
But in the worst of times and with a shortage of supplies, the doctors proved that their expertise knows no bounds. The talent is real and raw. No one gave up on Nic; everyone played a critical part in saving her life and ensuring that her baby survived the attack. 
 
It was uncertain if Nic would make it through the hour. While it was very unlikely that the series would kill off one of the main characters, they still managed to find to keep the suspense up. Would Nic survive? Sure. But would the baby? Would there be neurological side-effects? It was all up in the air. 
 
Matt Czuchry delivered some of his best work. The shot of him watching over her as the doctors operated was so powerful. He was helpless, which is the worst position for a doctor, husband, and expectant father.
 
As Nic’s life hung in the balance, so did his whole world. 
 
I hate when shows mess with pregnancy storylines for the sake of drama, but this was storyline was exceptionally well crafted and completely unpredictable.
 
Seeing Conrad unravel was one thing, but it was heartbreaking to see the rest of the staff and family crumble. 
 
Nic’s father, who didn’t even know she was pregnant yet, collapsed to the ground once he found out he could lose his whole world, especially since he lost his other daughter not too long ago. 
 
Mina felt a sense of responsibility for what happened since Nic stepped in to de-escalate the situation, but it helped AJ Austin realize that he would go to Boston and try to find a job so he never had to be without her. 
 
Thankfully, Nic pulled through and so did her baby! She’s a fighter just like her mama. But she doesn’t seem to be out of the woods just yet as teasers for next week’s episode show that something is wrong with the baby. Can we please let #Conic just have a moment of bliss?
The Resident Promo - Home Before Dark (4x05)

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Glenn Morshower and Matt Czuchry in the “Home Before Dark” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

 
If the baby survives, do you think they’ll name her Sara after Sunshine Sara?
 
The good thing about the dark is that it’s always followed by the light, and Nic’s recovery was a turning point. 
 
As Conrad didn’t give up on his wife and baby momma, Bell and Marshall didn’t give up on Chastain. 
 
When they couldn’t find any ICU beds for Nic, they realized just how vital Chastain was to the community and the resolution was quite impressive and sets the series on a brand new track. 
 
Nichelle, the governor and former Chastain patient, agreed to buy the hospital from Red Rock and make it a public hospital that’s run by the doctors. With all the legal battles that Chastain and its employees have fought, this is the light at the end of the tunnel. 
 
Being in charge of the hospital means that they can prioritize patient care without always being pushed and prompted by dollar signs. Chastain got a second chance and it may now become a leader in modern healthcare. It’s an exciting new chapter. 
 
Again, the threat of Chastain shutting down was never realistic because no Chastain means no show, but it was deeply concerning for a second as there didn’t seem to be an actual solution on the table.
 
And if it didn’t hit hard enough with the employees mourning the loss of Chastain, the writers pulled at your heartstrings with Henry, a dying patient who was removed from the heart transplant list because of the risk associated with his age.
 
As he packed up his things and said goodbye to the place he called home for six years, it was proof that it wasn’t just employees who called Chastain home. So many people relied on Chastain, which was yet another incentive to go the extra mile to save it. 
 
Barret Cain may not be able to speak or breathe on his own, but don’t count him out just yet. He suggested a radical idea that not only saved Henry’s life but also gave him plenty of additional years.
 
And this just proves that Cain, despite his inflated ego, is one hell of a doctor.
 
However, that isn’t to say he isn’t getting his own dose of karma. After being moved to Atlanta General, Cain realized just how important Chastain’s level of healthcare really is. 
 
Being rolled into a room that was overflowing with patients and beds was a dose of his own medicine. 
 
Maybe this will be his wakeup call? Also, how telling was it that once he was no longer a money-making asset for Red Rock, they completely turned their back on him. No one from the company cared what happened to him anymore.
 
Though it looked grim for a second, it was a huge win for Chastain, which proves that having your priorities in order ensures longevity. Profits are temporary, being a good human is forever. 
 
Hats off to The Resident for delivering an exceptional hour of television. 
 
Let us know what you thought about the episode in the comments below! 
 


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