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The Resident Review – Ring the Bell (3×18)

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Chelsea Gilligan, Jane Leeves, Matt Czuchry, guest star Andy Ridings and guest star Scarlett Blum in the "So-Dawn Long" episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, March 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

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What a timely episode.
With the coronavirus outbreak taking its toll on our nation, you’ve probably heard someone say, or have said yourself, that it seems like something straight out of a movie or TV show.
This week’s The Resident proved that point. Prior to the episode, an announcement flashed on the screen that read, in part: “Superbugs of all kinds existed then and now, and any relationship to current events is coincidental.” The message also underlined that the episode was filmed far in advance of today’s events.
However, there’s something so poetic about fiction meeting reality in such a way. TV shows have always been known for offering commentary on our realities, and this is no different.
The episode re-connected with Dawn, the patient that was front-and-center of Cain’s big surgery. While the surgery technically wasn’t a success as the patient never got her quality of life back or even regained consciousness, on paper, if Cain kept her alive for just one more day, it would be considered one.
It was disgusting watching him threatening nurses and presenting Dawn’s case in a way that benefited him. He was never honest with her family about her survival rate, used her as a case-study to bolster his own credibility, and manipulated her family when Dawn was no longer of service to him.
Cain has never treated human beings like human beings and he very rarely prioritizes patient care if it doesn’t benefit him, which makes him a terrible doctor regardless of his exceptional skills. It also makes it hard to feel bad for the outcome following Dawn’s death.
Cain thought he scored a huge “W” after convincing Dawn’s eldest daughter to pull the plug, but little did he know, Dawn didn’t have pneumonia when she died, she had a superbug that was highly contagious.
If not contained, which we saw it wasn’t, a bug like that could infect everyone it came in contact with and bankrupt the hospital. In other words, it’s not looking too hot for Cain. He responded immediately and realized it was too late as nurses began to clean the room. I’m not sure why he didn’t try to stop the man from moving the ventilator into an area with other machines, but I guess at this point, Cain has just given up.
Anyone that has come in contact with Dawn is now at risk and that includes Cain, her children, the nurses, Pravesh, and Nic.
I’m not expert on superbugs, but there’s a likely chance that once they’ve been infected, anyone who has come in contact with them has now been exposed, which would mean most of Chastain. It’s a visual representation of why our government in the real world has worked so tirelessly to emphasize the importance of social distancing and self-quarantine.
Cain is going to pay the price for his greedy, reckless behavior, and I cannot wait, I just wish it didn’t come at the cost of others.
Who will he try to throw under the bus to save himself? And is this his fall from grace… finally?
Much of the hour was focused on a Kit’s daughter and her husband, who was diagnosed with cancer.
Kit has been sidelined for quite a few episodes, and it’s such a disservice to the character because she’s so awesome.
She worked alongside Conrad to protect her daughter, Molly, from the truth because she was scared of how she would handle it. While Kit’s intentions were in right place and she was coming from a place where she wanted to protect her daughter, it wasn’t right.
Her daughter is a grown woman and studying to be a doctor — she deserves to know about her husband’s diagnosis and she should be allowed to handle it in whatever way she needs to.
She wasn’t even given the chance to prove her strength until Conrads confronted Kit and made her realize that her own fears were clouding her judgment and influencing how she handled the situation. Once Kit acknowledged that the best way for everyone to move forward was with honesty and support did her relationship with her daughter truly strengthen.
It’s going to be a long road for Derek as his recovery is plagued by a catch-22. He survived his first round of chemo thanks to Molly, Nic, and Conrad, and it’s going to be uphill from there. Seeing as Nic was pulled into this case and asked to be the chemo-nurse, I think Derek’s case will likely stretch across a few episodes.
And if Nic caught the superbug, there’s a chance she spread it to Derek whose weakened immune system might not be able to fight it.
Basically, Cain is the worst and this is all his fault.
Dr. Bell proved that he can do it all — he can be a surgeon and he can be a TV doctor, and he can do both well.
It’s going to be hard juggling both careers, but Bell found a way to blend them seamlessly so that they work together cohesively. He needs to be a practicing doctor for his show to feel authentic and unique, plus, he needs that connection to patients for source material. Bell didn’t want it to come off like a “schtick” since he is a real doctor, so he found a way to make that very clear to the audience. He’s here to teach about medicine in a fun and informative way — he’s like the Ellen DeGeneres of medicine! We need a real life Dr. Bell show!
He also found a way to make himself indisposable as his TV show brings a great deal of publicity to Chastain. You know Logan Kim will never reject any publicity — just look at what happened with Dawn.
Bell’s TV show brings a new layer to the already complex character as he continues to grown, evolve and impress. It will bring a new vibe to the series, and I can’t deny “ring the Bell” is super catchy!
Bell may be the most established surgeon on the team and now doubles up as a TV star, but it’s great to see his team feels comfortable enough to tease him about it. There was a time that kind of behavior wouldn’t fly, but man, Bell has really become a man of the people.


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The Resident Review – Doors Opening, Doors Closing (4×09)

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The Resident Doors Opening, Doors Closing Review Season 4 Episode 9

The Resident returned with a powerful episode filled to the brim with emotions.

Bell bonded with his estranged stepson, Jake, and his husband, Gregg, and played a key role in delivering their adopted daughter and saving her mother. 

It was nice to see Jake finally let Bell in, who respected his boundaries and was just happy to be part of the action. 

Gramps Bell has a nice ring to it, and I’m sure it’ll happen one day, but sadly, it wasn’t today. 

Jake and Gregg’s adoption storyline took a heartbreaking turn when Tina’s parents denied their request to adopt baby Lucy because of their traditional values. 

Honestly, I’m surprised Bell’s speech about love and the importance of a good family didn’t resonate more. 

He really went to bat for Jake and Gregg, who would have loved Lucy with everything they had. 

It was a difficult situation for Tina, too. On one hand, she had a newfound family with Jake and Gregg, but on the other hand, she’d have to give up her own blood in order to make their dreams come true. As heartbreaking as her decision was, it couldn’t have been easy for her. 

Pravesh… you are NOT the father.

And I know he’s not the only one to breathe a sigh of relief. When Nadine came to town with a baby, I wasn’t hoping it wouldn’t be his. 

Aside from the timelines not adding up, it wouldn’t be beneficial to his character in the slightest unless they decided to keep Nadine around long-term. 

Thankfully, Pravesh doesn’t have to worry about raising a mini Prince Pravesh just yet. 

But seeing Nadine moving on with her life and happy did get him to think about his future, especially with a little poking and prodding from Myra the matchmaker, who may have singlehandedly been the best guest-stars on this series. 

Myra wasn’t going to give up on Pravesh, and honestly, that’s a good thing. He needs a little push when it comes to his love life, which has been quite a mess lately. 

Pravesh finally accepted her offer and she’s moving full-steam ahead! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she finds the exact girl Pravesh has been looking for! 

Also, Jessica and Irving were so hilarious in their attempts to get Pravesh on a date!

And their wedding? Could it be any more perfect? If anyone is looking for some socially distant wedding ideas these days, these two have to be your inspiration. 

Love really fueled the evening even with Mina and AJ. 

After she told him that she was going back to Nigeria to be a surgeon, AJ didn’t hesitate to say he’d join her. 

That’s love!

Now, I’m not sure if The Resident is serious about writing off two of their greatest actors, and something tells me just like Pravesh’s baby storyline, this will be a red herring and they’ll find a way to keep Mina in the states at the last moment. 

However, I also love that she realized that returning to her home country to help her people was something that she needed to do. I’m not completely ready to abandon that storyline forever.

What do you think will happen?

Nic and Conrad are still going strong and waiting for their baby girl. 

And Cain, well, he almost seemed like a person with a soul on The Resident Season 4 Episode 9. 

His bond with Rose has strengthened, and he seems to have genuine feelings for her. 

And I’m actually digging this relationship. Who knew there was a sweet and sensitive side to Cain all along?

Of course, this doesn’t erase any of the damage he’s done to Mina and AJ. And any progress he did make was erased when he continued to defend his actions to Conrad and said that Mina was partially responsible for the situation. 

Cain really needs to learn acceptance. 

Will he find a way to undo his mistakes? Will he get a spot back at Chastain?

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Mina and AJ will leave for good?


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The Resident Midseason Finale Review – Mina’s Career is in Jeopardy, Pravesh Gets Shocking News (4×08)

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The Resident Review First Days, Last Days” Season 4 Episode 8

Chastain’s finest were forced to confront their past trauma on The Resident Season 4 Episode 8. 

It was a jam-packed midseason finale that marked Nic’s return to work following the stabbing. And it just so happened that they wheeled in the man responsible at the same time. 

The situation was really hyped up in the teasers, but it proved to be anti-climactic as we never saw what Nic really needed or wanted from him when she went to confront him. It likely wouldn’t have done her any good, but it was still never explored because both Billie and Conrad’s bickering and babying of Nick interjected. 

To be honest, the whole situation served Billie more than it served Nic as she was able to establish herself as a source of comfort and advice for Nic, while also becoming a sympathetic character with her rape revelation. 

And while it’s necessary for the series to find a way to loop Billie into the narrative, it shouldn’t have been done at the expense of Nic’s healing.

While the assailant’s return served its purpose by simply Nic and Conrad on the path of healing, what if Nic needed more than simply acknowledging that he was weak and vulnerable and moving on?

She almost lost her child, she was still haunted by what happened to her, and it’s totally okay if that takes time and maybe some therapy. 

We all want Nic to realize that she’s a fighter who overcame everything that was thrown her way instead of a victim, but she needs to do it in her own way and at her own pace. And that would have been more effective if she confronted her assailant and took her power back. 

And again, this isn’t anything against Billie because she’s growing on me. She may have a strong personality, but she exudes a confidence that will make her a great addition to Chastain. 

She may have been out of practice for a while, but the way she handled the patient that stabbed Nic proves that she’s still got it. And well, it’s not entirely unheard of for Chastain to have a doctor who is willing to bend the rules when necessary. She’ll fit right in. 

Nic stuck her neck out for Billie, but Kit was the deciding factor to bring her on board. 

And she’s right that everyone deserves a second chance. 

Well, almost everyone. 

Most people learn from their mistakes and change, yet the same cannot be said for Cain, who continues to be a pompous ass during his recovery period.

His stubborness makes it extremely difficult to feel sorry for him even when he’s breaking down in the bathroom. And while it’s obviously difficult for him to accept that he may never be a top surgeon again, lashing out at other people isn’t the answer.

His behavior during physical therapy was unnaceptable. But truthfully, the only person he’s hurting is himself at this point.

Kit informed him that she’d be seeking someone new for his neurosurgeon position because regardless of his physical recovery, his attitude did not align with Chastain’s values. His skills used to be his saving grace, but everyone is realizing that he’s simply not worthe trouble anymore. 

The Resident Review First Days, Last Days” Season 4 Episode 8

THE RESIDENT: Guest star Tasso Feldman and Manish Dayal in the ÒFirst Days, Last DaysÓ episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, March 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

The therapists are there to help him, but they can only take it so far. Cain thought that the healing process would make him weak because he still views himself as superior to everyone else. But all he’s doing by letting his ego get in the way is hurting any chance of recovering his motor skills, which, in turn, prevent him from being the top doctor he once was. 

And he doesn’t even have the support of his former colleagues because he’s made enemies out of them, particularly AJ and Mina.

He’s getting revenge on Mina because she “tried to ruin his career,” yet he doesn’t see that he’s already ruined it himself. 

It’s understandable that he would be upset about Mina’s claims against him, but she wasn’t exactly fabricating them either. He did everything she was accusing him of! 

As AJ put it, she was calling him out for the right reasons and holding him accountable for his actions. Cain, on the other hand, was trying to destroy her for all the wrong reasons.

And his threats have the ability to take everything away from her as the medical board has launched an investigation into past relationships, current ones, and an illegal clinic that she ran from home. 

Because of him, she could lose her medical license and her visa. 

Now, I know we’re all mad, but no one was more peeved than AJ himself because there was a time he stuck his neck out for Cain and tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. 

AJ’s approach was so eloquent as were his thinly veiled threats. I was cheering when he calmly stated “and you won’t walk away from me ever again.”

It takes a lot of composure and restraint when it would have been understandable if he just knocked him in the face right then and there.

While he didn’t resort to violence, he sure let Cain know that he wasn’t above it if he didn’t fix his mistakes and call it all off.

If I were Cain, I’d be very, very afraid, especially since he tried to right his wrongs and was told it was “too late.”

And that, in itself, is such an important lesson — sometimes, when you take things too far, you can’t take them back. 

Will Cain go out of his way to make it up to Mina? Will he incriminate himself to save her?

So many people have tried to give Cain a chance to change his ways, and they’ve all been unsuccessful. Even a brush with death wasn’t able to make him a better person. 

But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable to watch people put him in his place. 

The latest person to kick Cain down a notch was Rose, Pravesh’s patient from The Resident Season 4 Episode 7, who was a dancer that was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. 

She watched as Cain threw himself a pity party during physical therapy all while being an example of strength and resilience; a woman dedicated to her recovery. Half the battle is simply the attitude and mindset you go into it with. 

And when Cain informed her that she was in denial about her recovery, she shot right back explaining that he’s in denial about his prognosis as well.

She said what so many people have been too afraid to say, and she did it without missing a beat. 

Leela Devi’s first day as the new surgical intern at Chastain was an eventful rollercoaster. It’s great that we’re back to having interns; that was one of the best dynamics of the series early on.

And Leela seems like a genuinely good person who wants to be a good doctor. 

It seemed promising when she impressed the Raptor during the morning rounds, but she failed to meet expectations during an emergency situation and caught his wrath. The latter happened right after AJ learned about Mina’s visa situation, so it’s likely anything would have triggered such a stern response from him.

However, she proved she’s more than capable of taking it and was never intimidated or thrown off her game. 

And she even stood up to Pravesh when he scolded her instead of trying to help and guide her.

Eventually, they made up when he realized Leela was dyslexic. It’ll be interesting to see Leela navigate her residency while keeping her condition under wraps and working twice as hard as everyone else. 

It’s a good thing she’s dedicated and ambitious because that’ll go a long way! 

For now, she’s back in AJ’s “potential” column after redeeming herself after she scrubbed in to take Mina’s place in the OR.

She’s going place for sure. 

And lastly… Pravesh is a father?!

When Princess Nadine called Pravesh to tell him about her “surprise,” I half-jokingly said to my husband: “watch, she’s pregnant.”

But then she showed up at the hospital with a whole baby. And according to the teasers, she confirms it’s Pravesh’s baby. 

We’re going to need an explanation as to how this is possible. 

Has it only been nine months since Nadine and Pravesh last saw each other? We have to remember that there was a whole “coronavirus” period that the show fast-forwarded through. And while it doesn’t really explain how long that period was, if it’s anything like the real-life pandemic, it had to be at least a year. 

So, how is the timeline adding up?

And really, what does that mean for Pravesh? Obviously, his whole life is in Atlanta… how is he going to see his baby?

Again, I have so many questions, and the worst part is that we have to wait until April 13 — a whole month — for episodes to return! That’s just cruel. 

I’m turning the mic over to you, Cravers! What did you think of this episode? 


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The Resident Review – Surgical Glory (4×07)

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The Resident Hero Moment Review Season 4 Episode 7

 

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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