Chastain patients 1 – Red Rocks Medical 0.
And for now, Conrad is spared from Logan Kim and Cain’s wrath.
But we should all heed Bell’s warnings: a blood bath is coming and they all have a target on their backs.
Conrad’s position at Chastain was questioned when Rob Spiro, the patient he tortured to get the location of an innocent victim, accused him.
Now, I’m not too clear on whether or not Spiro always planned to come forward or if he was egged on by Kim and Cain who wanted so badly to find a way to oust Conrad. Maybe this just fell into their laps and they planned to run with it headfirst? Who knows.
But Spiro accused Conrad of well, the truth, and Bell couldn’t prevent it because Kim gave him an ultimatum: either Conrad gets fired or he does.
The old Bell, the Bell from season 1, would have gladly thrown someone else under the bus if it meant saving his own ass. But the new and reformed Bell who I’m calling Bell 2.0 was in a moral predicament.
He never once questioned whether or not Spiro was telling the truth; he trusted Conrad and knew it had to be a lie.
That or he truly didn’t care because he knew if Conrad had gone through with it there was a good reason for it.
If I were to give an award at the end of the year, Bell would get the ‘Most Improved’ plaque.
Bell confided in Kit immediately about what to do and knew that he wouldn’t get anywhere being the whistleblower himself. He needed to ride out the situation and hope for the best.
Giving up Pravesh was difficult for him as he knew there was a chance Conrad’s former intern would blow everything up.
Usually, it’s easy to see a character’s decision ahead of time, but the foreboding events leading up to his deposition made it entirely possible that he was going to tell the truth and throw Conrad under the bus.
Conrad’s reaction to the situation was also impressive as he remained calm and allowed Pravesh to make the choice he felt most comfortable with despite the outcome since that’s what he always taught him.
Pravesh considered being honest but realized sooner than later than his honesty would do more harm than good.
Just because he disagrees with Conrad’s ethical decision doesn’t make Conrad a bad person or a bad doctor. They both do what they think is right and necessary for their patients, but the key is that they always put patients first. They made decisions they can both live with, and Pravesh would not be able to live with himself if he destroyed Conrad’s career.
He was also right about Chastain needing both personalities on their team when tough decisions need to be made.
Kim and Cain both believed that someone was bound to have an agenda against “the kind of doctor” that Conrad is, but neither of them realized that when it comes to being respected and liked, they’re the ones at the bottom of the totem pole.
They both have the egos that they’re accusing Conrad to have.
The war against Red Rocks is going to be brutal, there’s no doubt about that. But going back to my point about Dr. Bell, his decision to give up his position as CEO of Chastain was major.
His growth as a person allowed him to see that the only way he could fight against corruption is by being on the same level as his fellow doctors and peers.
He has evened out the scales; he’s one of them now. And considering his indestructible Chief of Surgery contract, he’ll be able to make more power moves from within anyways.
The CEO title is simply that, a title. He was their pawn and whenever he stepped out of line, they were able to threaten him.
As he pointed out, today they asked him to turn on his team, but tomorrow, it could be much worse.
Dr. Bell’s tease to going back to being in the field rather than above it has been teased for a while now but in a subtle way.
Every time scrubbed in, made a call as Chief of Surgery, or assisted in a procedure, you could tell it brought him a greater sense of joy than being in an authoritative position.
How will they all combat Red Rock’s bullying? For starters, they need to bring Cain down a notch because his belief that he’s indestructible is fueling all types of bad behavior.
They also have two secret weapons: the people of that creepy town that was destroyed by Red Rock (remember, AJ and Mina wanted to help them bring down Red Rock) and Kyle Hawkins.
Kyle’s a powerful man even if he’s not directly associated with Chastain anymore. He’s the reason why Kim and Cain needed to find a different avenue to let Conrad go because they weren’t equipped to handle Kyle’s blowback.
All of that paired with Conrad’s straight-up fearless demeanor will give them a leg to stand on.
Seriously, fire your shots at Conrad because it only fuels his fire.
Pravesh had a tough day all around. In addition to making a decision about Conrad’s dire situation, he was also tasked with taking care of Princess Nadine.
There’s no better hospital to care for a princess than Chastain that’s for sure.
Initially, Pravesh wasn’t sure what was ailing Nadine, but eventually, he realized that is was Moyamoya, a procedure that restores blood flow to the brain.
The realization happened when he realized that Nadine was forgetting her primary language, English, but her secondary language, Urdu, was intact.
The Resident has always embraced diversity, and seeing them formulate a storyline around a foreign language that doesn’t get much love from American television was awesome.
It was also nice to see Shazi Raja who’s best known for her role as Jaya on “God Friended Me” in a role where she was a patient and not the doctor!
Nadine and The King were forever grateful for Pravesh’s services, but I’m wondering if there’s going to be a romantic aspect that’ll come into play.
There was plenty of chemistry between Nadine and Pravesh that transcended the doctor-patient relationship. It’s about time he got a new love interest after leaving Priya at the alter for Julian Booth.
After headlining much of the Thanksgiving day episode on “The Resident,” AJ Austin took a backseat role in the episode, but even when he was limited on screentime, he still managed to deliver an emotionally charged scene where he convinces Mina to support Adaku in the way that she needs even if she doesn’t fully understand.
Mina is a tough cookie, but Austin softens her with his, oftentimes, unsolicited but necessary advice.
Mina expected health concerns, and while the situation is scary for both of them, she has to be supportive. It’s what Adaku needs right now.
But it feels like the right time to point out that Mina is that child’s godmother so if anything happens to Adaku, she assumes responsibilities for the child.
With that knowledge in mind and looking at it from a storytelling perspective, it’s likely that Adaku will either die as a result of heart failure or shortly after birth, which will make Mina the baby’s guardian and flip her life upsidedown. A part of me is interested to see that play out only because it would make Mina a more developed character, but also because I was to see AJ assume the “dad” role we all know he will. It’s not a coincidence he’s so involved in Adaku’s case.
And then there’s Nic and Kyle’s relationship, which is getting stronger with each passing episode.
The two seemed to find common ground more than ever during their first Thanksgiving without Jessie, but after Nic heard him say all those sweet things about how she’s the best thing to happen to him and Chastain, she’ll likely have a new perspective and attitude towards him.
Admittedly, Kyle’s grown on me. He started off as someone that we couldn’t really take seriously, but he’s shaping up to be a good dad and he’s really owning his ‘Angel’ role at the hospital. Plus, he’s good at it and enjoys giving back and helping others.
Hopefully, he sticks around and survives the battle for Chastain.
What did you think of the episode?
Did Bell make the right choice? Did Pravesh?
“The Resident” will take a week-long break and return on December 17!
The Resident Review – Conrad’s Back, Baby! (3×13)
Conrad Hawkins may have felt slightly defeated, but his comeback is one for the ages on The Resident.
It felt good for the audience to see Conrad walk into Logan Kim’s office and gloat, so I cannot imagine how glorious Conrad must have felt.
In one fell swoop, he got back into Chastain as Chief Resident, Kim off his back, and became the team physician. Get it, Conrad.
Watching Logan Kim squirm and not be able to say “I’ll sue you,” – his go-to statement, at this point – was the icing on the cake.
Conrad 1 – Kim (and Red Rock) 0
Conrad’s talents are undeniable, but it’s his dedication to his patients that needs to be acknowledged.
Despite being fired and not getting any money for helping, he never let any of his patients down; he was there for them, he was invested, and he’s the sole reason why they were able to diagnose and help Dax, the star player.
Dax’s mysterious injury brought Bell, AJ, and Conrad together in such an entertaining way. The quips from Bell about having an “acquired taste” to Conrad’s medical moments was genius. You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone, and Bell, who has evolved drastically as a character as he went from villain to a part of the team, is seeing how much Chastain truly needs a man like Conrad around. Though, it’s unlikely Conrad is the only one on that team that would be able to figure out this diagnosis (maybe everyone else was just busy?).
The second-best moment goes to Bell and AJ realizing that despite being two of the best at Chastain, they needed Conrad’s help cracking this one, and then spent some time hyping each other up with rounds of compliments. Can it be that this is suddenly my new favorite pairing on the series? Sorry, Mina, you have some competition.
The offer from Landry to got Conrad back on his feet was deserved, but it almost felt like an easy way out. Granted, the show would run out of ways to incorporate Conrad into the fabric of the series if he stayed away from Chastain for too long. Conrad working with patients that get brought into the ER for treatment can only work for so long before it starts being weird.
However, the way Pravesh was hyping Conrad up as a man who “thinks outside the box” and makes his own success warranted a storyline where Conrad really stuck it to Red Rock, Kim, and Cain. Technically, he did by listing his demands and not taking no for an answer, and he’ll continue to block them and irritate them at every turn upon his return, but it still felt like this should have stretched into a more prominent war between Red Rock and Chastain’s finest.
That being said, I really cannot wait for Conrad to give them hell.
Aside from dishing out good advice, Pravesh was encouraged to take his own while doing rotations in Internal Medicine.
There seem to be constant clashes between departments that are fueled by money.
Internal Medicine was refusing patients from the ER with Pravesh being told to be “a blocking machine” when it comes to accepting and admitting anyone. As a result, the patients suffered the most and one, in particular, who came in with nausea and severe vomiting slipped through the cracks. Sure, her symptoms didn’t trigger too much concern, but while she was left unattended by both departments, she suffered a stroke that would have been easily preventable if someone had admitted her or taken her seriously.
Pravesh taking after Conrad and sticking up to the status quo is the best part of this series and undoes all the bad writing that came with Pravesh being a stickler for the rules. Let’s just forget that ever happened, okay?
Nic spent the episode outside of Chastain, but she bore the heavy storylines with her suicidal father.
Emily van Camp brought her all to this storyline as she went through a range of emotions from picking up her father from jail to learning that he was planning on leaving to realizing that he was lying and in dire need of help.
The most frustrating aspect here was the complete lack of communication between Nic and Conrad on the issue.
Conrad had his suspicions that something wasn’t right with Kyle last week. He’d overheard him explaining the rationale behind suicide to a patient and worried about him when he left the house, which we know is when Kyle sat in his car holding a gun and contemplated ending things.
Why didn’t Conrad mention anything to Nic when she called him to tell him that Kyle betrayed her again?
Yes, he was preoccupied with his own issues, but for someone whose best at involving himself in other people’s problems and solving them, it seemed out of character for him not to say anything.
Nic figured it out by comparing Kyle’s previous patterns with his current ones. Back then, Kyle used to just leave without a word, but this time, he sold his car to give her money. It wasn’t in line with the man he’d become, but she also acknowledged how broken he’d been over Jessie’s death.
Thankfully, she made it in time and was able to talk him down from those thoughts of being worthless and not deserving of a second chance.
It meant a lot that Nic was able to rebuild a relationship with her father which used to be so fractured.
It was heartbreaking to watch Kyle break down and admit he’s scared, but it’s key that he’s able to express those feelings and accept that he needs help. Nic is getting it for him as they road trip to Savannah, which gives them more time to bond, and we’re just happy this story got an ending that’s hopeful.
Kyle’s suicide attempt addressed that ending a life isn’t the answer because there are people who want to help and also underlined that it hurts the people that care most about you.
And lastly, Adaku woke up and was healthy enough to be discharged. She was able to meet and hold her baby, though, her fears that Michelle wouldn’t know who she was were valid.
Michelle bonded with Mina upon birth as her mother recovered, so it’s not entirely surprising that she feels more comfortable with her godmother or that Mina knows the tips and tricks to calm baby Michelle down.
Seeing her soothe the child shows how much Mina has grown. She went from being a character who disliked children and shuddered at the thought to essentially becoming the baby whisperer. It’s cute. Will she move in with Michelle and Adaku to help them out and also remain close since she’s become so attached?
Mina’s hesitation at giving baby Michelle over is natural, and I think it will help her see that maybe she does want a family in the future. She doesn’t have to close herself off from love and be alone forever.
This realization will likely lead Mina to confront her feelings for AJ, but as we know, he’s trying to move on and probably seeing Andrea.
I don’t want to see Mina and AJ’s perfect friendship get tainted by relationship drama, but I’m also here for Mina opening up and admitting that her decision to alienate any romantic interests is about her fear of commitment and getting hurt.
Alright, turning it over to you, Resident fans!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you happy Conrad is back at Chastain? What happens now?
The Resident Review – Pravesh and AJ Pursue New Relationships (3×12)
The Resident continues to pick a bone with the American healthcare system.
As Nic and Mina brought their healthcare clinic to rural areas without access to doctors and hospitals (and we’re talking only about 3 hours away from Atlanta), Conrad stopped feeling sorry for himself and put his talents to good use by doing some good ole’ volunteer work.
This right here is why the doctors at Chastain are more valuable than some egotistical, profit-driven goof like Cain who has never helped anyone unless it was self-serving.
Nic and Mina encountered a patient, Bianca, whose VAD battery was running out. She rushed out of the house to get her sister to a free clinic and forgot the spare at home, and it almost cost her her life. Seriously, how many times have we left the house and forgotten something? It’s so real and yet, in this case, a near-death experience.
It’s insane to think that getting your hands on something necessary to keep you alive could be so difficult.
Bianca couldn’t just run to the drugstore and had to make peace with the fact that she was going to die.
She was incredibly calm about the whole ordeal as they pulled over so she could go peacefully under the blue sky and sun.
While we didn’t know Bianca and her sister for long, the moment was heartbreaking as Nic connected it with her sister’s violent death and how she couldn’t do anything to save her either.
But then, miraculously, Bianca didn’t die. Her wit and humor carried the storyline and made us feel connected to it.
All those years relying on the VAD gave Bianca’s heart time to heal and restore. Still, she wasn’t out of the woods as the VAD was now causing a blood-clot and needed to be removed by the Okafor-Austin dynamic duo.
Speaking of Okafor-Austin, can Mina just accept her feelings for him already?
AJ loves her, he let his feelings be known by telling her that she would be his “one-hour” person and hoped that she’d return the feelings.
Instead, Mina friend-zoned him, again. Her reasoning does make sense as she explained that this is the most important friendship in her life, which could get ruined by making things romantic.
But as a doctor who sees up-close how fleeting a moment can be and how short life is, Mina should grab the opportunity before it’s gone.
And it will be gone because AJ is a catch.
He’s kind, confident, and most of all, respectful. He has never once crossed a line with Mina even when he was professing his feelings for her and probably wanted to just grab her and kiss her.
With the way this storyline is shaping up, Mina is going to realize her feelings when AJ’s has moved on (physically not emotionally) with Andrea.
After meeting Andrea and seeing that there was some potential, he gave Mina the chance to snatch him up, and she didn’t.
I can’t blame AJ for giving Andrea a call; he deserves to be loved in return.
His call to Andrea came at the right moment as she was being “Barrett Cained.”
That’s a phrase we should all just adopt for moments where Cain thinks he can manipulate someone into falling in line and doing what he wants. It happens nearly every single episode.
Though it hasn’t been working so well for him in the hospital setting with his staff and it doesn’t seem to be working for his love life either.
He asked Andrea out under the pretenses that there would be an investor there for her company and then tried to woo her with lavish and expensive things. He’s clearly not good at reading people.
Andrea was disgusted by the whole idea, especially because she can see right through Cain. The way he weaseled his way into her business and how he tried to trash talk Bell in order to promote himself.
The most enjoyable part of the episode was that Cain’s ego was bruised not once but twice.
The first time was when a fan asked him to take a photo of her and Bell, and the second was when Andrea left the date because a “patient with a sick cat” called.
Two epic moments that wiped that smug look right off of his face. Could this be the start of Cain’s demise? I sure hope so!
Conrad’s search and rescue volunteer work was cut short when Nic’s father called about a towed truck.
He then responded to a concerning call from an MS patient, Archer, who was ready to take his life because of sky-high medical bills tacked on by Chastain.
The fact that someone thinks suicide is their “get out of medical debt” card is upsetting.
Conrad arrived on the scene in the knick of time to stop Archer from overdosing on pills.
And though Kyle couldn’t get to the gun fast enough, his intervention helped save Archer’s life.
Unfortunately, Kyle didn’t feel heroic at all and the moment only tacked onto his negative outlook on life and his self-worth.
The way he explained what Archer must have been going through to the wife was especially concerning to Conrad because Kyle seemed to understand the mindset of someone contemplating suicide.
By the end of the episode, I was terrified that we’d hear a gunshot go off as we got an aerial view of Kyle’s car.
Thankfully, he didn’t and teasers for next week reveal that Nic intervenes and tries to stop her father. Will she succeed? Let’s hope so.
Most of the storylines carried a deeply emotional weight, but Pravesh’s reunion with Nadine was a fun segway from the heaviness.
She didn’t necessarily need medical attention, but she came to the ER because she wanted to see Pravesh again.
Her whole life has been controlled and Pravesh is the one who allows her to just be a person rather than a princess.
I’m very much shipping this couple, although, it is risky to get involved with a patient, especially one of such a high caliber. Red Rock Medical is always watching and ready to swoop in and destroy the good doctor’s who value patient life over profit.
Pravesh needs to be careful.
And then there was a Smurf-looking patient that was treated by Pravesh and his intern Ezra. The storyline wasn’t necessary, but it was a fun distraction and allowed the audience to get to know Ezra a little bit. Turns out, he has crippling OCD, which is what has influenced his decision to become an anesthesiologist. Something tells me that spending time with Pravesh in the ER will likely change his mind. He’s already proving to him that you can turn what once used to be considered flaws into a superpower in the field.
Mina may not have been ready to pursue a romantic relationship with AJ (and aside from the fear of ruining a friendship, it could be because of how hurt she was from her last relationship), but the good news is that Adaku woke up and is on her way to recovering. Mina made a wonderful interim-mom and proved that she took the godmother title seriously, which is exactly where she belongs.
It’ll be great to see Mina with the baby once in a while, but Adaku’s return means that a baby storyline no longer sidelines Mina’s opportunities for character development and growth!
What did you think of the episode?
Will AJ and Andrea hit it off? Will it make Mina jealous and regret that she turned him down?
What does Cain have up his sleeve next?
When will Conrad start fighting back against Red Rock?
The Resident Midseason Premiere – Interns, Zero Gravity, and Conrad’s Revenge (3×11)
Greed and corruption are the basis of Red Rock Medical even more now that Barrett Cain and Logan Kim have positioned themselves at the top.
One of the first changes they’ve decided to implement is to cut salaries and opt for commission-based pay.
In other words, the more procedures you perform, the more you make. Quantity trumps quality (The Raptor was right, they didn’t have to say it out loud to say it) and those who refuse to fall in line will meet the same fate as Bell or Conrad; demotion or firing.
It’s a battle between good and evil thinly veiled under the “medicine is money” umbrella, which makes it a reality for many doctors and nurses.
Even without Conrad, Chastain still has some morally ethical and good doctors left, but they cannot afford to lose them.
Will Cain and Kim acknowledge that before its too late?
Their money-first, patient-second approach will drive Chastain in the ground if no one stops them.
Thankfully, Marshall Winthrop and Conrad have a plan.
At the kickstart of “Free Fall,” Conrad was sulking and feeling a bit sorry for himself, a vast change from the Conrad who confidently walked out of Chastain upon getting fired.
Conrad may have played it off well, but he’s nothing without Chastain or his work. Aside from Nic, it’s the only thing that ever gave him purpose.
He gets distracted by Finn, a former patient suffering from muscular dystrophy who was running out of time.
His one wish was to exist in zero gravity, and he wanted to take Conrad along for the ride.
Finn’s enthusiasm was electrifying and easily the best part of the episode. His outlook on life was also necessary to remind Conrad what’s worth fighting for.
It was nice to see Conrad enjoy himself outside of Chastain. As I mentioned previously, Conrad’s whole life has been wrapped up in his work that it’s sometimes easy to forget that he’s still a person.
But thousands of miles up in the air, Conrad was just Conrad floating without the worries of the world dragging him down.
Of course, that didn’t last very long because one of the free-fallers, Reggie, suffered a heart attack while up there and Conrad had to resuscitate him sans gravity.
Let me tell you, this man can work wonders!
It’s moments like these that prove how good and selfless of a doctor Conrad is.
He wasn’t getting paid to accompany Finn nor did he make a buck off of saving Reggie — it was simply the right thing to do.
Another example of how Conrad’s been able to connect with his patients is when Annie called him before signing a DNR and undergoing lung surgery.
She knew the right choice and yet, she wanted guidance and support from a doctor she trusted.
Chastain is beyond stupid to have let someone like Conrad go, and more specifically, to wage war against him.
Kim and Cain only want those who comply around. They want their “yes men” so that their rulings are never challenged, but the success of a hospital is built up by doctors of various beliefs and backgrounds who often challenge each other about the proper treatment necessary.
Without that, you just have people doing the job for the wrong reasons.
As Winthrop told Conrad, going after Red Rock was going to get ugly.
Kim made it clear that he knows where the skeletons are buried and he’s not afraid to dig them up and expose Winthrop.
But here’s the thing — Winthrop may have earned his riches by doing shady deals, but he’s grown from that. By reconnecting with his son, he’s become a better person who does the right thing no matter what it costs him. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be willing to air out his own dirty laundry to help his son, a notorious rulebreaker.
If they want to take down Red Rock Medical, they all have to be willing to get their hands dirty and deal with whatever comes up.
It’s incredible that Cain has the stamina to keep up with everyone’s lives and continuously get up in their business.
Not only was he overseeing Pravesh and AJ’s patients, but he threatened to throw Bell under the bus unless he gave him a percentage of the profits from his new supplement line.
The devil works hard, Kris Jenner works harder, but Barrett Cain works hardest.
Cain also ordered AJ not to give Annie a DNR, which is totally unethical but also stupid.
Many patients are aware of their rights, especially those who have suffered from serious diseases like cancer.
Annie would have likely made up her mind about what she’d like to happen with her body in case the procedure went sideways in advance, but most importantly, it’s her right and her choice.
No one is allowed to strip her of that to turn a profit.
Cain stoops lower and lower each episode, but the blatant disregard for human lives to make a quick buck is his least appealing quality.
It’s technically only been a year, but times have changed. Conrad has been booted and Pravesh, the intern, now has his own interns.
He’s walking in Conrad’s shoes and learning that it isn’t a walk in the park.
Unlike Conrad, however, Pravesh has two doe-eyed interns to look after, and Ezra and Aileen didn’t seem to take him seriously or respect him.
Things quickly go sideways when Aileen made a call to schedule a patient who came in with a cough for a needless procedure, which obviously was recommended by the specialist because it’s all about that money, honey.
Aileen’s decision caused the patient to have a heart attack, but it also caught a clogged artery that would have been potentially deadly had the patient gone to Cambodia without getting it checked out.
The whole storyline was proof that when you try to tack on procedures for the sake of getting money, it can cause more harm than good.
Pravesh was hard on his interns, but it was necessary.
When you walk through those doors and put on your scrubs, these patient’s lives are in your hand.
You have to make the best decisions and stand by them and claim responsibility when you’re in the wrong.
It’s a tough lesson, but it’s necessary.
And that isn’t even the hardest lesson. The hardest one is navigating the work politics on the business side, which they got a little taste of, but will likely see much more as the series progresses. That is if they even last that long.
Aileen seems like a fighter, but Ezra looks like he’ll be tapping out quickly.
Mina was learning that having a baby and being a doctor was not easy. Along with the sleepless nights, she just wasn’t connecting with Adaku’s child until the Raptor suggested simply snuggling.
The idea seemed foreign to Mina, which was hilarious.
Mina can diagnose you simply by looking at you, yet something so simple as cuddling and nurturing a child didn’t occur to her.
Once she embraced it though, a true bond formed between her and the baby, and Mina might be on her way to rocking motherhood.
Mina will likely get very attached to baby Michelle, which I’m fine with, but as stated before, I hope it doesn’t hinder storylines and character development.
Though, I’m not opposed to it softening her up a bit.
What did you think of The Resident midseason premiere?
Does Conrad stand a chance against Red Rock?
How would you take down Cain and Kim?
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