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The Resident Review – The Battle for Chastain (3×09)

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Morris Chestnut, Matt Czuchry, guest star Shazi Raja, Manish Dayal and guest star Anthony Azizi in the "Out for Blood" episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Dec. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

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Chastain patients 1 – Red Rocks Medical 0.

For now.

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!


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2021 cannot come faster. 

Not only is everyone “over” 2020, but all of your favorite FOX shows – which were delayed due to the COVID pandemic – will be returning early next year. 

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The network announced that it plans to bring back highly-anticipated new episodes of its scripted shows including 911, The Resident, and Prodigal Son during its midseason schedule. 

The Masked Singer spinoff Masked Dancer will premiere on Sunday, December 27 before moving permanently to Wednesday nights. 

The Mayim Bialik series Miranda, a remake of a U.K. comedy of the same name, will arrive on Sunday, January 3 along with the ninth and final season of Last Man Standing with Tim Allen. 

The rest of the premieres will be scattered throughout the first half of the month! 

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Check out the full schedule to find out when you need to tune in and set your DVR: 

SUNDAY, DEC. 27
8 pm The Masked Dancer series premiere

SUNDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm Call Me Kat series premiere
8:30 pm Last Man Standing final season
9 pm The Simpsons (special time)
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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm The Masked Dancer (time slot premiere)

THURSDAY, JAN. 7
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen Season 19 premiere
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TUESDAY, JAN. 12
8 pm The Resident Season 4 premiere
9 pm Prodigal Son Season 2 premiere

MONDAY, JAN. 18
8 pm 9-1-1 Season 4 premiere
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The season 4 premiere of The Resident is going to hit a bit close to home. 

For years people have turned to television for an escape, but lately, reality and fiction are beginning to bleed together. 

Our everyday experiences and dilemmas are beginning to shape and influence the content we see on television, and, in turn, that content becomes a direct reflection of our society and provides poignant commentary on current events. 

For the most part, it’s exciting to see our daily lives reflected on screen as it offers a more robust and representative experience. However, it also means that it’s harder to escape the monotony of everyday life in lockdown.

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There’s absolutely no way to escape the pandemic plaguing our world — it has consumed every part of our lives. 

Everywhere you look, you’ll (hopefully) see face masks, people using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing.

And now, you’re going to see more of that reflected on the small screen. 

The medical drama, which often draws from real-life scenarios for inspiration, will tackle the pandemic in its upcoming season. 

Series co-creator Amy Holden Jones told Us Weekly: “Our premiere deals with the early days of the outbreak, focusing on the effect on our hero doctors and nurses as they risk their lives daily.

She added: “Long-term, sadly, the after-effects of COVID-19 will go on, even after we have a vaccine, and we’ll be there to show that, as well.”

The show’s writing team includes several medical professionals who weigh in on storylines to ensure accuracy. Daniel Lama and Eric Lu penned the coronavirus inspired episode. 

Meanwhile, an on-set nurse has spent her time volunteering in New York City and Texas during the pandemic. 

Jones said the episode would honor the heroes fighting on the frontlines stating, “their stories are moving, deep and tragic and continue to accumulate to this day,” Jones added. “We hope soon to share all we have learned.”

The show hasn’t begun production on the season just yet, so it may take a bit until we get to see these pandemic episodes considering, you know, we’re in a pandemic ourselves, and that pandemic has made it harder for cast and crew to film new episodes of our favorite TV shows. 

Additionally, FOX’s fall 2020 lineup is moving ahead without the medical drama, as it is being held till 2021.

However, this wouldn’t be the first mention of coronavirus in the series as the season 3 finale dealt with a highly contagious superbug that was initially compared to coronavirus. 

The Resident also won’t be the only drama incorporating the pandemic into their storylines. Grey’s Anatomy previously announced that they would touch upon the pandemic with showrunner Krista Vernoff stating, “there’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”

It’ll be interesting to see these two shows tackle the virus in their own unique ways. As we look to relate to our favorite characters in our shows, you have to admit,, there’s nothing more relatable than seeing their lives altered by the same disease that has stripped us of so many joyous moments this year.

Do you think it’s a good idea for shows to address the pandemic? Sound off in the comments!  


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When you’re strolling the halls of Chastain, which exceptional doctor is your soulmate? Is it Conrad Hawkins? AJ Austin? Randolph Bell? Or Devon Pravesh?

Take our quiz below to find out! 

Did you hear the good news? The Resident was renewed for a fourth season on FOX! If you’re missing the show and all the medical mysteries, you can read reviews right here!

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