The Resident did it once again.
They nailed their annual Halloween episode out of the ballpark and managed to squeeze every single emotion out of me.
I love that the series goes all out for spooky season. As does Chastain.
Every single corner of the hospital was decked out for the holiday. Year after year, the series excels in delivering themed storylines that tie in organically with the plot.
The mystery of the three witches was Conrad’s first day back following his hiatus after Nic’s death. Women who believe in magic and are experiencing deep hallucinations are bound to get your mind off of the dark stuff at home. The three “witches” definitely gave off a Hocus Pocus vibe, especially when one of them freaked out about the abilities of the blood pressure cuff.
How cool and creepy was that scene where one of them snuck off to the bathroom and saw her evil self laughing maniacally back at her only to be enveloped by ghosts?
While it eventually turned out to be an accidental poisoning through an herb in the tea and not a result of spells, magic, or alcohol, it was a teachable moment for Conrad, who realized that these three women were together to reconnect with a loved one when the veil was at its thinnest.
It was a gentle reminder that despite being physically gone, Nic will always be there for them.
And the fact that he came home to a delivery of Gigi’s Halloween costume proved that she’s always looking out for them.
The case inspired Conrad to host his own pagan ritual to say a proper goodbye to Nic.
Seeing everyone in the house, sharing a meal at the table, and reminiscing about the good times they had with Nic was the sweetest sendoff.
And somehow, over the span of an hour, The Resident manage to freak me out before turning me into a pile of mush.
After everyone departed, Conrad went upstairs to check on Gigi, and when he went through her bedroom door, she was suddenly a sweet 5-year-old dressed up as an astronaut.
Conrad may have forgotten her first Halloween costume while being wrapped up in his grief, but it’s clear he never forgot it moving forward. He became the best version of himself for his family.
The series is jumping into the future, which honestly, is the only way they can really move on from this loss while honoring Nic’s character.
Seeing Conrad mope around and mourn his late wife is only sustainable for a few episodes, though, having him move on too quickly is also insensitive.
Utilizing a time jump is the only thing that makes sense at this moment, plus, it allows the series to reframe and explore new storylines.
After all, there have been a handful of shakeups recently, including Mina’s exit that left The Raptor heartbroken, that we need to move past.
Since it’s not known how many more seasons Fox will give The Resident — this could even be the last one — the time jump allows us to go deeper with the characters and see how things turned out.
Basing this solely off the teaser, it seems as though Conrad stepped away from medicine to be a full-time father, but leave it up to Pravesh (and his new ‘do) to convince him to come back!
It also seems like The Raptor and Leela are hooking up… or were, though, maybe that’s just how the teaser is cut to throw us off?
And AJ is now a published author.
Here’s hoping the book includes his sound advice about warding off ghosts!
Leave it to AJ to be a man of both science and science fiction. In the present, he didn’t dismiss the beliefs of any of his patients. Even though he knew there was likely a scientific and medical explanation for what was happening, he indulged them in their hypothesis. This is why he’s the best character — I won’t be convinced otherwise.
Spirits or symptoms is a sound premise for a future series!
His ghost expertise calmed his patient down long enough so that his medical expertise could diagnose him with a life-threatening tumor. Win-win.
Pravesh may not have been a believer, but whatever happened in room 2413 (“it’s haunted, I won’t go in there” – Nolan) convinced him to abandon the historical apartment with “character” for more modern fixing hopefully not built atop of a burial site.
Kit channeled her inner Mary Poppins — I’ll never unsee it now — to entertain the children at the daycare, but she didn’t stop worrying about Dr. Bell, who boldly picked up a hitchhiker on the side of the road.
We know hitchhikers tend to be bad news, so it was clear that there was going to be something up with Mike.
Did I expect him to be a full-blown serial killer that slashed three people before hopping into Bell’s Mercedes and forcing him under the knife, so to speak, to pay for the sins of his past?
Absolutely not. But I wasn’t opposed to the storyline.
I was genuinely concerned about Bell’s well-being once we knew there was a serial killer on the loose, Mike began inquiring if Bell ever murdered anyone, and when he asked him to drop him off in some dark street far away from the main road.
Thankfully, Mike appreciated Bell’s honesty and the fact that he owned up to his previous mistakes, so he let him go.
I doubt that would ever happen in a real-life brush with a serial killer wielding a knife, but I’m glad that’s how it went down for Bell’s sake.
And it’s always nice to see the series acknowledge the massive character growth. It’s important that they didn’t forget who Bell was when all of this started.
There were medical cases, there were fun moments where Chastain’s finest indulged in some chilling antics, and there was closure to Nic’s death topped with an emotional time jump the finish things off.
What did you think of the annual Halloween episode? Are you excited about the time jump?
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The Resident Midseason Finale Review – Unknown Origin (5×10)
Dr. Bell spent the whole episode waiting to find out the results of his blood workup, and so did the fans.
Unfortunately, those answers won’t be revealed until February 1, 2022, when The Resident returns from its hiatus.
Hopefully, the news is good, but as everyone at Chastain deduced the moment he skipped all of his surgeries — something is very wrong.
His symptoms include more than just a shaky hand. He’s hearing ringing and experiencing blurred vision, so the diagnosis is likely going to change a lot moving forward.
But we’ll worry about that when we get there. The good news is the new and improved Bell put patients and not ego first, and that, in itself, is a huge feat.
The Resident Season 5 Episode 10 offered up a few wins, including one for Trevor, who really needed it. He was the hospital’s very own Sherlock Holmes when he successfully diagnosed a patient that was presenting deadly symptoms without an underlying cause.
Trevor’s frustrations were understandable especially after he just lost his very first patient because he refused to get a pacemaker.
His tenure at Chastain has been intense, to say the least, but that also means Trevor is getting the full experience.
When he finally figured out what was wrong with Jerome when no one else did, he was hailed as a hero.
Maybe his luck is turning around after all?
Conrad and Pravesh even went on to say that Trevor is the best intern they have thus far, and you know that means they have to see a bit of themselves in him.
Conrad’s day, believe it or not, was even more intense than Trevor’s.
He started the morning in bed with Marion, Gigi’s babysitter. Okaaaay, we did not expect that.
It’s safe to say Conrad has given himself the go-ahead to move on from Nic, and honestly, good for him. Enough time has passed where it’s acceptable, and he deserves to be happy.
While still in bed, Marion informed the desirable doctor that he’s “not her type,” and though she was likely joking, it’s probably a good thing because she won’t be mad when he pursues the new mysterious doctor Kincaid Sullivan aka Cade.
The moment she appeared on the screen in that helicopter, I knew she was going to be Conrad’s love interest.
Conrad is one of the best of the best and yet, he was in awe of Cade.
Their first order of business as the “Go Team” started off by offering aid to two patients trapped in an overturned bus.
They worked together to free them and made it mere moments before a gas leak led to an explosion.
On their way home — this time by ambulance rather than helicopter — they picked up a patient in labor.
Of course, the patient only spoke Creole, and, as luck had it, Cade spoke the language as well thanks to her volunteer work for hurricane relief in Haiti.
You could just see Conrad’s eyes widen with admiration.
And finally, Cade, who explained that she was an ER and intensive care doctor, assisted with Jerome’s case.
She took charge in a rather impressive way, so it’s no surprise that Conrad seemed to give off the impression that he found his equal.
And his interest was only piqued more when Kit Voss explained that despite meeting all the qualifications, there was just not enough information about Cade.
She was being purposefully evasive about her past, and when Pravesh went to look her up, he found that her whole online presence had been wiped from the search.
Only someone with something major to hide goes to such extreme lengths.
And while intriguing, it’s also concerning that there isn’t a way to find out about her past and she hasn’t held a hospital job for more than a few weeks/months.
If there’s anyone who can get to the bottom of it, it’s Conrad.
And, as I said previously, romance is likely in the cards for these two talented doctors.
People hide parts of their past for all sorts of reasons, so as long as Cade isn’t like a murderer or anything, I think Conrad will be pretty understanding.
They all clearly know how rare and refreshing it is to find a doctor that’s not only good but passionate about medicine.
Of course, Conrad has a bit more on the line and has to be more careful because of his daughter.
He can’t blindly trust someone just because they had a good day saving lives together.
Just like with Dr. Bell’s diagnosis, we’ll find out more about Cade in 2022.
We’ll see you in the new year, Cravers!
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The Resident Review – He’d Really Like to put in a Central Line (5×09)
Trust was at the core of The Resident Season 5 Episode 9.
Some patients trust their doctors wholeheartedly, while others don’t seem to trust them at all.
Dr. Devi, Conrad, and Trevor had patients who both trusted and distrusted them, and it was a teachable moment all around.
Conrad once again took Trevor under his wing to show him the ropes. It’s not really surprising that he’s taken on the role of a mentor to Trevor since he also mentored Pravesh and, well, look how well that turned out.
But Trevor is also very similar to a young Conrad — you know, the one from the early seasons of The Resident. He’s confident, passionate, outspoken, and doesn’t show nearly enough restraint as he should much like Conrad.
That just means there’s room to learn and grow. Trevor has good instincts, but he needs to learn how to reign them in.
And who better to learn it from than Conrad?
The case was tough. Their patient, Wyatt, was sick but he wasn’t a lost cause. His heart failure could easily be reversed with a pacemaker, and yet, Wyatt, who genuinely believed he was like a cat with nine lives, didn’t want to intervene.
He refused the pacemaker at every turn despite all their efforts to convince him. And you can’t say they didn’t try. They brought in a psychologist, Conrad tried to reason with him, then he tried to level with him, and finally, he opted for reverse psychology to suggest that maybe the Lord wanted them to save him.
None of it worked.
Wyatt was set in his ways, and he was prepared to die.
And eventually, his luck ran out.
It was a heartbreaking case because it was easily preventable. And it speaks volumes to the restraint that Conrad has built up over the years.
It would’ve been easy to disregard the patient’s wishes and put the pacemaker in. It would’ve been easy to break the rules. It would’ve been easy to justify doing the wrong thing.
And it’s twisted to think that saving a life is considering doing the wrong thing, but in this case, it is.
In this instance, the patient’s wishes needed to be respected even if no one agreed with them. At the end of the day, that’s their obligation as doctors.
It may be the most important lesson Trevor ever learns. Losing a patient is never easy, but it’s hard to rationalize when you could’ve done more.
Some days, you fight like hell to save your patient, and other days, you have to sit back and accept that your hands are tied.
Trevor is never going to forget this case, especially because it was also the first patient he’s ever lost.
Trevor meant well. He advocated for his patient. He didn’t give up. He wanted to find a way to ensure his survival.
If he only learns how to take a step back when necessary (and also, how to speak to patients), he has all the makings of a doctor.
As Conrad put it, he cares deeply.
Wyatt’s case was also upsetting because his reasoning for refusing the pacemaker stemmed from being spoonfed misinformation.
Wyatt was part of a Facebook group that spread blatant lies and politicized medicine thus making the job harder for doctors. He wanted to form his own opinions rather than trust science, and while having your own opinions is always welcomed, those opinions should be formed using credible information.
Conrad summed it up nicely — fear and misinformation are dangerous, and they are a hard condition to cure.
On the other hand, Dr. Devi’s patient, Brit, put all of her faith in the medical experts.
She needed surgery, but it wasn’t without risk. Despite always looking on the humorous side of things, she was unable to make the best medical decision for herself, so she asked Dr. Devi to do it for her.
Devi is a brilliant doctor, but her self-doubt gets in the way all too often.
I love that she has Bell in her corner encouraging her, but hopefully, after successfully completing Brit’s surgery all on her own, she starts to believe it more.
Devi was a beast in the surgery room when Bell left. She took charge, made the calls, and stuck by them because she knew that she was right.
It was impressive. She proved that she can handle anything.
Of course, seeing Bell’s hand tense up and tremble brings it back to the earlier seasons.
His character has come a long way, however. The old Bell would’ve continued on with the surgery because he had an inflated ego. The new and improved Bell took a step back and excused himself knowing that it would be too much for Devi. He didn’t want to be her patient on top of an already complex surgery.
Bell also reached out to Conrad to ask him if he’d run some confidential tests on him to see what was causing the tremors and vertigo.
It’s understandable that Bell wants to keep this on the down-low. Even if all his tests came back fine, if anyone were to find out, it would cast doubt on his ability to continue doing the job.
Plus, he’s dating Kit, so she would be worried unnecessarily.
If the test results uncover something major, I know Bell will make it known, but I can’t help the guy for wanting to find out without making a huge spectacle of it and potentially sabotaging his whole career.
It also speaks volumes to his character growth that he’s entrusting Conrad with running the tests. There was a time where Bell refused to acknowledge that Conrad was a good doctor.
Elsewhere — Kit hired Padma to teach a yoga class to help the doctor’s zen out. I know they are all really busy — those pagers don’t stop — but honestly, they all need it. It should be a mandatory part of their day, at least for a few minutes.
It’s also a sweet way to bring her into everyone’s orbit a bit more.
Pravesh spent the episode interviewing potential candidates to take his place in the ER and realized that there was no one that was in it for the love of medicine. I know he wanted to pursue clinical research, but let’s not deny that he is absolutely incredible at his job and Chastain can’t lose him.
Also, I love that the series is leaning into Conrad as a father. Some shows just ignore the parental aspect because it’s easier than trying to weave it into the narrative, but while we see him spending most of his time at the hospital, Gigi is still a huge part of his life and constantly makes appearances!
What did you think of the episode?
Is it just me or is The Resident really thriving this season?
The Resident Review – Chastain’s Most Eligible Bachelor (5×08)
The lesson from The Resident Season 5 Episode 8? It’s never too late to change.
And change came for Chastain’s best in a variety of different ways.
Dr. Pravesh dealt with a corrupt system that wouldn’t offer help to a retired couple struggling to take care of themselves.
Pravesh has always wanted to change the system, but now, more than ever, he wants to do something meaningful.
It’s what pushed him to talk to Kit Voss about embracing clinical trials.
He wants to be part of the solution that ensures there is adequate treatment for those who really need it.
George and Celeste were a sweet couple, but it was clear the weight of taking care of her husband was getting to her. Eventually, it was important for Celeste to prioritize her own health in order to ensure that he would also be taken care of in the long run.
I’m always supportive of a woman advocating for herself. Though I’ll be honest, I love that we also got to see the other side of the coin with George explaining that he hates that his needs made his wife sick. I’m sure it’s not easy for a man, who is always considered the caretaker, to put all that pressure solely on his wife.
Kit hired DeSoto to coach Chastain’s self-proclaimed Kings of Surgery, and their egos were definitely a little bruised.
Bell and AJ spent much of the surgery gassing themselves up, so it was definitely painful to learn that Kit thought they could use coaching.
Even worse — DeSoto had a lot of notes about how they could improve, which meant that their technique wasn’t flawless after all.
While Bell was a little more adaptive, AJ pushed back on a lot of DeSoto’s suggestions because he felt he knew better.
However, once Bell applied the notes and excelled in surgery, AJ acknowledged that he probably could be more strategic in surgery.
And, if I’m interpreting the situation correctly, he also asked DeSoto to stick around to continue challenging him because he has a huge crush on her, right?
There was also Dr. Conrad better known as the hospital’s most eligible bachelor.
All the nurses were fawning over him, and while he definitely noticed, he wasn’t really comfortable with it.
It’s been years since Nic’s death, but Conrad still doesn’t feel like it’s the right time to move on.
However, with Billie’s blessing, he did indulge Marion, a daycare worker that Gigi loved.
Am I crazy or did it seem like Billie regretted giving Conrad the green light to move on from Nic because she has feelings for him?
That would be complicated. But she’s right that Nic wouldn’t want Conrad to be alone forever — she would want him and Gigi to find someone that could make them complete again.
Plus, I love how he manages to keep Nic’s memory alive. Gigi may not have known her mother, but you’d never tell by the way she talks about her mommy.
Admittedly, I don’t know if I’m ready for Conrad to move on mainly because I was so devoted to his relationship with Nic, but Marion seems like a really great person with a good heart.
If Conrad is going to move on, it better be with someone worthy of his and Gigi’s heart!
What did you think about the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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