Time away from Chastain was necessary only to realize how much we’ve missed everyone and how much we appreciate the show.
The Resident Season 3 premiere was explosive putting three patients, including Conrad Hawkins, in harm’s way.
It’s almost counterintuitive to say that everyone was lucky, but somehow, thanks to dedicated doctors and medical miracles, they made it out alive.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the season 3 premiere:
- Goodbye Jessie: The Resident season 2 cliffhanger was resolved almost immediately. During the season finale, two lives hung in the balance: Nic’s sister, Jessie, and her father, Kyle, were both fighting for their life. As Nic sits in a field of dandelions, it’s revealed she was reminiscing with Jessie about the good old days with their dad. But as anyone who’s ever seen a TV show before, it was very obvious that it was a dream sequence, and revealed that Nic was in the field with Conrad and Kyle mourning Jessie. Since her death almost a month ago, caused by a massive blood clot, Nic hasn’t been able to return to work or say goodbye by spreading her sister’s ashes. Eventually, through events that transpire during the course of the premiere episode, Nic learns that she cannot put her life on hold because something bad happened. She has to mourn her sister and take her memory with her as she continues to help people. And that probably means she and Mina will find new funding for their recently shuttered free clinic, which could help patients who are being failed by a system that’s broken and offers treatment only when it will benefit them and bring in enormous cash flow.
- The explosion – As Conrad enters the radiation area to find a patient that ran away from his treatment room (it should NOT have been that easy to wander into such a dangerous area), he smells gas and an explosion erupts injuring him, his partner, Annie (played by Moira Kelly aka One Tree Hill’s Karen Scott), and the little boy, Jonah. Conrad miraculously makes it out with a broken or fractured ankle and some bruises. Jonah’s spine becomes dislodged from his skull, a rare condition impressively repaired by Dr. Kit. Meanwhile, Annie’s injuries lead to the discovery of a brain tumor they probably wouldn’t have found otherwise. Dr. Bell brings in Red Rock Medical’s newest hire, Dr. Cain, to operate, and though his skills are impeccable, no one is impressed with how hastily he performs the surgery.
- Dr. Cain – Which brings us to the newest character addition, Dr. Cain. Dr. Cain has an ego the size of Texas, which doesn’t sit well with anyone at Chastain. He has the same energy that Dr. Austin had when he first joined the team. I mean, the guy listened to Old Town Road while removing a brain tumor. That says everything you need to know about him. But, the reality of our current world is that hospitals are a business and someone like Dr. Cain, who bills 80 million a year compared to Kitt’s measly 2 million a year, is good for business. Basically, the team at Chastain is dedicated not only to the profession but also to genuinely helping patients while Cain seemingly sees them as nothing more than a conquest. Does he impressively remove a brain tumor? Yes. But he’s not as diligent about it, he doesn’t take his time, he doesn’t even make sure that everything has been removed. It’s half-assing because he can. And when Dr. Bell tells Kitt that she needs him as an ally to stick around Chastain, it doesn’t sit well with her. She immediately knows what kind of man Cain is because a man who bills that much “runs multiple ORs and overtreats.” My guess is that Cain won’t fall into the group chat as easily as the Raptor did and he’ll force Dr. Bell to have multiple moral crises.
- Dr. Bell’s Glow Up –For the most part, Dr. Bell has had impressive growth since The Resident Season One. He stood up to the board member who told him he should be meeting with Cain instead of championing his doctor’s after tragedy struck by telling her that Dr. Kitt just performed nothing short of a miracle. He’s no longer driven by money solely, which is a huge shift, but he’s also not naive to think that simply wanting to help people is enough to run a hospital. He straddles the line brilliantly, and we see him struggle with his emotions and decisions as they weigh heavily on him. He wants to bring Dr. Cain onto the team because he’s good for business, but will he be able to ignore all that growth? Bell’s interacted with people like Cain before and it’s never turned out good. What’s to say this will be any different?
- Conrad and Nic Back Together – The couple is back and stronger than ever and hopefully, it’ll stay that way. They both care about each other. Nic’s learned that life is fleeting and realized what it would mean to lose Conrad when she saw him injured in the explosion. My hope is that this relationship moves forward and not backward this season.
- Kyle’s Conspiracy – Kyle begs Conrad to look into Jessie’s files and make sure that whatever happened to her wasn’t premeditated. Nic brushed him off, but it seems like Conrad will do the necessary digging to see what happened. Kyle claims it isn’t about money, and I’m inclined to believe him. He has survivors guilt, he wishes he could have done something to help Jessie, and he needs to put his mind at ease. Or, at the very least, find out the truth.
- Eloise – Remember her? She was one of the miracle patients from last season who received a triple transplant. Well, she’s Pravesh’s newest sub intern. And though everyone is scared about exposing her, she’s of the mindset that she got another chance at life and she’s going to live it to the fullest. Something tells me she won’t make it past one full season, but her will to live is already inspiring.
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‘The Resident’ Season 4 Will Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic
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.
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.
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!
QUIZ: Which ‘The Resident’ Doctor Is Your Soulmate?
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!
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‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 4 at FOX, Expected to Return in 2021
The Resident has a pulse!
Fox has renewed the beloved medical drama for a fourth season!
The exciting news means that The Resident will be able to conclude the storylines that were interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, which shut down production on shows indefinitely.
Season 3 ended abruptly because it wasn’t able to finish filming the episodes.
We’ll also get to see more of the power-dynamics at play at Chastain as Logan Kim turned his back on the once-invincible Dr. Cain and attempted to schmooze up to Conrad Hawkins.
While he medical drama had been critiqued for exaggerating and portraying unrealistic incident by medical professionals and the industry, the series has also amassed a rather dedicated following largely due to its thrilling weekly patient cases and the relationship and chemistry between many of its cast members.
Plus, fans love that the series tackles on “ethical” issues surrounding the healthcare industry head-on.
TV Series Finale indicated that the audiences have tapered off with a 21% drop since the second season, but despite the lower-ratings, there’s no denying that The Resident has a strong pull amongst dedicated fans who watch faithfully.
Unfortunately, similar to many The CW shows, The Resident won’t return until 2021 as FOX released its 2020-2021 fall TV schedule, which relies heavily on football (if the seasons returns as expected) and many animated series. The network plans to hold all scripted offerings for midseason premieres.
FOX also renewed sitcom Last Man Standing leaving Prodigal Son and Outmatched on the fence.
Are you thrilled The Resident was renewed for season 4?
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