The Resident is gearing up for yet another explosive chapter with that cliffhanger.
Nic’s been through it all with her sister, Jessie, a former drug addict who is in kidney failure and needs a transplant.
Despite all the drama that went down between the sisters, Nic’s always been the dependable one that has taken care of Jessie.
So, naturally, she immediately got tested to see if she could become a donor.
Because of some arterial anomaly, she was disqualified, but the remaining hope lied within their father.
Nic was skeptical about Kyle’s willingness to donate to his daughter because of his spotty past during most of their childhood.
Kyle was never a present father and while it was refreshing that he wanted to change now, it was also slightly suspicious.
Nic was so certain her father was going to bail and let them down, she even sat him down for a heart-to-heart.
Kyle promised that he was here to help both of his daughters and lift the burden from Nic’s shoulders.
So imagine all of our disappointments when Kyle lied about not being a match and then tried to defend it by saying an addict shouldn’t get a kidney.
The nerve of this dude.
Nic was way calmer than I would have been. Telling him to get out was putting it mildly.
Realistically, Kyle isn’t completely wrong.
Jessie is an addict and not a full recovered one at that. She even brought up her desire to use again during the episode and questioned how she’d resist the urge now that life had taken a nasty turn for her.
For all we know, that was supposed to be a foreshadowing scene that Jessie isn’t ready for a new kidney.
Nic had hoped this would be the wakeup call Jessie needed, but maybe she just wants to believe that so badly she’s too blinded by the truth.
It’s possible that Jessie might make the most of her new kidney, so don’t think I’m crossing her off just yet.
Nic’s devotion to her sister, despite everything, is admirable; it’s what makes her such a great nurse.
With Kyle out of the picture, it seemed all hope was lost of saving Jessie but then, Alec came around with a possible solution.
“How far are you willing you go to save your sister,” he asked Nic whose interest piqued.
Obviously, Alec hasn’t been paying attention because Nic would do anything.
Thanks to the teaser, we don’t have to wait until the next episode to figure out what Alec meant — he’s bringing in someone from the black market.
At least, it seems like it.
And now, I have an issue with this.
Wanting to save your sister is natural, but let’s just get this out in the open real quick: it’s illegal.
Nic has already been in the slammer once before, she doesn’t need to return there.
Alec was supposed to be a kind and helpful doctor, but every time he’s around, he’s steering Nic down the wrong path.
This isn’t the first questionable thing he’s done.
Conrad is going to become concerned because even though he and Nic have called it quits, he still cares about her.
Nic should really keep him around instead of allowing Alec into the fold.
Alec and Conrad have never seen eye-to-eye so I’m here for this showdown.
Conrad isn’t opposed to breaking rules here and there when necessary, but his risks are calculated.
Saving Fritz during a blood crisis wasn’t an easy feat for Conrad and his team.
Initially, they couldn’t figure out why Fritz lost so much blood despite his fall, then they couldn’t get him a necessary blood transfusion so Conrad brought him down the basement where he plopped him into some cryo-submarine machine to ensure he’d get enough oxygen and buy himself some time.
Dr. AJ took over with spleen surgery, and Conrad ended up donating live blood that hadn’t been cleared of diseases to save the man’s life.
Blood shortages are very real so yes, this was a shameless plug to encourage everyone to go out and donate at blood drives.
If you’re not queasy around needles, get to it.
Me, I couldn’t even stomach watching Conrad prick himself.
AJ was spotted chatting with a young woman at the beginning of the episode which seemed to make Mina a little jealous though she’d never admit it.
The fact that Mina tried to pry the truth from him while he was “inebriated” in the operating room only further proved that her jealous was alive and well.
While I assumed the woman was going to be AJ’s sister, it turned out to be a woman from the adoption agency who delivered him info about his biological parents.
It was heartbreaking to watch AJ tell Mina that his mother, a doctor, chose med school over him.
It was even more heartbreaking because as a consummate professional himself who values his career over his personal life, he completely understood her decision.
That doesn’t mean it hurt any less, but he understood.
His biological parents, who I don’t doubt we’ll meet in the future, live in Chastain with the three children they did want.
I’m willing to bet that one day, his bio parents are going to roll into the hospital as patients!
The moment where Mina agreed to be angry at the Raptor’s parents for him gave me all the feels.
These two don’t even have to say anything — they transfer all that energy in the way they look at each other.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bell’s two love interests came face-to-face in what may be the most exciting love triangle (square if you count Kit’s husband, Brett) in the history of TV.
Bell’s assistant, Grayson, brought his mother, Vivian, to the hospital where she was diagnosed with gonorrhea by Kit.
Kit was cool with Vivian, Vivian thought she was a wonderful doctor and both women spoke fondly of “Randolph” and just wanted him to be happy.
Randolph, who has come so far since the first season, ultimately chose Kit, who now has a difficult decision ahead of her.
She could give her first husband, Brett, another try since he was willing to make things work, or she could pursue her feelings for Bell.
I think she’s going to lean towards the latter.
Bell’s relationship with Grayson has also evolved. While Grayson still annoys him, I think Bell appreciates him and his quirkiness now.
Grayson straight up confronted Bell asking whether or not he gave his mom gonorrhea, which Bell found was noble because he was sticking up for his mother.
He then bonded with Bell by telling him he was a good and giving man, way better than his own father.
And, in quite possibly the most bizarre storyline to date, The Resident introduced a new anesthesiologist who came prepared with plenty of terribly punny jokes.
Though he wasn’t a hit with Mina at first, eventually, she made her laugh so hard, half of the OR was triggered.
But her flirty jokes to Pravesh, who is seemingly moving on from Julian Booth, were merely a distraction because she went to a patient and stole the drugs from him.
Is she an addict?
Is Pravesh getting in way over his head again?
When will someone pick up on the warning signs?
Is Nic going to go too far to save Jessie? Will Conrad be able to stop her?
And when will Mina and AJ finally get together?
The Resident Review – Nic’s Baby Shower (4×13)
Life was hanging in the balance for several characters on The Resident Season 4 Episode 13.
And when there were too many happy endings, I’m always a little skeptical. That’s what happens when you watch too many medical shows.
With all the happy moments rolling in, I couldn’t help but wonder if they were too good to be true.
And some of them seemed to be.
AJ’s mother got the positive news that her target therapy eliminated all of her tumors. Sadly, the promos for next week’s season finale reveal that we shouldn’t be celebrating just yet as she ends up back at Chastain and her life is on the line.
I don’t love this story for AJ mainly because I don’t want to see him in pain, but since she was battling stage 4 cancer, it feels like a realistic arc.
Sammie, the young Korean girl that Jake and Greg are gearing up to adopt, was suffering complications from her surgery.
Despite the risk of another surgery, it was their only option, and thankfully, Sammie’s infection seemed to have subsided thanks to Dr. Bell.
Again, I was fully expecting the other foot to drop, but I think that would be too much heartbreak for Jake and Greg, who previously lost a potential child when the mother backed out of the adoption because her parents didn’t approve of the child having two dads.
Plus, Sammie’s storyline is one of the things bonding Jake and his formerly estranged stepfather, Dr. Bell, so it seems like she’ll be a more permanent fixture in their family.
I love the bilingual aspect that Sammie and Jake bring to the series, and it’s always great to see Dr. Bell in grandfather mode.
Doctors are always told not to get personally involved with their patients, but when the patient is also a family member (which is rare cause doctors typically sit these cases out since it’s a conflict of interest), we get to see the storyline through all the way.
Speaking of doctors not getting too emotionally connected to patients, Dr. Devi and Pravesh both struggled with that when it came to their respective patients.
Dr. Devi assisted AJ in treating Doug, a respected and beloved apartment superintendent who saved a young boy from a burning fire.
Doug’s surgery was complicated and came with its fair share of risks, which pretty much solidified that he wasn’t going to survive.
Dr. Devi blamed herself and thought they could’ve done more, but even with the best hands operating on him, his chances of survival were slim.
It’s the sad reality of the job and one that Devi is going to have to accept.
It was her first real loss, and Pravesh understood what she was going through.
Even after all these years, Pravesh’s emotions still get the best of him.
When Rose came into the hospital with muscle pain, he couldn’t bring himself to treat her because he felt too protective over her. Seeing her with Cain made him angry and jealous, and not because he wanted a romantic relationship with her but because he didn’t want Rose to get hurt.
Pravesh’s reaction is understandable considering there’s only a handful of doctors who truly know how terrible Dr. Cain is.
However, Conrad was right when he suggested that somehow, someway Cain and Rose better each other. He’s still an arrogant ass, but at least when he’s around Rose, he’s tolerable and cares for someone other than himself.
Rose’s story also had a happy ending as it was revealed that her pains were a byproduct of exercising.
The gene therapy was also successfully and cured her sickle cell.
Rose has suffered immensely, so this moment was a long time coming.
Unfortunately, it’s also a reality we’re hoping for in the real world as the cure for sickle cell is still in clinical trials. Hopefully, more patients will one day get the same happy news as Rose did.
Also, Pravesh is in denial about his feelings for Devi. We know that relationship is eventually going to happen!
Nic’s baby shower went off without a hitch — what’s with all the hate against baby showers? — but the moment it ended, she revealed she was in labor!
It’s happening everyone… baby Nevins is coming!
I cannot wait to see Nic and Conrad become parents. We’ve followed their relationship through the highs and lows, and it’s all led to this moment.
If The Resident doesn’t get renewed for a fifth season (it’s a bubble show right now), I’ll be furious because that means we won’t get to see their journey through parenthood. Long-time fans deserve better!
During the baby shower, Billie also revealed that when she was raped at the age of 13, she got pregnant and now, her 18-year-old biological son is trying to meet up with her.
The text messages were a bit extreme as he wasn’t respecting her decision and taking no for an answer.
Also, if it was a closed adoption, how did he find out her identity and how did he get her number? It’s felt like borderline harassment.
I’m all for the boy meeting his mother, but there’s a way to go about it that doesn’t pressure or force someone into doing something they don’t want to do.
Billie was faced with a tough decision. On one hand, she wanted to meet her son, but she couldn’t shake what happened to her and was scared she’d see her rapist every time she looked at her son.
While what happened wasn’t the boy’s fault, it’s understandable that Billie would have her qualms about the meeting, especially since it took a long time to put the past behind her.
And honestly, what do you even say to the kid when he asks about his father? It’s a complicated situation and a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly.
My guess is that once Billie sees Nic and her baby, she’ll have a change of heart and decide to meet up with her son after all.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below!
The Resident Review – Best Laid Plans (4×12)
The Resident Season 4 Episode 12 tugged on all of our heartstrings!
Nic and Conrad’s relaxing spa day was cut short when they jumped into action to save a former patient who was critically ill.
Pete refused to speak to anyone but Nic, and when they paid him a visit, he collapsed right on top of her.
A visit to Chastain revealed that he was bleeding internally but the cause was unclear. That is until Nic realized that Pete was going through a vitamin deficiency.
It’s rare that a medical series addresses the importance of proper nutrition, but it’s so important to emphasize just that eating your fruits and veggies can have a huge impact on your health!
Let this be a little reminder before your mid-week grocery trip!
Even after a full night shift and an unexpected additional shift, Conrad made time to pamper his pregnant wife.
It’s what makes him the dream TV husband. Nic is one lucky lady!
Dr. Devi struggled with The Raptor, who was verbally abusive to her during a procedure.
She’s not the first one to scream it out in the supply closet.
However, AJ’s behavior towards her wasn’t okay even if he was going through his own personal hell with Mina’s departure and his mother’s cancer diagnosis.
Nothing ever gets resolved by hostility.
The Raptor kept comparing Devi to Mina, which is unfair mainly because, as Devi later mentioned, Mina was superhuman.
And Devi, as we know, does her best amid her own struggles.
I’m glad that Kit took the initiative to grab Devi and pair her with Bell when she realized things with Dr. Austin weren’t working out.
When she says that she’s not like the other CEOs, this is what she means.
Dr. Bell’s approach was much more Devi’s speed; he encouraged her, coached her through the procedure, and most importantly, believed in her.
Not every procedure will allow for that kind of hand-holding, but as Devi gets her bearings, it’s much more encouraging than the hostility that was coming from AJ.
Thankfully, AJ remedied his mistakes. He acknowledged that his behavior towards her was unwarranted and apologized. He even extended the residency to her if she’d have him.
Moving forward, I think this will be a great partnership.
As is Cain’s partnership with Billie. While mostly everyone at Chastain has kind of given up on Cain, she continues to believe in him and is patient with him.
The patience she extends to him is a big deal because Cain lacks it for himself. He’s hard on himself and continues to put himself down for not exceeding the expectations he’s set for himself.
With Billie’s encouragement, he was able to get through the surgery successfully.
And seeing her kindness towards him inspired him to extend the same courtesy towards Rose.
Rose’s situation broke my heart.
Not only has she gone through her fair share of hardships, but the minute she was given any semblance of hope with the gene therapy, things took a turn for the worse with renal failure.
The idea of being on dialysis for the rest of her life was not something she was prepared for, especially after being told that she may have a shot at some normalcy.
Without any support from loved ones in her life, Rose simply gave up.
When Pravesh wasn’t able to convince her to accept the dialysis, he turned to Cain.
Cain was able to convince her by promising her that if none of the treatments worked, he wouldn’t let her suffer.
Rose simply needs someone to be by her side and also ensure that her quality of life doesn’t decline. Cain’s the perfect person because he, of all people, understands what that means.
It’s heartbreaking, but I’m really rooting for Rose’s recovery.
As Pravesh said, she’s the bravest and strongest person he knows!
Rose’s health may have declined, but it wasn’t a result of the gene therapy, which was good news for Pravesh’s friend as Chastain decided to invest in his company as an angel investor.
It’s a risky investment since there’s no evidence that the gene therapy is effective, but Chastain needs to find a new source of income and there’s nothing better than a partnership with someone who is actually determined to better the world!
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below!
The Resident Review – Tornado Warning (4×11)
A tornado flew around Chastain… and it left the place in shambles!
But it wasn’t anything that the heroes of Atlanta couldn’t handle. After The Resident Season 4 Episode 11, everyone walked out of the hospital changed forever.
To be quite honest, I’d think a tornado of that size would’ve left much more devastation in its wake.
Yes, there was a man with a metal rod piercing his skull and a paramedic died after being crushed by the ambulance and having her leg amputated, but there wasn’t a surge in patients that needed to be treated due to the severe weather.
I’ve also never experienced a tornado, but I’ve seen some bad storms, and the power is never restored that quickly.
What electrical company do they use?
I’ve lost count of the near-death experiences Nic has endured while pregnant, but I’m glad that this time it wasn’t anything serious.
Conrad, her everyday hero, shielded her from the blast and they went on to attempt to free Piper from the weight of the ambulance.
Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, Piper didn’t survive the surgery. It was a sad moment, but since we didn’t really know Piper all that well, the emotional impact of her death faded rather quickly.
The series is desperately trying to make Pravesh and Leela happen… and I’m not entirely opposed to it.
The two of them were trapped in a room together and needed to rely on each other to save a man’s life since they had no service and no one to walk them through brain surgery.
Honestly, I’d never want to “wing” removing a metal rod and bone fractures from a man’s brain without the proper tools, but the two of them did a phenomenal job.
Leela was the brain’s behind the operation, but due to her dyslexia, she needed Pravesh to motivate and encourage her.
By the end of the hour, Pravesh was smitten with her, but considering his track record with relationships, I’m going to want him to take this slow so that he’s completely sure.
Leela is too good at her job, so Chastain can’t afford to lose her if he were to break her heart.
Billy became Cain’s new resident, and I can’t argue with him — they are cut from the same cloth.
Cain doesn’t have the best opinion amongst the staff (or audiences), but there’s constantly someone that isn’t willing to give up on him.
From Rose to Billy, so many people believe that he can become a better person with the right motivation.
If people continue seeing something redeemable in him, maybe there’s a chance that he’ll turn over a new leaf?
Especially if Rose and Billy aren’t planning on giving up on him.
I love that Billy called him out about Rose. He clearly has feelings for her, but he’s terrified of being abandoned again since she technically comes with an expiration date.
However, Cain of all people should know that there’s always a chance that she’ll defy the odds.
And Billy made a good point: we can all die at any minute, so why is that stopping him from feeling something for Rose and making a move?
While I think the series is going to have Rose and Cain get together, I’m not counting Billy out just yet as there’s plenty of chemistry between them.
The Raptor struggled to deal with Mina’s move to Nigeria, but he took his mind off of it by assisting Bell and Jake with Sammy’s high-risk surgery.
I’m glad the series isn’t just brushing off Mina’s departure simply because Shaunette Renee Wilson left the series. Mina made such a big impact on her colleagues at Chastain that it’s more than understandable that they would be lost without her and missing her deeply.
Mina’s absence will be felt by both characters and audiences for quite some time. (And I’m secretly hoping she’ll return in some capacity!)
Bell and Jake’s storyline was one of the stronger in the hour because it not only allowed them to continue bonding but it also introduced the potential for Jake to adopt Sammy.
We know Jake and his husband will take Sammy in. The series established the bond when Sammy connected with Jake while speaking Chinese and then again when she asked him not to leave prior to the surgery and opened up about the loss of yer parents due to COVID.
Considering Jake and his hubby just lost out on the little girl they planned to adopt, it’s as though the stars are aligning. And considering Sammy’s delicate health situation, Jake is going to be a much better dad than her current foster family who didn’t have the means or mental energy to deal with her diagnosis.
Jake can be there for her, monitor her, and help nurse her back to health. He already did the first step with the help of his stepdad and AJ by removing much of the cancerous growths from her organs giving her a fighting chance.
Even though the storyline is the most obvious thing in the world, I’m still excited to see it pan out. And I never thought that I’d like Jake as a character as much as I do.
After such an eventful day, the staff all went out for after-work drinks, which made me wonder — if Chastain is in shambles because of the tornado, how is the bar perfectly intact?
Was it located in a different area that wasn’t affected by the severe weather or is that just the magic of television at play?
Let us know what you thought of the episode!
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