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THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Cordin Bernsen and Emily VanCamp in the "Unbefriended" season finale episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, May 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

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Cliffhangers are the worst.

Waiting for months on end to find out what happens can be exhausting, but it’s especially taxing when you’re waiting to find out which character didn’t make it.

At the end of the hour, Nic and Conrad were keeping watch over both Kyle and Jessie.

They’d undergone a simple kidney transplant procedure that was complicated when anesthesiologist Smooth overdosed in the ER and ruptured Kyle’s artery.

The episode taught me two lessons: never promise anyone that things are going to be okay and always listen to whatever someone wants to tell you, despite thinking things are going to turn out okay.

Given how the episode played out, my guess is that Kyle doesn’t make it.

Jessie’s odds are worse, but the scene right before Nic was paged showed Kyle’s full circle.

Though he may have been a terrible and unreliable father when they were children, he came through for his daughter’s when they needed him most.

He made the ultimate sacrifice to save Jessie despite being terrified of the surgery.

His death will be much more impactful considering his strained relationship with Nic.

Nic will do what she does best and blame herself, but she’ll also regret the words left unspoken.

Kyle wanted to tell Nic something before the surgery in case things went south but she assured him they’d talk on the other side.

Now, she won’t ever know what he wanted to tell her. I have a feeling it has something to do with being grateful that she pushed him into becoming a better father.

Kyle’s death will be devastating but there’s no way Nic could ever survive without Jessie.

She’d be too consumed with guilt for not doing everything to save her sister.

Conrad has always wanted to do some of the heavy lifting for Nic.

She cares way too much and never asks for help, but with everything happening between Kyle and Jessie, she realized that she had to stop being the strong one.

It was okay to lean on Conrad for a change and he was more than willing to provide that shoulder.

By telling her to grab some air, he took the burden of saving her father (or her sister because the storyline can go that route as well) onto himself.

Jess did give her an advanced proxy so it’s possible she’s the one that dies.

Like most episodes, The Resident season finale was a little light on the happy moments, but nothing made me happier than Conrad and Nic’s reconciliation.

Nic needed a little nudge in the right direction and coming close to losing both her father and her sister made her realize that she couldn’t lose the love of her life either.

They’re better together.

He’s a better doctor, and she’s a better nurse when he’s around.

All Conrad ever wanted was some acknowledgment that Nic would consider a future with him.

Conrad is open to baby steps as long as Nic is open to having a conversation about the future.

Before you know it, Nic and Conrad will have the house, the family, and the chickens they’re talking about. I just hope we get enough seasons to see these storylines through.

Nic and Conrad’s relationship wasn’t the only one that was thriving.

Mina and AJ are also getting deeper involved yet their chemistry is way more subtle.

It’s in the looks and in the actions.

AJ’s bluntly telling Mina that Micah moved on from their engagement and already has a new girlfriend may have seemed harsh, but it came from a place of love.

The Raptor didn’t want Mina to go into surgery while still having feelings.

And he also didn’t want her to find out from someone else.

I swooned when he reminded her that anyone who would move on so quickly didn’t deserve her in the first place.

Preach, AJ!

I always considered Micah to be a decent and loving dude, so I was pretty surprised to see him with a new “lovey” girlfriend.

Why would a guy bring his new squeeze to a hospital where his almost-fiancee worked?

Then again, it didn’t really matter whether or not Micah moved on because Mina’s storyline with him was completely over.

In fact, seeing him with his new girl allowed her to finally move on.

Most exes would be an emotional wreck seeing their man with some new chick, but it helped Mina understand that she never wanted a romantic relationship.

She saw what she could never give him; what she never wanted to give him.

She never wanted to be the woman that Micah needed her to be.

Instead, she loved being at the hospital and bonding with AJ over their upcoming surgery’s.

Micah was a good guy, he just wasn’t a good guy for Mina.

Seeing him move on and be happy was comforting.

I’m glad the writers strayed from putting Mina and Micah in a scene together. They are over and there’s no point in rehashing it.

Then we have Dr. Bell whose left with a particularly tough decision by the end of the season.

Chastain is in the red and experiencing a loss of profits. Does he sign over his rights about making decisions for the hospital to the Red Rock Mountain Group or does he try to steer the ship himself?

The old Dr. Bell wouldn’t have given this decision a second thought, but the new and improved Dr. Bell is walking a fine line between patient care and profits.

He’s seeing the hospital’s patients through a new lens — they aren’t just moneymakers, they’re real people who need help.

How can he turn away a patient in need simply because they are uninsured?

It’s disgusting to me that hospitals base a patients level of medical care based on how much money they have.

I understand hospitals are still a business, but letting someone die or letting their condition worsen because they don’t have the funds shouldn’t be happening.

That’s why I truly believe Bell is going to tell the Red Rock Mountain Group to piss off as he finds a new way to make money and remain the decision maker for Chastain.

Some sacrifices will have to be made, but if it’s for the good of the people, I’m not complaining.

I am truly saddened by the fact that Kit went back to her husband instead of pursuing her obvious feelings for Dr. Bell.

Hopefully,  the situation changes come The Resident Season 3 because I think Bell could use a positive love interest.

And though I know it’s impossible, I’m still hoping Chastain gets a better PR rap next season.

Smoot made a mess when it came to Nic’s father, but I really thought there was going to be more to her situation.

She was “flirting” with Pravesh, she was stealing drugs, and she was using while on the clock.

There was so much more potential with her storyline that I feel wasn’t tapped into.

Overall, it isn’t the strongest season finale I’ve ever seen, but it does make me want to return next season to find out what happens so I guess it did what it was intended to do.

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‘The Resident’ Season 4 Will Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic

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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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QUIZ: Which ‘The Resident’ Doctor Is Your Soulmate?

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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!

And don’t forget to take more fun quizzes here

 


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‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 4 at FOX, Expected to Return in 2021

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The Resident has a pulse! 

Fox has renewed the beloved medical drama for a fourth season! 

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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. 

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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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