The Resident 2×20: One of the Most Important Episodes Yet

The Resident 2×20 “If Not Now, When?” is one of the best episodes I have seen on television. Ever. Manish Dayal wins my performance of the week for this chilling episode that shed light on senseless gun violence and the lack of standard of care in postpartum treatment. For such a heavy content episode, the writers still managed to update viewers on the failing health of Nic’s sister, Jessie (Julianna Guill) and on the somber status of CoNic.

The Subtle Shame in Senseless Gun Violence

The Resident writers are really good. We know this. I am super impressed with the way that this storyline was incorporated with an already very prominent plot occurring and yet still managed to standout. That’s good writing. After Nic witnesses a shooting involving a vehicle, she rushes over to discover a family of three. The father (Joel Johnstone) exits the vehicle and is screaming about his 14 year old son, Danny (Paxton Singleton) in the backseat who appears to be suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. The mother (Charlene Amoia) is also bleeding in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The family was innocently driving to a science fair where Danny would be competing when their vehicle was sprayed with bullets. Sadly, a perfect example of ‘wrong place at the wrong time’.

And then both mom and son are saved but after several opportunities for dialogue and after 43 minutes with uncertainty of their fate. Bell and Kitt have this honest conversation about how many bullets they’ve removed from healthy, young men. She even talks about how her own daughter was entered into a science fair when she was younger and how they, too could have been innocent victims of gun violence simply by driving to a school function. Nic has her own moment of ‘it should have been me’ while she looks back and realizes she could have been hit if she hadn’t pulled her vehicle over.

Although the conversations are subtle and intertwined so discretely throughout the episode, the message spoke volumes: gun violence is a problem in this country. Innocent, young lives are affected every single day and until something changes, we will always be forced to think about whether or not it could have been us.

It COULD Have Been Us

The Resident brought attention to one of the most disturbing and lesser known facts about giving birth in the United States: it is the most dangerous country to give birth in the developed world. How is this possible? The maternal mortality rate also increases significantly if you are an African-American woman. Are you kidding me?

This episode shows Wade and Lea (Kamal Bolden and Vinessa Antoine) in the emergency room. Lea is pregnant and experiencing contractions. When Dr. Feldman (Tasso Feldman) and Devon listen to the baby’s heart rate, they realize that it is too low and that Lea will need an emergency c-section. Due to low staff (this is a common theme in this episode, Dr. Stewart (John Billingsley) asks Devon to scrub in with him for the c-section.

As Dr. Stewart is about to begin the procedure he looks up to Devon and asks how long he’s been in the country?

Yup. You read that correctly. And hold on to that thought.

Devon responds taken aback but graciously and informs Dr. Stewart that he was born in the United States and grew up in New Jersey. The c-section continues and the couple welcome a baby girl into the world.

Devon stops in to check on the couple later when they are moved to their room. Wade thanks Devon for helping to bring his daughter in the world safely. As Devon is walking out of the room, he notices a significant amount of blood in Lea’s catheter bag. Devon immediately locates Dr. Stewart and asks him to check in on Lea; however, Dr. Stewart essentially tells Devon to stay in his lane.

Viewers are subjected to watching the entire system fail Lea, her husband, and her two daughters (one at home waiting for her mother to return to her) throughout the rest of the episode. Dr. Stewart never checks on Lea despite Devon reaching out several times to him. The nurses never check on Lea despite the fact that Wade asks for assistance for his wife, who is in obvious extreme pain. The nurse at the front desk even ignores the call bell to Lea’s room. While Wade listens to the nurse at the desk explain that pain is normal after a c-section, he looks around in disbelief as other nurses are busy tending to women with balloons, women who are being discharged, and with patients who are clearly not in the severity of pain or discomfort that his wife lying in the hospital bed down the hall was in. So why is she specifically being ignored?

Devon ends up going to check on Lea again and realizes that no one is helping her. Devon calls out the nurse and tells her to order a CT scan and make sure that Lea is a priority for the medical test. And later when Devon returns, Lea is still not made a priority and the nurse blames understaffing.

Mina and AJ were tasked with trying to save Lea after Devon discovers that Lea is bleeding internally. After the best possible surgeons try to save her life, Lea ends up dying from a bleed in her bladder six hours after her emergency c-section.

And Devon says to Dr. Stewart what everyone was thinking as they walked out of the surgery. “Ask yourself would this have happened if Lea wasn’t black?”

AJ tries to insert himself and tells Devon that it isn’t the right time.

“If not now, when?”

Mina than educates the hallway that African-American woman are four times more likely to die postpartum. Dr. Stewart is left crying alone in the hallway as Mina, AJ, and Devon go to break the news to Lea’s husband.

I cannot commend the actors and writers of this next scene enough. The image of two male doctors holding and grieving with this heartbroken husband was stunning. Mina bawls in the corner behind them.

Dr. Bell listens to Devon’s suggestion and says that the hospital will initiate a new standard of care to make sure that this does not happen again to another patient like Lea.

At the end of the episode, The Resident shows a clip of a story about Kira Dixon Johnson, the story inspiring this episode. Her husband, Charles Johnson developed 4Kira4Moms, an advocacy group for better maternal care policies.

To learn more about Kira, her story and Charles’ mission in her honor, please visit:

This episode was heartbreaking and I applaud The Resident for once again exposing the truth about the faults in our healthcare system.


As emotional as this episode was, the writers did not spare us whatsoever. In fact, the episode began with the break up of our beloved CoNic. And honestly, I’m okay with it. I know it sounds a little hypocritical of me after slamming these writers for even threatening to break them up in the first place but it clearly needs to be over based on the place that Conrad is in: and that is a selfish one.

Before you hate me for saying that Conrad is being selfish, hear me out. I have watched Nic get blasted on Twitter the past few weeks. She’s tired. She burnt out. According to her own account, she’s been taking care of everyone else since she was essentially a preteen. Why on earth would this girl want to move in, get married, and move forward in a relationship when the ground around her is crumbling? Why would Conrad think that now is the time for moving forward when the fate of her sister is unknown? They even have to break the news to Jessie this episode that her kidneys will never recover. She will have to live on dialysis for the rest of her life or until she is eligible for a transplant.

And so Conrad says he cannot do it. He doesn’t want to be stagnant. And, though I appreciate his honesty about not wanting to be in a relationship that doesn’t progress, I think it’s really telling that he’s not looking out for the well-being and need of Nic right now. He wants a relationship that progresses. He’s being selfish. And that’s okay, too.

They are clearly both not in the same place and it’s not going to work. Right now. Because, I’m hoping that they really do figure it out: that it’s not about pace, or moving forward, or status, or where who lives. It’s about their very apparent love for one another.

I’m just hoping this break does not even go into a romance with Alec or Zoey or any other obnoxious temporary fill in. And I hope it’s short-lived.

Random Thoughts

My random thoughts section will let this speak for itself this week:

  • “Each year an estimated 700 to 900 maternal deaths occur in the U.S.” – The New York Times
  • “A black woman is 243% more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes than a white woman.” -NPR

The Resident airs on Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.

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The Resident 2×18 Recap and Review: Taking a Chance on Love

The Resident 2×18 “Emergency Contact” was packed full of taking leaps of faith on love. There were a lot of loose ends tied up — like the whereabouts of Julian Booth and the fate of Mina and Micah’s engagement; but the questions left unanswered far outweighed the answers.

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The Resident 8x17, Matt Czuchry and Manish Dayal

The Resident 2×17 Recap: Second Chances

In The Resident 2×17 “Betrayal,” there are stories of second chances, redemption, and justice (?). The episode revolves around a gunshot wound, mono, and an undercover takedown resulting in a shootout and a high-speed vehicle pursuit. Is this blowing your mind? Well, it should because when The Resident does action, it does it so well. As the episode reached its end, viewers on twitter seemed to be going out of their minds; and man, was it suspenseful until the very last second.

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The Resident 2×15: The Family We Build

Mina Okafor and AJ Austin are one of the greatest ships on TV. I said it. The Resident 2×15 “Queens” proves that AJ and Mina are a slow, but forceful burn, and it’s only getting better. Mina and AJ aside, this episode was one of the best we’ve seen yet on this show.

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The Resident 2×14: The Head vs. The Heart

We’ve heard it all before: follow your heart; the heart wants what it wants; the head and the heart want different things, etc. It seems that The Resident 2×14 “Stupid Things In the Name of Sex” was out to prove that the head generally wins on Valentine’s Day.

Sexy Autopsy

Poor Gertie. In the beginning of the episode, viewers are introduced to Mina’s sweet and very active geriatric neighbor, Gertie (BettyLynn Allison). She’s a sweet, gluten-free cookie-baking, pilates loving woman, who has even agreed to care for Julian’s cat. Devon has brought flowers for Gertie to thank her for caring for the abandoned (orphaned?) feline.

Later at the hospital, paramedics wheel Gertie into the emergency room where she is pronounced dead. Mina and Devon are devastated and are puzzled as to how this happened after just seeing an alive and bubbly Gertie hours before.

Mina and Devon are then tasked with breaking the news to Gertie’s only living relative: her niece, Nora (Shanley Caswell). Prepared for tears and a solemn encounter, Devon and Mina put on somber faces and offer a box of tissues to Gertie’s niece. Clearly, breaking the news to the loved one of such a sweet woman would be devastating. Devon and Mina are shocked to find a cold and impervious woman more interested in the insurance money than the truth behind the death of a healthy and active 70 year old relative. Nora reveals that her aunt was sweet, but not to her and was especially critical of her relationships. Nora just wants to move to Portland. Manish Dayal and Shaunette Renee Wilson are hilarious in this scene as they stare open-mouthed and astonished at Nora’s callousness.

This is the second time within this season that The Resident has painted a horrifying picture of mishandled or purposeful negligent autopsies. Devon turns to Bell and asks for an autopsy of Gertie due to the sudden nature of her death. Bell informs Devon that autopsies are too expensive and that the cause of death will just be listed as a heart condition. He carelessly adds that the heart is always a cause of death. Truer words could not be spoken.

Bell, however, is not the only one who fails Gertie’s legacy. Her primary care physician ultimately lists her cause of death as having to do with her heart. But this episodes’ dynamic duo, Devon and Mina, find a creative way to find out the truth: they convince the niece to donate Gertie’s body to science by telling her that she won’t have to pay for Gertie’s funeral. Yes, this character is that vile.

And with a request to the self-proclaimed “Doctor of Love” himself, Dr. AJ Austin, Gertie’s autopsy is a ‘go’. Would AJ actually decline a request of Mina’s? With an audience of Dr. Austin’s overachieving medical students, AJ, Mina, and Devon discover that Gertie’s cause of death was actually a brain aneurism. They also discover that Gertie had been living with polycystic kidney disease. Devon remembers that the niece had mentioned having headaches. With convincing, Mina insists Nora should be tested which leads to Mina’s first brain surgery. Nora had two brain aneurisms that could have burst at any time.

After Devon and Mina essentially save her life, Nora baffles them once again — thinking with her head — and starts inquiring into her aunt’s death certificate to obtain insurance money so that she can finally move to Portland. If only this lady had any heart.

In Their Own World

Otto and Andre are the couple that I never knew I needed in an episode of television. There was a serious depth to this couple in a way that did not feel forced or overbearing. Conrad is first introduced to Otto and Andre in the emergency room, when Otto arrives with some minor symptoms of dizziness and fatigue. The couple is playful and sweet. They are joking about their Valentine’s Day plans and their plans for the future. Andre insists that they need to save their nickels. Otto says that he already made a “rezzy”. How freaking adorable. After preliminary tests, Otto is admitted for low sodium and anemia. He also has signs of kidney failure.

There’s subtle hints to this couple’s past. Otto says he’s 20 years sober in his initial contact with Conrad. He was once a med student but now is a substitute teacher. Andre looks confused at points when Otto is speaking, as if Otto isn’t making sense to him. After more testing and a dramatic situation of Otto needing to be intubated as blood filled his lung, Conrad and Dr. Nolan (known to me as Dr. Douche) determine that Otto is suffering from an autoimmune disorder. Nolan tells Andre that he and Otto can go back to their normal life.

“Normal life.” Andre retorts.

At the sudden sign of human emotion, Dr. Douche is out leaving Conrad to console Andre. Andre fears that Otto is drinking again. He explains that when he met him he was a hot medical student, but eventually had to drop out because of his drinking. He tells Conrad it was worth it because he loved Otto. But Andre reveals that Otto is telling lies again, causing him to think that he’s drinking again. He never made them Valentine’s Day reservations, despite claiming to have made them. He talked about having been on trips that they never went on. Conrad says that Otto didn’t show signs of alcohol abuse. And because Conrad always knows, he looks into this further, and discovers that Otto has dementia as a symptom of all of his years of alcoholism.

Andre takes this news hard. He says that they talked about traveling the world. They dreamt of Paris. Conrad gently explains that they can be together, but that they have to be together in Otto’s world. As Andre thinks, Otto awakens and happily waves to Andre through the glass. I can’t tell you enough about the level of perfection of Ron Simons as Otto and Carlos Lacamara as Andre. These two guest stars exemplified true love and sacrifice.

And in quite possibly, the best scene in this show, Andre shows stock images of Paris and Spain to Otto. When Otto asks if they went to Paris, Andre explains that they did go and they kissed by a fountain for hours. Otto smiles, “I remember. It was so romantic.”

Could this show get any better?

Thinking with Your Head

After Irving predicts that it will be a Valentine’s Day full of strange happenings, Dr. Voss is introduced to Chet (Paul Skye Lehrman). Chet is literally attached to a vehicle door in the emergency room. When he is removed from the door, Chet reveals that he was being intimate with a stranger that he met online in his car.

This storyline was strange to me. I understand the purpose of having the Valentine’s Day fling in there but I felt like this whole thing took up too much screen time from an already really good episode. With the exception of a few funny lines and demonstrations of sexual positioning, I found this storyline obnoxious; especially obnoxious when the Valentine’s Day hookup shows up at the hospital to have hospital sex and thus causing Chet to need surgery.

This then led to an awkward scrubbing in conversation between Bell and Voss about attending the same event later in the evening. And oh, well, why should they bother taking two cars if they’re going to the same event. I like Kitt (Jane Leaves), but I’m not sure how I feel about such a badass doctor falling for Bell. I get it. She humanizes him. She even took him back to a time when he was a surgeon for the medicine and not the money, but he’s gone so far down the evil path that I’m not sure there’s a point of return for him. And Kitt Voss deserves better than the evil Bell.

Irving (Tasso Feldman) had his own Valentine’s Day mishap when he refused to acknowledge that he and Nurse Jessica were actually a couple in front of their colleagues. I’ve always enjoyed the little Dr. Feldman/Nurse Jessica interactions as the comedic relief in the episode that they were, but this was a nice addition of substance to the couple. But Feldman redeemed himself when he set up a table in the elevator that started it all for them and revealed that he was afraid Jessica was going to be ashamed of him. When he turned to his heart, he saved face and extended a really sweet gesture to his lady.

But the two couple highlights for me this episode were Conic and … AJ and Mina. Yes, I know that this episode was about Mina and Micah’s (Patrick R. Walker) Valentine’s Day but there was so many sweet AJ and Mina moments.

Conic started out the episode with an intimate scene that was everything Conic fans could have ever wanted. Conrad surprises Nic with reservation that he made at a fancy and popular restaurant. When she asked how he was able to make reservations at such a popular place, he says that he made them 8 months in advance. 8 months in advance, people. But when Nic has to stay over night at Jessie’s rehab for an early morning group session, they have to give up their reservations.

Conrad still surprises Nic in the parking lot of rehab with a cheese stick, apples, and sparkling water in quite possibly the sweetest last minute Valentine’s Day date ever. Because clearly after watching Otto and Andre find a way to be together, Conrad had to be with Nic that night.

Conrad gifts his reservation to AJ and tells him that he hears that he’s quite the romantic. When AJ tells Conrad he’s going to pay the reservation forward, Conrad asks who the recipient would be. AJ responds, “To someone already in love.”

And yes, AJ Austin gives his reservation to Mina and Micah, who he had overheard making last minute plans for dinner on Valentine’s Day. This was after AJ checked in on Mina, knowing that she had just lost her neighbor. This was after they worked together to determine the cause of death for a woman who deserved the correct autopsy findings on her death certificate. Because AJ knows Mina and knows what excites and inspires her. He knows when she is hurting and he knows her heart.

At dinner, Mina thinks that Micah is having a heart attack when in actuality he was just trying to get a ring out of his chest pocket to propose. Viewers are left with a nervous Micah on one knee and a flustered Mina with no response.

As much as I love Micah’s sweetness and big heart, I don’t think he is right for Mina and clearly doesn’t understand her disdain for surprises or grand gestures.

The Resident shows us that on Valentine’s Day, in medicine, or in matters of sex sometimes the head wins over the heart.

Random Thoughts:

  • That sex scene, though. Conic has chemistry.
  • Mid-sex scene,  in regards to Nic going to see Jessie in rehab, Conrad asks Nic so lovingly, “Do you need anything?” This guy.
  • Mina doesn’t want flowers or candy for Valentine’s Day. She sure as hell doesn’t want a ring either.
  • “No drama. No surprises.” Well, you spoke too soon.
  • Grayson’s obsession with hooking up his mother with Bell is a bit strange.
  • Poor Devon. He’s still not giving up on Julian.
  • “Everyone’s moved on except me.” Until she comes strolling in with some feds.
  • AJ Austin: Doctor of Love. I find it of no coincidence that he picked up the candy that read “Real Love”.
  • “Wink wink. High literature indeed.” Mina kills me every time.
  • Gertie’s niece might actually surpass Bell in evil ranking.
  • When Irving says “License and registration” as he reveals Chet stuck to the door, I nearly spit out my drink.
  • “Not out in the open. We’re not animals.” Yeah, okay.
  • AJ listening to Mina tell Micah she loves him. God, he loves her so much.
  • I love that Conic FaceTimes. Cute.
  • Dr. Douche can’t handle a little human empathy. Douche.
  • “You, coupon cutter.” Nearly in tears at this line.
  • “You just sexed yourself into a fracture.” Funny line. Bad storyline.
  • “Who does their business in a hospital?” Um, half of your colleagues…
  • “I wish there was more I could do.” “But you being here makes it all better.” Oh, they are so perfect in all their Conic perfection.
  • Say “NO!” Mina!!

The Resident airs on Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.

The Resident 2×13: Fears of the Unknown

If you have not watched The Resident 2×13 “Virtually Impossible”, then you definitely need to drop whatever you are doing, and watch one of the best episodes that this show has graced us with.

This show truly gets better and better due to one key thing: character investment. We are absolutely 100% in love with these characters. Throughout season one, we fell in love with Conrad and then Nic. And we fell in love with their love and respect for one another. When we thought that we couldn’t love a cold-hearted Mina or a cocky, arrogant new resident doctor, Devon Pravesh – we fell in love with them, too. They gave us the abrasive, yet quirky, AJ Austin, and with time we realized that we adored his passion and unique outlook on life.

This episode may have even made me respect Dr. Randolph Bell just a (tiny) bit, but yes, The Resident can even make you love a character like Dr. Bell, or at least have an understanding of him. In this episode, we wanted to hold our beloved Chastain team. We rejoiced in their surgical win. And we truly smiled a big Conrad-like grin when everyone seemed to end up on the same side for once. But the theme of this episode was the great unknown, and we held our breath with these characters the whole way through.

The Surgical Unknown

Dr. Kitt Voss’s (Jane Leeves) patient Eloise (Chelsea Kurtz) is in need of a double lung transplant because of cystic fibrosis. Dr. Voss tells Conrad early on that Eloise is special to her, because she is a devoted medical student. After determining that Eloise is no longer eligible for the transplant due to liver failure and elevated sugar levels, Conrad and Kitt reveal to Eloise that there is another way: a liver, pancreas and lung transplant.

Eloise and her parents decide to go through with the transplant, as Eloise would only have a few weeks to live without the surgery. The surgery has only been successfully completed once before in Canada, and the surgeons will need approval from the ethics board to go through with it.

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Jane Leeves, guest star Chelsea Kurtz, Matt Czuchry, guest star Dan Camden and guest star Sharon Omi in the “Virtually Impossible” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Feb. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX.

Eloise’s character seemed familiar to me and with an online search, I realized that her character was reminiscent of a real-life cystic fibrosis warrior, Claire Wineland, who graced the internet with her story and survival while battling cystic fibrosis through videos, stories, and positive messages of living life the best way we can. Claire sadly passed away in September, but left her mark as an activist and author in the cystic fibrosis community.

The character of Eloise, too, wanted to share her medical procedures and the risky surgery with medical students and other cystic fibrosis patients as an educational tool. I love that this show uses real-life inspiration for their characters and sheds the light on real circumstances of patients and medical personnel.

Dr. Voss asks Conrad what doctor would be crazy enough to chance this surgery, and with a comically executed scene change, viewers are shown the infinite ‘Raptor’ dutifully accepting the challenge and announcing that the “quarterback is coming off the bench”. Unfortunately, Dr. Austin has recently been sidelined once again by Bell after he was confronted with Mina’s findings about the defective QuoVadis heart valves. Bell tells AJ to “lay low” and to halt performing high-risk surgeries until Bell can look into the valves further.

Dr. Voss and Conrad appeal to the ethics committee by appealing to Bell’s’ inner surgeon. Dr. Voss narrates a moment in medical times, when there was a surgeon who would’ve performed any challenging surgery in Atlanta that came his way just to save a patient. She further shares that the Dr. Bell from another time would’ve jumped on the chance to advance science and to make history. And because clearly Dr. Voss knows Bell and knows how to appeal to his inner arrogance, Bell eats this up and agrees to the surgery.

And what a surgery it is. After complications with the donor lungs, Eloise’s parents volunteer to each donate a lobe of their lungs to Eloise. Eloise’s mother suffers complications, but ultimately, the surgery is successful and Eloise breathes through healthy lungs for the first time.

This scene was mesmerizing to watch, and not for the surgical chaos that is was. And not for the livestream video that was being streamed to Eloise’s fellow med students at her request. It was beautiful to watch this epic tag team surgery of awesome surgeons. Mina, AJ, and Bell relying on and trusting one another. Conrad supporting Kitt, as she held her breath watching her beloved patient undergoing an intense and very risky surgery. This, hands down, was probably one of the most emotional and most well-done scene involving our doctors yet.

Viewers continued to struggle emotionally when Eloise takes her breath from healthy lungs donated lovingly from her parents, and she declares that it feels like she was born again. Sob. And further sob when her mother squeezes her hand despite being on a breathing tube after her surgery complication. This show. My god, the feelings.

Letting Go

While the team is focused on Eloise and her high-risk procedure, Nic is focused on her high-risk sister, Jessie (Julianna Guill). Nic has arranged for a job interview as a paralegal for Jessie. Nic does all of Jessie’s homework for her. She researches the job and the firm’s cases. Jessie seems anxious, but Nic passes it off as nerves due to the interview. When Jessie shows up at the hospital in a new outfit and having already missed the bus, Conrad and Mina know something is going on with her. Nic gives Jessie twenty dollars to catch a cab and wishes her luck ignoring the obvious signs of Jessie’s changing moods.

When Conrad tries to question whether or not Jessie should be tested, Nic snaps at him and explains that they are in a really good place.

Nic tries to text Jessie later for an update, but runs into parents of a high school friend of Jessie’s. When she asks about their daughter, they bring her to the room of a woman on a ventilator. Their daughter is the organ donor for Eloise. Nic is then subjected to a tale of a very familiar story.

The parents talk about how their daughter has been addicted to opioids since high school. She was prescribed oxycodone for an athletic injury and the addiction spawned from there. The mother said she thought she was back on track but the father shamefully admits that he saw the signs: lack of appetite, mood swings etc. When the mother asks why he didn’t say anything to her, he admits that he didn’t want to see it.

If the Chastain team wins the award for best scene this episode, Emily VanCamp wins best solo performance hands down. She can portray so much emotion with her facial expressions alone. Her face in that scene alone said so much without her even uttering a single word. You knew her thoughts. You felt her emotions and you knew that Nic Nevins was getting in a vehicle to find her sister. Because she knew in that moment, she just didn’t want to admit that Jessie was using again.

After returning home and ultimately finding pills in Jessie’s purse, Nic tells her that she is going back to rehab. Jessie refuses and Nic painfully tells her to leave. I cannot tell you enough how beautifully executed this scene was. VanCamp and Guill portrayed this familial bond fighting through addiction so well. As Nic closes the door, Jessie is left crying over a pile of pills on the floor and Nic is left sobbing over her steering wheel as she finally has to cut the cord and let her sister hit rock bottom before she will accept help. Their performances were outstanding.

Search and Rescue

Hikers locate Julian’s car at the beginning of the episode. Police recover the vehicle from the bottom of the lake and identify the vehicle’s owner as Julian Booth. When they go to open the vehicle, there is no body.

They indicate that a search and rescue team will attempt to recover the body from the lake. This new information is broadcasted all over the news and is seen by the doctors of Chastain, including Mina and Conrad. Conrad dutifully calls Devon to let him know. Devon, who has returned to his empty and Priya-less apartment is awoken to his cell phone ringing. After Conrad break the news, Devon shows up at Julian’s apartment and convinces her landlord that he is actually there to take Julian’s abandoned cat. After getting caught going through Julian’s mail by the landlord, Devon takes her cat and her phone bill. He later discovers that Julian’s last phone call was placed to the FDA.

He goes to Conrad and Nic with his newfound discoveries. Just last season it was Nic who was investigating the felonious wrongdoings of Lane Hunter. She became invested and almost got taken down for looking into Lane’s murderous poisoning of patients. Will Devon be the next target for looking too closely? It does appear that way.

Yet, once again viewers are left with a big question: Where is Julian?

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Shaunette RenŽe Wilson in the “Virtually Impossible” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Feb. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX.

Toe to Toe

When Bell is confronted with the information of Dr. Benedict’s payout from QuoVadis by Mina and AJ, they reveal their source of the information: a website called “Dollars For Docs”. And as soon as Mina and AJ have left the room, Bell confirms what he already knows; that he is also a doctor tied monetarily to QuoVadis. Bell schedules a meeting with Gordon Page (Michael Weston).

Whether he likes it or not, Bell trusts Mina, and he believes in the skill level of AJ Austin. So when he is presented with the evidence that Mina has researched the downfall of these heart valves, Bell knows that this is bad news. He asks Page about the valves and questions whether or not they should be pulled until they are further researched. Page puffs up his chest and tells Bell that when he asked him for money, Page didn’t hesitate to give him money, put him on his board, and only ask for loyalty in return. Page threatens Bell and informs him that he is disappointed that he would even dare inform Page on how to run his company, and says if Bell pulls the valves, there will be consequences.

Nic had to send her sister into an unknown spiral of addiction. Devon still faces perplexing question of the unknown whereabouts of Julian. Eloise took a leap of faith and without knowing what the outcome of her surgery would be, she took a chance on life. And like all of these characters taking giant steps forward into the unknown circumstances that lay ahead, Dr. Randolph Bell took a chance and did the right thing. He pulled the QuoVadis heart valves from Chastain after working with this colleagues and getting a little taste again of the surgeon he once was.

Hopefully he doesn’t face these threatened consequences.

Random Thoughts

  • AJ and Mina strolled into Bell’s office like a power couple once again.
  • Gordon Page’s character is almost a little too creepy villainous now. His staring out the window spouting out threats was a little intense.
  • I love every episode with Dr. Kitt Voss in it. I feel like she always adds something to the episode.
  • “Looks like I’m going to need more oxygen for this. I don’t like the look on your faces.” I love Eloise’s spirit. And sass.
  • And this episode was a great follow up to the last one with Nic and Conrad’s extremely depressing talk. This Conrad is why Nic is not ready to be surprised with a new apartment. She is emotionally drained by her sister’s addiction.
  • “If you die, I won’t feel guilty… I gave you every chance.” Oh, this scene. Heart wrenching.
  • Devon’s going to take the fall for Julian’s disappearance. Page knew what he was doing here.
  • I have lovingly named Dr. Nolan (Michael Hogan), the attending trauma surgeon, Dr. Douche. Because every time he opens his mouth, I yell: “Douche”.
  • Mina expected arrogance after the surgery, but AJ surprises her and says he’s recently dined on “humble pie” and doesn’t plan on changing. Did you see her surprise? Intrigue? Did you see the way they looked at one another? Oh, when these two end up together, it will be EPIC.
  • I love how Devon turned to Conrad and Nic. They are a team. They are family. Conrad will stick by him.
  • Oh, Jessie. I hope you survive this. This will break Nic beyond repair.

The Resident airs on Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.

The Resident 2×12: What Plagues Us All

Only The Resident could pull off a parallel between the Black Plague and all of the turmoils and infectious qualities of relationships. In 2×12 “Fear Finds a Way,” that’s exactly what the show does, and it does it so well. Devon and Irving are inundated with an overcrowded emergency room from flu season. The Resident begins the episode showing viewers just how easy it it is to spread germs by horrifying us with revealing those iridescent little green particles passed from person to person, and from object to object. I don’t know about other viewers but this whole sequence made me want to Lysol my entire house. And myself.

One of my favorite parts of the show is how it’s constantly bringing familiar faces back – faces that seem inconsequential at the time, but somehow always end up a significant part of the show. In this case, we were reintroduced to Meg Mullins (Dot-Marie Jones), a corrections officer from Nic’s short time in prison. Meg ends up in the emergency room claiming that there’s something going on with her eye, when she breaks up a fight in an agitated and impatient ER. Once she polices the emergency room, Meg begins to struggle and looks as if she’s going to faint. Devon discovers a severe bloodshot eye and irritated rash on her skin. Meg and Sam (Michael Rady) become the two most highlighted patients at Chastain because of the severity and onset of their symptoms. They also seem to be the two that reveal so much about relationships.

Meg and Sam both end up in quarantine and place the hospital on a high alert because of severe flu-like symptoms that no one can diagnose immediately. Conrad, Nic, and Dr. Shaw work together to perform tests and to discover who “patient zero” is, to prevent the spread of a severe infectious disease. Dr. Shaw is recruited to help out at Chastain by Dr. Bell who is eager to clear out the overcrowded hospital in exchange for two ultrasound machines. I’ll give Alec credit: he can negotiate. The ultimate horrifying diagnosis: the Black Plague.

The Fear That Plagues Us

THE RESIDENT: Emily VanCamp in the “Fear Finds A Way” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Jan. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX.

In what appears to be this adorable gesture, Conrad walks Nic into an unknown place with hands over her eyes to reveal that he has asked a favor of a real estate agent to show them a gorgeous apartment before it’s actually on the market. He spouts off all of the positive aspects to the place: it’s close to Chastain, they can afford it because they’d only be paying one rent, and it has a yard to raise chickens. (Never thought Conrad to be the chicken type, but okay.) The whole scene appears adorable and screams grand, romantic gesture that some women might swoon over and throw their panties at men for. No judgement from me; however, Nic Nevins looks around this place in sheer horror disguised as a pleasantly polite smile and demeanor.

For as strong and as fearless as Nic presents herself to be, there is an underlying fear that drives and haunts her. Nic Nevins is afraid. With the revelations of their past issues and losses and the constant reminder of a dependent sister, I can completely empathize why Nic is afraid to commit and to move forward with things just seeming to settle and be comfortable. I realize how unpopular of an opinion this will be, judging by some of the Twitter banter, but as sweet as Conrad’s gesture was, you do not make such a bold move like presenting a perfect apartment to a woman like Nic, without having a freaking conversation about it first. Nic values her own worth, her independence, her ability to make her own choices, and her freedom. You don’t present these things to Nic. You have a conversation and let her decide on such a big decision with you. You give a woman like Nic Nevins a voice. Conrad, of course, senses how uncomfortable she is.

Through most of the episode, viewers are tortured with the very clear and obvious tension in the room between Nic and Conrad. When Meg asks how they are doing, there is an awkward and polite response about doing great. Conrad later reveals to Meg that he thinks he’s screwing up the whole ‘relationship thing’ when Meg is talking about how she’d love to call her ex-girlfriend as her symptoms persist. Meg insists Conrad figure out his issues because Nic is a keeper.

After some more cold banter and Nic exposes herself to the unknown flu that Meg and Sam are being quarantined for, Conrad makes another decision on his own to turn down the apartment. Again, Nic looks annoyed and disappointed. Honestly, I don’t blame her because there’s nothing worse than having a big, bold decision flashed in your face and before you can even think clearly about it, the big, bold decision is taken away from you before you even have a chance of making your own decision. Again, give her a voice. Come on, Conrad. This is Nic Nevins. Let her make a damn decision on her own.

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry, guest star Miles Gaston Villanueva, Emily VanCamp and guest star Dot-Marie Jones in the “Fear Finds A Way” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Jan. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX.

Meanwhile, Devon has his own realizations while talking to the other severe patient, Sam who claims he has experienced love at first sight. Devon clearly thinks of his short-lived affair with Julian – the still very missing QuoVadis rep. Because of Devon’s rapport with Sam, Conrad and Devon are able to put the missing puzzle pieces together and realize that Sam’s new-found love, Sue is actually patient zero. Conrad and Devon theorize that Sue probably obtained the Black Plague from fleas in Yosemite National Park.

After a long day of exposing herself to the Black Plague, Nic goes to Conrad’s apartment where they finally have it out after a long day of all the things unsaid. Conrad asks for honesty and Nic reveals that she really just wants things to stay the way they are. Conrad accuses Nic of not having anything left to fix in him and therefore thinks that she has moved on emotionally. Oh, Conrad. And with that, Nic bids Conrad ‘goodnight’ and leaves.

As much as I wanted to pick up my TV in a very Hulk-like fashion and throw it across the room at the sight of them in turmoil, I know Nic really needs this space right now. Again, I’m going to share another unpopular opinion here but I think Nic needs to go throw this and find her way back to Conrad. She really needs to figure this out on her own, and realize that her wanting to be with Conrad is real and not just her not letting go of the past. I have faith in CoNic. I think they truly belong to one another and compliment the other perfectly. I have faith she will be forced to face her fears. I just hope that she figures it out before they take this whole Dr. Medicine-In-A-Van story-line too far. I have faith in the writing. The writers never have really failed us before.


By far, my most favorite story-line this episode was the one showcasing the power couple of network television: Mina and August (what?!), aka AJ Austin. After gifting his surgeries away like a surgical Santa Claus, Mina is forced to work with Dr. Nolan (Michael Hogan) on what would have been AJ’s surgery. This sends Mina on a mission when she misses working with her mentor. Mina begins testing the QuoVadis heart valves with a lab tech,and after several tests, they conclude that the QuoVadis devices are  faulty. They cannot handle the heart activity of young, active patients.

Mina confronts AJ with her findings. She addresses him as August (I guess she means business) and tells him that Bradley’s death was not his fault.

“You are a God.”

Well, that’s quite the compliment coming from Mina, but AJ is still hesitant to believe Mina. He says that he would have done anything to work with his mentor, Abe Benedict. She tells him that Benedict is wrong and that he’s being stubborn by not listening to her.

And in quite possibly the most epic scene that they have ever graced us with, Mina and AJ enter a restaurant to discover Dr. Abe Benedict (Mike Pniewski) and his wife. Mina is hesitant about where this conversation is going but when she realizes that AJ is confronting Benedict about his partnership and pay off from QuoVadis, she happily takes a seat next to Dr. Austin. AJ praises Mina and her ferocity, her drive to always do the right thing and for realizing what is important in medicine. After revealing that he knows Benedict put a payout over their professional relationship and friendship, AJ exits the table by callously saying, “See you around, Abe.” This is after AJ calls his mentor ‘disappointing’. This scene was a game changer for AJ. He chose Mina.

And did you see it? Did you see AJ escorting Mina out of the restaurant by placing his hand on her back. I sure did. That’s the power couple of the century right there.

Infection Spreading

THE RESIDENT: Bruce Greenwood in the “Fear Finds A Way” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Jan. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX.

QuoVadis seems to have a very clear modus operandi. After Bell’s assistant, Grayson (Radek Lord) discovers that QuoVadis had past dealings with Jacksonville General, Bell tells him to dig deeper. He wants to know who Page had worked with and what device Page was pushing at Jacksonville General. Grayson researches the partnership throughout the episode and discovers that the CEO that was once working with Gordon Page is now deceased after jumping off of a building 10 months ago.

Will Bell suffer the same fate if he rejects his deal with Page? I’m still holding out hope that Julian Booth will be back seeking revenge for all of the horrible wrongdoings QuoVadis is spreading around the medical community.

Random Thoughts

  • Irving and Nurse Jessica are hilarious.  I love that the writers find a way put their weird, little ship in episodes. Even if it’s simply a  germ infested hand-print on her butt.
  • The Bell/Personal Assistant scenes used to annoy me to the point of not even watching but like everything else in The Resident that makes me question the writing, they always win me over. Grayson and Bell are this adorable little distraction to all the chaos swarming around Chastain. I cracked up laughing when Grayson wiped down the tablet for Bell.
  • Maybe it’s because I started watching You on Netflix, but Sam’s profession of love at first sight weirded me out. Perhaps, I’m overthinking this whole plot.
  • #TheOutbreakHospital. Clever.
  • I like AJ teaching young med students. There’s something refreshing about a teacher actually telling you to rely on your gut.
  • I also love Mina on a mission. She saved AJ from himself in this episode.
  • Nic’s just sharing everything with Dr. Van. Apparently her prison time won’t scare him away.
  • August?! Surprised by that. Also, clearly something only Mina could get away with.
  • “The yin to my yang.” AJ describes Mina to Benedict. My heart.
  • That hand on the back. I love Mina so much. And clearly so does, AJ Austin.
  • I foresee an episode with little Henry very soon. Hopefully his device is not as poorly made as the heart valves.
  • Conrad and Nic are breaking my heart, but I’m going to hold my head high. I have faith in these writers. They always come through.

The Resident airs on Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.