Can The Resident get any better? I say this every episode – and I’m always surprised by the answer being that it can. The sixth installment of Fox’s brand new medical drama, entitled “No Matter The Cost” did just that. It got better! It opened up an insight into Conrad’s past and Mina’s life outside of her job.
Then, there’s this fierce friendship between Mina and Nic and I’m loving it. These two woman are forces of nature on their own – but together – they could destroy the world. I love their friendship and I’m all for more of it.
There was confrontation in this episode – a lot of it. Sometimes, you just have to confront things head on. As Conrad did with his father (and another resident – about the treatment of a patient), as Devon did with Lane, as Bell did to his boss about a perspective new surgeon, as Nic did with Mina about her helping people in her neighborhood with free samples from the hospital, and as Mina did to Nic about her feelings for Conrad. If there was an issue – it’s was probably confronted in this episode.
Conrad and Nic – or as they have officially been dubbed – Conic
Speaking of feelings for Conrad – they went there too. And ouch – it hurts. The fandom has dubbed Conrad and Nic as Conic – and I admit I’m shipping it! HARD!
I’m used to the angst – the will they – won’t they pull – the longing gazes – the open and raw jealousy. I’ve seen it all – it makes the build up and payoff worth it in the end. Let’s just say – right now – it hurts.
Conrad knows he still has feelings. Nic is exploring things with Jude – and not only has Mina asked her about it – but about those feelings for Conrad she knows are trapped deep inside. It’s not a medical drama without a little romantic trouble in the mix. The thing about love triangles though – no one likes them. However – if done right and resolved well – the whole thing can be weathered by the viewers.
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Here’s the thing about feelings – they are tough. They can hurt. They make us human. This show goes there and shows these characters are not just their profession – they have personal lives – feelings – that at the core they are human. They are dealing with things we all deal with.
Last episode, we saw him open up to her about his past with his father – in this one – not even Nic can get him to open up about it. I’m interested in seeing how she can finally get him to talk about it all. He’s not even opening up to his dad about it all right now – so. It’s like one step forward and two steps back. Which is common when there’s a situation like the one Conic has portrayed on TV. I’m looking forward to seeing how their past unfolds to their present. How do they move past it?
We do know that they still care. He cares enough to buy her breakfast – despite her giving it away to Irving. She at least is trying get him to open up – not about feelings – but about his dad situation. Something that I will go into detail about later.
Will Nic finally get Conrad to open the flood gates? Will they finally confront each other about their feelings? Or are they over for good as Conrad says at the end of the episode?
Mina – No Filter and a Bad Ass?
Mina is a character that I love more and more with each passing episode. Not only does she not have a filter – she’s a bad ass. At the beginning of the episode she protects herself against a mugger – who she then takes to Chastain to get treatment for the injuries she caused him.
Now – I wouldn’t have had the compassion to drive someone to the hospital that almost mugged me because I hurt them defending myself from them (much less be able to defend myself from them) the way Mina did. That makes me love her so much. I love strong female characters – and Mina is no exception.
This woman has no filter – she tells it as it is. Whether it’s a patient or a colleague – and her brutal honesty helps keep in tune with the show. Could Mina’s bed side manner be better – sure. However – I’d rather have an honest doctor than one who lies to me because they will make more money that way.
What also makes her a bad ass – she gave herself stitches without a painkiller. Right there in the middle of the ER. Seriously – episode by episode I’m loving her more and more.
Mina cares about people and this is proven by not only taking the kid she stopped mugging her to the ER and treating him herself – she also helped him get home with Nic’s help. She’s worried about him. His parents don’t want him – because he has a drug problem – Nic points out that he isn’t at rock bottom yet – due to her experience with her sister. But he can go there – if not helped now.
Mina is also helping people in her neighborhood who can’t afford going to the hospital – with free samples she took from Chastain to treat them in her home. Something Nic warns her that could have make her lose her medical license and visa. Despite this – Mina does it anyway. She cares that much. All because there are no clinics to help these people get help for a very curable problem.
Mina tells Nic the story of how her uncle died of a preventable heart attack in Nigeria – and it’s all because the lack of working equipment. Her fire. Her fight when she tells her this story. I love it! I need more of this side of Mina.
Mina and Nic – A Friendship I Want More Of
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As noted above – Mina and Nic spend part of the episode together. I really love their friendship. I need more of this! From the bluntness of her asking Nic about the Jude/Conrad drama to how Nic was trying to remind Mina that she could lose her entire career by helping people from her apartment. They seem like they’ve know each other for a while now – and I definitely will take more of it. I love strong, supportive female friendships like the one between Nic and Mina. I hope there’s more.
Conrad’s Dad Troubles
If you guessed from the cliffhanger of the previous episode, then you would be correct! Part of Conrad’s issues in this episode are his father issues. Turns out, his dad wants to start a private hospital and wants Conrad to run it once he finishes his residency.
Conrad wants nothing to do with it. He’s over it. Conrad even notes to his patient when the topic comes up that he ran to Afghanistan to get away from his father. Then didn’t even talk to him for years. There’s a lot of baggage here – that I could see the show using for some potential plots. Especially now that the hospital administration knows that this man is Conrad’s father.
I’m hoping for it even. I guess we will see where it goes. Maybe Conrad will listen to someone about it. Open up about it – maybe to Nic eventually? I’m glad we are getting this background on Conrad because you can begin to see the layers begin to peel away – see the person behind the doctor.
Conrad Saves the Day
In the episode – Conrad gets a patient that has been suffering from chronic pain for almost 10 years. He’s a ballet dancer and the pain is preventing him from being able to perform. He’s got signs of malnourishment – because of whatever untreated problem he has. Every test has been ran – and here’s Conrad FINALLY listening. Saying let’s not try what has been done already. Obviously, it’s not going to help. The definition of insanity – trying the same thing and expecting a different result.
However, the people above Conrad step in and try just that. To run tests that have already been ran. Not listening to the patient. It ended up making the patient worse. If there’s one thing I can relate to – it’s this patient. It’s absolutely normal behavior to think the pain is psychological or made up from a doctor – when tests can’t find the cause. Which is something you hear one resident say in the episode.
I’ve been there. It took a lot of my own research to diagnose myself. If I had found a doctor like Conrad – who had actually listened to me – maybe I would’ve had the success as the patient in the episode. I genuinely have been in the shoes of this man – different diagnosis – but this part of the episode hit very close to home. I love when I can see my issues in the characters I see on TV, whether they are only in one episode or are a main character – and with this I connected. It’s that connection that makes me love this show and the emotions it makes me feel.
When talking to the patient – as noted above – Conrad and him bond over their father issues. The patient noting that being a male ballet dancer didn’t sit well with his father. That his dad wanted him to be a football star. In the midst of his story – because the patient notes the burning in his chest – from the football training and it not really stopping since then – Conrad has an epiphany. Turns out – the diagnosis is MALS (median arcuate ligament syndrome) and once the treatment was started – the patient had pain relief for the first time in 10 years.
Time and again – review after review – I will keep saying Conrad is the type of doctor everyone needs. He listens and does right by his patients. If every doctor were like Conrad – things would be much better. However – not all doctors are and Conrad’s confrontation with his superior over this at the end of the episode proves that their issues are far from over.
Devon Confronts Lane
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In the episode – we see Lily (played amazingly by Violett Beane) – a cancer patient that Nic used to care for – but was removed from the case by Lane – Lily’s oncologist – in the last episode. Nic asks Devon to look after Lily because she’s concerned Lane’s treatment is over the top and will kill Lily.
Turns out – she was correct because Devon ends up asking for another set of tests that conclude Lily has renal failure and won’t survive a bone marrow transplant – which is the next step in Lily’s cancer treatment.
Devon confronts Lane and she acts like she didn’t know – but Devon tells Nic later that he’s suspicious now. So, how will this all play out? Will Conrad finally listen to Nic about Lane now that Lily could’ve died because Lane cared more about the money she made than saving her patient?
Dr. Bell’s Epiphany
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When Bell’s boss wants to poach a surgeon from another hospital – he agrees to show him around. Bell’s cautious – and as the gif above notes calls him overrated. Which is a laugh – considering the issues Bell himself has.
However, during a conversation the seeked out doctor notes that he would work there if the failure rates were published. Something Bell thinks the hospital can weather – but his boss disagrees and notes that they can’t hire due to budget. However, the real answer is that she knows the hospital would not make it if they were so transparent about their statistics. Again – it’s all about image and a dollar over the truth.
I have to admire the surgeon who suggested it though. Wanting full transparency like that. It means that his patients mean more than the money does – and isn’t that the message to the show? A life means more than money.
Bell also seems to have realized that he can’t continue working with the medication in his system to stop his hand from shaking. He never mentions it’s him to his colleague when asking for advice – but the thought that he may have to have brain surgery to stop the tremor scares him. He knows that if he doesn’t get a handle on this soon – he won’t be able to work much longer.
I definitely have issues with Bell – as I should considering he’s lying about his tremor to his boss and only a few others know about it – like Conrad, Mina, and Nic. When will it go too far? How many patients will have to suffer?
This episode had a lot of material. The Resident is one of the best written shows on all of TV right now. Every character gets screen time and well rounded plot lines that eventually tie into each other. It deserves a renewal! #RenewTheResident for season 2! There is so much potential in this show.
I will applaud the brutal honesty of this show. The message that that a life means more than money – resounding through every arc and I truly connected to Conrad’s patient this week and felt his issues. It’s something that happens more often than not. As I noted – it was exactly why I connected to the character.
Will Conic work through their baggage or are they over for good? Will Nic actually explore things with Jude? If done well, like I said above, the fans will weather it. Because what’s a medical drama without a little romantic drama too? Not one I haven’t seen – and unlike other shows – this show is so well written that I believe that this can be weathered – by the characters and the fans.
Will Conrad’s father issues come back into play? Will he help Devon and Nic confront Lane? Will his defiance of his direct superior cause issues for Conrad? We can only tune in and see. Tune in we will.
Here is the promo for next week’s episode, entitiled “The Elopement”:
The Resident airs Monday at 9/8c on FOX.