‘The Resident’ 1×07 Review: “The Elopement”

I just finished the latest episode of my new favorite medical drama, The Resident, and I have so many things to say – so so many! First off – and I believe I write this every week, but can this show get better? Just wow. The topics they cover are amazing, controversial,  and I connect personally to them every week.

The writing, the acting, the CHEMISTRY. Oh, my! Just so many things and I loved it all. Dang, I even liked Dr. Bell this week. Who knew I’d actually begin to like the guy? I sure didn’t when I began watching this show!!

When I talk about controversial topics – I mean sexual harassment and the #metoo movement. Yes, this episode went there and I was cheering how it was done. Not only did they tackle this topic head on, it resulted in the biggest Conic feels I’ve had to date. Like – seriously that’s how men should handle this situation. I’ll discuss in detail later.

There’s one more topic in this show – and this one hits personally. When Lane oversteps and tries to convince a patient – against his wishes –  to take treatment for his terminal cancer, Conrad challenges her. He asks multiple times about considering what the patient wants to do.

Only when Conrad is honest with the patient – does the patient reject all treatment and Nic and Conrad can’t hold him in the hospital. Hence the episode title “The Elopement”. They call it eloping in a hospital when a patient leaves without proper paperwork. This exactly what happens. I’ll cover more on this later – but I’ve definitely had a doctor overstep my wishes when it comes to my treatment.

Seriously – can Conrad be more awesome? Standing up to a harasser for Nic and truly listening to a patient’s wishes for their treatment! I love him more with each passing episode – Matt Czuchry has just been amazing bringing Conrad to life.

We even get some more info on Devon’s personal life. We find out he has a fiancé – named Priya – and they are planning their wedding. We saw Priya in the pilot episode – but we didn’t know until now that she was Devon’s fiancé.

Will we get to see this wedding? I find them to be cute. She’s a journalist. Devon turns to her to help him expose Lane’s clinic after she almost killed Lily and is even endangering the life of the patient Lane is treating in this episode. I sure hope we get to see Devon  marry this girl.

Oh – The Feels!


THE RESIDENT: L-R: Emily VanCamp and Matt Czuchry in the “Elopement” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, March 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Wilford Harewood/FOX

Did I say Conic feels? I did. The episode starts with Conrad sleeping with another nurse – who at the time he says isn’t a rebound from Nic – but later on he all but admits with his actions that it was. That it really was a fling and nothing serious.

The episode last week built up drama between Conrad and Jude, and this week the fuse got lit. The firework blew up. Jude not only tells Nic that what Conrad did for her was because he’s still in love with her, but that he knows she is still in love with Conrad too. BOOM! Thanks Jude, you are me right now.

It seems everyone but Nic and Conrad have eyes to notice their feelings are still there. Even a patient’s wife tells them they make a cute couple. This is of course after Conrad answers honestly to a the patient that if he had the diagnosis and time left of the patient – he’d spend his last days with Nic. Like seriously! So – maybe he is aware of them. That’s some epic stuff right there!

They discuss Conrad’s fling and the drama with Jude, where Nic tells Conrad she hasn’t slept with Jude. Where does it go from here? I can’t wait to see these two finally just let everything that has been building up lately just explode. When it does – expect epic, gushing sonnets and screeches from me.

I mean come on – Conrad wants to spend his last days with Nic if he was dying – let that sink in. I could go on – and on. I’m trying hard here not to just keep gushing, but the CHEMISTRY of Emily Van Camp and Matt Czuchry is just too damn perfect. Every week I love Conic more. I’ll going down with Conic. There I said it.


THE RESIDENT: L-R: Manish Dayal and guest star Tasie Lawrence in the “Elopement” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, March 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Wilford Harewood/FOX

Like I said above, these two are cute together. I REALLY hope that we get to see this wedding. See Devon and Priya more. They even had a conversation of having Devon’s new co workers at their wedding.

I loved their dynamic and that he went to her when he knew he needed help doing research about Lane and her clinic – since Priya’s a journalist. It seems that they may be getting somewhere with their investigation.

Will we see Priya’s findings ever make it to the light of day? Because not only does Devon know that this needs to happen, so does Nic, and it seems so – that now does Conrad. This is not the place for that though – I’ll cover that later.

Like I said so – many feels and I haven’t hit the meat of the review yet!


THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Damon Dayoub and Emily VanCamp in “The Elopement” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, March 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Wilford Harewood/FOX

This episode covers a topic that has been all over the news. Sexual harassment. How is it handled by different people and how it should be properly handled. I’m so glad this show went there. I can’t – and won’t stop gushing how it was presented and handled in this episode for a very long time.

In the context of the episode, Devon and Conrad take care of a patient in the hospital’s VIP wing for a doctor Conrad calls Dr. Smooth because all his clients are rich and famous. As is the case here.

They are caring for a famous baseball player – named Bobby Singer. He has a blood clot and has been unable to play. He wants to though and is saddened when Devon tells him that the blood thinners will prevent him from playing until mid season the following season. What a downer!

But that’s not where the drama of this plot comes from. This comes from Nic being an angel to a few kids in pediatrics wanting Singer’s autograph. He happily signs a few baseballs and offers to sign anything else for a few fans who are at the hospital. For this purpose – Nic gives him her number.

She never thought that Singer would sext her his junk. When Conrad finds out, he tries to talk to Bell about it and he pushes it aside. Of course he does. This isn’t why I said I began to like the guy – ok. Pushing aside harassment with a “she shouldn’t have given him her number” is wrong. Nic didn’t expect Singer to use her number like that! That’s not why she gave it to him.

So – Conrad goes to the source itself and tells him off. The whole scene I was jumping up and down and mentally screaming – if it had been out loud I’m sure I would’ve gotten asked if was ok from my dad who was in the next room. But mentally I was screaming, ok. The words, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” come to my mind in vivid colors.

Nic does also confront Singer in the episode over the harassment. “Do you really think women are turned on by this?” She asks him. Another inaudible squeal. Like Nice – you gem. Cause the answer from another woman – no. Women aren’t turned on by pics of your junk sexted to them. There. Happy?


THE RESIDENT: Matt Czuchry in the “Elopement” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, March 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Wilford Harewood/FOX

Conrad – oh sweet amazing Conrad. You are a hero among women. There need to be more men like this. Who would protect women from harassment. I bet if this had been any other woman – he would’ve done the same – it just happened to be Nic – the woman he loves. It made this personal to him. How could I not love this guy??

Conrad got thrown off the case by Dr. Smooth because of it. Because he thought Conrad’s confrontation sped up the blood clot to Singer’s lungs. And there was a complication – but I can be willing to bet it would’ve happened anyway. Conrad risked treating a VIP patient for Nic and that’s the feels right there. Wow – I really can’t stop the gushing can I?

Thank you Amy Holden Jones and the other writers of The Resident for covering this topic and doing such and amazing job with it. Thank you for not being afraid to go there. Keep going there.

When The Patient Needs To Be Listened To

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry and Melina Kanakaredes in the “Elopement” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, March 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Wilford Harewood/FOX

This part of the episode gets me in a personal spot. I’ve been in and out of doctor’s offices my whole life. I’ve been there and back. Not listened to about what I want for me and my treatment. It happens ALL THE TIME and it shouldn’t. I get it. I do. You went to school. You have the degree, but in the end it’s my body and I only can decide how I want to handle my own medical care.

As was the case with a terminal cancer patient in the episode. Lane steps over the line because she sees the green and not the wants of the patient. She’s like, but we can treat it with all this and that. Really all she wants is his money and maybe a little more research. All the patient wants is to end his days with his wife by his side. That’s all! No treatment.

They decide to listen to Lane at first – but when Jude botches the biopsy he tears the patient’s lung. Jude – as good as he is  – made a mistake. He feels bad about it after the fact and this is where we get the Jude and Conrad scene noted above. Conrad reassures him about it.

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry, guest star Stephen McKinley Henderson, guest star Vernee Watson and Emily VanCamp in the “Elopement” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, March 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Wilford Harewood/FOX

However when the patient is being moved to his next stage of treatment – Conrad and Nic reveal to him after being asked to give an honest answer how long his life could be extended. When it’s noted it might only be five weeks and that the chemo could cause an infection – that may kill him faster. The patient decides to end treatment and elope from the hospital.

Multiple times during the episode – Conrad fights Lane on this. Not just Lane either – but the hospital administration. He advocates to listen to the patient’s wishes. I felt like Conrad was me. Another reason to love him more. This event also pushes Devon to ask Priya to continue her research into Lane.

Again, I applaud you for going there. Stories like this need to be told. Keep it up.

Dr. Bell Defends Mina

THE RESIDENT: Bruce Greenwood in the “Elopement” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, March 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Wilford Harewood/FOX

When the board is having a discussion about how to get their ratings back up – someone mentions Mina’s mess up with removing the wrong testicle from a patient a few episodes ago. They want her fired for it.

Bell comes in and defends her. He was there that day in the OR. He knew how stressed she was with multiple surgeries running at the same time and having to perform on all of them due to lack of doctors available. So – for this one instance I like the guy. Bell even wants Mina to partner up with him on a high profile patient coming in.

The hospital wants him to perform the surgery because he’s the chief surgical resident, but Bell is worried his hands are too shaky. He can’t even clasp his own cufflinks well anymore. He knows his time in the OR is over. He wants Mina in there – but the hospital denies her. Not only does the hospital – so does Dr. Smooth – who doesn’t want low level residents working on his patients anymore.

Bell’s also continuing to push transparency. Will Bell get his transparency over complication rates like he wants? What will it take? Has he been woken up to the cause?

All this despite Mina standing up to the board and saying she’ll never remove the wrong organ again. She’s been practicing. Both Conrad and Nic try to encourage her that she’s good at what she does. If there’s two friends for Mina to have right now – I’m glad it’s Conrad and Nic.


Not only did this episode cause an inordinate about of squeals over Conic – but me internally screaming “Yes, Yes, Yes!” over how amazing the #metoo plot was done. How amazing Conrad was in this plot – which allowed more Conic feels! It’s a tangled web that has been woven, people!

Then it hit me personally. I felt for this man. He decided against treatment, that is his prerogative to do – and I love Conrad for defending this decision that the patient made. Leading back to Devon and Nic’s fight against Lane’s over aggressive treatments. Devon asking his fiancé to help get the story out.

And for once I was happy to see Dr. Bell stand up to the board for Mina. Stop being the administration’s doormat! I sure hope this man has smelled the roses and that he will get his transparency he’s after.

Mina – oh Mina! I do love her more with each passing week. I love Conrad, Nic, Devon – all more each passing week. Hell, I even liked Jude this week. And Bell – only cause of Mina. His crap about “she shouldn’t of given him her number” to Conrad about Nic being harassed won’t fly with me.

Just another all around amazing episode! Amazing writing! Amazing acting! Amazing CHEMISTRY!! I love this show so much and it deserves renewal. FOX, if you’re reading this – please hear me say – RENEW, RENEW, RENEW! #RenewTheResident

More stories need to be told.

The promo for next week’s episode, entitled “Family Affair”:

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

Kayla Blackwell

I'm a fangirl of many things. Currently a writer for Once Upon A Time and The Resident, but I have many intrests that include comics, country music, and science fiction movies. Basically, I'm a nerd and I blame it on being raised by a single father. Thanks, Dad! I'm a huge fan of the DCTV shows (Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash) and a Chris Wood fangirl forever. Mon-El of Daxam, you have my heart.