In Fox’s latest installment of their new medical drama, The Resident, it was all about family. The theme of family, love, and forgiveness ran through multiple storylines and tied it all together with a bow. What’s more important than family? Nothing. The episode is aptly named “Family Affair.”
The main arc of this episode focuses on Devon and it reveals more of his background as a child of immigrants. His father is a self-made entrepreneur, who owns a taxi cab, and speaks three languages. He even paid for Devon’s medical school with his business. Devon expresses in the episode that sometimes he gets frustrated that his parents have trouble grasping parts of Western culture, but he realizes after talking to a patient, who is also a child of immigrants, that despite it all, he still loves his parents and is grateful for all they have done for him. It takes all of the episode for him to grasp it, but it happens.
What sparks many of Devon’s issues with his parents in this episode is his wedding with his fiancé, Priya. She comes from London and is from a much better off family. As noted in last week’s episode, they want something small. Devon’s parents want the traditional Indian wedding and it seems both Devon and Priya are overwhelmed by his parents before their dinner is abruptly cut short by the hospital calling Devon in because they are short staffed due to a fundraising gala they are holding.
Then, there’s Conic. In this episode, they are together A LOT. It shows that they make a great team and that they would do anything to help their patients. There’s the sexual tension that is always palpable between them and then there are the little things like Nic making Conrad remove the Bruce Lee posters from his wall for more favorable art to hang in its place, at least in her opinion. I’ll talk more about this later, but I think I need more details on this. One thing for sure though, it shows the couple they once were and can become again.
Mina has a patient with a crush on her that she gets teased about. She ends up having to let him down easy, but they sure were cute.
And then there’s Bell – who in this episode – has two sides. The greedy administrator who just wants the green. He even tells Conrad to toss a patient on the street who he thought was homeless, despite fussing at another administrator from another hospital for doing just that to this patient later in the episode.
Then when he finds out the patient isn’t homeless and comes from a well-known family with a large amount of money, he not only tells Conrad to put her in the VIP wing, but at the end of the episode he says he’ll wait for the patient to recover before asking for a donation to the hospital from the family – which both Conrad and Nic doubt and think he’ll go back on within a few hours. Like I said – it’s very obvious in this episode where Bell’s thoughts were and it wasn’t with the patient.
This show is consistent, week after week with its well-rounded story-lines that are as touching, diverse, and personal as they are entertaining.
Mina – The Heartbreaker?
As noted above in this episode, Mina has a patient, Micah, that has a crush on her. He returns for a check up on his new heart that Mina helped put in. When he first sees Mina show up in the ER in her gold dress straight from the gala, he can’t help but tell her how much he loves the dress.
Mina lets the comment slide and sends him on his way to his checkup. After his successful checkup, he asks for Mina and tries to slyly ask her out on a date. She agrees, but only for coffee.
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Before Mina agrees though both Conrad and Nic talk with her about the situation. Conrad even says:
“Be gentle, the poor guy just got a new heart!”
In the end, Mina lets him in on the fact that she knew about his feelings and him trying to make up symptoms after his heart transplant to see her again. She tells him she can’t date her patients and that right now she just wants to focus on her career. He handles it well enough. Like I noted, they were cute – even if only for one episode.
Dr. Bell – The Two Faced Monster?
Now, as noted above in this episode, Bell had two sides to him. The side the patients see, the doctor that cares, and then there’s the greedy hospital administrator that is hypocritical.
What I mean by this is when Bell addresses Conrad and Nic’s patient’s parents about her condition – he seems like he cares and wants what’s best for her. However, earlier in the episode we literally see him tell Conrad to curb this patient because she looked homeless. He also fusses at another hospital administrator for doing the exact same thing he told Conrad to do.
Then there’s the moment I noted above at the end of the episode where he tells Nic and Conrad he’ll wait to ask their patient’s parents for a donation when everything is better. Conrad and Nic don’t believe him for a second.
They have this exact conversation:
“Maybe now isn’t a good time to ask them to open their checkbook.” – Conrad
“It’s not always about the money. *pauses* “I’ll wait a few days.” – Bell
“A few days?” – Nic
“He’ll be back before lunch.” – Conrad
I mean, seriously! Come on, Bell! All someone has to do is mention money and there he is. Not that I dislike Dr. Bell – he’s a necessity to the show. He shows the corrupt side of the American healthcare system at work. From his shaky hands in the OR that everyone, but apparently Bell’s boss knows about – to his hypocritical attitude in this episode – it does make me wonder. It also scares me because I know for a fact that the writers are using Bell for the exact purpose of what I stated above – the corruption.
Conic – Where Is This Heading?
In this episode, pretty much wherever you see Conrad, you also see Nic. They are together constantly and work as a seamless team to help their patient – against the initial wishes of the administration. The sexual tension is palpable between them – and all they are doing is discussing the case. I have to praise the epic chemistry of Matt and Emily because – wow – they make a conversation between Conrad and Nic about what they are going to have to do to admit their patient steamy.
Later in the episode, Conrad tells their patient – who is an artist – that he admires Nic’s eye for artwork and that if it was up to him he’d still have posters of Bruce Lee on his apartment walls. Instead – there’s legit artwork hanging up. What is he implying? Is it that they dated long enough previously that they moved in together and that he still lives there? That he kept her decorations?
Like, I love this. I need more on their history. Is this the type of couple we could get out of them again? Could we one day get domestic Conic? I seriously need more about this. I know it was only one line in an episode with intertwining plot lines, but I really need something more from this. Where is this heading?
The Mystery of the Week
As noted many times, this week’s mystery is a mysterious Jane Doe that is dumped on Chastain’s doorstep. When we first see her at the beginning of the episode, she looks bad. Everyone at the hospital thinks she’s homeless. She has no identification on her. She acts mentally ill. She’s complaining of chest pain.
During her first appearance, she shows up to Chastain’s annual fundraising gala and the first person to notice her is Conrad – who is watching everything happening from a balcony above where the gala is happening with Nic. He and Nic run to help this woman, who is also noticed by Dr. Bell and Dr. Hunter. As it is a fancy hospital gala, Bell asks security how she got in. All they can do is shrug their shoulders.
Bell orders them to take her to the ER and to treat her for the minimum and dump her, as he believes her to be homeless and not able to pay her bill. Turns out her condition is worse off than anyone thought and Conrad and Nic are grasping at straws to find a legit excuse to admit her so they can diagnose her properly. It’s what they do.
If there is a doctor/nurse team that cares more about their patients than Conrad and Nic – show me! No matter the person – they care. They get their patients the help they need.
Once admitted, Nic is helping this mystery woman put on her hospital gown when she finds a lead for an EKG machine from another hospital – and she knows exactly which one. She takes this information to Conrad and Bell. Conrad tells her that dumping patients without discharging them is illegal. Neither thinks this woman left the other hospital of her own free will because she’s just in that bad of shape.
They recognize her symptoms of psychosis, but the psychiatric doctors in the hospital disagree that she’s mentally ill. This comes back into play later in a very big way. It’s the main symptom that keeps being brought up.
Bell being Bell is already mad that they admitted her and tells them to dump her – then he rethinks this and tells them to call the hospital that dumped her on them to come get her. Then Bell realizes who he is talking to and he says,
“I forget who I’m talking to.”
That’s right, Bell. Remember that this is Conrad Hawkins – he’s not going to let one of his patients suffer or just let her go somewhere else where she isn’t wanted.
Then, while Nic is helping Mina’s patient that I noted above – alarms begin to go off and when Nic realizes it’s their mystery patient – she goes to help Conrad who is having to intubate the patient himself when their specialist can’t make it in time. The patient has blood in her lungs and can’t breathe on her own. Conrad just calls this a band-aid to their problem. It only buys them limited time until something else bad happens.
In comes, Mina and they do a biopsy, but after Mina finishes the biopsy she notices something in the mystery woman’s belongings that end ups identifying her. Due to Mina’s love of fashion, she recognizes this one of a kind $148,000 handbag. Turns out Mina realizes the owner’s name is stitched inside. Conrad Google searches her and they realize she is the owner of the handbag.
Who is she? She is Sara Ravenscroft – the daughter from a high profile, wealthy family from Savannah. She’s an artist, as I’ve noted above, and while researching her Nic gives a call to Sara’s parents.
In this brief scene, we find out from Sara’s mother that Sara has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and refuses to take her medication. Without medication, they won’t let her stay in their home. It explains why she looks homeless. And apparently, Sara hasn’t been in contact with them for quite some time.
The mother is adamant that this is the diagnosis and hangs up. Nic is concerned because the hospital psychiatric doctors say she is not mentally ill.
Now, before I go any further, I just want to say that I’m glad the writers covered this in this episode. Many people either get misdiagnosed or fail to be diagnosed with a mental illness. There’s a stigma attached that many seem to think having a mental health problem makes you less of a person. It doesn’t. It’s one of my life’s goals to help erase the stigma to mental health issues and help people get proper diagnoses for them – or in the case of Sara – she got misdiagnosed with one she doesn’t have.
How much of a relief can it be to be told you were right about not being mentally ill? Who should know better than you? In Sara’s case, she was correct. However, many have no clue they are living with a mental illness. It’s difficult, yes, but it’s definitely something that can be helped by talking. By not keeping it in. By banding together to bring awareness, and helping wipe out the stigma.
Thank you writers, for covering this topic in an awesome way. Because Sara’s parents were ready to commit her to a psych ward. Is that really the best thing to do? Which is why I say mental health education and awareness would help prevent many of these issues.
Now, back to the topic at hand. Conrad is very determined to help Sara and figure out what is actually wrong with her. When Irving tells him the other hospital is coming for her, he rushes against the clock.
Remember when I noted that Bell only sees the green in this episode. Well, when Conrad goes up to him at the gala and mentions they identified the patient, he immediately tells Conrad to put her in the VIP wing. This leads to Bell telling the other hospital they are keeping the patient and he sends them on their way.
Once in the VIP wing, they are going over all the symptoms in the book to find a diagnosis. Bell speeds up Sara’s biopsy – and again it’s because of who she is.
When you least expect it, Sara’s parents turn up with their doctor and because Sara can’t make her own decisions her care is left up to her parents who are, at this point, adamant to take her back to Savannah. Nic tries showing Sara some of her own art.
During this scene, Sara passes out and it leads Conrad and Nic to figuring out her diagnosis. There’s blood in her urine, a lesion on her head, the biopsy is off. Once they realize what Sara has, Conrad and Nic realize they can treat her.
Conrad and Nic diagnose Sara with Wegner’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that has been attacking the blood vessels in Sara’s brain. It explains all her issues that have gone untreated for years. Sara’s parents are overjoyed that she can be treated – even cured and they all make up at the end of the episode. Like I said, family – the most important thing you have.
The Difference in Male Escort and Gigolo – I’d Say No
Are you scared to read this section with that heading? Don’t be. However, there is a patient in this episode who is treated by Irving and Devon who calls himself a male escort. Irving just calls him a gigilo. There’s no difference – let’s face it – the guy is a male prostitute.
Whatever the case though, I found this character to very charming despite his choice in profession. He ends up helping Devon come to terms with his issue with his parents. He’s actually very intelligent and is a child of an immigrant himself.
Why is he in the ER? He ran through a pane of glass getting away from a client’s husband. As hilarious as it sounds, he end up with glass in his left eye, which temporarily blinds him. He also ends up having surgery for a breathing issue that caused him throw up twice while en route to the hospital.
Again, he was just a charming character who helped balance out the darkness of the plot line with Sara, Conrad, and Nic. I really loved him. I honestly never thought I’d writer about a character like this in a review – ever.
Devon’s Family Drama
Now, onto the other major plot in this episode. Devon and his family.
At the beginning of the episode, we see Devon with his fiancé, Priya, and his parents who are in from out of town to visit and talk about the wedding. Devon is frustrated. They can’t see eye to eye and he almost sighs in relief that he gets called into work. During this episode, it is shown that both Devon and his father have pride issues when it comes to money.
In the midst of the disagreement though, Priya stand up for herself against Devon’s father. When he asks her how her parents like that she’ll be married to a son of a cab driver, she replies:
“It is my decision who I marry, not my father’s.”
I was like, this girl is good. Honestly, in this day and age these types of comments shouldn’t be coming up, but I’m glad. Not only did she stand up to Devon’s father, but she just made me love her very much. Like deal has been sealed. This is feminism at work.
Devon eventually gets a message that his parents have shown up at the gala and he rushes to tell them off. They ask him what they can do while he is working and he suggests it might be better if they go back to their hotel. Because as he do aptly put it:
“You can’t watch me work, Mom. There are rules about these things.”
However, they decide against Devon’s wishes to stay and indulge in the gala. They meet Conrad, Dr. Bell, and Dr. Hunter. Eventually, Devon introduces them to Dr. Hunter and says how proud he is to be their son. However, this only after he gets advice from his patient who is a male escort. In the end, they make up and decide to honor both families traditions at the wedding.
Will this be a traditional Indian wedding? Will we get to actually see it?
And last, but not least I wanted to cover the gala itself. It’s an overarching part of the plot line of the episode and almost every main character shows up at it at some point.
As noted above, Mina starts out the episode at the gala and when asked by a donor if she’s there to support the new surgical wing, she says to them:
“I was invited because I’m black. Apparently, diversity matters.”
Mina is so blunt. So honest and with every passing week, I love her more. There’s one thing this show is and that is diverse. It covers many topics, including race and gender inequality and I just fall more in love every single week.
Everyone from Devon’s parents to Dr. Bell eventually were enjoying themselves at the gala. I hope it helped the hospital some. I guess we will see?
This episode covered many things. It had a lot of material. I doubt there are many other shows that have this much material in one episode and it flow so smoothly. It be so well written. So, well rounded and diverse.
It’s such an amazingly well written, well acted, honest show and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. Fox, hear my plea – renew this amazing, smart medical drama. This is exactly what the world needs! #RenewTheResident
I fall more in love every week!
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The Resident aris Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.