‘The Resident’ 2×02 Review: “The Prince and the Pauper”

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In the second episode of The Resident‘s second season, we get a tale of two parallel lives, hence the episode title, “The Prince and the Pauper.” It’s also another episode that blatantly proves how greedy and messed up the American healthcare system is. How one girl who doesn’t have health insurance and needs insulin to control her diabetes almost dies because of lack of affordability and on the parallel a young boy who ends up a diabetic after surgery gets treatment because his parents have insurance and money to cover the extra costs. The episode literally lives up to its title in this respect.

Other aspects of this episode include Jenna Dewan’s return to TV, Dr. Bell getting arrested for solicitation, Devon leading around 1st-year medical students, and some minor romance for a few of our characters.

I also asked last week if The Resident could keep the momentum going this season. While I believe this episode to not be on par with the premiere, I have rarely seen a show capable of having a second episode live up to its premiere episode. However, it is an excellent episode when it stands by itself, just in the context of the season as we know it, the premiere episode was definitely better.

So, my question now is – will The Resident continue this trend – or will it be able to get momentum and get better and better as the season goes?? Last season it was capable of this. I sure hope season 2 will follow suit. As I stated, I loved the episode, there’s nothing to lie about here. It was brilliant, but I just liked the premiere episode more.

Jenna Dewan’s Return to TV!

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Jenna Dewan and Manish Dayal in the “The Prince & The Pauper” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jace Downs/FOX

Over the summer, we learned that Jenna Dewan was cast in a recurring role for season 2, and she made her first appearance in this episode as Julian Lynn, a medical device salesperson who tries to set her sights on Devon and his gaggle of medical students, who Mina and Irving tell him to “be their Conrad” in reference to Devon’s first day at Chastain.

We learn that Julian’s opinion on the medical device industry was changed when her life was saved by a total hip replacement, making her a believer. She seems to be just lurking around the corner with just the right device needed for the situation at hand. I loved seeing Jenna back on TV and I’m excited to see more of her character this season.

I’m most interested in seeing how they work her into the already rich plotline. I’m excited to see more of Jenna and her character this season.

 

Welcome back to TV and to The Resident, Jenna!

Dr. Bell Gets Arrested

THE RESIDENT: Bruce Greenwood in the “Three Words” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Erika Doss/FOX.

At the beginning of the episode, we see Dr. Bell personally dealing with the repercussions of Dr. Hunter’s arrest. Hint – it’s not going well. He’s drinking to take the edge off but decides that’s not what he needs. On the way to wherever he was heading, he spots a woman. A woman, who by his own admission looks just like Dr. Hunter – whom he admits to being in love with.

However, this is where the plot turns for worse. When Dr. Bell hands over money to the woman he spots, she pulls out a badge and arrests him for solicitation. This is just the beginning. Things get worse, much worse.

Turns out, the officer that arrested Dr. Bell was wearing a wire, and so hopes of being able to give a not guilty verdict go out the window. The most they can hope for is a lenient judge – which fails to happen as well – much to Dr. Bell and his lawyer’s dismay.

Bell frustrated by his conviction for solicitation asks his lawyer for legal advice and all that he can give is that the law states Bell has to self-report his conviction to the medical board. If you’ve seen this show at all, you can see where this is going right? Right? We know he wasn’t really thinking clearly, however, did he really need to go this route?

Bell tears up the paperwork with his conviction on it and tosses it in the garbage stating, “Who’s truly gonna care? I’m a doctor!” Like he’s god or something. Well, it’s no secret he has a god complex, I’m glad Amy Holden Jones is writing this part of Bell’s character.

Bell does this because he just became CEO, and doesn’t want Chastain to get any more bad publicity. Cover-ups never stay covered up for long.

Well, my opinion on this is that I believe this will come back to haunt him, just like Dr. Hunter, Dr. Bell will get his comeuppance. I’ve been waiting since the beginning – and I sense the start of this scenario happening. We all know the kind of person Bell is. The issues he has in the OR, which are constantly brought back up by Conrad, and the morality he has. I predicted this ages ago – and I’m actually excited to see this plotline come to pass.

It’s not a shocker to me, but I can’t wait to see someone dig up this dirt on him. While it’s bad publicity for the hospital, I believe that it may actually help the hospital, in the long run, to get Dr. Bell out of the top office. So, who is going dig up this dirt? When? How will it come out?

All of a sudden, Dr. Bell’s plotline this season has become one of the most interesting ones of this season.

Be Their Conrad 

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Tasso Feldman, Manish Dayal and Matt Czuchry in the “The Prince & The Pauper” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

As noted above, in this episode, Devon has the honor of leading around four 1st year medical students, in what is dubbed as “being their Conrad”. If you remember from the pilot, Devon’s first encounter at Chastain is with Conrad – and he shows him the ropes. So, this is Devon’s turn to shine.

Try as he might, Devon will never be Conrad, and that’s ok. He’s Devon, and we love him the way he is. He has his own way of doing things. This experience brings back bad memories from his first day, where he almost killed a patient and a teaching experience for one of the medical students after his mistake could have had the same consequences if not for Nic’s quick thinking.

We see Devon show them how to put in an IV, which I’m brutally aware I would fail at doing myself so I won’t judge. However, the humor that the scene has, provided the episode with comic relief. This is one of the scenes that Jenna’s character comes in and shines during. She easily makes showing off a device that you can easily find veins with shine.

I loved seeing Devon in this role and I sure hope we see more of this change in role for Devon. It looks good on him. Be their Conrad, Devon!

Parallel Worlds

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Emily VanCamp, Shaunette RenŽe Wilson, Matt Czuchry and Bruce Greenwood in the “The Prince & The Pauper” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

As noted in my opening paragraph, this episode’s title “The Prince and the Pauper” accurately describes the story the two patients take during this episode. The rich and the poor – the stark contrasts of having insurance and struggling to just get by with minimal treatment.

It’s the emotional punch that The Resident is known for. The peeling back of the curtain and showing the greed of America’s healthcare system. This storyline is one that, for people like me, who struggle without insurance to barely pay for basic medications, hits home. Kudos! You succeeded in pulling my heartstrings and making me not only want to support this show even further but to be more vocal about the injustices that the show is trying to graphically show.

Exhibit A – 10-year-old boy, Jack. Comes from a rich family, parents have insurance and can pay the remaining balance on his bill out of pocket on the spot.

Jack gets injured roller dancing and is airlifted to Chastain, where Conrad and team figure out he needs a splenectomy (removal of the spleen). Once AJ performs the surgery, it seems like everything is back to normal, with the exception of a few extra vaccines for the rest of his life, since the spleen filters blood.

Then we get depth to this story. Jack’s sister died of brain cancer, and there’s more family history, which makes Conrad cautious. Because of this, Conrad orders a cancer screen and it’s revealed Jack has pancreatic cancer. His parents, wanting the best for their son, try to airlift him to an out of state cancer treatment facility, however, the tumor is bleeding and Jack won’t survive transport.

So, then and there – and on top of the splenectomy – Jack has surgery to remove the tumor. Turns out they need to remove the whole pancreas and they need the hands of Dr. Bell, who notes he misses working in the ER, to handle it. After surgery, Jack’s a lifelong diabetic – but that’s a small price to pay medically considering his other option.

Unfortunately, as Jenna’s character – Julian – points out an insulin pump costs $10,000 and is not covered under insurance. Jack, however, has parents who can afford this and his life goes on as long as he keeps up with his treatment.

The same can’t be said for Exhibit B.

Exhibit B – 13-year-old girl, Abby. She arrives in ER without a parent, so due to her minor status, is told she must wait for her mother, despite her being diabetic and needing insulin.

So, Abby goes in search of insulin. However, before she can inject it herself, she’s seen by Nic who goes searching for her. With the help of Mina and other nurses, they locate Abby and save her life, but not until after she falls into a diabetic coma.

Abby ends up in the ICU, where we finally see her mother sitting by her bedside. We hear from Nic, that Abby’s mom is a single parent who works two jobs to make ends meet and no health insurance.  Abby, trying to help her mother starts rationing her insulin and ends up in the hospital. It’s a story that’s more common than anyone wants to admit.

Abby’s story resonates with me, as I’m sure it does many viewers.

The result of Abby’s hospitalization is that Conrad’s father, who is now Chairman of the Board, takes interest in the case. He specifically asks Nic how situations like Abby’s can be avoided in the future. How can the hospital reach out the families in need to prevent cases like Abby’s?

Conrad, Nic, and Mina all mention having the hospital have a free clinic, and that they all think it would help the image of the hospital with everything that has gone down recently. Dr. Bell is against it, but Conrad’s father wants to research how they can do it and keep the budget balanced. Typically, Bell is all about the money – which while it’s his job to do so – he also needs to listen to the employees that are on the front lines daily.

It’s two parallel stories that give the episode its name. Two stories that leave you sitting on the edge of your seat.

Minor Romance

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Shaunette RenŽe Wilson and Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the “The Prince & The Pauper” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

This episode had romance take a backseat, but it’s not like it didn’t exist. It did! It opened with it.

Mina and Micah, who get more adorable every episode.

We see Micah, who just had a heart transplant, leaving the hospital to go to a rehab center, and in the scene we see him question Mina about staying in their relationship. In this scene, Mina is totally badass and stands up to him and tells him she’s very sure she wants to wait for him to recover from his heart transplant, and that she wants this relationship. GO MINA!!

However, AJ sees this moment – and it doesn’t sit well with him. Is it because he feels it’s unrealistic – or is he jealous because he has feelings for Mina? Only time can tell, but I’m curious to see where that goes.

Conrad and Nic have a date night.

Conic has my heart. Everyone knows this. It wouldn’t be a review without a little Conic love. The date night scene is totally feels worthy and it’s followed up with a smile and a handhold later in the episode after they save Jack.

Devon and Priya walk their dog, Jellybean, and talk about wedding plans.

I’ve loved Devon and Priya since they came on the scene, and the inclusion of their puppy Jellybean and them talking more wedding plans, to Devon’s dismay is so cute!

Hell, even Dr. Bell is thinking of romance before he gets busted, and rightfully so, for solicitation. I’m just stopping with this one.

5 Things Before Next Week

  1. When I asked if The Resident could keep the momentum going, I will reiterate that I was proven right by asking this. It’s only the second episode – so I’ll ask it again. Can The Resident raise the bar in the consecutive episodes?
  2. This show does romance well. It makes the romantic relationships portrayed realistic. My question is – Will this show fall into the trap many TV shows do? Will they break up one of the couples for drama’s sake – and only put them back together once they feel either they made a mistake by breaking them up or the show is going to end? Note to the writers: Conflict is good in a relationship, it makes it realistic, but conflict for sake of drama is never fun to watch. Don’t use your relationships as plot devices for extra drama. I can’t stand that stuff and it will usually make me stop watching if it becomes too much.
  3. The way this show covers the screw up of the American healthcare system is so spot on, that it hits really close to home for me.
  4. Jenna Dewan joining the cast was spectacular. I love seeing her back on TV!
  5. Will Dr. Bell’s conviction catch up with him, since he didn’t self-report it to the medical board? I can’t wait to find out!

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




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