‘The Resident’ 2×06 Review: “Nightmares” aka Happy Halloween

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Things got a little spooky on this week’s The Resident. Titled “Nightmares,” part of the episode follows Devon on his first Halloween working the ER, which would be a harrowing experience for anyone. However, Devon’s left with the help of a few nurses and “the most juvenile med student” he’s ever seen.

As expected, the ER is busy – I mean it’s Halloween. It’s ranked number 4 in holidays for admissions to the ER in the US. Only following behind Labor Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Easter. If you want more reading on this statistic, click here.

In the midst of it all, a husband and father of three girls comes into the ER with two severed limbs and #TeamChastain (as AJ has dubbed them) jump into action to save him and his limbs. If I saw my dad in this state, I’d be very distraught.

What would a Halloween episode be without costumes and a party? In this episode, Mina throws an epic Halloween bash in her apartment which Nic, Irving, and Nic’s sister, Jessie, attend. Nic spends it worrying about Jessie, as there is alcohol and prescription drugs around and Jessie just recently became sober. Turns out, Jessie can handle herself – and Nic shouldn’t worry. Right? I hope we can trust that Jessie can stay sober. It turns out that Jessie may need to be worrying about Nic.

We also follow the story of a woman, named Laurie, who suffers from night terrors. Conrad takes her on as a patient and he diligently searches for answers to help her. Ironically, Conrad might see a little of himself in his patient as it is revealed that he has nightmares too.

There’s the minor subject of Dr. Bell’s dating life, and Dr. Voss begins to become a more concrete character.

Through it all, The Resident delivers an episode that not only makes it a memorable Halloween episode but reveals secrets about a few of our characters that they have yet to reveal to each other. It peels back layers we have yet to see.

This episode achieves the perfect balance of Halloween and character development, and we love it! Let’s jump into more detail in all of this.

 


Happy Halloween!

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Emily VanCamp and Shaunette RenŽe Wilson in the “Nightmares” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’AlemaFOX.

After all, this is a Halloween themed episode. What would it be without a party and a few costumes thrown into the mix? In this episode, we see Nic and her sister, Jessie (who we last saw in “Run, Doctor, Run” in season 1), attending Mina’s epic Halloween party. Apparently, it’s so epic that if Mina dislikes your costume, she won’t let you enter the party (as is the case with Irving until Nic allows it later in the episode).

Mina’s costume is goddess inspired. She nails her costume and it proves the high amount of judgment she has for the costumes that enter her party.

Nic is Cleopatra and Jessie is a black cat. Nic begged Conrad to let someone cover his shift so he could grab a costume of “preferably someone in the Marvel universe”. Conrad, sadly, turns down Nic’s offer of Halloween fun in preference of working. Wouldn’t it have been awesome to see Conrad as Captain America or Thor? I think he’d pull off both of those quite well. It’s something we will probably never see, but I could see someone writing that fanfic. If you do, shoot it to my email. I’d read that in heartbeat!

Mina’s party doesn’t go down as she expected it to, but it still looked very fun!

The Bonds of Sisterhood

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Once at the party, Nic becomes worried for Jessie. Since Jessie’s issues in “Run, Doctor, Run”, she has become sober and Nic is worried that with all the temptation around, that Jessie will fall into her old ways. This episode proves that Jessie and Conrad (and us!) need to worry more about Nic. Jessie seems to be handling sobriety quite well. Although there was the issue with her taking the pills from the guy she was making out with, and not telling Nic. Did she stash them somewhere or did she dispose of them? Is Jessie handling it as easy as she claims?

What do I mean when I say that we should probably be more worried about Nic? This episode peels layers back of Nic we haven’t seen yet. It is revealed that Nic suffers from panic attacks, as she has one on Mina’s kitchen floor during the party. Luckily, Jessie is there and calms Nic down. Is Nic really handling it as well as she thinks? Anxiety is a tricky mental illness, and if not watched properly it can get out of hand. I’m talking from experience.

Seeing the bond between Nic and Jessie is amazing and I loved that they were there for each other in this episode. If there’s one thing I’m a sucker for, it’s well-written relationships between sisters on TV shows. I need more Nic and Jessie. Please! I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of Jessie this season and how she and Nic begin to grow closer through their individual struggles. Please don’t let me down, show!

I’m glad that The Resident isn’t afraid to touch on the issues that surround mental illness and addiction. It’s an ongoing battle and this episode proves that talking about the issues is a wonderful first step to finding ways to cope.

Now that Jessie knows, will Nic reveal that she has panic attacks and anxiety to Conrad? She really needs to if their relationship is going to flourish. They promised each other no secrets this time, and I definitely think that he deserves to know that his girlfriend is struggling.

You Are Never Really Off Duty

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Shaunette Renée Wilson and Emily VanCamp in the “Nightmares” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’AlemaFOX.

Things don’t go as planned for Mina, as she gets paged to help with an emergency surgery at Chastain, leaving Nic in charge of the party. Her only three rules:

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Tasso Feldman and Emily VanCamp in the “Nightmares” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’AlemaFOX.

  1. Don’t let anyone throw up on her rug.
  2. Irving can’t be let in without a better costume. (Nic eventually lets him in when comes back dressed as a king – despite Mina’s hesitance at letting him in at all.)
  3. “You can have the weight of the world on your shoulders at Chastain, but not in my apartment. Not tonight.” AKA Have some fun!

So, with Nic in charge, the party goes on without Mina. In the end, it’s Jessie who takes over after Nic has her panic attack.

However, Mina’s rules were broken. By the time Mina returns to her apartment, Irving is asleep on her sofa, there are 3 broken glasses, a clogged sink, and someone spilled a drink on the rug.

Mina’s final response to the situation, “What a nightmare.” It seems doctors and nurses do know how to have too much fun when there are alcohol and costumes involved.

Halloween at Chastain

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry and Manish Dayal in the “Nightmares” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’AlemaFOX.

As I noted at the top of my review, Halloween ranks 4th in holidays for admissions to the ER in the US. It’s not a surprising statistic. Halloween can be a crazy holiday without a trip to the ER. The sugar high alone usually keeps me going for hours beyond what I usually am able to pull off. Add to that list: alcohol, a car or some other gas-powered vehicle, children trick or treating, and a costume that could cause more harm than good (depending on the costume) – you have a perfect mix of needing to see the inside of an ER on All Hallow’s Eve.

Devon’s First Halloween at Chastain

THE RESIDENT: Manish Dayal in the “Nightmares” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’AlemaFOX.

When Irving is ending his shift and hands it off to Devon – he jokes about the reputation Halloween has in the ER.

“Here’s the good news, Halloween is a notoriously slow night in the ER.” – Irving

“You’re a terrible liar.” – Devon

Devon isn’t disappointed either. His first Halloween working in the ER at Chastain turns hectic, fast. As Irving is leaving to attend Mina’s party, (How’d you snag Halloween night off, Irving?) a severed arm arrives – with the promise of the rest of the body coming soon. The good news is that the patient is still alive. The bad news is that he is not only missing an arm but a leg too.

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Manish Dayal in the “Nightmares” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’AlemaFOX.

AJ is more than ready to jump in and reattach the arm, but when he realizes it’s two limbs that are missing, he pages Mina, Dr. Voss (I’m calling her Kit from here on), and eventually Dr. Bell to save this man’s life. This event happened in a car accident and they are determined to save his life as he is a husband and father to three little girls. If I had been in the shoes of those girls and saw my dad in the state of this man, (named Frank – but AJ calls his severed arm Clyde until he arrives) I would have been distraught. Just the thought of my dad in this state sends shivers up my spine.

On top of this, Devon is battling having what he calls one of the “most juvenile med students” ever on the shift with him. No further proof of this than when the med student, Mason, gives “Clyde” both a thumbs up and a peace symbol before it can be reattached to its’ host body. Despite this, Devon is capable of jumping in where it counts and saving Frank from dying before they send him to the OR for reattachment of his limbs.

Once reattachment is successful, we see an emotional reunion for Frank with his wife and daughters. Hopefully, he will be able to walk again. I may have teared up during the reunion scene. As a daddy’s girl, it hit me right in the feels.

Go #TeamChastain!

A Living Nightmare

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry and Bruce Greenwood in the “Nightmares” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’AlemaFOX.

When a young girl, named Laurie, is admitted to the ER with severe nightmares, Conrad takes on the case, vowing to his patient that he will diagnose her properly. In the midst of it all, Conrad even drops a truth bomb about misdiagnosis. Women under the age of 35 are the most misdiagnosed subset of patients in the US. Talk about a staggering statistic.

Laurie is not a statistic, not on Conrad’s watch. However, things get much worse before they get better for Laurie.

To combat the symptoms, she’s not sleeping. We all know that eventually, the body shuts down if it doesn’t get enough sleep. This coping mechanism is not helping Laurie at all. Especially since she’s a nanny.

Conrad goes through the normal routes first, an EEG (which was normal), however when Laurie is being taken back to her room she has a panic attack and wants to be discharged. While it is true that the hospital can’t hold her against her will, Laurie is not of the state of mind to be making a judgment call. Eventually, Conrad calms her down – but there is a problem. She doesn’t recognize Conrad, which peaks his curiosity.

The initial diagnosis Conrad goes with is Capgras Syndrome. Basically, it’s the irrational disbelief that a familiar person or place has been replaced with an exact duplicate. Once, Laurie is calm again – she begs Conrad to be open and honest with her about her diagnosis. When he asks about a history of schizophrenia, she notes that her cousin had it and committed suicide by jumping off the Jackson Street Bridge (which if you watch The Walking Dead, you know which bridge this is).

If I didn’t already love Conrad, the way he helps Laurie through this would make me fall in love with him. He has no judgment and doesn’t jump to conclusions at all. Someone going through what Laurie is needs this in a doctor. I love how this show handles mental illness. The message is clear. Talk about it. Get help. However, sometimes its characters need to take the advice they are dishing out. Something I hope happens over the course of the season. I’ll talk about this a little further down.

Conrad leaves the room to discuss with the neurologist, and in this time Laurie has found a way to escape to the roof. My question is, shouldn’t someone with the issues Laurie has already demonstrated not be allowed to freely roam the hospital? I understand that Conrad didn’t want to strap Laurie to the bed, but she really needed to be at this point in the episode.

Once Conrad finds Laurie on the roof, he coaxes her down from the edge and convinces her that everything is going to be ok. That suicide is never the answer. Again, kudos, The Resident. Kudos!

Once inside Conrad and the neurologist do a test with Laurie and discover that only the right side of her brain is actually working, which rules out schizophrenia. So, what now?

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Guest star Bailey Noble and Bruce Greenwood in the “Nightmares” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’AlemaFOX.

Well, Laurie escapes her room again during a night terror and ends up crashing through a plate of glass, causing damage to her femoral artery. With the help of Dr. Bell, Conrad saves Laurie’s life and sends her off to get an MRI, prior to sending her to surgery to repair her damaged artery.

The MRI scan concludes that Conrad was right in his thinking. That things are not adding up. The scans lead Conrad to a diagnosis of teratoma (a tumor composed of tissues not usually present at the site) and encephalitis (an inflammatory disease in the limbic system of the brain).

Dr. Nolan removes the teratoma during surgery, and all is well for Laurie after a few weeks of antibiotics. Her night terrors should disappear with time, according to Conrad. Laurie is very grateful to Conrad, knowing that there is a diagnosis that can be cured had to be a relief to her. So much so, she even considers calling her estranged family to try reconciliation.

This is just one of the events in the episode that give it its name, “Nightmares”.

Conrad And His Demons

THE RESIDENT: L-R: Matt Czuchry and guest star Glenn Morshower in the “Nightmares” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Monday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’AlemaFOX.

In the midst of caring for Laurie, Conrad is also battling his own demons of his mother’s death and the events following it. His father stood him up for a meeting, which never happens. Conrad knows something is up and questions his father about it, but doesn’t get the answer he hopes for.

During the conversation, Marshall asks Conrad when was the last time he had a few days off to recharge his batteries. Conrad doesn’t remember when that was, but notes that it comes with the job he has. Seems to me, that Marshall is truly worried about Conrad’s mental health. So much so, that he tries to push Conrad to go to Anguilla with him. It’s something that Conrad is very hesitant about.

I have a question. Why? Is this really for Conrad? Is there an ulterior motive?

However, this string of event leads Conrad to realize that Marshall may have a point, and he admits as much to him. The final conversation they have reveals another layer to Conrad that helps develop his character. During the discussion, it’s revealed that when Conrad left home – Marshall didn’t talk to him for 10 years and had to hire a private investigator to get that.

One of my favorite quotes of the episode comes from this conversation:

“Son, I’m a lot of things, but a hypocrite isn’t one of them.” – Marshall

“What’s that supposed to mean?” – Conrad

“I’m not exactly sitting across from an open book.” – Marshall


“Don’t ask of me what you refuse to ask of yourself.” – Marshall

No, Conrad isn’t the best person to ask about talking about his feelings and needs, even to Nic. What makes you think he’d open up to Marshall? I do hope that eventually, Conrad will open up to his father before it’s too late, and Nic while we’re at it. If not, will Marshall’s worst fear of Conrad burning himself out be realized?

Is this where Conrad’s plotline is going? Are they going to really show him battling with his mental health? If they are, I sure hope this becomes are learning lesson for him. It could provide Conrad with a lot of development. However, he definitely started on that road in this episode.

Conrad has his own nightmare at the end of the episode. A nightmare that reveals a lot about Conrad’s past. A past only hinted at in season 1. What am I referring to? The death of his mother.

During the nightmare, you see a woman fall down the steps and break her neck. The way it happens, you know she’s dead on impact, but what is truly horrifying is seeing a young Conrad standing there witnessing it screaming for his mother, knowing she’s dead. Knowing his mother is dead and then he tries to run and can’t, all ending with him coming face to face with his father.

What does this nightmare reveal? What does Marshall have to do with Conrad’s mother’s death? Will this be explored this season? I’m very interested to see how this plays out.

The worse part about all this though is that once Conrad wakes, Nic tries to comfort him and he brushes her off and gets out of bed. We all know that not talking about things isn’t healthy. We know not talking about his issues hurt the relationship between Conrad and Nic before.

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Between his unresolved issues with his mother’s death, his father, and his lingering PTSD from Afghanistan, Conrad really needs to talk to someone – even if it’s not a psychologist. Honestly, he and Nic need a two-way discussion about their issues ASAP. I truly believe for their relationship to truly work they need to be completely open to each other. That’s what will keep them healthy, and quite possibly happier in the long run. I hope it happens soon. I really do.

Conrad needs to face his demons. It’s the only way he can truly move on with his life. This brings wonderful potential character development.

Other Highlights and Character Growth

  • Dr. Bell is a sex addict. With the revelation that he is a grade A misogynist last week, it comes to no surprise that Bell has a sex addiction. Between constantly swiping right on his phone, and trying look at porn on the hospital’s server (which was blocked), he has an issue. As I said, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is accused of sexual harassment by season’s end.
    • When Bells’ new assistant – who only lasted for this episode – sets Bell up on a blind date with his mom, things get confusing for Bell.
    • First off, in the grand scheme of the episode, this plotline falls through the cracks. I honestly could care less about it unless there is a point to it eventually. That is when I will begin to care about Bell’s love life.
  • Character Growth Moment: Kit is a mother and grandmother. She reveals this information at the end of the episode to AJ and Devon. Will they expound upon this further in the season? Will we meet her children and grandchild? I’d love to see this type of plotline for her.
  • Jenna Dewan’s character, Julian, is not in this episode – and I didn’t miss her. Unless there’s a point for the character to exist – I’m fine without her.

5 Questions Before Next Week

  1. Will Conrad and Nic have the chat they need about their mental health issues to the other person before it’s too late?
  2. Will we meet Kit’s children and grandchild?
  3. Will we get more sister bonding time between Jessie and Nic?
  4. What is wrong with Marshall?
  5. Will someone please send me a fic or fan art of Conrad dressed as Captain America? That was such a wasted moment!

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




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