In The Resident‘s midseason finale, entitled “The Dance”, there are TWO cliffhangers that could change the lives of these characters forever. I sat there with my mouth hanging open at the end of the episode. This is one of the best episodes of this season, if not of the whole series, hands down.
It does what a good TV drama should do. It leaves you wanting more. Sadly, another new episode doesn’t air until January 14, 2019. Yes, you read that correctly. You have to wait until NEXT YEAR to find out what happens in those shocking cliffhangers. Until then, I’ll just be rewatching this episode to hold me over. IT’S JUST THAT GOOD!
Cliffhangers are what TV writers employ to make the viewer want to tune back in, and I want to know what happens NOW! This episode has TWO, and they used them to make me care about characters that I otherwise have some disdain for.
Let’s discuss, shall we?
Julian Confronts Her Boss
First off, there’s Julian. She’s been a huge part of the show this season – not only as part of a love triangle with Devon and his former fiance, Priya, but as a medical device sales representative for Quovadis. Her plot this season has mainly revolved with this love triangle, which has pissed me off to the ends of time. However, FINALLY, she got some traction in “Heart In A Box”, where she found out her boss was fraudulently telling people that Quovadis’ products were made in the US, when they are really made in China.
In this episode, she confronted him and it didn’t end well for her. When the episode ends you are left with your mouth hanging open and true concern for Julian’s well being. How will this affect the rest of the season? I can only guess.
Near the beginning of the episode, Julian is helping her boss do a tour of the Quovadis facility for some high dollar investors and you can see the disdain on her face in doing so. I don’t blame her after what she found out. During this tour, her boss, Gordon Page, shows off the fancy research lab to these investors. It turns out that the lab is also fake. None of what Page says Quovadis does is real. He’s fraudulently taking everyone for a fool, and Julian is over it.
Julian goes to the FDA and asks for whistleblower status because she signed a NDA when she was hired on. When she goes to meet her contact, it turns out that he tipped Page off and he’s sent his people to collect her. Once at Page’s office, he reprimands her and takes her company issued phone. You wonder to yourself if that is all. This guy doesn’t seem like the type to let this go. He’s got too much in this. In the midst of it all, Julian gets a few words in here and there. Especially about the VNS that was inserted in last week’s episode. Page isn’t taking it.
“Do you know what I hate most in this world? Betrayal.” – Gordon Page
That quote pretty much sums it up. After that, plus the creepy blue lighting on this scene, you get this sense of unease for Julian’s well being. It turns out to be well warranted because as Julian is driving, she notices that she is being followed. She tries to lose her visitor, but before she can, she accidentally goes over into the other lane. To avoid a wreck, she overcorrects and runs through a guardrail into the water below. End of episode. Really. It just ends there.
So, a character that I’ve wanted to leave most of the season FINALLY gets enough traction in her plot line to make me truly care about her well being. It took eight episodes, but they got there. Now, I REALLY need to know if Julian is going to be ok.
I have many questions. What will Devon’s reaction be? How will this revelation about Quovadis shape up the rest of the season? How will it affect Chastain? The patients? Bell? I have so many questions, and I can’t wait to see them be answered.
The Truth About Marshall
Secondly, there’s Marshall. Conrad and Marshall don’t have a good relationship, but it’s been rebuilding since Marshall showed up last season. In this episode, we learn some truth bombs and secrets about why this relationship became what it did. We learn that Marshall has had Chron’s Disease for the past 20 years and NEVER told his son. When Conrad finds out, he knows he shouldn’t be mad considering the state of their relationship, but he is.
He talks to Nic about it and she recalls when Conrad refused treatment for his sprained ankle and wouldn’t let anyone help him until he could barely walk, noting that the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree at all. It makes him think and eventually, with urging from Nic, he talks to his father about his diagnosis.
In this conversation, secrets get revealed that help clear up the backstory between Conrad and Marshall – what happened to his mother and why she died. Things still aren’t crystal clear on this topic, but I can see where they are going with it. FINALLY some traction on this. It brings about a moment between father and son that had me shed a tear or two – and for Marshall as well. I mean, he got an “I love you, Dad” out of Conrad. It’s totally tear worthy. That man doesn’t utter those words unless he means them. The only other person in this show he’s told that to is Nic.
I mean, finding out your mom was in love with the neighbor and fully intended on leaving your dad, who while absent did love her, has got to be heartbreaking. It’s not the image Conrad remembered of his mother. When Marshall is asked if he had ever hit his mom, Marshall responds with a quote that endears him to me a little bit more.
“I am flawed in many ways, but not like that.” – Marshall
It is now known that the nightmares Conrad has of his mother’s death are not realistic, and that what he remembers is not quite real. It has to be a relief to Conrad to know that the fights he remembers are not about what he thought they were. In the last days of his mother’s life, his parents mostly argued over his custody. Marshall notes that things got tense, but he meant well. I’m so glad this plot is moving forward. It’s been hinted at since the beginning and to FINALLY have some background is wonderful.
Another item bringing Conrad and Marshall together, is that Marshall trusts Conrad enough as his son and a doctor to make medical decisions for him when he can’t make them himself. When Conrad is told he is his father’s power of attorney, he asks Nic why he would trust him to be. Nic tells him that he is all he has. The only family. Conrad believes that is a testament to how his father has lived his life and nothing else.
What isn’t clear what Marshall did to make Conrad not talk to him for so long, so much so his dad had to get a private detective to track him down. Things are clearer though. I’ll accept that, for now.
Conrad still doesn’t believe he knows enough about his father to make these decisions, but this is a HUGE step forward in this father/son relationship that I’m here for. Especially since Conrad spends a lot of the episode wishing he had a loving relationship with his father, just like one of his patients that ends up having non invasive heart surgery with AJ and Mina. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.
While Conrad is away at Devon’s “wedding”, Marshall has complications of his Chron’s that leads him to have emergency surgery with Bell at the helm, which sounds as scary as the actual event itself. With a rupture of his intestines, Marshall begins to bleed internally and we are left not knowing his prognosis. Will he be ok? What is Conrad’s reaction to it all?
I’ve had issues with Marshall this season, but this episode made me really see him as a human and have a true concern for his well being. All I can say is, Marshall better not die after having come such a long way in his relationship with Conrad.
The Wedding That Never Was
Speaking of weddings, Devon calls off his wedding to Priya at the last minute. He leaves a very pissed off and embarrassed Priya in his wake. His friends don’t say much, but his mother’s words are what make Devon realize he can’t give Priya all of himself and instead of marrying for obligation – despite loving Priya – he calls it off to do some soul searching on his feelings for Julian.
Devon’s mother is a very smart woman who speaks from experience. After having spent the first years of her marriage to Devon’s father unhappy and in love with another man, because it was an arranged marriage, she tells her son she doesn’t want him to marry out of obligation to the family and that he should follow his heart.
“Marry the woman that has your heart.” – Mrs. Pravesh
In the first scene of the episode, we see Julian meet up with Devon and she very explicitly tells him that she will not be the reason he doesn’t marry Priya. She doesn’t want any part of it. It makes one thing clear though, these feelings are not one-sided. They go both ways. Where will the show take this? Especially with Julian’s life on the line and us not knowing what is going to happen to her. How will Devon react?
It’s an event I saw coming ages ago. Everyone did. One thing I can say though, is it is the end of this love triangle. Where will Devon’s soul-searching lead him? I’m interested in finding out. I’ve made my disdain for this plot very known. I have no clue why they went there. There had to be other ways than this to add drama to this show and Devon’s plot. THERE HAD TO BE! I rest my case. It’s done.
This episode makes my disdain for Bell grow. There have been times where they have tried to humanize him and they almost had it, but more often than not they fail. There’s no way to humanize Randolph Bell. End of story. Stop trying!
Last week, we saw Bell meet up with Hunter, who is in jail for fraud and murder. Bell is trying to get her out so she doesn’t blackmail him with a sex tape. Hah! Even his lawyer is disgusted by finding out Bell went a few rounds in the sheets with Hunter. Even calling her as popular as Hitler. Ouch! It doesn’t help you at all Bell when the person you are trying to help has been compared to Hitler.
Bell is trying to get 10% of Hunter’s bond, which is $500,000. To do this, Bell goes to Gordon Page and tells him he needs money. To get this money, Page offers Bell a spot on the board of directors of Quovadis, and it includes an early payout on his stocks. So, now Bell has the money, but how will the situation with Quovadis effect him when it’s revealed. I can’t see this going well. This is money Bell can’t get back.
“In the legal world, we have a term for this. It’s called a disaster.” – Bell’s lawyer
Oh, and Bell: Just cause someone got off on something, doesn’t make it right. I’m referring to him referencing a case where a doctor who raped his patients got off and kept his medical license in Texas. Yeah, just because it happened doesn’t mean it should’ve. It shouldn’t have. That’s despicable.
Hunter murdered Lily and her family deserves justice for it. Seriously Bell, I know you are worried about your image and that of the hospital, but you made this mess and now you need to lie in it. Chastain can recover, but Bell and Hunter deserve to go down. I feel this is the start of the comeuppance they deserve.
Conic – Where to from here?
This episode is full of little Conic moments to squeal over. My heart is very happy when it comes to shipping.
Through his troubles with his father, Nic is constantly by his side. She offers him advice. She stirs him in the right direction, and she makes it know she trusts his medical opinions. Can you get deeper than that? I doubt it.
She’s his shoulder to lean on through Marshall’s hospitalization, and that’s what a healthy, strong relationship does. When one person is down, the other is there for support, and vice versa. I believe she will continue to be there for him while he works through his issues with Marshall.
This proves that Conrad and Nic are truly capable of being THAT COUPLE. The couple that goes the distance. What else can they deal with? I think that Conic is the epitome of the strong, resilient couple that can handle all of life’s hurdles.
The only issue I had with them this week was when Nic notes that she doesn’t want kids, yet. That Jessie is enough for her to deal with right now. Conrad seems taken back by this comment. Will this be brought back up later in the season? He’s been amazing helping Nic with Jessie. I definitely want to see more of that.
It’s been relatively smooth sailing for them this season, but TV always has ways of making things hard on their main ships. I trust these writers, though, and I do believe that even with complications thrown their way that Conic will come through them stronger than ever. Where will Conic head in the back half of the season? You know where I stand.
This couple gives me hope. Matt and Emily have so much chemistry. *sigh*
My Questions For The Rest Of The Season
- Is Julian going to be ok? Devon’s reaction?
- Is Marshall going to be ok? Conrad’s reaction to Bell operating on his father after noted he didn’t want Bell to be his surgeon?
- How will the issues with Quovadis effect Chastain? Bell?
- Will Bell really get Hunter out of jail? What will the other characters think of this?
- How will the events of this episode affect the rest of the season?
- What will Devon find in his soul-searching?
- What will happen with Conic going forward? Will the kid issue come back up?
- It looks like another love triangle is forming. What is going on with Mina, Micah, and AJ? Where is this heading?
- Will Conrad and Marshall continue to work on their relationship, IF Marshall makes it out of surgery alive?
- Will Mina and Nic’s free clinic come to fruition?
- Will we see Jessie again?
The Resident will return from winter hiatus on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 8/7c on Fox.
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