The Resident came back, after a SEVEN WEEK HIATUS, with an episode that the writers promised would answer all the questions that the midseason finale left us with, and they delivered!
If you remember, “The Dance” left us with the status of both Julian and Marshall unknown and a broken engagement, courtesy of Devon. Well, “After The Fall” delivers on the answers to these questions – or at least begins to. It’s the start of a long journey ahead for all these characters.
In this episode, we meet Miles Gaston Villanueva’s character, Dr. Alec Shaw. He’s a doctor that runs a mobile medical practice focused on helping the uninsured and underinsured. He hates big pharma, and refuses to accept Nic’s offer to be the primary care physician of Chastain’s free clinic, but he eventually does accept her offer.
Also: LANE HUNTER IS OUT ON BAIL! Enough said. Her victims and their families are pissed – and it ends up being her demise. However, not before she makes Bell’s life hell.
One last thing, a victim of Hunter’s ends up in the ER for stitches, but ends up having back surgery with AJ, Kitt, and Mina at the helm – and Conrad imploring her to trust them. Reminding her that they all want to see Hunter get what she deserves.
So, let’s discuss it?
Jenna Dewan’s character, Julian Booth, is not in this episode. Her status was left unknown in a shocking cliffhanger seven weeks ago, and now we return with Devon searching for her whereabouts. He wants to tell Julian he didn’t get married. He wants to talk to her about their situation. However, when he can’t reach her, he goes searching for answers.
When Julian is replaced with a new device rep, Devon questioned him about Julian and got nothing. He lets this be known to Conrad, who really had nothing to add. However, when he runs into Julian’s boss, Gordon Page, he asks him about her. The answer isn’t what he was hoping for.
He finds out from Page that he hasn’t seen Julian that day, and that she never showed up to work. Hence, the new device rep. Hold up. Not so fast. We learn that Page is playing Devon and that he knows exactly who he is and where Julian is. That he is trying to find just what kind of dirt she had on him and erase it before it gets out that Quovadis is a fraud.
Also, Page seems to want to pin Julian’s disappearance on Devon. Oh, no.
It seems that eventually we will learn the true status of Julian, but right now she’s been trapped in that body of water overnight, and her prognosis doesn’t look too promising. A lot of people, including myself, are guessing she’s dead. I wonder what Devon’s reaction will be when he learns the truth about it all? I’m very interested to find out.
The other cliffhanger in “The Dance” was Marshall’s life being on the line during surgery to repair a ruptured intestine, a complication of Chron’s Disease, with Bell at the helm. It’s something both Marshall and Conrad didn’t want.
The episode opens with Conrad, Nic, and Mina running down the halls of Chastain to Marshall’s OR to check on his status. Mina runs to scrub in and help with surgery, while Nic and Conrad wait in the viewing room on baited breath for Marshall to become stable.
The good news is that Marshall survives surgery, the bad news is that he is not out of the woods yet. Conrad is keeping a close eye on his father and his Chron’s from here on out.
Once he’s off the vent, Marshall and Conrad have a father/son chat that melts your heart in all the right places. It builds on the conversation they had in “The Dance” where Conrad tells him that he loves him. It’s just like a TV show to get to a point, and throw a wrench in the plans for development. However, it seems that Conrad and Marshall can weather this storm thrown their way, together.
“I spent half my life without a father.”
“We’re gonna fix that.”
“I’m gonna hold you to that.”
– Conrad & Marshall
It tugs in all the right places, and I may have shed a tear or two.
The New Guy
This episode introduces us to a new character, Dr. Alec Shaw. Portrayed by Miles Gaston Villanueva, Alec has an interesting past. He grew up living on a school bus in Tennessee. He spent time on a Navajo reservation. He hates big pharma. He wants to help the less fortunate. His belief is preventing the problem before it exists. He sounds like the perfect person to run the free clinic.
Luckily, Nic and Mina think the same thing when they find out about him from their med student volunteer, Bai. It seems like a good idea, and their last resort, after a series of disastrous interviews. Mina returns to Chastain to start her shift, but Nic goes on a mission to seek out Alec. She finds him running a mobile medical unit where he does everything from checking blood sugar, giving flu shots, and even giving stitches. Nic’s impressed.
She begs him to be the primary care physician of the clinic, and Alec refuses, at first. It takes a man that gets a ball thrown at his eye, that Nic and Alec end up helping, to get him to agree to take the job.
So, we’ll see where this leads. This storyline has tons of potential. Especially in terms of showing how useful free clinics can be to people who can’t afford to go to the doctor on a regular basis.
However, there’s definitely palpable chemistry between Nic and Alec. I’m not the only one who noticed, right? I just hope they don’t do another love triangle. WE DON’T NEED IT, OR WANT IT.
Dr. Lane Hunter Is Out Of Jail – And Her Destruction Is Eminent
Last season, Lane Hunter killed Lily Kendall and tried to frame Nic for it. She ends up being caught, and thrown in jail by Bell. However, in “Heart in a Box”, Bell goes to visit Hunter in jail and she demands he pay her bail so she can get out. When that doesn’t work, she blackmailed him with a sex tape, and Bell caved like a house of cards.
This episode picks up where that left off. Hunter is out on bond, and her victims and their families are not happy. So much so, they are outside the jail protesting her release. Hunter, however seems to not be bothered by it. The same can’t be said for Bell, Nic, and Conrad.
When Nic sees on the news that Hunter has been released, she freaks out. Luckily, Conrad is there to calm her down, but seeing Hunter walk right through the lobby of Chastain has them both on high alert.
In Bell’s office, Hunter pulls out more blackmail. She brings up his arrest for solicitation earlier in the season and that she would reveal that he never self reported it to the medical board. This has him reeling. So much so, that he even considers resigning from his positions as CEO and Chief of Surgery, because he knows just how ruthless Hunter is.
When Conrad confronts Bell about Hunter being in his office, Bell only tells Conrad that it’s none of his business. Conrad doesn’t agree, but Bell makes one thing clear. Conrad has a job because his dad is the chairman of the board, nothing more, nothing less.
At the end of the episode, we see a brother of one of Hunter’s victims shoot and kill her through the door of her hotel room. The last we see of her, she’s laying a puddle of her own blood. Dead. Murdered by a family member of one of her victims in cold blood.
Let’s just say, that when the scene aired, I couldn’t believe my eyes. SHE’S DEAD. WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS? Seriously, I sat there in shock for a few minutes when the episode ended.
There’s a few things I take from this development:
- HUNTER’S DEAD. The witch gets her comeuppance. FINALLY.
- Bell, upon finding out about Hunter’s death, decides that his secrets are better left that way, and decides to stay in his post. Especially now that Hunter can’t reveal them. My question is, will they stay that way? We will have to see.
- Will Hunter’s murderer be caught? I hate to ask this, but my moral compass is screaming at me. He still murdered her in cold blood. Whether she was a murderer herself is beyond the point. She deserved to rot in jail. Maybe the death penalty. Penance needed to be served. Is the world better without her? Definitely. I can’t see things going well for Hunter’s killer. Hunter’s victims will most likely see justice for what she did and that her killer did the world good. The legal system, however probably not.
It’s FINALLY #JusticeForLily.
I loved Melina Kanakaredes as Lane Hunter. She did an amazing job playing the villain. She’s the villain you loved to hate. I will miss seeing Melina on The Resident.
The Team Up Of Team Ups
When one of Hunter’s victims, Natalie Ramirez, comes into the ER needing stitches after she suffered injuries from the protest, things go from bad to worse for her in an instant. As it turns out, she can no longer walk without assistance and has a heart condition due the unneeded chemo that Hunter put her through. THIS GIRL NEVER HAD CANCER.
When she comes across Conrad’s radar, he insists upon her staying so that Kitt, Mina, and AJ can help her on the road to recovery. First step, back surgery. AJ is hesitant due to the heart condition, and during surgery she did almost die with complications. However, she has an amazing cardiothoracic surgeon on her team. Not that AJ’s ego needed stroking.
Kitt and Mina repair the issue in Natalie’s spine, enabling her to walk again unassisted, eventually, with some physical therapy. Same goes for the heart issue, AJ will keep it under a close eye, but he sees no reason why she can’t return to her job as a cop once she’s recovered.
Natalie’s issues are what triggers her husband, Roger, to kill Hunter. His sister died from Hunter’s practices.
Mina’s Helping Hand
When Devon reveals to Mina and AJ that he no longer has a home to go to after his broken engagement, Mina has absolutely no sympathy for him. AJ thinks she’s being harsh, but she notes Devon should have never gone as far as he did, and that he left an amazing woman at the alter.
At the end of the episode, it turns out that Mina does have a heart after all. She lends her guest room to Devon temporarily until he can get a place of his own.
When asked why she’s doing this, Mina’s only reply:
“Because you need it.”
She has some house rules for him too, and she delivers them to him in her blunt manner:
- Easy on the hot water.
- Sit when you pee.
- He can use her condiments, but not the alcohol.
- Wear clothing or bathrobe with full coverage outside the guest room. No surprises wanted.
So, Mina and Devon are now temporarily living together. I hope this grows their friendship. I can’t wait to see what comes of this development. Also, what kinds of hilarity will ensue because of this?
Questions Before The Next Episode
- When will Devon find out the truth about Julian?
- Is Gordon Page really going to pin her disappearance and possible death on Devon?
- What are the ramifications of Hunter’s murder?
- Where will Conrad and Marshall’s relationship go from here?
- What is going to happen with the free clinic, now that Alec is the primary care physician?
- What will happen with Mina and Devon living together?
- Will Bell’s secrets stay secrets?
- Will there be another love triangle on this show? PLEASE NO.
The Resident airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.
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