In the time of campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, The Resident boldly explores the topic of sexual harassment
This week’s episode of The Resident sheds light on a different, non-medical topic in the world of Chastain Park Memorial–sexual harassment. The hospital is in a frenzy when a baseball player, Bobby Singer (Damon Dayoub) comes in to be treated for a clot in his leg. The administration gives him the V.I.P. treatment of which he takes complete advantage of through his sexual advances towards Nic (Emily VanCamp). Nic asks him to sign baseballs for kids in the hospital and he offers to send more stuff and manages to get her phone number. While he didn’t use the phone number for the intended purposes, he sends Nic a d*** pic to get her attention. Conrad (Matt Czuchry) is not pleased with this behavior and attempts to confront Singer who rats him out to the administration. Instead of handling it professionally and ethically, Claire (Merrin Dungey) and Dr. Bell (Bruce Greenwood) scold Conrad for bringing it up and blame Nic for giving her phone number in the first place.
This isn’t the only challenge Conrad faces during the episode as he finally begins to see a side of Dr. Hunter (Melina Kanakaredes) that Nic has been alluding to. When Dr. Hunter tries to force a biopsy/treatment regimen on a patient that is not interested, Conrad stands up to her. He and Nic even help the patient “elope” (leaving the hospital without being discharged) so he can live out his remaining days with his wife, rather than in the hospital. Devon (Manish Dayal) and Nic are still dead-set on exposing Dr. Hunter’s questionable treatment and bring in Devon’s fiance, Priya (Tasie Lawrence), to use her investigative journalism skills to find out Dr. Hunter’s treatment protocol.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bell is asked to perform surgery on a foreign V.I.P. patient and tries to loop in Dr. Okafor (Shaunette Renee Wilson) who gloriously refuses to help him, despite him sticking up for her in the boardroom. In the world of The Resident blackmail and leverage are all too common so Dr. Bell forces her participation anyway. Karma has it out for him as Claire informs him the V.I.P. patient does not want anyone but an attending working on the surgery. How will this bode with his worsening hand tremor? We can’t wait to find out!
Here to discuss all the drama is our roundtable, so let’s get to discussing this week’s episode of The Resident!
Sofia (@mttczuchry)– Student, Latina, Matt Czuchry fan
Stephanie (@StephyPooh82)– Optician, couch potato and dill pickle enthusiast
Amanda (@dudeamanda)– Writer, reader, and full-time TV watcher
Carlynn (@UpsteadRheese25)– I watch too much TV, and sometimes I live-tweet
Meli (@Melikeit70)– Lawyer, music addict, and avid reader
1. Wow! What an episode, right?! This episode tackled the topic of sexual harassment. How do you feel about the way it was presented and how they handled it?
Sofia (@mttczuchry): I think they did a good job with it because it wasn’t exaggerated. Things like this happen on a daily basis to doctors and nurses and it’s important that these type of things are put in the spotlight. They presented it in a way that makes it very real so it’s very sad but expected that the hospital didn’t bring enough attention to it.
Stephanie (@StephyPooh82): I think the sexual harassment was presented in a way that most people probably don’t think about, but probably does happen more than we are aware. I think the higher-ups should have addressed it better but sadly, the victim is usually blamed. Bell made comments suggesting Nic was “asking for it.” I’m glad Conrad stood up for her.
Amanda (@dudeamanda): I love how it was presented. That type of harassment happens every day, and it was nice to see how it was handled in the hospital. I think Nic was the perfect person to showcase because she is someone who doesn’t take crap from anyone & I knew she’d kill it.
Carlynn (@UpsteadRheese25): I think they did a good job at presenting it the way they did and I liked how Conrad got involved and I liked how Nic handled it.
Meli (@Melikeit70): I think they did a pretty good job of showing how badly sexual harassment is often handled especially in the workplace. And I also appreciate that it was clearly stated that women need to stand up for themselves in those cases and fight their fight against it.
2. Finally! Conrad is suspicious of Dr. Hunter. How did you feel when he asked Nic to tell him everything and what do you anticipate will happen?
Sofia: I don’t know about y’all but I’ve been waiting for this for a while. Conrad is close with Dr. Hunter but now that Nic is going to tell him what she knows I think that together they’ll be able to call her out and hopefully she’ll be penalized in some way.
Stephanie: I am excited about what they will uncover and I’m glad Conrad is finally on board! I think Dr. Hunter needs to be investigated. She is up to something fishy and she is putting her patients’ lives at risk in the process.
Amanda: I seriously almost jumped for joy when that happened. You could see throughout the episode that he was starting to doubt Dr. Hunter. I think something big is going to happen ASAP, and Conrad will probably be the one to put it into place. And honestly, I cannot wait!!
Carlynn: I was happy. I never liked Dr. Hunter and I hope they can take her down. I honestly don’t know what to expect but I feel like there might be a confrontation between Conrad and Dr. Hunter. I’m interested to see where this storyline goes.
Meli: It was time! I can’t wait to see Devon, Nic, and Conrad teaming up against Lane.
3. Conrad’s patient did not want a biopsy yet the other doctors didn’t really care about his input. If you were the patient, how would that make you feel?
Sofia: I understand that the main purpose is to save the patients life and help prevent death as much as possible but if I were in his position I would like for the hospital and the board of doctors to respect my decision and let time do its work. If I don’t want to get more treatment I shouldn’t be subtly forced to do it.
Stephanie: As a patient, I would be very upset! They should not perform unwanted procedures just to make money. It is unethical and inhumane!
Amanda: It would piss me off. If I knew I was dying, and what they were doing could only buy me a couple of more months, I would want to go home, be with my loved ones & just live. Getting chemo would ruin what little life I had left, and I would not appreciate the doctors trying to change my mind.
Carlynn: It would make me feel angry and unsafe. Patients should always have input in their care.
Meli: I think the point was that the patient was going to die anyway so whatever therapy Lane and Co. had in mind was just a mere and likely painful postponement of something which would have happened anyway. I think patients should have always the right to choose in these cases.
4. In order to accommodate a VIP patient, Chastain Park Memorial turned a blind eye to the patient’s inappropriate behavior towards Nic. How does this make you feel and what actions do you feel they should have taken?
Sofia: I’m angry because people with money or high positions always seem to get away with these type of things. Just because he’s a patient or just because he’s VIP, doesn’t mean he should be allowed to go around acting as he pleases and trespassing boundaries. Inappropriate behaviors should always be called out, and calling him out for how he acted towards Nic didn’t necessarily mean losing him as a client.
Stephanie: As addressed in the first question, I believe the hospital should have had Nic’s back instead of the VIP patient. No one should sweep sexual harassment under the rug. I understand them not wanting to anger the patient, but they could have addressed it in another manner.
Amanda: It wasn’t too shocking to see the higher doctors turn a blind eye to the VIP. Honestly, their actions are actions that we as women have to deal with every day. Blaming Nic wasn’t surprising, but it was nice to see Conrad stand up for her. I think they should have filed a report. I don’t know what it would have done, but it’s better than blaming the victim.
Carlynn: It makes me angry that all they care about is money and not about their hospital staff. I would have kicked that guy out of the hospital.
Meli: I think that any kind of harassment needs to be condemned especially when it comes from people who have a somewhat privileged status or a position of power. It was handled poorly by Chastain Park Memorial. It wasn’t handled at all, to be honest, and it’s probably what happens most of the time.
5. Dr. Bell is asked to perform surgery on a foreign VIP patient, and despite his attempts to bring Dr. Okafor in as an assistant, it appears he will be performing solo. Do you think he should finally come clean about his hand tremors before the big day?
Sofia: Yes! It’s time he stops caring about his fame and reputation and accepts he has a problem so he finally stops endangering people’s lives.
Stephanie: Dr. Bell should come clean about his tremors, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. He will try to find a way out or around it until he can no longer do so. Eventually, the hospital board will find out.
Amanda: I think he should, but I know he won’t. He’s too proud of admit he’s losing it. I think he would start taking the medication again before he admitted to his tremors.
Carlynn: I always thought Dr. Bell should come clean so yes he should. He needs to stop putting patients lives in danger.
Meli: Yeah, if he still has a conscience and doesn’t want to kill more people. If.
6. This episode highlighted a doctor outsourcing his major responsibilities of treating a patient to doctors junior to him. How does that make you feel?
Sofia: It’s not fair at all and still it seems to be something that happens frequently. What’s sad about this is that higher ranked doctors get all the credit for the juniors’ hard work.
Stephanie: As someone who was in the military, it doesn’t surprise me. All the higher ranking people in all fields “delegate” duties to the lower ranking people under them. They feel they earned that right.
Amanda: I was actually a little surprised. If I was paying money for the big doctor, then I would want the big doctor to treat me, and talk to me. It makes me feel a little uneasy about everything, that’s for sure.
Carlynn: I feel like he should stop using doctors junior to him and treat them himself.
Meli: That happens in every field. Sadly, I’m not surprised at all.
7. Devon is using Priya’s research to look into Dr. Hunter’s treatment protocols, and it may not end well. Do you think he’s making the right call or should he stop before he gets in over his head?
Sofia: He should definitely stop before he gets in over his head. I know he’s trying to help Nic because she asked for his help in uncovering Dr. Hunter’s secrets but he should at least tell Priya what his purpose is.
Stephanie: I’m hoping by doing so, Devon doesn’t hurt his girlfriend’s future career. I hope they find something and that it is credible enough to use against Dr. Hunter. I hope it doesn’t come back to haunt them both.
Amanda: I think he’s making the right call. Priya seems like a great journalist and will get the truth. Though I do think he’s a little over his head, I think he knows something is wrong and made the choice to look into it further. It will be interesting to see what comes out of it & how it affects Devon’s job.
Carlynn: I think Devon should have waited and talked to Conrad. I’m interested to see this storyline play out.
Meli: I’m not so sure about it because we don’t know Devon’s girlfriend enough to predict what’s going to happen once she’ll get the “scoop” about Lane.
Final Verdict: This week’s fiery, bold plot proves The Resident does not waver in its fearless story-telling–and perhaps never will
The Resident continues to be a strong voice in the midst of a scary, frightening world. While past weeks have identified the unethical behavior of Chastain Park Memorial, this week takes a moment to highlight an issue that is all too familiar for many of us. In the time of #MeToo and #TimesUp, it is extremely relevant and spoke volumes watching Nic stand up to Bobby and set things straight. The Resident did not show her as a victim but rather as a strong, independent woman who is also capable of handling this unfortunate situation. This episode highlights the hospital administration’s reluctance to deal with the situation so as not to piss off their V.I.P. patient and lose out on any money as a result. This is yet another dilemma that haunts workplaces across the board and The Resident brings it front and center for viewers to relate to.
This week Dr. Bell continues to be pushed to the edge as unexpected challenges keep arising while he grapples with his hand tremor. He must face the reality that he has to perform surgery on an extremely important patient sans Dr. Okafor. Let’s hope Dr. Okafor jumps in and saves the day because, without her, he is doomed. The quest to uncover Dr. Hunter’s shady behavior is just getting started, especially with Conrad, who is now on board. With Priya’s help, the Devon/Nic/Conrad team-up, and their relentless pursuit to reveal the truth, it is only a matter of time before Dr. Lane Hunter is exposed for the unethical treatment she is pushing onto her patients. And we can’t wait for that epic showdown!