The Resident undergoes drastic administrative changes as Dr. Bell is named CEO of Chastain Park Memorial
Oh my, The Resident got a bit intense this week following the death of everyone’s favorite patient–Lily (Violett Beane). And in the aftermath, Nurse Nic (Emily VanCamp) has become the prime target of a wrongful death lawsuit regarding Lily’s death. Basking in enjoyment over this news is Dr. Hunter (Melina Kanakaredes), who is the culprit behind Lily’s death, at least according to Nic (and we agree with her!).
Nic, Conrad (Matt Czuchry), and Devon (Manish Dayal) team up to find any proof that Dr. Hunter is engaging in illegal activities, but unfortunately fail in doing so. Claire (Merrin Dungey) learns about Dr. Bell’s (Bruce Greenwood) mishaps in the OR when a patient catches fire in the middle of one of his surgeries. Despite her attempts to take him down, Dr. Bell and Dr. Hunter convince the board to fire her and bring in Dr. Bell as the new CEO.
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Dr. Bell’s first act as CEO is to fire Nic, removing her as an obstacle against Dr. Hunter, his new beau. While the episode has heavy moments, The Resident tries to bring in some lighthearted humor. One of Conrad’s patients with a tumor creates a parody video of his surgery, the same surgery that blew up in flames courtesy of Dr. Bell. And while this pisses off the hospital board, it makes for a hilarious moment in an otherwise stressful episode. Devon shines in this week’s episode when he takes over the ER and handles unusual cases–including a hypochondriac and a man who believes he has snakes down his throat. What a crazy episode!
This week there is a lot to discuss between Nic being fired, Devon’s time in the ER, and Dr. Bell becoming CEO, so let’s dive into the discussion with our The Resident roundtable!
Anam (@anamiii)– Writer, Activist, TV Junkie
Stephanie (@StephyPooh82)– Optician, couch potato and dill pickle enthusiast
Amanda (@dudeamanda)– Writer, reader, and full-time TV watcher
Ariba (@WatchWithReebs)– Optometrist, Writer, and Senior Editor for TVAD
Meli (@Melikeit70)– Lawyer, music addict, and avid reader
1. Dr. Bell just became CEO of Chastain Park Memorial in an epic, frustrating turn of events. What are your thoughts on this and what it means for the future of the hospital?
Anam (@anamiii): He’s such a sleazeball. Bell thinks of himself and what’s best for him. He’s not thinking of the hospital at large and will throw whoever he wants under the bus in order to come out on top. The future is not bright with this setup.
Stephanie (@StephyPooh82): I think Dr. Bell becoming CEO is a disaster in the making. He and Dr. Hunter can now do as they please, with no repercussions. They will continue to kill patients and get away with it.
Amanda (@dudeamanda): I can’t believe it happened so quickly! I think he’s going to fail, and fail hard. There is a reason why a business person is usually a CEO because they understand the business aspect of the job. While I think a medical person can be great at the job, Bell is not that guy. Plus, Lane is totally just using him to get what she wants. So I think Chastain is going to crash, hard and fast.
Ariba (@WatchWithReebs): I am not thrilled about this, at all! There could be some potentially dangerous repercussions with him being CEO. And even if it means fewer surgeries for him, he will let anything fly as long as it brings in money–which could mean more patient deaths due to negligence.
Meli (@Melikeit70): All is crashing down on all of them and after watching that preview it’s pretty much what’s going to happen and not just metaphorically. On the other hand, doesn’t it mean that he’s not going to operate anymore? That would save many lives so it’s not “entirely” a bad thing.
2. Devon, Nic, and Conrad teamed up to try and catch any of Dr. Hunter’s mistakes. Did you like seeing the trio finally come together to support Nic?
Anam: I love them! Love seeing them work together and I hope there is plenty more where that came from. They’re the good guys but clearly much younger and not as experienced around the ballpark as the antagonists (Bell and Hunter) so they have their work cut out for them but I’m looking forward to seeing more of this trio working together.
Stephanie: I loved seeing the three of them work together. Unfortunately, Dr. Hunter covered her tracks. I hope they will stick with it and out her and her evil ways before anyone else loses their life.
Amanda: I love this trio! They all make such a kickass team. If anyone can bring Dr. Hunter down, it’s those three. I love seeing them in scenes together. It’s been so nice to see how close they’ve all become since the pilot!
Ariba: Yes! It is so nice to see the trusting dynamic they have between one another now that they have one common goal. They work really well together and I have no doubt that they will find a way to take down Dr. Lane.
Meli: I adored the trio. But I loved the quartet, even more, when Mina is with them. And I hope they can find a way to outsmart evil Dr. Lane together.
3. Dr. Bell fired Nic from Chastain after he managed to get Claire kicked out of her position as CEO. How did you feel about that and do you see this backfiring on him?
Anam: Absolutely. It’s totally going to backfire. First of all, I love Merrin Dungey and seeing her character get the ax already had me riled up but as a healthcare professional who has studied hospital administration, someone with an MBA will know how to keep the hospital afloat. That’s their job to keep it running. If they really wanted a doctor to run the place, Bell was not the answer.
Stephanie: Dr. Bell thinks he’s invincible. He is mistaken. All of the horrible decisions he’s made and errors in surgery will eventually catch up to him. Also, he fired someone who knew what they were doing. Being a CEO isn’t his forte. Maybe he’ll screw up sooner, rather than later.
Amanda: I knew it was coming and I still hated it. It was totally uncalled for, and he’s just doing what his “girlfriend” wants. It’s going to blow up in his face because Nic is one of the best nurses Chastain has. I almost feel like it could be another episode four error where they had to bring back the ER nurse after the new nurse failed.
Ariba: I was so mad! She does not deserve to be booted out like that and it’s so frustrating that, at least for now, Dr. Lane is getting away with it and has managed to get Nic fired. However, this will most definitely backfire on Dr. Bell because now Nic has more time to find the proof she needs!
Meli: Honestly I think he’s Dr. Lane’s pawn unless they’re just planning together to get rid of all the good doctors and good nurses in that hospital, the ones who want to speak up and save patients from them.
4. Devon was kicking major butt in the E.R. this episode! How did you like seeing him in this environment?
Anam: I think he’s found his calling. He was great. Would love to see more of him in the ER.
Stephanie: Devon is extremely talented and has a great bedside manner. I loved seeing him get the “snake” out of the patient’s throat. He will make an excellent surgeon.
Amanda: I thought he was fantastic in that role! He’s going to be a great doctor and I’m glad we’ve gotten to see him grow from not knowing what to do, to being able to handle irrational ER patients.
Ariba: He was so awesome! Kicking butt and taking names. It was nice to see him in his element and really coming into his own, especially since he initially struggled to fit into the fast-paced environment of the hospital.
Meli: He was adorable, nice, competent, creative and charming. Also, he reminded me of Dr. Carter from “ER”. So I can picture him becoming a great E.R. doctor.
5. Mina defended Dr. Bell when Claire was investigating the O.R. fire that started in the middle of his operation. What do you think of Mina and Dr. Bell’s rapport recently?
Anam: She stands up for what’s right and in this instance, he really wasn’t at fault. Of course, he’s been at fault many, many times but this one instance really wasn’t his fault so she stood up for him. I don’t think rapport has anything to do with it really. I think she’s just one to always want to do the right thing.
Stephanie: Mina calls it like she sees it. She is blunt and doesn’t sugar coat anything to spare anyone’s feelings. If she thought Dr. Bell was on the wrong, she would have said so. However, he has been blackmailing her. I think she knows she can get further if she stays on his good side.
Amanda: I think Mina is doing what she has to do to protect herself. I think she believes her visa is connected to Bell. However, she did go to Claire at the end of the episode, so who knows. I know Mina works on facts, so maybe she is just speaking the truth.
Ariba: It’s interesting, very interesting. Mina likes to speak her mind and tell the truth, and I think in this instance she was when she came to his defense. It was a surgical error that he didn’t exactly bring upon himself but their rapport is interesting because she’s just going with the flow because he has power over her.
Meli: I think she doesn’t want to jeopardize her career with going against him and in that specific case what I got is that, surprisingly, it was not Dr. Bell’s fault and Mina loves “facts”. And I love her. As for Bell I still don’t get if he really appreciates her or if it’s just because he needs her. Or maybe both.
6. One of the patients made a parody video of his operation (the one with the fire) and it went viral. Did you enjoy seeing something more light-hearted and funny this episode?
Anam: Yes, that was awesome.
Stephanie: I did!! Just like the puppies a few episodes back, it’s good to have some lighthearted fun mixed in with the seriousness. I’m glad this particular patient could overcome his injuries and do what he loves in the process.
Amanda: I thought it was hilarious! After everything that guy went through, he deserved a little fame. I loved seeing all the doctors and nurses getting a laugh out of it. In an episode so serious, we all need a little laugh.
Ariba: Yes! It was so funny to see the video, especially in such a stressful episode. It reminds you that while things may be bad, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Meli: This episode was SO stressful and light-hearted moments were pretty much needed to endure everything was going on with Nic, Dr. Lane, and Dr. Bell.
7. Next week’s promo of The Resident shows that someone might be following Nic. What are your predictions on what is going on?
Anam: Before we saw promos of Nic possibly in jail. I think someone is trying to make a case to possibly put her away and has stuck a PI on her to get dirt. My guess would be that someone is Hunter.
Stephanie: I think it’s whoever changed Lily’s meds….or, a patient or employee of Dr. Hunter’s that wants to help Nic bring her down. Either way, it should be very interesting!
Amanda: I think Lane is keeping her eyes on Nic. I think Lane knows that Nic is onto her, and is going to do whatever it takes to keep her secrets. I can’t wait to see what goes down!
Ariba: I think the promo wants us to believe that Dr. Lane is following Nic, but really it will be someone else that is trying to help Nic take Dr. Lane down. I think that would be an awesome twist and a great way to take down Dr. Lane and Dr. Bell!
Meli: I’d like to think that someone else is after Dr. Lane. Nic and Co. really need some help from high places…maybe the FBI?
Final Verdict: With Nic on the outs and Dr. Bell taking over Chastain Park Memorial, things are taking a wild turn on The Resident
There is a lot to process from this week’s episode–a lot. Between Nic being named in the lawsuit, Claire and Nic being fired, and Dr. Bell becoming CEO, it looks like things are going downhill fast. Not to mention, Nic, Devon, and Conrad have not been able to find any hard proof that incriminates Dr. Hunter in anything wrongful. The stakes are getting higher and Dr. Bell is slowly removing anyone getting in his way.
We do have hope that karma will come around ten-fold because the focus on this week’s parody video and the patient hacking into the surveillance system leads us to believe that it was for a purpose. Perhaps he will be the one to hack into the system and find a video of Dr. Lane entering Lily’s room that night. Wouldn’t that be sweet justice?
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At the end of this week’s episode, Nic is fired by Dr. Bell after he is named CEO. That moment is chilling when you realize what has happened in the aftermath of the board meeting as Nic walks in to face her fate. How long will he last in this position before he gets caught? We hope for not too long!
Next week’s promo of The Resident hints at someone following Nic around. Is it Dr. Hunter? Or perhaps someone that wants to help Nic? Either way, it looks scary and intense and we can’t wait to see what happens!