Hello and welcome, to Fox’s The Resident! If you haven’t read any of my works, I welcome you. The name’s Sterling Gray, I love medical dramas. I started writing for The Game of Nerds with The Good Doctor. I was so excited when I first saw the previews for this, having considered entering the medical field as a young adult. I still have many friends who are nurses, working to be a doctor.. Well, enough rambling, let’s dive in!!
We start the episode off with a bloody bad time. Dr. Bell, Chief of Surgery, is removing an appendix. His hands seem shaking, maybe it’s stress, or early signs of Parkinson’s. He gets everyone in the OR to agree it was heart failure, when in reality, Bell accidentally cut an artery. The surgery is usually very low risk, and death is rare.
We get to meet Devon Pravesh, as well as Conrad Hawkins. You can see that they are polar opposites, Devon bookish, and top of his class. The Hospital seems to flow around Conrad, everyone greeting him, making jokes. He explains he only has one rule, do whatever he says. Devon probably feels picked on, bullied as Conrad literally makes him put a finger up a patient’s butt. Of course, everyone keeps telling Devon to hold on, because Conrad is the best. I do love the little moment, when the other doctor approaches Conrad, for consult, and the diagnosis is Lupus. Another doctor series loves to make fun of that disease.
Throughout the first day, Devon begins to realize that Conrad might be unorthodox, but
he really has the patient’s interest in mind first. He makes them comfortable, laughing, and has fantastic bedside manner. He lets Devon run a code, a young woman with a heart attack, but tells him to stop trying to resuscitate her. After 24 minutes, Devon does get a heartbeat, but with no oxygen to the brain, she is braindead. Conrad lectures Devon about when to know it’s enough, and when it will give the family false hope of her ever waking up. He also sees the darker side of the hospital, and he mentions to Nic, a nurse and the love interest of Conrad, how he is worried the family will sue. Nic explains the hospital is happy, because a comatose patient racks in the money.
It seems Conrad knows Dr. Bell has a habit of killing patients and covering it up. With the newest medical equipment, Titian, a surgical machine that makes very fine cuts and can get into spaces our hands cannot fit, everyone becomes a bit worried. Dr. Mina Okafor, a Nigerian doctor, is most proficient with the machine and will perform the first surgery,
but Dr. Bell talks the patient into switching to him. He then forces Mina to train him on the machine, even though his hands are twitchy, and ends up rendering the practice sample useless over and over again. Even though it’s being broadcast, Dr. Bell still takes the lead, and performs an amazing surgery. Conrad investigates, and finds Mina behind a curtain, doing the surgery. Conrad doesn’t call him out, just walks away. You can see Conrad and Dr. Bell keep bouncing off each other, Conrad trying not to cover for Dr. Bell, but keeps saving his patients. Dr. Bell has no control over Conrad, but I wonder if he will use his friends to control Conrad. Dr. Bell focuses on reviews and money, while Conrad worries about the patients themselves.
We also meet Lily, a patient with Cancer, who is a frequent visitor. Conrad cares for her, but puts Devon in charge of her care. During his watch, they talk, before she begins to fade. Lily begins to code, and Devon decides to insert a centerline, to get her heart under control. Nic says to wait for Conrad, but Devon begins to start the procedure. Conrad walks in, and supports Devon’s call, letting him run the procedure, and saving Lily. It’s a good start for Devon, taking charge, and gives Conrad a view of who Devon could become someday. We do see a moment, where Conrad reveals he killed a patient a few years ago, too much potassium. It’s a way of showing everyone is human, and makes mistakes. He then sends Devon home, ending his first day as a doctor. We get a moment, where Conrad enters to room of the comatose girl, and tries to shut off the life support machine. Nic stops him, but we see that Conrad isn’t always to greatest, and will make tough calls, against everyone’s wishes.
I wonder how this series will go. I like it so far, though I wish there was more medical focus. The story line is good, used before, a doctor fighting against another careless, older doctor who only has pride. I wonder how much history Dr. Bell and Conrad have, and if Devon is gonna last in this crazy hospital. Well, that’s all for now. Tata, and stay shiny!