Review of The Resident, Episode 1

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!!

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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

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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,

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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!


  1. ‘After 24 minutes, Devon does get a heartbeat, but with no oxygen to the brain, she is braindead’

    This is fucking stupid. that’s the reason CPR is done with ventilation through a bag valve mask. just freaking read wikipedia. the whole point of CPR is to get blood to the brain.

    they probably use the same medical researchers as ‘the good doctor’ which is just as wildly medically inaccurate.


    1. Not really. Blood flow is most important. Blood is what transports the air through the blood stream to the brain. Most CPR classes focus on the heart beat above providing airflow. Useless to provide air when the heart can’t push the oxygenated blood.
      Even if sufficient air supply was provided, since they took 24 minutes, and the heartbeat was maintained by cpr, the rhythm would be less than the heart beat would naturally provide (average about 75 to 80). Especially considering they did CPR for 20+ minutes. If you have ever learned CPR, you know after only a few minutes, your muscles are screaming from exertion. So even if he started at 60 presses per minute, after 10, I’m sure it fell to 40 reps per minute.
      No medical personnel would allow anyone to perform CPR for that long. Thoughts?

      1. Erm no..

        As a surgeon who enjoys watching medical dramas, i can tell you that the ‘research’ they have is wrong

        further problem:
        – the CVC insertion part is just wrong – why would a person who is a ?first day intern be allowed(??or even know how) to insert the tube BLIND – the latest guidelines (Practice Guidelines for Central Venous Access
        A Report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists TaskForce on Central Venous Access) clearly state the need for ultrasound guidance
        – He’s inserting it in the wrong direction (

        The good doctor is even worse and honestly the only show that currently seems to have uptodate research is grey’s anatomy

      2. Ah, see. I love how people can comment. Gives me a chance to learn. Honestly, most of my medical knowledge is outdated, 10 years ago I was still considering the medical field, taking all sorts of fun classes. Now my brain just is full of useless, outdated information and terminology.
        I will agree both series are flawed, but nowadays shows are about the drama filled aspect verses the knowledge it truly provides. The first series I ever watched religiously was Numb4rs, until Anita and Charlie became the centerpoint, not the math.

        I just like the suspension of belief, and a chance to remember some stuff I learned all those years ago. I really hope you will continue reading my reviews, and correct or point out flaws in the series for other readers and myself.

  2. I just came off watching all fifteen seasons of ER. Five minutes into this episode and I’m cringing, even though I don’t have any medical knowledge. Do they really perform surgeries without at least one unit of blood handy just in case? Do they really not even try to find the nicked artery and clamp it/sew it? Could the patient really come out of anesthesia in 20 seconds? The whole first scene seemed seriously fake. Maybe I’m spoiled.

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