Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Resident 5x20 Review: “Fork in the Road” (Cautious Hope) [Contributor: Justine]

“Fork in the Road”
Original Airdate: April 26, 2022

With so few episodes left before the season finale, The Resident seems intent on dialing up the chaos to the maximum. Before the season comes to a close, the challenge has been set to wrap everything up with a nice bow. Can The Resident do it? Only time will tell. 

KitBell shippers had a lot to celebrate this episode, and they may have been the only ones. Finally, after being the romantic center of the show for much of this season, they’ve decided to make it official and get engaged! Everything about this was perfect, from Bell’s (Bruce Greenwood) deference to his fiance’s wishes to Kit’s (Jane Leeves) sweet restaurant proposal, complete with getting down on one knee. If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of KitBell shippers everywhere still swooning. 

AJ (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) once again took his place as the emotional heart of the episode, following up his spectacular performance last week. Seeing him receive all the love and support from his friends and colleagues at his mother’s funeral was further proof that at their best, the staff at Chastain Memorial Hospital are family. This was another opportunity for AJ’s chosen family to show their total support and the character deserves nothing less. 

The Cade (Kaley Ronayne) and Conrad (Matt Czuchry) story is getting less interesting every time it’s given the spotlight. There’s barely any romantic chemistry between these two characters, although they generally work well together as colleagues. We already know that Emily VanCamp will be reprising her role as Nic in a flashback in the season finale. Hopefully this won’t be some sort of torch-passing. What Conrad and Nic had was special. It’s more than fine to explore Conrad moving on romantically but it shouldn’t come at the expense of the story itself.

Another part of this episode that mostly fell flat was the Medicaid fraud storyline. Although it was helpful context to see exactly how the mechanics of this fraud plays out, this episode made an arguably questionable point about American healthcare. There’s a stereotype of greedy people simply taking advantage of the system, and that this a far more common occurrence than it actually is. In the end, the patient caught up in it all was portrayed as an otherwise good person who fell on hard times and needed to survive. The shift in tone read as too little too late however. 

The sperm donor story went completely off the rails this episode, and that’s saying something considering it was always a little chaotic. While Devon (Manish Dayal) actually came out looking very much in the right, this episode was basically proof that it was unsustainable as a storyline all along. If there was any benefit, it was seeing AJ open up and be vulnerable with Padma (Aneesha Joshi). 

Finally, this episode was a tough one for Leela (Anuja Joshi) fans. It’s such a shame to see her character going in this direction since she’s been set up as such a confident and dynamic character. In this episode, she’s reduced to fighting with and ultimately breaking up with her boyfriend about something he was actually right about. While it may have been an interesting direction to explore the fact that this character can’t possibly do it all, including specializing in two surgical specialities, this episode made her storyline falter.

Ultimately, the fact that Devon and Leela are no longer together may be for the best. Although these two are undeniably compelling characters individually, they’ve struggled since they’ve been together. They’re clearly on different paths in life. Better to realize it and acknowledge it now than to wait until it’s too late. 

This was a surprisingly uneven episode for The Resident, since the second half of this season has generally featured strong storylines and character development. At least KitBell fans have a wedding to look forward to. With the season finale rapidly approaching, The Resident certainly has a massive undertaking ahead to wrap up everyone’s arcs. 

Other Things:

  • We’re that much closer to the season finale and still no Trevor (Miles Fowler). Nothing good can be coming.
  • Did Cade not realize the mob boss also saw Conrad? Why would she not suggest just running away together if she wanted to skip town? This is another reason why logistically these two just don’t work as a couple.
  • The second half of this season hasn’t featured nearly enough of Nurse Hundley (Denitra Isler). Seriously, she’s the boss. 
  • "So this is the way you ask me? No fancy dinner, no ring, just didn't even get down on one knee." "I love you to the moon and back, but I kneel for no man."
  • “Look, I don't know anything. I'm a nobody. I'm a little cog in a very big machine. I can end up in the bottom of my lake with my feet in concrete.”
  • "You're so lucky to have had such a wonderful mom." "Not everyone gets that." "Yeah, I'm holding onto that."


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