Saturday, January 7, 2023

The Resident 6x11 Review: “All In” (Muddled Love Stories Everywhere) [Contributor: Justine]

“All In”
Original Airdate: January 3, 2022

The shorter season of The Resident is rapidly barreling toward the end. Truths are coming to light, and the future of Chastain has never looked more precarious. Many of the stories are limping toward the finish line as characters don’t know which way to turn. There are plenty of “I told you so’s” to go around in this episode. 

Padma remains the character who always seems to get the shortest straw. This is super disappointing, because postpartum depression is a very serious illness that remains stigmatized. We’re all supposed to be okay with her just being locked away? No. Thankfully Padma will always have Leela. It’s just too bad that we don’t get to see more of this connection actually playing out on screen. 

Conrad needing to come clean to Cade was, well, uncomfortable to watch. Thankfully this story didn’t involve cheating, and Conrad was essentially dating two women. There may not have been any better way to resolve this. It’s clear that these characters were never meant to be together; it’s unclear if the show’s big solution is to just switch the partners around and pretend that nothing happened. Fans really haven’t gotten to know Cade or James in the same way we’ve gotten to know other characters. 

Billie is another character who has so often been short-changed by this series. Even if one were to believe the fact that she would return to work a day after being violently attacked by two members of a patient’s family, her story here is a bit of a stretch. Obviously, continuously putting Billie through violent trauma is not the right answer. However, just glossing over her attack and immediately focusing on her as a love interest for Conrad feels like a disservice, at minimum. 

The strength of this episode, arguably, is the main medical storyline involving one of the most renowned cardiac surgeons needing treatment at Chastain. This was A.J.’s chance to shine as the top-notch surgeon that he is. It’s nice to see a glimmer of this former Raptor, who always fought for his patients with such strength. It’s not just about pushing ahead to make drastic surgical saves, however. Sometimes the strength a patient needs is to be accompanied by love and compassion in their final moments. 

We may have only known Dr. Leonard Perry for a few moments of this series, but his legacy is clear by seeing all of the medical students and doctors he trained throughout his career. It’s equally sad and poignant that his students were always his family. His legacy will always live on in the work of surgeons who came after him and who will continue to save countless lives. 

Finally, we need to talk about the tour de force that is Kit Voss. It’s always a testament to just how good of a boss she is that she’s willing to scrub in and perform surgery even while she’s acting as CEO. It’s a testament to her leadership too, that she isn’t willing to give up on her hospital without a fight. 

The future of Chastain and the Chastain family hangs in the balance. With only two episodes remaining this season, it’s difficult to imagine that all of these storylines can be wrapped up in a satisfactory way. Additionally, so many of the established relationships continue to feel rushed. Here’s hoping that the finale can tie a bow on the season and leave room for the potential of more growth... which a lot of the characters still need. 

Other Things:

  • Feldman’s exposition is hilarious. If the show needs an exposition guy, he should be the go-to. 
  • “Do not give his care over to nurses.”Pardon?! Countless nurses accompany patients in their final moments every minute of every day.
  • Where the heck is Ian? It’s unsettling having him off screen. Who knows what kind of trouble he’s getting up to. 
  • People were weirdly judgy about the idea of an ER with no traumas. Sure, it’s not the most exciting. The reality is, though, the vast majority of ER complaints in real life are “non-specific abdominal pain” and other often vague symptoms. That’s the job. 
  • “I haven't been honest with myself or you about my feelings for Billie.” 
  • “There's nothing to say. I just wish you were honest with me a long time ago.”
  • “What will I ever do without you?” “You'll never be without me, and I can't be without you either.”


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