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Friday, January 20, 2023

The Resident 6x13 Review: “All Hands on Deck” (The End?) [Contributor: Justine]


“All Hands on Deck”
Original Airdate: January 17, 2023

The Resident feels like it’s at a natural end point and it’s frankly heartbreaking. The season finale wraps up so many stories and leaves the potential for characters to simply walk off into the sunset. In a way, it’s satisfying to give so many characters fitting endings after all everyone’s been through. It’s also very sad to think that this could possibly be the end of the Chastain story. 

The show is moving a little fast with Billie being Gigi’s mom. Sure, it’s adorable and sweet. Anything that makes Gigi happy is the right choice. However, this story with Billie being suddenly cast in the role of mom rings hollow when it should be heartwarming. The finale is proof that the show had a good idea in developing the relationship between Billie and Conrad but just hasn’t spent enough time on it. It’s a shame because there’s chemistry between these two. 

Sammy is back but unfortunately under less-than-ideal circumstances. It’s always great to see Bell’s family, but not in the middle of a medical emergency. It’s too bad that the show hasn’t given us more of Bell’s family this season. They are so lovable, and it would be so great to get to know them better. Thankfully, everything works out for Sammy thanks to a top-notch medical team who was never going to let her down. 

The Resident remembered that Andrew McCarthy was hired as a series regular this season and brought him back for the big finale. This fakeout would actually be very humorous, if Ian wasn’t needed for such an essential purpose. It also has to be said: from a healthcare regulation standpoint, the decision to not report Ian is at least ethically questionable. Sure he’s given his scouts honor, but addiction requires support and hopefully he’ll get that at Chastain. 

The season finale also featured Conrad all over the place, being the diagnostician that he hasn’t been able to be for a while. This whirlwind is a little bit much at times but this is where Conrad shines as a clinician. While the show’s recent focus has been on the relationships between characters as opposed to actual medical drama, this finale was a nice effort at restoring balance. The character of Conrad wouldn’t be complete, of course, without plenty of dad-related storytelling. 

AJ’s Michael Jordan approach to surgery is just such a perfect way to show that he is and will always be The Raptor. This dogged determination is what has made this character magnetic since his introduction. Sure, it’s been nothing less than enthralling to see this character’s softer side, and both aspects of the character work together to form a man who’s always easy to love. As he starts his fatherhood journey in earnest, he remains worth cheering for. 

Leela absolutely gets her moment on this episode. It’s a shame that the rest of the season hasn’t delved more into what makes her character great. This season she has largely been in the background. While she is a wonderful source of support, she hasn’t fully been able to shine until this moment. Better late than never perhaps. Hopefully if the story is to continue, this is a new beginning for Leela to step into a leadership role and show off her abilities. 

Finally, even though he has also been mostly in the background this season, Bell steals the show on the season finale. It can’t be emphasized often enough: this character has had one of the best redemption arcs on television. Now he gets to end his surgical career on his own terms and pass the torch to his successor. 

This could very well be the end of Chastain’s story... at least officially. The finale does an excellent job of serving as a satisfactory conclusion to many character arcs. But at the same time, the door is left open for more stories to be told. The season finale serves as an inspiration to begin the series fresh and perhaps revisit the show’s source material. Whatever comes next, this show has made a massive impact and has provided viewers, characters, and stories that won’t soon be forgotten. 

Other Things:

  • The secondary romance is charming enough. Cade always deserved better and hopefully this is the start of her finding happiness as well. 
  • Devon. That proposal was always coming, but still, heart eyes all around!
  • It’s great that Padma’s doing better. Hopefully she can continue on this trajectory of recovery.
  • The pathetic press conference feels like an appropriate way to wrap up the governor storyline. Count on Kit to look like the boss she is next to a politician who has his tail between his legs. 
  • “You know what you taught me from my very first day at Chastain: that if the answer isn't on this whiteboard —” “Go back to the patient and the initial exams. Have I ever told you you're the best intern I ever had?” “Well, I had the best teacher.”
  • “You're the lead surgeon; patient couldn't be in better hands. So if you don't mind, I will leave you to it.”
  • “You know Padma, when my mom died, I felt lost and alone. I know no one can ever replace her, but my heart feels full. And now I have a family, and I'll never be alone again. And it's thanks to you.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The Resident 6x12 Review: “All the Wiser” (Penultimate Peril) [Contributor: Justine]


“All the Wiser”
Original Airdate: January 10, 2023

The Resident’s penultimate episode of the season feels in many ways like the beginning of the end. At the very least,  it’s the story of characters facing their own crossroads. There’s little time left to resolve everyone’s arcs and give everyone a satisfying ending before the season finale. The fate of Chastain is also hanging in the balance. 

The steamy opening to this episode feels like it comes out of nowhere but it’s oddly sweet. As someone who has begrudgingly tolerated the Conllie storyline, this opening sealed the deal that maybe these two were meant to be together. Unfortunately this is also probably proof that the show should have taken their time to develop these two as a ship to cheer for. There’s chemistry here and a good friends-to-lovers story is always the right choice. 

Relatedly, Cade and James could have been so much more. It’s great that they’ve found each other after being dumped by their respective exes. However, with the shorter season, this arc feels incredibly rushed. It’s nice that they found happiness in each other even though there’s not much time left to see them together. It’s too bad the powers that be didn’t see these two as a couple to care about. 

Also, it’s more than a little infuriating to think that we could have seen Cade and Billie being best friends and incredible doctors from the beginning. While it’s great that they’re not pitted against one another, this is another relationship that should have been explored in greater depth. Adult female friendships are such a rare and precious thing. The show has an opportunity to lean into developing both of these characters on their own and then bring them together. 

Of course, the main medical drama of the episode is the helicopter crash with the idiot fictional Governor of Georgia. Karma comes for us all, and it’s come for the governor in a spectacular way. There was always going to be a moment of reckoning. This man has always been tempting fate by showing his contempt for Chastain, and for the provision of healthcare in general. 

Of course, The West Wing already did the storyline of an elected official lying about their health history. Let’s be honest: they did it best. However, it’s absolutely believable that a man who seems to be so viscerally awful would put the Chastain team in this position. This clearly isn’t over and this situation is going nowhere good. 

Unfortunately, while it’s nice to see Devon do some actual doctoring, this episode is proof that the show may have lost its way when it comes to this character. Seriously, Devon is terrific as a character but the back and forth between him as a front line doctor and him as a researcher is getting more than a little messy. He’s not given an anchor to hold on to, which would allow the character to grow and develop. Thankfully this episode finally gives us some enthralling Leela/Devon content, but of course it’s all too brief. 

Ian’s return is handled in a very bizarre fashion. The character seems destined to go the way of Trevor, in that the show found a way to simply write out a character who had been a lead. This story has fizzled out way before its time. It’s a shame that no one could think of a compelling way to end this story, at least for now. The addiction storyline had a lot of potential since so many people, including healthcare professionals, live with this health condition in real life. 

The very questionable ethical choices that are made on this episode are vintage The Resident. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this Rebel With a Cause dynamic play out and it’s incredibly refreshing. Agree or disagree, these hypothetical decisions were not arrived at lightly. AJ and Conrad have considered the greater good and the consequences for doing so. 

As always, Kit Voss remains the absolute star of this show. She’s not afraid to call out flawed reasoning and bad decisions, even if she loves the people she’s calling out. She’s going to need this inner strength with Bell’s health on the rocks yet again. This power couple is going to need all the love and support to face what is ahead. 

Hopefully this penultimate episode of a short season does not signal the beginning of the end for The Resident. The stories told here position the series for an ultimate finale or to continue into at least another season. With only the finale remaining, the end of the season is sure to be a wild ride. 

Other Things:

  • Poor Padma just can’t catch a break. Hopefully this is her turning a corner and getting the help she needs. 
  • It’s unclear whether this guy obsessed with immortality is meant to be a joke or whether he’s supposed to be taken seriously as a plot device. Honestly, neither are working. 
  • If anything, and I mean anything, happens to Sammie, there will be riots 
  • “It's like musical chairs around here.” 
  • “It's hard to predict which patients we'll get attached to. But you know, a lady chopper pilot? That's pretty badass.” 
  • “I don't know how I managed without you. I'm serious. You came here all those years ago, and you changed my life. I love you, Leela Devi.”

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.”

Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Resident 6x09 Review: “No Pressure No Diamonds” (Under So Much Pressure) [Contributor: Justine]


“No Pressure No Diamonds”
Original Airdate: November 29, 2022

The Resident approaches its midseason finale with yet another heartbreaking episode that pushes everyone at Chastain to their breaking points. Bell’s past is still haunting him and this feels like a moment of reckoning. As each character approaches a potential turning point, the show has established several directions that these stories could possibly take. 

It will never cease to amaze just how far Randolph Bell has come since we first met an arrogant surgeon who really had no qualms about causing his patients’ deaths. It’s been said before, and it’s worth repeating, that this is one of the strongest character arcs ever to be shown on network TV. Bruce Greenwood deserves so much credit for bringing such heart to this character who could otherwise be completely irreedeemable. 

Watching Bell break down in the face of his own mortality is so poignant. One could never have imagined Bell showing this kind of absolute humility when he was first introduced. This shows not only how far the character has come, but also how much of a toll MS continues to take on him. Hopefully this isn’t the last we’ll see of Bell as he ponders what’s best for him, his health, and his patients. 

Relatedly for KitBell lovers everywhere, this episode has some of the most heartwarming content. Watching Kit stand steadfastly by the love of her life can make even the most cold-hearted person overwhelmed with emotion. That hug is just the most adorable moment, even for a couple that has no shortage of cuteness to share on screen. It is still the right choice for the series to depict Kit being conflicted between her role as CEO of the hospital and supporting her husband. 

In other events, it’s unclear whether the Tiger King-adjacent storyline was a good one. Sure, it’s funny. It also gives Conrad kind of a chance to get back into diagnosing. This story doesn’t feel fully fleshed out, however. It felt as though the show was searching for a way to incorporate Conrad and his skills as a diagnostician. While this fine since Conrad has taken on a more background role recently, it feels unnecessary. 

It also feels unnecessary to portray the daughter of Bell’s patient as needlessly hysterical. She’s worried about her mother and has never met Bell. Anyone who has seen a loved one through any kind of health issue knows how stressful navigating the healthcare system is. We all want the best possible outcome for our loved ones. It doesn’t feel appropriate to demean these very real concerns. 

Finally, the Padma storyline is incredibly concerning. She’s expressed that she’s overwhelmed now that the twins arrived. Who can blame her, especially after everything she went through in pregnancy? A.J. and Leela need to step up in a big way. Something clearly needs to be figured out, since the situation as it is evidently isn’t working for anyone involved. 

The Resident continues to bring back the past in the most heartbreaking way. Before the show takes a break over the holidays, critical decisions need to be made. The staff at Chastain are being asked to weather the storms of their personal lives, as well as to continue to navigate an increasingly fraught healthcare system. It feels as though everything is coming to a boiling point. The next episode could be a crucial one. 

Other Things:

  • No Sullivans this episode. Hopefully they made it to the rehab center okay and Ian is finally getting the help he needs. 
  • A wild Trevor reference! At least it sounds like he’s doing okay and not getting into tons of trouble, which was definitely a possibility. 
  • The Chastain staff all babysitting the adorable twins is just perfection. Seriously, we need more of these two little humans being integrated into the Chastain family. 
  • “You're his wife. You're not impartial!”
  • “What are the odds that Tessa's story has a happy ending now?” “A lot less than this morning.” 
  • “Listen to me: I knew that man they wrote about in that article, and that's not you. Not now.” “I'm not so sure about that anymore for a number of reasons.” “I trust you with my life. After everything we've been through, that has to mean something to you because it means something to me. I know you can save this man's life right now.”

Thursday, November 24, 2022

The Resident 6x08 Review: “The Better Part of Valor” (The Worst Callbacks) [Contributor: Justine]


“The Better Part of Valor”
Original Airdate: November 15, 2022

Before the episode takes another brief hiatus, The Resident tries its best to cram in as many storylines into a single episode as possible. Some of it works and some of it... not so much. There is a lot of content, and there are a lot of possibilities to set up future stories. Unfortunately, everything just ends up feeling incredibly rushed. Not every story is given the focus that is necessary to bring everything together in a compelling way. The governor is going nowhere fast, and he’s dead set on targeting Bell. 

Bell’s past was always going to come back to haunt him. Although he’s had a character arc for the ages, he still has a dark history that needs to be reckoned with. If you thought HODAD was long gone, this episode gives fans a jarring reintroduction to that character. It’s a testament to how far the character has actually come because rather than denying his past, this version of Bell is ready to face the music. 

The entire deposition process is unsettling. The intentional mispronunciation of Devon’s last name just comes across like a slap in the face and is played as a tactic to throw Devon off completely. Devon not rising to take the bait is a credit to his character. It’s also infuriating that he’s put in this position. This entire process isn’t even about him, and yet he gets subjected to that. It’s garbage, frankly.  

The way that Kit reacts to Bell being targeted by the governor is a major misstep. Kit as a character would know that confronting the governor is the wrong choice. Instead, it’s clear she’s so heartbroken by the fact that the man she loves is being singled out in this way that she’s willing to let her emotions lead her response. Thankfully she’s able to rally. In a way, this response humanizes Kit and shows that she isn’t a machine running a hospital. She’s a flawed woman who just wants to do right by the love of her life, her staff, and her patients. 

The main medical storyline involving a mass-overdose event is alarming to say the least. So many medical shows these days are handling the reality of an epidemic that is still so misunderstood. The Resident’s perspective on the pandemic is an interesting one. While this may be an exaggerated, it’s definitely true that so many in the younger generation lack basic knowledge when it comes to drugs and safety.

Perhaps the strongest element of this episode is Cade’s story. It’s surprising because this character still gets so little development. However here, she sets incredible boundaries. Children of those living with addiction often exist in a uniquely precarious situation. Cade embodies this. She also embodies those who do the inner work and develop skills to be able to set boundaries with their loved ones who are living with an addiction. While it’s good to see Cade shown outside of her relationship with Conrad, hopefully she can also be shown more on her own in the future. 

And hopefully, this is also the beginning of a recovery journey for Ian. Unfortunately it seems like he is not in a place where he recognizes that his life has become unmanageable. This could be a moment of reckoning for him. It could also be a moment for him to push back and dig deeper into bad habits. Whatever the case may be, it was clear he was heading toward disaster, and he needs to step away from everything, at least temporarily. 

The Resident is trying to do a lot with a lot of different characters. It’s a struggle to balance all of these, especially within a one hour episode. Combining the medical dramas with an attempt to give each character their own compelling arc can get very chaotic very quickly. Some characters absolutely work better in the background, even if they’ve been main characters for a lot of the series. Others are just getting started. There is still plenty of time to strike a balance that works. 

Other Things:

  • I still hope Padma is doing okay with the twins. I also hope Leela and A.J. are pitching in.
  • There still isn’t enough screentime with Billy and this new love interest. If the show wants to commit to it, they should.
  • We all need Jessica to save the day. She’s the hero we deserve.
  • “What are they looking for?” “The more important thing is what are they going to find?”
  • “Kids are supposed to learn from their mistakes, not die from them.”
  • “If you go to rehab, I won't tell anyone. Even Conrad. I will lie for you one last time, then I'm done.”

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Grey’s Anatomy 19x06 Recap: “Thunderstruck” (Midseason Trouble) [Contributor: Julia Siegel]


“Thunderstruck”
Original Airdate: November 10, 2022

It may only be episode six, but we have made it to the midseason finale of Grey’s Anatomy. As we go into the annual winter hiatus, the doctors’ closest relationships are tested more than expected. A lightning storm has hit Seattle, which leads to a crossover event with Station 19. One patient from the first hour, who sustained severe injuries in a helicopter crash, becomes a patient in the second... but you’ll have to keep reading to find out how else the firefighters are involved in the episode.

STORM'S A-BREWING

The fall finale begins with Meredith in her bedroom typing out an email to the Grey Sloan Memorial staff to let them know that she is leaving. After she hits send, we see Luke and Simone studying in the hospital’s basement. Luke gets an email alert and tells Simone to check her phone. They are both stunned at the news. In the ER, Teddy is telling various staff members to stay inside away from the lightning. Owen arrives at work with the kids and shows Teddy Mer’s email. Teddy is also surprised. 

Link is making breakfast at his and Jo’s apartment, and Jo walks into the kitchen wearing her pajamas. She talks about how she won’t go to work because three omens have already happened: a lightning storm on the opening day of the clinic, Mer leaving, and Luna doesn’t have any clothes that fit. Link decides to help by finding some of Scout’s clothes for Luna to wear, which Jo appreciates. 

Mer goes down to her kitchen and finds Maggie and Amelia packing stuff. Maggie says she took the day off work to help pack, and Mer tells her not to bother since the movers and packers are coming over the weekend. Maggie wants to help and  tells her sister that her email was good. Mer has to go to work and has a whipple surgery with Nick. Maggie asks how Nick is handling the news of the move, so Mer tells her that they aren’t talking about it. Maggie wants Mer to stay and help, but Mer leaves. The power flickers and almost goes out, which scares Maggie.

Jo arrives at the hospital late and finds Bailey and Carina sitting outside the clinic. They tell her that the clinic can’t open because accreditation hasn’t come through. Carina is going to take as many of the scheduled patients as she can into the hospital as pro bono cases. Richard walks up with boxes of croissants to celebrate, so Bailey tells him the opening is postponed. He says the silver lining is that he could use Bailey’s help in the OR, so she agrees.

Elsewhere, Amelia walks into the same elevator that Luke is in. He hasn’t told anyone he is a Shepherd except for Simone, and Amelia is upset with him. Blue and Mika walk into the elevator on the next floor, so Luke tries to play off that they were talking about how he is assisting on Mer and Nick’s whipple. When they get to the next floor and everyone gets to get off the elevator, Amelia tells Luke that it’s over and forces him to follow her.

Blue and Mika arrive late to the skills lab and find Jules and Simone already there. Nick has been waiting for them and doesn’t like their tardiness. Amelia drags Luke in and tells the group that Luke has an announcement to make. Luke tells everyone that they have the wrong idea about Amelia and him and that he needs to clear it up. He announces that he is a Shepherd and that his mom is Amelia’s sister. Everyone is a bit surprised by the news. 

The interns all want to know why Mer is abandoning the hospital. Nick tells the interns to focus on their patients and save lives instead of worrying about Mer. He announces that Simone and Luke are in the whipple with him and Mer, and the rest of them will assist Teddy and Schmitt in the pit. Nick asks them to sit before they go and tells them that surgical excellence takes more than one person. He says that the interns are the programming and that the programming isn’t going anywhere.

In the ER, Mika runs up to help Teddy and Link with an incoming patient. An ambulance arrives with Ben and Theo from Station 19 bringing their patient to the hospital. In the first hour, a TV news helicopter crashed from the storm, and journalist Jonathan has a spinal injury. The firefighters cut him out still attached to his seat in order to keep him stable and not paralyzed. The doctors slowly take Jonathan out of the ambulance and bring him inside.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Winston arrives at Mer’s house with packing materials, and Maggie isn’t sure why he is there. He isn’t working until that night, so he thought he would lend a hand and ruin Maggie’s plan of avoiding him. The kids are running around the house so Maggie says she isn’t avoiding him and wanted to spend time with the kids before they left. Winston says he can help without talking, which we all know isn’t going to happen. Maggie tells Zola that they are starting in the attic and that she needs to watch her siblings. They both tell Zola to stay inside and away from the storm.

At the hospital, Mer, Nick, Luke, and Simone meet their patient Tessa, who is a children’s book author. Mer has Tessa sign some books for her kids and tells the author that she has been reading her books since she was a child. Simone is also a big fan of hers. Mer tells Tessa that the surgery to treat her pancreatitis is risky. Tessa has her next book idea lined up in her head. Nick wants to prepare her for every outcome, so Tessa tells him that she is prepared, but her readers aren’t. She feels her readers deserve an end to her stories and asks the doctors to do their best to save her life.

Richard is updating the new digital OR schedule board when he is interrupted by Owen, who wants to be the next chief of surgery. Owen feels he needs to be useful and thinks he is a good candidate since he already was chief for five years. Richard denies Owen immediately stating he can’t be chief with a suspended license. Owen is bummed, so Richard tells him that he is a great teacher and that if he needs something to do, he can help Schmitt in the ER.

Teddy, Amelia, and Link work to help Jonathan in the ER. He has two collapsed lungs, two spinal deformities, and is in shock. Jonathan starts to crash, and Mika brings his wife into the trauma room. They all know that they need to get him out of the chair he’s still strapped to. Amelia wants to cut him out immediately, but Teddy needs to make sure air is getting to his lungs first. She tells the group to place a chest tube and page Owen before they extract the patient.

We then see Schmitt walking toward the ER with Blue and Jules. The chief resident tells his interns that they will see gnarly injuries today because Grey Sloan Memorial is a Level 1 trauma center. The three doctors approach a family of two kids and a mom who got injured by a lightning current through the ground. The daughter is yelling loudly because she is having a hard time hearing. Schmitt runs off to help other patients, so Blue takes over ordering tests for the three patients.

In the basement, Luke finds Simone studying for the whipple procedure. She asks if he feels better now that his secret is out. Luke says it’s different, not better. Luke reveals his middle name is Shep, which is cute. He decides to go check in with Nick before the surgery, and Simone sarcastically says that her childhood is on the operating table so there won’t be any pressure. Luke tells Simone he will see her up there with a big smile on his face and leaves.

BLINDSIDED

Owen has arrived in the trauma room and finds fluid in Jonathan’s abdomen with an ultrasound. The doctors are ready to cut him out of the chair, but Jonathan wants to talk to his wife first. He apologizes to his wife for resenting her for him leaving his dream job. He wants her to know how much he loves her and will make up for being a jerk every day once he is better. They start to cut the chair with power tools to free Jonathan. 

Jo goes to the pit and finds Schmitt running the show. She wants to help, but finds her friend’s behavior appalling when he orders her around. Even though she doesn’t like how Schmitt is acting, she helps.

Nick and Luke look at Tessa’s pre-op scans to prep for the surgery. Nick tells Luke that he is good enough to make his own name, which Luke appreciates. Richard walks in and wants to talk to Nick. Luke leaves the two doctors to talk. Richard wants to know if Nick is also leaving. Nick doesn’t know and has been so busy that he hasn’t thought about it. He is trying to think about what the right answer is, but he knows that it’s impossible to find the right answer with Mer. Richard knows Mer isn’t easy and also knows that there isn’t anyone else like her. Richard wants to be prepared across the board when Mer leaves because everyone will feel her departure. Nick agrees to keep Richard in the loop.

Simone goes to Tessa’s room to tell her it’s time for her surgery and brings a book to be signed. Luke walks up to the doorway and hears Simone talking to Tessa about her childhood. Tessa says that she tells children the truth in a way that helps them understand it in her books. She doesn’t want to die, but knows it is a possibility. She wants her doctors to tell her the truth too and signs Simone’s book while joking that it may be the last book she signs.

Mer finds Nick in the scrub room of their OR, and Nick makes it known that he is mad that he wasn’t told about Luke. He feels blindsided by the way he found out about Luke and Mer moving. Nick doesn’t know what to do, and Mer isn’t sure either. Mer wants to fight for their relationship, but she feels all the answers feel bad. Nick agrees by saying that if he asks her to stay, he’s a jerk. If he leaves Seattle, then he would be abandoning the resident class. He reveals that Mer hasn’t asked him to do either, and Nick counters that he gets that her family needs the move. It still sucks for him because there is no good answer, so he can only be supportive. Mer asks what he wants, and Nick replies that he wants to do the surgery because it’s the one thing they can currently fix. 

In the ER, Jules tells the family she is treating that the daughter has a perforated eardrum, which will heal itself. Blue debrides the son’s feet, as they are burned badly from the lightning. The son has burns all over his body, but everyone’s prognosis is good. In the trauma room, the doctors have finished cutting Jonathan out of the chair. Owen cautions everyone to move at the same time. Teddy counts to three, and they lift Jonathan out of the chair and onto a gurney. Jonathan screams while he is being moved and almost immediately loses his airway once he is on the gurney. They rush to intubate him and get him to surgery before it’s too late.

THE GOOD FIGHT

Back at Mer’s house, Maggie and Winston pack boxes in what appears to be one of the kids’ rooms. They find Mer and Derek’s wedding vows Post-It note, and Maggie wants to keep it in Seattle so Mer doesn’t accidentally throw it away when unpacking and decluttering. Maggie tells Winston that she knows she will miss Mer, but she is excited for Mer’s next chapter and for Zola. Winston brings up that he did some research and found that Grey Sloan Memorial has a fellowship for vascular surgery. He doesn’t want to fight, so Maggie suggests they wait to talk until after Mer and the kids move. Winston already filled out the application and got references and believes the fellowship is promising. Maggie thinks he will change his mind about switching specialties because he worked extremely hard at cardio. Winston argues that she only thinks that because the situation is not ideal for her. He asks her to think about what is ideal for him and for them as a couple.

Back at the hospital, Teddy and Owen find Jonathan’s wife in the waiting room and let her know that her husband is on his way to surgery. He is currently stable with a breathing tube. The wife states she didn’t want Jonathan to be a war correspondent, so he didn’t take his dream job. They assure her they will do everything they can and walk away to get to the surgery. In the OR, we see Mer, Nick, and Luke operating on Tessa while Simone watches. Nick tells Luke to take over from Mer for a step, which triggers Mer to be very protective. She isn’t sure Luke should be doing parts of the surgery, but Nick urges Luke to continue.

Jo is looking online for baby clothes for Luna while taking a break in the pit. Schmitt sees her and complains that they have tons of untreated patients, so Jo should get back to work. Jo is offended and says she won’t let Schmitt’s five minutes of power from being chief resident control her. She silences him by saying that in the world of general surgery, she is still an attending and he is a resident, meaning she doesn’t need to listen to him. Jo says she is there to help out of the kindness of her heart, so Schmitt reluctantly thanks her. She goes to help another patient, and the scene shifts back to Jules and Blue in the ER. Blue wants Jules to consult on the mom of the family they are treating. Jules quickly realizes that the mom’s bronze jewelry turned into copper after the iron in the metal was oxidized from the lightning. This caused it to melt into the woman’s skin. Jules is happy that she showed Blue up.

We then see Jonathan’s surgery as Teddy and Owen arrive in the OR. Amelia is going to stabilize several spinal fractures as fast as possible. Mika asks if she can assist, which Amelia agrees to. However, Amelia won’t let Mika touch anything because it’s too tricky of a procedure to help. Teddy kindly tells Mika that she is doing great, and the intern stays out of the way and watches. In the other OR, Mer is micromanaging Luke. Nick tells Luke that no matter what happened that morning, none of it matters there. Mer tells them to stop because it isn’t working. She kicks Luke out since he is spacing out and has Simone step in to assist instead. Nick fights for Luke, but Mer doesn’t care.

Back at Mer’s house, Maggie and Winston argue about Winston’s career change. Maggie thinks Winston is switching specialties to get away from her. Little Bailey runs upstairs to ask them to come see the lightning, and they both say, “Not now.” Maggie says she came to Mer’s house to have control over something. Winston assures her their relationship won’t make it if he stays in cardio. He’s willing to give it up because he loves her and thought she would be flattered. Maggie thinks it’s the dumbest thing she’s heard. She says giving up career goals is the opposite of what she wants or what she would do because she wouldn’t give up her passion. Winston says his passion is her but Maggie doesn’t respect that comment fully. They see lightning strike a tree outside the house, and Bailey screams in the background. Zola calls for Maggie and Winston in a panic.

BURNING DOWN

After tragedy strikes, we see how Jonathan’s surgery is going. Amelia, Owen, Link, and Teddy are working hard to fix their patient when he starts crashing. His right lung collapses again, so Teddy works fast and furiously to fix it. Mika is astounded at how Teddy saves the patient, and they are able to finish the surgery.

Things are going better in Tessa’s OR. Luke watches from the background, and Bailey and Richard arrive in the gallery to watch the surgery. Bailey is also a fan of Tessa’s books and wanted to see how it was going. Richard thanks her for helping with his surgery, and he forgot how nice it was to operate with her. Bailey tells him that she won’t take over as chief when Mer leaves. Richard says that no one runs the hospital like she does, but Bailey won’t change her mind. She gets a call from Ben, and her face immediately drops. Down below, the surgery is almost done and they think Tessa will make it. 

Richard comes into the OR and tells Mer to step away from the patient and come outside to talk to him. She won’t leave, so Richard tells her that Ben called to say there is a fire at her house and that Station 19 is on their way. He tried to call Winston and Maggie, but neither is answering their phones. Mer goes to leave, and Nick tells her that he and Simone will finish the surgery. Nick coaches Simone through the last steps as they finish up. Mer arrives at her house, and Ben brings her to the kids, Maggie, and Winston, who are all okay. They tell Mer that lightning struck the house. Andy tells them to stay back, and Mer is in tears as she watches her lifelong home burn. Back at the hospital, Tessa survived the surgery and is now in the ICU. Nick tells Simone to stay and watch over Tessa. He also says that Simone did great in the OR today. She asks about Mer’s house, and Nick tells her that all he knows is that everyone is all right, which is all that matters.

Teddy and Owen tell Jonathan’s wife that he made it through the surgery. He had severe injuries and will have a long recovery. Teddy tells Mika to stay and do neuro checks on Jonathan every thirty minutes. Mika tells Teddy that she has eight siblings and that her parents always wanted a boy. They kept having kids until they had a son, and they told their daughters they could be anything they wanted. Mika always saw through the subtext that she wasn’t good enough, but that changed today when she watched Teddy save Jonathan. Mika says, “You are a badass boss lady surgeon, and I want to be you when I grow up.” Teddy appreciates the compliment and Mika leaves. She tells Owen not to crack a joke at her expense. Owen surprisingly says that he was going to tell Teddy to apply for the chief of surgery position.

Jules is practicing in the skills lab and Blue walks in. He stands behind her and wants to show her how to do what she is practicing. She asks him how he knows so much about lightning, and Blue counters that he wants to know how Jules knows about the melting points of precious metals. Jules tells him that her mom sold jewelry, and she and her brother would help sell it at farmer’s markets while their dad sold weed under the table. She used to wish, and still wishes, that her family would disappear. Blue reveals he spent a few years attending medical school in St. Kitts, where there is a lot of lightning. He didn’t get into medical school in the U.S., so St. Kitts was his only option. He was valedictorian, all-state track and field, and a chess champion in high school. Then his mom got sick and died and his grades nosedived. Blue thinks he and Jules would make a great team, and it’s nice to learn more about these two’s backgrounds.

Link brings a bag of clothes for Luna to Jo in one of the lounges. She’s thrilled and thanks him. They share a long hug, which is stopped when Jo gets a text and smiles. The red tape has been cleared, so the clinic can finally open. They meet Bailey and Carina outside the clinic, and Link takes photos of the three ladies cutting the ribbon on the Elena Bailey Memorial Clinic for Reproductive Health. Link asks about the name, so Bailey tells him she named it after her mom. Bailey says her mom spent her life fighting to give Bailey every freedom she deserved. They had a complicated relationship, but Bailey’s mom loved her with her entire heart. Bailey says her mom lived with love and courage, so now it’s their turn to do the same. They pop a bottle of champagne and celebrate the one good thing to come from the day.

Luke is in the intern locker room freaking out when Simone walks in. Simone gushes that Tessa is awake and that they succeeded in assisting on a big procedure. Luke says he failed, so Simone tells him that it could have happened to anyone. She doesn’t think him having a bad day is the end of the world. Luke doesn’t want Simone to be nice to him and starts yelling at her. Simone says he should thank her, so Luke thanks her and then passionately kisses her. Simone backs away and says she can’t. Without giving a reason why, she leaves.

Amelia has arrived at Mer’s house, and she watches the house burn with Mer, Maggie, Winston, and the kids. Andy tells Mer that they are trying to save the house, but it’s too early to tell if they can or not. Maggie reveals that she got the Post-It note out of the house and gives it to Mer. It’s such a touching moment, especially when Mer hugs the note and can’t believe the house is burning. The kids are really sad too as they watch the firefighters attempt to save their home. 

It seems like a very unnecessary plot point to burn down a Grey’s Anatomy staple. I’m sure I’m not the only one who isn’t happy with this decision or that the midseason finale was a bit lackluster. Be prepared though because the winter premiere on Thursday, February 23, 2023 will feature Mer leaving Seattle. Have the tissues ready!

The Resident 6x07 Review: “The Chimera” (Boss Voss Rising) [Contributor: Justine]


“The Chimera”
Original Airdate: November 8, 2022

It was always going to be difficult for The Resident to top their 100th episode. Happily, “The Chimera” is mostly up to meeting the challenge. The teased showdown between Kit Voss and Georgia’s terrible fictional governor is just getting started apparently. The show also continues to insist on continuing the Cade/Billie/Conrad love triangle, although there is possibly hope for a resolution in this latest entry. 

No doubt the strongest part of this episode is Kit’s first face-off with the governor. While she thinks it’s going to be a private meeting, it’s in front of tons of press and features the governor getting to spew his nonsense for a wide audience. Fortunately Kit, being quick on her feet, gets to do what she does best and advocate for the health and safety of her patients and staff. The fact that she’s completely ignored says far more about the governor than it does about Kit’s message.

Sadly it’s Bell who pays the price for standing with his incredible wife. The fact that the governor is so underhanded that he plants a spy to obtain dirt on Bell is disgusting. While it may be politics as usual for some, it shows the audience immediately that this is not a public servant to be trusted. Bell could face massive ramifications for this. Luckily he has Kit by his side to weather the storm with. 

Conrad and A.J. haven’t spent a lot of time together on screen recently. Thankfully, this episode remedies that. These two are such amazing friends with such an endearing dynamic. It’s great to see that A.J. can be honest and tell Conrad what he really thinks. It’s clear that Conrad values what his opinions too. They are the perfect team-up to help a man in prison for a crime he insists he didn’t commit. 

The British couple, and their ultimately heartbreaking story, was truthfully a bit of an odd choice. This story could have been a chance to critically analyze the very real differences between private and public healthcare. Instead, these two are mocked for daring to point out that they were reluctant to seek care that they knew would cost thousands of dollars. This doesn’t exactly seem unreasonable. It’s devastating that the outcome was tied to their fear of facing the bureaucratic mess that is American healthcare. 

Finally, the love triangle has not been working so far within this show. It’s frankly tiresome to drag this out. Rather than focusing on her relationship with Conrad, the show would do well to further develop Cade as a character. While she is certainly on the right track, she isn’t there yet. And it’s good to see that Billie might be moving on. Hopefully, this new budding romance works out for her. She deserves nothing but the absolute best. 

The Resident is putting everything out there heading into midseason finale season. There are a lot more stories to be told, especially when looking at the existential threat Chastain faces from the political powers that be. Hopefully the love triangle can be put to rest, and everyone can end up with the people that they are supposed to be with. The overall story will surely be stronger for it. 

Other Things:

  • I really hope Padma is doing better. Leela and A.J. obviously have her best interests at heart. Hopefully, they are all able to work together as a team to navigate this massive life change that is having twins.
  • Ian is pretty low to the ground and that’s probably a good thing. As ill as he is, he can’t possibly be up to anything good.
  • It was lovely for the show to bring back the hospice nurse who cared for A.J.’s mom. Of course A.J. wants to help her in any way he can. 
  • “This next chapter looks good on you, AJ.”
  • “Find me every ounce of dirt on that Dr. Bell. I'm going to destroy him.”