‘The Resident’: Covid’s Trauma is Far from Gone

Dr. Devon Pravesh’s depression spiral started with throwing himself into his work, and now he’s throwing himself into men that are bigger than him. With the black eye to show for it.

As Pravesh shows more signs of his decline, Conrad keeps trying to extend a hand. (FOX)

Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry), of course, knows Pravesh (Manish Dayal) is not himself and keeps pushing for him to talk and saying it’s okay to be still grieving. But just like one of their patients. He wanted everything to be okay, so he acted like he was.

So many people are going through the same thing right now. They lost a loved one from Covid-19, and the only reason for it was because the system failed them. How do they move on from that? Even if they do have a friend like Conrad who tells them grieving doesn’t have a timeline.

It was heartbreaking to watch Pravesh go through the pain, but hopefully, it can help someone else reach out or lean on their family that’s also feeling the loss. It was a beautiful moment when he finally told his mom the truth and let her in. They are both blaming themselves when there is nothing either of them could have done differently in reality.

Pravesh’s story wasn’t the only aftermath of the pandemic The Resident was dealing with. A mother came into the ER after her daughter had fallen down the stairs and dislocated her finger. It turned out the young girl had a rare disease that was making her heart flutter and her body unbalanced. And while Conrad and Pravesh were trying to figure out what was wrong with her, her mother had a heart attack. It was a good thing she was at the hospital when it happened.

Dr. AJ Austin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) also noticed from her scans that she recently had another heart attack. The daughter told them it could have been during a George Floyd protest when the police threw tear gas at them. It turns out that it can cause a heart attack. She wanted to take her mother to the hospital, but they were afraid of getting covid again.

The mom is fortunate she’s okay. And as we now know, she’s not the only one to not go to the hospital out of fear. We were unprepared for this pandemic. The Resident‘s characters are lucky that they have survived it. Unfortunately, we are still living it, and more lives are still being lost and affected.

But these stories of awareness are good. Maybe we still have time to turn it around.

AJ and Mina’s chemistry is getting even better as the relationship develops. (FOX)

This wasn’t the only mystery case of the episode. Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood) had his own. He had a pretty young woman following him around. I thought it was crazy she gave Bell a naked picture of herself, but sometimes people do crazy things to celebrities, but he knew it was something else. She had a tumor encroaching on her spine, which was causing the altered behavior. This mystery case didn’t take as long to diagnose, but if she hadn’t been fawning over Dr. Bell, it might have been a while before the tumor was discovered.

Episode four included another fallout from the pandemic, and also one from Trump’s immigration policy. One, Chastain has been sold and is going to be redeveloped into condominiums. Two, Dr. Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson) may be deported because it’s harder for Nigerians to obtain visas. So, what does this mean for The Resident? We just got Mina and AJ together. Nic Nevin (Emily VanCamp) and Conrad are going to have a baby girl. Some things are going really well. Is there a show if there is no Chastain hospital?

Conrad and Nic celebrate the news of them having a baby girl with their friends. (FOX)

And I can’t finish my review without mentioning that very business-like proposal Mina gave to AJ, and of course, he accepted. For a second, I thought they were going to have a green card wedding. I’m thankful they can explore this relationship more before taking that step. And Aj said they wouldn’t let her be deported, so all we can do is have faith that he will figure it out.

And they said, “I love you.” It’s early in the relationship, but they’ve been friends for a long time. Plus, Mina apologized, which is an infrequent occurance. Their chemistry is getting even better with this relationship.

We also got a cute celebration with Nic, Conrad and all their friends. She was scared to tell them about the baby if she had another miscarriage, but she feels confident enough to share. It’s nice to see them so happy. And I’m trying not to think about the devastating promo for next week.

Where do you think The Resident goes without Chastain? Tweet me @MandyttCarr or comment below.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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