‘The Resident’ is Back, But Where is Nic?

I was super excited for the season five premiere of The Resident, but only four years ago, Grey’s Anatomy did a very similar episode. The hospital was hacked, and all the patients were at risk, while Miranda Bailey was Chief. Cyberattacks are very timely now, but it’s been done on a medical show already.

I was sadly disappointed with most of the premiere, especially coming off a solid season four.

I'm not ready to say goodbye to Nic. I already felt the hole she has left.
I’m not ready to say goodbye to Nic. I already feel the hole she has left. (FOX)

It probably didn’t help that Nic Nevins (Emily VanCamp) was nowhere to be found. All we got was her voice on the phone with Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) saying she would turn around and come back. If only Conrad had let her do that. Of course, the reason why she’s not coming back has nothing to do with the story or the character. Emily wanted to leave.

There felt like there was a hole missing in the show. It didn’t help that we didn’t find out how Nic would be written off the show either. I’m not ready for that scene where police officers come to Conrad’s door. That is also eerily familiar to when Meredith found out about Derek being in a car accident.

The episode wasn’t a complete disappointment, though. I liked all the Dr. Leela Devi (Anuja Joshi) and Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) scenes. More Grey’s vibes with them in the elevator. Okay, writers, I love Grey’s Anatomy, but I love The Resident for entirely different reasons. So let’s get back to what made you a stand-alone medical drama.

The Resident doctors were back at it again. They did everything they could to save their patients.
The Resident doctors were back at it again. They did everything they could to save their patients. (FOX)

While the cyberattack wasn’t hooking me, the patient storylines were. I got very attached to Estie and her father, much like the doctors did. I was rooting for them to live, despite all the challenges to get them into an OR. Unfortunately, Atlanta General didn’t read the scan right, and the man died. There was nothing Dr. AJ Austin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) could have done.

It’s heartbreaking that Estie loses her father, but Conrad diagnosed her, now she can outlive her father and grandfather. So, there was a silver lining for the day.

This storyline gave me some of the stuff I love about The Resident. We got to see Austin and Conrad fighting hard for their patients. Matt did fantastic work with the father. I kept thinking that this is foreshadowing Conrad to be a single dad. It’s like the writers are trying to prepare us. But, there is no preparing us for losing CoNic. It’s a fan favorite ship. We will all be devastated.

Always happy to see Conrad back on my screen. (FOX)
Always happy to see Conrad back on my screen. (FOX)

The other patient was Winston. I loved how strong he was and what a great attitude he had while sitting in the ER. He was very independent too. He didn’t want to be a bother.

When he was taken down to get his cast, I was very concerned about the nurse taking aspirin, saying she had a headache. It was just the way the camera panned her. You knew something was up. She left him alone. Unclear what happened to her, but she never came back.

Of course, him being the independent man he is, even while blind, he gets up. He ends up waking into a gas leak! A lot was going on in this episode. This storyline sets us up for the next episode., though.

I love Devon for wanting to make sure his patient actually checked out. His colleagues were already off to the bar because they did their part. But not Devon. He had to see for himself. And, unfortunately, he walked right into the same gas leak! It appears that episode two is going to be way better than episode one of this season.

Another element of the premiere I liked was Dr. Kit Voss (Jane Leeves) being a badass as per usual. I may not have been into the cyberattack storyline, but I was definitely here for Kit looking at the hackers and telling them the FBI was on their way. That made up for a storyline I wasn’t thrilled about.

I also loved Conrad being so domestic. He’s such a good dad. Even if GiGi is a mama’s girl right now.

However, nothing could make up for us losing our CoNic. I don’t know if these father-daughter scenes will ease our suffering at all, but they are super cute, and I am looking forward to more.

What was your favorite part of the season five premiere of The Resident? Tweet me @PrimetimeDrama or @MandyTTCarr or comment below.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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