Dr. Conrad Hawkins is back in the ER on The Resident, and everything is right in the world again. Well, it was for a moment.
I know that the characters have jumped in time, but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to see Conrad (Matt Czuchry) date yet. CoNic was epic! The writers should let fans grieve before setting Conrad up with someone else and a nurse to boot. I know he has to move on sometime, but we only lost Nic Nevins (Emily VanCamp) a few episodes ago. The fans need more time than that. They should have at least waited until after the holiday break before having Conrad date.
Other than that criticism, the episode was great. While I don’t like that Hawkins is making that next step, I loved watching all the nurses flirt with him, and Nurse Hundley (Denitra Isler) and Dr. Billie Sutton (Jessica Lucas) laugh about it.
Billie told Conrad he deserved to be happy, and he’s allowed to move on, but she seemed pretty upset when he took that first step. That look said a thousand words, but I’m not exactly sure what it means yet. Does she have feelings for him? Or is she sad for Nic?
One of my favorite parts of the episode was Dr. Kit Voss (Jane Leeves) bringing Sofia Desoto (Maya Stojan) into knock Dr. AJ Austin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) and Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood) down a peg or two. Their egos had gotten too big. Neither wanted to take the advice, but Bell went into the skills lab and practiced using his other hand. And during a pretty complicated surgery, Bell took the lead listening to the advice of Sofia, and then Austin followed suit. It was nice to see them letting their team help and not trying to do everything alone. They will definitely be better surgeons for it.
Kit really is the best CEO for Chastain. She’s making even her best surgeons better. For the most part, I like Sofia, but I didn’t like when she said Kit and Randolph were not a good idea. My anger was more coming from a personal stance of waiting so long for them that I didn’t want anyone messing with them. Sofia wasn’t entirely wrong, but she just hadn’t seen them in action yet. Considering Bell was the first one to take Sofia’s advice, it shows that Bell doesn’t get any preferential treatment, or maybe he does since he was one of the first surgeons to get the coaching. Kit’s scheme was twofold. One to get other doctors to be open to coaching, and two, she’s keeping the promise she made to him not to let him fade away. She is the best girlfriend and boss anyone could ever ask for.
We also have a new couple alert. I’m feeling vibes between AJ and Sofia. But, see, they waited a while before pairing AJ with anyone. So why can’t the writers give us the same respect with CoNic?
I loved seeing Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) and Conrad back at it again. They’ve always made a great team. Conrad was a little all over the ER, especially with showing GiGi (Remington Evans) around (loved that), but Devon and Conrad came together to help two patients. And Winston (Stephen Wallem) is back! I’m so glad they found a role for him.
Not only did Pravesh solve a mystery case where they didn’t think there was anything to find, The Resident once again pointed out the flaws in the American health care system. Why should that woman at her age have no choice but to take care of her husband? Look what happened. She got sick trying to do it all by herself.
I really do hope that this does bring awareness to the importance of Medicare for All or a similar system. This country needs change, so people don’t have to suffer.
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