Conrad Hawkins picked the wrong woman, and our favorite doctors are fighting the health care system once again on The Resident on the season six premiere, with the lack of equipment needed to do the surgeries we know our doctors are capable of doing.
The Resident told us in the first few minutes that Conrad (Matt Czuchry) was in a relationship. I got so excited when Billie Sutton (Jessica Lucas) grabbed his hand and gave him a big, long hug. I thought that was it. He had chosen the woman I wanted. But that wasn’t it. That was the writers teasing us and then telling us at the end of the episode that he was with Kincaid Sullivan (Kaley Ronayne). I never really liked Cade. She was clearly brought in to replace Nic Nevin (Emily VanCamp). While she was never supposed to fill Nic’s shoes, she was supposed to be the added female presence we lost. But I never got into her. I liked it even less when they were setting her up with Conrad. I was bummed to see who he’s with now.
But there’s still hope. Billie and Conrad are super close. She’s spending a lot of time with Gigi Hawkins (Remington Blaire Evans). Then AJ Austin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) said, “it’s never too late to win the love of your life back.” That gives me hope that the season will correct itself.
Another disappointment from the season premiere was Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood) had only one small scene. So what does that mean for his presence in the season? A KitBell wedding is coming, so he has to come back eventually. He’s one of my favorite characters on the show, so I will notice his absence. Plus, KitBell is my favorite couple, as they are to so many. So hopefully, he won’t be gone for too long.
Clearly, Ian Sullivan (Andrew McCarthy) has been brought in to fill that void. But we already did the Bell hiding his condition and redemption story. We don’t need to do that again.
And the Padma Devi (Aneesha Joshi) pregnancy storyline was never really my thing, either. But, it’s going to be a major factor going forward. I feel for AJ because he’s been through enough already. The last thing he needs is to lose his kids too. So, maybe AJ having a stake in this might help.
I know, I know, I’ve complained a lot about this episode. It wasn’t the greatest Resident premiere to date. But I do like the angle they are taking with fighting the system this season. They are a government hospital and don’t have top-shelf facilities because they don’t have the funding, which is just sad. Why is it that in this country, the only way you can get good health care is if you have money? As you can see, this is a cause I care about, so I will always love this part of the story.
And while I wasn’t thrilled with the premiere, I did love having our doctors back on screen. I loved having a couple of cute Conrad/ Gigi scenes. I loved seeing Billie again. And Nurse Jessica Moore (Jessica Miesel). And, of course, our CEO, Kit Voss (Jane Leeves). All of that was great.
In one of the last scenes, AJ asked Billie why she didn’t tell Conrad, and she said she missed her moment. And with the whole Nic of it all, I get why they are making this such a slow burn. I do love a slow-burn relationship. I guess I wish that my faves had more screen time. But here’s to another season of The Resident, and it picking up from here.
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