Well, The Resident sure knows how to rip a person's heart out and stomp on it until it's in a million pieces, doesn't it?
Not even AJ Austin can repair the damage The Resident Season 2 Episode 5 did to the hearts of Resident Fanatics everywhere after that heartbreaking hour.
Rest peacefully, sweet Jasper.
Is there a way to send whoever came up with this tragic storyline a bill for therapy? I'm asking for a fandom. The Resident does well with its addictive blend of drama, action, and intensity. It's their standard formula, and often the cases and the excitement around them get the blood pumping and adrenaline flowing freely.
The Resident knows how to keep a person on the edge of their seat, and that's all fine and well, but it's always special when they bust out with an emotional case that is destined for tragedy.
It's a reminder that the series can pull off the devastating, tear-jerk moments that will leave a person emotionally exhausted and drowning in a pool of their tears.
The Resident Season 1 Episode 9 was a great example of this, and the latest installment can join the ranks. There is a twisted joy that results from Matt Czuchry's emotional performances during hours like that. The man knows how to leave a person gutted.
There is no pleasure when Conrad is wrecked by the death of a patient, but Conrad is at his most relatable in those moments. He's at his most vulnerable, and when that veiled armor he keeps up slips, it makes Conrad more accessible to viewers -- more than he is the majority of the time.
It's difficult to avoid cherishing the moments no matter how devastating they are to Conrad and viewers alike. This case couldn't be more tragic. It involved little kids, for starters.
It's unimaginable that a mother could enter the hospital mildly concerned about one child's minor (in comparison) injury, and by the time she left the hospital her other child was dead. She was worried about the eldest kid and his arm injury and seizures, and she didn't suspect that Jasper's issues were more than the common cold.
Jasper: I'm not going to grow up to be a police officer.
Conrad: What do you want to be now.
Jasper: I'm not going to grow up.
It eases some of the pain learning that Jasper had cancer before, so it doesn't feel like this diagnosis came out of nowhere. That said, no one wants to experience the death of a child, and Jasper's final moments had to be some of the most gutwrenching television in some time.
There's no shortage of tragedies on television these days either.
The best part about the case was that Conrad and the gang made Jasper's final days the absolute best. The title of the episode referring to the skit they put together for Jasper was so unexpected but adorable. Leave it to Irving to commit.
The majority of the hospital playing along to please that sick little boy had to be the sweetest thing ever. Mina pretends to be a hardass, but she's such a softie, and she was super into her role as a detective.
Czuchry should consider a future role as someone in law enforcement if it means he can don a tight police shirt, but only a decade from now when The Resident concludes it's long run.
Conrad, of course, was a natural with the kids, and in light of the background information about the CoNic miscarriage, one can't help but wonder how things could have been if they had their child. He's fantastic with children, and he would be incredible in Pediatrics.
He has the personality for it, unlike Chastain's pediatrician. It's still great that the series is introducing us to other players at Chastain. The hospital's world has expanded, and it continues to do wonders for the overall viewing experience.
AJ is life, but this time there will be loads of gushing about Kit Voss because she is the best addition this season. Jane Leeves is killing it in this role, and it was a damn good hour for Kit Voss. She is such a boss lady and will be on the receiving end of undying love and devotion until the day she exits the series.
Doctors want the devices that work best for patients. Our administration chooses the device manufacturer that gives them the greatest profit margin.Kit
Bell is smitten with Kit, and she knows and uses that fondness to screw with him. It's marvelous!
It was funny when Kit misled Bell. He assumed she would be waiting in his office, but she had Ken the masseuse waiting for him instead. Kit and AJ balanced the hour with humor.
The two of them snipe at one another, but they seem to respect each other. Kit and AJ double-teaming Bell was a fantastic scene. They would make a hell of a team if they worked together more.
Bell is showing interest in Voss, but she and AJ would have some of the hottest hate sex. Why is everyone on this show so shippable?
One of the strongest most enjoyable arcs so far is the prominent focus on hospital economics and business. There is a constant clash between the medical professionals, mainly doctors and nurses and the companies, manufacturers and such who are focused on numbers and figures.
Switching around medical equipment can have serious effects on patients, and Kit and AJ know this. They also know what they like and what's best for their patients. Bell is often short-sighted, so their reservations were fair.
Bradley returned, and he's happy! He was not dazzled by the Raptor's charm, however, which forced AJ to consult with his mentor about the new valve. There was a brief moment when it seemed like AJ overreacted and needed to be humbled, but then that ending was like a sucker-punch.
Benedict is in cahoots with Julian's boss. That means AJ and Kit were right to be suspicious.
It's pleasing that Bradley also noticed the chemistry between Devon and Julian and wanted to say something about it.
Mina doesn't want to butt into Devon's personal life. It's cool that she trusts Devon, and it's a relief that she doesn't trust Julian, but eff all that. Someone needs to talk to Devon.
Conrad isn't feeling Julian nor is he eating up her phony shmoozing and doughnuts. Team Conrad, for life.
Over to you Resident Fanatics!
On a scale of 1-10, how wrecked were you after this installment? Do you think Julian knows how shady her boss is, or is she in the dark? Hit the comments below!
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