The Resident Season 2 Episode 7 Review: Trial & Error

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Some 'ships are on the verge of sailing, but unfortunately, a couple of 'ships are about to sink. 

No worries, though. CoNic is still going strong on The Resident Season 2 Episode 7, but not without being tested a bit after a case involving a drug trial and Jessie hit too close to home. 

Devon and Priya, though? The time of death was the moment Devon kissed Julian. 

Karoke Night - Tall - The Resident Season 2 Episode 7

The hour was titled "Trial & Error in reference to the drug trial that cost John his life and nearly cost Jessie hers. As customary for The Resident, it was beyond that. It also referred to the various relationships on the series. 

All of them are trial & error and touch and go. There are different combinations of characters put together, and it's fun when characters that don't typically get along or interact with one another come together and form new bonds so they can figure out what works best for them. 

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You know what, more on that in a minute because it's imperative that we delve into this Julian and Devon thing since my head is still spinning from it. 

Forbidden Kiss - The Resident Season 2 Episode 7

Devon, what the hell?!

The sexual tension between Devon and Julian was simmering beneath the surface the moment she waltzed into Chastain. She did not hide her interest nor did she stop the flirting. Fair enough, a girl is going to put herself out there, but Devon has been flirting back this entire time. 

That was the first sign that he and Priya were not doing so hot. The wedding was taking a toll on him, and it showed. It's a wonder he didn't call it quits eons ago. 

Priya has elicited mixed feelings, but that is due to her being an enigma. We don't know much about her, but we did know that Devon was crazy about her. It's hard to say if he still feels that way or he has just been going through the motions all of this time. 

Irving! Take over for me! Julian is having a heart attack!


It should have been a sign that the series would pull the trigger on the Devon/Julian flirtation during this installment when Priya made an appearance. I hate that the first time we saw her all season was when she told Devon days before their wedding that she has a job offer in San Francisco that she plans on taking. What?! 

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I have never heard of newlyweds having a long-distance marriage, have you?! They were doomed, and at that moment it was apparent that maybe the two of them aren't meant for one another. 

Neither of them wants to nor should they have to give up their job and passion. What has been clear, however, is that Devon isn't ready for marriage. Devon's cold feet have been subtle, but the flirting with Julian has been far from it. 

Dancing with Temptation - The Resident Season 2 Episode 3

I understand why Devon may want to distance himself, second-guess, or call it quits with Priya.  Devon's relationship with Julian, however, is something that is incomprehensible and unacceptable. 

Making Priya the career-oriented woman who thinks moving to San Francisco while her future husband remains in Atlanta is a good idea, was used to lessen the infidelity blow. It was used to ensure that Devon is still a likable, lovable character so he isn't written off by viewers for his actions. 

Devon is flawed, all of the characters on this series are flawed and make mistakes. Devon choosing to make a crappy choice shouldn't have to come at the expense of Priya, though. Suddenly, Devon succumbing to something that has been building for a while is not as bad because Priya dumped some complicated news on him. 

Basking in the Light - The Resident Season 2 Episode 1

Let Devon sit in his wrongness and be wrong without a caveat that makes him sympathetic for his terrible choices.

Devon effed up, but it's part of his development. All it's going to take is a sibling meeting with his pseudo brother and sisters calling his ass out. Conrad noticed, and he's not one to avoid addressing the issue. Nic noticed too, and she can slip into the "big sister" mode with him.

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However, Mina seems like she's going to abandon her hands-off, minding her business approach. It is days before his wedding, so she's going to speak her mind. Mina's face was priceless. All of their faces were priceless, and it's validating that everyone else's side-eye mirrored my own. 

The Original Badasses - Tall - The Resident Season 2 Episode 7

Devon's device idea is interesting, and if he tweaks it, it could be a success. Unfortunately, it will forever be associated with that kiss. 

The infidelity is bad enough, but Julian is not trustworthy. She works for Quo Vadis, and everything pertaining to that plot is sketchy. She may or may not know that her company is shady, but she's guilty by association. 

Thanks to a tweet by the lovely Sunshine Bartell, medical advisor for the series, I learned that it's common for medical representatives to spend time in the OR and advise during surgeries utilizing their technology. 

Bhangra - The Resident Season 2 Episode 7

There will no longer be points taking away from Julian for her presence in the OR no matter how pesky she is. She also gets brownie points for that amazing Bhangra dance routine. It was one of the best moments of the hour, and I can't be the only one who giggled at Conrad getting super into it in the background. 

The series is doing a fantastic job showing all the moving parts of medicine. The role of medical devices continues to be explored. It was heartbreaking to learn that metal poisoning from something meant to help Ernest left him in such a dire state. 

It was more disheartening that his wife had all but checked out and given up. She was so overwhelmed she came across callous. She was tired and overworked. 

Bell: It could have been worse.
Conrad: Not for John.

The fatigue is real for caretakers, and it's disgusting that there are limited services to aid individuals. She could have benefited from respite services, but there were none to be found. 

I loved that this case brought Hawkfor and the Raptor together. Does it get better than that? Probably not! 

It would be redundant to comment on the excellent dynamics this season.  If I mentioned my AJ love affair, it would be redundant too. 

Partners in Surgeries - The Resident Season 2 Episode 7

So, how long until happens between AJ and Mina? He worships her, dammit! He called her a queen! He called her his queen! 

The two of them are irresistible, and they have some of the best scenes of the season.  Did you see the two of them that the bar together? There was so much sexy banter, smolder, and sexiness. Give it to me! 

Mina is a confident woman, and she always has been. This season, however, she's coming into her own and owning it. It's beautiful! 

She practically made AJ grovel to get her back, and she agreed, but she wants to still work with Voss too. That's a whole lot of win for Mina and the rest of us. 

AJ: The Queen has spoken
Mina: I am not your queen. I am your mentee.
AJ: You are my partner.

She has to know AJ is into her though, right?  What about Micah? 

For a moment, there was a genuine fear that Jessie would be dead by the end of the hour. The Resident has taken perverse pleasure in killing off characters and making us cry. 

Fortunately, Jessie lives, but it was still sad that John died.  Kudos again to the series for tackling another issue. The complexities of drug trials have led to many discussions. 

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We need drug trials and device trials to lead to cures, vaccinations and save lives. The downside is that there is so much pressure put on them that they are often fast-tracked through. 

Nic Worries - The Resident

They are profit based, and middle to low-class individuals are affected the most because they are the ones who participate in them for the extra cash. 

Jessie and the others' case was frustrating because it showed how vulnerable people are. It was another instance of individuals being exploited for profit, but it had a greater impact because of Jessie. 

That case brought Bell and Conrad together, and Bell continues to be knocking this season out of the park.  He put his trust in CoNic, and he had no issue backing them up. 

Patient's wife: At least he remembers my name. Sometimes I wish he didn't.
Conrad: No one takes care of the caretaker.

He showed genuine concern for the patients, and he was affected when he had to deliver the news of John's death to the family. Bell's heart is more apparent than ever before, and as a result, he is becoming an endearing character. 

The two of them have such a contentious relationship that it's a treat when they're on the same side. Doesn't it seem like they're making a breakthrough? 

I get the feeling that when the truth comes out about Bell's arrest, Conrad may be the person who backs him up. I also think that if Conrad has a breakdown or something, Bell may be a surprising ally and support. There is something there. 

A New Devious Duo?  - The Resident Season 2 Episode 4

There is something there between Bell and Voss, too. Give us more of it! 

Over to you, Resident Fanatics! What are your thoughts on Julian and Devon? Which 'ship teased intrigues you the most? Hit the comments. 

The Resident will take a brief hiatus, but you can watch The Resident online here via TV Fanatic to hold you over! 

Trial & Error Review

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The Resident Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

AJ: A year ago Ernest was the life of the party. What happened?
Conrad: I think he's being poisoned.

Patient's wife: At least he remembers my name. Sometimes I wish he didn't.
Conrad: No one takes care of the caretaker.