The tension between Conrad and Devon only got more intense on The Resident Season 3 Episode 5.
Meanwhile, Cain and Kit are not on the same page about anything, AJ had a nice chat with his parents about meeting his biological parents, and Mina may have signed up for more than she can handle.
Join TV Fanatics Carissa Pavlica, Meaghan Frey, and Rachel Foertsch as they discuss a busy hour of The Resident!
Did Conrad press the button, and if so, do you think he'll face serious repercussions if anyone finds out?
Carissa: It's a tossup on clicking. He's often gung ho and swings in another direction when he gets a little clarity, and in this case, it's hard to imagine him getting caught without repercussions that The Resident isn't ready to face yet.
Meaghan: I think yes. A major focus of this season, more so than in the past, has been on Conrad's tendency to straddle the line of what is morally wrong and right.
Everything seems to be leading up to him having to face the consequences for this inclination he has, and I think that this is going to be where we finally see it come to a head.
Do I think that he is going to face serious consequences? Absolutely not.
I'm sure that it will come out that the hospital played a role in the decision-making process that ultimately leads to these deaths, and they will sweep his error in judgment under the rug.
Rachel: I think if he were actually going to click it, they would have shown it. It felt like a way to keep the audience in suspense without actually committing to anything. I bet that Nic will be the one to click it if it comes down to it.
Devon was guilt-ridden but stood his ground and said he made the right call regarding the pilot. Do you agree?
Carissa: No, I don't agree.
The guilt he felt when that plane went down should have been a wake-up call. His gut was telling him he did the wrong thing.
A pilot who flies drunk is a public safety issue, and since doctor/patient confidentiality is at the discretion of the physician in those cases, I hope like hell a doctor stops any pilot navigating my flight from getting into the cockpit.
It seemed like Devon was remaining steadfast just to be pigheaded and different than Conrad, and that's a terrible reason to stand firm.
Meaghan: Absolutely not. His inability to see past the black and white of the situation could have lead to hundreds of deaths.
If the patient had been driving drunk, he could have called the cops and let them know. How is that any different than calling to report that this man has been flying planes while drunk?
It almost felt like Devon didn't report him, solely to prove to Conrad that he was wrong.
Rachel: Devon is living in a bubble. It may be illegal to release medical records, but there have to be exceptions when it comes to public safety.
I actually got into a debate about this with my sister who’s 100% on Devon’s side. I think Devon got lucky. He made a call that could have gotten people killed, but it didn’t. This time.
He can say whatever helps him sleep at night, but don’t blame Conrad for choosing hundreds of innocent lives over one person’s career.
Where do you think this series is headed with this growing tension between Devon and Conrad? Do you think it's contrived?
Carissa: It makes me bristle uncomfortably. I really enjoyed the episode as a whole, but their interactions were a buzzkill.
Meaghan: As I said in my answer to the first question, I feel like that this big focus on Conrad's questionable moral decision making this season, which has mostly come in the form of Devon confronting him, has been setting the stage for Conrad getting caught doing something he shouldn't be.
I guess the real question is, will Devon be the one to turn him in?
As far as do I feel it is contrived? Definitely. Devon has always known who Conrad is, and now it is some major issue for him? They are making Devon unlikeable, and I'm not a fan of this situation.
Rachel: I hate the tension. It’s like Devon is trying to prove that he’s a good person who takes the high road, even though Conrad is the one saving lives. I hope it comes to a head, and Devon realizes that Conrad was right all along.
Were AJ'S parents anything like you imagined? Do you think he should follow their advice and meet his birth mom?
Carissa: Yes. They were like I imagined. Someone like AJ is developed with a lot of love, and his parents proved that.
He's strong and caring, assured but compassionate. The casting was also perfect. All of it made AJ even more endearing.
Meaghan: I adore them! Can we please get more of them? I think that he will regret it if he doesn't. It will always be a lingering what if in his mind.
Rachel: I love his parents! I also love how sweet AJ is with them. It’s a side of him we don’t get to see very often. I think he should meet his birth mom, only because it’s not worth the regret if he doesn’t.
Will Cain succeed in driving Kit out of Chastain?
Carissa: I hope Kit is instrumental in helping everyone else tear down RRMM. She decided to stay at Chastain because she cares about the work, the patients, and her coworkers.
I don't think she's going to turn a blind eye while a turd like Cain tries to take the reins because she'll leave a monster in her wake if she leaves.
Meaghan: I think that Cain grossly underestimates her. She is not going down without a fight, and Cain is not going to be what breaks her.
Rachel: I hope Kit drives Cain out of Chastain. Kit’s such a good surgeon because she had such a big heart. Because of that, I don’t see her ever leaving the people she cares about behind.
Should Mina have agreed to be the godmother of Adaku's child?
Carissa: No. Nothing about the Adaku situation is cool. Mina doesn't want children, but she knows the importance of family.
The situation is set up for Adaku to die before Mina comes to terms with what she's promised, and there is too much for her to explore without the burden of a child.
No, children aren't burdens when you have time for them and want to raise them, but with career goals like hers, it doesn't seem fair to put Mina on the spot like that, especially after their recent discussions about her health.
Meaghan: Yes and no. In this situation, it is hard because there isn't really another option of who will step in and take the child if something happens to Adaku.
However, I always find it so bizarre in shows how they put this big emphasis on the godparents becoming the guardians if anything happens to the parents.
I have never actually seen that happen in real life. Usually, it would be the child's grandparent or an aunt or uncle before the godparent.
If the expectation is going to be that she takes the child, then no, she shouldn't do it because she doesn't want to be a parent. But if the expectation is just that she is going to be someone to love and support them, then she absolutely should.
Rachel: No. I don’t think it’s fair for Adaku to pass that responsibility onto Mina. Mina doesn’t want to be a parent, and she has the right not to be.
I understand that Adaku wants to make sure someone will take care of her child if she’s not there, but it’s wrong for her to ask Mina to give up her life because of Adaku’s decision to have a child.
Mina can still love the baby and make sure they find a good home without having to sacrifice everything she worked for.
What was the best moment from the episode?
Carissa: Always a fan of airline tragedies and Bell; I highly enjoyed every moment of his arc. His exasperation as the flight took off to his brave assessment of the situation on board to putting up with the chatty passenger in the VIP suite. It was all perfect.
Meaghan: Bell getting put in his place and being informed he was flying coach, and then Bell comforting the man's wife by letting her know that he couldn't stop talking about her. Bell is killing it this season.
Rachel: When Bell’s assistant hugged him! Those two always crack me up.
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