The Resident Round Table: Let's Discuss that Bell Shocker!

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Conrad and Devon have put their differences behind them, and it's just in time to focus on shady Red Rock.

Logan and Cain's attempt to take down Conrad failed on The Resident Season 3 Episode 9, and Bell made a huge sacrifice.

Join TV Fanatics Meaghan Frey, Carissa Pavlica, and Rachel Foertsch as they discuss an exciting hour.

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Were you surprised that Devon supported Conrad during the deposition in the end?

Meaghan: Not necessarily surprised because him telling the truth would have been the nail in Conrad's coffin. He wouldn't have been able to come back from that. You can't have Chastain without Conrad. I do think that there was a moment when Devon did genuinely consider telling the truth, though.

Carissa: Devon wasn't going to support Conrad until he saw the greater evil in the room that is Red Rock. When he realized it was nothing but a witch hunt to get rid of Conrad and had nothing to do with right or wrong, he chose to support Conrad's lesser evil rather than fall easy prey to the dastardly duo and their shenanigans.

Like I said before, there is no way Conrad is leaving The Resident, so it was pretty much a given that Devon would come around.

Rachel: I knew Devon would be forced to have Conrad's back when it came down to it, so I wasn't surprised. If Devon did tell the truth, Conrad would have been fired from Chastain, and there isn't a way for the writers to bring him back from that.

Are you relieved their issues are squashed seemingly for good? What are your thoughts on how they handled this friction between them?

Meaghan: Are we sure it is? Yes, Devon understands that sometimes Conrad's choices are necessary ones, but is this going to be the last time they clash over his questionable choices?

I hope so because Devon's character has been intolerable for me lately, and I want to go back to liking him. Can't we all just get along? There are much bigger fish to fry right now, and the whole gang needs to be on the same page to take it on.

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Carissa: In the end, it made sense. Devon just had to weigh the issues of the universe to see where Conrad falls into place. He wants to be righteous, but he also understands that Conrad makes the decisions with which Devon disagrees with a good heart.

Ultimately, Devon wants what's best for people just like Conrad. It was a bit of a drag getting to that place, but I'm ready to move on.

Conrad: Why did you lie for me?
Devon: I didn't do it for you. These patients need you, and I had to make a decision I could live with.
Conrad: You and I are very different. I respect that. 
Devon: Me too. And I think this hospital needs doctors like both of us.

Rachel: The friction between Devon and Conrad has simply served to make me like Devon less. Their relationship used to be one of my favorite parts of The Resident, but now it's just a source of stress in an already stressful show.

I'm still on Conrad's side, and I don't agree that the hospital needs doctors like Devon. I believe it needs doctors like Conrad who are willing to fight for what's right, even if it means going against a corrupt system.

But I am ready to move on from the whole dilemma, so they can fight the actual enemy instead of each other.

Was Bell planning to save himself over Conrad, or was he buying time to think of a plan? Was giving up CEO the right move?

Meaghan: Just as I thought Devon considered telling the truth, I think the Bell thought about saving himself, even if it was just for a moment. What is most important, though, is that they didn't go through with it.

For his own sanity, yes it was probably the right decision to give up the CEO position. However, now he isn't in the loop. As he said, his surgical contract was ironclad.

They couldn't touch his position as Chief of Surgery. He should have stuck it out as CEO as long as he could to be a mole on the inside.

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Carissa: Of course, Bell thought about saving himself over doing the right thing.

But I also think that enmeshed in that decision was the knowledge that if he didn't save himself, Conrad would still be gone and even Kat would be kicked out, and nobody would be in power at the hospital to keep Chastain from going to pot. He needed time to come up with a better plan, and he found one.

Bell: Today Red Rock asked me to turn against one of my own doctors, and tomorrow they'll just ask me to do something worse. There's a bloodbath coming. I don't even want to be up there when that happens. But down here, I can survive.
Kit: What's going to happen to Conrad?
Bell: Red Rock has eyes and ears everywhere. Conrad still has a target on his back. As do we all.

Rachel: I fully supported Bell throughout the entire episode. If this was Season 1, there's no doubt that he would have thrown Conrad to the wolves to save his own ass.

He's come so far, and I think giving up his position was his best option. It wasn't a great option, but he was out of moves, and he does need more time to think of a plan.

How do you feel about the latest development in Adaku's pregnancy saga?

Meaghan: My heart was breaking for Adaku. All she wants right now is to be a mom. Why couldn't just one thing go her way?

Her struggle is not a new one. We have seen it play out time and time again on medical dramas. There will be people who can argue for each option of what she could have done, but I feel like she had to pick whichever option she could live with.

She is the one who has to live with her choices, and Mina has to remember that, no matter how frustrating it is for her to watch as a woman of science.

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Carissa: It's so contrived that I don't are. The only reason the story exists is to put Mina into a tough spot.

And I disagree entirely with Meaghan that the only person living with her poor choices is Adaku herself. She's bringing another human being into the world, and she's going to have to entrust others to care for the child if she's not around.

You might think that her godmother discussions with Mina proved she was thinking about the enormity of that, but it was barely theoretical.

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Rachel: I'm with Carissa. I honestly don't care about Adaku or her storyline. It seems that there are so many issues with her pregnancy just to create problems for Mina.

I wouldn't be surprised if Adaku's choice to carry the baby to term gets her killed, and Mina is left struggling with raising a child while still trying to further her career.

Who was the MVP of the hour?

Meaghan: Conrad. For a man who was being sued, who knew there was an actual possibility of the truth being exposed, he was handling the situation pretty well. The simple fact that he was so accepting of whatever choice Devon made was enough to make him my MVP.

Carissa: I'm going to go with Bell for prevailing against his self-preservation in light of the greater good. Randolph Bell The Resident Season 1 would have tossed Conrad under the bus without much hesitation, but he was rankled every step he took, and he deserves praise for that.

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Rachel: I'm going to agree with Meaghan and Carissa and say both Bell and Conrad. Bell did what he thought was right no matter the cost to himself, and Conrad respected Devon's decision to turn him in if that was the choice he decided to make. They both deserve praise.

What was your favorite scene/moment?

Meaghan: Watching everyone be deposed and cover for Conrad. AJ killed it with his line about cutting in line in the cafeteria. In an otherwise heavy episode, that scene was a good, much needed, laugh.

Well, I saw him cut a line in the cafeteria once.


Carissa: When Bell turned tail and stopped taking the bait to do the wrong thing. Conrad's moves are always highlights, so it's nice to get a chance to be proud of the buck struggling to be a better man.

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Rachel: I may not be a huge Devon fan at the moment, but I enjoyed all his scenes with the princess. Am I the only one hoping she'll stick around a little longer?

What do you hope or expect to see in the midseason finale?

Meaghan: What I would love to see is Cain and Logan be brought down. What I think we will get? I think things are about to blow up in a major way at Chastain. Like Bell said, no one is safe. Battle lines are about to be drawn.

Bell: Today Red Rock asked me to turn against one of my own doctors, and tomorrow they'll just ask me to do something worse. There's a bloodbath coming. I don't even want to be up there when that happens. But down here, I can survive.
Kit: What's going to happen to Conrad?
Bell: Red Rock has eyes and ears everywhere. Conrad still has a target on his back. As do we all.

Carissa: I have no idea. I thought that WAS the midseason finale! I mean, it was a terrifically paced hour with emotional twists and turns that really shook the canvas. I'm at a loss, and it's not a bad place to be.

Rachel: I also thought this was the midseason finale! I can't imagine what's coming up next, but I do not doubt that it's going to be great!

Over to you, Resident Fanatics! Do you agree with us? Hit the comments below. 

The Resident airs Tuesdays on FOX.

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