The Resident season 2 episode 5 has to be one of the most emotional episodes of the series we’ve seen, but not in the typical way. Very rarely do patient-of-the-week storylines get to us in the way that they used to. A part of that is being jaded, and another part of it is shows choosing to touch on a number of stories that we’ve seen before.
This was different. After all, “The Germ” was largely about Conrad, Nic, Devon, Mina, and many other familiar faces at Chastain doing everything that they could in order to ensure that a terminally-ill boy got to fulfill his dream of being a cop. They staged a fake murder for them to resolve and everything! This was funny at times seeing Conrad and Nic get into character, and in general seeing everyone act so outside of themselves. It almost took away the pain of later seeing the boy dying, after he asked Conrad to make sure his mom looked after his brother. This was heart-smashing, but the fact that the doctors could give this boy peace was all sorts of wonderful.
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As for the long-term stories within this episode, the biggest one revolves around the medical-device company and just how hard they are working in order to bribe and convince doctors to get on their side — including trips to a “conference” in Cancun and some lavish nights of dinner and drinking. Basically, it’s a free-for-all that some of the other doctors aren’t aware of … and fighting against. Take, for example, AJ refusing to use a device on one of his patients from the company. The only thing that changed his mind was him learning that his former mentor was doing it.
Unfortunately, what AJ didn’t realize was that his mentor had already fallen into the company’s trap.
As for what sort of role Julian really has in this, that remains to be seen. She’s clearly a company woman willing to push the agenda, but does she realize just how far this goes? Or, is she too busy focusing on things on a ground level, befriending doctors and getting a little too close to Devon? We do think that Devon and Julian are way too close for comfort; nothing has happened yet, but it’s clear you should worry.
The device company battle is clearly the biggest story that The Resident has going, but for the time being, we’ll remember this episode the most for what it did to our heartstrings. It was moving, and we really don’t think there are a lot of other episodes that make us feel the same thing in the same exact way.
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