Entering tonight’s The Resident season 3 episode 9, it goes without saying that we were worried for Conrad Hawkins. After all, the bigwigs over at Red Rock were out for him, and were interested in doing just about whatever they could in order to ensure that Matt Czuchry’s character would have his past with a certain patient come back to haunt him.
In a lot of ways, the struggles that Conrad faced within this episode were meant to mirror some of the issues that go on for real-life doctors in this world today. These are people who are often forced to deal with constant bureaucracy, or medical conglomerates who look at one case and ignore thousands of others. Conrad is a risk-taker and, in some ways, that can be a liability for bigwigs. Yet, for his patients, it is often the thing that keeps them alive.
Dr. Bell knows this, even if he and Conrad are not always the best of friends. Yet, Bell was not going to sit idly by and let something happen to him. Rather than be responsible for taking him down, instead, Bell decided to resign from his post as CEO in the closing minutes. Yet, he did not depart the hospital … mostly because he didn’t have to. He had, in his own words, a pretty powerful contract that allowed him to stay firmly rooted as the Chief of Surgery, so that is where he will now preside.
As Bell noted in the closing minutes, this is not a move that is going to chase things forever — Conrad still has a target on him and that could continue for everyone. Yet, Bell was able to bide him a little more time in addition to getting him in a position where he didn’t have to deal directly with the folks at Red Rock in the way that he did. (Yet, we’re still worried about the future for the CEO position, especially since Bell was a line of partial defense. He may have spared himself and Conrad for now, but there are certainly more battles to be had in the days/weeks ahead.)
What did you think about Dr. Bell’s big decision tonight on The Resident season 3?
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