The Resident S05E04 review: Conrad’s on a mission to find out why Nic died
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The Resident S05E04 review: Conrad’s on a mission to find out why Nic died

Two weeks after the tragic passing of Nic Nevin in a mysterious accident, Conrad continues to struggle with grief and the fact that he can’t explain the circumstances that led to her death.

Prathibha Joy
Oct 13, 2021
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Trevor and AJ in The Resident

Story: Nic’s been dead for two weeks, but Conrad still can’t wrap his head around the fact that the circumstances leading to her fatal crash remain a mystery.

Review: Conrad (Matt Czuchry) has always been a perfectionist, going to great lengths to ensure the well-being of his patients. Naturally, it is not easy for him to then accept that even two weeks after his wife Nic’s (Emily VanCamp) tragic passing in a car crash that didn’t involve another vehicle, person or animal, he still has no clue why she suffered those fatal injuries.

Conrad examines and re-examines the crash site, her medical history and bounces off scenarios involving medical reasons that could have caused her to crash and so on and so forth, with Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) providing him the rock-solid support that he needs in his time of distress.

Sadly, for Conrad, though, at the end of the episode he still has no answer and that’s bound to gnaw at him. He was, after all, the one person who knew Nic inside out. Could she have had a medical condition that even Conrad missed?

Meanwhile, back at Chastain, Dr Austin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) has a growing fondness for Billie’s (Jessica Lucas) ‘son’ Trevor (Miles Fowler); they have both dealt with abandonment issues, after all. The sub-plot of them being stopped by a traffic cop who goes on to pull his gun on them, only to then require Austin’s medical help, aside, Trevor is a tricky subject for Billie. Definitely not one she wishes to revisit.

The third arc involved veteran surgeon Cranepool (Greg Henry), who was also Dr Bell’s (Bruce Greenwood) mentor, and his failing capabilities in the OR. Interesting that Dr Bell’s the one that gets called to check and make sure Cranepool isn’t killing patients on his operating table. It wasn’t very long ago that Bell was in a similar situation, which actually resulted in the death of a patient.

Verdict: There’s still grief over Nic’s death and an almost racism issue, but overall, not a very happening episode. Perhaps, giving Conrad the closure he is looking for would be the best scenario to play out next to allow him get a fresh start. Also, just when will Dr Voss and Dr Bell get together?

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