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The Resident Season 5 Episode 6 review: Conrad’s in private practice; Austin and Bell fight for a job

The Resident resumes after a three-week break and a three-year time leap in the storyline. Conrad’s left Chastain Memorial for private practice so that he gets more time with GiGi, but the rest of the gang’s still around.

Prathibha Joy
Nov 10, 2021
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Matt Czuchry in The Resident

Story: Three years since the events of the last episode, Chastain’s gang of medicos is still a tight unit, but for Conrad, who has moved into private practice to be able to spend more time with his daughter. But he still brings patients along to the hospital…

Review: A lot’s been happening on season 5 of The Resident. First, they had to write out Emily VanCamp’s Nic Nevin, then they brought in a time leap at the end of episode 5, and now, Dr Leela’s sister is around and hanging out with Dr Austin, while Dr Bell is now ‘Honey’ and not Randolph for Kit. That’s a lot to process.

But amid all these personal equations of the Chastain Memorial gang, there’s also a lot of medical drama. Since leaving the hospital to go into private practice, which gives him more time with lil GiGi, Conrad has been referring patients to Chastain occasionally. His latest referral is someone he meets outside a patient’s home on the street. The idea was to get the gash on his hand taken care off, but the patient, it turns out, also has lung cancer and happens to see an ad for a miracle drug that could keep him alive longer. Of course, he can’t afford it, so he decides to take the pharmacists at the hospital hostage. There’s also the case of a mixed martial arts champ, whose issues could not only cut short her sporting career, but leave her crippled as well.

Obviously, there is a lot of talking and diagnosing and cutting (surgery) that happens in the episode. All this while Dr Austin and Dr Bell compete for the post of Chief of Surgery, which is up for grabs. Who will get it, though?

By the way, Dr Leela has a sister, the free-spirited Padma, who is hooking up with Dr Austin, while in Atlanta. The fun part is that Leela and Padma are siblings in real-life too, with the series signing up Anuja’s sister Aneesha for a recurring role.

The best bit of the episode was the confirmation that Dr Bell and Dr Voss are officially a couple; we’ve been rooting for them so long, seeing them together just warms the cockles of the heart.

Verdict: There was some drama, but it wasn’t overbearing. It was nice seeing the gang working together again, even if Conrad did leave again. He will be back; he did, after all, have the best day in a long time!

Where to watch: The Resident streams on Disney+Hotstar in India

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