Tuesday, February 2, 2021

REVIEW: 'The Resident' - Devon's Mom Visits While Nic and Conrad Make a Big Announcement in 'Moving On and Mother Hens'

FOX's The Resident - Episode 4.04 "Moving On and Mother Hens"

The Chastain staff works together to diagnose a mother-daughter pair who both come in with symptoms that make it difficult to determine their conditions. Devon deals with an unexpected visit from his mother. Conrad and Nic try to figure out the best time to tell everyone their big news. Bell deals with an over-eager fan of his show who ends up needing treatment at Chastain. Mina makes a bold move when she realizes her visa is about to expire.

In 2020, the television industry aired 493 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of FOX's The Resident.

"Moving On and Mother Hens" was written by Jen Klein and directed by Rob Greenlea

Cain's status was left up-in-the-air at the conclusion of the previous episode. No one comments on his condition here. That's strange and remarkable. Everyone is essentially too busy dealing with their own personal crises. It's understandable. It just doesn't make for consistent storytelling with that particular character. That doesn't hinder this episode too much. That comes largely from the enjoyment that extends from the various stories happening at the moment. Sure, Devon's life is incredibly melodramatic. It is heightened in a way that stands out from the rest of the narrative. That doesn't inherently make it bad. It's simply noticeable because the pain and agony he is feeling doesn't line up with the people who support him no matter what. Everyone notices that he isn't coping well following his father's death. They know that grief manifests in so many different ways. He doesn't have to be better by a certain date. He simply has to be willing to accept that he isn't doing fine right now. Instead, he is incredibly irritated by the world around him telling him how he should feel. He believes Conrad is annoying with his various suggestions to take this grief more seriously. He is aggravated by his mother suddenly showing up and demanding time with him. He receives support from Nic. That only comes after he backs her into a corner and essentially pressures her into writing him a prescription. That is such a troubling sign that more danger could be coming down the road for him. Instead, he seems to address most of these problems before they grow too extreme. He is self-destructive. That is his overall mindset for the moment. He doesn't immediately feel better or like he has fixed everything by the end of this hour either. However, it builds to him having a conversation with his mother about the regrets he has about what happened to his father. He carries that burden even though it wasn't his fault. There was nothing more that he could do. This past year simply caused so much stress and pain for everyone. It's universal. It needs to be acknowledged as well. People must lead from a place of empathy. That is a valuable tool to offer reassurance to people struggling with the tragedies that have recently occurred. Happy news should be celebrated as well. Everyone is joyous upon hearing that Nic and Conrad are expecting a baby. It's a girl. Nic is cautious only because she previously had a miscarriage. She doesn't want to get her hopes up only for tragedy to strike once more. She needs the calming message of knowing that her baby is developing perfectly at the moment. That allows her to invite others into this celebration. This is good news. Of course, it comes amidst uncertainty elsewhere in this world. Mina believes that she and Austin have to get married in order for to stay in the country. The renewal for her visa has been declined. This seems like the easiest solution for her. It does force them to directly embrace their feelings for one another right now. It still seems early and sudden for them to be declaring their love. That may only invite more drama later on. However, they emerge with clear eyes about the situation. Mina doesn't know what she is going to do. But she also acknowledges that Austin is wonderful and supportive. He is a great guy. That's the quality she wants in her life. All of this happens on top of Bell's efforts to save the hospital being completely in vein. Part of this story is framed as Bell reluctantly agreeing to become the CEO of the hospital once more. That's not particularly interesting because he has already done that. It wouldn't represent something new and exciting. As such, it's meaningful that the final beat suggests that there still isn't anything he can do to prevent the sale of the hospital. In fact, the situation grows more dire. The Red Rock CEO believes the property itself is more valuable than the hospital. That continues to prove that selfish and entitled people control this industry. They get to decide who should have access to care. They are interested in maintaining their financial interests instead of serving a community through providing the necessary help people need on a daily basis. Some people have the tools to bounce back from the economic fallout of the pandemic quickly. But this also showcases the inequality in the system and how it is fundamentally built on the backs of working class people who want to do the right thing but face incredible odds to remain secure enough in their lives to take those necessary risks.