The Resident Review – Chastain’s Most Eligible Bachelor (5×08)

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Dr. Hawkins is back, baby!

It took him a while to take the plunge back to Chastain, but Dr. Hawkins has returned to serve Atlanta!

And it was all part of a calculated effort by his former colleagues, who knew that there was nowhere he belonged more than in the midst of all the action. 

However, I don’t think that proving to Hawkins just how much he missed the hospital would’ve sufficed on its own. 

Hawkins has never shied away from the fact that he misses the thrill of it all, but he simply made due with the fact that his priorities shifted and he had to put miss Gigi first. 

The real dealbreaker was when he had a heart-to-heart with Carol and she asked him the number one question: are you happy. 

Conrad loves being a dad, but Conrad isn’t a fully realized Conrad when he’s not at Chastain. 

Children always pick up on whether or not a parent is happy. They sense these things. While they need you, they also need to see their parent pursuing the things that interest them. 

In this case, Conrad realized that by coming back to work, he wasn’t just doing it for himself, he was doing it for Gigi. 

She would finally see the man that everyone at Chastain raves about. 

And hey, it didn’t hurt that she loves Auntie Kit’s daycare program. 

Honestly, who wouldn’t?

The fact that more companies don’t offer in-house daycare boggles my mind. Do you know how many problems it would solve? Do you know how much productivity would skyrocket. 

It prevents parents from feeling guilty about pursuing careers!

Dr. Pravesh welcomed the new interns, and if you had a case of deja vu when Trevor misstepped, well, you weren’t the only one. 

Pravesh was hard on Trevor — it almost seemed personal. 

Yes, Trevore messed up royally. He gave a recovering addict beer. And worse, he did it to prove a point. 

He sabotaged a patient’s wellbeing for his own selfish reasons; a doctor should never put his own interests first.

However, Trevor’s arrogance and ego is a symptom of not wanting to fail or admit to failure. 

When he realized that everything he worked for could disappear in a blink, he admitted that med school was a challenge and Chastain was the only hospital to accept him as an intern. 

Sometimes, you just have to say it how it is. 

Conrad gave Trevor another shot — which came with quite a stern warning — and reminded Pravesh that everyone deserves a second chance. 

After all, Pravesh’s first day of being an intern wasn’t exactly peachy either. 

Trevor lives to see another day at Chastain, and while he seems to be much more knowledgable in comparison to the  other interns, he can’t screw this up. 

Hopefully, he’ll learn to play the game, or next time, Billie won’t be able to sweep in with the save. 

I’m a little shocked that Billie was the one who wrote Trevor the glowing letter instead of AJ, who is supposed to be his mentor. 

Billie tried to play tough, but I guess maternal insticts won over. Even if she doesn’t have that motherly connection to Trevor, she’s still his mom and wants to see his succeed. 

It’s only a matter of time before everyone finds out the truth about his connection to Billie. 

AJ’s mother found herself at a crossroads with her recent diagnosis, which was a double-edged sword. 

The treatment that was curing her cancer was simultaenously causing her body to attack itself. 

Some might call that a sick joke. 

It was a hard pill to swallow for both her and AJ, but it led to some pretty great dialouge between Carol, the Raptor, Trevor, and Hawkins about making the best choice that ensured a quality of life. 

There’s no outrunning death, but at least there’s finding a solution that allows you to squeeze out as much time as you possibly can. 

The Raptor has seemingly come to terms with the fact that his mother was living on borrowed time, and that’s time that they’re both very thankful for, but they always knew it wouldn’t last forever. 

Leela and Padma’s storyline is one of the first that takes place completely away from Chastain, but I’m totally invested. 

I love how supportive they are of each other, particularly when their parents came down harshly on Leela’s career choice and suggested that her job was dangerous because of her dyslexia and not a good fit for someone who wants to have children. 

Both of their viewpoints were rather outdated, a point which Leela had no problem emphasizing. 

Leela is definitely the meek sister, but it was awesome to stand up for herself and for the life she’s chosen for herself. 

It was the moment that her parents no longer had any control over her actions or decisions. 

Also, as she pointed out, it’s the 21st century; women (and men) can have a career and a family. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. I mean, have they seen that onsite daycare? Leela should give them a tour.

And though it was brief, we got a little more insight into Padma’s character and found out that she’s more of the carefree spirit because she was diagnosed with leukemia as a child and isn’t able to have children. 

Are you enjoying this storyline?

Are you happy Conrad is back at Chastain?

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