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Last night, yet another medical drama aired on Fox last night which is about a new resident going to work for a stern senior resident who reveals both the good and the bad of modern medicine. Here’s a full recap:

The pilot episode starts with a doctor’s shaky hand and some doctors who decide it’s the time to take a selfie. As you probably presumed, the surgery goes completely awry when the patient suddenly wakes up and those shaky hands accidentally nick an artery and the patient dies from all the blood loss.

Later on, we learn that those shaky hands belong to Dr. Bell, AKA, the head of surgery. After the patient dies, Dr. Bell, with the help of his surgical team come up with an excuse to hide what really happened in the surgery. Hopefully, that’s not what it’s really like in a OR.

devon and conrad

Then we meet new resident, Devon, a top-of-his-class Harvard graduate who meets Dr. Conrad Hawkins, who basically makes fun of the fact that he’s a bit of a stickler and that tells him that he could potentially end his career if he doesn’t listen to him. For the rest of the day, Conrad gives Devon smaller and less-pleasant tasks. But he does end up revive a 21 year old drug addict even though Conrad tells him not to and then we find out that despite Devon’s efforts, this woman is still brain dead.

As cocky as he sounds, it’s at least clear that he’s smart and he knows what he’s doing. When the drug addict’s heart stopped, he knew that she’d still be brain dead and thought that it would be easier on the family if she were dead rather than holding on to hope that some miracle could happen. In addition to that, he knows about Dr. Bell’s condition, whatever it is, and for good reason, wants him to stop before he kills anymore patients. But Dr. Bell isn’t too happy about that and instead goes at him with what I’m assuming was a case where Conrad screwed up and he helped him cover it.

conrad and dr bell

Dr. Bell however is completely entitled. He’s someone who has a lot of experience but his health, at least in terms of his hands, is declining and he’s not ready to give up being head of surgery, even though lives are at risk. He not only screws up more than once in the episode but he even takes credit for other people’s work, which is why his online reviews are so great. What the public doesn’t know that his success rate is actually pretty low. In other words, he’s definitely not the doctor I want doing my surgery. Hopefully, he won’t stay in power for too long.

Overall, it’s a different take on the world of doctors and modern medicine. Usually in medical shows, there’s a doctor that screws up and ends up killing the patient but it’s never been a central theme. Most medical dramas are about the great things about being a doctor and believing in miracles. I have a feeling that that human error plotline will repeat itself again, especially since we already saw it happen from the show’s three main characters.

 

Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter @thelegendarykc

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