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The Resident Season 2 Episode 9 left us with a couple of cliffhangers, and now we wait with bated breath until the series returns so we can find out if a character we have come to love will live to see another day.

No, I'm not talking about Julian, although she did well throughout the hour, for the most part, and I can't hate the woman. No, I'm talking about Marshall whose tender moments with Conrad were the best of the hour.
Aisle or Runway? - Tall - The Resident Season 2 Episode 9

The Resident has proven that they know how to do midseason finales right after The Resident Season 1 Episode 9 which is one of the best installments of the series. They also have proven that they aren't afraid to kill characters off.

Yes, this is a hospital, and people are bound to die, but the number of people we became invested in even if it was for 45 minutes and died this season is far too high, so death was imminent for this finale. Worst yet, it was destined to be a primary or recurring character.

The finale ended with two lives hanging in the balance and no certainty as to if either of them will survive. Somehow, that's more harrowing than knowing for sure someone is dead.

Conrad: Amazing man. He's so warm with his daughter. I wish he were my father.
Nic: Well, right now, your real father needs you.

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If Marshall dies, it will be agonizing, and I don't think my heart could bear it. We cannot lose that man after all the steps he took to make amends with his son. They're in the best place possible; they cannot rip him away from Conrad now.
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Of course, the fact that they have seemingly made amends is the exact reason he's prime for dying on that table at the hands of Bell of all people. There is so much rich storytelling that can go in a million different directions if Marshall died now.

It would be another opportunity for Conrad to beat himself up. It could be the thing that drives him over the edge. It could be the closure he needed but leave him mourning what they could have had with their new relationship. It could also be something that causes more friction between Conrad and Bell.
Unstoppable Force and Immovable Object- Tall - The Resident Season 2 Episode 9

Conrad was great during this installment because he never came across like a young boy as much as when he realized his father was sick. It's funny how parents can still reduce you to that no matter how old you are.

For the past 20 years, Marshall has been battling Crohn's Disease. Just as most of us suspected, he is sick and has been for a while, but Conrad didn't know anything about it because they aren't close and Marshall, much like Conrad, isn't a sharer.

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Conrad was surprised to learn about his father's medical condition, but at the same time, he knew that they weren't close enough for him to know much of anything about his father. It still had to piss him off that he knew something was up with his father during The Resident Season 2 Episode 6, but Marshall refused to tell him the truth.
Like Father, Like Son - The Resident Season 2 Episode 6

Conrad's reaction to suddenly being thrust into the role of healthcare proxy and being responsible for making decisions on behalf of his father fit with their situation. There was a sense of panic about him, and he had frantic energy reminiscent of a teenager.
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How quickly a knowledgeable doctor can lose all assurance when they become the relative of the person who is sick. It doesn't matter who you are or what you know, the complications of family dynamics take precedence, and it's a reminder as to why medical professionals are discouraged from working on their loved ones.

Conrad is always one of those characters who doesn't settle or stay still. He's always on the move and going to the next thing, but he was so full of nervous energy during this installment.

Czuchry's physical performance was so subtle and nuanced. You got the sense that Conrad wanted desperately to bolt when it came to all things that related to his father.
He's Your Dad- Tall - The Resident Season 2 Episode 9

He's the guy who takes any challenge head-on. He runs towards them when it's for anyone else, but Marshall was a challenge Conrad couldn't deal with, and his default is running. The only thing keeping him from running away was Nic.

Nic is such an incredibly supportive figure to Conrad, and while it was romantic and swoon-worthy when Conrad said he needed her in The Resident Season 1, we have seen how deep and far that statement goes.

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Conrad does need Nic. She keeps him grounded. She's the buoy that keeps him afloat. Nic is his moral compass guiding him in the best direction.

Conrad: There must be someone closer to him than me. We're making progress, but there is a twenty-year gap.
Nic: He doesn't have anyone but you.
Conrad: That's kind of a testament to how he lives his life. Here he is sick. No one is visiting. I don't want this responsibility.
Rose never leaves her father's side, they finish each other's sentences. I barely know my father.
Nic: Well maybe you should fix that.

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When he says that she is his everything, he is not kidding nor exaggerating. It should be beautiful, and in many ways it is, but there is a sense of foreboding too. Conrad is head over heels for Nic, and this is it for him. He's 100% committed, but this time, Nic is the one who has some issues to resolve.

As beautiful as it was that she supported Conrad through all of this with his father, it's also a reminder of how she hides behind being the caretaker and supportive person all the time.

He was able to be there for her when Jessie fell ill, but Nic is suffering from panic attacks and not being open about it despite always pushing Conrad to be more open.

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There are still a few ways she keeps him at a distance without realizing it. She needs to be taken care of too. She has to give him the opportunity to meet all of her emotional needs, and he's more than willing to do it.

Conrad is all-in, but Nic is carrying on with their relationship with trepidation, and her reservations about their relationship are concerning.
Matrimony on the Mind - The Resident Season 2 Episode 9

She doesn't want kids anymore, but she never mentioned that to Conrad. She said it in passing while joking around with Mina at the not-wedding. That was a shock to Conrad and his love for children has been building for some time.

He is fantastic with children. It's evident that he wants them, and his experiences with the plethora of child patients this season have highlighted that. When the timing is right, he's ready to try again, but Nic must be discouraged or experiencing the mixed up feelings that some women experience after a miscarriage.
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She never got over that, and it's an unresolved issue that she has to sort through. It's interesting that CoNic are together this season, but Nic is the one pulling away, withholding, and with issues that she needs to work through.
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She can't use her full-grown sister as a crutch. She can't distract herself with being the best nurse or being the all-knowing friend needling away at and advising others. And her unwavering support of Conrad during moments of crisis doesn't mask her issues.

But back to Conrad. His case with the father and daughter was a great way to draw parallels between their father-daughter relationship and his relationship with Marshall. It wasn't a fair comparison though, and no good can ever come from that.

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The woman also lost her mother when she was young, and her father became her support system and best friend. Their relationship was all of the goals, and poor Conrad was wistful whenever he thought about them and then his experiences with Marshall.
All Danced Out-Tall - The Resident Season 2 Episode 9

He was stuck in the past though, and he couldn't see the present or look forward to the future. It was good that Nic reminded him of that. Marshall was right there, and he has been making a genuine effort to improve his relationship with Conrad.
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It's understandable that Conrad would be cautious, and who am I to say the guy should be more open to giving his father a chance, but Marshall was there and making attempts. That's better than most. The two of them needed a real conversation to air out their grievances and clear things up, and finally, that's what they had.

Matt Czuchry and Glenn Morshower were fantastic in their final scene. They nailed the loaded and weighted emotions behind two emotionally restrained men saying so much without saying it all.

Marshall: Conrad, I am flawed in many ways but not like that. I would sooner die.
Conrad: I'm glad you came back. You're my father, and I love you.

Permalink: I'm glad you came back. You're my father, and I love you.

Marshall was honest with Conrad about his mother. His mother cheated on him, which left Conrad in disbelief, but Marshall didn't blame her. He knew all of his faults and where he failed as a husband and a father. Conrad also was able to clear up his nightmares regarding his father being abusive.

Marshall owned up to his faults and had no reason to lie, so I believed him when he said he would never do such a thing to any woman and didn't to Conrad's mother. But it's possible that Conrad spent so much of his life viewing his father as the bad guy or monster that he imagined him as such in his nightmares too.
Sick Santa? - The Resident Season 2 Episode 9

There is a quote by the late and great series In Plain Sight that perfectly sums up how our perspective of our parents shift.
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One of the most difficult moments in anyone's life is when the fog of childhood lifts and we see for the first time our parents as people.
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Morshower deserves kudos for his portrayal of Marshall this season. He managed to make this hardened, imperfect man whom we had many doubts about a likable, well-intentioned person we wanted to see win.

So it's unthinkable that he could die on that table, and it would be under Bell's watch. Bell hasn't had any tremor issues in a while. HODAD was retired, but he rocked all the surgeries he was called to perform. Please, don't let Marshall be the first time he screws up in the OR this season.
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