The title of The Resident Season 2 Episode 15, “Queens,” is referring to just one Queen.
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Before we get to Mina’s mother, Dr. Josephine Okeke (Lynn Whitfield), let’s get the frustrating elements of the episode out of the way, starting with Quovadis. Typing that word is now officially maddening every single time.
Sure, it doesn’t feel good to fall for a sloppy storyline like that. But this is Henry Barnett we’re talking about, people! There is no time for divisive techniques — just get to saving his life.
The pacing of them investigating Lane Hunter in Season 1 is so much more engaging. This could be because of the longer episode order this season, or the content of the story. It’s probably a mix of both.
Bell joining the fight against Quovadis is another story. We know he’s motivated by money, so it makes sense that it would take him this long to see the problem.
But if you are going to do something like that at all, don’t give the outcome away in your promo photos days before. Why try to trick us at all if some viewers have already seen Mina at someone’s bedside?
Plus, the scene where we meet Dr. Okeke probably plays better if you hadn’t seen it in the sneak peek. Even if you missed it, discovering her relationship to Mina is only a small surprise.
Dr. Okeke herself is the biggest surprise of the episode. There is a sense that something is “off” with her in all of her scenes, but it’s hard to put a finger on.
Beyond the way she treats Mina Okafor, one of the fiercest women on TV right now, there is the fact that it’s abnormal and (while I’m all for vulnerability) quite unprofessional to bring up your family’s biggest tragedy in the middle of what is essentially a business lunch.
It’s no wonder that Mina came to the U.S. But I can’t shake the feeling that there is something even deeper going on here. Mina keeps saying, “She’s my mother, but she’s not my mother.”
Why not say anything like “my mother is annoying,” or “my mother is hard to deal with,” or even “my mother is a bitch”?
This is a television show we’re talking about. There is something so foreboding about the words, “She’s my mother, but she’s not my mother.” We’ll probably have to wait a while to figure out if it means anything at all.
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