The Resident: How far will Billie go to protect her secret after the latest threat?
Spoilers ahead for episode 13 of the resident Season 5, called “Viral”.
the resident delivered danger in the form of an explosive gender reveal party gone horribly wrong in “Viral,” and a botched plastic surgery nearly claimed the life of a young woman. billy was able to save her, but it was a close call due to issues distracting her from the proceedings. She learned that not only the man who raped her as a child vying for a place on the State Medical Board, but her anonymous complaint against him did not remain anonymous after all. Billie now has a big decision to make about how far she will go to protect her secret.
Billie learned that her statement on this Robert Porter had done to him was not kept confidential when Bell (who just received a shocking diagnosis to shake up his reputation at Chastain) angrily informed her that she had cost her her chance at the State Medical Board by filing a lawsuit and writing her a recommendation. The exchange rattled Billie enough that she struggled with surgery, although to her credit Bell immediately apologized afterwards. Case explained why Billie had filed a complaint. Kit told Billie — not without sympathy — that the repercussions could be dire if she doesn’t prove Porter molested her when she was 13.
Although Billie clearly wants to take Porter down, she also clearly wants to prevent Trevor to discover the story behind his conception and why she gave him up for adoption. When Kit commented on Billie’s claim that she can prove what Porter did to her, Billie said:
Unfortunately, she can’t even hope Kit is wrong about Porter trying to destroy her for blaming him, since Porter himself confronted Billie at the end of the episode. He did so in a way that seemed designed to trigger Billie, as he approached her from behind in a dark parking lot with no one else around. Although Billie realized he was afraid of her complaint when he demanded that she “take it back”, he made his threat clear:
Billie has given no indication that she intends to withdraw her complaint, and it appears she’s resigned to people finding out that she accused Porter of rape. The secret she still seems unwilling to betray is Trevor’s existence as her Porter-begotten biological son. Considering it’s just a matter of math to subtract Trevor’s age from Billie’s, it’s one DNA test away from serving as definitive proof that Porter molested Billie when she was 13. But as she said, it could mean “devastating emotional repercussions” for him.
So Billie has a very big decision to make. If she really wants to shut Porter down and not hope her word against his will do, she may have to come clean about Trevor. If she wants to stop him without emotionally devastating her biological son, then she must find a way to prove Porter’s guilt without Trevor finding out. Based on the episode’s description for what happens next, it looks like Trevor might find out the real reason Billie gave him up for adoption. Here’s what to expect in the February 22 episode “Hell In A Handbasket”:
The good news for Billie is that her friends and colleagues at the hospital will obviously support her; the bad news is that it looks like Trevor is going to find out what Billie tried to hide from him for his own good. If he finds out, a big question is how he will handle the information and if he would be willing to volunteer as proof of what Porter did to Billie. According to next week’s promo, he will at least be involved in the storyline:
Next week’s episode was directed by the star of the show Manish Dayal, who plays Devon. His character has built a life with Leela during the big jump in timeeven though that life was turned upside down when his sister (played by actress Anuja Joshireal twin sister) arrived at the scene. Find out what happens next for Billie and the others with new episodes of the resident Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox in the 2022 TV Schedule. Billie will apparently have Conrad by her side; if it’s a sign that their relationship has a chance to get romantic that remains to be seen.