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Chicago Med – Crisis of Confidence (3×19)

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Finally, Chicago Med picks up the pace. Sadly, we’re only one episode away from the season finale.

The episode still left a lot to be desired but at least all these new supporting characters make way for some storytelling that’s more gripping and most importantly, outside of the hospital.

Natalie still had a pregnant patient that she was conflicted about but baby steps, you know?

Most of the medical cases felt like fillers to the real story — someone slipped Dr. Charles a file that alluded to Sarah Reese’s father being a murderer responsible for the many missing girls on various campuses. Didn’t see that coming? Neither did I.

But it allows us to hate Robert even more which I’m not opposed to and it also aligns with his sociopath diagnosis. If I had cared enough to give it a second thought, this would have been the logical next step.

Of course, Dr. Charles doesn’t buy into it at first, but part of him sees that it’s possible, so when the opportunity to snoop around his house presents itself, he takes it.

Inside, he finds a picture with one of the missing girls which honestly, isn’t that weird. I know plenty of teachers and professors with ties to their students. The way he’s holding her seems a bit suggestive but it didn’t worry me up until I saw how charming he was with all the ladies at the hospital, including his donor’s wife. That’s another characteristic of a textbook socio!

The creepiest part is that he has a daughter around the same age as all these girls so I wonder if maybe he has some fixation on Sarah that he’s manifested on other unsuspecting victims.

I also think that a socio would know better than to befriend a psychologist since clearly, Dr. Charles can read right through him. Does he want to get caught?

Is Dr. Charles getting in way over his head? Will this strain his relationship with Sarah?

The second major story involves Emily, Choi’s delinquent sister.

She redeemed herself for a short time during the mass shooting episode when she stepped up as a volunteer that provided aid to those in need. When this episode kicks off, she’s at some luxurious party, strutting around in her Louboutins and asking Ethan to come save someone that overdosed.

Immediately, April questions what Emily was doing at the party and connects the missing Percocet that was stolen during the chaos of the shooting to his sister. This angers Choi, unsurprisingly, as he’s always really defensive and doesn’t think April gets it.

But she has a point — how do you afford the red bottom shoes as a volunteer?

The tox screen comes back and Choi’s worst fears are proven true as the patient had a mixture of heroin and Percocet in his system.

He confronts Emily who immediately turns it around on April. A classic sign that she’s trying to get the attention off of herself. Not to mention she was a bit too interested in the man’s condition if he was really just an “acquaintance.” That is unless she was the one who sold it to him.

When Jeremy admitted that he stole the Percocet from his father’s medicine cabinet, Ethan felt terrible about accusing Emily and claimed it was out of habit. April didn’t stop him from going to “right his wrongs” but she did get the bottom of it — Emily was his drug dealer.

Back at the house, Choi found a note that Emily had “gone to Vegas,” which again, raises the question of how does she have money for any of this?

I’d feel bad for Emily but think about what kind of person she has to be if the only thing motivating her to be good is her brother’s acceptance. She also took advantage of a swamped hospital to steal drugs with a street value. That’s low.

Dr. Rhodes’ day went from exceptional to pretty bleak within a matter of hours. He’s definitely formed a sort of god-complex lately that no surgery, no matter how risky, is impossible. And honestly, that’s just not how life works.

Natalie’s pregnant patient had a failing heart and needed an operation. However, the best course of action was to terminate the baby before putting her under, otherwise, both of them might not have made it.

The woman refused to terminate because it was the last piece of her late husband which stung. Instead of convincing her to make the best decision, Rhodes offered to do the procedure and at first, it seemed to take.

However, one complication led to the next and before you knew it their worst fears had come true — Rhodes let both mom and baby die.

It’s heartbreaking to watch because you know these doctors make the calls they genuinely believe in and sometimes, those calls just don’t manifest the way they hope.

The death takes a toll on Rhodes’ psyche and defeated, he requests to be removed from the historical twin surgery that Latham and his team have been prepping for.

When Latham questions his decision, Rhodes says something along the lines of, “I don’t think I’ll be able to make the right call.”

Hey, at least he’s being honest. But truthfully, is there ever a right call? Without risk there’s no reward…isn’t that what he always said?

Dr. Manning assumes she’s going to have a terrible day when she makes a risky call for her flu-ridden patient but it ends up being the one that saves his life.

It’s a juxtaposition to what Rhodes is dealing with; both doctors made risky, unconventional decisions and one of them paid off while the other didn’t. The point is that you never know what will stick and if you stop trying, you might as well hang up your lab coat.

This was also the first time that Nat and Will arrived at a mutual decision even though they disagreed on the best course of action. Is it just me or are they actually making progress?

Apparently, Will thinks they’re making a lot more progress than they really are because at the end of the episode, he stops by Jay’s place to grab his mother’s wedding ring.

Yep, shortly after they broke up and he slept with some other hospital employee to numb the pain, Will is jumping into a marriage proposal.

All in a day at Gaffney, people.

Thoughts on this week’s Chicago Med?

Will Rhodes be removed from the procedure? Will Charles prove Robert is a murderer? Will Choi fix things with Emily? Will Will propose to Nat?

Tune in for the season finale next Tuesday on NBC! (And pray for a renewal!)

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Chicago Med – The Space Between Us (4×17)

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Chicago Med The Space Between Us review

Chicago Med has a problem.

A ‘beating the relationship to death’ kind of problem.

The storylines as they pertain to the patients are riveting, yet they’re continuously utilized as a platform for relationships we’ve long stopped caring about.

This week, for example, the strongest moments of the episode came from the two cystic fibrosis patients who were cursed with the inability to touch out of fear that they would cross-contaminate each other and die.

Having just seen Justin Baldoni’s film, Five Feet Apart, these patients struck a chord with me.

When it became evident that the boy wouldn’t be healthy enough for a lung transplant, Nat and Will arranged for the two to finally have a moment together.

Not only was this the first time they touched, it was the also their last; a parting gift.

I was misty-eyed watching their first and final kiss play out knowing it was a catch-22 for the girl.

She would be taking his new lungs and wouldn’t be there when he died. But if she didn’t take the lungs, she herself would die.

Sadly, their storyline, while powerful all on its own merit, was a scapegoat for Will to have a breakthrough moment about one day getting back together with Nat.

Will, the ship has sailed my friend. Move on.

I have been done with Will and Nat since before their disastrous wedding, but I gave them a chance because the writers seemed to think that despite all their apparent issues, they would somehow make it.

Now, all I see is Will’s delusions.

Nat has moved on with Phillip and while some may say that was fast on her part, why would she keep trying with someone that clearly wasn’t meant for her?

Why would she deny a connection with someone else because the norm is to allow a certain amount of time to pass before you allow yourself to be happy again?

Maybe Will’s purpose was to show Natalie that she should move on.

Then, a car drove into the fricking ER! A whole vehicle. Bam, right through the door.

The driver passed out at the wheel while another patient was pinned under the car.

April, being the good nurse that she is, slid under the vehicle to stop the mans bleeding, but all Ethan could do was worry about her.

Yes, seeing the woman you love purposefully put herself in danger is alarming, but at the end of the day, they are there to do a job. Ethan’s patient was the man, not April, and he should have been making the calls based on his health, not his ex-girlfriend’s.

While I respect that he looked out for her, this goes way beyond just this one incident; it spans across every scene they’ve ever shared. Ethan loves April, but he also sees a helpless woman who needs his protection.

April is far from that, however.

She’s strong, she’s a fighter, and she cares about her patients more than she cares about herself.

Ethan contiously disrespects her wishes and goes against whatever she says and then wonders why she doesnt want to be with him.

These dudes at Med really need to get a wakeup call. Women have brains, they are capable of thinking for themselves and making decisions that will benefit them.

Another problem the show contiues running into is letting personal issues interfere wih patient care.

Daniel was the culprit this week as he let his emotions for his wife and feelings of helplessness cloud his judgment about a patient when he put her on a mandatory 24-hour psych evaluation.

While doctors may think they know best, ultimately, patients are responsible for making their own drcisions.

You cant keep anyone involuntarily without a good reason.

The woman may have been malnourished, but she wasn’t a damger to herself or anyone around her.

Anyone with an illness must understand what it’s like to simply exhaust all other options and latch onto the one thing that does help with the pain.

During this whole scene, I was more interested in Lauren’s take and actually found it interesting how she embraced the at-home clinical trial.

I wish they followed through on this storyline as it would have been impactful than Charles, a proressional, going against his better judgment and making emotional-laden decisions.

Even his ex-wife wasn’t interested in having him bulldoze her care, and the only way she could make it known was by physically threatening him out of the room. I now know why these two got a divorce.

Charles’ behavior to both the patient and his ex-wife mimicked Ethan and Will’s. Again, he thought he knew better than everyone else solely because he has a medical degree.

A love triangle is brewing between Connor, Ava and Robin, but Robin is clearly winning over here.

Much like Connor was impressed with Ava’s mind when he first met her, he is now kmpressed by his ex-girlfriend who found him a solution to what seemed like an unsolvable problem.

Ava is understandably bitter by this whole situation.

If you’ve ever had to work with an ex who is now infatuated with his other ex, you get it.

Ava seemingly risked everything to help Connor achieve his dreams and he turned his back on in the most brutal way — by calling her a liar, painting her as some vindictive person and accusing her of sleeping with his father.

Now look, all of these things may be true, but that simply doesn’t add up with the Ava we knew from seasons past.

She was a badass, a genius and impervious to Connor’s charm, but now she just looks pathetic whenever theys how her in a scene.

How did we get here?

And why haven’t we cleared this up?

Connor hasn’t even allowed her to speak her peace and have an adult conversation with her. He’s simply basing his feelings on how what he believes went down.

However, Ava has a tendency of making haste and vengeful decisions, so I hope she doesn’t try to take out Robin from the equation by any extreme measures.

Oh, and let’s not forget Robin has no clue Connor and Ava had a fling. How do you think she’ll react when she finds out?

Well, what did you think of the epsiode, Cravers?

Are you tired of rehashing the same relationship woes with couples who have long broken up and should have stayed broken up?

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Chicago Med – We Hold These Truths (4×14)

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Chicago Med brought a full range of emotions on tonight’s episode.

“We Hold These Truths” was a busy episode not only for the ED but also Natalie and Maggie, both of whom were on-site when a racist drove his van into a crowd at the South Side market.

Natalie really needs to leave the house with protection. She’s been injured while out and about almost every time and forced to administer aid in the field. There was that one shooting, then the helicopter crash, and now this.

Natalie and Maggie spent most of the episode dishing out help to critically injured patients who wouldn’t make it to the hospital.

But while helping others, they forgot to take of themselves.

Natalie strained her already injured arm while Maggie ignored the pain from her kidney removal and bled out when her stitches broke.

Thankfully, both of them are going to be just fine.

In fact, Natalie may be more than fine after she openly admitted to crossing lines by giving Phillip (Ian Harding) her phone number. Being worried about him and his sick child is one thing, but Natalie is definitely interested in him.

There a promising new relationship here since Natalie can connect with Philip on loss and being an only parent, but given that he just lost his wife, I hope Chicago Med handles this storyline with sensitivity.

Most of all, I’m just glad they are finally giving up with trying to push Natalie and Will’s relationship down our throats.

Natalie is interested in another man, and Will adopted an abandoned dog. All is well in the world.

Personally, I think this dog might be Will’s strongest relationship.

Chicago Med’s timeline has been very unclear for the past few seasons, and I was surprised that Maggie already had her surgery.

Why wasn’t her selfless decision to save a patient a bigger part of the storyline? Why didn’t they show the surgery?

Over at the ED, things were just as hectic.

April was called a “bossy black woman” by the racist driver. No one even felt bad that he had an advanced stage of cancer.

Dr. Choi dealt with a gay patient that was openly coming onto him and though he seemed to handle it just fine, he was actually weirded out by the situation.

This alluded to a possible homophobic storyline that felt like it came out of left field. However, not to worry, Dr. Choi cleared things up by saying the equivalent of ‘he didn’t mind gay people cause he has gay friends.’

The whole scene felt very misplaced and made me wonder if the characters know what they are doing with Choi’s character. He’s catered to rapists and other deranged men because of his ‘a patient is a patient’ mentality, but then he tries to push off a gay patient to a student doctor.

Stop ruining this character for us!

Connor’s patient, a young woman who had just gotten into college, was found to be brain dead after the market incident.

His other patient, an older man, was pushed up to the top of the transplant list and Connor hoped Goodwin would be able to convince Jada’s mother to donate her organs.

The race-inspired storyline came full circle when Mrs. Harris refused to donate the organs because she didn’t want Jada’s organs to go to a racist white man.

Mrs. Goodwin initially accepted her decision but was able to convince her not to allow her daughter’s legacy to be one of hate.

On a personal level, Connor was thrilled to see Robin back at Med. She’d return with her mother, Caroline, who told her ex-husband, Dr. Charles, that her cancer had returned.

It’s about time we met more of Charles’ family and dug a little deeper into what made him the man he is today.

Though Robin and Connor ended on a sour note, they embraced as if no time had passed. It’s clear that both of them still harbor deeps feelings for each other, and with Robin staying in town a bit, it might lead to a love triangle with Ava.

Ava and Robin had a brief exchange in which Ava found out Robin made plans to “catch up” with Connor.

She was clearly fuming with jealousy. At this point, I don’t know what to believe about Ava. She seems competitive, level-headed and a brilliant surgeon, but there’s a side of me that believes she’s a manipulator who slept with Connor’s father and possibly gave herself HIV to win him over.

If she really is as deranged as Connor believes her to be, Robin may be in danger… again.

Robin and Caroline’s return made Dr. Charles reminisce about his wedding day, which was also the moment he became estranged from his parents who didn’t approve of him marrying a black woman.

After seeing parents lose children and children lose parents, Charles decided to reunite with his mother at a nursing home after 35 years of not speaking.

The first thing he did was show her a picture of her granddaughter.

The moment was touching and proved that it’s never too late to make amends.

Are you excited to see Dr. Charles righting some wrongs? Is Natalie going to give love with Philip a chance?

What’s up with Dr. Choi, and why can’t the series ever figure out what to do with him?

Will Ava try to sabotage Connor’s second chance with Ava?

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Chicago Med – Ghosts in the Attic (4×13)

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The employees at Med are all jaded and they all have trust issues.

Seriously, how has Sharon not benched them all yet? Especially Halstead who is openly violating therapy that isn’t elective.

Halstead is lying about his gun, Natalie is projecting her own insecurities on her patients, Choi is accusing April of possibly killing a patient, and Ava possibly gave exposed herself to HIV in order to manipulate Connor?

Dr. Charles is going to need a bigger staff to help these guys out.

Halstead is like keeps crying wolf and then is surprised by a negative outcome. I mean, how many times has lying to Natalie somehow bit him in the ass? Instead of being honest, he continues to perpetuate the lies until eventually, she had enough.

I don’t blame Natalie for finally giving up on this relationship. It was way overdue in my opinion.

Don’t even get me started on how the writers failed to address why someone targeted Halstead’s car in a lot full of other vehicles and knew to steal a gun. It would make more sense if the story had more of a purpose than just creating additional and unnecessary drama between Natalie and Will.

Natalie overstepped by digging around in her patients’ things and going behind his back to get his pills tested, however, the guy was acting really weird and withholding all information.

But if she wasn’t already skeptical of Will, maybe she wouldn’t have jumped the gun on this guy.

As Charles said, she was projecting her own worries about a significant other lying and manipulating his partner.

Natalie has giving Will so many chances to shape up. She may be overreacting about the gun, but she’s standing her ground and if Will can’t accept that then they really have no purpose in trying to make this thing work.

Dr. Choi still has feelings for April, but he has a funny way of expressing them.

Over the course of the season, he’s accused April of intentionally harming patients more than once.

The optics weren’t in her favor — she was in the man’s room, she had it out for the child molester, and there was too much epinephrine in his system — but accusing someone of cold-blooded murder was low even for Choi.

He’s lucky April’s reaction was relatively calm.

After he got proof that natural causes were to blame, Choi really wanted to extend an olive branch and be friends.

How is April just supposed to ignore the fact that he thought so lowly of her?

If he was holding out for a reconciliation, it definitely wasn’t coming after this.

But the most shocking storyline focused on Ava and Connor.

Connor is convinced Ava really slept with his detestable father in order to win him the OR and get into his good graces.

Ava is doing everything in her power convince Connor otherwise and that includes putting patients, and possibly herself, in jeopardy.

Ava accidentally cut herself while helping Connor with surgery and exposed herself to HIV positive blood. Or at least it seemed like an accident.

Ava seemed genuinely concerned about what being exposed and possibly contracting HIV meant for her career, however, by the end of the episode, a comment made by a co-worker made us a little suspicious.

The nurse mentioned that Ava is always super careful and a cut like this is unlike her.

In hindsight, the cut immediately made Connor concerned about losing Ava.

And he paid her a visit right after she was sent home as he felt responsible which she seemed all too cheery about. She even tried to use this visit to make amends.

Could Ava have deliberately sliced her hand and exposed herself to a dangerous disease just to gain Connor’s sympathy again and win him back?

And if so, how deranged does that make her?

What lengths will she go to to get what she wants?

I personally hope this isn’t the situation because Ava and Connor were cute together.

They started off with a love-hate relationship built on a rather unhealthy dose of competition but eventually evolved into one of the better couples at Med.

But they were also short-lived.

It would be a shame for all these possibilities to go to waste because Ava is somehow obsessed and unhinged.

In earlier episodes, Ava also seemed so independent and assertive that I’m struggling to accept that she’d really risk her career for a man.

Which brings us to Maggie. She got a visit from a woman named Sydney who she wrote off as a woman from her block trying to score some pills.

Admittedly, so did I. When I saw Sydney, I was sure she was a crackhead that was going to waste everyone’s time.

Sadly, Sydney was diagnosed with Sepsis and would possibly need a new kidney.

Promos for next week’s Chicago Med reveal that Maggie’s guilt is going to get the best of her and she’s going to want to donate to save Sydney’s life.

I’m not opposed to an episode focusing mostly on Maggie as she’s always a strong force for the series, however, I don’t want her to go down the road of making rash decisions and putting her career in jeopardy either.

What are your thoughts on tonight’s Chicago Med? Are Halstead and Natalie over for good? Is Choi out of line? Is Ava manipulative? Will Maggie lose her job?

 

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