Another day, another psych and baby storyline. To quote Mariah Carey, “why are you so obsessed with me?”
It’s actually fascinating to me that other medical dramas, the ones that I watch at least, don’t have such a heavy psych presence.
Don’t get me wrong, Dr. Charles is the man but how many episodes can focus on just the craziest of patients?
This week, Dr. Charles and Dr. Reese dealt with a patient who was brought in by her father after being locked up at her mother’s house. According to her mom, the girl was possessed by a demon, which is unlikely.
I never understand parents who don’t want their children to undergo tests even when it’s clear that something needs to be done. So, Dr. Charles decided to wake the girl up and communicate with the “demon.”
Turns out, the demon wasn’t in her, the demon was her father who abused and touched her when she was a child while reading her Jabberwocky. The realization was heavy and disturbing and definitely hit home for Reese. Doesn’t it always?
Just before they admitted Katherine, Reeses’ father came to beg Charles to move him up on the transplant list. When Charles said he couldn’t, he did what he thought the psychologist wanted and told Sarah the truth about why he came back into her life. She already knew what was motivating his actions but simply hearing them said out loud and so bluntly hurt.
At times, I definitely feel for her but it’s getting annoying seeing her lash out at patients, even if they are guilty of something, in spite of her own father.
Since Dr. Manning asked Halstead for a break (not a break-up Halstead!), I thought we’d see a little less of them. Unfortunately, he’s been more clingy than ever and making feeble attempts at conversating for the sake of it. What part of break was unclear?
And as always, he was tasked with a patient who simply didn’t want his help because all of the life-saving “tests” were going to cost him too much money. Did he take it too far when he suggested Halstead should have let him just die? Definitely. However, he brought up a valid point that doctors always do what they have been trained not actually taking into consideration a patients financial situation.
It’s great that they caught the tumor — I’d be eternally grateful — but he’s traded in one problem for another. Who is going to pay off the hefty hospital bill while also sending paying his son’s tuition? Maybe doctors could be rooted more in reality and consider how much everything they do is going to cost patients, however, that could also skew their decision and potentially prevent them from diagnosing patients correctly.
Dr. Rhodes’ arc was predictable because when has he ever listened to what anyone else says or been a team player? If Latham wanted someone who would go with the herd, he definitely shouldn’t have chosen Rhodes as his right-hand man.
On one side, it’s admirable that Rhodes will do everything to save his patients. On the other hand, the option he presented came with some serious risks. He couldn’t guarantee an outcome and could have potentially killed both conjoined babies. Thankfully, he didn’t and it was successful but imagine if he’d disregarded everyone’s decision and ended up being responsible for the deaths.
Still, they always say there’s no reward without risk and his risk paid off. However, instead of being praised, he was called a diva and kicked off the team. Realistically, the decision was a small price to pay for the lives of two baby girls and Rhodes will be just fine.
However, I’m sensing a pattern that doctors should be by the book and follow orders at all times. Medicine may be precise but making calls that save lives are anything but. People shouldn’t be punished for doing what they think is ethically and morally correct. Yet it seems like everytime anyone makes a bold move to help someone, that’s exactly what happens.
It didn’t just happen to Rhodes, it happened to Maggie as well. She was fighting a suspension for cryching a patient who was going to die otherwise. She may not be licensed to do it, but if she knows how it should be done, making the call shouldn’t be something that costs her a job… a job she’s very good at, might I add.
Rules are in place for a reason, understandably, but dire times call for drastic measures. And then the hospital council even said that as a licensed paramedic, her call would valid which means she definitely knew what she was doing. It wasn’t just some person off the street trying to perform a medical procedure!
I’m a bit disappointed that Maggie didn’t go with her gut especially because she judged Barry for doing exactly what she just did now. It’s hypocritical and that’s something she’s never been. The guilt of what she’s done is going to eat her up inside, especially because she would have gotten the win without having to fake the papers. Sometimes, you just have to trust that the good will be rewarded.
I can even bet they’d overlook that they were expired by two-weeks but now, she’ll somehow get caught for it and get in even more trouble.
The only good part was that the patients actually realized how twisted all of this was and praised her for being a human first, doctor second.
We didn’t see much of Ethan and April which I won’t complain about. I used to love April but since this pairing, she’s been one of my least favorite characters.
Since we met Ethan’s sister recently, it was only logical that she would return and insert herself into his life more permanently.
April has always believed that family comes first and they deserve a second chance, but Ethan knows that Emily is a party-girl who is trouble. When she told him she didn’t pay rent and needed a place to crash, he should have listened to his gut but instead, he let April convince him into allowing his sister in his apartment and soon, April learned the error of her ways.
Emily made it seem like she was a good house guest by making them a romantic dinner but inside the bathroom, April found a plate with cigarette buds indicating Emily had ignored Ethan’s request and had people over.
While entertaining a few guests seems innocent enough, I’m willing to bet that there’s going to be some major robbery because it doesn’t seem like his sister rolls with the finest crowd.
And if all else fails, it’ll get in between Ethan and April because not only is she keeping secrets from him, she’s also the one that got him into this mess.
Thoughts on Chicago Med? Will Reese every find peace with her father? Will Natalie and Will get back together? Will they separate the twins successfully without Rhodes? Will Maggie get caught? Will Halstead hook up with that new doctor Farisch? That would be a low blow and also, really awkward for everyone at work.
Chicago Med – Death Do Us Part (4×09)
Till death do us… oh man, Will made a stupid again.
They were not lying with the title of this episode.
A title that ominous, especially in regards to Will and Natalie, obviously means they didn’t get the happily ever after they were expecting on their wedding day.
As always, Will is to blame.
While he was getting fitted for his suit, the three stooges, better known as Burke’s idiot sons, requested a house call and despite getting all the bad vibes, agreed to go through with it.
The minute Will arrived at the office on the river, I knew it wasn’t going to end well for him.
For starters, who would ever find him here? This is the perfect place to remain incognito and dump dead bodies. Come on, Will.
Tommy Burke almost immediately confronted Will about the bug that they found planted in the house, and it was all downhill from there.
This is what you get for that “doctor-patient” responsibility being more important than your own safety.
Despite Will’s less than stellar track record, it’s still heartbreaking to watch him miss his wedding day because the reason he’s in this mess in the first place was so he could have the perfect venue for Natalie.
When Ray collapses and the three stooges refuse to take their dying dad to a hospital, Will is forced to perform an emergency surgery to relieve the brain pressure all while having a gun pointed at his head.
Talk about pressure!
Seeing Will drill into a skull using construction tools is pretty gnarly, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to survive right?
Regardless, if he saved Ray or if he made the wrong move and accidentally killed him, he was a dead man walking.
When the brothers finally agreed to take Ray to a hospital following Will’s successful impromptu surgery, the only thank you he got was a gun pointed at his head.
Thankfully, Jay figured out something was wrong and came to Will’s rescue just as he was about to get his brains blown out.
Unfortunately, Jay getting the information to save his brother meant that Connor Rhodes had to hit pause on a patient’s risky surgery to wake him from the anesthesia in time to answer questions about the Burke brothers.
Rhodes obviously didn’t feel comfortable doing any of it and for good reason — his patient died shortly after. I’d feel bad, but since the guy was messed up with the Burke brothers, he likely wasn’t a good guy.
When Will failed to show up for the wedding, Natalie thought what any other bride would think — he stood her up.
She kept bringing up Will’s odd behavior leading up to the wedding, which made me question why she even went through with it and ignored all the red flags.
Maggie was her saving grace, keeping her calm until Will finally did arrive. However, in addition to getting blood all over her crisp, white dress, he also told her he was going into protective custody and no wedding would be happening that evening.
Sadly, when the FBI approaches you to help them bust a dangerous gang in Chicago, they don’t ever tell you about the consequences of getting caught up. Granted, Will should be thankful to be alive, however, this also isn’t how he imagined his wedding night would go down.
And it was another cheap attempt at causing friction between Natalie and Will. Why can’t the writers let them be happy?
On the other hand, Will did bring it upon himself for getting involved with Ray Burke in the first place and accepting bribes in exchange for gifts. He has no one to blame but himself.
My only problem with how the FBI handled everything after Will’s rescue is that if the Burke’s really were as dangerous as the FBI claims they are, why the hell didn’t they take Natalie and her son Owen into protective custody as well?
If Tommy and his brothers come for revenge and can’t dig their stoogey claws into Will, the next logical step is going after his family.
And since he was supposed to have his wedding at Burke’s hall, they obviously know who his fiancee is.
The Halsteads just put a major target on Natalie’s back and didn’t even offer any explanation. How careless!
Meanwhile, the writers still want us to care about Ethan and April for some reason.
They didn’t work out as a couple when they were together, but suddenly, we’re supposed to feel bad that he’s moving on.
Their case — a woman who gave birth to a baby that had less than 24-hours to live — did bring them together slightly, but it’s safe to say that they didn’t work out for a reason.
After the young parents deserted the baby, April stayed behind to be there for the baby’s final moments scoffing at the rest of the staff and Ethan, who was going to the Manning-Halstead wedding with his ex-girlfriend.
These two really need to figure out what it is that they want.
Dr. Charles’ patient emphasized the theme of the night by showing us that love is complicated and sometimes, despite our best intentions, life gets in the way of two people being together.
The patient, Amber Young, came into the hospital after stabbing an intruder in her home. Or, more specifically, a man she assumed was an intruder.
Because of a tumor and drugs that were helping with the tumor, Amber was having difficulties recognizing people so, in actuality, she stabbed her husband.
Charles tried to wean her off the pills and give her something else, but even though that cleared up the hazy memory, she had adverse reactions.
In the end, there was no way to help Amber live with the tumor and recognize her husband. It was heartbreaking.
Thoughts on the winter finale of Chicago Med? Will Natalie finally get some answers? Is Will safe with the FBI?
Chicago Med – The Poision Inside Us (4×07)
I’m going to file this under one of Chicago Med’s best episodes of season four.
NBC promised a dramatic hour and boy, did it deliver.
Patrick, a scorned patient who became unhinged after his wife died, came to avenge her death by targeting the doctor responsible — Dr. Choi.
He unleashed a toxic chemical substance inside of Med causing the hospital to immediately evacuate under a code orange.
The toxin, which later turned out to be cyanide, didn’t have much of an effect on anyone except for Patrick and Dr. Choi, the two who came in close contact with it.
Since there is technically no cure for cyanide poisoning, the optics weren’t good for either of them.
With a limited amount of supplies, Mrs. Goodwin was forced to choose between giving the life-saving medicine to the man who unleashed the toxin or Dr. Choi.
Having her follow internal protocol was frustrating because for someone who is always willing to bend a few rules when it’s justified, she should have stuck her neck out for Choi. April had every right to be baffled by her decision.
Sure, Choi would have given the dose to Patrick but realistically, he was responsible for this mess in the first place.
I’ll never understand saving the person who doesn’t deserve it over the person who does because of some universal law.
April and Choi haven’t necessarily been together this season, but they’ve been invested in each other’s personal lives while he’s been dealing with Emily’s baby drama.
When Emily and Bernie finally left town — thank god we don’t have to deal with that storyline anymore — April tried to pretend there was nothing left between her and Choi, but if that was the truth she wouldn’t have stuck around for so long in the first place.
Though I’m really proud of her for acknowledging that she and Choi had major issues that they needed to resolve before they could ever get together again.
Speaking of Em and Bernie, is he simply leaving behind his family?
It’s always unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to make someone realize just how much they care.
The writers won’t be making things easy for April and Choi either because, despite April’s realization, they threw a curveball in the shape of his former girlfriend, Nikki.
What a cliche move on their part.
Of course, she’d still be his emergency contract.
It’s frustrating that April jumped to conclusions instead of standing her ground and proving to Choi that she was there for him the whole time.
She fought for him, and she stupidly ran back into the toxic hospital room to save his life, the least she could have done was pop her head in to see how he was doing without being intimidated by another woman by his side.
Will isn’t in the FBI’s good graces after he screwed up their plans to bust Ray during his poker night.
Though, I’m not really sure what they expected from a decent doctor who took an oath to help his patients no matter what.
Ray inadvertently became his patient and when he saw that his test results could be life-threatening, he did what every other doctor would do and brought him to the hospital.
How was he supposed to know that he wouldn’t be able to follow through on his promise and have Ray back in time for the vital game?
That’s more so a lesson in not making promises you can’t keep.
Ray’s sons are complete bafoons who clearly have no brain cells and couldn’t understand what it means to have a hospital on lockdown.
Just because you slam your fist and whine to “let your dad out,” doesn’t mean the cops and doctors will abide to your pathetic demands.
Will Ray survive long enough to get what’s coming to him?
Will is eventually going to get caught up because he’s not slick enough to keep up the charade.
Natalie has even gotten suspicious though he’s assured her on several occasions that nothing was going on.
And how is he going to explain a stomach ulcer? Yes, there are medical conditions that can cause it but it’s also a sign of severe stress.
Will can’t go on like this for much longer.
I believe Nat is going to go poking around until she finds out the truth.
Do you think they’ll even make it to the wedding? (Inside scoop: they were casting for a huge Irish party scene so I’m going to say yes, a wedding is definitely happening at some point, but it might not be a smart life decision on Manning’s part.)
Will wasn’t the only one lying to her on “The Poison Inside Us” because Dr. Charles manipulated her to perform an emergency C-section on a patient.
I don’t think there’s anything more terrifying than getting stuck on an elevator with a woman in labor.
While what Dr. Charles did was unethical and could have cost her her medical license, it did save the woman and her baby. At the end of the day, isn’t that the point?
For a pediatric doctor, I’d think Dr. Manning would be more confident. As Charles pointed out, she has great instincts so why not act on them?
In dire situations, sometimes your instinct is all you have.
After seeing his father on the hospital board, Connor figured out that he was the one who funded his new wing.
Correct me if I’m mistaken, but I thought there was strict confidentiality agreement in place when it came to anonymous donors. How could they just tell him?
However, he was more upset about Ava knowing and not telling him than he was about his dad still having a hand in his success.
Seriously, how does Ava still put up with his arrogance?
When the chemical spill shut down the hospital, Connor stayed behind with his patient and Ava in the sealed wing.
As they ran out of time to operate, Ava heroically started a blood transfusion using herself as the blood bag.
Ava rather bleed herself dry than let someone die without a fighting chance, but Connor will complain himself to the ground even after getting everything he wants!
When the hospital was finally sterilized, Connor got Ava to a bed and then expressed his feelings for her. He was so smitten by the kindness of her character, he didn’t even care that she was the one who went to his father for the money.
All he really needed to know was that she did it out of love and because she wanted to keep him from transferring to the Mayo clinic because she couldn’t bear to lose him.
All together now — FINALLY!
What did you think of the episode? Will April and Dr. Choi figure it out? Is Will in over his head? Will Ava and Connor last?
Chicago Med – The Tipping Point (3×20)
It’s a miracle.
Gaffney successfully separated two babies with conjoined hearts on the season finale of Chicago Med.
While the procedure was less thrilling than I anticipated, it brought Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Bekker to a dramatic crossroad.
Both are very competitive and highly skilled. Bekker supported Rhodes with his decision to sit out of the surgery, although, I think she was partially selfish as she was banking on being the hero by the end of it.
That’s why she wasn’t pleased when Dr. Rhodes entered the operation room with a solution that trumped that of all the prestigious doctors.
He side-swiped her and stole her shining moment. And after the surgery was successful, he took all the glory while no one even remembered she was on the team.
Worst of all, he was offered an attending position at the Mayo Clinic which is apparently so good, it made Bekker cry.
Will Dr. Rhodes accept the offer? Will he recommend Bekker? Will he choose to stay at Med?
Even though she wanted the position for herself, I don’t think she should be angry that someone realized just how brilliant and talented he is.
I don’t think any of what he did was premeditated. He simply felt the call to step in and save those babies, especially after the parents put all their faith into him.
After a few homeless patients came into the ED with hepatitis A, Ethan, April and Natalie went out to test the remaining homeless teens living on the streets.
That’s where Ethan found his sister Emily who he thought went to Vegas after it was revealed that she’d stolen Percocet from the hospital the night of the mass shooting.
Obviously, guilt set in and Ethan started catering to all of Emily’s needs. April suggested that they get her help because clearly, she’s struggling with some issues but Ethan refused, insisting that he would help her.
If Ethan really wanted what was best for her and not for his own conscience, he would listen to April.
The best thing for her, in the long run, is to go somewhere where she can understand her behavior, get help and know that she has his support.
Instead, he pulled the “I’m doing this card” and his relationship with April just fell apart.
I can’t say I’m even saddened by it because Ethan and April just weren’t compatible. Whenever she went right, he went left and it was only a matter of time before their stubbornness to be right caught up with them.
Another person that has no clue how relationships work? Will.
He hasn’t been on good terms with Natalie for an extended period, yet he’s already planning to propose.
And sure, for the past two episodes it seemed like they were both finally on the right page but that was shortlived when Will’s one-time hook-up propositioned him.
The fact that Natalie didn’t know who he slept with and also, that she got so jealous is telling. She’s not ready to marry him. They aren’t in the right place; they haven’t even passed the “figuring each other out” phase it seems.
And still, Will decided that this moment, the one where Natalie is mad at him and unsure if this relationship is the right move, was the perfect time to propose.
Seriously, Will? Do you do anything right?
That proposal was brutal, not to mention a pathetic cliffhanger.
Obviously, Natalie is going to say “no” because if she said yes, it would be a grave mistake. And if she does say yes, she’s even stupider than he is.
Dr. Charles’ hunt to prove that Robert Haywood was a killer seemed promising last week especially when he broke into a storage locker to find some evidence.
But this week, it felt a bit stale.
Yes, Charles was still looking into the case but seeing him find the monkey by just peering into a man’s window was too convenient.
I’m serious, I know this is a TV show but at least make his quest for answers believable.
The parents might as well have given him the third monkey and been like “that professor did it, we know.”
However, Haywood gives me the creeps. And now that I know he’s a serial killer, seeing his interactions with Sarah are so much weirder.
Given their strained relationship, why would Sarah ever invite him to live with her?
Although, if he’s a serial killer, chances are he’s a master manipulator. Was his whole goal to come back into her life so he could kill her?
God, that’s too much.
Obviously, Charles is very protective of Sarah so he put the pressure into high gear and it led Haywood into heart failure.
Here’s where Chicago Med redeemed itself on the cliffhanger front — Charles contemplated saving Haywood and then pulled away and watched him die. That’s not ethically the right call, but from his standpoint, the one where he knows Haywood killed so many women and got a second chance, it’s understandable.
But what if Haywood isn’t a killer? Charles is risking losing everything, including himself.
And at that exact time, Sarah walked in and saw Charles leaning over her dying father.
Will she blame Charles for his death? Will she assume he tried to save him and gave up? I don’t want Haywood to strain her relationship with the only father-figure/mentor she has.
No one in the ED, not even Charles, was having as bad of a day as Sharon Goodwin.
When they kept hounding her to meet with the board, I really thought it was to tell her that they’ve replaced her.
And maybe that new, promising COO was put in place to slowly phase Sharon out.
You know they always see bad luck happens in threes, so it would only make sense for her position to be threatened just as there is a hepatitis outbreak at the hospital and Bert, her ex-husband, is brought in for attempted suicide.
Bert’s storyline makes sense considering he lost his girlfriend recently. However, I would also say he’s feeling guilty for how he treated Sharon when he left her for another woman and then, unwillingly, shoved their love in her face.
No one ever considers the other person’s feelings until they themselves get hurt or experience profound loss. Clearly. Sharon handled it better than he did apparently.
I don’t blame her for thinking she doesn’t owe Bert anything, but I’m impressed with her decision to put her ego aside and talk some sense into him for the sake of their children.
Also, where are these three children? Why don’t we ever see them?
Thoughts on the season finale of Chicago Med? Did you feel like it was a bit anti-climactic?
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