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Chicago Med – Mountain and Molehills (3×05)

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It’s so good to be back in the ED!

Unfortunately, even with the new year upon us, Goodwin is still having “money problems” and Stohl is at the point where he’s trying to turn away patients that he knows are “lost causes” to save money. You can bet that the lack of funds is going to come into play a lot more throughout the season. I could even see Sharon being suspended and threatened with being replaced if she doesn’t “fix” things. And sadly, this is a situation many hospitals in the real world are facing.

After the holidays, it is back to work for everyone, including Dr. Charles who took some much needed time off following the shooting. He returned to find that the ED still very much needed his consults and that Dr. Reese was still avoiding any physical contact with patients. In fact, in his absence, she was doing “research.”

Dr. Reese is in denial and doesn’t want to admit that her fear is in the way of doing her job. But when the window is smashed in — in a string of smash and grabs, not by a deranged patient — and when Noah is attacked by an upset patient who just found out his brother passed away, there’s no denying it anymore. She has a breakdown in front of everyone about how they aren’t able to do their jobs since they don’t feel safe.

When Dr. Charles tries to confront her about it, she once again plays it off. However, it’s a much bigger problem because she’s actually looking into buying a gun! I can see how a doctor would feel uneasy working with patients who are mentally unstable but that’s the job she chose. Maybe she didn’t know to the fullest what it would entail but she had to know that it would involve some aggressive situations. If she doesn’t logically overcome her fear soon she will have to take Dr. Charles’ advice and change professions.

Romance has taken over the ED but when you are a doctor that’s working several shifts in a row, it becomes hard to find some alone time. Natalie and Will are attempting to get it on in the backseat of the car but opt to finish up after their shift. Things take a drastic turn when Will’s leg becomes paralyzed after coming into contact with a patient who upon getting off the plane from Australia also couldn’t feel her foot. Pretty soon, her whole body was paralyzed and the doctors couldn’t figure out why. When Will became ill, Natalie tried to find a connection through the lab work and realized that it was due to a tick who latched onto Will’s scalp when he picked up the little girl from the floor. Thankfully, his symptoms were reversible and a mandatory overnight stay in the hospital allowed for them to get that much-needed sexy time.

In other couple news, April and Dr. Choi dealt with a patient who was dying from AIDS but didn’t want to take the test or receive life-saving treatment because she was scared her family in Africa and her aunt in the states would turn their back on her. If you aren’t aware, victims of HIV/AIDS are shunned in African countries by their family.

Goodwin knew she had to do something so that this patient wasn’t a “lost cause” and brought out her file of former patients she’d lost to cancer. Her persuasiveness worked and the patient finally agreed to take the test. April was inspired and realized she didn’t want to lie to her co-workers anymore so she came clean about her relationship with Ethan right before Doris’ big birthday bash. Can’t use that against her anymore!

Noah, who as I mentioned earlier was assaulted, learned a very important lesson: never tell/promise patients that it’ll be okay. I feel like this is a lesson we should all take away from this episode; if you can’t guarantee an outcome, don’t say it no matter how reassuring it might be in the moment. We haven’t seen much of Noah on the medical-side but it’s interesting to see that even though he’s done his homework, he’s still going to run into ethical challenges.

Rhodes seems to be on his game once again now that Robin is doing better, or so he thinks. Her scans came back clean and on the outside, it seems like she’s fine again but she’s experiencing symptoms, which she’s hiding from him because she doesn’t want him to see her differently. Sexual impulses are one thing but having the urge to steal and acting on it? That could definitely be problematic. Are you over this storyline? Do you think Connor will eventually be fed up and pursue a relationship with Ava? There’s clearly SOMETHING happening between them even though he doesn’t realize it just yet. Girls are mean to the boys they like — I think that’s the saying right? Whatever, point is, Ava has the hots for Connor and she might act on it when he’s given up hope on Robin!

Thoughts on the midseason premiere of Chicago Med?

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Chicago Med – All the Lonely People (4×10)

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Chicago Med needs to hit reset.

There, I said it.

The series as a whole has so much potential, but it’s wasted away on repetitive storylines and couples that have long passed their prime.

April and Dr. Choi are playing a cat-and-mouse-game and there’s nothing really endearing about it.

Choi moved on with his former girlfriend rather quickly following his split with April and didn’t look back until April was shot in the arm.

Being shot, in general, causes a wave of worry and panic about loved ones, but it was her arm. She was less shaken up than the other two nurses. Nurse Doris even went home!

But for some reason, Choi felt that he had to keep checking in on her. And again, for some reason, April thought that because the man who shot her was a misogynistic pig, Choi didn’t have to try to save him.

Did she just forget about doctor code? At no point did Choi look like he was enjoying saving this man’s life, but that’s just part of the job.

All of this basically underlines what we’ve already known — these two are a terrible couple. Even when they aren’t together, they are conflicted about how to handle situations.

It’s better if they just let it go, but unfortunately, Choi is suddenly re-interested in April though assuring his GF that things between them are over.

Doesn’t it seem like the writers are just purposefully trying to ruin a character who would otherwise make rational decisions?

Another couple that needs to call it quits? Halstead and Manning.

Their reunion was anything but heartwarming because honestly, we didn’t even feel his absence.

Why couldn’t they deliver a few episodes where Will wasn’t around and we saw Natalie’s world falling apart without him? Instead, he was hiding in Phoenix off-screen while the FBI arrested anyone who posed him harm. Allegedly. That’s what the FBI agent said.

The FBI agent also told Natalie that the readjustment phase might be difficult which essentially served as a forewarning for what was coming up next.

I thought Will would return acting weird or overly jumpy, but alas, it went a completely different direction and sparked a bit of a gun-debate.

I should have known considering Natalie made a statement at the beginning of the episode questioning if guns will ever be taken off the streets.

Admittedly, her reaction to Will having a gun in the house was extreme, but there’s nothing wrong with being passionately anti-gun. I do think that if she loved Will as much as she says she does, she would have considered his feelings and reasonings for owning one.

Maybe the reason these two can’t make it work is because they disagree and argue about everything as if it’s life-or-death.

Also, wasn’t she previously married to a man in the military? I would assume he would have had guns in the house.

Ezra, er, I mean Phillip made his appearance finally!

Truthfully, I could see Natalie and the heartbroken dad, who just lost his wife during childbirth and whose baby daughter needs heart-surgery, become an item.

When they announced the Pretty Little Liars alum would star as Phillip, a recurring character who would bond with Dr. Manning, I knew it had to be more than the casual “case of the week” set-up.

I think we’ll see Natalie and Phillip bonding as his daughter receives surgery. Manning felt for him since she knows what it’s like to be a single parent with a newborn dealing with loss and he doesn’t have anyone else in Chicago.

Plus, it would definitely appease PLL fans and give the show a solid shake-up.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Natalie become a mom to little Sophie as Will’s jealousy gets the best of him. Make it happen, folks!

The misogynistic patient who shot April was used to spark up the gun debate — we all know where the series stands on it — but he was also used to put more focus on med student Elsa. She’s a very strong presence, but we haven’t really gotten to know her. All we know is that she’s a bit offbeat and very firm on her views and beliefs.

She also doesn’t really have a good grasp on this whole psychology thing. She always questions why they are doing something instead of just declaring a patient crazy. Honey, there are so many types of crazy, the whole point is to figure out what the trigger is and make a diagnosis.

Dr. Charles noticed she had a very strong reaction to the deranged patient. I’d say strong reaction is an understatement since she pretty much told this man to kill himself, but still, she was triggered.

And while Dr. Charles may be right about her being lonely and purposefully isolated, I’m just not invested in the storyline.

I’m not too fond of the obnoxious attitude, and I’m not interested in going down the “Dr. Charles tries to fix his med-student” route again.

Sarah’s storyline worked, but we don’t need to rehash any of it.

I could do away with her character completely, and that’s upsetting since I love Molly Bernard on Younger.

And lastly, we have Dr. Rhodes and Ava Bekker.

I always thought Ava’s only flaw was that she was a perfectionist, but I may have underestimated her in general.

She didn’t want to go to the event honoring Dr. Rhodes’ hybrid-OR because she didn’t want to come across Rhodes’ pretentious father, but honestly, why?

Rhodes already knew that she asked him for the funding for the room.

It seems as though she was hoping he wouldn’t find out that she also slept with his father to secure the funding.

Can you imagine how Rhodes would react since his relationship with his father is already so fractured?

It would break him.

After seeing her tell Rhodes that his father was trying to tell people they slept together, I think she’s a bit manipulative to remain her innocence. She knows Rhodes would do anything for her including punching his father in front of all the guests.

Punching a donor? Frowned upon, I’m sure.

It would be even better if all of the dirt came out right then and there at the party or worse if his father had evidence that she did it!

What did you think about this week’s Chicago Med?

What are you liking and what do you think needs to be rewritten?

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Chicago Med – Death Do Us Part (4×09)

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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?

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Chicago Med – The Poision Inside Us (4×07)

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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?

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