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Chicago Med – Nothing to Fear (3×02)

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Being a doctor is stressful. Not only do you have to fear for your safety when it comes to certain mentally ill patients, you also have to accept that many times, they will argue with your medically sound diagnosis and put their lives at risk. It’s even worse when children are in involved.

Natalie and Will’s patient strikes me as a mother who is fearful of hurting her unborn child and giving into the health-fads that so many young adults are exposed to now. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to eat clean and be healthy but when you take it too far, you put your child in danger. In this case, her intentions were in the right place but her baby wasn’t getting the nutrients to grow thus Halstead thought she was only 5-months pregnant instead of 8.

Even worse is that she didn’t trust doctors and believed they were going to pump her with chemicals instead of helping her. Usually, Halstead is the one to go against a patient’s wishes to save them but this time, Natalie couldn’t stand by idly and watch this woman kill her baby. Thankfully, the husband was more understanding and convinced his wife not to press charges. But it brings up quite an important issue — fathers really don’t have a say in what happens to their child. And doctors can’t do much, even if they know the mother is making irrational decisions. That’s scary.

Most patients won’t be aggressive if they don’t like your diagnosis but there’s a handful that will rage out, like the patient that shot Dr. Charles. It’s understandable that the doctors are on edge, especially because shortly after that incident, Dr. Reese has to deal with a sociopathic woman who injected insulin into her body even though she isn’t diabetic. Her excuse is that she purposefully wanted to have a medical emergency to delay her divorce hearing, which I guess can be written off as desperate. However, when Reese refused to write her a doctor’s note for the judge, she got hostile. Dr. Charles persuaded Reese into clinically diagnosing the patient and just went she thought she had a breakthrough, she realized the woman stole her prescription pad.

Was Reese right about yanking her purse to prove her point? Probably not. You simply do not know how crazy people will react. However, her freak out on the rooftop is totally normal. I believe mental issues are the real deal and many times, not treated properly. But I also believe that people use the mental excuse to get away with doing a lot of terrible things even when they know better. So while a psychologist should be there to provide a diagnosis whether someone was in a sane state of mind, they shouldn’t always be off the hook for threatening and dangerous actions.

Once again, this brings up a very valid point when it comes to dealing with a variety of patients. You want them to trust you but in order for that to happen, you have to trust them and be vulnerable, which exposes you to being taken advantage of.

Med has had its fair share of relationships but it seems that things get a little messy when two people who work directly with each other also start sleeping together. That’s the case for April and Dr. Choi, who are terrible at keeping their relationship a secret from co-workers by the way. Choi immediately assumes that because he’s sleeping with April, she’ll go along with every medical diagnosis he makes. And even though Choi has never said or given off the impression that he thinks less of her because she’s just a nurse, she feels inadequate and lesser. Turns out, there’s a reason why doctors and nurses work together — oftentimes, one notices something the other one didn’t. In this case, because Choi didn’t know the patient well, he knew he needed an X-Ray. And because April knew the patient, she was able to smooth things over that he may have disagreed with.

As for Dr. Rhodes, he’s totally burning out. Can you blame him? Robin is quite the handful and there’s no guarantee what she’ll do next or if she’s going to get better anytime soon. But then he also has to deal with Dr, Bekker who is set on making his life a living hell. Even under stress, he’s a good doctor who puts his patients first and makes the right calls. But because Bekker keeps putting him down to Dr. Latham, he gets benched when a patient returns with a valve leak from one of his procedures. When it turns out to be a faulty valve, he gains Latham’s trust back. But will he break soon enough? Or will their bickering ruin both their careers or worse, hurt a patient?

Thoughts on Chicago Med? Do you think there are too many relationships in the ED? Dr. Choi and April are hot and heavy, Natalie and Halstead are finally heating up, Noah is trying to make it happen with Dr. Reese while Dr. Rhodes and Robin are hanging on by a thread.

 

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

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Chicago Med The Poison Inside Us

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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Chicago Med – The Tipping Point (3×20)

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Chicago Med The Tipping Point

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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Chicago Med – Crisis of Confidence (3×19)

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Chicago Med Crisis in Confidence

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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