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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 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?

The doctors are on call for another season this fall. All Chicago shows will be moving to Wednesday for #OneNight and #OneChicago.

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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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Chicago Med – This Is Now (3×18)

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Chicago Med This Is Now

To echo tonight’s sentiments, this is the world we live in.

Mass shootings are all too common and while we hear about them on the news way too often, we almost never get to see the heroes that put in blood, sweat and tears to save as many victims as possible. Chicago Med found a way to make us remember and face the reality we’re conveniently shied away from.

The mass shooting at Millenium Park required all hands on deck which was exciting for the viewers because it was a rare moment where we got to see all the cast members coming together for one common goal — save as many people as possible.

Since I’m in Chicago, this episode hit home more than any other one ever has. I work relatively close to Millenium Park so just thought of something like happening is terrifying to me. And sadly, it isn’t unthinkable.

Aside from seeing patients in pieces and bloody, much of the episode focused on trying to find the shooter who according to Halstead was hiding out in the ER.

There were a few possibilities and more than enough red herrings. From the getgo, I called that Trevor, the man who didn’t want to be saved any refused to put pressure on his neck wound, was the man responsible for this deadly chaos.

Eventually, Dr. Charles figured it out too when he heard Halstead say that the shooter also killed his wife beforehand.

Like many mass shootings, we never fully got a motive other than his wife gave him flack for being a hoarder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, maybe?

Since Charles had the team take him into surgery and he’s said to survive, it’s likely that we’ll get a follow-up episode where Charles dives in more into the mind of a mass shooter and what prompted him to hang out and watch doctors try to clean up his mess.

Chicago Med doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to following up storylines, but I do hope they make this a priority considering how impactful the narrative was.

It’s shocking that a hospital as established as Gaffney doesn’t have a mass shooting protocol in place. Goodwin and her team did an incredible job given the circumstances, though, I couldn’t help thinking that the board would still find a reason to complain. And sure enough, Stohl was running amok complaining that people weren’t signing out supplies and that they wouldn’t make the proper “charges.” Are you serious, dude? If you aren’t going to be useful, just leave!

Thankfully, the board recognized her hard work and okayed the budget for some fancy machine she had requested earlier that morning. But by that point, Sharon was fed up with being “politically correct” and really laid out all the improvements the ED needed to function under duress. Basically, she needed a whole new ED and I was like, “make it happen, y’all.”

Maggie Lockwood is the real MVP because she was on the frontlines pairing patients with doctors, managing the waiting room, training volunteers, tracking down killers. Is there anything she can’t do? Imagine if she was never reinstated, they’d be screwed without her.

Watching Dr. Latham out of his element was intriguing. He and Dr. Rhodes actually switched positions and Connor became more of the mentor teaching him how to work with a “damage control” mindset. Along with Dr. Bekker, they really did some good work. Even Noah was roped into surgery — his third time ever.

The situation was personal to Natalie since her nanny often took Noah to Millenium Park to ride his scooter. Yes, you could tell Nat was stressed out by the situation since she couldn’t reach Liz but there really wasn’t any time to let her worries get the best of her because the ED was flooding with patients. Unlike usual, she did a pretty good job of keeping her personal and professional life separate.

It wasn’t until the end that she broke down realizing Owen may have been a casualty and it didn’t even last long because Will arrived holding her son who was safe and sound!

While a touching moment and admittedly, one that brought tears to my eyes, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed at how they used Owen’s possible death as a vessel to fix Natalie and Will’s relationship. Yes, tragedies oftentimes bring people closer together and put things in perspective but all of that could have been accomplished without Owen’s involvement.

I’d hate for Will the hero to Nat’s damsel in distress especially when he wasn’t even the one who did the grunt work; he called his brother Jay who found Owen! Man, at this point I’m rooting for the other Halstead to get the girl!

Other Thoughts

  • Dr. Choi saying that this was the most gratifying moment of his career was profound. Yes, the day was tragic but it probably also reminded him of his time at war saving his soldiers.
  • After the first day she’s had, Emily will never complain about a boring ED again.
  • All the bodies piling up in the morgue because they didn’t have enough space for them was tragic.
  • As were the dead children and mother’s crying because they’ll never see their kids again.
  • I wish we elaborated more on the man who was in shock and didn’t remember a thing.

Do you think Sharon will be replaced as the Chief of Services? What did you think of the episode? Was it the most realistic Chicago Med you’ve ever seen?

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