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Chicago Med – On Shaky Ground (3×09)

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Chicago Med brought not one but four intense cases this week, but not even those could save the series from predictability.

Natalie and Will wrestled with ethics because Natalie isn’t able to not become attached to patients.

I feel like we’re constantly getting the variations of the same situation with her character. 

This week, a woman that was 22-weeks pregnant went into labor and despite Nats better judgment — there was no way that baby was going to survive let alone thrive — she gave the family false hope.

Will has made questionable decisions regarding his patients, but there’s one thing I can agree with him on and that’s not making things harder on a patient when you know the outcome is anything but positive.

Natalie was holding out hope, for some idiotic reason, even though her experience and knowledge, in addition to a second opinion from an expert, would definitely confirm that the baby was not going to make it.

Why put the parents through something like that? Why let them get attached?

Maybe they appreciated the little time they had with the child, but it goes against all protocol. And I’m sure such a tiny baby suffered at the hands of all those tubes and compressions.

Sometimes, you CANNOT play God and it seems like all the doctors and residents at Med have one major God complex.

Even though Will knew better than to let Nat get away with it, when it was time to confront her, he simply said: “it’s okay.”

None of that was okay. Maybe letting couples be paired up together isn’t okay either.

April and Choi were once again at odds with April trying desperately to make him a more caring and emotionally in-tune person.

Seriously, how does one man go from being in the army and seeing unfathomable things to making decisions based on the “law” when it clearly isn’t in someone’s best interest?

Obviously, calling Child Services was not the best solution, even if the girls current living conditions were abysmal.

A cockroach up her nose is gross but broken bones and fractures from an abusive boyfriend that mom won’t force to leave trumps that. Especially since the next time around, she might not be lucky enough to leave with just some fractures.

And how are you so naive that you actually think the justice system works in favor of these kids?

That social services worker was a joke. He didn’t even know which girl he was coming to scoop up, she was just a number for him.

On one side, at least this couple is making progress. April was able to help him grow a bit by relying on his own sister as an example. Would he allow someone to send her back to a toxic environment?

Choi eventually came around and even went to visit his patient after April helped her run away. It was good for him to see the reality of these patients instead of walking around making noble decisions when he never has to deal with the repercussions. 

At some point, the series became very focused on couples and since they work together, every issue they encounter puts them in the same dilemma. They aren’t learning or evolving, they’re simply running into same issues over and over again with their patients. It’s like Groundhog’s Day.

No wonder they are running out of funds, they’re letting the patients run things like Dr. Jaffrey, who came for an open heart surgery run by star pupil Dr. Bekker, and somehow convinced Dr. Latham to allow him to be awake for the procedure.

Sure, Connor and Bekker have a competitive spirit but, his hesitation to allow this procedure be done in such a dangerous way had nothing to do with winning.

It was all about survival.For him, his co-workers, and the hospital. 

Someone really should have listened to Connor on this one.

There’s a reason patients are put under — they are a distraction. Especially when the patient is a doctor himself and is so intrigued, he begins calling the shots himself. 

He also managed to tell Bekker, a woman physically holding his heart in her hand, that she was a disappointment. Brave man.

We haven’t seen anyone crack through her outer-defensive-shell until now.

She so desperately sought her former teacher’s approval, and Connor, who has dealt with operating on his own professor before, interjected.

He also had her back, which isn’t a first for these doctors, but surprising nonetheless.

Can these two just sleep together already?

Surprisingly, I enjoyed Reeses’ storyline a lot. She’s definitely lost her way this season and when she begged Dr. Charles for help last week, it worried me.

Would they be able to continue giving patients the type of care they needed while trying to fix her at the same time?

Ambitious doesn’t even begin to describe her desire to get over her fear of aggressive patients by literally putting herself in the line of fire at the jail. 

Dr. Charles probably shouldn’t have allowed it, but it shows that he respects and believes in Sarah.

Eventually, with his guidance, she was able to figure out how to break through the inmate’s intimidation tactic and use it against him. The moment she showed that he didn’t dominate she wasn’t afraid, he cowered.

If she can take that mentality and apply it at Med, she’ll be unstoppable.

And hopefully, that means confident Reese will finally make a full recovery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Over at the ED, things were just as hectic.

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

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

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

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

Stop ruining this character for us!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But the most shocking storyline focused on Ava and Connor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And if so, how deranged does that make her?

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

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

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

But they were also short-lived.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Chicago Med – The Things We Do (4×12)

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Chicago Med The Things We Do

Chicago Med doesn’t learn from its mistakes, and because of that, it suffers immensely.

The show has a stellar cast, a solid backdrop in Chicago, and so much potential, yet it keeps tripping over itself and spinning in circles.

Splitting up April and Ethan worked in the show’s favor by allowing them to interact with characters they otherwise wouldn’t have, but we didn’t necessarily avoid the drama that’s been weighing down their partnership and caused them to get separated in the first place.

Ethan still wanted to make things right with April despite being back together with Vicky. Thankfully, April knew better than to continue this toxic love affair and didn’t give him the time of day.

Ethan should know better; if he can’t shake these feelings for April then the right thing to do is end things with Vicky not lead her on and lie to her face.

Without Ethan hogging the spotlight, Elsa was able to get some more screentime.

April’s reactions to Elsa’s inability to connect with patients or show any empathy was hilarious. It seems Elsa’s heart is in the right place and she’s book smart, she just doesn’t know how to apply it in the field.

No one blamed her for losing a patient due to an allergic reaction that wasn’t disclosed prior to treatment, but seeing as it was her first patient, her reaction was normal.

It proved she wasn’t a sociopath and humanized her.

I’d be more worried if she didn’t seclude herself in the OR room and break down crying.

In addition to April and Ethan, the other couples didn’t fare too well either.

Will Halstead should be a changed man after everything he’s been through, but he’s still just as hot-headed, self-righteous, and rash in his decision making.

No matter how many times he and Natalie try to work it out, it’s never going to work if they don’t change up their attitudes.

Their fighting started way before the gun incident, but that singular occurrence lit the flame.

When Halstead found out Natalie’s helicopter went down — seriously, could this be more overhyped for just a shoulder dislocation? — he rushed to bring over the ECMO machine.

Look, I won’t even bring up the slim chances that the helicopter and all those inside would have survived the crash.

Initially, it seemed like Halstead wanted to make sure Natalie was okay, which was fine. But as the scene progressed, I got the vibe that Halstead still thought of himself as “saving a damsel in distress.” It’s nothing new for him as he always thinks he needs to save Natalie, but it was annoying and proves he still doesn’t understand that they are both on equal playing fields and entitled to do things the way they see fit.

They butted heads over Will trying to take out a window to the helicopter, Will trying to pop her shoulder back in, and the proper course of treatment for their dying patient.

Natalie was annoyed, and then seemingly out of nowhere, she just forgave him. Sometimes, I really wonder if these characters are aware of what’s happening around them.

Did it just hit Natalie that Will went through a life-altering experience and she should have been more supportive?

Will finally told her that he thought he was going to die and his biggest fear was never seeing her again. It seemed to do the trick because, by the end of the episode, Natalie wanted Will to come back home… without the gun.

And here’s where things get messy again.

Will promised he would get rid of the gun. Actually, he caved in and agreed, but then at the police station, he couldn’t bring himself to give it away.

It underlines a major problem that’s been plaguing this relationship from the getgo — there’s no trust.

They don’t see eye-to-eye and neither of them is willing to make any compromises.

Will must be really out of the loop if he thinks Natalie isn’t going to learn that the gun is still in his possession.

I’m willing to bet that the gun will come back in a major way in the future either posing a threat to Natalie and her kid or saving them from one.

Speaking of no trust in relationships, Ava and Connor were walking on thin ice. She said he’d been distant for “weeks,” which really made me question the timeline on which Chicago Med operates.

How has it been weeks since we last checked in with everyone if Choi was trying to discuss the kiss with April? Wouldn’t they have gotten that out of the way considering they see each other every day?

It was most likely an oversight on the writers’ part but irritating nonetheless.

Ava wasn’t sure what happened that altered Connor’s demeanor so severely, but when the two didn’t see eye-to-eye about the proper course of treatment for a pregnant patient with Down Syndrome, she started to realize his personal feelings were influencing his professional decisions.

I have no doubt that Connor meant well when he fought for Barbara to make the decision about having a baby, but at the end of the day, her mother had the medical power of attorney. What she said went.

It struck a nerve with Connor because he feels like he never has a say in any decisions. Even his OR wasn’t his own achievement but rather manipulated by Ava.

It’s why he fought so hard for Barb to be able to make her own choices.

Watching the mom confess to Sharon that she chose the surgery in hopes that they’d lose the baby was hard but relatable.

She has had so much pressure and responsibility with Barbie and adding another baby, who may or may not have Down Syndrome, is a tall order.

It was a terribly powerful storyline, and I personally don’t think it had enough focus. I would have liked to see this one fleshed out a bit more.

Eventually, Connor told Ava that his father told him his version of the story and it didn’t seem like he was lying.

I don’t know who to believe. We’ve seen her father come onto Ava, but we also know Ava is headstrong and resolute. She’ll stop at nothing to get her way, which is why she always clashed with Connor in the first place.

It would be upsetting that Connor believed his father without a doubt, but at the same time, he’s right about Ava never being completely honest with him.

She even said “the ends justify the means.” What else could she have been referring to?

At this point, I don’t think it matters if she did or didn’t sleep with his dad — that’s an image Connor won’t ever be able to shake just like he’ll never shake his dad saying that Ava smells like lilacs.

Gross.

Sorry to tell you this, but I think Cava is officially over. All of these characters may be doctors, but none of them know what a healthy relationship is or what goes into one.

Dr. Charles has been getting a lot of screentime lately, but I won’t complain because at least he’s keeping the show interesting.

I love the tough love Dr. Choi showed his patient when Dr. Charles told him that in order to accept the gravity of his alcoholism, he needed to hit rock bottom, and rock bottom surprisingly wasn’t almost death by vomiting up blood.

In a shocking twist, the rock bottom moment was his wife leaving him after his son attempted to commit suicide.

Seriously, someone needs to block off access to that rooftop to anyone that isn’t an employee.

It is not okay that a little kid was able to get up there by himself!

When we first met the kid, I thought he was timid and weird about his broken arm because his father was an abusive alcoholic who broke it.

I never expected that “falling off the tree” would be code for an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Charles’ encouraging speech hit the mark. It resonated with a child who felt like there was no hope, but it also just spoke to me. There’s a reason why Dr. Charles is so good at what he does.

I’m turning the mic over to you.

What did you think of tonight’s Chicago Med? Are all the couples on here doomed?

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