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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 – 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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