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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 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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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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