Chicago Med is just like WebMD — it gets you all riled up about diseases you never even knew existed.
A common theme throughout the series has been the ED’s money woes. Just like everyone in Chicago, even the hospital, and heroic Sharon Goodwin cannot cough up enough money to employ the required amount of nurses.
And that’s just depressing. How have we come this far only to cut back on offering mandatory services to those in need.
Maggie, who has taken on several roles at this point, comes up with a solution: they need more patients, specifically patients with insurance. With Goodwin’s blessing, she creates a pizza room — because who doesn’t love pizza? — to draw the paramedics in. Not to mention a 70-inch TV.
To make money, you have to be willing to spend and invest.
From the get-go, it’s blatantly obvious that Reese is going to get into a lot of trouble with her pepper spray. You would think that a psychologist would recognize that she has an issue and talk it through with her superiors, but Reese buries it deep inside. And since she’s no longer able to put off seeing patients, her paranoia increases.
We never really got an answer to what was wrong with the patient that believed his professor-turned-CIA agent positioned him with radium, which is really upsetting. Was he schizophrenic? Delusional? Telling the truth?
However, it wasn’t him that Reese went full-blown cray-cray on. The victim was actually Choi’s patient, who was continuously feeling “crummy” and losing balance, but doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with him. After several tests came up empty, he asked Reese for a consultation. When the patient realized she was insinuating that he was crazy, he threw a fit. Being in such a close proximity caused Reese to reach into her pocket and spray him right in the eyes, which is obviously a fireable offense, not to mention grounds for a lawsuit.
In that moment, it seemed like Reese came back to reality and realized the severity of her actions. She offered Goodwin no explanation, she simply turned over her badge, dumbfounded by what was happening.
The light at the end of the tunnel: Reese’s actions may have saved the patients life. While examining him following the incident, they found his enlarged spleen and diagnosed him with a genetic disease, which was causing him discomfort in the first place.
This likely means Reese will be reinstated and Med will avoid a hefty lawsuit. However, it will take some time for both Goowdin and Dr. Charles to earn back her trust. She’ll probably have to go through some counseling of her own to come to terms with her issues.
Reeses’ fear isn’t irrational either; the patients they deal with have oftentimes proven to be a grave threat. Even after Charles was shot and Noah was punched, no protections were offered for them. However, this is the career, specifically the concentration, she chose. If she’s not up for dealing with unpredictable patients, she should probably transfer departments.
Can I just say how happy I am that Med has removed Robin from the storyline for at least a little bit. Much like Connor, I needed a break from her. I understand that she’s sick and her actions aren’t representative of her, but I’ve never been able to fully appreciate this couple because all it’s ever been is a caretaker-type situation.
Connor may not notice it but Robin is right, he treats her like one of his patients. There’s no love, she’s simply a burden and he feels responsible for her well-being. That’s not the type of environment that will help her heal.
Her decision to leave town and take time for herself may have been selfish, but it was also wise, not just for her own sanity but also for his. His work was suffering because he was always taking care of her.
Connor’s reaction was understandable; he risked everything for her and she just up and left him. But taking it out on Charles probably wasn’t the best decision. Charles may have been an adversary in the beginning stages of their relationship, but he’s come around, even appreciating all that Connor’s done.
It wasn’t his decision for Robin to leave town, yet you can’t fault a father for doing what’s best for his daughter.
Connor obviously didn’t mean it, he’s simply so stressed out, his anger got the best of him, just like it did earlier in the ED with Reese.
I’ll bet that in Robin’s absence, Connor will rebound with Ava Bekker, who he has obvious chemistry with.
Also kudos to Cornelius Rhodes for appearing for a split second and reminding everyone what an asshole he really is!
As for Natalie, she’s always caught up in some moral dilemma.
Yet sometimes, you have to do the ‘morally’ wrong thing because you’re obligated under law. In this case, she had to tell the patient her tubes were tied without her knowledge when she was just 14-years-old. Can you believe that was even legal back in the day?
Thoughts on this week’s Chicago Med? Do you think Connor overreacted Robin’s decision? Should Reese get her job back? Will Dr. Charles ever catch a break?