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Chicago Med – Ties That Bind (3×06)

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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?

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Chicago Med – An Inconvenient Truth (3×16)

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Well, the good news is there were no babies and we kept the psych evaluations to a minimum on this week’s Chicago Med. 

The bad news is there was still a lot of Nat and Will drama just not the kind we’re usually used to.

The episode was one of the milder ones; it moved at a slower pace and more of the action pertained to the personal lives of our favorite doctors and residents.

Nat and Will ignored each other for most of the episode. Keyword being most. We all knew he was going to hook up with Maia after Rhodes left him at the bar the other night. It’s what all the newly-single, heartbroken doctors on this show do!

And we also knew it would cause a falling out between Nat and Will. Not that these two had an ideal relationship before but any chance at a happy reconciliation basically went down the drain.

Nat becoming interested in Will the moment he became “uninterested” in her was very obvious.  Human nature is partially to blame but also, she’s the one who initiated a break. As Ross from Friends would put it, “we were on a break.”

Her reaction to the hook-up was a bit irrational. What did she expect him to do?

Nat tells him that her break wasn’t about “getting with anyone else” and truthfully, neither was Will’s since he didn’t even want this break. But you also can’t blame him for drowning his sorrows when he thought said break was going to last more than a day. Even Will is starting to get tired of her wishy-washy attitude.

It’s also hilarious to me that Will wasn’t giving her space simply because he understood that she needed it. It was more of an avoidance issue because he was hungover and feeling really guilty. Otherwise, he would have continued to pursue her.

Related: Chicago Med – Devil in Disguise (3×15)

Going forward, I think Nat will put an end to the possibility of a reconciliation and he’ll move on with Maia and we’ll all pretend we didn’t’ waste several seasons on this doomed relationship.

Professionally, Nat dealt with a really rare case where her patient, Emma, was a female outside but had male parts on the inside. The condition would cause her to develop more male-dominated features once she hit puberty, which really didn’t sit well with her mother. It’s understandable that a mother didn’t want to lose her baby girl but the decision to remove the testicle played more into what was considered ethical.

Along with Dr. Charles, they struggled to convince the mother to keep the testicle intact or to allow them to fully explain the situation to her nine-year-old. Finally, Nat took the mother-to-mother approach and in a dire time, made the plea to just accept her child regardless of what gender she identifies with. It worked!

It’s a very PG for Chicago Med to tackle on a gender-identity case. Hey, just like Sharon, the writers are trying to avoid too much controversy.

Will and Choi took on two patients, Bo and Carter, who came in with severe third degree burns to their bodies. Sharon was personally invested in the case since Carter was her godson.

Will noticed Carter’s recollection of what happened wasn’t adding up with the evidence, so he confronted Sharon. Turns out, Carter lied about making the THC and blamed it on Bo, the bad seed, to save his own ass.

Carter’s mother and a major donor to Med begged Sharon not to tell the police because it would ruin her son. She didn’t even have the nerve to be honest with Bo’s mother who was guilt-ridden thinking Bo was to blame.

Going against the advice from the hospital lawyer, Sharon convinced Carter to tell the truth. After Bo’s passing, she knew this was a day he would carry with him forever and the added secret wasn’t necessary. Leave it to Goodwin to always make the difficult yet inspiring and righteous decision.

She’s not motivated by money, unlike the greedy Med board that will come for her after Carter’s mother pulls the funding. Get ready to see more of this story unravel in the near future.

Will this be the straw that replaces Goodwin? It seems they need someone with absolutely no soul and no regard for patients or the truth in this position.

Noah’s patient, Henry, was a frequent Med visitor. Unfortunately, this time, he wasn’t going to walk out of those doors alive. His cancer spread throughout his whole body and having finally lost the will to fight it, gave them a “do not resuscitate” order.

Truthfully, the best part of this storyline was that April didn’t work with Choi. It also allowed Noah to rush into action and pretend to be Henry’s estranged son during his last moments. Kind.

Did it do anything in the grand scheme of things? Not really. Like I said, this episode was humbling and heartwarming, but it wasn’t vital or game-changing.

Much of the “on the edge of your seat” action came from Rhodes and Bekker, the only two doctors who have any type of compelling relationship at this point.

The back-and-forth between them gives their partnership some edge. They’ve slept together and they’re still attracted to each other, yet they aren’t pursuing it. They make a good team, yet they’re also competitive as hell and constantly at each other’s throats.

Rhodes even eased up on her a bit and stuck up for her, even after she desperately wanted to pin him for the surgery snafu.

I wonder how common it is for surgeons to leave their tools inside a patient. I would hope it’s a slim occurrence.

Human error is unavoidable which is why I wasn’t a bit surprised with Latham’s wrath. Yes, the situation isn’t ideal but it also wasn’t done on purpose.

These are two impeccable doctors who are quick on their feet and fight for what they truly believe in, yet one mess up negates everything? A mix-up they fixed pretty seamlessly, might I add.

Bekker has always put up a wall that shields her from becoming too emotional but knowing she almost killed a man was enough to break her. I’m glad she showed a more “human” side to herself so that we know, she isn’t all about appearances.

Since both of them are in the dog house, does that mean they’ll also participate in other activities together? Activities outside of the hospital? I’m really rooting for them! They seem to be the only two doctors who could balance a personal relationship with a working one.

As for Sarah, she was avoiding her father who came into the ED after suffering a heart attack. He doesn’t seem to have much time left so she’ll likely have to jump on to the express lane to forgiveness town if she wants to make her peace.

Thoughts on this week’s episode of Chicago Med?

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Chicago Med – Devil in Disguise (3×15)

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Chicago Pd Devil in Disguise

Another day, another psych and baby storyline. To quote Mariah Carey, “why are you so obsessed with me?”

It’s actually fascinating to me that other medical dramas, the ones that I watch at least, don’t have such a heavy psych presence.

Don’t get me wrong, Dr. Charles is the man but how many episodes can focus on just the craziest of patients?

This week, Dr. Charles and Dr. Reese dealt with a patient who was brought in by her father after being locked up at her mother’s house. According to her mom, the girl was possessed by a demon, which is unlikely.

I never understand parents who don’t want their children to undergo tests even when it’s clear that something needs to be done. So, Dr. Charles decided to wake the girl up and communicate with the “demon.”

Turns out, the demon wasn’t in her, the demon was her father who abused and touched her when she was a child while reading her Jabberwocky. The realization was heavy and disturbing and definitely hit home for Reese. Doesn’t it always?

Just before they admitted Katherine, Reeses’ father came to beg Charles to move him up on the transplant list. When Charles said he couldn’t, he did what he thought the psychologist wanted and told Sarah the truth about why he came back into her life. She already knew what was motivating his actions but simply hearing them said out loud and so bluntly hurt.

At times, I definitely feel for her but it’s getting annoying seeing her lash out at patients, even if they are guilty of something, in spite of her own father.

Since Dr. Manning asked Halstead for a break (not a break-up Halstead!), I thought we’d see a little less of them. Unfortunately, he’s been more clingy than ever and making feeble attempts at conversating for the sake of it. What part of break was unclear?

And as always, he was tasked with a patient who simply didn’t want his help because all of the life-saving “tests” were going to cost him too much money. Did he take it too far when he suggested Halstead should have let him just die? Definitely. However, he brought up a valid point that doctors always do what they have been trained not actually taking into consideration a patients financial situation.

It’s great that they caught the tumor — I’d be eternally grateful — but he’s traded in one problem for another. Who is going to pay off the hefty hospital bill while also sending paying his son’s tuition? Maybe doctors could be rooted more in reality and consider how much everything they do is going to cost patients, however, that could also skew their decision and potentially prevent them from diagnosing patients correctly.

Dr. Rhodes’ arc was predictable because when has he ever listened to what anyone else says or been a team player? If Latham wanted someone who would go with the herd, he definitely shouldn’t have chosen Rhodes as his right-hand man.

On one side, it’s admirable that Rhodes will do everything to save his patients. On the other hand, the option he presented came with some serious risks. He couldn’t guarantee an outcome and could have potentially killed both conjoined babies. Thankfully, he didn’t and it was successful but imagine if he’d disregarded everyone’s decision and ended up being responsible for the deaths.

Still, they always say there’s no reward without risk and his risk paid off. However, instead of being praised, he was called a diva and kicked off the team. Realistically, the decision was a small price to pay for the lives of two baby girls and Rhodes will be just fine.

However, I’m sensing a pattern that doctors should be by the book and follow orders at all times. Medicine may be precise but making calls that save lives are anything but. People shouldn’t be punished for doing what they think is ethically and morally correct. Yet it seems like everytime anyone makes a bold move to help someone, that’s exactly what happens.

It didn’t just happen to Rhodes, it happened to Maggie as well. She was fighting a suspension for cryching a patient who was going to die otherwise. She may not be licensed to do it, but if she knows how it should be done, making the call shouldn’t be something that costs her a job… a job she’s very good at, might I add.

Rules are in place for a reason, understandably, but dire times call for drastic measures. And then the hospital council even said that as a licensed paramedic, her call would valid which means she definitely knew what she was doing. It wasn’t just some person off the street trying to perform a medical procedure!

I’m a bit disappointed that Maggie didn’t go with her gut especially because she judged Barry for doing exactly what she just did now. It’s hypocritical and that’s something she’s never been. The guilt of what she’s done is going to eat her up inside, especially because she would have gotten the win without having to fake the papers. Sometimes, you just have to trust that the good will be rewarded.

I can even bet they’d overlook that they were expired by two-weeks but now, she’ll somehow get caught for it and get in even more trouble.

The only good part was that the patients actually realized how twisted all of this was and praised her for being a human first, doctor second.

We didn’t see much of Ethan and April which I won’t complain about. I used to love April but since this pairing, she’s been one of my least favorite characters.

Since we met Ethan’s sister recently, it was only logical that she would return and insert herself into his life more permanently.

April has always believed that family comes first and they deserve a second chance, but Ethan knows that Emily is a party-girl who is trouble. When she told him she didn’t pay rent and needed a place to crash, he should have listened to his gut but instead, he let April convince him into allowing his sister in his apartment and soon, April learned the error of her ways.

Emily made it seem like she was a good house guest by making them a romantic dinner but inside the bathroom, April found a plate with cigarette buds indicating Emily had ignored Ethan’s request and had people over.

While entertaining a few guests seems innocent enough, I’m willing to bet that there’s going to be some major robbery because it doesn’t seem like his sister rolls with the finest crowd.

And if all else fails, it’ll get in between Ethan and April because not only is she keeping secrets from him, she’s also the one that got him into this mess.

Thoughts on Chicago Med? Will Reese every find peace with her father? Will Natalie and Will get back together? Will they separate the twins successfully without Rhodes? Will Maggie get caught? Will Halstead hook up with that new doctor Farisch? That would be a low blow and also, really awkward for everyone at work.

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Chicago Med – Lock It Down (3×14)

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Will these doctors ever learn?

It seems like everyone at Med is just stumbling around, not really sure how to handle any problem on a grander scale. And thus, they keep making the same mistakes repeatedly.

My feelings have been specific to this season, but I feel like I just keep watching the same episode on loop.

Everything that’s transpired between Natalie and Will has led us to this moment, this break-up. It took her long enough to realize that Will will never see her as anything but a helpless girl and that’s probably why relationships between co-workers aren’t encouraged. Was Will trying to help her out by taking the fall for her terrible decision? Yes because he loves her.

Regardless of whether or not her anecdotal cocktail saved the patients life, the way she went about it was completely wrong. If Will didn’t want to listen to her, she could have taken it up with someone else that was above him. Or she should have simply let it go. But time and time again, Natalie thinks she can defy him and do whatever she thinks is best. She hates that he uses his “status” as a resident during their arguments but it’s like that for a reason. Even if he didn’t cover for her, he would ultimately be responsible for her actions because he’s her superior. And she may resent him for giving her preferential treatment because of their relationship status but she also uses it to her advantage. She knew that he would be mad but he’d get over it because of how much he loved her. She plays the girlfriend card whenever she sees fit and there’s nothing right about that.

Will there ever be an episode where Sara doesn’t bring her personal and emotional baggage to a situation or patient? Seriously, whatever happened to leaving your problems at the door. And that’s fine if she seeks out Charles’ help for certain situations but this is one of several episodes where Sara applies what’s happening to her to a diagnosis. The woman who stole the baby? Must be a psychopath simply because her father ended up being one. Realistically, we’d call people who steal babies psychopaths too, but clinically, Charles was on the money with his assessment.

And even worse is her determination to internalize every issue. Her father is a psychopath so she must be one too, even though she’s never actually displayed any psychopathic tendencies. I really do wonder where her storyline will go now and if her father will return or if we’ve officially closed that chapter. Considering his health is declining, she’ll have to deal with the loss of a man who was never capable of loving her.

It seemed like everyone was getting involved in situations that they weren’t supposed to be in and that would get them in trouble. Isn’t that an everyday occurrence at Med? This time, Maggie was affected as she made a quick call to save a woman’s life and perform a cric. Multiple people warned her that only a doctor is allowed to perform the procedure but with the hospital on lockdown and no doctors available what was she supposed to do? Let the woman die.

Sadly, we can’t pick and choose the rules, even if they are justified. Sharon agreed that Maggie’s swift decision was rational, however, in the eyes of the law, she could be sued. And she could be responsible for the woman’s stroke. As a patient, I’d argue that my outcome was dire in both situations but thanks to this charge nurse, I was given a second chance. But the series needs drama and Sharon needs to get into it with her on-call lawyers, so for now, Maggie is in a very bad situation. Who is going to run the ED show? Without her, they’ll sink!

The most enjoyable storyline came from Dr. Rhodes, surprisingly enough. He and Bekker attended a gala to schmooze up some rich folks to donate money to the hospital. Their celebration was interrupted by news of the lock-down and eventually, a Facetime from Dr. Choi who needed guidance on a very intricate procedure involving a stabbing victim.

It was actually pretty incredible to see Bekker and Rhodes work together and talk Choi and April through the procedure. Still, there’s a reason they are all in their chosen fields and ultimately, Rhodes needed to sneak into the hospital to assist. Watching Connor make his way through creepy, abandoned tunnels before coming through a hidden wall and scaring the living daylights out of an oblivious doctor dealing with cadavers was more enjoyable than it should have been. At one point, I really thought he would run into the babynapper and become too involved with the case without actually wanting to be.

Whatever is happening between Bekker and Connor’s father, though, needs to stop. Did you see his eyes gloss over when watching Ava do her thing? He was about a minute away from asking her out. Or who knows, maybe he did and it’s why she rejected Connor’s proposal to grab a bite to eat.

For the most part, I like Ava but there’s no denying there’s something very peculiar about her. In a way, I could definitely see her one-upping Connor by dating his father, which would drive a wedge further between these two. And I wouldn’t put it past his father to not take this moment to stick it to his son. Dysfunction at its finest.

Chicago Med needs a new recipe, fast because at the rate it’s going, fans are going to tune out due to predictable storytelling. Also, swerve away from the baby-inspired stories? It’s starting to feel like an unhealthy obsession.

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