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Chicago Med 100th Episode Review – April Comes Clean to Choi, Maggie Gets Married (5×17)

CHICAGO MED -- "The Ghosts Of The Past" Episode 517 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jessy Schram as Dr. Hannah Asher, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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The 100th episode of Chicago Med is upon us and that is a huge accomplishment. Congrats to the cast, crew, and everyone at Dick Wolf productions!

That being said, I expected just a teensy-bit more from the episode. The final few minutes really brought the action and packed us with happiness (though it really made me want to go bowling and considering the state of the world, it’s impossible right now), but the rest of the hour unraveled at a slow pace.

Dr. Charles’ storyline focused on his 13-year-old daughter Anna, and I’ll be honest, I totally forgot he had another daughter outside of Robin. It took me aback, so it made sense that Anna and her mother were both upset with Charles because they felt like he’d “forgotten” about her following CiCi’s death. The keyword being forgotten.

While Dr. Charles started off as an estranged father, he mended his relationship with Robin rather quickly, so I feel like the same will happen here. Plus, he’s now aware that Anna is craving attention because it’s obvious her vaping incident was simply done so that her father would care about her.

It all came to head when Anna snuck out of his office and saw Charles trying to take a mother away from her daughter. The two entered into a heated argument where he accepted his responsibility and promised he’d step up and be there for her.

Charles was dealing with family drama both his and involving a mother and the daughter, who were almost separated because of a wrong diagnosis. The mother was flagged for Munchausen by proxy when she was really suffering from PTSD after giving birth to a premature daughter.

If it hadn’t been for caring doctors like Charles and Natalie, the mother would have had DCFS called on her and her daughter taken away.

It’s incredibly sad how some health care providers are so eager to expect the worst. The mother never exhibited any signs of wanting to hurt her daughter, she simply needed help herself.

April has been bottling up a huge secret and it finally exploded following a health scare. A secret like that will really get you.

While nothing was seriously wrong with April — it was a consequence of doubling up her hormones to force in-vitro — she took it as a sign that she needed to come clean to Choi before the secret destroyed her.

She has been trying so hard to get pregnant and give Ethan the family she wants because she’s guilty, and the guilt was consuming her.

Of course, Ethan’s reaction to finding out that April kissed Crockett was anything but subtle. He physically attacked the man he was slowly befriending for making moves on his girl right there in the ED.

Honestly, I’m torn about this. Choi acknowledged to Sharon Goodwin that he was so desperate to have a baby that he ignored the red flags with April, sure, but upon finding out the truth, he never blamed her.

His reaction was immediately to pick a fight with Crockett. And while Crockett definitely overstepped, he also wasn’t close to Ethan and pursued April because she gave him the green light.

It takes two to tango, and April is just as at fault as Crockett is.

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Crockett also never said anything because he respected April’s wishes and what she wanted, which was to keep what happened a secret. It was unfair for Crockett to get the brunt of Choi’s anger.

April felt well enough to attend Maggie’s nuptials, and though Ethan didn’t show up, she couldn’t help continue pining for Crockett.

Personally, I haven’t been able to figure Crockett out. At first, he seemed like an ego-drive doctor who was full of himself, but over time, we saw that he was level-headed, never led with emotion, and had a dark past.

He seemed like a good guy. I thought so, and apparently Nat thought so, but when she confronted him about “making moves” on April and thinking he was a “decent guy,” his response was weird and scummy: “what gave you that idea.”

It could be an act to keep people at bay since he’s clearly still pining for April as well. It’s unclear if he feels guilty, but he definitely respected April’s wishes and her relationship after she made it clear that nothing would happen between them, so that must count for something.

The fact that April was still drawn to Crockett after Ethan was there for her and clearly in love with her proves that she never deserved that relationship.

As it stands, Crockett and April deserve each other.

Ethan and Crockett also worked side-by-side treating a gunshot patient who refused to come clean about the fact that he had been shot before.

It’s interesting that they dealt with a case that involved secrets as Crockett and April were keeping a major one from Ethan.

Shoutout to Trudy for her guest appearance and breaking up the playground fight between Ethan and Crockett!

April’s medical case also involved the return of Dr. Hannah Asher, who was scrutinized by her fellow doctors and nurses who couldn’t see past her drug addiction.

Halstead’s had his fair share of questionable moments, but I have to hand it to him for really vouching for Hannah and wanting to help her.

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When everyone else scoffed at the sight of her and questioned her medical judgment, he stuck his neck out for her because he believed she was more than the disease.

Ethan also came at Hannah with disgust, which reminded me why I’m not usually his biggest fan.

However, April was also caring and sweet and didn’t judge Hannah based on one mistake.

Initially, Hannah couldn’t stand the sight of Halstead, but after he stood behind his decision to out her publicly and said he wouldn’t change anything about how he handled it because she would’ve originally denied it, he came around.

Hannah was in denial and if it hadn’t been for Halstead pushing her into mandatory rehab, she would have never gotten the help she needed.

“You gave me my life back,” she told him right before he asked her to be his date to the wedding.

Natalie clearly acknowledged Will’s new relationship and didn’t seem to mind, so hopefully, this marks the end of trying to make Will and Nat happen.

Amidst all the drama, there was a happy ending as Maggie and Ben tied the knot in the most perfect way.

Maggie turned into a bit of a bridezilla and didn’t allow Ben to have much of a say in the wedding prep (which miraculously only took her 2-weeks to plan), but all of that went to hell once the venue began having an issue.

Ben rescued the day by first telling Maggie that she cannot be approaching her life like a cancer survivor and thinking she has to control everything now before pulling together a last-minute wedding that blew her mind.

Ben and Maggie’s relationship has been unconventional since day one, so it only made sense that their wedding was just as unique and quirky.

The bowling theme fits into their relationship since Ben is on a bowling league, and it was so refreshing to see the staff at Med, that’s usually so uptight and ready to save the world, just let loose and enjoy themselves.

Also, how beautiful did Maggie look? She deserves this moment so much.

It may have been a wedding celebration, but it definitely also seemed like a 100th episode celebration. Though let me be perfectly honest, I couldn’t help but wonder who was working in the ED since they were all enjoying themselves!

What did you think of the 100th episode? Did you expect more? Did it hit the mark?

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Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

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Chicago Med Review – I Think There’s Something You’re Not Telling Me (911)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 11 was Ripley-heavy, but I doubt most fans minded all that much, especially as he was sidelined last week due to the flu. 

The episode not only saw Ripley catching up with his childhood friend Sully, who previously refused cancer treatment, but we also met Sully’s pregnant girlfriend, Lynne, who also clued in Hannah on Ripley’s difficult childhood—helpful, since he wasn’t forthcoming with any information when she asked. 

His past was also brought up during the deposition with Pavel’s lawyer, who tried to get him to crack while bringing up the personal matter of institutionalization to discredit him. While it certainly struck a chord, Ripley proved that he’s done the work to get through it, though Charles, who feels partially responsible for the situation in Ripley’s past and the lawsuit, took it upon himself to encourage Sharon Goodwin to convince Ripley to settle. 

He figured out that Charles must’ve said something, but it was nice to see him not get upset by the fact either. These two have come quite a long way in their relationship this season, as Charles suggested that his past is his story to tell on his own terms. 

As for Sully, his coughing symptoms only worsened, landing him in the hospital, as Rip nudged his buddy to come clean to the mom of his future child. Sully’s hesitation to seek out treatment also stemmed from his past, noting that when his father was sent to prison, it was the best day of his life and that maybe Lynne and the baby were better off without him. Naturally, Ripley pointed out that it was just the fear talking and that he needed treatment in order to be a present dad to his kid and to break the cycle of abandonment and trauma. All in all, these two have made a lot of progress. 

Lynne, thankfully, wasn’t in early labor either, so the storyline had somewhat of a positive ending, though I’m sure we’ll see more from them soon. 

Loren’s helicopter incident in the woods the episode prior was also at the forefront as he essentially told Maggie he didn’t remember what they talked about (so he has no clue he professed his feelings for her!) and tried to minimize his injuries to prove himself to Archer for the trauma fellowship. However, Archer can’t be fooled as he’s also one of the people who tried to downplay his symptoms, so he was able to detect what Loren was doing right away. And he gave him some key advice—know when to pull back and prioritize your own health first. As they say, the job will always be there, but you can’t help your patients if you aren’t helping yourself.

As for Maggie, I think she owes it to the both of them to address what was said in such a dire state head-on, but I understand wanting to give Loren space for healing and recovery. She should’ve learned from that life-or-death situation that you should never leave anything unsaid.

Dr. Charles teamed up with a new intern, Naomi Howard, who experienced a bit of a rough start due to nerves. She was assigned to a patient named Jay, who ended up being misdiagnosed with depression when he should’ve been on mood stabilizers to treat what Charles assumed was bipolar disorder. It was a pretty intense case for Naomi to witness, even if she was sitting on the sidelines for much of it, as Charles had to get to the bottom of Jay’s motivations—proving his dad wrong about his career in the arts. Thankfully, by the end of the hour, he managed to persuade him to make the necessary change to his treatment by suggesting that you don’t have to suffer for your art.

What did you think of the episode? Are you digging the flirtation between Asher and Ripley?

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