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Chicago Med – All the Lonely People (4×10)

CHICAGO MED -- "All The Lonely People" Episode 410 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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Chicago Med needs to hit reset.

There, I said it.

The series as a whole has so much potential, but it’s wasted away on repetitive storylines and couples that have long passed their prime.

April and Dr. Choi are playing a cat-and-mouse-game and there’s nothing really endearing about it.

Choi moved on with his former girlfriend rather quickly following his split with April and didn’t look back until April was shot in the arm.

Being shot, in general, causes a wave of worry and panic about loved ones, but it was her arm. She was less shaken up than the other two nurses. Nurse Doris even went home!

But for some reason, Choi felt that he had to keep checking in on her. And again, for some reason, April thought that because the man who shot her was a misogynistic pig, Choi didn’t have to try to save him.

Did she just forget about doctor code? At no point did Choi look like he was enjoying saving this man’s life, but that’s just part of the job.

All of this basically underlines what we’ve already known — these two are a terrible couple. Even when they aren’t together, they are conflicted about how to handle situations.

It’s better if they just let it go, but unfortunately, Choi is suddenly re-interested in April though assuring his GF that things between them are over.

Doesn’t it seem like the writers are just purposefully trying to ruin a character who would otherwise make rational decisions?

Another couple that needs to call it quits? Halstead and Manning.

Their reunion was anything but heartwarming because honestly, we didn’t even feel his absence.

Why couldn’t they deliver a few episodes where Will wasn’t around and we saw Natalie’s world falling apart without him? Instead, he was hiding in Phoenix off-screen while the FBI arrested anyone who posed him harm. Allegedly. That’s what the FBI agent said.

The FBI agent also told Natalie that the readjustment phase might be difficult which essentially served as a forewarning for what was coming up next.

I thought Will would return acting weird or overly jumpy, but alas, it went a completely different direction and sparked a bit of a gun-debate.

I should have known considering Natalie made a statement at the beginning of the episode questioning if guns will ever be taken off the streets.

Admittedly, her reaction to Will having a gun in the house was extreme, but there’s nothing wrong with being passionately anti-gun. I do think that if she loved Will as much as she says she does, she would have considered his feelings and reasonings for owning one.

Maybe the reason these two can’t make it work is because they disagree and argue about everything as if it’s life-or-death.

Also, wasn’t she previously married to a man in the military? I would assume he would have had guns in the house.

Ezra, er, I mean Phillip made his appearance finally!

Truthfully, I could see Natalie and the heartbroken dad, who just lost his wife during childbirth and whose baby daughter needs heart-surgery, become an item.

When they announced the Pretty Little Liars alum would star as Phillip, a recurring character who would bond with Dr. Manning, I knew it had to be more than the casual “case of the week” set-up.

I think we’ll see Natalie and Phillip bonding as his daughter receives surgery. Manning felt for him since she knows what it’s like to be a single parent with a newborn dealing with loss and he doesn’t have anyone else in Chicago.

Plus, it would definitely appease PLL fans and give the show a solid shake-up.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Natalie become a mom to little Sophie as Will’s jealousy gets the best of him. Make it happen, folks!

The misogynistic patient who shot April was used to spark up the gun debate — we all know where the series stands on it — but he was also used to put more focus on med student Elsa. She’s a very strong presence, but we haven’t really gotten to know her. All we know is that she’s a bit offbeat and very firm on her views and beliefs.

She also doesn’t really have a good grasp on this whole psychology thing. She always questions why they are doing something instead of just declaring a patient crazy. Honey, there are so many types of crazy, the whole point is to figure out what the trigger is and make a diagnosis.

Dr. Charles noticed she had a very strong reaction to the deranged patient. I’d say strong reaction is an understatement since she pretty much told this man to kill himself, but still, she was triggered.

And while Dr. Charles may be right about her being lonely and purposefully isolated, I’m just not invested in the storyline.

I’m not too fond of the obnoxious attitude, and I’m not interested in going down the “Dr. Charles tries to fix his med-student” route again.

Sarah’s storyline worked, but we don’t need to rehash any of it.

I could do away with her character completely, and that’s upsetting since I love Molly Bernard on Younger.

And lastly, we have Dr. Rhodes and Ava Bekker.

I always thought Ava’s only flaw was that she was a perfectionist, but I may have underestimated her in general.

She didn’t want to go to the event honoring Dr. Rhodes’ hybrid-OR because she didn’t want to come across Rhodes’ pretentious father, but honestly, why?

Rhodes already knew that she asked him for the funding for the room.

It seems as though she was hoping he wouldn’t find out that she also slept with his father to secure the funding.

Can you imagine how Rhodes would react since his relationship with his father is already so fractured?

It would break him.

After seeing her tell Rhodes that his father was trying to tell people they slept together, I think she’s a bit manipulative to remain her innocence. She knows Rhodes would do anything for her including punching his father in front of all the guests.

Punching a donor? Frowned upon, I’m sure.

It would be even better if all of the dirt came out right then and there at the party or worse if his father had evidence that she did it!

What did you think about this week’s Chicago Med?

What are you liking and what do you think needs to be rewritten?


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Torrey DeVitto, Yaya DaCosta Leaving ‘Chicago Med’ Ahead of Season 7

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Someone rush over a crash cart because this news has crushed us!

Chicago Med is losing two incredible cast members ahead of the NBC drama’s seventh season. 

Torrey DeVitto, who plays doctor Natalie Manning, and Yaya DaCosta, who plays nurse April Sexton, will not be returning in the fall, per Deadline.

DaCosta is leaving to lead Lee Daniels’ Our Kind of People, which nabbed a straight-to-series order at FOX. 

DeVitto, from Pretty Little Liars and One Tree Hill fame, will star in an upcoming indie film titled Skelly. 

She even confirmed the news to her fans on social media, writing: “Well, looks like the cat is out of the bag…All good things must come to an end.

It has been such an honor and pure joy to bring Dr. Natalie Manning to life for all of you on Chicago Med for the past 6 seasons. But it is now time for her and me to bow out and say goodbye.

Thank you to all you loyal watchers who adored her as much as I did.

I can’t wait to share what’s to come with all of you. New adventures await!”

Both DeVitto and DaCosta have appeared in the #OneChicago franchise since Med’s premiere in 2015.

Per the publication, their contracts were up at the end of season 6 and both actresses decided not to renew. 

The rest of the cast ( S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi and Marlyne Barrett as nurse Maggie Lockwood) is expected to return pending contract negotiations.

All three Chicago shows were renewed for three additional seasons back in 2020 — Chicago Fire through season 11, Chicago PD through season 10, and Chicago Med through season 8.

The current storylines have seemingly been setting up for the actresses’ exits as Manning found herself in hot water after stealing medication to help her mother, while April decided to return to nursing school. 

We’ll definitely miss DeVitto and DaCosta, but we wish them the best of luck in future projects!

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Chicago Med Review – What a Tangled Web We Weave (6×13)

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Chicago Med Review What a Tangled Web We Weave Season 6 Episode 13

It’s rare that a Chicago Med episode focuses on Sharon Goodwin!

We’re used to seeing her mediating problems that arise within the hospital and between doctors, but on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 13, she was in the driver’s seat… quite literally.

A car accident sent Goodwin into a spiral after she accidentally hit a young boy who was on his bicycle.

The accident made Goodwin, who is usually levelheaded, act wildly out of character as she tried to “fix” the situation. 

Dr. Choi and Dr. Charles advised her not to get involved as it was grounds for a lawsuit, but she simply couldn’t help herself.

Even when she was cleared of any wrongdoing — the police confirmed that the boy came out of nowhere and it wasn’t her fault — she was still overcome with guilt and wanted to help in any way she could. 

Confronting the mother wasn’t the smartest choice on her part. Audiences and hospital staff know Goodwin, her character, and her heart, so we know she meant well and was coming from a place of love, but to a mother whose world has just been turned upside down, it was too soon and looked like damage-control. 

No matter what led to the accident, the mom couldn’t help but blame Goodwin for what she’d done.

Things got even worse when Goodwin found out that DCFS was involved as the crash led them to the revelation that the mother was working a night shift and leaving her kids home alone.

Goodwin decided to offer the mother a custodian job at Gaffney during the day in hopes of alleviating some of the burden, which was actually a great solution and the least she could do.

Unfortunately, we never found out if they called off DCFS and if the mom was able to keep custody of her children. 

You’d think after putting so much effort into the storyline, we’d at least get to see the resolution for the family. 

The storyline briefly shined a light on the struggles of single mothers who have to work crazy hours to support their families and who can’t afford a sitter. Though I still wish there was more emphasis on how society as a whole could support moms in need so that they don’t have to get penalized by the government for doing their best. Most moms would rather not leave their children home alone but simply don’t have a choice. 

Things also aren’t looking great for Natalie Manning. 

Dr. Halstead was alerted to the missing trial drugs as they were never sent back, and when Natalie began asking too many questions, he likely figured out that she had something to do with their disappearance. Natbasically blew her own cover.

Chicago Med Review What a Tangled Web We Weave Season 6 Episode 13

CHICAGO MED — “What A Tangle Web We Weave” Episode 613 — Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr./NBC)

Why else would she ask about a random side-effect unless she had come in contact with a patient exhibiting the side-effect? 

Obviously, this isn’t just bad for Natalie, it’s also terrible for Will because, as he noted, he’s responsible for the drugs. And he’s already on Sabine’s hit list. 

I’m also surprised that Natalie thought that there would be no repercussions for her actions. 

How does a doctor simply believe that no one is going to care if pills go missing? If they weren’t sent back then there’s a huge likelihood that they got into the wrong hands. 

And since they’re part of a trial, the patient taking the drugs needs to be constantly monitored and assessed. 

In trying to help her mother, Natalie may have just made things worse, especially if Carol begins to display concerning symptoms. A persistent cough might only be the beginning.

Natalie realized that the situation was getting out of hand, so when Crockett began asking for her to be honest about what was going on, she decided to break up with him. 

I’ve said this in previous reviews, but I’ll say it again — why can’t the writers just allow for one healthy relationship? Why does every relationship need to be sabotaged?

In this case, Natalie broke up with Crockett to protect him otherwise he’d be considered an accomplice if she told him the truth, but it still sucks. 

He opened up to her, he was honest with her about his past and his trauma, and it ended with her “needing space” and breaking his heart! 

Honestly, no one was making sound decisions, which I guess made the title of the episode “What a Tangled Web We Weave” all the more fitting. 

Maggie volunteered at a college fair because she knew it would allow her to meet Vanessa, the daughter she gave up for adoption. 

The worst/best part of the situation was that Vanessa was a delight. 

Maggie should be proud that her daughter is a bright young woman that’s pursuing a medical degree. But it’s also a heartbreaking realization that you missed out on so many crucial moments in this girl’s life. 

Maggie tried to think that it was a sign that they were both in the same field, but I think that’s just her way of trying to find common ground with her daughter and hoping she subconsciously had some influence on her life.

And while it’s great that she got to meet her, it’s a betrayal of trust and one that could potentially backfire, especially as Maggie vouched for Vanessa to get a residency at Gaffney. 

You know Vanessa is going to come work at Med and Maggie will get attached.

She can’t hide her identity forever. If she’s going to be in Vanessa’s life, she has to be transparent about who she is. 

Dr. Archer continues to be absolutely terrible, and I can’t figure out his character at all.

What’s his deal?

We know he suffers from PTSD and refused to seek out therapy with Dr. Charles despite Choi’s orders, but now he’s got some beef with April for no apparent reason. 

He tried to throw April under the bus after Choi supported her treatment suggestion. It felt as though he was trying to sabotage her by forcing her to perform a procedure even as she voiced her discomfort. 

Then, when she confronted him about it, he tried to turn it around on her and blamed it on her lack of confidence. What the hell?

It didn’t really track considering he raved about how brilliant she was and offered to vouch for her to a medical director of a school. 

It was also strange that he focused on April still being close friends with her ex as if that somehow played a role in her career. 

Is he jealous? Is he smitten with April? Is he intimated? Does he want her to fail or succeed? I can’t really tell what’s going on here. 

What did you think of the episode? What’s your take on Dr. Archer? I can’t be the only one who thinks he’s been shady ever since he got hired.

Do you think Manning is going to be exposed? Is Will going to pay the ultimate price?

Will Carol’s condition worsen because of the medication?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! 


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Chicago Med Review – Some Things Are Worth the Risk (6×12)

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Chicago Med Some Things Are Worth The Risk Season 6 Episode 12

The medical staff at Med took some big risks on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 12, but will they come back to bite them?

If you were confused with the episode kicking off with Halstead and Virani in bed together, you’re not alone.

I definitely thought I overlooked something or that it was part of Halstead’s dream. 

Turns out, these two are in a romantic relationship now and all the love-triangle stuff between her, Halstead, and Choi is done and over with? I guess.

It seemed rushed, but I guess the point was that it would make things much more complicated for them when Halstead finally confessed to unblinding a patient from their trial. 

The confession came as Halstead asked Virani to make an exception and allow Manning’s mom, whose heart failure is getting progressively worse, into the now-closed trial. 

In other words, he shot down any chance of actually convincing her, but are we surprised? This is Halstead we’re talking about — he rarely thinks things through. 

There’s an uncomfortable tension between the two of them now since he broke the basic rule of clinical trials and put both of their jobs in jeopardy. 

During the fancy dinner, when Halstead was propositioned to leave the ED and pursue clinical trials full-time, Virani tried to shut it down, however, he seemed to say he’d seriously consider it just to spite her. 

I can’t see Halstead ever leaving his gig at the ED. 

Will Virani threaten to expose him/turn him in if he tries to accept the position?

Things are about to get even worse for Halstead if anyone finds out that Manning’s mother has the drugs.

He wasn’t involved since Manning stole the clinical trial drugs from a patient who passed away in a tragic accident. She’s desperate to save her mother, and since her mother is refusing any other surgery, she decided to take a gamble and grab the drugs, which is highly illegal.

My guess is that her mother wouldn’t have qualified for the trial anyway, and after taking the pills, she’ll have some kind of reaction to them, which will reveal what she did. 

And, of course, Halstead’s name is on the bottle, so it’ll look like he helped his ex-girlfriend steal them. 

It’s very messy and careless! Since being paired up with Crockett, Manning’s character has made significant progress, so this is disappointing.

Crockett and April dealt with a patient who tested COVID-positive and continued to suffer from symptoms months later. 

After a series of tests, April chalked it up to residue anxiety. When it ended up being endometriosis in the lungs, she felt pretty terrible about her diagnosis, yet Crockett assured her that the fact that she was basing it on something she’d experienced previously meant she had better instincts than some resident doctors. 

Will this finally convince April to go back to school and become a doctor?

Crockett and April meshed well, and it’s always nice when the series allows for some fresh pairings. 

In a little mini-Chicago Fire crossover, Dr. Choi and Dean responded to a call in the field to save a man who was stuck under debris following a house demo. 

It’s been a few episodes since we’ve seen Dean, so I’m glad the series didn’t forget about him. 

Choi realized that Dean still suffers from PTSD from his time in Afghanistan. Not only did the ride in the ambulance bring up those repressed feelings, but the moment a gang fight broke out while they were trying to save a man’s life and gunshots were heard, Dean completely shut down. 

Chicago Med Some Things Are Worth The Risk Season 6 Episode 12

CHICAGO MED — “Some Things Are Worth The Risk” Episode 612 — Pictured: (l-r) Brian Tee as Ethan Choi, Hanako Greensmith as Violet — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

It’s completely reasonable that Choi would want Dean to speak to Dr. Charles and get some help. 

They were in a life-or-death situation and he had to keep Dean calm instead of giving the patient his full focus. 

Next time there’s a similar situation, Choi wants to know that he can count on Dean to keep calm and collected. 

The scene also emphasized the importance of getting mental health help when it’s necessary. As he pointed out, if Dean broke a body part, he’d seek medical attention and the same should happen with his PTSD. 

Sadly, Dean pretended to text Dr. Charles and deleted the message the moment Choi wasn’t looking. 

Does he think that Choi won’t find out? He’s the Head of Emergency Medicine and good friends/colleagues with Charles!

For now, Charles has his own issues with the re-emergence of Ramona. You knew she was going to pop back up eventually.

When she saw Charles with his daughter, Anna, she was clearly triggered, which caused her to come to the hospital throwing up after ingesting some kind of chemical. 

There was no way Ramona was going to tell the doctors what she took, but by allowing her to see Dr. Charles in order to treat her, they were kind of rewarding her reckless behavior. 

Still, Dr. Charles did make some headway with her when he pried about her relationship with her father. 

None of it rubbed me the right way. Ramona seemed all too obsessed with her dad, and after his passing, she transferred that obsession onto any male doctor that gave her attention.

She explained that he liked her when she was younger, but when she got older, she no longer fulfilled his needs, which again, does not sit well with me. 

If her father was sexually abusing her, it would explain her current obsessions and why she does what she does to get attention.

Before Dr. Charles could really get down to the root of the problem, he was pulled away by his daughter, Anna. In that time, Ramona disappeared, and Anna felt pretty guilty afterward. 

I have this terrible feeling that Ramona will somehow find her way to Dr. Charles’ house and come after Anna. 

What did you think of the episode? Who was more out of line — Halstead, Manning, or Dean?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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