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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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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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