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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 – Too Close to the Sun (5×08)

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Chicago Med has taken on a rather depressing tone as of late.

Charles’ wife Cece and Maggie are both dealing with the C-word, which was bad enough, but now Maggie’s new cancer-friend Ben only has a few days to live.

Why do the writers want to see our characters suffer?

We knew from the moment Maggie met Ben that he wasn’t going to survive. It’s just the unspoken rule of television, but they could have given her at least a few episodes with him before ripping the rug out from under them.

The worst part is that Ben isn’t even succumbing to his cancer. He got measles which turned into pneumonia.

How unfortunate.

Watching Maggie desperately try to honor his last wishes was heartbreaking.

On one hand, you can call her selfish for forging Nat’s signature and trying to bring him back home. The old Maggie would have never made such a careless decision and put the public at such danger.

And it’s that same Maggie that saw all those kids playing in front of his house and brought him back to the hospital.

But on the other hand, how can we sit here and criticize a woman who is not only going through her own hardships but is now having to lose a person she cared about.

Maggie has always been in control but right now, she’s helpless.

Sadly, I don’t think her storyline is going to get more uplifting anytime soon.

April’s in too deep and Dr. Choi is catching on.

It’s unclear what really made Dr. Choi suspicious of Crockett. Towards the end, all that sexual tension between April and Crockett diminished as he seemingly accepted that she was with Choi.

However, this show thrives on drama so Choi will likely confront April about it which will lead to her confessing that something almost happened between the two of them and it’ll send their relationship in for a loop.

I hadn’t jumped on Team Crockett until this episode.

He not only proved that his gut-instinct about when to jump in and save a life was right, but he also respected Noah’s wishes and kept his secret until he was forced to tell the police.

Noah made a mistake, and it’s one he paid dearly for it.

Based on his conversation with Crockett in the beginning, it’s been a few weeks since Jacinta was admitted into the ER.

They likely thought things had died down and her gang forgot about her, but they caught her exiting Med.

It’s unclear if there’s going to be a follow up to this story, but I feel like they can’t just leave us wondering what happened.

Did Jacinta return to the gang? Did they kidnap her? Will Intelligence find her?

Does Noah need to move now?

On the relationship front, Natalie and Will didn’t even cross paths, which was a nice change of pace.

But I cannot be the only one who was surprised that he was dating some bubbly, new paramedic.

When did that happen? How did Will get over Natalie so quickly?

This, of course, messes up Lauren’s plans to pursue the doctor, and man, I felt for her.

She’s been so emotionally unattached for most of the series and the one time she opens up, this happens.

Poor Lauren.

Also, it’s so hilarious how blind Halstead is to what’s happening right in front of him.

It as obvious that she was trying to ask him to go to the concert.

Dr. Choi’s case-of-the-week was ridiculous and an exaggerated look at how badly people need validation from the social media world.

The patient only did whatever his dedicated following voted on.

Sure, making that kind of money is nice, but what kind of “fans” do you have if they chose to watch you suffer and refuse to allow you to get surgery?

The people of the internet never cared about him, and when Dr. Charles had them vote on whether or not he should jump off the ledge, 60% voted yes.

That’s so messed up.

Dr. Charles really pushed the boundaries with that out-of-the-box method, but I can’t say it wasn’t effective.

What did you think of tonight’s episode?

Which one was your favorite storyline?

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Chicago Med – Who Knows What Tomorrow Brings (5×07)

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Chicago Med has moved on from a love triangle between Will, Natalie, and Philip to an unnecessary love triangle between Crockett, April, and Dr. Choi.
And honestly, it’s not a love triangle I’m excited about.
There have been a lot of up-and-down moments between April and Choi, but they’re finally in a good place together. More specifically, a place where they’re ready to make babies.
Which, in the Chicago Med world, obviously means that something is going to come between them. That something being the newest doctor, Crockett.
He’s been making passes at April since his character was first introduced, but none of those have been reciprocated by April until the final moments of this episode.
I’ll admit, the chemistry between them was electric and way more intense that anything with Choi lately, but isn’t that always the case with a “new fling.” It’s shiny and new and not complicated.
If April had given into Crockett’s flirting, it would have been a heat of the moment thing rather than something she’s wanted and contemplated.
She pulled away… this time, but the guilt she’s feeling isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Especially not when she has to work alongside Crockett.
Will she be able to table those feelings as a one-time thing or is this going to be a relationship she considers pursuing?
And will she be honest about it with Choi? Sure, nothing happened physically but something did happen between them — emotional cheating.
The fact that April and Choi weren’t on the same page when it came to their patient’s treatment definitely played a role.
But not being on the same page is a reflection of their home life as well. They both want to have a baby, but whereas April is more about going with the flow, Choi has a whole ovulation schedule pinned up to the fridge. Definitely not subtle or romantic.
Choi continues to exemplify his most unattractive quality by making rash decisions that don’t truly benefit their patients.
Since the patient was part of the ARMY and had gone AWOL, Choi’s dedication was to the government rather than to the patient who begged him to keep them out of it.
I’m not entirely sure if it was a breach of patient confidentiality — Choi’s reasoning was valid and in any other circumstance, he would have contacted the manufacturer of the prosthetic arm.
But this case was different because the manufacturer was the army.
And for what? They didn’t have a problem treating the patient despite the advanced prosthetic arm when push came to shove with the army. Choi recognized that the decision he made wasn’t the best but unfortunately, it was too late.
The army saw the patient as an asset and investment and didn’t prioritize her health.
If April, Choi, and Crockett didn’t fight for that patient who knows what would have happened to her?
And similarly, they have no idea what will happen to her now that the Army knows she broke the rules.
Will had his most wild case involving a patient that thought he was a vampire. But it wasn’t new or riveting to fans of The Resident because the FOX show just did that exact same storyline.
I’m not even kidding — The Resident had a patient who thought he was a vampire.
A vampire storyline in a medical field is not the kind of storyline you see every day, so I almost feel like it was a knock-off, but considering how far in advance these episodes are shot, I have to assume it was entirely coincidental, which is even creepier than the storyline itself.
Anyways, much like on The Resident, the patient was in dire health and yet the patient’s girlfriend refused medical treatment on their behalf.
But unlike on The Resident, this patient also burned whenever he stepped into the sun. I know vampires aren’t real, but there was a moment I truly considered it.
Dr. Charles knew just how to get through to the patient who was only taking on a blood-sucking life to appease his girlfriend, and when the patient realized the girl wasn’t coming back for him, he realized the errors of his ways.
Finally, they were able to diagnose him with hepatitis C, which explained why he would get blotches after stepping into the sun. Whew. Chicago goes another day without nightwalkers roaming the streets. We’re safe.
The same cannot be said for Dr. Charles who was bit by the woman who likely infected her “vampire BF” with hepatitis. Was he infected?
To quote Rihanna, Maggie found love in a hopeless place. Who knew that Maggie would find love while getting chemotherapy of all places?
You never know when you’ll find ‘the one.’
Maggie and Ben clicked immediately and from there, things moved quickly. She deserves it. Maggie has never had a proper love story, but considering the fragile nature of their sicknesses, I’m terrified it’s going to end catastrophically.
I don’t know if Maggie could lose someone she just started caring about while also fighting off her own cancer.
Maybe the writers will have mercy on all of us and allow Maggie’s happiness to carry on?
There wasn’t much on the Natalie and Will front aside from him completely ignoring her wishes to “get out of my life.”
Like, Will really attempted to say hi to her after she made it clear that she didn’t want to have anything to do with him. Oh, Will, do you ever learn? Respecting someone’s space should not be this difficult.
There also wasn’t any resolution on Natalie’s memory loss, which is odd, and I’m surprised that Phillip didn’t pose an issue at all this week. The lack of follow up is hindering the progress that could be made with this storyline.
And what’s going on between Elsa and Will? Is she finally allowing her emotions to shine through? And does that mean she’ll now have a thing with Will? I’m not supporting the direction of this storyline.
Elsa’s storyline doesn’t make much sense to me and they didn’t offer much of an explanation as to why she was repressing her emotions.

What did you think of Chicago Med?

Should April pursue Crockett? Should she tell Choi?

Are Elsa and Will going to become an item?

 

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Chicago Med – It’s All in the Family (5×06)

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Chicago Med missed the perfect opportunity for a Halloween episode.

Their promo for next week reveals a blood-sucking narrative, but by that point, Halloween will be over and done with.

Who makes the schedule for these episodes?

Still, between Natalie’s holistic misstep, Will’s Jehovah’s Witness patient, and a gang inductee patient, there was enough action in the ED to deem things “scary.”

And yet, the central theme focused on forgiveness.

Natalie’s situation seemed dire. She showcased reckless and irrational behavior and treated a patient against his parent’s wishes.

And somehow, she got away relatively unscathed.

It was unbelievable that after all that, she was still allowed to preside over the child’s case and didn’t have a doctor overlooking her.

Goodwin wasn’t nearly as angry as she should have been while Natalie continued defending her actions.

There was a point where she considered why she went to such extremes and thought that it was possible she was simply trying to prove Will wrong, but Maggie assured her that she needed to trust her gut.

And when the little boy’s illness started getting worse and she ruled out pneumonia, Natalie did just that ordering a scrape once again against the parent’s wishes.

The only difference is she had a court order protecting her this time.

If she made a compelling case for Goodwin to get a court order prior to forcing treatments, this could have been a much different situation.

Instead, Natalie got arrested on numerous charges. And yet, after the labs came back, the parents realized Natalie did everything in her power to help their son, and they pulled the charges.

It wasn’t pneumonia, but it was an autoimmune disorder. Natalie saved the boy’s life.

And to think the hospital wasn’t going to help her “get out of this mess.”

Unsurprisingly, Will Halstead overstepped with a patient, which seems to be what he’s good at.

It’s comical that he was overlooking Natalie to stop her from making a grave mistake and then did exactly that.

Will’s patient was a Jehovah’s Witness who would have died without a blood transfusion.

His parents refused it due to their beliefs and chose to let him die.

Will has always struggled with allowing a patient to make a choice regardless of his own beliefs, but Crockett reminded him that they had to respect it.

And even then, Will kept trying to find a loophole.

As he began digging, he realized there was a slight possibility that the man was no longer a practicing Jehovah.

His tattoo of the Holy Trinity, his blood alcohol level, the marijuana in his system at the time of the crash all pointed to him no longer following the practices and pioneering.

Once he made that clear to the parents, they abandoned their son and the doctors saved his life.

Except that’s not what the man wanted at all.

When he woke up and found out about the blood, he was distraught because although he’d “lost his faith” for a bit, he was planning to repent.

Seeing Will realize the error of his ways proved that sometimes, doctors don’t know what’s best and he should have just kept his nose out of it.

Just like he should have kept his nose out of Natalie’s business.

It’s almost like Will wants to be the most hated character on television.

Natalie trusted her instincts and broke things off with Phillip just as Will interrupted to let her know that Phillip was a liar who tried to convince her that he proposed to take advantage of her amnesia.

The story-arc has been building up over the course of multiple episodes.

Phillip was painted in more than one shady light. His overbearing nature alluded to a grander storyline than simply giving Will a dirty look and walking away.

He lied about a proposal for goodness sakes. He inserted himself into her life. He came to work multiple times to give her flowers. And he threatened Will!

And that’s how it ends?

That’s all that this storyline amounted too?

There has to be more to the story.

Will meant well, but he could have waited to catch Natalie alone instead of interrupting her conversation.

At this point, it doesn’t matter if she remembers what she wanted to tell him when she came to his car — she’s over him and his need to save her all the time.

“Get out of my life,” is a statement that means she’s made up her mind about his place in her life.

If the writers give these two a break, we’ll all be better off.

Noah and April found a patient who was getting “jumped in” into a gang.

She refused their help thinking that the gang would kill her.

And they would.

Noah tried to help Jacinta, but April ignored her pleas and called the cops, which was the right thing to do.

It’s always good to understand your place and let the appropriate people handle their jobs.

Noah stood up to his sister after Jacinta “ran away,” but in reality, she ended up crashing at Noah’s place to heal before they could get her out of town.

While Noah’s actions are admirable, he’s also putting himself in grave danger.

The one thing about being a doctor is that you cannot overstep boundaries. With the number of patients they see on a daily basis, if they got involved in everyone’s lives, they’d never have one of their own.

Who’s to say Jacinta won’t reach out to the gang?

Or what if they spot her in the neighborhood and he gets embroiled in all this drama.

It just doesn’t seem like a good idea.

Dr. Charles saw forgiveness manifest itself with a transgender patient whose ex-wife finally forgave him and comforted him during his illness.

And while a touching moment, it was merely used to convince Sharon to give Bert another chance.

I’m not sure if I’m more upset that Sharon is giving the man who hurt her another shot or that Caroline’s terrible plan actually worked.

I’m not shipping this storyline at all.

Maggie’s cancer storyline wasn’t given much screentime much like April and Choi’s personal life. We only saw April take a negative pregnancy test, which confirms that they’re actively trying but will likely run into problems.

Do you think Chicago Med is getting too soapy for its own good?

Is Natalie better off without Will?

Is this the last we’ve seen of Phillip?

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