Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Bekker, you can add them to the list of doctors hooking up after work.
The post hook-up after-glow doesn’t last long, however, because as we know, colleagues that get personally involved also run the risk of being too emotional when working together.
And just because they’ve gotten intimate, doesn’t mean these two aren’t going to butt heads in the ED.
Dr. Rhodes admits a young patient who is suffering from cystic fibrosis. Since he’s been treating him for a while, he’s confident that he knows what’s best for him. Bekker disagrees with him, as always, and when his methods start posing complications, she’s seconds away from saying, “I told you so.”
However, it turns out the problem is with the machine itself and not the course of treatment.
Once they figure that out, they safely go into surgery where Rhodes turns over the reigns to Bekker calling her a “much better surgeon.”
It’s nice that Rhodes is acknowledging her talents but unfortunately, she needed to sleep with him before he could realize just how brilliant she was.
I guess that dawns on Bekker because while Rhodes seems to want more, she shuts him down and tells him last night was a mistake.
Does she realize no good can come of this? Does she think it’ll make her seem weaker in the eyes of the other doctors and surgeons if she’s sleeping with her co-worker?
It seems Med has finally listened to our prayers and shaken things up; Natalie and Choi team up for an emotionally draining case in the field, while Halstead and April stay back and let their emotions run things at the hospital.
Choi, who was previously so against helping homeless children outside of the hospital, has turned over a new leaf and become their advocate. When a homeless girl approaches Nat after their night shift to help her pregnant friend, she’s hesitant but Choi is like “they have no one else.” I guess April really did shape him to become a better man.
When they arrive, the girl admits her water broke about two-days ago. Natalie insists they go to a hospital but she refuses because it means she’ll be turned over to the foster care system. And despite Natalie’s naive optimism, no one wants to adopt a teen with a baby. It’s actually amazing that these kids have to break-it-down for these doctors who should know better.
They deliver the baby in the freezing weather, and as someone who lives in Chicago, I can attest to it being too cold for that.
Even watching the delivery scene makes me cringe. I could never go through that kind of pain on the street. It just shows you how strong these kids really are.
Unfortunately, it’s way too cold for a baby to survive in this weather and Choi insists they have to take them to the hospital.
Knowing that the baby will have a far better life without her, she gives her daughter the best chance and signs away her parental rights. I don’t think anyone could have watched that scene without shedding a few tears.
After the case, Choi decides to pay his estranged sister a visit. Will this be the road to reconciliation?
Natalie tries to tell Will all about her day but if she thinks she’s had a tough day, she doesn’t have the slightest clue what he’s gone through.
Will’s patient was a self-described pedophile who knew he had cancer and didn’t want to treat it because it was his “escape.”
Will chooses this moment of all moments to become a “self-aware” doctor who shouldn’t be blinded by his emotions and one who shouldn’t judge his patients. It’s comical considering that’s literally all he ever does; he’s the king of letting his emotions cloud his judgment. He’s known for making calls based on what he thinks of the patient!
So really, to ride his high horse and tell April that he’s going to save this man no matter what because he can’t judge him for being attracted to children, is just point-blank annoying.
Dr. Charles is called in for a consult but since the patient is well aware of what’s happening, he’s competent enough to make a decision.
This is a man who has an itch, and according to Charles, is genetically hardwired to crave that, and doesn’t want to slip up and act on it. Death is his reward. It’s a very tricky situation and well, you don’t ever want to empathize with a pedophile but at the same time, realize that this isn’t something he necessarily ever wanted or could control.
When the man begins choking on his tumor, he begs Halstead to let him die. And finally, Halstead honors his wishes.
In his final moments, Halstead puts feelings aside and holds his hand to ensure a peaceful death.
Sharon and Maggie find themselves with a lawsuit on their hand’s thanks to the coveted pizza room. An uninsured patient claims an ambulance driver passed him up on the street to pick up a patient with insurance. Sharon confronts the ambo driver who admits that while they haven’t flat out said it, there’s no denying that the pizza room is an incentive to bring in paying patients.
Seeing that the pizza room sends the wrong message, Sharon orders that they take it down. But corporate disagrees — the pizza room has boosted profit and needs to be kept up.
Seriously, can these hospitals just figure it out and stop ignoring patients who need help but may not have the funds to pay for them?
There has to be a better solution than just letting poor patients die.
Thoughts on this week’s Chicago Med?
Luke Mitchell Joins ‘Chicago Med’ for Season 9
Let’s all give a warm welcome to a new doctor coming to Gaffney!
Chicago Med is adding Luke Mitchell to the cast, according to Deadline.
The Originals and Blindspot actor will reportedly appear as a character named Dr. Mitch Ripley, described as an “early thirtysomething male Emergency Department doctor” with a past connection to Dr. Charles, played by Oliver Platt.
Word on the street is Ripley has a “troubled background,” which is why he crossed paths with Charles back in the day… and it seems like it might lead to some friction for the two.
He will recur on the medical drama with the potential of being upgraded to a series-regular come season 10, likely pending the reaction from fans.
The former Big Sky star is set to make his debut in the premiere episode of season 9 airing on January 17.
Of course, his addition is necessary as Chicago Med said goodbye to a handful of major cast members over the course of the previous seasons, including Brain Tee who played Ethan Choi, Nick Gehlfuss who starred as Will Halstead, Guy Lockard as Dr. Dylan Scott and Asjha Cooper in the role of Vanessa Taylor.
As of now, the returning cast includes S. Epatha Merkerson (hospital head Sharon Goodwin), Marlyne Barrett (charge nurse Maggie Lockwood), Dominic Rains (Dr. Crockett Marcel), Steven Weber (Dr. Dean Archer) and Jessy Schram (Dr. Hannah Asher).
Season 9 will consist of a 13-episode season, shortened due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
One Chicago Shows Announce 2024 Premiere Dates
It’s finally happening—our favorite One Chicago shows are coming home to us!
Chihards, mark your calendars and get ready to sit down in front of the TV on January 17 because that’s when Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will make their highly-anticipated and long-awaited premieres!
It’s truly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… though I hope that turning around new episodes doesn’t mean that the actors will have to work through the holidays.
— Top 1% of Burzek shippers (@NBCOneChicago) November 20, 2023
Chicago Med returns for season 9, Fire for season 12, and Med for season 11.
Of course, the full NBC 2024 lineup will kick off on Jan 1 with America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League, which means they are wasting no time getting back into the swing of things following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike delays.
Law & Order franchises will have their moment on Thursday, Jan 18 with Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
Part 1 of The Voice returns on Feb. 26, along with BC’s new Deal or No Deal spinoff, Deal or No Deal Island.
Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I., Lopez vs. Lopez, The Weakest Link, Password, That’s My Jam and The Wall currently don’t have a premiere date.
Chicago Med Season Finale Review – [SPOILER] Exits the Series (822)
It’s the end of an era. The Chicago Med Season 8 finale saw Will Halstead saying his final goodbye to Gaffney Medical.
And the best part is that you don’t even have to wonder where he’s going!
After realizing that his time at the hospital had come to an end, Will thanked his colleagues and friends who have been like family for all these years and made a swift departure to Seattle to be with his one true love, Natalie Manning!
Chicago Med pulled off the ultimate surprise by bringing back Torrey Devito for a brief yet emotional cameo. She greeted Halstead outside of the airport along with her son, Owen, and they made it very clear that this time they were going to make things work. “I’m never letting you go,” Natalie told Halstead as they embarked on their new chapter together.
While I usually wouldn’t recommend going back to a relationship that didn’t work in the past, in this case, it just makes sense. They both had a clean break to find themselves and figure things out and yet their paths crossed once again. Timing is everything, and without the setting of Gaffney, I think they may actually be able to work things out this time around.
And that’s a wrap on Will Halstead. Thank you so much to Nick Gehlfuss for bringing such an “irritating” yet “inspirational” character to life for eight seasons. Sharon Goodwin was right on the money with that comment.
He even went out in such Will style by going off the rails and doing something that only Will could ever justify as a good idea.
Halstead was very triggered by 2.0’s glitch, and when he realized no one was going to do anything about it, the took matters into his own hands without realizing the larger implications of his decision.
By reprogramming 2.0 to go completely haywire during Jack Dayton’s hernia resection, he not only destroyed the product by setting in plenty of doubt, but he also ensured that 2.0 would never see the light of day again as it tarnished Dayton’s reputation in the process.
Dayton could no longer go through with the IPO, which meant that he couldn’t secure the funding to make 2.0 a better and more reliable product, which in turn meant that Jack Dayton had to sell Med, putting everyone’s fate up in the air.
As much as I want to praise Halstead for trying to do the wrong thing, his decision was very costly, especially because, as Crockett pointed out, 2.0 did a lot of good. With the right improvements, it could be a very useful tool in the future, but Halstead ensured that said future would never happen.
However, on the other hand, maybe selling the hospital isn’t the worst idea as it will likely put the power back in the hands of someone who cares about the patients over profits. Turning Med into a for-profit hospital has not been a welcome change for the doctors as they are limited in who they can treat, and it’s also a terrible experience for patients who don’t have the best insurance and can’t pay exorbitant prices.
Turning away patients is never ideal, especially patients who need critical care. One of Archer’s patients, Rachel, was admitted to Med with terrible stomach pains, and by waiting for an ambo transfer to a hospital that would have accepted her insurance, she likely would’ve died in the process.
The doctors took it upon themselves to do the surgery under the radar so as to not put her in debt for life, but that was a risky move. If anyone from upper management found out, it would not be pretty. Though, it’s nice to see Archer coming around and doing what needs to be done to save lives.
During the surgery, which Hannah Asher assisted, Archer became very weak, and he realized he had another infection from his “DIY dialysis.” At this point, Asher insisted he start at a proper dialysis clinic, which he was against because of the time commitment, and when Sean suggested they just go through with the surgery as he was approved as his father’s donor, Archer and Asher had to inform him that he was no longer eligible after falling off the wagon.
It was honestly heartbreaking to see Sean come to terms with what his relapse meant. It was one misstep—that stemmed from a misunderstanding in the first place—and yet, it set back his plans to help his father for at least six months.
Hopefully, this doesn’t set Sean back even further because I can see how he’d deal with thinking that he’s a “disappointment” by turning to drugs and alcohol yet again.
Archer, however, cannot blame himself for what happened, nor can he blame the fact that he allowed his son to be a donor as the relapse had nothing to do with the pressure of the situation. Sean was set off after seeing his father and Hannah getting “close,” and while there may have been some flirtation happening, when he finally addressed it with the two of them, they were both quite shocked.
I honestly think that Asher and Archer are good friends, and though there may be underlying feelings there, they’ve never considered them because they’ve never thought about going there. Could this be what convinces them to give things a try? Or did it cement them in the friend’s zone forever? I’m not surprised the romance hasn’t gotten the spotlight as Archer’s health is definitely a priority.
Hannah also seems pretty adamant about keeping her personal life and professional life separate, so I could see her shutting any possibility of a romance with either of the Archer men down.
Dr. Charles dealt with two patients that Dr. Loren Johsnton brought in via ambo. There was also a misunderstanding there as the wife, Janice, thought her husband Fred was trying to kill her, when in reality, Fred was fighting with his body impulsively doing things he couldn’t control. Turns out, he had a small stroke that resulted in a rare neurological called alien hand syndrome. With everything cleared up, the couple was back on track, and it put Charles’ relationship with Liliana in perspective. He realized that he had to clear up the misunderstanding by simply being vulnerable and honest with her about his feelings—he didn’t think of her as a charity case, and just because he has a fancy title doesn’t mean he doesn’t share the same insecurities as other people.
And Liliana, for her part, realized she’d put up a wall because she’s so used to being independent. Of course, there’s still the issue of her overbearing brother Pawel, who, quite frankly, needs to be told to get his own life. I understand siblings being there for each other and helping each other out, but he’s constantly bossing her around, talking down to her, and being kind of emotionally abusive.
Also, I truly hope Dr. Loren becomes a new addition to Med next season!
With Maggie interviewing at other hospitals, I was certain she’d be the person leaving Med at the end of the season, but Halstead’s problematic heroics make so much more sense.
I’m just glad it isn’t Crockett because I was just getting invested in the character, while Archer and Asher have been the best duo this season.
What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 8 finale? Are you pleased with how Halstead’s storyline ended?
What do you want to see next season?
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