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Chicago Med – Devil in Disguise (3×15)

CHICAGO MED -- "Devil in Disguise" Episode 315 -- Pictured: (l-r) Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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Another day, another psych and baby storyline. To quote Mariah Carey, “why are you so obsessed with me?”

It’s actually fascinating to me that other medical dramas, the ones that I watch at least, don’t have such a heavy psych presence.

Don’t get me wrong, Dr. Charles is the man but how many episodes can focus on just the craziest of patients?

This week, Dr. Charles and Dr. Reese dealt with a patient who was brought in by her father after being locked up at her mother’s house. According to her mom, the girl was possessed by a demon, which is unlikely.

I never understand parents who don’t want their children to undergo tests even when it’s clear that something needs to be done. So, Dr. Charles decided to wake the girl up and communicate with the “demon.”

Turns out, the demon wasn’t in her, the demon was her father who abused and touched her when she was a child while reading her Jabberwocky. The realization was heavy and disturbing and definitely hit home for Reese. Doesn’t it always?

Just before they admitted Katherine, Reeses’ father came to beg Charles to move him up on the transplant list. When Charles said he couldn’t, he did what he thought the psychologist wanted and told Sarah the truth about why he came back into her life. She already knew what was motivating his actions but simply hearing them said out loud and so bluntly hurt.

At times, I definitely feel for her but it’s getting annoying seeing her lash out at patients, even if they are guilty of something, in spite of her own father.

Since Dr. Manning asked Halstead for a break (not a break-up Halstead!), I thought we’d see a little less of them. Unfortunately, he’s been more clingy than ever and making feeble attempts at conversating for the sake of it. What part of break was unclear?

And as always, he was tasked with a patient who simply didn’t want his help because all of the life-saving “tests” were going to cost him too much money. Did he take it too far when he suggested Halstead should have let him just die? Definitely. However, he brought up a valid point that doctors always do what they have been trained not actually taking into consideration a patients financial situation.

It’s great that they caught the tumor — I’d be eternally grateful — but he’s traded in one problem for another. Who is going to pay off the hefty hospital bill while also sending paying his son’s tuition? Maybe doctors could be rooted more in reality and consider how much everything they do is going to cost patients, however, that could also skew their decision and potentially prevent them from diagnosing patients correctly.

Dr. Rhodes’ arc was predictable because when has he ever listened to what anyone else says or been a team player? If Latham wanted someone who would go with the herd, he definitely shouldn’t have chosen Rhodes as his right-hand man.

On one side, it’s admirable that Rhodes will do everything to save his patients. On the other hand, the option he presented came with some serious risks. He couldn’t guarantee an outcome and could have potentially killed both conjoined babies. Thankfully, he didn’t and it was successful but imagine if he’d disregarded everyone’s decision and ended up being responsible for the deaths.

Still, they always say there’s no reward without risk and his risk paid off. However, instead of being praised, he was called a diva and kicked off the team. Realistically, the decision was a small price to pay for the lives of two baby girls and Rhodes will be just fine.

However, I’m sensing a pattern that doctors should be by the book and follow orders at all times. Medicine may be precise but making calls that save lives are anything but. People shouldn’t be punished for doing what they think is ethically and morally correct. Yet it seems like everytime anyone makes a bold move to help someone, that’s exactly what happens.

It didn’t just happen to Rhodes, it happened to Maggie as well. She was fighting a suspension for cryching a patient who was going to die otherwise. She may not be licensed to do it, but if she knows how it should be done, making the call shouldn’t be something that costs her a job… a job she’s very good at, might I add.

Rules are in place for a reason, understandably, but dire times call for drastic measures. And then the hospital council even said that as a licensed paramedic, her call would valid which means she definitely knew what she was doing. It wasn’t just some person off the street trying to perform a medical procedure!

I’m a bit disappointed that Maggie didn’t go with her gut especially because she judged Barry for doing exactly what she just did now. It’s hypocritical and that’s something she’s never been. The guilt of what she’s done is going to eat her up inside, especially because she would have gotten the win without having to fake the papers. Sometimes, you just have to trust that the good will be rewarded.

I can even bet they’d overlook that they were expired by two-weeks but now, she’ll somehow get caught for it and get in even more trouble.

The only good part was that the patients actually realized how twisted all of this was and praised her for being a human first, doctor second.

We didn’t see much of Ethan and April which I won’t complain about. I used to love April but since this pairing, she’s been one of my least favorite characters.

Since we met Ethan’s sister recently, it was only logical that she would return and insert herself into his life more permanently.

April has always believed that family comes first and they deserve a second chance, but Ethan knows that Emily is a party-girl who is trouble. When she told him she didn’t pay rent and needed a place to crash, he should have listened to his gut but instead, he let April convince him into allowing his sister in his apartment and soon, April learned the error of her ways.

Emily made it seem like she was a good house guest by making them a romantic dinner but inside the bathroom, April found a plate with cigarette buds indicating Emily had ignored Ethan’s request and had people over.

While entertaining a few guests seems innocent enough, I’m willing to bet that there’s going to be some major robbery because it doesn’t seem like his sister rolls with the finest crowd.

And if all else fails, it’ll get in between Ethan and April because not only is she keeping secrets from him, she’s also the one that got him into this mess.

Thoughts on Chicago Med? Will Reese every find peace with her father? Will Natalie and Will get back together? Will they separate the twins successfully without Rhodes? Will Maggie get caught? Will Halstead hook up with that new doctor Farisch? That would be a low blow and also, really awkward for everyone at work.

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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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