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Chicago Med – Devil in Disguise (3×15)

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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 – We Hold These Truths (4×14)

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Chicago Med We Hold These Truths

Chicago Med brought a full range of emotions on tonight’s episode.

“We Hold These Truths” was a busy episode not only for the ED but also Natalie and Maggie, both of whom were on-site when a racist drove his van into a crowd at the South Side market.

Natalie really needs to leave the house with protection. She’s been injured while out and about almost every time and forced to administer aid in the field. There was that one shooting, then the helicopter crash, and now this.

Natalie and Maggie spent most of the episode dishing out help to critically injured patients who wouldn’t make it to the hospital.

But while helping others, they forgot to take of themselves.

Natalie strained her already injured arm while Maggie ignored the pain from her kidney removal and bled out when her stitches broke.

Thankfully, both of them are going to be just fine.

In fact, Natalie may be more than fine after she openly admitted to crossing lines by giving Phillip (Ian Harding) her phone number. Being worried about him and his sick child is one thing, but Natalie is definitely interested in him.

There a promising new relationship here since Natalie can connect with Philip on loss and being an only parent, but given that he just lost his wife, I hope Chicago Med handles this storyline with sensitivity.

Most of all, I’m just glad they are finally giving up with trying to push Natalie and Will’s relationship down our throats.

Natalie is interested in another man, and Will adopted an abandoned dog. All is well in the world.

Personally, I think this dog might be Will’s strongest relationship.

Chicago Med’s timeline has been very unclear for the past few seasons, and I was surprised that Maggie already had her surgery.

Why wasn’t her selfless decision to save a patient a bigger part of the storyline? Why didn’t they show the surgery?

Over at the ED, things were just as hectic.

April was called a “bossy black woman” by the racist driver. No one even felt bad that he had an advanced stage of cancer.

Dr. Choi dealt with a gay patient that was openly coming onto him and though he seemed to handle it just fine, he was actually weirded out by the situation.

This alluded to a possible homophobic storyline that felt like it came out of left field. However, not to worry, Dr. Choi cleared things up by saying the equivalent of ‘he didn’t mind gay people cause he has gay friends.’

The whole scene felt very misplaced and made me wonder if the characters know what they are doing with Choi’s character. He’s catered to rapists and other deranged men because of his ‘a patient is a patient’ mentality, but then he tries to push off a gay patient to a student doctor.

Stop ruining this character for us!

Connor’s patient, a young woman who had just gotten into college, was found to be brain dead after the market incident.

His other patient, an older man, was pushed up to the top of the transplant list and Connor hoped Goodwin would be able to convince Jada’s mother to donate her organs.

The race-inspired storyline came full circle when Mrs. Harris refused to donate the organs because she didn’t want Jada’s organs to go to a racist white man.

Mrs. Goodwin initially accepted her decision but was able to convince her not to allow her daughter’s legacy to be one of hate.

On a personal level, Connor was thrilled to see Robin back at Med. She’d return with her mother, Caroline, who told her ex-husband, Dr. Charles, that her cancer had returned.

It’s about time we met more of Charles’ family and dug a little deeper into what made him the man he is today.

Though Robin and Connor ended on a sour note, they embraced as if no time had passed. It’s clear that both of them still harbor deeps feelings for each other, and with Robin staying in town a bit, it might lead to a love triangle with Ava.

Ava and Robin had a brief exchange in which Ava found out Robin made plans to “catch up” with Connor.

She was clearly fuming with jealousy. At this point, I don’t know what to believe about Ava. She seems competitive, level-headed and a brilliant surgeon, but there’s a side of me that believes she’s a manipulator who slept with Connor’s father and possibly gave herself HIV to win him over.

If she really is as deranged as Connor believes her to be, Robin may be in danger… again.

Robin and Caroline’s return made Dr. Charles reminisce about his wedding day, which was also the moment he became estranged from his parents who didn’t approve of him marrying a black woman.

After seeing parents lose children and children lose parents, Charles decided to reunite with his mother at a nursing home after 35 years of not speaking.

The first thing he did was show her a picture of her granddaughter.

The moment was touching and proved that it’s never too late to make amends.

Are you excited to see Dr. Charles righting some wrongs? Is Natalie going to give love with Philip a chance?

What’s up with Dr. Choi, and why can’t the series ever figure out what to do with him?

Will Ava try to sabotage Connor’s second chance with Ava?

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Chicago Med – Ghosts in the Attic (4×13)

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The employees at Med are all jaded and they all have trust issues.

Seriously, how has Sharon not benched them all yet? Especially Halstead who is openly violating therapy that isn’t elective.

Halstead is lying about his gun, Natalie is projecting her own insecurities on her patients, Choi is accusing April of possibly killing a patient, and Ava possibly gave exposed herself to HIV in order to manipulate Connor?

Dr. Charles is going to need a bigger staff to help these guys out.

Halstead is like keeps crying wolf and then is surprised by a negative outcome. I mean, how many times has lying to Natalie somehow bit him in the ass? Instead of being honest, he continues to perpetuate the lies until eventually, she had enough.

I don’t blame Natalie for finally giving up on this relationship. It was way overdue in my opinion.

Don’t even get me started on how the writers failed to address why someone targeted Halstead’s car in a lot full of other vehicles and knew to steal a gun. It would make more sense if the story had more of a purpose than just creating additional and unnecessary drama between Natalie and Will.

Natalie overstepped by digging around in her patients’ things and going behind his back to get his pills tested, however, the guy was acting really weird and withholding all information.

But if she wasn’t already skeptical of Will, maybe she wouldn’t have jumped the gun on this guy.

As Charles said, she was projecting her own worries about a significant other lying and manipulating his partner.

Natalie has giving Will so many chances to shape up. She may be overreacting about the gun, but she’s standing her ground and if Will can’t accept that then they really have no purpose in trying to make this thing work.

Dr. Choi still has feelings for April, but he has a funny way of expressing them.

Over the course of the season, he’s accused April of intentionally harming patients more than once.

The optics weren’t in her favor — she was in the man’s room, she had it out for the child molester, and there was too much epinephrine in his system — but accusing someone of cold-blooded murder was low even for Choi.

He’s lucky April’s reaction was relatively calm.

After he got proof that natural causes were to blame, Choi really wanted to extend an olive branch and be friends.

How is April just supposed to ignore the fact that he thought so lowly of her?

If he was holding out for a reconciliation, it definitely wasn’t coming after this.

But the most shocking storyline focused on Ava and Connor.

Connor is convinced Ava really slept with his detestable father in order to win him the OR and get into his good graces.

Ava is doing everything in her power convince Connor otherwise and that includes putting patients, and possibly herself, in jeopardy.

Ava accidentally cut herself while helping Connor with surgery and exposed herself to HIV positive blood. Or at least it seemed like an accident.

Ava seemed genuinely concerned about what being exposed and possibly contracting HIV meant for her career, however, by the end of the episode, a comment made by a co-worker made us a little suspicious.

The nurse mentioned that Ava is always super careful and a cut like this is unlike her.

In hindsight, the cut immediately made Connor concerned about losing Ava.

And he paid her a visit right after she was sent home as he felt responsible which she seemed all too cheery about. She even tried to use this visit to make amends.

Could Ava have deliberately sliced her hand and exposed herself to a dangerous disease just to gain Connor’s sympathy again and win him back?

And if so, how deranged does that make her?

What lengths will she go to to get what she wants?

I personally hope this isn’t the situation because Ava and Connor were cute together.

They started off with a love-hate relationship built on a rather unhealthy dose of competition but eventually evolved into one of the better couples at Med.

But they were also short-lived.

It would be a shame for all these possibilities to go to waste because Ava is somehow obsessed and unhinged.

In earlier episodes, Ava also seemed so independent and assertive that I’m struggling to accept that she’d really risk her career for a man.

Which brings us to Maggie. She got a visit from a woman named Sydney who she wrote off as a woman from her block trying to score some pills.

Admittedly, so did I. When I saw Sydney, I was sure she was a crackhead that was going to waste everyone’s time.

Sadly, Sydney was diagnosed with Sepsis and would possibly need a new kidney.

Promos for next week’s Chicago Med reveal that Maggie’s guilt is going to get the best of her and she’s going to want to donate to save Sydney’s life.

I’m not opposed to an episode focusing mostly on Maggie as she’s always a strong force for the series, however, I don’t want her to go down the road of making rash decisions and putting her career in jeopardy either.

What are your thoughts on tonight’s Chicago Med? Are Halstead and Natalie over for good? Is Choi out of line? Is Ava manipulative? Will Maggie lose her job?

 

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Chicago Med – The Things We Do (4×12)

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Chicago Med The Things We Do

Chicago Med doesn’t learn from its mistakes, and because of that, it suffers immensely.

The show has a stellar cast, a solid backdrop in Chicago, and so much potential, yet it keeps tripping over itself and spinning in circles.

Splitting up April and Ethan worked in the show’s favor by allowing them to interact with characters they otherwise wouldn’t have, but we didn’t necessarily avoid the drama that’s been weighing down their partnership and caused them to get separated in the first place.

Ethan still wanted to make things right with April despite being back together with Vicky. Thankfully, April knew better than to continue this toxic love affair and didn’t give him the time of day.

Ethan should know better; if he can’t shake these feelings for April then the right thing to do is end things with Vicky not lead her on and lie to her face.

Without Ethan hogging the spotlight, Elsa was able to get some more screentime.

April’s reactions to Elsa’s inability to connect with patients or show any empathy was hilarious. It seems Elsa’s heart is in the right place and she’s book smart, she just doesn’t know how to apply it in the field.

No one blamed her for losing a patient due to an allergic reaction that wasn’t disclosed prior to treatment, but seeing as it was her first patient, her reaction was normal.

It proved she wasn’t a sociopath and humanized her.

I’d be more worried if she didn’t seclude herself in the OR room and break down crying.

In addition to April and Ethan, the other couples didn’t fare too well either.

Will Halstead should be a changed man after everything he’s been through, but he’s still just as hot-headed, self-righteous, and rash in his decision making.

No matter how many times he and Natalie try to work it out, it’s never going to work if they don’t change up their attitudes.

Their fighting started way before the gun incident, but that singular occurrence lit the flame.

When Halstead found out Natalie’s helicopter went down — seriously, could this be more overhyped for just a shoulder dislocation? — he rushed to bring over the ECMO machine.

Look, I won’t even bring up the slim chances that the helicopter and all those inside would have survived the crash.

Initially, it seemed like Halstead wanted to make sure Natalie was okay, which was fine. But as the scene progressed, I got the vibe that Halstead still thought of himself as “saving a damsel in distress.” It’s nothing new for him as he always thinks he needs to save Natalie, but it was annoying and proves he still doesn’t understand that they are both on equal playing fields and entitled to do things the way they see fit.

They butted heads over Will trying to take out a window to the helicopter, Will trying to pop her shoulder back in, and the proper course of treatment for their dying patient.

Natalie was annoyed, and then seemingly out of nowhere, she just forgave him. Sometimes, I really wonder if these characters are aware of what’s happening around them.

Did it just hit Natalie that Will went through a life-altering experience and she should have been more supportive?

Will finally told her that he thought he was going to die and his biggest fear was never seeing her again. It seemed to do the trick because, by the end of the episode, Natalie wanted Will to come back home… without the gun.

And here’s where things get messy again.

Will promised he would get rid of the gun. Actually, he caved in and agreed, but then at the police station, he couldn’t bring himself to give it away.

It underlines a major problem that’s been plaguing this relationship from the getgo — there’s no trust.

They don’t see eye-to-eye and neither of them is willing to make any compromises.

Will must be really out of the loop if he thinks Natalie isn’t going to learn that the gun is still in his possession.

I’m willing to bet that the gun will come back in a major way in the future either posing a threat to Natalie and her kid or saving them from one.

Speaking of no trust in relationships, Ava and Connor were walking on thin ice. She said he’d been distant for “weeks,” which really made me question the timeline on which Chicago Med operates.

How has it been weeks since we last checked in with everyone if Choi was trying to discuss the kiss with April? Wouldn’t they have gotten that out of the way considering they see each other every day?

It was most likely an oversight on the writers’ part but irritating nonetheless.

Ava wasn’t sure what happened that altered Connor’s demeanor so severely, but when the two didn’t see eye-to-eye about the proper course of treatment for a pregnant patient with Down Syndrome, she started to realize his personal feelings were influencing his professional decisions.

I have no doubt that Connor meant well when he fought for Barbara to make the decision about having a baby, but at the end of the day, her mother had the medical power of attorney. What she said went.

It struck a nerve with Connor because he feels like he never has a say in any decisions. Even his OR wasn’t his own achievement but rather manipulated by Ava.

It’s why he fought so hard for Barb to be able to make her own choices.

Watching the mom confess to Sharon that she chose the surgery in hopes that they’d lose the baby was hard but relatable.

She has had so much pressure and responsibility with Barbie and adding another baby, who may or may not have Down Syndrome, is a tall order.

It was a terribly powerful storyline, and I personally don’t think it had enough focus. I would have liked to see this one fleshed out a bit more.

Eventually, Connor told Ava that his father told him his version of the story and it didn’t seem like he was lying.

I don’t know who to believe. We’ve seen her father come onto Ava, but we also know Ava is headstrong and resolute. She’ll stop at nothing to get her way, which is why she always clashed with Connor in the first place.

It would be upsetting that Connor believed his father without a doubt, but at the same time, he’s right about Ava never being completely honest with him.

She even said “the ends justify the means.” What else could she have been referring to?

At this point, I don’t think it matters if she did or didn’t sleep with his dad — that’s an image Connor won’t ever be able to shake just like he’ll never shake his dad saying that Ava smells like lilacs.

Gross.

Sorry to tell you this, but I think Cava is officially over. All of these characters may be doctors, but none of them know what a healthy relationship is or what goes into one.

Dr. Charles has been getting a lot of screentime lately, but I won’t complain because at least he’s keeping the show interesting.

I love the tough love Dr. Choi showed his patient when Dr. Charles told him that in order to accept the gravity of his alcoholism, he needed to hit rock bottom, and rock bottom surprisingly wasn’t almost death by vomiting up blood.

In a shocking twist, the rock bottom moment was his wife leaving him after his son attempted to commit suicide.

Seriously, someone needs to block off access to that rooftop to anyone that isn’t an employee.

It is not okay that a little kid was able to get up there by himself!

When we first met the kid, I thought he was timid and weird about his broken arm because his father was an abusive alcoholic who broke it.

I never expected that “falling off the tree” would be code for an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Charles’ encouraging speech hit the mark. It resonated with a child who felt like there was no hope, but it also just spoke to me. There’s a reason why Dr. Charles is so good at what he does.

I’m turning the mic over to you.

What did you think of tonight’s Chicago Med? Are all the couples on here doomed?

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