If you are in Chicago right now, it is definitely not approaching 105 degrees… but you probably wish it was considering how chilly it’s getting as we creep into fall.
But this week’s episode of Chicago Med took us back to the summer as the Chicago Marathon took over the downtown area. Med doctors are on hand to deal with the scorching hot weather, which is clearly not ideal for runners, but surprisingly, they didn’t deal with any fatigued patients. Instead, they were tasked with trying to save a runner who was hit by a car.
With limited supplies and really no “doctor” on hand, April and Noah can’t do much as the patients lung starts collapsing. Goodwin tells them to wait for Will to run over, since he’s the closest thing they’ve got but Noah begins the procedure himself when saving the man’s life becomes a race against time. This is his first time ever actually “operating” on a patient and literally, my mind just kept churning the word “liability.” That clearly doesn’t matter to them though because as doctors and doctors in training, the mindset it “save lives first, deal with consequences later.”
In this case though, the consequences were grave. Will and Nina arrive to assist but things get messy as the patient begins bleeding out, losing functionality and running out of time. They stabilize him and rush him over to Med as quickly as possibly, but was it good enough?
Dr. Rhodes takes the patient in for surgery and Halstead is praying for a miracle, knowing that this could have killed the patient and implicated him. Did he make the right call, he wonders. When the patient doesn’t wake up from his surgical coma, Halstead is convinced his patient is brain dead because of him. Thankfully, Rhodes received his training from Downey, an expert surgeon, and the patient pulls through, cognitive responses and all.
Dr. Choi’s patient is a 74-year-old woman who was brought in initially from exhaustion but the situation takes a weird turns. The patient overdoses on medication that should have been working correctly with her other prescriptions and Choi realizes she hasn’t been taking her meds. The labs reveal that she’s malnourished. A brief consult with Dr. Charles determines that she has been slanging her prescription pills on the street for cash and eating cat food to survive. Yikes. And the reason? Keeping up appearances with her neighbor got too expensive and she was sacrificing her health and her meals to afford to hottest and most luxurious purses, not knowing her neighbors son was the one was buying her all these lavish things. People will go so far just to look good to others, it’s unbelievable.
Dr. Manning has the hardest case this week, as always, because she deals with innocent kids. A mother brings her young daughter to the Med because she’s all of a sudden having trouble hearing. The CT scans reveal something very scary – the young girl has had multiple skull fractures. When Dr. Charles and Manning accuse the mom of child abuse, she explains that her ex was abusive, which is why she pretended that he was dead and kidnapped her daughter.
She begs the doctors not to report it to the police but under law, they are required to. Dr. Manning runs a few more tests after seeing that the young girl is having trouble coloring in the lines and realizes that the girl has a genetic condition which causes bones and muscles to become weak and bruise easily. The mother begins freaking out realizing she made a huge mistake and broke the law for no reason. PD’s Olinsky comes to arrest the mother and Sarah wonders what’s the use in doing the right thing when it feels so terrible. A woman tried to do everything to protect her child and lost everything in the process. Sometimes, the system is set up for failure and we can’t do a damn thing about it.
And on top of all of that, Goodwin finally filed her legal separation from her husband. It was a hard and bittersweet moment but thankfully she didn’t have to dwell on it too much because Dr. Rhodes came to the rescue with some tiki drinks on the river. There is nothing tiki drinks cannot solve, even a hard day as doctor in Chicago.
Chicago Med Review – Paging the New Chief of the ED, Ethan Choi (6×02)
Chicago Med delivered its final powerful episode of 2020.
That’s right, the Dick Wolf series is following in the footsteps of This Is Us and returning in the new year on January 6, 2021.
“Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight” once again tackled COVID without overwhelming viewers. Now, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t want to see the pandemic playing out on your TV screen, you’re going to have to bite the bullet because the series doesn’t seem like it’s letting up on COVID-related storylines just yet.
However, to make up for it, it’s also offering other cases and escalating tensions between characters, so there’s still something to look forward to.
April remained in the COVID unit, and though her heart is in this fight, she’s learning that it’s a losing battle.
She did her best to care for Yesenia, a minor, but she didn’t manage to reunite her with her mother even after getting permission from Choi.
Not long after Yesenia went into respiratory failure, Alejandra was brought in after testing positive for COVID. It’s unclear if both these women, who only had each other, will lose their battles with the novel virus or if we’ll see them again, but it’s a situation that April is seeing all too often.
People come into the hospital hoping that they’ll be healed, but they reach a point where there’s nothing else doctors and nurses can do for them.
“It’s never enough,” a defeated April told Choi, which seems to be a sentiment shared by all of those working on COVID’s frontlines currently as cases surge.
Ethan Choi leveled up as he accepted the position of Chief of ED following Lanik’s departure (can’t say that he’ll be missed).
This obviously didn’t sit well with Will Halstead, who was misguided in his thinking that he somehow deserved this because he’d been at Med longer than Choi.
It’s important to note that being at a job longer doesn’t automatically make you more qualified. Choi and Halstead are very different people and approach medicine in a very different way.
It didn’t even seem like Will wanted the position until Maggie and the other nurses began gassing him up, which should tell you everything. Having just gotten out of a relationship and trying to find his footing, Will was the least likely to be considered for the role.
It’s almost as if the nurses wanted Will to get jealous that he wasn’t promoted so that he’d start a fight with Ethan.
The duo butted heads over the treatment of Will’s patient, and when Ethan was wrong in his diagnosis, Will figured this was the perfect time to confront Sharon Goodwin about not being chosen for the role.
It’s never been more satisfying to see someone put Will in his place.
Will, the hot-headed and impulsive doctor, somehow thought that he deserved to be the one getting promoted to a position where he’d be responsible for calling the shots. Oh, sweet Will.
Goodwin didn’t mince words when she made it clear that he was never even considered because of how reckless he is.
However, Choi wasn’t a great fit either.
He’s been just as impulsive as Will, he’s unreasonable, opinionated, and wants to exert his beliefs and code on others, which we’ve seen in previous seasons.
They’re both equally as unqualified. Goodwin should have gone with someone outside of the ED for this one.
It was expected that they’d get into it over their patient’s course of treatment, but now, with Choi as his boss, Will can’t really stand his ground. The truth is, they both have negative qualities and ones that make them great at their jobs, so hopefully, moving forward, they learn to listen to each other and work together.
Ideally, Halstead’s skills could be better used in a different role. Perhaps he’ll find his calling (and love) by helping Dr. Virani with the clinical trial?
April attempted to use her former relationship and closeness with Choi to get her way several times during the episode. The writers either need to let this go or get them back together, but I don’t want to see April getting preferential treatment because she previously dated Choi.
Choi was right when he rejected bringing in the mother to say goodbye to her dying daughter. With COVID, you can never be too careful.
The protocol made sense in Choi’s situation, but it wasn’t as black-and-white with Natalie’s pregnant patient from Cook County Jail.
Things took an ugly turn when Natalie witnessed first hand how differently she was treated for committing the same crime a Black woman did.
Both Aisha and Natalie pushed an officer — Aisha said she did it to protect her cousin, while Natalie did it to protect Aisha when the cop wanted to take her baby.
Natalie got off with a slap on the wrist, but Aisha faced an uphill battle of going back to jail and being separated from her child all because her hearing kept getting postponed due to COVID delays.
It showed just how flawed the system is and how it doesn’t prioritize the health and wellbeing of inmates. Aisha was a victim, but her daughter was the one who would suffer the most as a result.
It was nice to see Natalie, Goodwin, and the OBGYN try their best to help Aisha, but sadly, even their hands were tied here.
Dr. Charles’ ex-wife was brought to Med after she threw up a significant amount of blood, but the storyline was pretty weak aside from the revelation that she was planning on moving her and Anna to Arizona.
My guess is that Anna has bonded so significantly with her father that she’s going to want to stick around. Otherwise, Dr. Charles will be forced to say goodbye to another daughter, and who knows if he can handle that!
And then there’s Dr. Marcel who refuses to get help and masks his problems and depression with wit and charm. I hope Dr. Charles doesn’t give up trying to get through to him because Marcel could use someone to help him work through all the grief that he’s bottled up inside.
What did you think of the episode?
We’ll see you in 2020, Chihards!
Chicago Med Review – Gaffney Takes on COVID-19 (6×01)
Chicago Med feels different this season.
It has nothing to do with the PPE or COVID procedures, although, that definitely brings a new dynamic to the series, it has more to do with the doctor’s being able to finally admit when they are wrong.
Halstead even apologized for jumping to conclusions! What a change.
While we’re not fully there quite yet – Natalie and Crockett disagreeing on a patient’s treatment in front of a patient is proof of that – it’s a massive improvement from the ego-driven storylines from previous seasons.
Choi judged April for putting her life on the line by volunteering in the COVID unit for three straight weeks, but eventually, he saw how important her dedication was.
April has always been a bit of a martyr who doesn’t listen to reason and puts herself into rather questionable situations, but in this case, she believed that her mission was to be there for COVID patients who didn’t have anyone else by their side.
April’s choice to risk her life was selfless. While this is just a TV show, the scenes unfolding in front of us were snippets from everyday life as we live through a pandemic.
I’ve written numerous stories of families who lost loved ones and couldn’t be there with them as they took their last breath because the possibility of exposure to the virus was too dangerous.
For those people, nurses like April are angels, who allow them to have one final moment with their mother, father, brother, sister, or husband via Facetime.
A big thank you goes out to the healthcare heroes who have lived heartbreaking moments like this in real life.
It was equally as heartbreaking to watch it play out on screen, but necessary as cases continue to surge and many people refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of COVID.
Natalie and Crockett didn’t see eye-to-eye on treatment for a young girl with leukemia. This isn’t new for them as they often disagree, but it didn’t help the patient who made it clear that he’s trying to do right by his daughter while the world is upside down. Truer words have never been spoken.
Eventually, Natalie and Crockett confessed that their personal lives affected their treatment of the patient, which always seems to be the case.
Doctors and nurses told to remain impartial, but that’s impossible as we live through such unprecedented times. They’re burdened with their own tragedies as they try to save patients and make the right calls. It was just good that they acknowledged exactly what transpired.
Will Halstead also took on a case that was a little too close to home.
The episode kickstarted with an ambulance rolling Hannah into the ED due to an overdose.
Through the course of the episode, and while dealing with a patient who seems to be in denial about alcoholism, Will realized that he and Hannah have both been in denial about her addiction.
Even worse – he’s very much intertwined in her sobriety, which Dr. Charles warned him about.
Any misstep in their relationship, like an explosive fight, set Hannah back. And, in return, Will was walking on eggshells waiting for her to relapse.
It wasn’t a healthy environment for anyone.
The only way Hannah would become sober, and stay sober, was if she did it for herself and not anyone else.
It was nice to see Will finally get some clarity and admit that he was wrong and Dr. Charles was right.
This also helped him treat his patient, who wasn’t an alcoholic but suffered from a rare condition called auto-brewery syndrome that turned her carbs into yeast and made her feel drunk.
It’s a good thing Will did some more research before jumping to conclusions and ruining this woman’s career with the FAA. The old Will wouldn’t have been so level-headed, but it takes strength to apologize and admit you were wrong. It’s the first time we’ve seen Will take ownership of his actions.
There was also a very powerful scene between Dr. Charles and his daughter Anna, who felt guilty about going out to see her friends and unintentionally getting her dad sick with COVID.
“You could have died,” she says. Living through a pandemic is scary, and it echoed a fear we’ve likely all had when it comes to our elderly parents or those who are immunocompromised. There’s fear, anger, blame, and all sorts of other emotions that are all valid.
While the episode juggled COVID and non-COVID stories well, it was focused heavily on the former, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Viewers tend to want to escape reality when watching a TV show, but a medical show simply can’t ignore the very real global pandemic that’s taken upwards of 240,000 lives. They weren’t overly realistic to the point where it was downright scary, but they did hone in on the fact that COVID affects everyone.
I’m not a medical professional, so I’m not sure if some of the scenes were dramatized for television, but regardless, everyone should take this episode to heart to fully grasp the impact of the pandemic.
It was a powerful season premiere with a final scene that was heartbreaking to watch as the doctor’s paid tribute to all those who died of COVID.
And for those who were wondering why no one was wearing masks in the ED, Wolf Entertainment cleared the air on Twitter writing: “Because all staff are quarantined and tested/sanitized each time they come into the hospital, they save the PPE for the nurses and doctors in the Covid ICU. When leaving the hospital, they wear masks!”
Because all staff are quarantined and tested/sanitized each time they come into the hospital, they save the PPE for the nurses and doctors in the Covid ICU. When leaving the hospital, they wear masks! #ChicagoMed #OneChicago https://t.co/kLMJPteemr pic.twitter.com/jH3DSsZAE8
— Wolf Entertainment (@WolfEnt) November 12, 2020
Again, this may not be realistic to how real-life hospitals operate, but I don’t think the series was aiming to downplay the severity of the virus. If I were to guess (and this is just my opinion), I’m betting that it would be hard to film a show that the audience could enjoy with the actors wearing masks the whole time.
Other Noteworthy Moments
- Will said what we’re all thinking: “I thought we’d be over it by now.”
- Sharon Goodwin and I have something in common – we have Zoom fatigue!
- Natalie left Owen with Nana and moved into a hotel aka “Club Med” so she could fully dedicate herself to her patients.
- There’s a new doctor with a British accent, Sabeen Virani, who is most definitely going to be Will’s new love interest.
- Once again, thank you to all the healthcare professionals who are putting their lives on the line day-in and day-out.
What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 6 premiere?
Sound-off in the comments!
WATCH: #OneChicago Teams Tackle COVID-19 in New Promo Ahead of November 11
Wednesday’s most watched dramas are planning their epic return.
Ahead of the November 11 premiere for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD, NBC revealed a teaser that shows the heroes tackling COVID-19 headfirst.
“When this community hurts, when it reaches out its hand, we pull it to its feet, and we respond,” Battalion Chief Wallace Boden states in the promo.
Med’s doctors jump into action as April tells ex Choi that she has to put her life on the line to help patients who are “sick, frightened, and alone.”
Fire’s paramedic’s Brett and Mackey respond to a house call and run into some trouble when a man points a gun at them.
Meanwhile, PD’s Atwater deals with the fallout of “snitching” on the police. While he explains he was doing “the right thing,” the white cops don’t seem to agree as Ray threatens to take his badge.
Check it out below:
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