Plenty of character’s found themselves uncertain of what their future held on the fall finale of Chicago Med.
Throughout the hour, Natalie’s memories slowly began coming back to her until she realized that’s she’s been a bitch to Will Halstead this whole time.
She didn’t go to his car to tell him about her engagement to Philip, she went there to tell him she loved him.
But you know how timing is everything? Well, her timing was slightly off.
Halstead wasn’t interested in hearing anything she had to say because he didn’t care. When she told him to “get out of her life,” Halstead did just that. And what did he find? Well, what we’ve all been saying all along: they’re better off without each other.
In a surprising twist, Halstead told Natalie that he moved on, and once he did, he realized the toxic nature of their relationship. All they do is hurt each other and that’s not what a relationship should be built upon.
When Natalie reiterated that she loved him, Will hit her with “I’m free now,” and boy, that one had to sting.
Natalie went from having two men pining over her to being completely alone.
And you know what, she should embrace that. Being alone and getting some clarity might do well for her.
I’m seriously impressed with Dr. Halstead’s realizations since, for a moment, it felt like his obsession with Nat would consume him.
It’ll be interesting to see her attempt to win him back now instead of the other way around.
Phillip’s storyline got some kind of explanation as baby Sophie was brought into the hospital and abandoned by her father.
Despite saying he didn’t have any family in Chicago, it turned out that he had a sister and brother-in-law who showed up for their niece.
And that’s when they offered up the explanation we’ve been looking for — Philip is a pathological liar.
I knew it.
Philip only cared for Sophie because he was getting something out of it, in this case, Natalie, but once she broke up with him, he no longer cared about his own child.
Worst of all, he requested a DNR, which meant that the hospital wouldn’t be able to resuscitate the infant during surgery if anything went wrong.
Thankfully, Dr. Latham agreed to take on the surgery and it went off without a hitch.
Baby Sophie will live to see another day, likely with her aunt and uncle, though I’d love for her to get adopted by Natalie.
Is this the end of the Philip storyline? I’m glad the acknowledged that there was something fundamentally wrong with him, but I expected something more dramatic.
Natalie didn’t even process the fact that she’d been dating someone so messed up because she was too focused on getting her memories back.
CeCe is dying and Dr. Charles threw her a “bon voyage” party as a last celebration with all of her loved ones.
It’s a tough pill to swallow as we saw with Dr. Charles’ breakdown. He’s always so rationale and put together, but seeing him unable to control his emotions proved that he’s human, too.
Then, he got it together again and was strong for his wife.
I’m going to assume that when the show returns in 2020, CeCe will have passed.
However, in a surprising turn of events, Ben is doing significantly better.
At one point, everyone lost all hope and assumed that he had a few hours left to live. His counts were low and he was in respiratory failure.
And then suddenly, he made an impressive recovery, one Dr. Lanik credits with stopping the chemo so that his immune system rebooted and fought the infection.
Ben will seemingly live to see another day, which means that maybe Maggie will get her happy ending after all.
Lord knows she deserves it. She hasn’t left Ben’s side this whole time despite being sick herself.
And then, we have the mess that is Ethan and April’s relationship.
It’s frustrating that April wouldn’t just be honest with Ethan about her prognosis. It’s no secret that April has struggled to get pregnant before, so the early onset menopause wasn’t a major shock.
It’s because of April’s struggles before that Ethan is coming off completely insensitive.
Both of them agreed that maybe it would be cool to have a child together passively and all of a sudden, he has expectant father books.
He’s too pushy about it, which explains why April kept her diagnosis to herself. She didn’t want to let him down.
She was also processing what it meant for her. Did she want to spend thousands on in-Vitro to have a child? Was a child just not in her cards? Was she okay with that?
April has a lot to figure out in terms of her own future, and instead of facing it with Ethan, she ran away from it and found comfort in Crockett’s arms.
You guys, that kiss left me shook.
They have a spark, I’m not going to lie, but Ethan deserved better than to get cheated on the moment he was deployed.
If April is so unsure of what she wants, she should have broken up with him for the time being.
Instead, she cheated and from the upcoming episode promo, we see that Ethan is going to come back and propose to her.
When she finally does tell him, he’s never going to forgive her.
If the show really wants to add some soapy drama to this love triangle, April should get pregnant with Crockett’s baby after a one-night-stand.
Now that would be something.
It also didn’t help that April and Ethan were on two opposing sides when it came to their patient’s treatment.
Ethan’s patient’s death was unfortunate, but it didn’t negate the fact that they’d already signed off on giving a kidney to another patient in need.
I could understand calling off the kidney transplant if they hadn’t cut the kidney out yet, but since it was already out of the mother’s body and on ice, it only made sense to give it to the rightful recipient.
Ethan’s ethics haven’t been lining up with April’s for a while now, which only proves that they’re not as compatible as they thought.
Also, wasn’t it strange that there was absolutely no mention of Noah, his situation, or what went down with Jacinta?
April was so preoccupied with her Ethan/Crockett/pregnancy drama that she completely forgot about her brother.
From what I expected out of this finale, I was slightly underwhelmed, but there’s enough here to give us something to work with when the season picks back up in 2020.
What did you think?
Will April stay with Choi?
Are Natalie and Will done?
Chicago Med Review – What a Tangled Web We Weave (6×13)
It’s rare that a Chicago Med episode focuses on Sharon Goodwin!
We’re used to seeing her mediating problems that arise within the hospital and between doctors, but on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 13, she was in the driver’s seat… quite literally.
A car accident sent Goodwin into a spiral after she accidentally hit a young boy who was on his bicycle.
The accident made Goodwin, who is usually levelheaded, act wildly out of character as she tried to “fix” the situation.
Dr. Choi and Dr. Charles advised her not to get involved as it was grounds for a lawsuit, but she simply couldn’t help herself.
Even when she was cleared of any wrongdoing — the police confirmed that the boy came out of nowhere and it wasn’t her fault — she was still overcome with guilt and wanted to help in any way she could.
Confronting the mother wasn’t the smartest choice on her part. Audiences and hospital staff know Goodwin, her character, and her heart, so we know she meant well and was coming from a place of love, but to a mother whose world has just been turned upside down, it was too soon and looked like damage-control.
No matter what led to the accident, the mom couldn’t help but blame Goodwin for what she’d done.
Things got even worse when Goodwin found out that DCFS was involved as the crash led them to the revelation that the mother was working a night shift and leaving her kids home alone.
Goodwin decided to offer the mother a custodian job at Gaffney during the day in hopes of alleviating some of the burden, which was actually a great solution and the least she could do.
Unfortunately, we never found out if they called off DCFS and if the mom was able to keep custody of her children.
You’d think after putting so much effort into the storyline, we’d at least get to see the resolution for the family.
The storyline briefly shined a light on the struggles of single mothers who have to work crazy hours to support their families and who can’t afford a sitter. Though I still wish there was more emphasis on how society as a whole could support moms in need so that they don’t have to get penalized by the government for doing their best. Most moms would rather not leave their children home alone but simply don’t have a choice.
Things also aren’t looking great for Natalie Manning.
Dr. Halstead was alerted to the missing trial drugs as they were never sent back, and when Natalie began asking too many questions, he likely figured out that she had something to do with their disappearance. Natbasically blew her own cover.
Why else would she ask about a random side-effect unless she had come in contact with a patient exhibiting the side-effect?
Obviously, this isn’t just bad for Natalie, it’s also terrible for Will because, as he noted, he’s responsible for the drugs. And he’s already on Sabine’s hit list.
I’m also surprised that Natalie thought that there would be no repercussions for her actions.
How does a doctor simply believe that no one is going to care if pills go missing? If they weren’t sent back then there’s a huge likelihood that they got into the wrong hands.
And since they’re part of a trial, the patient taking the drugs needs to be constantly monitored and assessed.
In trying to help her mother, Natalie may have just made things worse, especially if Carol begins to display concerning symptoms. A persistent cough might only be the beginning.
Natalie realized that the situation was getting out of hand, so when Crockett began asking for her to be honest about what was going on, she decided to break up with him.
I’ve said this in previous reviews, but I’ll say it again — why can’t the writers just allow for one healthy relationship? Why does every relationship need to be sabotaged?
In this case, Natalie broke up with Crockett to protect him otherwise he’d be considered an accomplice if she told him the truth, but it still sucks.
He opened up to her, he was honest with her about his past and his trauma, and it ended with her “needing space” and breaking his heart!
Honestly, no one was making sound decisions, which I guess made the title of the episode “What a Tangled Web We Weave” all the more fitting.
Maggie volunteered at a college fair because she knew it would allow her to meet Vanessa, the daughter she gave up for adoption.
The worst/best part of the situation was that Vanessa was a delight.
Maggie should be proud that her daughter is a bright young woman that’s pursuing a medical degree. But it’s also a heartbreaking realization that you missed out on so many crucial moments in this girl’s life.
Maggie tried to think that it was a sign that they were both in the same field, but I think that’s just her way of trying to find common ground with her daughter and hoping she subconsciously had some influence on her life.
And while it’s great that she got to meet her, it’s a betrayal of trust and one that could potentially backfire, especially as Maggie vouched for Vanessa to get a residency at Gaffney.
You know Vanessa is going to come work at Med and Maggie will get attached.
She can’t hide her identity forever. If she’s going to be in Vanessa’s life, she has to be transparent about who she is.
Dr. Archer continues to be absolutely terrible, and I can’t figure out his character at all.
What’s his deal?
We know he suffers from PTSD and refused to seek out therapy with Dr. Charles despite Choi’s orders, but now he’s got some beef with April for no apparent reason.
He tried to throw April under the bus after Choi supported her treatment suggestion. It felt as though he was trying to sabotage her by forcing her to perform a procedure even as she voiced her discomfort.
Then, when she confronted him about it, he tried to turn it around on her and blamed it on her lack of confidence. What the hell?
It didn’t really track considering he raved about how brilliant she was and offered to vouch for her to a medical director of a school.
It was also strange that he focused on April still being close friends with her ex as if that somehow played a role in her career.
Is he jealous? Is he smitten with April? Is he intimated? Does he want her to fail or succeed? I can’t really tell what’s going on here.
What did you think of the episode? What’s your take on Dr. Archer? I can’t be the only one who thinks he’s been shady ever since he got hired.
Do you think Manning is going to be exposed? Is Will going to pay the ultimate price?
Will Carol’s condition worsen because of the medication?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Chicago Med Review – Some Things Are Worth the Risk (6×12)
The medical staff at Med took some big risks on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 12, but will they come back to bite them?
If you were confused with the episode kicking off with Halstead and Virani in bed together, you’re not alone.
I definitely thought I overlooked something or that it was part of Halstead’s dream.
Turns out, these two are in a romantic relationship now and all the love-triangle stuff between her, Halstead, and Choi is done and over with? I guess.
It seemed rushed, but I guess the point was that it would make things much more complicated for them when Halstead finally confessed to unblinding a patient from their trial.
The confession came as Halstead asked Virani to make an exception and allow Manning’s mom, whose heart failure is getting progressively worse, into the now-closed trial.
In other words, he shot down any chance of actually convincing her, but are we surprised? This is Halstead we’re talking about — he rarely thinks things through.
There’s an uncomfortable tension between the two of them now since he broke the basic rule of clinical trials and put both of their jobs in jeopardy.
During the fancy dinner, when Halstead was propositioned to leave the ED and pursue clinical trials full-time, Virani tried to shut it down, however, he seemed to say he’d seriously consider it just to spite her.
I can’t see Halstead ever leaving his gig at the ED.
Will Virani threaten to expose him/turn him in if he tries to accept the position?
Things are about to get even worse for Halstead if anyone finds out that Manning’s mother has the drugs.
He wasn’t involved since Manning stole the clinical trial drugs from a patient who passed away in a tragic accident. She’s desperate to save her mother, and since her mother is refusing any other surgery, she decided to take a gamble and grab the drugs, which is highly illegal.
My guess is that her mother wouldn’t have qualified for the trial anyway, and after taking the pills, she’ll have some kind of reaction to them, which will reveal what she did.
And, of course, Halstead’s name is on the bottle, so it’ll look like he helped his ex-girlfriend steal them.
It’s very messy and careless! Since being paired up with Crockett, Manning’s character has made significant progress, so this is disappointing.
Crockett and April dealt with a patient who tested COVID-positive and continued to suffer from symptoms months later.
After a series of tests, April chalked it up to residue anxiety. When it ended up being endometriosis in the lungs, she felt pretty terrible about her diagnosis, yet Crockett assured her that the fact that she was basing it on something she’d experienced previously meant she had better instincts than some resident doctors.
Will this finally convince April to go back to school and become a doctor?
Crockett and April meshed well, and it’s always nice when the series allows for some fresh pairings.
In a little mini-Chicago Fire crossover, Dr. Choi and Dean responded to a call in the field to save a man who was stuck under debris following a house demo.
It’s been a few episodes since we’ve seen Dean, so I’m glad the series didn’t forget about him.
Choi realized that Dean still suffers from PTSD from his time in Afghanistan. Not only did the ride in the ambulance bring up those repressed feelings, but the moment a gang fight broke out while they were trying to save a man’s life and gunshots were heard, Dean completely shut down.
It’s completely reasonable that Choi would want Dean to speak to Dr. Charles and get some help.
They were in a life-or-death situation and he had to keep Dean calm instead of giving the patient his full focus.
Next time there’s a similar situation, Choi wants to know that he can count on Dean to keep calm and collected.
The scene also emphasized the importance of getting mental health help when it’s necessary. As he pointed out, if Dean broke a body part, he’d seek medical attention and the same should happen with his PTSD.
Sadly, Dean pretended to text Dr. Charles and deleted the message the moment Choi wasn’t looking.
Does he think that Choi won’t find out? He’s the Head of Emergency Medicine and good friends/colleagues with Charles!
For now, Charles has his own issues with the re-emergence of Ramona. You knew she was going to pop back up eventually.
When she saw Charles with his daughter, Anna, she was clearly triggered, which caused her to come to the hospital throwing up after ingesting some kind of chemical.
There was no way Ramona was going to tell the doctors what she took, but by allowing her to see Dr. Charles in order to treat her, they were kind of rewarding her reckless behavior.
Still, Dr. Charles did make some headway with her when he pried about her relationship with her father.
None of it rubbed me the right way. Ramona seemed all too obsessed with her dad, and after his passing, she transferred that obsession onto any male doctor that gave her attention.
She explained that he liked her when she was younger, but when she got older, she no longer fulfilled his needs, which again, does not sit well with me.
If her father was sexually abusing her, it would explain her current obsessions and why she does what she does to get attention.
Before Dr. Charles could really get down to the root of the problem, he was pulled away by his daughter, Anna. In that time, Ramona disappeared, and Anna felt pretty guilty afterward.
I have this terrible feeling that Ramona will somehow find her way to Dr. Charles’ house and come after Anna.
What did you think of the episode? Who was more out of line — Halstead, Manning, or Dean?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Chicago Med Review – Letting Go Only to Come Together (6×11)
Sometimes the doctors at Chicago Med have to deal with cases that require a little extra brainpower.
Both Dr. Choi and Dr. Virani and Dr. Manning and Crockett teamed up to solve medical mysteries.
Choi treated a 21-year-old pro tennis player who got hit in the chest. However, his irregular heartbeat and frequent nosebleeds didn’t make sense for someone in good health.
When he wasn’t able to figure out the cause of Montez’s condition, Choi reluctantly accepted help from Dr. Virani, who he was pushing away after noticing her little fling with Halstead.
Virani proved to be useful as together, they were able to determine that the situation wasn’t related to the heart and was actually stemming from Montez’s lung condition.
Virani and Choi celebrated the win by playing a game of chess together, which made Halstead pretty jealous.
It seems as though Virani is fully aware that both men are interested in her, but it also doesn’t seem like she’s interested in either of them in a romantic way.
The two of them have butted heads professionally for years and now, they’re competing for the attention of the same woman.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Virani was just a friendly person and already had a significant other?
We don’t know much about her, so it’s totally possible!
Crockett and Manning’s relationship is heating up. He’s over for family dinner, bonding with Nat’s mom, and allegedly met Owen!
And the duo even exchanged “I love you’s.” Crockett’s vulnerability is the highlight of the season!
Manning’s relationships have always been pretty toxic and affected her personal and professional life, but with Crockett, she’s excelling in both departments.
Their romance is budding and they work really well together!
They rarely disagree on a course of treatment, even when presented with a tough-to-crack case like Lisa’s.
Lisa came in with a stack of medical records surrounding her abdominal pain that no other doctor was able to diagnose.
But nothing is impossible for Natalie and Crockett. Not only did they figure out the issue, but they also found a solution that finally eliminated her pain.
These two are like the Superman and Lois Lane of Med.
I wasn’t entirely sure what the deal was with Manning’s mother. She seemed a little uncomfortable with Crockett’s religion, but then she sent him a Persian gift basket, which almost seemed like a peace offering.
Was this simply a tool to give us more background on Crockett? Will it come into play if they eventually decide to get married?
I truly hope Manning’s mother doesn’t dismiss him because of his beliefs and culture!
Halstead teamed up with Dr. Charles to treat a patient who was experiencing seizures and seeing visions of his late wife.
The man seemed aware that his wife was dead, but that didn’t stop him from finding comfort in her presence.
Eventually, it was revealed that a tumor was causing his ghostly visions. Dr. Charles, who knows a thing or two about losing a spouse, was able to successfully convince the man to get the surgery even if it meant he wouldn’t have his wife around anymore.
Grief and loss as so powerful.
Sharon Goodwin put out a new set of rules after her son, Michael, overstepped in his pharma position, which didn’t sit well with the COO Gwen Garrett.
It’s nice to know Goodwin and Garrett still don’t get along!
Goodwin was straddling the line between protecting the hospital and her son. Her loyalties were getting a bit murky, so it was a relief when Michael announced he was leaving his job at Med.
I’d hardly call this a huge loss as the series failed to find a compelling way to work Michael into the narrative.
And then there was the tension between Lanik and April. Honestly, Lanik is such a pompous ass.
Even if April was in the wrong, I’m never excited when there’s a storyline that includes him because of his nasty attitude.
After seeing potential in April, he sent her to work the COVID ICU unit, which was a welcome change of pace for her.
April’s been drawn to the COVID unit since the onset of the pandemic, so it was nice to see her back in her element.
And I love that the series showcased that nurses have to deal with patients who are literally dying from the disease and remain in denial about it.
As she was gasping for air, Mrs. Caine continued pushing the narrative that COVID-19 isn’t real.
People can have their beliefs — it’s not as serious, mask mandates are a joke, vaccines aren’t necessary — but it’s ignorant to say it isn’t real when people are dying daily!
Still, since April knew she wasn’t going to change Mrs. Caine’s mind, she went along with it to convince her to accept help.
And when Mrs. Caine lost consciousness and April couldn’t reach Lanik, she decided to push meds without a doctor’s approval, which is a big no-no.
Here’s the thing, though… are we shocked? Are we surprised?
April has a tendency to cross lines and hope for the best largely because Choi has always given her a pass and looked the other way.
However, since they aren’t together anymore, this could really come back to bite her.
She may have saved a life, but in the process, she infuriated a doctor who isn’t the most pleasant to work with.
Will she finally face the consequences of her actions?
What did you think of Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 11? Let us know in the comments below
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