Connect with us
CHICAGO MED -- "Folie À Deux" CHICAGO MED -- "Folie À Deux"

Chicago Med

Chicago Med – Folie à Deux (3×11)

CHICAGO MED -- "Folie À Deux" Episode 311 -- Pictured: Oliver Platt as Daniel Charles -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

Published

on

Throughout the majority of this season, Chicago Med’s problems have been rooted in the doctors getting too personally involved in a case and “trying” to do something about it.

By now, Natalie should probably be removed from being the hospital’s pediatrician as she’s clearly unstable when it comes to accepting other people’s ways of parenting. Not that she wasn’t 100% right about what she said about vaccinations but I found Natalie’s outbursts unprofessional (again).

While I’m glad she didn’t attempt to cross lines and persuade them to get the vaccinations, do them herself, something equally as crazy, which would have fallen in line with her recent actions — doing things in spite of herself — she was still hotheaded.

She didn’t even have to physically work with Will this week to exhibit some Will-ish behaviors.

But while we’re on the topic, please, vaccinate your kids so we don’t have another bout of whooping cough plaguing the streets of Chicago.

Connor and Ava’s hook up was necessary after all the build-up, but it would have been better if it had been fueled by anger or at least a little hatred for each other.

That’s what drew them together in the first place! 

It’ll be interesting to see how their relationship flourishes since they are working together and will also be competing with each other for a coveted spot on Latham’s surgical team. I’m calling it now: their competitive nature will bring out their ugly sides and Latham will be so disappointed, neither of them will be chosen.

I also don’t think the competition will stop them from hooking up in the future, it will probably turn them on more! 

However, given Connor’s recent track record with women, I could see this being a one-time thing before they both admit that it was a “mistake.”

For the first time, I didn’t mind Dr. Choi and April’s storyline but only because they weren’t heavily involved in it.

Aside from chasing each other around with few articles of clothing and then taking care of the patients, their screentime was limited.

One of Med’s strong suits are the week-by-week cases that present themselves. I was so intrigued by the stabbing situation that occurred between Choi’s neighbors, especially because it was difficult to see who was actually telling the truth.

The woman clearly believed he was out to get her and poisoning her food. He was adamant that his neighbor stabbed him when he was delivering her mail.

Then, a third subject came into the picture and there was something really off about her. According to Dr. Charles, she was a psychopath that was manipulating the woman into doing whatever she told her so that she would kill her neighbor.

She wasn’t what you would picture when you envisioned a psychopath but that’s what made it so intriguing; she was so persuasive, her neighbor didn’t even pick up on it.

Dr. Charles has been spread fairly thin recently and in addition to this messy case, he also got a visit from Reese’s estranged father.

A professor of his stature seemed like someone Charles could trust and when he mentioned he wanted to fix his relationship with Reese, Charles supported it considering how he once had a strained relationship with Robin.

However, after realizing her father lied to her about trying to keep in touch, he became a little more skeptical.

Reese gave her father a chance solely because Dr. Charles nudged her in the direction, which is what Reese’s father’s agenda was the whole time. He knew she would listen to her mentor.

Then, when Charles confronted him, he flat-out admitted he was dying and he was going to use his daughter for her money and poor Dr. Charles can’t say anything because of the stupid patient-confidentiality agreement.

Given how much he cares about Reese, I’m willing to bet he’ll be compromised ethically so that he can warn her and save her the heartache.

Her mother was right — he will only hurt her.

Imagine how upset Reese will be when she finds out Dr. Charles knew and didn’t tell her.

Barry needs to keep it moving because the storyline never was and now never will be. We don’t care about it. Maggie doesn’t care about it. She’s less concerned with the name change and more upset with the fact that all this time, Barry completely lied to her. She doesn’t need that kind of negativity in her life and Nat needs to stop trying to persuade her to give him another chance. 

Barry may be a good guy, and he may have saved her life, but he just doesn’t belong here. This is beyond repair.

I’ll briefly touch on Noah because well, I think anytime he’s been a focus of any kind on the series, he has messed something up. But really, it wasn’t even his fault, the blame lands on Stohl who was presiding over him and didn’t catch the mistake. I’d expect a resident intern to miss the signs but for how much Stohl talks himself up, this was on him.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

Chicago Med

Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)

Published

on

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?

If you are having a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis, call 988. 

Continue Reading

Chicago Med

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?

Published

on

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?

Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

Continue Reading

Chicago Med

Chicago Med Review – I Think There’s Something You’re Not Telling Me (911)

Published

on

CHICAGO MED -- "I Think There is Something You're Not Telling Me" Episode 90011

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?

Continue Reading

Trending