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Do the doctors at Chicago Med ever just stop and think “maybe I shouldn’t be crossing this line today?”

No? I didn’t think so.

It’s truly amazing that any of them still have jobs.
Natalie took a page right out of Will’s playbook when she disregarded a parent’s wishes and forced her opinions on them.
Even worse is that she locked them out of the room and began a treatment they vehemently opposed.
It’s messy, and I had to look away because I couldn’t watch her ruin her career in such this way.
This would have been a rather gut-punching storyline had Natalie’s motivation been the child’s safety above even her career, but I don’t think that’s what’s happening.
Natalie seems to know she broke the rules, but she doesn’t care because she wants to prove a point.
But what if the kid doesn’t have pneumonia? She said she wasn’t entirely sure from the X-Rays and that it could just be a sinus infection.
There weren’t any compelling reasons to even believe pneumonia was in the picture. Even Will said it likely wasn’t the case.
It came off as her wanting so badly to be right and to show the parents that they were being negligent.
Her approach has definitely become more “I’m right, you’re wrong,” and that could be caused by her memory loss.
Sure, she seems to remember everything about being a doctor, but maybe the side-affects are that she’s more impulsive or ego-driven. We’ve seen her be agitated and short-tempered also.
I’m not sure. At first, it seemed like Chicago Med tried to paint her as a victim of both Lanik and Halstead’s overbearingness, but now there’s a reason they oversaw her treatments.
Natalie wasn’t ready for a full workload while she was still recovering, but she better be ready to pay the price for her actions because she’ll undoubtedly get arrested if not stripped of her license.
I would have expected such behavior from Will since that’s usually his M/O.
Choi was skeptical of Crockett’s when it came to patient care and teaching Noah.
His concern stemmed from caring for Noah so much. Not only did he train him for the past year, but Noah is also his girlfriend’s brother. There’s a deeper relationship there, and he didn’t want Noah to pick up any bad habits.
Thankfully, Noah seems to have his head on straight so there shouldn’t be much to worry about.
Maggie continued to keep her cancer treatments a secret, but it was becoming harder as she became weaker.
The moment where she looked in the mirror and took put on her wig to cover up the hair loss from the chemo was such a powerful portrayal of living with cancer.
They were even more powerful was when she finally worked up the courage to come clean to her friends — April and the rest of the nurses. They’ve been worried about Maggie and clearly realizing that something was up with her.
Their speechless reaction and the way Maggie took off her wig was understated. When they cried and hugged her, I felt as if Maggie was a real person and my close friend.
Dr. Charles’ wife Caroline helped Maggie come to the realization that cancer isn’t something you can fight solo.
You need the support of those closest to you to keep you up and in a positive mood when things start looking bleak.
Maggie is tough, but she doesn’t have to go through this alone. She shouldn’t have to.
Caroline’s advice was the smartest thing she did this episode because inviting both Bert and Sharon to dinner was a grave mistake.
Caroline may be feeling her own mortality, but that’s not a good enough reason to meddle in other people’s lives.
She and Dr. Charles got back together because they wanted to.
They reunited and something clicked again — no one forced them back into each other’s lives.
And Caroline would have never allowed that given how opinionated she is about her own life.
But nothing made playing matchmaker to a couple that hasn’t spoken in years a good idea.
I was just as baffled as Dr. Charles was standing there knowing damn well that Sharon wanted to give him hell for it.
There better not be a happy ending here because Burt doesn’t deserve it and Sharon’s better off without him.
Do you think Natalie’s career is over?
Will she pay the price for her actions or will she somehow get out of it?


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Third-year med students begin their rotation in the ED and Maggie keeps a careful eye on one of them. Natalie, whose mom’s health takes another decline, tries to cover up how she broke the rules to treat her.

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Torrey DeVitto, Yaya DaCosta Leaving ‘Chicago Med’ Ahead of Season 7

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Someone rush over a crash cart because this news has crushed us!

Chicago Med is losing two incredible cast members ahead of the NBC drama’s seventh season. 

Torrey DeVitto, who plays doctor Natalie Manning, and Yaya DaCosta, who plays nurse April Sexton, will not be returning in the fall, per Deadline.

DaCosta is leaving to lead Lee Daniels’ Our Kind of People, which nabbed a straight-to-series order at FOX. 

DeVitto, from Pretty Little Liars and One Tree Hill fame, will star in an upcoming indie film titled Skelly. 

She even confirmed the news to her fans on social media, writing: “Well, looks like the cat is out of the bag…All good things must come to an end.

It has been such an honor and pure joy to bring Dr. Natalie Manning to life for all of you on Chicago Med for the past 6 seasons. But it is now time for her and me to bow out and say goodbye.

Thank you to all you loyal watchers who adored her as much as I did.

I can’t wait to share what’s to come with all of you. New adventures await!”

Both DeVitto and DaCosta have appeared in the #OneChicago franchise since Med’s premiere in 2015.

Per the publication, their contracts were up at the end of season 6 and both actresses decided not to renew. 

The rest of the cast ( S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi and Marlyne Barrett as nurse Maggie Lockwood) is expected to return pending contract negotiations.

All three Chicago shows were renewed for three additional seasons back in 2020 — Chicago Fire through season 11, Chicago PD through season 10, and Chicago Med through season 8.

The current storylines have seemingly been setting up for the actresses’ exits as Manning found herself in hot water after stealing medication to help her mother, while April decided to return to nursing school. 

We’ll definitely miss DeVitto and DaCosta, but we wish them the best of luck in future projects!

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Chicago Med Review – What a Tangled Web We Weave (6×13)

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Chicago Med Review What a Tangled Web We Weave Season 6 Episode 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.

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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?

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