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.
Chicago Med Review – Choi and April Call It Quits, But is It Really Over? (5×19)
These doctors need to learn how to compartmentalize on Chicago Med.
The amount of personal feelings and emotions that affect the ED at Gaffney is ridiculous.
How are these excellent doctors not able to separate their private lives from their professional lives and put forth what’s most important — saving patients?
Will Halstead used to be the biggest offender, and yet, the best thing the series could have done for him was to separate his fate from Natalie Manning’s.
The minute those two began steering clear of each other and cut all romantic ties, Halstead suddenly began thinking in a clear manner.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, he still makes questionable judgment calls, but at least he’s not leading from a place of personal benefit.
When he suggested Dr. Asher to help his patient with brain cancer, there was definitely a small part of him that wanted to help her and prove to everyone else that she’s a good doctor despite the drug addiction because he felt guilty for bringing it to light, but for the most part, he truly believes that she’s the best.
He believes in her skill, her knowledge, and that she’ll make the right calls. There’s no doubt about that.
Asher shouldn’t be shunned or demeaned because of her personal life, especially because she’s taken the necessary steps to get it in order and be the best version of herself that she can be when she steps into the hospital.
She also made the right choice, and Halstead’s decision to support her treatment plan had nothing to do with his feelings for her.
Marcie made it perfectly clear that she wanted to go through with the procedure. She was aware of the risks, and her desire to leave behind a child for her husband trumped the fear of dying.
Both Asher and Halstead honored her wishes and did their best to get the best outcome. Unfortunately, there are some cases you simply can’t win. Even Marcie’s husband understood that when he thanked Dr. Halstead for honoring his wife’s last wishes.
If anyone was blinded by feelings, it was Mrs. Curry, who we know had a thing for Halstead and previously tried to ask him out.
She thought less of Asher because of addiction and when she realized that Asher and Halstead were together, it bothered her.
We haven’t seen Dr. Asher’s post-addiction struggle play out on screen, but the series wanted us to understand that she’s been doing better thanks to Halstead.
Despite warnings that a relationship isn’t good for a recovering addict, Halstead seems to be Asher’s rock. He’s given her the confidence she needs to overcome this, which was obvious when she was vocal about her struggle and needing an NA meeting following the loss of her patient.
She’s on the right path by being able to acknowledge that she needs help.
With Halstead no longer leading with his feelings, Dr. Choi is the next in line, and he’s doing a horrible job of masking his insecurities and anger at Crockett.
The guy saw April and Crockett in the same room and almost flipped a lid.
Two separate yet connected patients were rushed into the hospital and forced Crockett, Choi, and April to all work together, and let’s say, it was an explosive combo.
Choi kept digging into Crockett and pretending that it was about his patient simply because he refused to acknowledge the real problem.
He wasn’t angry with Crockett (at least not fully), he was angry at April. He simply used Crockett as a punching bag.
Dr. Charles gave us some of his best work when he told Choi that it’s often easier to focus anxiety and anger elsewhere because it’s easier to face the pain of looking at the real issue.
Once Choi realized that he could throw a million punches at Crockett and it still wouldn’t make him feel better, he knew what he had to do, and it’s something that he should have done when he first found out about April’s cheating.
Instead, he went around acting petty and leading with anger which was a disturbance for staff and patients.
April seemed rather surprised by Choi’s decision to break up, but girl, what did you expect?
Choi could have forgiven the act of cheating and kissing another man, but he couldn’t forgive being lied to for weeks.
She tried to mask the problem by going all in on the IVF, but a baby, as we all should know by now, is never going to fix the problem.
Choi would never be able to trust April completely, and he’d never get over her fleeting fling with Crockett.
And while April might be distraught, she has to know that this is for the best because it gives her the opportunity to pursue her deeply repressed feelings for Crockett.
She didn’t just mess up during surgery because of Ethan, she messed up because getting so close to Crockett makes her nervous that she’s slip up again.
Crockett is a mystery wrapped inside a riddle that I very much want to unravel.
He’s the most composed of all of them, he takes risks, but most importantly, he’s able to own up to his mistakes. On the outside, he seems like a great guy, but there’s something bubbling inside, some darkness that we haven’t tapped into yet.
Natalie is seeing it because she questioned if he’s alright, but the fact that Crockett refused to talk about it says a lot.
And, of course, I still can’t shake the storyline where he wasn’t able to save a child and drowned his sorrow at the bottom of a bottle at the bar. I’m holding firm in my theory that he has experienced the loss of a child which ruined his relationship or marriage.
Dr. Choi’s patient, Zach, clearly wanted to commit suicide and was being coaxed by his father to say that a homeless man pushed him.
It was disturbing to see a father completely disregard his son’s issues and claim that depression was a sign of weakness. Yes, he was scared his son would get arrested and charged for vehicular manslaughter, but it was more than that. He was embarrassed and ashamed to acknowledge that his son had a legitimate problem. He felt it made him less of a man.
Our society needs to get to a point where people realize that matters of the mind are just as real of an issue as a heart attack or diabetes. The quicker we do that, the better for all children and adults suffering in silence.
Can you just imagine how bad it must be to live with someone like that that the kid tries to kill himself and the mother refused to say a word even though she knew that by not speaking up, she could lose her child for good?
It’s a heartbreaking realization made even more daunting when you realize it’s real life for some people.
Hopefully, the mother will find the courage to reach out to Charles and give her son a fighting chance.
Maggie and Ben are also giving Auggie a fighting chance.
We all saw the fostering (which will likely turn to adoption) storyline coming from a mile away, but it was still touching when it happened.
Maggie and Ben grew attached to Auggie while he was in the hospital, but more importantly, they were the only ones capable of offering him the kind of care that he truly needed.
Maggie knew everything from his favorite breakfast to what made him laugh to the kind of treatment he needed.
She didn’t have to prep for being his foster mom, she already was his foster mom with or without the paperwork.
The storyline was also able to briefly shine a light on how inequipped DCFS is to make choices for a child that could potentially save his life.
They wouldn’t sign off on a treatment deemed necessary by doctors because they thought it wasn’t necessary. Seriously, what?
Helping a child who feels like no one wants him is hard enough, it shouldn’t have to come with several hoops to jump in order to get him the proper care.
Speaking of parenthood, Sharon is concerned about her son. At first, finding out that Michael got a job at Med was music to her ears, but when he began trying to get personal information on her doctors and surgeons, she got a little worried.
Her radar really went off when Dr. Lanik told her that her son was a great salesman because he gifted him a bottle of scotch.
At that point, Sharon knew that Michael’s tactic was to bribe the staff into giving him their time and using Kender’s products.
As someone who advocates for her doctors and fights against the system on multiple occasions, you know she won’t stand for this in her OR, but she’s personally involved now.
How will she handle it?
For an impromptu penultimate episode, Chicago Med brought out some of their best work and set the stage for a promising early season finale. If it feels slightly premature, you’re right, next week is the last episode because coronavirus forced the series to shutter production so they have no episodes left in the reserve. Womp womp.
What did you think of the episode, Cravers? Did Choi do the right thing by ending things with April?
What’s Crockett’s big secret?
Chicago Med Review – Halstead Undermines Dr. Charles and Makes a Bad Call (5×18)
Before I go into this review, I have to say that seeing the credits roll out at the end of Chicago Med emphasized just how deeply coronavirus is going to impact the television landscape. We know that Med shuttered production on season 5 prematurely, and it’s bound to affect episode count, however, for now, the series clarified that it’ll be back in two weeks on April 8.
“In the Name of Love” proved that Halstead continues to be his own worst enemy. That guy can’t get it right if his life depended on it.
He constantly makes terrible decisions that are usually driven by his own ego and need to be right.
Dr. Charles made it very clear (very clear) that his patient with Alzheimer’s was not in the right frame of mind to make decisions or override a previous advanced directive she signed off on before the disease took control, and yet, he still undermined him and chose to save her.
Sure, she verbally expressed her desire to be saved, but as Charles pointed out, a brief fluctuation in cognition should not be assumed as a breakthrough.
Halstead didn’t just undermine Charles, he disregarded the patient’s final act of self-determination and caused an abundance of suffering for a family who was simply acting on her previously disclosed wishes.
None of this is surprising, however. Not with Will Halstead.
Goodwin said it right that with Halstead, it’s a case of deja vu that’s all too familiar. How does he never learn?
It seemed like he may have had a moment of clarity when Charles advised him against pursuing a relationship with Hannah because it would be detrimental to her recovery.
He said it’s common for someone to have blinders to something they don’t want to hear, and it seemed like the message came across loud and clear to Halstead.
He even informed Hannah that they should stay clear of anything romantic to give her time to recover, but she didn’t have to do more than bat her eyelashes and his mind changed completely.
Honestly, Halstead, stand your ground and make the right choice once in your life.
Hannah has proven over and over that she knows what to say to get her way, but she’s not going to cope well when things hit the fan and it’ll be his fault.
Nat and Crockett have an interesting professional relationship. They both want more, but they’re quick to turn on each other when they disagree on patient care, which happened when he convinced her patient to undergo an extremely radical surgery that could result in death.
Natalie thought his decisions were biased and motivated by professional advancement, but Crockett stood his ground because it was the best course of treatment. Plus, he was confident in himself.
Initially, the surgery was a massive success, but as Crockett, Nick, and Alice were celebrating, Nick lost consciousness and died thus proving Natalie right.
It would have been so easy for her to say “I told you so,” but Nat was thoroughly impressed by Crockett’s motivation.
After talking with Alice, she also realized she was focusing solely on this one patient while Crockett was viewing the bigger picture and making leaps to perfect the procedure for future patients including Nick’s son.
Of course, Nick was terrified, but he was already terminal, so his decision prioritized others who could still have a fighting chance. It may be the biggest sacrifice he’s ever given his son, and I wish that we could get a follow-up to this storyline somewhere down the line.
There was definitely a moment between Nat and Crockett, which was interrupted by some new chick he was seeing. It’s unclear why he wants to maintain an image of a playboy when he very clearly is a good man and a good doctor.
I’m patiently waiting for the episode that gives us more insight into his past.
Tensions were high between April and Choi after he found out that she cheated with him on Season 5 Episode 17.
For much of the episode, Choi was projecting his own fears, insecurities, and anger at his patient, a woman who almost died because she was ingesting too much protein that was harming her.
Choi didn’t believe her and said that she was either lying or in denial, which applied perfectly to April. I assumed the culprit was her smoothies and was shocked that her boyfriend was essentially drugging her to prevent her from losing weight because he was scared that if she did, she’d leave him.
The woman was pretty calm about the situation after finding out the truth because “his heart was in the right place,” but let’s not shy away from the very real problem that this man has a boatload of insecurities that he has to work through and that might potentially be dangerous to others.
Choi was just as shocked as I was at her nonchalant reaction, but April pointed out that he’s basically been acting like that towards her about her cheating slip-up.
Of course, April wants him to be angry because it’ll justify the anger she herself feels. And Choi did get a little worked up, but made a good point — why are they talking about it if she doesn’t have feelings for him?
April’s consumed by guilt largely because she still feels something for Crockett. Even now, she’s not being honest with herself.
She may love Ethan and want to be with him, but she’s always going to have this part of herself that’s drawn to Crockett.
The best thing they can do right now is to take a break and get some space.
Goodwin had a rough day. In addition to dealing with Halstead’s mess, again, she also had to come clean about her relationship with Burt and confront what it meant for the family.
While I’ve never been fond of her taking back the cheater, I have to admit Goodwin framed it in a valid way when she explained it to her equally-as-upset son, Michael.
Burt may have been the catalyst, but they both contributed to the fallout of their 35-year marriage. Burt has attempted to atone for his mistakes and there’s no point in living in the past, pointing fingers, or focusing on those mistakes.
Their primary focus should be on the future and while it’s unclear if they’ll get back together, they are all still a family and need to start acting like one and healing.
Michael didn’t want to hear it, but it was necessary. If his mother can get over it, so can he.
Maggie and Ben helped treat one of his students, a sick boy named Auggie, whose foster care mother gave him up because it was too much to handle and she wasn’t equipped.
It’s incredibly sad to see someone crumble under the pressures of not being able to take care of a special needs child. It’s her responsibility to get him to necessary appointments yet she gets absolutely no help to make it happen and struggles to find the time because she’s working.
Of course, this led Auggie to believe no one wanted him, and as he stayed the night at the hospital while they contacted social services, Maggie and Ben canceled their honeymoon to be with him.
We all know they’re going to attempt to legally adopt Auggie, and can I just say, out of all the storylines on this series, the writers have nailed Maggie’s.
Maggie and Ben love helping people, they know what it’s like to be sick and need someone to rely on, and they both found each other while battling cancer — there’s no one more equipped for this role.
What did you like about the episode? What were you not a fan of?
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Chicago Med 100th Episode Review – April Comes Clean to Choi, Maggie Gets Married (5×17)
The 100th episode of Chicago Med is upon us and that is a huge accomplishment. Congrats to the cast, crew, and everyone at Dick Wolf productions!
That being said, I expected just a teensy-bit more from the episode. The final few minutes really brought the action and packed us with happiness (though it really made me want to go bowling and considering the state of the world, it’s impossible right now), but the rest of the hour unraveled at a slow pace.
Dr. Charles’ storyline focused on his 13-year-old daughter Anna, and I’ll be honest, I totally forgot he had another daughter outside of Robin. It took me aback, so it made sense that Anna and her mother were both upset with Charles because they felt like he’d “forgotten” about her following CiCi’s death. The keyword being forgotten.
While Dr. Charles started off as an estranged father, he mended his relationship with Robin rather quickly, so I feel like the same will happen here. Plus, he’s now aware that Anna is craving attention because it’s obvious her vaping incident was simply done so that her father would care about her.
It all came to head when Anna snuck out of his office and saw Charles trying to take a mother away from her daughter. The two entered into a heated argument where he accepted his responsibility and promised he’d step up and be there for her.
Charles was dealing with family drama both his and involving a mother and the daughter, who were almost separated because of a wrong diagnosis. The mother was flagged for Munchausen by proxy when she was really suffering from PTSD after giving birth to a premature daughter.
If it hadn’t been for caring doctors like Charles and Natalie, the mother would have had DCFS called on her and her daughter taken away.
It’s incredibly sad how some health care providers are so eager to expect the worst. The mother never exhibited any signs of wanting to hurt her daughter, she simply needed help herself.
April has been bottling up a huge secret and it finally exploded following a health scare. A secret like that will really get you.
While nothing was seriously wrong with April — it was a consequence of doubling up her hormones to force in-vitro — she took it as a sign that she needed to come clean to Choi before the secret destroyed her.
She has been trying so hard to get pregnant and give Ethan the family she wants because she’s guilty, and the guilt was consuming her.
Of course, Ethan’s reaction to finding out that April kissed Crockett was anything but subtle. He physically attacked the man he was slowly befriending for making moves on his girl right there in the ED.
Honestly, I’m torn about this. Choi acknowledged to Sharon Goodwin that he was so desperate to have a baby that he ignored the red flags with April, sure, but upon finding out the truth, he never blamed her.
His reaction was immediately to pick a fight with Crockett. And while Crockett definitely overstepped, he also wasn’t close to Ethan and pursued April because she gave him the green light.
It takes two to tango, and April is just as at fault as Crockett is.
Crockett also never said anything because he respected April’s wishes and what she wanted, which was to keep what happened a secret. It was unfair for Crockett to get the brunt of Choi’s anger.
April felt well enough to attend Maggie’s nuptials, and though Ethan didn’t show up, she couldn’t help continue pining for Crockett.
Personally, I haven’t been able to figure Crockett out. At first, he seemed like an ego-drive doctor who was full of himself, but over time, we saw that he was level-headed, never led with emotion, and had a dark past.
He seemed like a good guy. I thought so, and apparently Nat thought so, but when she confronted him about “making moves” on April and thinking he was a “decent guy,” his response was weird and scummy: “what gave you that idea.”
It could be an act to keep people at bay since he’s clearly still pining for April as well. It’s unclear if he feels guilty, but he definitely respected April’s wishes and her relationship after she made it clear that nothing would happen between them, so that must count for something.
The fact that April was still drawn to Crockett after Ethan was there for her and clearly in love with her proves that she never deserved that relationship.
As it stands, Crockett and April deserve each other.
Ethan and Crockett also worked side-by-side treating a gunshot patient who refused to come clean about the fact that he had been shot before.
It’s interesting that they dealt with a case that involved secrets as Crockett and April were keeping a major one from Ethan.
Shoutout to Trudy for her guest appearance and breaking up the playground fight between Ethan and Crockett!
April’s medical case also involved the return of Dr. Hannah Asher, who was scrutinized by her fellow doctors and nurses who couldn’t see past her drug addiction.
Halstead’s had his fair share of questionable moments, but I have to hand it to him for really vouching for Hannah and wanting to help her.
When everyone else scoffed at the sight of her and questioned her medical judgment, he stuck his neck out for her because he believed she was more than the disease.
Ethan also came at Hannah with disgust, which reminded me why I’m not usually his biggest fan.
However, April was also caring and sweet and didn’t judge Hannah based on one mistake.
Initially, Hannah couldn’t stand the sight of Halstead, but after he stood behind his decision to out her publicly and said he wouldn’t change anything about how he handled it because she would’ve originally denied it, he came around.
Hannah was in denial and if it hadn’t been for Halstead pushing her into mandatory rehab, she would have never gotten the help she needed.
“You gave me my life back,” she told him right before he asked her to be his date to the wedding.
Natalie clearly acknowledged Will’s new relationship and didn’t seem to mind, so hopefully, this marks the end of trying to make Will and Nat happen.
Amidst all the drama, there was a happy ending as Maggie and Ben tied the knot in the most perfect way.
Maggie turned into a bit of a bridezilla and didn’t allow Ben to have much of a say in the wedding prep (which miraculously only took her 2-weeks to plan), but all of that went to hell once the venue began having an issue.
Ben rescued the day by first telling Maggie that she cannot be approaching her life like a cancer survivor and thinking she has to control everything now before pulling together a last-minute wedding that blew her mind.
Ben and Maggie’s relationship has been unconventional since day one, so it only made sense that their wedding was just as unique and quirky.
The bowling theme fits into their relationship since Ben is on a bowling league, and it was so refreshing to see the staff at Med, that’s usually so uptight and ready to save the world, just let loose and enjoy themselves.
Also, how beautiful did Maggie look? She deserves this moment so much.
It may have been a wedding celebration, but it definitely also seemed like a 100th episode celebration. Though let me be perfectly honest, I couldn’t help but wonder who was working in the ED since they were all enjoying themselves!
What did you think of the 100th episode? Did you expect more? Did it hit the mark?
Sound off in the comments.
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