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Chicago Med – In the Valley of the Shadows (5×03)

CHICAGO MED -- "In The Valley Of The Shadows" Episode 502 -- Pictured: (l-r) Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi, Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood -- (Photo by: Liz Sisson/NBC)

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Chicago Med continues its triumphant 5th season return with a third stellar episode in a row.

Doctors Orders – Dr. Charles remains pretty neutral when it comes to diagnosis patients. He never puts his personal beliefs into his clinical analysis and remains objective, yet he cannot seem to follow that same advice when it comes to his family. After Caroline takes a tumble and breaks her wrist, Dr. Charles urges her not to go through with surgery since it isn’t in her best interest. He’s echoing the sentiments of her oncologist since her immune system’s been compromised by the chemo, but Caroline is stubborn.

She doesn’t want her husband the doctor, she wants her husband the understanding human.  A patient summed up Dr. Charles’ problem in the best possible way: he gives them an option to decide about treatment and then shames them for their decision.

Not that Charles was wrong in his analysis. Caroline was being stubborn and was rushing into something without considering her needs above her wants. But it’s easy for a cancer patient whose life has been turned upsidedown to want some control. That’s the part Charles was missing when speaking to his wife.

 

Own Up to Your Mistakes – Natalie put a patient’s life in danger when she had what most of us would call a brain fart and ordered a nurse to push the wrong drugs. We know Natalie is more than capable, but many doctors at Med have this ego issue where they won’t admit they’re struggling because it’s viewed as weaker or less than. They could sit there and dish out solid advice to every single patient, yet fail to listen to their own. It’s frustrating.

Natalie’s flub was an honest mistake, but it was one she could have paid for dearly. Will Halstead blew everything out of proportion, but he was right when he suggested taking it easy. His motives for wanting Natalie to look into a beta trail to help with her memory loss does stem from his selfishness, but it also comes from a place of concern and protection.

Will knows that Natalie didn’t come to tell him she was engaged and the sooner she remembers, the quicker they can get rid of Phillip, who honestly is growing increasingly creepy. The way he was hanging around the hospital with the kiddos gives me those Dear John vibes. Does he have any hobbies or is he leeching off of Natalie? I couldn’t shake this concerned feeling every time he was around Owen.

Will is also trying to protect Natalie from getting in trouble with the board. If she’s not properly healed and messes up with a patient, even in the slightest, it could cause some real issues for him. It’s better safe than sorry. Arguably, there was a better way for Halstead to approach the situation, but Natalie has been known to be stubborn.

 

What is Dr. Marcel’s Deal – Dr. Marcel is a bit of an enigma. He seems like a doctor who knows what he’s doing, but he’s been in two of the three episodes this season and the only thing that has been known is that he has an ego the size of China.

Marcel’s approach to dealing with a woman who rushed her bloody, non-breathing baby to the ER had every right to make April nervous and suspicious. April is intuitive and highly trained — she knew immediately that there was something shady about the “mother.” And yet every time, Marcel allowed the mother to refuse treatment and undermined April.

That is until April found out that Marcel gave the new mother Ativan so she would knock out and so he could illegal pull a blood sample to figure out if she had just given blood.

Maybe he isn’t such a monster after all?

The storyline with the stolen baby was disturbing only because it felt torn from the headlines. Very recently, a tragic story about a mother and her daughter killing a young mother and cutting the baby out of her womb disgusted the city of Chicago.

The worst part is that the “fake mother” was so distraught over the loss of her son, she thought what she was doing was justified.

 

You Need Help – Another person in the OR who doesn’t admit to needing help is Maggie. The chemo is definitely impacting her and her ability to do the job yet she refused to train a new employee to replace her.

Understandably, feeling like your replaceable especially because of a situation out of your control must suck, but Maggie’s denial was careless. She put her fellow doctors, her patients, and herself in danger. What if she fainted at the operating table and fell on top of a patient?

The job has never been easy even when Maggie’s health was at its best. There’s no need for her to do it all alone or act tough now.

Maggie’s decision to pass the torch to April was a better-suited solution and hopefully, this means she’ll finally confide in her best friend about what’s going on.

 

Ethically Struggling – Dr. Choi cannot seem to wrap his head around what it means to honor a patient’s last wishes.

While doctors are meant to save their patients at all costs, if someone comes in with a terminally ill disease, they have to honor the request and the DNR in place. Time and time again, Dr. Choi has challenged patients about what they want to do and how they want to do it, and it’s just getting tiring.

His patient was coherent and able to make his own decisions. If he thought cryonics was worth the risk then so be it.

Unless you’re dealing with a terminal illness, there’s absolutely no reason why you should preach about what’s right and what’s wrong to someone. These people are essentially staring down the barrel of a gun just waiting for it to fire.

And Dr. Charles was right — the patient didn’t see this solution as suicide, he saw it as the complete opposite.

 

What did you think of the episode? Are you digging Chicago Med this season?

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Chicago Med Review – Will Dr. Choi Ever Learn? (5×11)

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Chicago Med packed in some heavy storylines into one gut-punching episode that will have plenty of repercussions in the weeks to follow.

An electrical fire at O’Hare filled the ED with a few burn victims including one man that was so far gone, they weren’t even able to identify him.

Based on the seat number and the medical convention pass in his pocket, they deduced that it was their Head of Neurosurgery, Sam Abrams.

It was a blow to everyone on the staff as the realization that Sam would never walk or operate again set in.

His wife, Michelle, was a mess and after some time, decided to pull the plug on him because “Sam wouldn’t want to live like this.”

It was a fair assessment as the odds weren’t in his favor. Crockett and Choi believed he’d be mentally okay once his brain swelling went down, but Michelle knew that this wasn’t the quality of life an independent and successful man like Sam would have wanted.

And, of course, Choi didn’t respect Michelle’s wishes at all.

Choi’s always had an arrogance about him and his ego has pushed him into corners that don’t paint him in the greatest of light, but assuming that Michelle didn’t know what she was talking about because she was his wife of three months was a new low.

How did Choi think he had any authority to speak on Sam’s behalf if he mistook Michelle for Sam’s daughter? Clearly, they aren’t as close as Choi led on and thus, Choi wasn’t equipped to be making any kind of calls for Sam.

In fact, it’s way out of line for a doctor to try to push his own beliefs onto a patient or the patient’s spouse. And that’s what they were — Choi’s beliefs of what he would have wanted versus what was in Sam’s best interest.

Choi went to great lengths to stop Michelle, who he even called money-hungry, but even the board didn’t agree with him.

And neither did Crocket, who seems to be the only doctor in Gaffney who ever practices what he preaches and stays in his own damn lane.

Dr. Choi did do one thing right and that was saving the unknown patient after realizing that Sam is very much alive.

Sure, he was a little burnt by the Hawaiian sun, but not nearly as bad as the man they thought was him lying on the table getting the plug pulled.

Everyone’s reaction to seeing Sam was the equivalent of seeing a man get raised from the dead. Technically, he was, he just didn’t know it.

And yet, Dr. Choi still couldn’t let it go.

After Michelle left the hospital, he approached Sam to inform him that Michelle was going to remove him from life support and that proposed they wait until his daughter could be there to make a ruling.

Sam echoed the same exact thoughts Michelle did — he didn’t want to live like this and he never wanted his daughter to see him this wear or bear that responsibility — meaning that Michelle knew Sam better than anyone.

When Choi suggested that Michelle was a gold-digger, Sam pointed out that she’s the one with money in the relationship after inventing the formula for a widely popular protein shake. Cha-ching.

See what happens when we make unwarranted assumptions about a person based on our own personal bias.

Choi should spend more time worrying about his relationship and less about others.

Because last time I checked, he proposed to a woman who cheated on him with the very doctor he’s been clashing with and judging without really knowing.

Passing judgment is such an ugly look on Choi.

He apologized to Crockett in the end, but a friendship between Choi and Crockett is even more dangerous than them being frenemies.

Crocket promised to keep his and April’s kiss a secret, but will he be able to lie to a colleague for long?

The longer April keeps this from Choi, the worse it’s going to be for their relationship when he finds out because the fact that she’s hiding it means that it meant more than just an in the moment kiss.

April is trying to ease her guilt and smooth things over by marrying Choi and proposing IVF, but those are just attempts at covering up the truth.

Another employee at Gaffney had an eventful day and proved that she’s a terrible person who probably deserves everything that’s coming for her.

Gwen Garrett, the Chief Operating Officer, left her baby in the car when she went to work.

If it wasn’t for Natalie finding the baby (and knocking on the window as if an infant would somehow open the door and let her in), the child would have died.

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Then, things would have been even worse for her.

Sharon Goodwin took mercy on Gwen, despite their very obvious differences when it comes to patient care. She understood that Gwen’s going through a lot with her divorce and custody battle and knew that it was an honest mistake that Gwen deeply regretted.

It’s the kind of compassion that mothers should show each other in a time where judgment for actions isn’t necessary and won’t’ change anything.

And here I thought we were making some kind of progress with Gwen; that she was being humanized from the constant profit-turning machine that we’ve known her to be.

It’s easy to make calls to protect the hospital when you’re not on the receiving end, but now that Gwen was, it was obvious how much help and support she needed.

She also wanted Natalie and Sharon to keep the secret from her husband and lie about what happened, which isn’t only unethical but it’s just wrong.

Yes, telling the husband the truth would give him a lot of pull in the custody battle to paint Gwen as a bad mother, but owning up to her mistakes was the right thing to do.

Sharon thought that Gwen would understand that. Instead, Gwen tried to “return the favor” for Sharon’s silence by pushing through Halstead’s proposal for safe injection sites at Gaffney.

Eventually, Natalie came clean to the husband who did not have kind words for Gwen and in return, Gwen pulled the plug on the proposal that would help thousands of drug users with a safe space to wean off drugs.

It was an eye for an eye with her.

She never thanked Natalie for saving her son in the first place or the hospital for showing her so much sympathy when they could have dialed up DCFS.

Gwen proved that she’s a monster through-and-through who didn’t learn from her mistakes. She doesn’t care about other people, she only cares about what’s in it for her.

I hate to say it, but I don’t feel bad for her one bit. I do feel bad about the patients who will suffer at the hands of her wrath.

Speaking of Halstead’s safe injection site, it’s a cause near and dear to his heart following the death of his patient on Chicago Med Season 5 Episode 10 who died of addiction after being hooked on painkillers he prescribed her.

It’s great that Halstead is trying to right his wrongs and take responsibility, but with the proposal shut down, he has decided to open his clinic at an unsanctioned site, which Dr. Charles informs him is illegal and could cost him his medical license.

Halstead agrees seemingly admitting defeat, but if we believed that, we wouldn’t truly know Halstead.

Instead, he went to the site and struck up a deal with his partner to move forward with the injection site.

There’s trouble ahead for Halstead,  but what else is new?

Amidst all of that action, there was an IVF switch-up storyline that found a couple from the plane crash delivering a baby that wasn’t there’s.

The baby needed a lung transplant, but only one of the parents was a donor match, which brought up the revelation that they weren’t the biological parents.

The real parents were finally tracked down (and were pregnant with the other couple’s embryo) and one of them was also a match so the “mom” that carried baby agreed to donate to save the baby’s life.

Despite the trauma that they endured due to the switch-up, everyone bonded and they came out of the situation with new family members. Sometimes, there is a happy ending.

What did you think of Chicago Med?

Are you happy Sam is still alive?

What did you think of Dr. Choi? Should April tell him the truth?

Is Gwen the worst or is Gwen the worst?

And be sure to watch all episodes of Chicago Med season 5 right now!

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Chicago Med Midseason Premiere Review – The Drama Between Will and Nat Continues (5×10)

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New year, same old ED.

Chicago Med’s second half of season 5 picked up roughly six weeks following the dramatic events of the midseason finale.

Dr. Charles was grieving the loss of CiCi, who passed away off-screen, as we assumed. April was reeling with guilt following her kiss with Crockett and debating whether or not to tell Ethan when he came home from deployment, and Natalie and Will’s friendship remained fractured after she’d confessed her feelings for him after getting her memories back and getting rejected by him.

And from what just transpired between Will and Natalie regarding their patients, these two are not going be smoothing things over anytime soon. Or ever.

We can all agree that Will and Nat are toxic for each other as a couple, but they don’t even make good friends or partners. They have two clashing personalities — they believe they’re always right and never see eye-to-eye.

Patient care is at the center of their drama now. Will once again asked Natalie to bend the rules for a former patient, Lynne, who came back and blamed him for her oxy addiction,

She was treated by Will four years ago for a knee injury, which is when she began abusing drugs.

Will felt an enormous pang of guilt as Lynne made it very clear that she blamed him for what transpired, but Will should have known better. Despite writing out the prescription, it wasn’t his fault that she’d abused the drugs.

Moreso, the moment failed to really underline the issue of doctor’s “handing out prescription pain killers like candy.”

The statement was made, but it got lost in the hoopla of Lynne’s case and Will and Nat’s disagreement on how it should be handled.

Will wanted so badly to believe that this was a one-off situation with Lynne because it would ease his conscience, but we know addiction is a lifelong struggle. She was a patient four years ago and chances are, she has been using since then.

The rapid detox was a dangerous treatment method, but in their dire situation, one that felt necessary to help keep Lynne with her son.

Though, it was obvious even if Lynne was weaned off the addiction that she wasn’t in the right state of mind to take her son home and be his primary caregiver.

Lynne’s intentions may have been in the right place but it takes a lot of willpower to quit a bad habit. And sometimes, as we saw in this situation, loving your son isn’t motivation enough.

Did that mean Lynne should have lost her child? Absolutely not. She needed a helping hand and some guidance to set her on the right path.

It’s beyond frustrating that in these situations it’s either you keep your addiction a secret to keep a child or get help and risk losing your child. There’s truly no winning.

However, when you take a step back and take the personal out of it, Natalie did the right thing. She spoke to the son and realized this wasn’t a one-off situation as he carried Narcan in his backpack and administered it before to help revive his mother.

This was a 6-year-old boy who was taking care of a drug addict because he didn’t want to lose his mother. The realization that getting Child Protective Services involved was heartbreaking and likely not a choice Natalie wanted to make. But that’s the thing — she didn’t have a choice.

Her priority was to get the boy out of a toxic environment, which she did by calling CPS.

Now, Goodwin and Med should have handled Lynne better. They shouldn’t have approached her mid-detox when she’s at her most vulnerable to tell her they’re taking away the only thing that matters to her.

And there’s absolutely no way she should have been considered in the right state of mind to check herself out.

But that’s exactly what happened, which lead to the deadly overdose.

In a way, the drugs won out for Lynne in the end, which again, underlines the power they had over her that Will was blinded to because of his guilt.

Will will now blame Natalie for his patient’s death when it isn’t that simple. It’s not black and white, and what really needs to happen is for Will and Natalie to stop placing blame on each other for making medical calls that they see fit. It’s not personal. Natalie didn’t want to get back at Will for refusing her love. Let’s not get it confused, though, I know we will.

Then we have April and Crockett whose relationship is tense because of that one little kiss on the finale.

It’s been six weeks and April is still obsessing over it. The guilt is eating her up inside, which means that Ethan will eventually find out what happened.

It won’t be April who tells him either as she’s seemingly made up her mind about keeping it a secret, especially now that Ethan has proposed and accepted that she might never have a child.

Crockett is going to be the one to blow the whistle on it after learning of April and Ethan’s engagement.

I haven’t been able to put my finger on Crockett or whether or not he’s a good guy with good intentions, but nothing has made me dislike him either aside from his pursual of April while knowing she’s with Ethan.

All I know is that trouble is brewing for April and Ethan once the truth comes to light. If April had just come clean, Ethan might have understood that the kiss was innocent and happened in a moment of weakness and vulnerability, but by keeping it a secret, April is proving that it means a lot more.

Other Med Musings

  • Noah Sexton is alright, you guys. And who knows what happened to the girl he was helping or the gang that beat him up. I guess we’re just ignoring it.
  • Dr. Charles’ grief resulted in a beautiful and therapeutic karaoke piece. I love that despite being the “all-knowing” psychologist, he realizes when he himself needs help and takes advice.
  • Ben is alive, thriving, and cancer-free! Woo! The same cannot be said for Maggie who is starting her radiation, but hopefully, they can both celebrate victory soon enough.

What did you think of Chicago Med’s return?

Are you over the Will and Natalie drama?

Was April right for keeping the kiss a secret from Ethan?

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Chicago Med Fall Finale Review – Natalie Remembers, [SPOILER] Kiss (5×09)

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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?

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