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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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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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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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CHICAGO MED — “What A Tangle Web We Weave” Episode 613 — Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr./NBC)

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! 


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