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?
Chicago Med Fall Finale Review – Natalie Remembers, [SPOILER] Kiss (5×09)
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?
Chicago Med Review – Too Close to the Sun (5×08)
Chicago Med has taken on a rather depressing tone as of late.
Charles’ wife Cece and Maggie are both dealing with the C-word, which was bad enough, but now Maggie’s new cancer-friend Ben only has a few days to live.
Why do the writers want to see our characters suffer?
We knew from the moment Maggie met Ben that he wasn’t going to survive. It’s just the unspoken rule of television, but they could have given her at least a few episodes with him before ripping the rug out from under them.
The worst part is that Ben isn’t even succumbing to his cancer. He got measles which turned into pneumonia.
Watching Maggie desperately try to honor his last wishes was heartbreaking.
On one hand, you can call her selfish for forging Nat’s signature and trying to bring him back home. The old Maggie would have never made such a careless decision and put the public at such danger.
And it’s that same Maggie that saw all those kids playing in front of his house and brought him back to the hospital.
But on the other hand, how can we sit here and criticize a woman who is not only going through her own hardships but is now having to lose a person she cared about.
Maggie has always been in control but right now, she’s helpless.
Sadly, I don’t think her storyline is going to get more uplifting anytime soon.
April’s in too deep and Dr. Choi is catching on.
It’s unclear what really made Dr. Choi suspicious of Crockett. Towards the end, all that sexual tension between April and Crockett diminished as he seemingly accepted that she was with Choi.
However, this show thrives on drama so Choi will likely confront April about it which will lead to her confessing that something almost happened between the two of them and it’ll send their relationship in for a loop.
I hadn’t jumped on Team Crockett until this episode.
He not only proved that his gut-instinct about when to jump in and save a life was right, but he also respected Noah’s wishes and kept his secret until he was forced to tell the police.
Noah made a mistake, and it’s one he paid dearly for it.
Based on his conversation with Crockett in the beginning, it’s been a few weeks since Jacinta was admitted into the ER.
They likely thought things had died down and her gang forgot about her, but they caught her exiting Med.
It’s unclear if there’s going to be a follow up to this story, but I feel like they can’t just leave us wondering what happened.
Did Jacinta return to the gang? Did they kidnap her? Will Intelligence find her?
Does Noah need to move now?
On the relationship front, Natalie and Will didn’t even cross paths, which was a nice change of pace.
But I cannot be the only one who was surprised that he was dating some bubbly, new paramedic.
When did that happen? How did Will get over Natalie so quickly?
This, of course, messes up Lauren’s plans to pursue the doctor, and man, I felt for her.
She’s been so emotionally unattached for most of the series and the one time she opens up, this happens.
Also, it’s so hilarious how blind Halstead is to what’s happening right in front of him.
It as obvious that she was trying to ask him to go to the concert.
Dr. Choi’s case-of-the-week was ridiculous and an exaggerated look at how badly people need validation from the social media world.
The patient only did whatever his dedicated following voted on.
Sure, making that kind of money is nice, but what kind of “fans” do you have if they chose to watch you suffer and refuse to allow you to get surgery?
The people of the internet never cared about him, and when Dr. Charles had them vote on whether or not he should jump off the ledge, 60% voted yes.
That’s so messed up.
Dr. Charles really pushed the boundaries with that out-of-the-box method, but I can’t say it wasn’t effective.
What did you think of tonight’s episode?
Which one was your favorite storyline?
Chicago Med – Who Knows What Tomorrow Brings (5×07)
What did you think of Chicago Med?
Should April pursue Crockett? Should she tell Choi?
Are Elsa and Will going to become an item?
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