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Chicago Med – It’s All in the Family (5×06)

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Chicago Med missed the perfect opportunity for a Halloween episode.

Their promo for next week reveals a blood-sucking narrative, but by that point, Halloween will be over and done with.

Who makes the schedule for these episodes?

Still, between Natalie’s holistic misstep, Will’s Jehovah’s Witness patient, and a gang inductee patient, there was enough action in the ED to deem things “scary.”

And yet, the central theme focused on forgiveness.

Natalie’s situation seemed dire. She showcased reckless and irrational behavior and treated a patient against his parent’s wishes.

And somehow, she got away relatively unscathed.

It was unbelievable that after all that, she was still allowed to preside over the child’s case and didn’t have a doctor overlooking her.

Goodwin wasn’t nearly as angry as she should have been while Natalie continued defending her actions.

There was a point where she considered why she went to such extremes and thought that it was possible she was simply trying to prove Will wrong, but Maggie assured her that she needed to trust her gut.

And when the little boy’s illness started getting worse and she ruled out pneumonia, Natalie did just that ordering a scrape once again against the parent’s wishes.

The only difference is she had a court order protecting her this time.

If she made a compelling case for Goodwin to get a court order prior to forcing treatments, this could have been a much different situation.

Instead, Natalie got arrested on numerous charges. And yet, after the labs came back, the parents realized Natalie did everything in her power to help their son, and they pulled the charges.

It wasn’t pneumonia, but it was an autoimmune disorder. Natalie saved the boy’s life.

And to think the hospital wasn’t going to help her “get out of this mess.”

Unsurprisingly, Will Halstead overstepped with a patient, which seems to be what he’s good at.

It’s comical that he was overlooking Natalie to stop her from making a grave mistake and then did exactly that.

Will’s patient was a Jehovah’s Witness who would have died without a blood transfusion.

His parents refused it due to their beliefs and chose to let him die.

Will has always struggled with allowing a patient to make a choice regardless of his own beliefs, but Crockett reminded him that they had to respect it.

And even then, Will kept trying to find a loophole.

As he began digging, he realized there was a slight possibility that the man was no longer a practicing Jehovah.

His tattoo of the Holy Trinity, his blood alcohol level, the marijuana in his system at the time of the crash all pointed to him no longer following the practices and pioneering.

Once he made that clear to the parents, they abandoned their son and the doctors saved his life.

Except that’s not what the man wanted at all.

When he woke up and found out about the blood, he was distraught because although he’d “lost his faith” for a bit, he was planning to repent.

Seeing Will realize the error of his ways proved that sometimes, doctors don’t know what’s best and he should have just kept his nose out of it.

Just like he should have kept his nose out of Natalie’s business.

It’s almost like Will wants to be the most hated character on television.

Natalie trusted her instincts and broke things off with Phillip just as Will interrupted to let her know that Phillip was a liar who tried to convince her that he proposed to take advantage of her amnesia.

The story-arc has been building up over the course of multiple episodes.

Phillip was painted in more than one shady light. His overbearing nature alluded to a grander storyline than simply giving Will a dirty look and walking away.

He lied about a proposal for goodness sakes. He inserted himself into her life. He came to work multiple times to give her flowers. And he threatened Will!

And that’s how it ends?

That’s all that this storyline amounted too?

There has to be more to the story.

Will meant well, but he could have waited to catch Natalie alone instead of interrupting her conversation.

At this point, it doesn’t matter if she remembers what she wanted to tell him when she came to his car — she’s over him and his need to save her all the time.

“Get out of my life,” is a statement that means she’s made up her mind about his place in her life.

If the writers give these two a break, we’ll all be better off.

Noah and April found a patient who was getting “jumped in” into a gang.

She refused their help thinking that the gang would kill her.

And they would.

Noah tried to help Jacinta, but April ignored her pleas and called the cops, which was the right thing to do.

It’s always good to understand your place and let the appropriate people handle their jobs.

Noah stood up to his sister after Jacinta “ran away,” but in reality, she ended up crashing at Noah’s place to heal before they could get her out of town.

While Noah’s actions are admirable, he’s also putting himself in grave danger.

The one thing about being a doctor is that you cannot overstep boundaries. With the number of patients they see on a daily basis, if they got involved in everyone’s lives, they’d never have one of their own.

Who’s to say Jacinta won’t reach out to the gang?

Or what if they spot her in the neighborhood and he gets embroiled in all this drama.

It just doesn’t seem like a good idea.

Dr. Charles saw forgiveness manifest itself with a transgender patient whose ex-wife finally forgave him and comforted him during his illness.

And while a touching moment, it was merely used to convince Sharon to give Bert another chance.

I’m not sure if I’m more upset that Sharon is giving the man who hurt her another shot or that Caroline’s terrible plan actually worked.

I’m not shipping this storyline at all.

Maggie’s cancer storyline wasn’t given much screentime much like April and Choi’s personal life. We only saw April take a negative pregnancy test, which confirms that they’re actively trying but will likely run into problems.

Do you think Chicago Med is getting too soapy for its own good?

Is Natalie better off without Will?

Is this the last we’ve seen of Phillip?


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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?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! 


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