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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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Chicago Med Season Premiere Review – Out With the Old, In With the New (7×01)

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Chicago Med Season 7 Premiere Review You Can't Always Trust What You See

Something felt off about the season 7 premiere of Chicago Med

It wasn’t just the fact that Gaffney welcomed a slew of new faces,  but more so that the time jump was so forced as it abruptly sent Natalie packing and reinstated Will as a doctor. 

I know that the series tried their best to give fans closure following Torrey Devito’s departure, but since she already agreed to an appearance, couldn’t they have at least made the most of those few minutes of screentime?

Where was she going? Did it have something to do with her mother? And why was Will the one seeing her off? Is it because he covered for her and the stolen pills? The whole scene, much like her exit, felt rushed. 

After her exit, Will decided to ask Goodwin for a second chance since Nat confessed to stealing the trial meds, and Goodwin agreed under the condition that he’d basically become a mole and corner the new doctor, Matt Cooper (Michael Rady), for upselling an unnecessarily expensive and dangerous device called the Vask Comp in order to receive kickbacks. 

It definitely sounds like Goodwin is asking Halstead to just take a plunge into boiling hot water here, but what choice does he have? If he wants his old job back, he has to prove his loyalty. 

And, in a way, the good outweighs the bad as the hope is that his intel will help them pull a potentially dangerous device off the market. 

But why Will? Aside from the fact that he always makes absolutely nonsensical choices, he is said to have a past with Cooper, who used to date his cousin. 

There’s definitely some tension between Cooper and Halstead from the getgo when the latter propositions catching up over drinks. There’s also a weird line about Cooper being a “good boy” in his marriage, which alludes to the fact that he likely cheated on Halstead’s cousin.

And considering that he’s flirting with the lady working the counter, I’d say he isn’t as reformed as he’d like people to believe.

Just what we need — another frenemy for Halstead!

The fallout of the Kinder trial has really derailed his career, and his return to the ED isn’t necessarily welcomed with open arms, particularly by Crockett, another doctor who hasn’t seen eye-to-eye with Will in the past. 

Crockett was forced to rely on his former colleague when he accepted a former Kinder trial patient whose filed was locked. Halstead was the only person who had any insight into the patient’s history, but even when he tried to advise, Crockett hesitated to believe him and went with his gut instead. 

It’s a valid reaction considering Halstead’s murky past, but it was also a battle of the egos. 

This time, however, Halstead was right. 

And while Crockett’s ego may have been bruised, he was able to own up to his mistake. Call me crazy, but I think these two just might become friends after all. 

The biggest obstacle standing in the way of their friendship was Natalie, and since she left both of them in her dust, there’s really no reason to continue this feud. 

I’m willing to bet that if they work together, they can do great things. 

Cooper wasn’t nearly as problematic as Dr. Asher, who somehow, despite crossing every single doctor at Gaffney, snagged the Chief of ED position after Ethan’s shooting. 

Not only are Nat and April gone, but Ethan’s absence from the premiere was reduced to a one-liner about how he’s in rehab recovering.

I was kind of hoping Asher wasn’t going to stick around, but with all the recent departures, Med kind of needs him. 

His disdain for Dr. Charles and the field of psychology, in general, was at an all-time high.  Asher is a vet, so his approach to mental health is rather old school. He doesn’t really respect any Dr. Charles’ calls, particularly when they interfere with his ability to treat a patient. Asher continued to not be impressed that Charles indulged a patient’s fantasies or delusions, though it’s clear he also doesn’t really understand the science behind psychology. 

At the kickstart of the episode, they both made snarky comments to each other about the mishandling of Neil’s case, the man who believed he was living in a simulation and shot Ethan after Asher treated him against his will. The tension between them amplified when Asher treated two identical twins, one of whom needed her ovary removed. Since Jemma and Emma grew up without developing a sense of identity, they were convinced they had to do everything together in order to remain “one person.” Thus, the healthy twin also wanted Asher to remove her ovary, which was obviously unethical. 

Chicago Med Season 7 Premiere Review You Can't Always Trust What You See

CHICAGO MED — “You Can’t Always Trust What You See” Episode 701 — Pictured: (l-r) Kristin Hager as Dr. Stevie Hammer — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The whole relationship between the twins was borderline disturbing, and I kind of wish the series tapped into that more. However, I was impressed that Charles found a way to convince them to go through with the life-saving procedure without dismissing their feelings or beliefs. 

But despite emphasizing that he’s never seen a case quite like this one in his 40 years on the job, he probably should’ve anticipated the old switcheroo. 

Maybe Asher and Charkes will find a way to put their difference aside and learn from each other?

In addition to Cooper, there were two new faces making the rounds at Gaffney: Dylan Scott (Guy Lockard) and Stevie Hammer (Kristen Hager). 

Scott’s a former cop-turned-doctor who loves to share that tidbit with his patients, including a young boy who was bitten by a rattlesnake as part of a gang initiation. My guess is there’s going to be some tie-in to Chicago PD at some point as he told Will that he knew his brother Jay Halstead. 

Hammer, on the other hand, reminds me of Dr. Elsa Curry at times. She’s an emergency room attending that seems very perceptive. 

She also has a connection to Halstead as they attended med school together, so you can probably tack her onto his long list of love interests. Sparks will fly sooner rather than later, I’m sure. 

And since Halstead is a sucker for taking on his romantic partner’s burdens, it won’t be long before he gets involved with trying to help her homeless mother.

Neither of these characters have hooked me just yet, nor are they filling the Natalie and April-sized voids, but I’m not writing them off either. 

Scott, in particular, has the ability to offer a unique perspective as there hasn’t been a doctor that has also been on the other side of the coin and worked the streets of Chicago. 

Maggie’s storyline with her daughter, Taylor, is going to be a bigger focus this season. If I were to put my money on it, they’ll have a decent relationship by the time the season is over.

Though, I’m glad that Maggie is pulling back and following Taylor’s lead on this. Despite wanting to do what was best for Taylor, it was pretty manipulative of Maggie to get close to her daughter and withhold the truth about her identity. 

Taylor deserves all the space she needs, and my hope is that the series doesn’t force this storyline. 

Taylor can be curious about her mother while also resenting her for how she’s handled things up until now. And it’s not a surprise that she wants to focus on her career and not have this secret overshadow all the work that she’s doing. 

What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 7 premiere?

Did you find it struggled to find its footing with the new characters or did it make you excited for what’s to come this season?

Sound off in the comments below!


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Chicago Med Review – Will and Natalie Come Clean (6×15)

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Chicago Med Review Stories, Secrets, Half Truth and Lies Season 6 Episode 15

The secrets and lies finally caught up with Will and Natalie on Chicago Med

In the penultimate episode of the season, Natalie’s mother was rushed to Gaffney with liver failure, which both doctors deduced was a symptom of the Kinder trial drugs they’ve been giving her. 

Natalie became consumed with guilt over giving her mom the pills and decided she was going to tell Sabeena Virani the truth about what she did. Before she could get to it, however, Will came clean.

And Sabeena did not take it very well. It’s understandable since Will promised he wouldn’t do anything like this again, and she was on the brink of forgiving him and giving him another chance. 

Not only was it a breach of her trust, but it could also cost her and Will their jobs.

And worst of all, it also compromised the integrity of the trial, which near the end of getting all necessary approvals.

It’s one thing for Natalie to have stolen the pills to help her mom, but it’s another for Will to help her cover it up and get more pills while knowing how much was on the line.

His actions directly affected so many people who could’ve benefitted from the medication.

Obviously, Will didn’t want Natalie to go down for what she did, so he took the blame instead, which could cost him his job and definitely cost him any chance of rekindling his romance with Sabeena. 

I guess it goes to show that Natalie still means a great deal to him. 

However, with Torrey DeVitto not returning for the seventh season, I wonder if she’ll find out Will took the blame and come clean instead. I don’t see her as the type of person to let someone else clean up her messes. 

And if her mother doesn’t survive, she’d be so overcome with guilt that she’d likely confess and lose her medical license, which is also a great way to write her off the show. It’s the only storyline that makes sense. 

Natalie also told Crockett the truth about what she did after he confronted her about whether or not she and Will are getting back together.

Crockett was definitely surprised by what she had done, but he was empathetic after seeing how remorseful she was. 

I’m really digging this relationship between Natalie and Crockett, so it’s unfortunate that we won’t get to see it progress past this season.

How do you think they’re going to leave things off?

Chicago Med Review Stories, Secrets, Half Truth and Lies Season 6 Episode 15

CHICAGO MED — “Stories, Secrets, Half Truth and Lies” Episode 615 — Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

Crockett was being really hard on himself after his lung transplant patient came into the ED with pneumonia. 

Since there was no reasonable cause for the illness just 8 days after surgery, Crockett blamed it on surgeon error. 

Thankfully, April went against his wishes and tested the lung for COVID. Sure enough, her gut was right and the lung was infected pre-transplant clearing Crockett of any wrongdoing. 

Once they were able to figure out what led to the illness, Crockett successfully performed a risky surgery that gave James another shot at life. 

Yaya DaCosta, who plays April, is also leaving the show, and I’m guessing that her character exit will have something to do with her decision to go back to nursing school. 

Both of the ladies will be missed around these ED halls, that’s for sure! 

Dr. Choi and Dr. Asher dealt with an 18-year-old patient who was refusing brain surgery to remove a tumor, which was the only course of treatment to save her life.

It led to a bit of an altercation between Choi and Asher as the former respected the girl’s decision, while the latter convinced her parents to apply for power of attorney and make the decision for her in the case that she went unconscious. 

I know Asher wants what’s best for patients, but he’s really not into allowing people to make their own choices.

It’s hard to empathize with him and his war stories when all we’ve seen is his overbearing, controlling, and judgemental behavior.

Asher ended up being able to convince the woman to get the surgery with by sharing a relatable story (that wasn’t even about his time serving), but again, I just don’t trust him or think he has good intentions. 

He may not have sedated this girl to get her into treatment, but we know he’s done it before. 

And that’s in addition to several other issues that have come up during his short tenure. 

Ms. Goodwin exclaimed that he may be the best man for the job, but she hasn’t seen what we have.

Also, does anyone else get the feeling that he’s lying about going to therapy just to get Choi off of his back?

It was Vanessa’s last day in the ED — can you say time jump? — and Maggie was contemplating telling her the truth. 

As Goodwin put it, there’s no going back from that, so it was a decision that shouldn’t have been made lightly or without Vanessa’s best interests at heart. 

For some reason, Vanessa decided to bring her parents to the ED on one of her last days to give them a tour, and upon meeting her parents, Maggie found herself conflicted again.

It doesn’t seem like Vanessa knows she’s adopted, so telling her the truth would not only blow up her life but also her family’s life. And they seem like such a sweet family!

Maybe it’s comforting to know that Vanessa has good parents that love her and are proud of her. 

At this point, the only reason Maggie would decide to tell Vanessa is for selfish reasons. 

However, there wouldn’t be any drama if she didn’t tell her, and if Vanessa gets a full-time job in the ED (which you know she will), Maggie will be even more tempted. 

I’m still of the mindset that telling Vanessa is a recipe for disaster as she will feel betrayed by Maggie. 

And speaking of disasters, Ramona’s obsession with Dr. Charles could’ve gone terribly wrong at any moment, but instead, Chicago Med took a different approach and gave us a really compelling storyline with a promising resolution. 

Ramona arrived at Gaffney to “hang out” with Dr. Charles, but it seemed like yet another cry for help. 

Except that she wasn’t aware she wanted help in the first place, so when Dr. Charles tried to get her to open up, she admitted that her father molested her and then bolted. 

Eventually, he found her contemplating suicide on the hospital rooftop. 

I know I’ve said this before in a review from a previous season, but why are patients even allowed up there? This isn’t the first suicide attempt. Access should be restricted!

Dr. Charles was able to talk Ramona down, who admitted she just wanted a normal life.

In the end, he took her to a facility that specializes in sexual assault, and it was the first time Ramona felt seen, heard, and taken care of. 

The storyline started off with Ramona acting kind of crazy and ended up with a woman who acknowledged her past trauma, how it affected her in the present, and the desire to get the necessary help. 

Imagine that… a storyline that sheds light on the importance of mental health — what a win!

What did you think of the episode?

What will happen to Will and Natalie? Is Dr. Asher growing on you? And should Maggie come clean to Vanessa?


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Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021

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One Chicago promo ahead of November 11 premiere

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost finale time for the #OneChicago shows on NBC.

Due to production delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire got off to a late start in mid-November (instead of the usual mid-September premiere), but that pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on the quality of the episodes. 

In fact, the shows have been delivering some of their strongest episodes to date! (You can check out Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD reviews now!)

However, with shorter seasons on tap, the schedule has been pretty wonky and consisted of several breaks in between, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping up. That’s why we’re here to clue you in. 

NBC announced that the shows will officially conclude on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, which would align with their pre-COVID finales even if the episode count is a bit shorter than in the year prior. 


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