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CHICAGO MED -- "Down By Law" Episode 310 -- Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

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Chicago Med returned from its winter-Olympic hiatus with a few storylines that brought out the ugly side of me and some of the doctors. 

I’ll start by saying the writers didn’t listen to us when we told them that they should probably change up the pairings so that we’re not constantly rehashing the same storylines.

Will & Natalie are still working together, he’s still coddling her and treating her more like a girlfriend than a co-worker, and they are still both getting way too emotionally involved in their patients. The latter more than Will, but he vouches for her because that’s his girlfriend, so it’s still bad. 

The episode kicked off tackling the gun problem in Chicago.

Natalie and Barry, Maggie’s persistent and off-putting ex, were attending to a gun-shot victim when the suspects circled back around to “finish” the job.

Although I’m not fond of him, Barry pushed Nat out of the way, but then did the stupidest thing possible by pulling out his weapon and firing back, resulting in a shoot-out in plain daylight.

Really, Barry?

In the midst of the gun control debate and in a city that’s notorious for it’s “gun problem” (thanks, Trump), the scene was daring.

Sure, his reaction was justified and the scene makes a solid argument for why paramedics and others in the medical field should be able to carry a firearm.

Olinsky was at Med right away — hey, at least this show knows how to utilize him – to check out Barry’s conceal and carry.

The thought of losing Barry again helped Maggie realize that she actually wanted to be with him. All his groveling seemed to finally pay off. That is until Olinsky returned to arrest Barry.

Had the conceal and carry been valid, Barry’s actions would have been justified as self-defense. But, his permit was not legal because he failed to disclose a name change.

Yes, something trivial, but the repercussions are much graver considering Maggie did not know about his “other identity.”

Maggie, girl, did you not know his family? The way the series made it seem, these two were serious back in the day. I’m talking “buy her jewelry” serious. How did she not know his whole back-story?

Truthfully, I don’t really care because I’m not too invested in his story. Maggie is the heart of Med and she can definitely do better. There has to be someone outside of those depressing and off-white hospital walls that she can pursue.

I’m just really upset that the series wasted ALL THIS TIME trying to make these two find their way back to each other, only to reiterate that not only was Barry a cheater, he was also a fraud. What was the point of that?

I knew there was something off about him. What else could he be lying about?

Natalie was clearly not feeling like herself after hitting her head during the shooting but she’s stubborn and refused to go home and rest up.

Will even tried to make the decision for her, which was a little overbearing, but understandable — he’s just a guy concerned about his girlfriend… and co-worker. See? It’s always so messy. 

Let’s just get one thing straight — this series has an obsession with pregnancy stories. And not just normal pregnancies either; I think they have a team of people scouring the internet to find the most messed up storylines involving young women and getting pregnant and then just throw all that onto Natalie, knowing full well she’s a sucker who can’t distance herself from it.

Nat’s 14-year-old patient gets rushed to the E.R by an older man, who we assume is her father.

But plot-twist: she’s actually a child-bride and he’s a 40-year-old reverend that claims their marriage was a gift from the Lord.

Disturbed by the whole situation, especially the fact that this man has obviously been forcing the girl to have sex, hence the bleeding out following a miscarriage (AT 14!), she turns to Sharon and the hospital attorney. “She’s just a child,” Nat retorts, but there’s nothing anyone can do; it’s legal – the girl’s father okayed the marriage — and they have to honor the law if they don’t want to get sued.

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CHICAGO MED — “Down By Law” Episode 310 — Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

At this point you know, they are DEFINITELY getting sued because when has anyone at Med ever actually “stayed out of it.” This is a hospital with doctors who have a strong moral compass and it makes for really great but also tragically messy situations. 

Natalie diagnosed the girl with a tumor on her and recommended chemotherapy, which, if treated early on, could guarantee a full recovery.

Most people would be thrilled with that, however, this old man — who makes all the decisions for his “wife” — didn’t want to risk infertility. Yes, that sound you are hearing is me scoffing with disgust.

We have yet another case of a man making decisions when it concerns a woman’s reproductive organs. 

What’s even more infuriating is that the guy basically made this girl believe that as his wife, she has absolutely no say in anything.

Luckily, the law protects women and allows them to make their own health-care choices, without having to discuss it with their husbands. 

Nat engaged in an explosive, and very unprofessional screaming match, with the disgusting reverend, who proceeded to call her a bitch. Yes, because we’ve never heard that one from a man who thought he was all high-and-mighty.

At this point, I don’t know what’s worse: the man saying that or the name calling is the only thing Will was concerned about.

Nat was, obviously, removed from the case, which Sharon should have done immediately because how could she not expect Natalie, a woman who cares about her patients so deeply, especially young women, not get involved?

Will took over the case and basically did the same thing as Nat, but without all the emotion. He hatched a plan to make the reverend think he too was a woman-hating guy, then, when he was distracted, snuck into the girl’s room to convince her to make the right choice.

For a 14-year-old, such a medical diagnosis is a major undertaking; to go against her husband, her sole provider, and thus the church and proceed with a hysterectomy, an irreversible procedure which guarantees she will never have kids, was bold. 

Halstead tried to convince her to not to make the drastic call, but she heartbreakingly told him, “you don’t know my life.”

I can only imagine the trauma she’s had to endure. How can it be legal in any state for an odler man to marry a teenage girl? I mean, that’s pedophilia.

Keep this case fresh in your mind folks because I bet it will come back around very soon when the Reverend starts a legal battle with the hospital.

Will’s intentions are in the right place, but he’s definitely the kind of guy who doesn’t understand the #MeToo movement. The writers are trying to make us think that’s okay because he’s “not as bad” as the others and has Natalie to guide him, but “not as bad” still isn’t good. He still thinks he’s stronger and better than Nat, which is what he displayed by trying to take care of her like she was a wilted flower. In order for this to work, he has to see her as his equal and he’s got a long way to go considering he’s just learning that women are “strong.”

Connor continued bringing his personal life to the E.R, this time literally. He waltzed in with his one-night-stand after she was having chest pains.

Come for the sex, stay for the thorough medical check-up. To be honest, that’s not a bad deal considering Connor is one of the best, personal problems aside.

Ava was quite enjoying seeing him squirm as he had to rehash his night to Latham and then when he realized his chick was actually married.

In the beginning of the series, Ava was deemed a bitch, but she’s been crafted into a character who is determined to succeed and blunt in her efforts. She’s one of the realist people at Med!

While we know Ava and Connor will eventually hook-up, the writers made the right call by allowing him to just rebound after Robin. He needs to get it all out of his system and not with Ava, cause something tells me, she might be a more permanent fixture in his life. Which will be very awkward when Robin does choose to come back and talk through what happened only to realize he’s actually fallen in love again.

Aside from seeing him be the most-wanted surgeon in Chicago, there wasn’t much to Rhodes’ storyline.

Take home lesson — always ask a woman if she’s married before taking her back home!

Finally, Sarah Reese… what are we going to do with you?

Reese has taken on a character transformation of the worst type; she went from being tremendously shy and timid to a firecracker who thinks she’s smarter than anyone.

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CHICAGO MED — “Down By Law” Episode 310 — Pictured: (l-r) Rachel DiPillo as Sarah Reese, Olivier Platt as Daniel Charles — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

In just a few episodes, she’s gone from one extreme — thinking every patient was going to hurt her and seeing them as a threat — to the other — having absolutely no fear of anything.

See, fear, to a degree is important because it prevents us from doing mindless and stupid things, like locking ourselves up with a MAN WHO WANTS TO SLIT HIS WIFE’S THROAT AND GIVING HIM A KNIFE.

Exposure therapy may have worked for her, but that doesn’t mean it’s a sure-fire for every patient, especially one that is convinced his obsession is real.

 

No sane person would actually do that, which is why I’m thinking Reese may be sicker than she’s letting on and she’s finally cracking under the pressure.

Not only was this dangerous because she could have been killed, it was dangerous for this man because what if he had acted on his impulse? He would have to live with it forever.

Dr. Charles may take a more timid approach sometimes but he’s been in this game far longer and can see through certain situations quicker than she can.

And regardless, Reese needs to simply obey Charles because he is her mentor and boss. Many people have been saying her actions are a result of daddy issues but they need to be dealt with because they are affecting other patients now.

Going above a ruling from your boss is frowned upon in any profession.

Maybe their friendship has allowed her to think that there are no consequences but this time, she did something so incredibly stupid, she needs to be paired with a different doctor. 

However, with Daniel having so much experience under his belt, he should have also foreseen that she would attempt her own way since that’s kind of her personality.

Is he too close to her to realize she needs help as well?

Thoughts on this week’s episode?


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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?

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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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Chicago Med Review – Out of Line (6×14)

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Chicago Med Review A Red Pill, A Blue Pill Season 6 Episode 14

Chicago Med welcomed a handful of new med students on “A Red Pill, a Blue Pill,” including Maggie’s biological daughter, Vanessa Taylor. 

Even before her first day, we knew Vanessa’s time in the ED was going to be problematic.

Parents will do anything for their children, but in Maggie’s case, she went the extra mile. She didn’t just want to help Vanessa get ahead, she also wanted to spend time with her and get to know her.

In doing so, she made Goodwin and Choi suspicious about all the attention she was giving Vanessa, while simultaneously sabotaging in her attempts to impress Choi. 

Having Maggie and Vanessa working in the same ED is clearly a recipe for disaster. 

By the end of the hour, Goodwin figured out Maggie’s connection to Vanessa, and she wasn’t pleased that her employee/friend kept this from her. 

As for Vanessa, she didn’t want anything to do with Maggie after being humiliated and scolded by Ethan on her first day. 

Maggie’s a pretty sensible person, so it’s frustrating that she didn’t just let Vanessa prove herself. If she’s as bright as Maggie thinks she is, she would’ve made a good impression without the meddling. 

There’s also the fact that Maggie’s lying to Vanessa, which is a breach of trust. If she thinks Vanessa’s upset with her now, imagine how she’ll react when she finds out the truth about their relationship. 

She might even begin to doubt herself and think she only got into the program because her mother vouched for her.

Maggie wasn’t the only one letting her emotions get the best of her. 

Natalie rushed her mother to the ED because of complications following her LVAD, and it was obvious that her secret was going to bubble up to the surface. 

Halstead already had his suspicions when Nat began asking about specific side-effects of the Kender trial drug, but when Carol mentioned she was taking some blue pill that Natalie gave her, he basically had all the proof he needed. 

Will’s reaction was exactly what I expected, and it was pretty ridiculous that Manning tried to play the victim and pretend he was being out of line with his accusations. 

She was insulting his intelligence by playing down the situation. 

When you’re caught red-handed, you have to own up to it, girl!

Of course, Halstead’s wrath didn’t last too long. When Carol began showing signs of improvement, he gave Natalie the drugs back and then promised to get her more. 

They may want it to be their little secret, but how naive can they be?

If anyone did a little digging, they’d be able to figure it out. Halstead specifically asked Sabeena about the drugs interactions with an LVAD just as Natalie’s mom made a miraculous recovery and was being taken off the LVAD. 

Crockett seemed skeptical of Carol’s improvement, and I’m pretty sure he pieced it together. 

Pills don’t just go missing right around the same time a patient’s help improves in an unprecedented way!

Maggie and Natalie may have made some mistakes, but Med’s biggest problem is officially Dr. Asher. 

I’ve never liked the guy, and it’s fair to say most of the staff don’t get good vibes from him either. 

He’s pulled a handful of stunts with April, and now, he’s got bad blood with Dr. Charles, whom he keeps brushing off when it comes to therapy. 

By not dealing with his emotions and past trauma, Dr. Asher is just letting all of his anger fester. 

And it resulted in one hell of an angry outburst after he wasn’t able to treat a patient the way he wanted to.

In fact, Asher always seems to get really snippy when he doesn’t get his way.

His patient, Neil, kept refusing treatment because he thought they were in a computer simulation. That’s a new one.

It’s definitely something that would irritate any doctor, especially one who wanted to help a patient before their appendix ruptured. 

However, Asher had no right to undermine Charles’s diagnosis. Asher might not believe in therapy and psychologists, but Charles is good at his job and generally knows what he’s talking about. 

The fact that Asher dismissed Charles and kept calling Neil a nutjob was concerning. At the end of the day, he was his patient, and if that’s what he believed in, they needed to honor that and work around it. 

It’s even more concerning that he purposefully drugged a patient to force treatment and get his way.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prove it, but Asher is now on everyone’s radar. 

He’s crossed April and Charles, and he’s slowly beginning to lose Choi’s trust. 

I don’t see this ending well for him unless he gets the necessary help!

Crockett had the b-line plot for the week as he dealt with a newborn that was a victim of a drive-by shooting. The storyline was heartbreaking and it was supposed to touch upon Crockett’s own loss, but with everything else going on, it just didn’t stand out. 

What did you think about the episode? 

Let us know in the comments below! 


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