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Chicago Med – Down by Law (3×10)

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 – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

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Chicago Med Review – I Think There’s Something You’re Not Telling Me (911)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 11 was Ripley-heavy, but I doubt most fans minded all that much, especially as he was sidelined last week due to the flu. 

The episode not only saw Ripley catching up with his childhood friend Sully, who previously refused cancer treatment, but we also met Sully’s pregnant girlfriend, Lynne, who also clued in Hannah on Ripley’s difficult childhood—helpful, since he wasn’t forthcoming with any information when she asked. 

His past was also brought up during the deposition with Pavel’s lawyer, who tried to get him to crack while bringing up the personal matter of institutionalization to discredit him. While it certainly struck a chord, Ripley proved that he’s done the work to get through it, though Charles, who feels partially responsible for the situation in Ripley’s past and the lawsuit, took it upon himself to encourage Sharon Goodwin to convince Ripley to settle. 

He figured out that Charles must’ve said something, but it was nice to see him not get upset by the fact either. These two have come quite a long way in their relationship this season, as Charles suggested that his past is his story to tell on his own terms. 

As for Sully, his coughing symptoms only worsened, landing him in the hospital, as Rip nudged his buddy to come clean to the mom of his future child. Sully’s hesitation to seek out treatment also stemmed from his past, noting that when his father was sent to prison, it was the best day of his life and that maybe Lynne and the baby were better off without him. Naturally, Ripley pointed out that it was just the fear talking and that he needed treatment in order to be a present dad to his kid and to break the cycle of abandonment and trauma. All in all, these two have made a lot of progress. 

Lynne, thankfully, wasn’t in early labor either, so the storyline had somewhat of a positive ending, though I’m sure we’ll see more from them soon. 

Loren’s helicopter incident in the woods the episode prior was also at the forefront as he essentially told Maggie he didn’t remember what they talked about (so he has no clue he professed his feelings for her!) and tried to minimize his injuries to prove himself to Archer for the trauma fellowship. However, Archer can’t be fooled as he’s also one of the people who tried to downplay his symptoms, so he was able to detect what Loren was doing right away. And he gave him some key advice—know when to pull back and prioritize your own health first. As they say, the job will always be there, but you can’t help your patients if you aren’t helping yourself.

As for Maggie, I think she owes it to the both of them to address what was said in such a dire state head-on, but I understand wanting to give Loren space for healing and recovery. She should’ve learned from that life-or-death situation that you should never leave anything unsaid.

Dr. Charles teamed up with a new intern, Naomi Howard, who experienced a bit of a rough start due to nerves. She was assigned to a patient named Jay, who ended up being misdiagnosed with depression when he should’ve been on mood stabilizers to treat what Charles assumed was bipolar disorder. It was a pretty intense case for Naomi to witness, even if she was sitting on the sidelines for much of it, as Charles had to get to the bottom of Jay’s motivations—proving his dad wrong about his career in the arts. Thankfully, by the end of the hour, he managed to persuade him to make the necessary change to his treatment by suggesting that you don’t have to suffer for your art.

What did you think of the episode? Are you digging the flirtation between Asher and Ripley?

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