They always say money doesn’t solve your problems, but that doesn’t ring true for Will and Connor on this week’s Chicago Med.
After Connor splurged on a Porsche last week, he was really feelin’ himself. Hey, for an episode name “Lemons and Lemonade,” I can make as many Beyonce jokes as I want.
The car didn’t help him move on from Robin the way he’d hoped, although it did score im a date, not with Dr. Ava who actually seemed unimpressed with the impulsive buy.
Admittedly, the scene of him driving down LSD was bizarre and very out of character; Connor isn’t the type of guy to flaunt his wealth around and act like a badass who’s defined by his choice of car.
By the end of the episode, he tried to put his money to better use, but while a noble gesture, Sharon is right in advising him that he’s getting into deep.
No matter how thick your checkbook is, you cannot help everyone. Eventually, you will run out of funds…. but you’ll never run out of patients that you wish to help. Do you think she likes making these calls?
Sure, Astrid was a hilarious patient and one of the first people to ever suffer at the hands of Gaffney’s money woes, but I’m not sure why Connor decided SHE was the patient he was going to help. He’s dealt with many patients who could have benefitted.
Maybe he just needed to do something that gave him meaning? Or it finally dawned on him how corrupt the world of medicine really is. The doctors are there to help people and make a difference, but the hospital will refuse a person treatment simply because they don’t have the funds for certain treatments.
Connor is the ultimate definition of dedication to his craft. Not only does he make money by helping patients, but he in turn uses that money to continue helping them.
You’d expect doctors to make some of the most logical decisions, but that isn’t always the case.
Will was so set on trying to make Nat’s son like him, he resorted to bribing him. It would have been sweet if he really did care about the tyke liking him, but his motivations were completely selfish — he didn’t want his non-existent relationship with Owen to ruin his relationship.
This is the first time we’re seeing an older Owen, but I’d imagine that Will has known this child since birth. After all, he was there when he was born. Wouldn’t he already have some kind of working relationship with him?? I’d imagine this isn’t the first time he’s meeting him.
Nat’s dismissal of Owen’s behavior was far more concerning than Will’s does-he-hate-me dilemma.
The child threw blocks at someone, not once, but twice, and she casually laughed it off as if it’s some kind of phase.
How will he know the difference between right and wrong if he doesn’t get scolded, put in time-out, or simply told “no.”
What if Owen does this to another child? That’s a behavioral issue. Will was walking around the ED as if he’d gotten jumped in the parking lot after work.
It’s disappointing, especially since Nat predominately deals with kids.
Seeing them out of the hospital was a nice change of pace. Aside from Connor and Robin’s relationship, we rarely see the cast doing anything but their job. Do we actually know them other than who they are when they’re on the clock or drinking at Molly’s?
April and Choi’s relationship is flatter than that 3-week old bottle of Coke in my fridge. There are no sparks, no chemistry and the whole “opposites attract” that they keep trying to convince me of, seems rather pointless because they don’t benefit from each other’s differences.
They don’t give each other anything except comfort, especially as Choi repeats the same mistakes over and over again.
His moral dilemma of the week came in the as a very anorexic woman, who he tried to convince into treatment against her will. The problem with Choi is that he thinks he knows better than everyone.
How many times has he gone against what Dr. Charles has advised? There’s a reason why doctors need to consult psychologists on various matters; they aren’t equipped to fully understand how someone interprets a situation, what their thinking, or how they’ll react.
Yes, seeing an anorexia patient that’s as thin as paper is hard, especially because ideally, the fix should be simple: give her a feeding tube and plump her back up.
But the issue is deeply rooted in the psychological. This woman is so used to her way of thinking, she doesn’t want the treatment. And legally, you cannot GIVE IT TO HER.
Many times, the right decision and the moral decision are two different things but Choi struggles discerning between the two.
His intentions are in the right place, but he should have learned by now that intentions don’t save lives.
Recently, in The Resident, Dr. Devin forcibly saved a woman and Dr. Conrad informed him that he may have brought back her heartbeat, but she was now braindead. Instinct will tell you to fight till the end, but logic will tell you that it’s time to let go because you’re only making things worse. Choi needs to learn this lesson ASAP.
Some of the toughest cases are the ones that you simply cannot diagnose. That’s the issue Nat and April kept running into with their patient (hey, Corbin Bleu from High School Musical!) until they eventually pinpointed the root of his sickness: his girlfriend. She’d contracted a virus from a stay at the hospital a decade ago and infected him. And she could keep infecting him since she was now a carrier.
The situation was manageable but the girlfriend chose to leave instead. “I love him, I can’t put him at risk.” Natalie was dumbfounded, but April completely understood seeing as she went through something similar with Tate. The pressure became too much and it wasn’t fair to ask the other person to give up their dreams or change their lifestyle.
While I wasn’t a fan of that relationship because he wanted to make her a housewife, at least there was some spunk to it. Unlike this vanilla stuff Choi and April are dealing.
When it was announced that an actress would be leaving the show, I was convinced that it was Robin. I mean, she moved back home to get the proper treatment and left Connor to pick up the pieces. Now, I’m thinking it might be Reese.
She’s back under Dr. Charles’ care, but she’s still a bit delusional. She wants the therapy to be working so badly so that she can continue her residency, she convinced herself that it is.
This is part of a bigger problem, however. Her inability to get near a patient leads to an improper diagnosis on a patient that was otherwise irrelevant.
Finally, she breaks down on the rooftop; she tells Dr. Charles that the anorexic woman wouldn’t change but she has to.
“You have to help me,” she says almost begging. He agrees but to me, there was this unspoken understanding that she was now his patient.
If Dr. Charles is focusing on helping her and she’s focusing on getting better, who is focusing on the patients?
She’s unstable and without a clear head and her heart in it, how is she going to actually do her job?
I didn’t expect it to be an immediate fix, but I also didn’t expect Reese to use Charles as her crutch yet again.
He seems to be accepting of it because he likes being needed. And without Robin in the picture, Reese is his new “daughter.”
Their relationship has always been the most solid and developed at Med, so hopefully they find their footing soon because together, they are the strongest force the hospital has.
Chicago Med Review – Will and Natalie Come Clean (6×15)
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?
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?
Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021
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.
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.
Chicago Med Review – Out of Line (6×14)
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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