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CHICAGO MED -- "Lemons and Lemonade" Episode 308 -- Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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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.

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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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