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Chicago Med – Lock It Down (3×14)

CHICAGO MED -- "Lock It Down" Episode 314 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead, S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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Will these doctors ever learn?

It seems like everyone at Med is just stumbling around, not really sure how to handle any problem on a grander scale. And thus, they keep making the same mistakes repeatedly.

My feelings have been specific to this season, but I feel like I just keep watching the same episode on loop.

Everything that’s transpired between Natalie and Will has led us to this moment, this break-up. It took her long enough to realize that Will will never see her as anything but a helpless girl and that’s probably why relationships between co-workers aren’t encouraged. Was Will trying to help her out by taking the fall for her terrible decision? Yes because he loves her.

Regardless of whether or not her anecdotal cocktail saved the patients life, the way she went about it was completely wrong. If Will didn’t want to listen to her, she could have taken it up with someone else that was above him. Or she should have simply let it go. But time and time again, Natalie thinks she can defy him and do whatever she thinks is best. She hates that he uses his “status” as a resident during their arguments but it’s like that for a reason. Even if he didn’t cover for her, he would ultimately be responsible for her actions because he’s her superior. And she may resent him for giving her preferential treatment because of their relationship status but she also uses it to her advantage. She knew that he would be mad but he’d get over it because of how much he loved her. She plays the girlfriend card whenever she sees fit and there’s nothing right about that.

Will there ever be an episode where Sara doesn’t bring her personal and emotional baggage to a situation or patient? Seriously, whatever happened to leaving your problems at the door. And that’s fine if she seeks out Charles’ help for certain situations but this is one of several episodes where Sara applies what’s happening to her to a diagnosis. The woman who stole the baby? Must be a psychopath simply because her father ended up being one. Realistically, we’d call people who steal babies psychopaths too, but clinically, Charles was on the money with his assessment.

And even worse is her determination to internalize every issue. Her father is a psychopath so she must be one too, even though she’s never actually displayed any psychopathic tendencies. I really do wonder where her storyline will go now and if her father will return or if we’ve officially closed that chapter. Considering his health is declining, she’ll have to deal with the loss of a man who was never capable of loving her.

It seemed like everyone was getting involved in situations that they weren’t supposed to be in and that would get them in trouble. Isn’t that an everyday occurrence at Med? This time, Maggie was affected as she made a quick call to save a woman’s life and perform a cric. Multiple people warned her that only a doctor is allowed to perform the procedure but with the hospital on lockdown and no doctors available what was she supposed to do? Let the woman die.

Sadly, we can’t pick and choose the rules, even if they are justified. Sharon agreed that Maggie’s swift decision was rational, however, in the eyes of the law, she could be sued. And she could be responsible for the woman’s stroke. As a patient, I’d argue that my outcome was dire in both situations but thanks to this charge nurse, I was given a second chance. But the series needs drama and Sharon needs to get into it with her on-call lawyers, so for now, Maggie is in a very bad situation. Who is going to run the ED show? Without her, they’ll sink!

The most enjoyable storyline came from Dr. Rhodes, surprisingly enough. He and Bekker attended a gala to schmooze up some rich folks to donate money to the hospital. Their celebration was interrupted by news of the lock-down and eventually, a Facetime from Dr. Choi who needed guidance on a very intricate procedure involving a stabbing victim.

It was actually pretty incredible to see Bekker and Rhodes work together and talk Choi and April through the procedure. Still, there’s a reason they are all in their chosen fields and ultimately, Rhodes needed to sneak into the hospital to assist. Watching Connor make his way through creepy, abandoned tunnels before coming through a hidden wall and scaring the living daylights out of an oblivious doctor dealing with cadavers was more enjoyable than it should have been. At one point, I really thought he would run into the babynapper and become too involved with the case without actually wanting to be.

Whatever is happening between Bekker and Connor’s father, though, needs to stop. Did you see his eyes gloss over when watching Ava do her thing? He was about a minute away from asking her out. Or who knows, maybe he did and it’s why she rejected Connor’s proposal to grab a bite to eat.

For the most part, I like Ava but there’s no denying there’s something very peculiar about her. In a way, I could definitely see her one-upping Connor by dating his father, which would drive a wedge further between these two. And I wouldn’t put it past his father to not take this moment to stick it to his son. Dysfunction at its finest.

Chicago Med needs a new recipe, fast because at the rate it’s going, fans are going to tune out due to predictable storytelling. Also, swerve away from the baby-inspired stories? It’s starting to feel like an unhealthy obsession.

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5 Review – I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You

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It was a rough shift for everyone on Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5. The episode focused on plenty of heartbreaking cases, which naturally take a toll on the doctors who do their best for the patients who walk through their doors. 

One of the newest members of the team, Dr. Ripley, responded to help an elderly man suffering from hypothermia, who seemed disoriented and kept calling out for someone named “Betty.” While Alzheimer’s and dementia came to mind, especially due to Jimmy’s elderly age, a CT scan revealed something much more horrific: the patient was the victim of a lobotomy conducted at Med roughly 60 years ago. Ripley and Charles surmised that Jimmy was a problem child, so they took care of it by messing with his brain, not giving him a chance at a full life. Jimmy ventured to the hospital hoping to help his sister and caretaker, who took a fall at home, but by the time PD got an address, they were too late and she passed away due to natural causes. Ripley had to break the news to Jimmy, who, in his regressed state of mind, couldn’t understand what was happening—and it was gutwrenching to watch. Ripley felt so bad when he called social services, in fact, that he promised to visit Jimmy so that they could talk about Betty, knowing that the man had no one else looking out for him and was let down by his loved ones for so many years. 

The case also hit close to home for Ripley, who had disciplinary issues as a teen and who felt abandoned by those who should’ve helped him, something Dr. Charles apologized for when he was his psychologist. The nature of the relationship between these two remains one of the most compelling storylines this season.

Another newbie, Dr. Zola, tapped in Dr. Marcel when Alex’s parents brought him in with concerns over his very high heart rate. He ended up needing appendix surgery, but during the procedure, they found cancer before running into some trouble with one of the drugs they used to wake him up from his anesthesia, nearly killing the 14-year-old. Zola insisted that Med pull the medication immediately, but Crocket knew that it wasn’t that easy, and after he brought it up in one of the meetings, the board decided to keep it in rotation and make a case to the FDA. When Zola said she’d pursue it further, Crockett advised her to drop it, and with all the hot water she’s gotten herself in during her short time at Med, she should probably heed his advice for now—though I do anticipate we’ll see this storyline pop up down the line with everyone eventually agreeing that Zola’s instincts were right. 

Dr. Charles’ tough day also included getting his longtime friend, Bert, checked out at Sharon Goodwin’s request. Ever since Bert came into the ED after falling while watching his grandson, there have been concerns about cognitive decline, particularly since his family has a history of dementia. And since Bert is the kind of person who refuses to see a doctor, Goodwin had to get creative, though when they finally sat him down to have a chat about their concerns, he felt ambushed and bolted out. It’s scary to be told that there may be something happening with your memory, but the signs are all there and it’s important to get ahead of it. Eventually, he came around to the idea, agreeing to get further tests if it gets Sharon off of his back.

Dr. Asher took on a patient brought in by Dr. Johsnon (you know I’m happy to see him coming around more often). The couple’s dream pregnancy turned into a nightmare when the woman’s water broke at 15 weeks and the doctors refused to do a D&C for fear of legal repercussions. Instead, they sent her away and kept telling the husband that the situation wasn’t an emergency as she carried a dead fetus and developed an infection. Eventually, he trekked from his rural home to Chicago to seek out help before it was too late—and by that point, the woman had gone into septic shock. It was touch and go there as Asher tried to save the woman’s uterus while also preventing her from hemorrhaging out during the operation. Everything ended up just fine, all things considered, with the couple candidly exploring future options for their family that they were both comfortable with. Without fully touching upon the complexities of the current laws surrounding pregnancies and miscarriages, Chicago Med showed the dangers of laws that work against women, their choices, and their safety.

And finally, Dr. Archer was unable to save a patient that his son brought into the ED who was having shortness of breath. Sean, who is a counselor at a rehab facility, put all of his faith in his father, but sometimes, things are simply out of everyone’s control, which was hard for him to accept as he was full of hope and positivity, trying to help people with their second chance at life. While it’s unclear what caused Damon’s fluid in the lungs, it may have been caused by persistent drug use, which led to heart failure, and meant he was too far gone to be saved. I’m just hoping that Damon’s death doesn’t send Sean off the deep end or make him second-guess his career path—it’s just a reminder that life doesn’t always work out the way you want or expect it too. 

Maggie assisted Dr. Johnson throughout his visit, all while getting her divorce papers officially notarized. When the moment finally came, it was nice to see her get the support of Asher and Zola, while also acknowledging that she has an interest in Johnson… when she’s finally ready to get back out there again. 

What did you think of the episode? Did it pull on your heartstrings?

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Is ‘Chicago Med’ New Tonight? What We Know About Season 9 Episode 5

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One Chicago fans are likely itching for new episodes of their favorite dramas, but unfortunately, you’ll have to wait quite a bit for them to arrive.

The franchise is taking a brief hiatus and skipping a week (already, I know, doesn’t it feel like season 9 just started?). There will be no new episode on February 14, 2024, likely because the network figured that with Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, they would lose out on a good chunk of audience. Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5 will return the following week on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. In place of a new episode, NBC will be airing a rerun of the season 9 premiere

Those looking forward to even more drama in the ED can check out the synopsis for the upcoming episode, titled “I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You”—Goodwin recruits Charles to evaluate her ex-husband’s memory; Archer treats one of Sean’s peers from the rehab centre; Asher treats a woman from a rural clinic whose miscarriage was improperly treated.

You can also check out a promo for the episode to keep you hanging in until next week! 

 

In the meantime, check out our gallery of One Chicago stars who have left the series

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4 Review – These are Not the Droids You are Looking For

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On Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4, the ED doctors were presented with two cases that left them a little stumped, plus the new resident continued with her renegade antics, to which Dr. Archer immediately put a stop to. 

Zola teamed up with Maggie to treat a patient named Floyd who had abdominal pain and nausea. But like with most of the patients that she’s encountered during her short tenure, Floyd’s insurance declined to cover the cost of some of the many tests he needed to help them come up with a treatment plan. While Maggie immediately shut down the option of “fraud,”—and bold of Zola to even suggest it—she did run some bloodwork off-site, though it didn’t reveal anything helpful. Zola then took it upon herself to ask a tech in CT to run a scan off-books, but that also came up short, so they didn’t have much of a choice but to discharge him. But Floyd was back soon after he left with persistent vomiting, and at that point, it was considered a medical emergency so his insurance had to cover the cost of surgery. While the initial suspicion was that his gallbladder was acting up, Crockett found a piece of wire from a barbecue brush lodged in his abdominal wall—a reminder that you shouldn’t use those wired brushes to clean your grill! 

Zola’s behavior was reprimanded by Archer, but to go along with his new grateful outlook on life, he signed her up for ethics classes for a 10-week period rather than firing her, which is honestly, probably something beneficial. Zola doesn’t like to see people turned away from the care that they need because of red tape, which she explained stems from the loss of her neighbor when she was 16 after she didn’t see a doctor in time to fight lung cancer because of the holdups with insurance. It’s a sound reason–and her fight is admirable, which makes it hard to disagree with her at times—but rules are there for a reason. Oftentimes, there are workarounds or ways to bend them in your favor, but you can’t cross the line completely or it could cost you and the hospital.

Archer took issue with Zola, but Hannah Asher seemed to have her back, recalling how long it took him to warm up to her. Asher’s love life has been a hot topic, mostly because the series is trying to push her and Ripley together, but it was hilarious to see her navigate her first D pic, especially because it revealed that the caveman-like suitor Wyatt had some kind of lesion that looked like it might be syphilis.

She played her cards right, getting him to agree to meet her in the ED before she sent in Ripley to get him a medical diagnosis. The look on his face was priceless. 

While it ended up not being an STI, it was partially the reason for her decision to cancel their dinner later that night. This was not the beginning of their love story! And, in general, D pics are a major red flag for most women, sorry, Wyatt. 

It’s nice to see Asher, Nellie and Zola form a little girl group where they can chat about things like dating—hospital gossip is the best kind. 

Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4 Review - These are Not the Droids You are Looking For

CHICAGO MED — “These Are Not the Droids You are Looking For” Episode 9004 — Pictured: (l-r) S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Nicolette Robinson as Tara Goodwin — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

Dr. Johnson is in the building, and I’m hoping for our sake—and Maggie’s—that he sticks around. Med needs some fresh blood, and Johnson is the perfect fit. And while I loved Maggie and Ben, it definitely seems like that ship has sailed and there’s a bit of interest from Johnson, so I’m rooting for them.

Sharon’s family drama also took center stage when her ex-husband Bert and her nephew Isaiah were brought into the ED after the former fell on the latter. While it seemed like just a mere accident (and thankfully no one was seriously injured), Isaiah’s mother (and Sharon’s daughter) Tara was convinced something else was up with her dad, which Sharon dismissed initially. But when Tara provided proof of Bert opening up a closet door and forgetting where he was on Isaiah’s toddler camera, Sharon could no longer deny it, even if she wanted everything to turn out okay. Bert’s cognitive health might be declining, which will likely put a strain on her new relationship. She and Bert may no longer be together, but they remain on good terms and she cares about him a lot, so she’ll be there for the father of her children. 

What did you think of the episode? 

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