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Chicago Med Midseason Finale Review – This Could Be the Start of Something New (809)

CHICAGO MED -- "This Could Be The Start of Something New" Episode 809 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, R.A. Logan as Priest, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

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The midseason finale of Chicago Med welcomed, and said goodbye to, Mr. and Mrs. Choi. 

Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 9 marked the final episode for Brian Tee, who has portrayed Ethan Choi since the very first episode of the medical drama. Yaya DaCosta guest starred, reprising her role as April, Choi’s longtime love, who recently came back into his life. And a second chance led them down the aisle, which was a truly joyous moment for Med fans.

They’ve had their ups and downs throughout the seasons, but they’ve finally arrived at a place where they both want the same thing and are willing to put in the work to make it a success. Since their union has been a long time coming, it’s also the reason why it was so disappointing that the wedding was so short-lived. If my memory serves me correctly, this is one of the first Chicago Med weddings, so I wish it took up a larger chunk of the episode. I know the wedding couldn’t span the whole episode, but I think fans would all agree that it would be nice to see the setup of the wedding just as much as it would be to see all of Gaffney’s finest celebrating together at the reception after.

CHICAGO MED — “This Could Be The Start of Something New” Episode 809 — Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

Instead, the whole “big day,” which was so heavily hyped and promoted by NBC, was rushed and reduced to less than five minutes. Why did they bother bringing back Noah for the ceremony when we barely got any time with him?

And if Noah was back, why wasn’t there even a mention of Ethan’s sister, Emily, who, at one point, lived with him and April? They were one of the show’s most impactful siblings, so it just felt strange that Choi didn’t have any family there. 

On the plus side, fans one final ED storyline with April and Ethan—where the romance began—as they treated her father for chest pain.

All these minor complaints aside, I couldn’t think of a better storyline to honor Ethan and April’s journey. There’s nothing more fitting than the two of them trying to change healthcare, one patient at a time from their Docs on Wheels mobile clinic. They have always gone above and beyond for patients, raising issues within the system and questioning how things are done, so their career move does justice to the characters we’ve come to know and love. 

CHICAGO MED — “This Could Be The Start of Something New” Episode 809 — Pictured: (l-r) Brian Tee as Ethan Choi, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

I’ll truly miss Ethan Choi’s presence in the ED, but I’m happy he’s finally going to live his authentic life with his love by his side. Plus, since they are both staying in Chicago, there’s potential for a guest appearance down the line.

It was also heartwarming to see how supportive Sharon Goodwin was when he tended his resignation. Goodwin is an example of the kind of boss we all want to have—she knows she’s losing a good thing, but she couldn’t be happier for Choi’s professional development. We love to see it. 

The rest of the episode focused heavily on the OR 2.o, funded completely by Jack Dayton, the man Crockett saved in the train derailment episode. While it seemed like a generous gift, the moment Goodwin said that there didn’t seem to be strings attached, you knew the other foot was going to drop. 

There’s definitely an ego issue with Dayton, as evidenced by how he handled Crockett’s complaint about operating in front of an audience. Crockett was being cautious considering he wasn’t familiar with the tech, and he didn’t want to make a spectacle of someone’s life, but Dayton wasn’t interested in hearing any of it. He wanted the audience there so he could prove that his innovation worked and could change the future of medicine, thus putting Gaffney on the map as a cutting-edge hospital. While all of that is great, it mostly works in his favor as it allowed him to buy a controlling investment in the Gaffney Medical Group. The danger of taking handouts from a billionaire is that he has enough money to now own the whole hospital. And while there’s a small chance it might be a good thing, by the sheer horror on everyone’s face, it doesn’t seem to be. 

CHICAGO MED — “This Could Be The Start of Something New” Episode 809 — Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

Dayton is very much a profits-over-people kind of guy. He doesn’t care about the outcome as much as he does about making money. The very accident with his supersonic train is proof that he launches things before they are ready or tested. And now that he’s the one calling the shots, they have no choice but to listen to him and meet all of his demands, even if it’s proven that the OR 2.0 isn’t entirely safe.

Dayton overlooked an issue that came up during Richard’s tumor retraction, and when Crockett brought it up, it was basically shrugged off, even though you’d think they’d want to do everything to make the system as good as it could be. What are they hiding?

While the OR 2.0’s technology is impressive and lightyears ahead of what they’ve been using, it’s not without flaws, and a manual override of a suggestion it made that could have killed the patient is definitely concerning. If a less seasoned doctor was operating and they listened to the AI’s advice, it may have been the patient’s life on the line.

All of this could blow back on Gaffney, and I don’t doubt that Dayton would let it in order to preserve the integrity of his name. And since Crockett is the face of it all, I feel like Dayton would be fine with making him the scapegoat. He can tear him down as quickly as he built him up, especially because it seems as though he feels like he owns him now.

CHICAGO MED — “This Could Be The Start of Something New” Episode 809 — Pictured: (l-r) Jessy Schram as Hannah Asher, Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood, Marc Grapey as Peter Kalmick, S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Daniel Charles, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel, Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The ED is always action-packed, and that was especially true during the midseason finale. 

No one ever wants to deal with a parent’s ailing health, but April and Ethan were forced to when her dad began having chest pains the day before the wedding. Thankfully, it wasn’t a heart attack as previously believed, and Choi got to the bottom of the issue, noting that it wasn’t urgent and didn’t require surgery prior to the big day. 

Charles treated an elderly patient that came into the ED after falling down the stairs. His daughter was terrified that her father had Alzheimer’s just like her late mother, but after having a brief chat with him, Charles wasn’t convinced. After being discharged, the man had a seizure, and a CT scan later revealed that it was a mystery illness that led to inflammation that was affecting the brain. The good news is that a round of steroids would clear it all up. Sometimes, there is a happy ending to a story! 

Meanwhile, Dean and Asher helped Grant, Maggie’s ex and Vanessa’s dad, with a complication following the accident. While Maggie was in surgery with him, Ben stopped by with the cupcakes that she ordered for April and Choi’s wedding, and the new intern, Justin, blurted out all about the accident. Read the room, man!

Of course, Ben flipped out on her, assuming that she was having an affair. While Maggie swore that wasn’t the case, the fact that she withheld something so important from him was a breach of trust, and he suggested that they take time apart.

I feel for Maggie, I truly do, but she made some questionable decisions this season. And Ben’s character also seems so inconsistent—the jealousy over Grant from day one has been so strange—it almost doesn’t feel like it’s the same man she married. He has every right to be upset with her about the lying, but it just seems like the writers want us to all of a sudden hate Ben so that when she gets back together with Grant, we’re not upset about it. But let me remind you—Ben was a sweet and soft-spoken guy a few seasons ago, and that guy would’ve been much more understanding from the get-go when she first introduced him to Grant. It really doesn’t help that Maggie is being so weird and secretive the whole time, but I also wish Ben handled it better. Don’t ever underestimate the power of clear communication.

Archer also confided in Asher about his kidney disease, adding that if the renal diet wasn’t going to make everything better, the next step was dialysis. It was only a matter of time before she figured it out, and with Choi gone, it’s nice that Archer will have someone in his corner, even if he is asking her to keep it a secret from the other colleagues. 

There’s also a new love interest brewing for Dr. Charles—Liliana, the woman who cleans his office. He happened to catch her incredible opera performance during an open mic night at the piano bar he frequents, and it completely caught him off guard. He went back and forth with himself about asking her out, as there is an unequal power dynamic between them, but he eventually mustered up the courage. And she was more than happy to grab coffee with him.

After everything that he’s been through in his romantic life, Charles more than deserves some happiness. I’m rooting for them. However, I was a little thrown off when he said that Lilliana is Polish. I only picked up on a handful of words in the song she sang, and truthfully, it sounded more Ukrainian to me. It’s entirely possible that I’m not familiar with the song, that it was in both languages, or even that it was just the way the actress pronounced the words—but it’s just a stray observation from a native speaker who was a little puzzled. 

Regardless, I’m thrilled that the series is embracing the huge Polish population in Chicago and finding a way to work it into the plot.

Overall, the title, “This Could Be The Start of Something New,” applied to many aspects of the episode from April and Ethan’s marriage to their new business venture, the OR 2.0 and Gaffney’s new leadership, and even Charles’ relationship with Liliana.

What did you think of the episode? Were you happy with Choi and April’s sendoff? What was your favorite part of the midseason finale? Till next year, Cravers!

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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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