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Chicago Med Midseason Premiere Review – The Drama Between Will and Nat Continues (5×10)

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New year, same old ED.

Chicago Med’s second half of season 5 picked up roughly six weeks following the dramatic events of the midseason finale.

Dr. Charles was grieving the loss of CiCi, who passed away off-screen, as we assumed. April was reeling with guilt following her kiss with Crockett and debating whether or not to tell Ethan when he came home from deployment, and Natalie and Will’s friendship remained fractured after she’d confessed her feelings for him after getting her memories back and getting rejected by him.

And from what just transpired between Will and Natalie regarding their patients, these two are not going be smoothing things over anytime soon. Or ever.

We can all agree that Will and Nat are toxic for each other as a couple, but they don’t even make good friends or partners. They have two clashing personalities — they believe they’re always right and never see eye-to-eye.

Patient care is at the center of their drama now. Will once again asked Natalie to bend the rules for a former patient, Lynne, who came back and blamed him for her oxy addiction,

She was treated by Will four years ago for a knee injury, which is when she began abusing drugs.

Will felt an enormous pang of guilt as Lynne made it very clear that she blamed him for what transpired, but Will should have known better. Despite writing out the prescription, it wasn’t his fault that she’d abused the drugs.

Moreso, the moment failed to really underline the issue of doctor’s “handing out prescription pain killers like candy.”

The statement was made, but it got lost in the hoopla of Lynne’s case and Will and Nat’s disagreement on how it should be handled.

Will wanted so badly to believe that this was a one-off situation with Lynne because it would ease his conscience, but we know addiction is a lifelong struggle. She was a patient four years ago and chances are, she has been using since then.

The rapid detox was a dangerous treatment method, but in their dire situation, one that felt necessary to help keep Lynne with her son.

Though, it was obvious even if Lynne was weaned off the addiction that she wasn’t in the right state of mind to take her son home and be his primary caregiver.

Lynne’s intentions may have been in the right place but it takes a lot of willpower to quit a bad habit. And sometimes, as we saw in this situation, loving your son isn’t motivation enough.

Did that mean Lynne should have lost her child? Absolutely not. She needed a helping hand and some guidance to set her on the right path.

It’s beyond frustrating that in these situations it’s either you keep your addiction a secret to keep a child or get help and risk losing your child. There’s truly no winning.

However, when you take a step back and take the personal out of it, Natalie did the right thing. She spoke to the son and realized this wasn’t a one-off situation as he carried Narcan in his backpack and administered it before to help revive his mother.

This was a 6-year-old boy who was taking care of a drug addict because he didn’t want to lose his mother. The realization that getting Child Protective Services involved was heartbreaking and likely not a choice Natalie wanted to make. But that’s the thing — she didn’t have a choice.

Her priority was to get the boy out of a toxic environment, which she did by calling CPS.

Now, Goodwin and Med should have handled Lynne better. They shouldn’t have approached her mid-detox when she’s at her most vulnerable to tell her they’re taking away the only thing that matters to her.

And there’s absolutely no way she should have been considered in the right state of mind to check herself out.

But that’s exactly what happened, which lead to the deadly overdose.

In a way, the drugs won out for Lynne in the end, which again, underlines the power they had over her that Will was blinded to because of his guilt.

Will will now blame Natalie for his patient’s death when it isn’t that simple. It’s not black and white, and what really needs to happen is for Will and Natalie to stop placing blame on each other for making medical calls that they see fit. It’s not personal. Natalie didn’t want to get back at Will for refusing her love. Let’s not get it confused, though, I know we will.

Then we have April and Crockett whose relationship is tense because of that one little kiss on the finale.

It’s been six weeks and April is still obsessing over it. The guilt is eating her up inside, which means that Ethan will eventually find out what happened.

It won’t be April who tells him either as she’s seemingly made up her mind about keeping it a secret, especially now that Ethan has proposed and accepted that she might never have a child.

Crockett is going to be the one to blow the whistle on it after learning of April and Ethan’s engagement.

I haven’t been able to put my finger on Crockett or whether or not he’s a good guy with good intentions, but nothing has made me dislike him either aside from his pursual of April while knowing she’s with Ethan.

All I know is that trouble is brewing for April and Ethan once the truth comes to light. If April had just come clean, Ethan might have understood that the kiss was innocent and happened in a moment of weakness and vulnerability, but by keeping it a secret, April is proving that it means a lot more.

Other Med Musings

  • Noah Sexton is alright, you guys. And who knows what happened to the girl he was helping or the gang that beat him up. I guess we’re just ignoring it.
  • Dr. Charles’ grief resulted in a beautiful and therapeutic karaoke piece. I love that despite being the “all-knowing” psychologist, he realizes when he himself needs help and takes advice.
  • Ben is alive, thriving, and cancer-free! Woo! The same cannot be said for Maggie who is starting her radiation, but hopefully, they can both celebrate victory soon enough.

What did you think of Chicago Med’s return?

Are you over the Will and Natalie drama?

Was April right for keeping the kiss a secret from Ethan?

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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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