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?
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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