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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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Colin Donnell Reveals If He Would Return to ‘Chicago Med’

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Is Colin Donnell interested in making his way back to Gaffney? Dr. Connor Rhodes exited the series three seasons ago, but he remains a fan-favorite to this day.

Is there a chance fans might see him again on Chicago Med? In a recent interview, Donnell explained that it’s always a possibility. 

“I loved my time on Chicago Med, and I loved Andy and Diane,” the actor told TVLine, adding, “I loved our crew so much, the cast was so wonderful, and I know they’ve had a lot of comings and goings since I’ve left myself. But yeah, why ever close a door?”

As for show runners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, they are also open to Rhodes’ return if Donnell would be interested, explaining, “I don’t think you can ever rule that out.”

They continued: “Colin was a guy we loved working with. He was a very strong member of the cast for a long time, and we would welcome to see him again.”

Okay, then it’s settled—at some point, Donnell needs to grace Gaffney with his presence, especially as the series has lost so many actors this year already with Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) on his way out in the upcoming December episode.


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Chicago Med Review – April and Choi’s Big Decision (808)

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Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 8 is starting to prepare audiences for Ethan Choi’s exit from the series. 

At the kickstart of the episode, Gaffney’s finest received cream colored envelopes in their lockers, which, upon opening, revealed that a wedding is on the horizon! While it feels like April and Ethan just got back together, the truth is, when you know you know. 

Choi told Charles that the second time around, their relationship is much more solid, which is largely due to the fact that following his father’s death, Choi grew up and became the man that April always needed him to be. As he realized how short life is, he didn’t want to waste anymore time. And honestly, I think that’s beautiful and realistic. Most of the time, you get wiser with age and realize just how much time was spent on things that didn’t matter.

Choi and April always had a special connection that was unfortunately ruined by the show’s need for drama. The drama was necessary, but with their relationship continuing off-screen, they can finally ride off into marital bliss!

Of course, Choi needs to have a compelling reason for leaving behind his job, and I think he’s going to try to take on a very flawed and broken system. He was especially triggered by Buddy’s case, the homeless man who was brought in after someone from the neighborhood realized that he was in need of medical attention. Buddy was, sadly, a victim of Medicaid fraud as a recruiter took him to a hospital in Wisconsin to undergo a procedure that he didn’t need for kickbacks. And once it was done, she dropped him back off without a care in the world knowing damn well that he didn’t have the resources to go to any follow up appointments or to heal properly from the procedure. All the while, Buddy was also in advanced stage prostate cancer, which is one of the most curable and treatable cancers, and no one did a thing about it. He could’ve survived and lived for many years but he was brushed off and ignored. He was failed by so many people simply because he didn’t have the means to seek out help on his own or advocate for himself. I’m not surprised that Choi was so angered by the realization. And while I don’t know what Choi is going to do to bring about the much-needed change, I know that the first step is simply acknowledging that it’s necessary. If losing Choi is inevitable, I’m just glad it’s going to be a worthy send off that remains true to his character that’s become so beloved over these eight seasons.

There was a bit of a shakeup with Asher and Nellie Cuevas teaming up together to help Gloria, a young woman who walked into the ER looking to get some clarity on what happened to her at a warehouse party.  Gloria explained that she blacked out after a single drink and had no memory of the evening aside from waking up in a room alone and with her undergarments missing. The care that Asher and Nellie extended was truly remarkable as they both felt a personal connection to Nellie—Asher having lost a college roommate who was sexually assaulted and Nellie being an undocumented immigrant who knew the dangers and the realities of the failed system all too well.

Gloria was in good hands, even though this is a situation that no woman ever wants to experience. Upon confirming that there was evidence of sexual assault, Gloria decided against reporting it or doing anything about it, which proved Nellie’s suspicions that she was undocumented herself. 

When Asher wanted to encourage her to change her mind, Nellie shut down the conversation and reiterated the fears going through Gloria’s mind as an immigrant. And everything Nellie said was totally valid, however, there’s always more sides to a story or situation. When Chicago PD’s Hailey Upton came in with another sexual assault survivor who also blacked out at a warehouse party, Asher stood her ground in her efforts to convince Gloria as she knew just how important her case could be to finding the person who did this.

Asher revealed that her college roommate experienced a sexual assault that ended with her untimely death, and after seeing the firsthand effects of what that kind of trauma can do to a person that represses it and tries their very best to “forget it ever happened,” she couldn’t stand by and watch Gloria make those some mistakes.

Asher’s story helped Nellie see the situation in a different light, and while she remained cautious and respectful of Gloria’s undocumented status, she revealed that she was a DACA recipient to assure her that if she did decide to file a report, they would protect her as they knew what she was going through. The relatability was comforting to Gloria, who eventually spoke with Upton, another agent who was in no way going to put Gloria in harm’s way. As I said before, despite the truly devastating circumstance, Gloria was in good hands.

Halstead teamed up with a new intern, Justin Leiu (The Cleaning Lady fans will recognize him as Marco!), who honestly feels like he’s going to be a really great addition to the team. Justin was sharp and on his game, and even went along with Halstead’s plan to do a trans organ exchange to help out his patient, a 15-year-old girl in advanced liver stage from a rare condition. The truth is that Halstead will do just about anything to help his patients, but this time, he was determined to keep it above board. And with a little help from Crockett, they were able to provide a solution that helped two patients in one. Crockett realized that “quid pro quo” doesn’t always have to be a bad thing if it’s done for the greater good, which convinced him to attend the executive dinner with Goodwin and billionaire Jack. Crockett really got caught up in the optics of asking someone he previously helped out of the goodness of his heart (and because he took an oath) for money, however, a few million is just another drop in the bucket for Jack. And, as it turns out, he was already expecting the ask and was even willing to go way above what they wanted because he saw value in helping Med and investing in the doctors there. At the end of the day, it’s a charitable write off for Jack, which he surely knows, and it helps so many people in the process. 

Maggie got a little too caught up taking a ride through her past with Grant, which landed them both in the ED. While it was sweet of Grant to want to show off the high school ride that he restored with Maggie, the truth is, these two can’t just be friends. There’s history and chemistry there that only spells trouble. Ben wouldn’t even be happy with the idea of Maggie riding shotgun in the car with her ex boyfriend, so I’m not surprised that she hesitated to tell him about the car accident as it will cause more unnecessary problems in her marriage. Sharon encouraged Maggie to take time and think it through, and while I would typically say that she should trust in her connection to Ben, we all saw how he reacted the last time Grant came around. I don’t think he’ll be understanding in the slightest. 

The storyline with Grant really only made sense when Vanessa was still around, but now that she’s off living her best and most authentic life, the truth is, Grant and Maggie have no reason to exist in each other’s orbit anymore. It’s probably for the best that they don’t see each other again. 

And then there’s Neil, whose painful condition following his broken ribs is clearly going to pose a problem down the line. He’s been keeping his colleagues in the dark about what’s been going on, but it’s bound to get worse and eventually, it won’t be something that he can ignore. I feel like he was trying to tell Choi about it, but when he saw how impassioned his friend was about fixing the system, he just let his problems take a backseat. 

What did you think about the episode? Are you excited for Choi and April’s wedding? Do you like seeing different doctors in the ED pair up and work together?

The fall finale of Chicago Med will air on Dec. 7, so get ready and we’ll touch base then!


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Chicago Med Recap – The Clothes Make The Man…Or Do They? (807)

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Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 7 forced a lot of doctors to get really honest with themselves and confront their own personal traumas and biases. 

Crockett teamed up with Charles to help his former patient, Renee, who received a kidney transplant while he was still working with Pamela Blake. The kidney wasn’t the issue this time, however, as Renee’s behavior was causing alarm, especially after she tried to stab herself. The doctors determined that the immunosuppressants were causing her psychosis and tried to stabilize her with antipsychotics, which simply put her into a catatonic state. 

There was no easy or ideal solution as Renee needed the immunosuppressants to keep the kidney functioning, and yet her husband couldn’t fathom a world where she would basically be a shell of the person she was before. It wasn’t the second chance that they hoped for. He figured that if it were up to her, she would prioritize her mind above all, and asked the doctors to remove the kidney and give it to someone else on the donor list. While it seemed like a crazy ask, especially as she waited six years for the transplant, it was the only way that he could get his wife back. However, Crockett refused to perform the surgery mostly due to his fear that Renee’s husband was making the same mistake he did with Pamela. He made a call for Pamela that ruined her career—Crockett also just found out she had to go to back rehab and couldn’t present at a conference because of his decision—so he was terrified that the same was going to happen in this case. Charles recognized Crockett’s hesitation for what it was and had a little heart-to-heart with him that persuaded him to do the right thing, even if he didn’t agree with it. It was a risky decision, but when Renee finally woke up, she was fully supportive of her husband’s decision, informing them that it’s exactly what she would have done if she were in the right state of mind to make the call. It was a huge relief to hear, particularly for Crockett, but the truth is that he needs to forgive himself for what went down with Pamela. He thought he was doing the right thing and now knows that he was blinded by love. He can’t keep faulting himself for it.

There’s been an uptick in psych cases this season, making Charles a more prominent figure that’s involved in every storyline. Med has always prioritized psychology, but this season has doubled down on it, right along with pregnancy cases thanks to Dr. Hannah Asher.

Asher and Halstead’s patient was brought to the hospital in the back of her neighbor’s truck when she realized she was going into labor. While everything seemed fine going into the C-section, the moment the baby was born, Maya overdosed. It was a truly bizarre twist in the storyline as Maya didn’t present as someone who was on drugs at any point.

However, she did report that she was extremely itchy, which was also the case for both Halstead and Asher, though they just chalked it up to the hazmat suits they were forced to wear since the hospital was out of scrubs. Well, it turns out, they were all exposed to the drug carfentanil in Gus’ truck, which was causing an overdose. Hannah even found Will overdosing in the room and thankfully got to him with the Narcan in time. 

It was an unexpected twist, but also one that connected back to Will and Hannah’s first time meeting where he had to Narcan her in order to save her life. Dare I say it was kind of poetic… if they were into each other that way. And while there are definitely some feelings between the two of them, I’m not sure if Hannah will act on them. When Halstead asked her out on a date, she told him that she was going to go to a meeting just to be on the safe side, which was probably for the best, but it also seemed like her way of letting him down easy and letting the past stay in the past. Maybe she is just determined to stay just friends with the doctor. 

Archer’s son, Sean, was brought to the ER after an attack at the prison that left part of the shank still lodged in his neck. While Archer was obviously emotional about the situation, he didn’t let on so that no one knew that he was related to the patient except for Choi.

Naturally, Choi knew Archer couldn’t be the doctor on Sean’s case, and when they brought in the inmate who was behind the attack, he forced Archer to step aside as well knowing that he couldn’t remain neutral in the situation. Archer did, however, save the man’s life despite knowing what he did and that he may one day attack his son in the future. He felt like a terrible dad for many years and the shame of it was weighing heavily on him, even in the present as he kept his relationship with the patient a secret. 

When Sean finally woke up after surgery, Archer told everyone he was Sean’s father, and it was sweet to see him let go of the shame, forgive himself and simply be there for his boy in his time of need. 

I loved the personal connection on this case, I just wish we got a little more interaction with Archer and Sean.

Vanessa really is gone, and that means Maggie is picking up the pieces while trying to navigate the strain of Grant’s return on her marriage with Ben. If I’m being honest, Ben is being a little petty. I get that the situation is slightly awkward, but Maggie isn’t trying to stay in contact with Grant because she loves him—it’s all for Vanessa. It’s natural that he’s going to be around in some capacity, but there’s no reason for any hard feelings. And the truth is, Ben and Grant should have met much earlier and on different terms. Maggie should have handled it better from the beginning, but there’s no reason that they all can’t be adults and just take the situation for what it is.

The promo for the upcoming week reveals Maggie and Grant get into a car accident, and naturally, that’s going to make things worse between her and Ben while bringing the former lovers closer together. 

Woven throughout the whole episode was the fact that the hospital’s CFO Fred cares more about schmoozing and playing golf than making sure the doctors actually have the equipment and scrubs necessary to work in a clean and sterile environment. Goodwin tried her best to figure the situation out, even informing him that she would be pulling all elective surgeries until they got the scrubs, but it didn’t seem to work. Gaffney ended up getting an order of scrubs thanks to billionaire Jack, who has been around ever since Crockett’s miraculous save on the train, but as Goodwin pointed out, it’s not a sustainable long-term solution. I love when Goodwin goes head to head with the suits because she’s damn good at it and they deserve to be dragged a bit to light a fire and maybe get them to provide a solution for the supply shortages plaguing the hospital and forcing the doctors to be strategic and creative when it comes to patient care. 

What did you think of the episode?


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