It’s so good to be back in the ED!
Unfortunately, even with the new year upon us, Goodwin is still having “money problems” and Stohl is at the point where he’s trying to turn away patients that he knows are “lost causes” to save money. You can bet that the lack of funds is going to come into play a lot more throughout the season. I could even see Sharon being suspended and threatened with being replaced if she doesn’t “fix” things. And sadly, this is a situation many hospitals in the real world are facing.
After the holidays, it is back to work for everyone, including Dr. Charles who took some much needed time off following the shooting. He returned to find that the ED still very much needed his consults and that Dr. Reese was still avoiding any physical contact with patients. In fact, in his absence, she was doing “research.”
Dr. Reese is in denial and doesn’t want to admit that her fear is in the way of doing her job. But when the window is smashed in — in a string of smash and grabs, not by a deranged patient — and when Noah is attacked by an upset patient who just found out his brother passed away, there’s no denying it anymore. She has a breakdown in front of everyone about how they aren’t able to do their jobs since they don’t feel safe.
When Dr. Charles tries to confront her about it, she once again plays it off. However, it’s a much bigger problem because she’s actually looking into buying a gun! I can see how a doctor would feel uneasy working with patients who are mentally unstable but that’s the job she chose. Maybe she didn’t know to the fullest what it would entail but she had to know that it would involve some aggressive situations. If she doesn’t logically overcome her fear soon she will have to take Dr. Charles’ advice and change professions.
Romance has taken over the ED but when you are a doctor that’s working several shifts in a row, it becomes hard to find some alone time. Natalie and Will are attempting to get it on in the backseat of the car but opt to finish up after their shift. Things take a drastic turn when Will’s leg becomes paralyzed after coming into contact with a patient who upon getting off the plane from Australia also couldn’t feel her foot. Pretty soon, her whole body was paralyzed and the doctors couldn’t figure out why. When Will became ill, Natalie tried to find a connection through the lab work and realized that it was due to a tick who latched onto Will’s scalp when he picked up the little girl from the floor. Thankfully, his symptoms were reversible and a mandatory overnight stay in the hospital allowed for them to get that much-needed sexy time.
In other couple news, April and Dr. Choi dealt with a patient who was dying from AIDS but didn’t want to take the test or receive life-saving treatment because she was scared her family in Africa and her aunt in the states would turn their back on her. If you aren’t aware, victims of HIV/AIDS are shunned in African countries by their family.
Goodwin knew she had to do something so that this patient wasn’t a “lost cause” and brought out her file of former patients she’d lost to cancer. Her persuasiveness worked and the patient finally agreed to take the test. April was inspired and realized she didn’t want to lie to her co-workers anymore so she came clean about her relationship with Ethan right before Doris’ big birthday bash. Can’t use that against her anymore!
Noah, who as I mentioned earlier was assaulted, learned a very important lesson: never tell/promise patients that it’ll be okay. I feel like this is a lesson we should all take away from this episode; if you can’t guarantee an outcome, don’t say it no matter how reassuring it might be in the moment. We haven’t seen much of Noah on the medical-side but it’s interesting to see that even though he’s done his homework, he’s still going to run into ethical challenges.
Rhodes seems to be on his game once again now that Robin is doing better, or so he thinks. Her scans came back clean and on the outside, it seems like she’s fine again but she’s experiencing symptoms, which she’s hiding from him because she doesn’t want him to see her differently. Sexual impulses are one thing but having the urge to steal and acting on it? That could definitely be problematic. Are you over this storyline? Do you think Connor will eventually be fed up and pursue a relationship with Ava? There’s clearly SOMETHING happening between them even though he doesn’t realize it just yet. Girls are mean to the boys they like — I think that’s the saying right? Whatever, point is, Ava has the hots for Connor and she might act on it when he’s given up hope on Robin!
Thoughts on the midseason premiere of Chicago Med?
Chicago Med Review – Halstead Undermines Dr. Charles and Makes a Bad Call (5×18)
Before I go into this review, I have to say that seeing the credits roll out at the end of Chicago Med emphasized just how deeply coronavirus is going to impact the television landscape. We know that Med shuttered production on season 5 prematurely, and it’s bound to affect episode count, however, for now, the series clarified that it’ll be back in two weeks on April 8.
“In the Name of Love” proved that Halstead continues to be his own worst enemy. That guy can’t get it right if his life depended on it.
He constantly makes terrible decisions that are usually driven by his own ego and need to be right.
Dr. Charles made it very clear (very clear) that his patient with Alzheimer’s was not in the right frame of mind to make decisions or override a previous advanced directive she signed off on before the disease took control, and yet, he still undermined him and chose to save her.
Sure, she verbally expressed her desire to be saved, but as Charles pointed out, a brief fluctuation in cognition should not be assumed as a breakthrough.
Halstead didn’t just undermine Charles, he disregarded the patient’s final act of self-determination and caused an abundance of suffering for a family who was simply acting on her previously disclosed wishes.
None of this is surprising, however. Not with Will Halstead.
Goodwin said it right that with Halstead, it’s a case of deja vu that’s all too familiar. How does he never learn?
It seemed like he may have had a moment of clarity when Charles advised him against pursuing a relationship with Hannah because it would be detrimental to her recovery.
He said it’s common for someone to have blinders to something they don’t want to hear, and it seemed like the message came across loud and clear to Halstead.
He even informed Hannah that they should stay clear of anything romantic to give her time to recover, but she didn’t have to do more than bat her eyelashes and his mind changed completely.
Honestly, Halstead, stand your ground and make the right choice once in your life.
Hannah has proven over and over that she knows what to say to get her way, but she’s not going to cope well when things hit the fan and it’ll be his fault.
Nat and Crockett have an interesting professional relationship. They both want more, but they’re quick to turn on each other when they disagree on patient care, which happened when he convinced her patient to undergo an extremely radical surgery that could result in death.
Natalie thought his decisions were biased and motivated by professional advancement, but Crockett stood his ground because it was the best course of treatment. Plus, he was confident in himself.
Initially, the surgery was a massive success, but as Crockett, Nick, and Alice were celebrating, Nick lost consciousness and died thus proving Natalie right.
It would have been so easy for her to say “I told you so,” but Nat was thoroughly impressed by Crockett’s motivation.
After talking with Alice, she also realized she was focusing solely on this one patient while Crockett was viewing the bigger picture and making leaps to perfect the procedure for future patients including Nick’s son.
Of course, Nick was terrified, but he was already terminal, so his decision prioritized others who could still have a fighting chance. It may be the biggest sacrifice he’s ever given his son, and I wish that we could get a follow-up to this storyline somewhere down the line.
There was definitely a moment between Nat and Crockett, which was interrupted by some new chick he was seeing. It’s unclear why he wants to maintain an image of a playboy when he very clearly is a good man and a good doctor.
I’m patiently waiting for the episode that gives us more insight into his past.
Tensions were high between April and Choi after he found out that she cheated with him on Season 5 Episode 17.
For much of the episode, Choi was projecting his own fears, insecurities, and anger at his patient, a woman who almost died because she was ingesting too much protein that was harming her.
Choi didn’t believe her and said that she was either lying or in denial, which applied perfectly to April. I assumed the culprit was her smoothies and was shocked that her boyfriend was essentially drugging her to prevent her from losing weight because he was scared that if she did, she’d leave him.
The woman was pretty calm about the situation after finding out the truth because “his heart was in the right place,” but let’s not shy away from the very real problem that this man has a boatload of insecurities that he has to work through and that might potentially be dangerous to others.
Choi was just as shocked as I was at her nonchalant reaction, but April pointed out that he’s basically been acting like that towards her about her cheating slip-up.
Of course, April wants him to be angry because it’ll justify the anger she herself feels. And Choi did get a little worked up, but made a good point — why are they talking about it if she doesn’t have feelings for him?
April’s consumed by guilt largely because she still feels something for Crockett. Even now, she’s not being honest with herself.
She may love Ethan and want to be with him, but she’s always going to have this part of herself that’s drawn to Crockett.
The best thing they can do right now is to take a break and get some space.
Goodwin had a rough day. In addition to dealing with Halstead’s mess, again, she also had to come clean about her relationship with Burt and confront what it meant for the family.
While I’ve never been fond of her taking back the cheater, I have to admit Goodwin framed it in a valid way when she explained it to her equally-as-upset son, Michael.
Burt may have been the catalyst, but they both contributed to the fallout of their 35-year marriage. Burt has attempted to atone for his mistakes and there’s no point in living in the past, pointing fingers, or focusing on those mistakes.
Their primary focus should be on the future and while it’s unclear if they’ll get back together, they are all still a family and need to start acting like one and healing.
Michael didn’t want to hear it, but it was necessary. If his mother can get over it, so can he.
Maggie and Ben helped treat one of his students, a sick boy named Auggie, whose foster care mother gave him up because it was too much to handle and she wasn’t equipped.
It’s incredibly sad to see someone crumble under the pressures of not being able to take care of a special needs child. It’s her responsibility to get him to necessary appointments yet she gets absolutely no help to make it happen and struggles to find the time because she’s working.
Of course, this led Auggie to believe no one wanted him, and as he stayed the night at the hospital while they contacted social services, Maggie and Ben canceled their honeymoon to be with him.
We all know they’re going to attempt to legally adopt Auggie, and can I just say, out of all the storylines on this series, the writers have nailed Maggie’s.
Maggie and Ben love helping people, they know what it’s like to be sick and need someone to rely on, and they both found each other while battling cancer — there’s no one more equipped for this role.
What did you like about the episode? What were you not a fan of?
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Chicago Med 100th Episode Review – April Comes Clean to Choi, Maggie Gets Married (5×17)
The 100th episode of Chicago Med is upon us and that is a huge accomplishment. Congrats to the cast, crew, and everyone at Dick Wolf productions!
That being said, I expected just a teensy-bit more from the episode. The final few minutes really brought the action and packed us with happiness (though it really made me want to go bowling and considering the state of the world, it’s impossible right now), but the rest of the hour unraveled at a slow pace.
Dr. Charles’ storyline focused on his 13-year-old daughter Anna, and I’ll be honest, I totally forgot he had another daughter outside of Robin. It took me aback, so it made sense that Anna and her mother were both upset with Charles because they felt like he’d “forgotten” about her following CiCi’s death. The keyword being forgotten.
While Dr. Charles started off as an estranged father, he mended his relationship with Robin rather quickly, so I feel like the same will happen here. Plus, he’s now aware that Anna is craving attention because it’s obvious her vaping incident was simply done so that her father would care about her.
It all came to head when Anna snuck out of his office and saw Charles trying to take a mother away from her daughter. The two entered into a heated argument where he accepted his responsibility and promised he’d step up and be there for her.
Charles was dealing with family drama both his and involving a mother and the daughter, who were almost separated because of a wrong diagnosis. The mother was flagged for Munchausen by proxy when she was really suffering from PTSD after giving birth to a premature daughter.
If it hadn’t been for caring doctors like Charles and Natalie, the mother would have had DCFS called on her and her daughter taken away.
It’s incredibly sad how some health care providers are so eager to expect the worst. The mother never exhibited any signs of wanting to hurt her daughter, she simply needed help herself.
April has been bottling up a huge secret and it finally exploded following a health scare. A secret like that will really get you.
While nothing was seriously wrong with April — it was a consequence of doubling up her hormones to force in-vitro — she took it as a sign that she needed to come clean to Choi before the secret destroyed her.
She has been trying so hard to get pregnant and give Ethan the family she wants because she’s guilty, and the guilt was consuming her.
Of course, Ethan’s reaction to finding out that April kissed Crockett was anything but subtle. He physically attacked the man he was slowly befriending for making moves on his girl right there in the ED.
Honestly, I’m torn about this. Choi acknowledged to Sharon Goodwin that he was so desperate to have a baby that he ignored the red flags with April, sure, but upon finding out the truth, he never blamed her.
His reaction was immediately to pick a fight with Crockett. And while Crockett definitely overstepped, he also wasn’t close to Ethan and pursued April because she gave him the green light.
It takes two to tango, and April is just as at fault as Crockett is.
Crockett also never said anything because he respected April’s wishes and what she wanted, which was to keep what happened a secret. It was unfair for Crockett to get the brunt of Choi’s anger.
April felt well enough to attend Maggie’s nuptials, and though Ethan didn’t show up, she couldn’t help continue pining for Crockett.
Personally, I haven’t been able to figure Crockett out. At first, he seemed like an ego-drive doctor who was full of himself, but over time, we saw that he was level-headed, never led with emotion, and had a dark past.
He seemed like a good guy. I thought so, and apparently Nat thought so, but when she confronted him about “making moves” on April and thinking he was a “decent guy,” his response was weird and scummy: “what gave you that idea.”
It could be an act to keep people at bay since he’s clearly still pining for April as well. It’s unclear if he feels guilty, but he definitely respected April’s wishes and her relationship after she made it clear that nothing would happen between them, so that must count for something.
The fact that April was still drawn to Crockett after Ethan was there for her and clearly in love with her proves that she never deserved that relationship.
As it stands, Crockett and April deserve each other.
Ethan and Crockett also worked side-by-side treating a gunshot patient who refused to come clean about the fact that he had been shot before.
It’s interesting that they dealt with a case that involved secrets as Crockett and April were keeping a major one from Ethan.
Shoutout to Trudy for her guest appearance and breaking up the playground fight between Ethan and Crockett!
April’s medical case also involved the return of Dr. Hannah Asher, who was scrutinized by her fellow doctors and nurses who couldn’t see past her drug addiction.
Halstead’s had his fair share of questionable moments, but I have to hand it to him for really vouching for Hannah and wanting to help her.
When everyone else scoffed at the sight of her and questioned her medical judgment, he stuck his neck out for her because he believed she was more than the disease.
Ethan also came at Hannah with disgust, which reminded me why I’m not usually his biggest fan.
However, April was also caring and sweet and didn’t judge Hannah based on one mistake.
Initially, Hannah couldn’t stand the sight of Halstead, but after he stood behind his decision to out her publicly and said he wouldn’t change anything about how he handled it because she would’ve originally denied it, he came around.
Hannah was in denial and if it hadn’t been for Halstead pushing her into mandatory rehab, she would have never gotten the help she needed.
“You gave me my life back,” she told him right before he asked her to be his date to the wedding.
Natalie clearly acknowledged Will’s new relationship and didn’t seem to mind, so hopefully, this marks the end of trying to make Will and Nat happen.
Amidst all the drama, there was a happy ending as Maggie and Ben tied the knot in the most perfect way.
Maggie turned into a bit of a bridezilla and didn’t allow Ben to have much of a say in the wedding prep (which miraculously only took her 2-weeks to plan), but all of that went to hell once the venue began having an issue.
Ben rescued the day by first telling Maggie that she cannot be approaching her life like a cancer survivor and thinking she has to control everything now before pulling together a last-minute wedding that blew her mind.
Ben and Maggie’s relationship has been unconventional since day one, so it only made sense that their wedding was just as unique and quirky.
The bowling theme fits into their relationship since Ben is on a bowling league, and it was so refreshing to see the staff at Med, that’s usually so uptight and ready to save the world, just let loose and enjoy themselves.
Also, how beautiful did Maggie look? She deserves this moment so much.
It may have been a wedding celebration, but it definitely also seemed like a 100th episode celebration. Though let me be perfectly honest, I couldn’t help but wonder who was working in the ED since they were all enjoying themselves!
What did you think of the 100th episode? Did you expect more? Did it hit the mark?
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Chicago Med Review – Crockett and Natalie Taken Hostage and Held at Gunpoint (5×16)
Alright, hear me out, Natalie and Crockett as hostages would’ve made for a good crossover episode. Right?
In a way, it sort of was a mini-crossover as Jay Halstead led the charge to find the two abducted doctor’s and bring them to safety on Chicago Med.
Their storyline consumed much of the hour and rightfully so as it was the storyline I was mostly invested in before being completely let down by the lack of cohesiveness. I’ll get to that in a moment.
Natalie and Crockett have been working pretty closely together lately, and some sparks were flying as she began to realize that he’s a thorough and compassionate doctor. His reputation precedes him, but once you get to know Crockett, you see a different side of him.
If Natalie wasn’t considering a relationship prior to this episode, the thought crossed her mind when she found out he was safe and latched onto him. The two of them are going to share a trauma bond, which may explain why she wanted to run back into the house after she heard the gunshot go off and why she held onto him for dear life when she saw he survived, but I think there are some genuine feelings there.
Crockett has been talked up as a player who “gets around” as the watercooler talk between the nurses indicated, but again, I think we haven’t dived into the character enough or his backstory. There was one shot in a previous episode where he felt the weight of losing a child and tried to drink those emotions away, so there must be something darker fueling him.
He’s also exceptionally skilled at staying calm in stressful situations. He remained composed the whole time they were held captive and despite his fear, he made sure to keep Nat safe, which says a lot about him.
The situation the doctors found themselves in was dangerous and not ideal, but there was never any doubt that their friends at Med and PD would come to their rescue. Unless you’re willing to kill off major characters every episode, there’s only so much suspense each scene can bring to the table.
I thought that the episode would focus more on April finding out that Crockett was kidnapped and realizing that she cared more about him then her feelings let on, especially once she found out that he may have been shot inside the house.
Aside from being at the scene when Crockett was released, there was no interaction between the two of them and it felt like such a missed opportunity given how the writers have been building up their relationship and April’s guilt.
Instead, April’s guilt was funneled into agreeing to implant the next round of embryos so she could try for a child with Ethan.
She’s been trying to ease her guilt by being the perfect woman — the woman she thinks he wants — and it’s only going to lead to disaster.
The teaser for the upcoming episode shows April falling incredibly sick and finally admitting the lie that she’s been harboring. Will it break up April and Choi? My guess is that he’ll be disappointed and betrayed that she kept this lie from him for so long and tried to pretend everything was okay.
While Natalie and Crockett’s kidnapping was intense and engaging (and likely necessary to make them a romantic pairing), the motivations from the Clemons brothers were a little hazy.
The scene with his mother was just plain weird. His brother just left after they stopped his leg from bleeding, and if Tyler didn’t want them to help his dying son, who we learned was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, why did he even bring them back to the house? What did he plan on doing with them?
Why put them through all that stress if he was so willing to shoot himself.
None of it really made all that much sense, and it was unfortunate because it took away from a storyline that could’ve been truly great.
Will Halstead’s crap decisions continued as he visited Hannah in her rehab. Will disregarded the rule that visitors should wait 48 hours because it’s Will and was appalled to see her suffering. Apparently, doctors who go through withdrawal are not allowed to ease off drugs using other drugs, and that felt inhumane to Will, so he, again, disregarded the rules and took it upon himself to help Hannah.
You’d think that rules are there for a reason, but even if we were to agree with Will that the rules suck, it still doesn’t excuse his trash idea of coming to visit Hannah mid-withdrawal and offering her pills.
Even Hannah knew it was a bad idea because she basically freaked out, threw the drugs, and told him to go. She also made a valid point — he put her in there to get off the drugs and now he was trying to sabotage her recovery by giving her drugs.
His intentions may have been in the right place, but Will’s an airhead most of the time. If Hannah had taken the drugs and they were found in her system, she would’ve lost her license for good. Honestly, Will’s gotten in way over his head here cause he clearly doesn’t know anything about dealing with addicts.
The teaser for next week shows Hannah back at work and doing much better, but of course, Will takes any opportunity to make a dumb decision and asks her out on a date. The guy just can’t help himself.
Next week is also the 100th episode of the series, so they have to bring out all the drama (courtesy of Will, April, and Choi) and the big guns like Maggie’s wedding.
You might be like, “say what, Maggie’s wedding,” but yes, Maggie and Ben are engaged.
It may be quick, but it was a spur-of-the-moment decision that came after Maggie learned that she’s officially in remission!
When you’ve gone through something as serious as cancer and then learn that you’ve got another shot at life, life kind of takes on a whole new meaning.
You tend to feel the finality of life and want to make the most of it, which is what Maggie and Ben are doing. They may both be in remission, but if I know anything about this show is that it doesn’t let its characters be happy for too long.
Even when she got the good news and then they got engaged, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop.
So, if they’re embracing the “life’s short, so why not” attitude, so am I.
And Maggie deserves every ounce of that happiness! She’s been the rock of Med, the best friend and support system, and the one who always puts others ahead of herself. It’s her time to shine!
Other Med Musings
- Family the most important. April and Choi saw that firsthand when a woman who was in dire need of a liver transplant lied to another woman about being her biological daughter. She and her friend basically scouted someone who was an organ match. The crazier part was that the woman knew it wasn’t her daughter, but she wanted a second chance so badly that she allowed herself to be preyed on. I guess no harm no foul if both of them are happy with the outcome, right?
- Dr. Charles’ case with his schizophrenic patient was tough because it was a lesson for parents. At some point, you have to allow your grown child to make their own decisions, even if that decision is to stop taking meds and losing to this illness.
What did you think of Chicago Med?
Are you excited for the 100th episode? Who is breaking up? Who is getting together?
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