Everything that could’ve gone wrong on Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 13 did, but surprisingly, there weren’t any major casualties due to the chaotic storm.
Terrible storms wreaking havoc for characters is a common trope, and while it may be a cliché way to stir up some drama, I find myself always really enjoying these episodes.
The timing of this episode is actually pretty funny because Chicago is currently dealing with really powerful winds, though thankfully, no ice storm to go along with it. The drastic weather conditions meant that Gaffney was overcrowded with people seeking shelter.
And it was Sharon Goodwin who ensured that the doors stayed open for everyone in need despite complaints from Neil Archer and Jack Dayton. Their concerns were understandable, especially when Felix was stabbed, however, Goodwin simply couldn’t turn her back on the people that were counting on the hospital’s service. And when a giant tree branch came barreling through the glass ceiling, she doubled down on her stance not to put the hospital under lockdown.
Sharon is always the moral compass, and you know that if she’s in charge, the hospital will be in good hands.
Gaffney was definitely stretching resources, with a shortage of doctors and many overtired from working 72-hour shifts. It should be illegal, but at the same time, when there’s no other option, there’s no other choice.
I don’t necessarily think Maggie’s judgment was impaired by her fatigue when she sent Felix to the lobby rather than letting him take up a hospital bed. There were other, more critical patients, who needed it, and she could’ve never predicted that it would lead to a stabbing. It wasn’t on her, yet, she felt guilty and only forgave herself when she finally caught the culprit—a woman who came banging on the hospital door after nearly freezing in the conditions. While she definitely needed medical assistance, she was also severely paranoid, which meant that when the situation got too intense, she snapped. Thankfully, no one else was hurt before they were able to sedate her.
I do think Maggie was slightly distracted by worrying about Ben. She knew he had a bowling night, and when she couldn’t reach him, she was scared that something might have happened. After multiple unanswered calls, she was ready to give up when she saw Ben walk through the door. It’s unclear what convinced him to forgive her—I’m hoping he realized that her persistence was love—but I’m glad he did because this storyline has gone on way too long. Ben and Maggie were always such a solid couple, and I want them to get back to that.
After the stabbing, it was revealed that a part of the blade was stuck near Felix’s liver, which made his surgery highly complex. Crockett took it on, despite being overly tired, and he decided to use 2.0 to assist with it. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, Dayton implemented a system upgrade that locked out a surgeon when the AI deemed them too fatigued to continue on. This didn’t sit well with Crockett, but since he had no other choice, he handed the reins over to a junior surgeon, Tanaka Reed. When he confronted Dayton about the issue later, the billionaire stood by his software, informing Crockett that even the best of surgeons have blindspots—and his may just be when he’s too tired to power through.
I have to side with Dayton on this one. I have full faith in Crockett, but it’s not normal for anyone not to sleep 3+ days. In an emergency instance, someone should be able to override 2.0, but it wasn’t necessary in this case. The algorithm did its thing to minimize the damage and walk a less experienced doctor to victory.
The most stressful storyline involved Hannah Asher, who teamed up with a military police escort to get to the hospital. An OB patient was waiting on her, but she didn’t make it in time because they stopped to help a stranded civilian, which put them both in jeopardy. After getting Paul out of his vehicle, it exploded, sending them all flying. Hannah was the only one that came out unscathed, while Paul and Corporal Parker both suffered injuries due to the shrapnel. As they waited for a ride to the hospital, they were surprised to see Sean Archer come to their rescue.
Sean was just at the hospital by chance when he realized his father’s colleague might need help and stepped up to the plate, proving that his father was wrong about him. Archer misjudged his son, and it came from a place of fear that Sean was going down a dark path that would once again land him in jail, but all the audience has seen is a selfless man who wants to make the most out of the second chance he’s been given. He may have made a bad call bringing in a friend who was doped up on a flurry of pharmaceuticals, but he was there for someone when they needed him, which speaks volumes about his character. I hope we see more from Sean because his addition to the episode was truly wonderful.
Halstead, on the other hand, simply couldn’t help himself, and he dragged down Dr. Song with him. For quite some time, Halstead has operated with his heart on his sleeve, and his decision to go forward with a very risky surgery with a less-than-promising outcome was rooted in his desire to save the person at hand regardless of what it meant to those around him. It’s a great quality to have, but not when it puts others at risk. I love that Halstead wanted to do everything in his power to help Nina so that Lucas wasn’t an orphan but it came at a huge cost as the operation exhausted all the units of blood. If someone—anyone at all—needed them, they would have run out because of Halstead and Song’s choice.
Song’s approach to follow the data at all times isn’t the right way either, but in this case, she should’ve listened to her gut and nixed the surgery. She got too caught up in the personal aspect of patient care when she knew that given the circumstances, their best course of action was to reserve the units for those who had a favorable outcome.
It’s definitely a gray line to walk—and it’s case by case in most situations, but I’m hoping that Halstead takes something out of this as well. He can’t save everyone, and if the choice is saving one person, or letting one person die to save countless others, I think the choice is obvious.
Again. I’m glad it didn’t come to that this time around.
What did you think of the episode? Whose storyline are you most invested in?
Luke Mitchell Joins ‘Chicago Med’ for Season 9
Let’s all give a warm welcome to a new doctor coming to Gaffney!
Chicago Med is adding Luke Mitchell to the cast, according to Deadline.
The Originals and Blindspot actor will reportedly appear as a character named Dr. Mitch Ripley, described as an “early thirtysomething male Emergency Department doctor” with a past connection to Dr. Charles, played by Oliver Platt.
Word on the street is Ripley has a “troubled background,” which is why he crossed paths with Charles back in the day… and it seems like it might lead to some friction for the two.
He will recur on the medical drama with the potential of being upgraded to a series-regular come season 10, likely pending the reaction from fans.
The former Big Sky star is set to make his debut in the premiere episode of season 9 airing on January 17.
Of course, his addition is necessary as Chicago Med said goodbye to a handful of major cast members over the course of the previous seasons, including Brain Tee who played Ethan Choi, Nick Gehlfuss who starred as Will Halstead, Guy Lockard as Dr. Dylan Scott and Asjha Cooper in the role of Vanessa Taylor.
As of now, the returning cast includes S. Epatha Merkerson (hospital head Sharon Goodwin), Marlyne Barrett (charge nurse Maggie Lockwood), Dominic Rains (Dr. Crockett Marcel), Steven Weber (Dr. Dean Archer) and Jessy Schram (Dr. Hannah Asher).
Season 9 will consist of a 13-episode season, shortened due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
One Chicago Shows Announce 2024 Premiere Dates
It’s finally happening—our favorite One Chicago shows are coming home to us!
Chihards, mark your calendars and get ready to sit down in front of the TV on January 17 because that’s when Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will make their highly-anticipated and long-awaited premieres!
It’s truly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… though I hope that turning around new episodes doesn’t mean that the actors will have to work through the holidays.
— Top 1% of Burzek shippers (@NBCOneChicago) November 20, 2023
Chicago Med returns for season 9, Fire for season 12, and Med for season 11.
Of course, the full NBC 2024 lineup will kick off on Jan 1 with America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League, which means they are wasting no time getting back into the swing of things following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike delays.
Law & Order franchises will have their moment on Thursday, Jan 18 with Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
Part 1 of The Voice returns on Feb. 26, along with BC’s new Deal or No Deal spinoff, Deal or No Deal Island.
Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I., Lopez vs. Lopez, The Weakest Link, Password, That’s My Jam and The Wall currently don’t have a premiere date.
Chicago Med Season Finale Review – [SPOILER] Exits the Series (822)
It’s the end of an era. The Chicago Med Season 8 finale saw Will Halstead saying his final goodbye to Gaffney Medical.
And the best part is that you don’t even have to wonder where he’s going!
After realizing that his time at the hospital had come to an end, Will thanked his colleagues and friends who have been like family for all these years and made a swift departure to Seattle to be with his one true love, Natalie Manning!
Chicago Med pulled off the ultimate surprise by bringing back Torrey Devito for a brief yet emotional cameo. She greeted Halstead outside of the airport along with her son, Owen, and they made it very clear that this time they were going to make things work. “I’m never letting you go,” Natalie told Halstead as they embarked on their new chapter together.
While I usually wouldn’t recommend going back to a relationship that didn’t work in the past, in this case, it just makes sense. They both had a clean break to find themselves and figure things out and yet their paths crossed once again. Timing is everything, and without the setting of Gaffney, I think they may actually be able to work things out this time around.
And that’s a wrap on Will Halstead. Thank you so much to Nick Gehlfuss for bringing such an “irritating” yet “inspirational” character to life for eight seasons. Sharon Goodwin was right on the money with that comment.
He even went out in such Will style by going off the rails and doing something that only Will could ever justify as a good idea.
Halstead was very triggered by 2.0’s glitch, and when he realized no one was going to do anything about it, the took matters into his own hands without realizing the larger implications of his decision.
By reprogramming 2.0 to go completely haywire during Jack Dayton’s hernia resection, he not only destroyed the product by setting in plenty of doubt, but he also ensured that 2.0 would never see the light of day again as it tarnished Dayton’s reputation in the process.
Dayton could no longer go through with the IPO, which meant that he couldn’t secure the funding to make 2.0 a better and more reliable product, which in turn meant that Jack Dayton had to sell Med, putting everyone’s fate up in the air.
As much as I want to praise Halstead for trying to do the wrong thing, his decision was very costly, especially because, as Crockett pointed out, 2.0 did a lot of good. With the right improvements, it could be a very useful tool in the future, but Halstead ensured that said future would never happen.
However, on the other hand, maybe selling the hospital isn’t the worst idea as it will likely put the power back in the hands of someone who cares about the patients over profits. Turning Med into a for-profit hospital has not been a welcome change for the doctors as they are limited in who they can treat, and it’s also a terrible experience for patients who don’t have the best insurance and can’t pay exorbitant prices.
Turning away patients is never ideal, especially patients who need critical care. One of Archer’s patients, Rachel, was admitted to Med with terrible stomach pains, and by waiting for an ambo transfer to a hospital that would have accepted her insurance, she likely would’ve died in the process.
The doctors took it upon themselves to do the surgery under the radar so as to not put her in debt for life, but that was a risky move. If anyone from upper management found out, it would not be pretty. Though, it’s nice to see Archer coming around and doing what needs to be done to save lives.
During the surgery, which Hannah Asher assisted, Archer became very weak, and he realized he had another infection from his “DIY dialysis.” At this point, Asher insisted he start at a proper dialysis clinic, which he was against because of the time commitment, and when Sean suggested they just go through with the surgery as he was approved as his father’s donor, Archer and Asher had to inform him that he was no longer eligible after falling off the wagon.
It was honestly heartbreaking to see Sean come to terms with what his relapse meant. It was one misstep—that stemmed from a misunderstanding in the first place—and yet, it set back his plans to help his father for at least six months.
Hopefully, this doesn’t set Sean back even further because I can see how he’d deal with thinking that he’s a “disappointment” by turning to drugs and alcohol yet again.
Archer, however, cannot blame himself for what happened, nor can he blame the fact that he allowed his son to be a donor as the relapse had nothing to do with the pressure of the situation. Sean was set off after seeing his father and Hannah getting “close,” and while there may have been some flirtation happening, when he finally addressed it with the two of them, they were both quite shocked.
I honestly think that Asher and Archer are good friends, and though there may be underlying feelings there, they’ve never considered them because they’ve never thought about going there. Could this be what convinces them to give things a try? Or did it cement them in the friend’s zone forever? I’m not surprised the romance hasn’t gotten the spotlight as Archer’s health is definitely a priority.
Hannah also seems pretty adamant about keeping her personal life and professional life separate, so I could see her shutting any possibility of a romance with either of the Archer men down.
Dr. Charles dealt with two patients that Dr. Loren Johsnton brought in via ambo. There was also a misunderstanding there as the wife, Janice, thought her husband Fred was trying to kill her, when in reality, Fred was fighting with his body impulsively doing things he couldn’t control. Turns out, he had a small stroke that resulted in a rare neurological called alien hand syndrome. With everything cleared up, the couple was back on track, and it put Charles’ relationship with Liliana in perspective. He realized that he had to clear up the misunderstanding by simply being vulnerable and honest with her about his feelings—he didn’t think of her as a charity case, and just because he has a fancy title doesn’t mean he doesn’t share the same insecurities as other people.
And Liliana, for her part, realized she’d put up a wall because she’s so used to being independent. Of course, there’s still the issue of her overbearing brother Pawel, who, quite frankly, needs to be told to get his own life. I understand siblings being there for each other and helping each other out, but he’s constantly bossing her around, talking down to her, and being kind of emotionally abusive.
Also, I truly hope Dr. Loren becomes a new addition to Med next season!
With Maggie interviewing at other hospitals, I was certain she’d be the person leaving Med at the end of the season, but Halstead’s problematic heroics make so much more sense.
I’m just glad it isn’t Crockett because I was just getting invested in the character, while Archer and Asher have been the best duo this season.
What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 8 finale? Are you pleased with how Halstead’s storyline ended?
What do you want to see next season?
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