Another day, another supply shortage that made treating patients much more difficult for the doctors of Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 5.
Will and Vanessa’s rogue plan of relying on a drug dealer to get the necessary meds for their patients last week landed them in hot water when said drug dealer, Devon, was rushed to the ED after overdosing.
Devon’s arrival was next level as whatever drugs he took made him overly aggressive, turning him into the Incredible Hulk. Lots of things were broken in his violent rage, including Dr. Archer’s ribs. His jaw was also dislocated, which made for a pretty painful day for him in the ED. Since he wouldn’t allow an intern to treat him, Dr. Asher stepped in to reduce his jaw, but when she didn’t prescribe him enough painkillers, he freaked out on her in a verbally abusive manner. Asher was apologetic, but honestly, it was uncalled for. He eventually apologized for his outburst caused by the pain, but Asher was understanding as her own experience with painkillers clouded her judgment. The series keeps pushing these two closer and closer together, and I’m wondering if it’s going to end up in a romantic relationship.
After the cops were called in to question Devon, Will and Vanessa’s involvement came to light. Maggie, who has noticed that the two have been whispering in corners lately—Doris even thought they were a couple—was shocked and upset, but the hospital board didn’t press charges. And surprisingly. Sharon Goodwin was mostly upset that she was left in the dark. She acknowledged that the shortages were limiting their ability to treat patients and since they are doctors who care a lot about patients, she understood that they’ve been forced to get creative with their approach. And honestly, while relying on a street dealer was a risky move, they had the best intentions. Thankfully, their patient, Rose, didn’t suffer any symptoms as a result and was grateful that they went above and beyond to save her life.
Maggie immediately blamed Halstead for “dragging” Vanessa down, and she wouldn’t hear otherwise even though we all know that it was Vanessa who went behind his back and got the drugs. Maybe it’s best if Maggie doesn’t know.
The patient that Crockett saved after the derailed train was brought to Med after his lungs collapsed as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals from the train battery. He was in dire need of a lung transplant, and his boss, and billionaire founder, Dayton, was willing to do anything to make it happen. Unfortunately, they were faced with another tubing shortage that prevented them from putting the patient on ECMO until the lungs were ready. And that’s when another creative idea came into the mix as Dayton and his engineering team agreed to construct a chamber to help prep the lungs. The surgery ended up being a massive success, and Crockett was now two-for-two incredible saves on the same patient. Fame was coming his way as Dayton was updating his millions of online fans in real-time, but as we’ve seen from any other situation where a doctor has gotten into the spotlight for their good deeds, it isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.
Charles and Nellie dealt with an influx of psych patients, but they struggled to find the room to take care of all of them. Nellie began to doubt the psych field, thinking she was simply shuffling patients around rather than helping them. The doubts were placed there by her parents, who didn’t take her field or status as a doctor seriously, but through all of it, she actually scored a huge win after she connected with a patient, Harris, and even discovered that his fear of the dangerous outdoors likely stemmed from a recent mass shooting outside his apartment that triggered some buried fear. I love seeing Nellie find her footing, especially with Charles’ help as he acknowledged that the system is broken but they try their best regardless. The work they do is important but not always visible in the way that a surgeon’s work is, yet it doesn’t make it less important. The brain is a powerful organ, so in many cases, the careful work they do is almost more important than anything else because there’s no simple fix.
We were graced with another April appearance as she returned to Med with a patient from her clinic, Brock, who they were struggling to diagnose. I initially thought she didn’t want Choi to treat Brock because I assumed he was April’s new boyfriend and she thought it would be awkward, but in reality, April was just there as a supportive nurse looking for a cure. After running all the labs, Choi determined that Brock had MIS, an infection triggered after COVID that typically presents in children. He did, however, figure out that Brock went AWOL from active duty, which is why April didn’t want Choi to treat him in the first place. She was scared that Choi would figure it out and turn Brock in, but boy, we’re seeing a new side of Choi these days. Instead of passing judgment, he gave April the name of a military lawyer that could help Brock when he returned to Savannah.
April also asked Maggie to hit up the club so that they could catch up, but in the final moments of the episode, April ran into Choi on the dance floor instead. The scene definitely made me chuckle because they looked so out of place, but also, good on them for letting loose after such a chaotic day. And it’s safe to say that April and Choi are going to get back together, and since Choi is leaving the show, I can accept that they’re finally going to get their happily ever after. Some people are just meant to be, especially after they’ve spent time apart and grown as individuals.
What did you think of the episode, Cravers?
Colin Donnell Reveals If He Would Return to ‘Chicago Med’
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.
Chicago Med Review – April and Choi’s Big Decision (808)
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!
Chicago Med Recap – The Clothes Make The Man…Or Do They? (807)
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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