New year, same problematic ED.
Better yet, same problematic disregard for patients’ wishes from Will Halstead. Does the guy/will the guy ever learn? It doesn’t seem like it.
While Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 3 was a solid installment for the first episode of 2021, it did raise some red flags in terms of Halstead’s involvement with the medical trial.
Halstead seems to genuinely believe in the trial, so he was coming from a genuine place when he offered it to Reuben, but he was also motivated to find his first patient with heart failure, so in a way, he wasn’t prepared to take no for an answer.
He wasn’t overly pushy and made sure he reiterated how the trial would work twice so that it was Reuben’s decision, but at the same time, I agree with Maggie that I don’t think the man was in the right space to fully comprehend what he was agreeing to.
And personally, it just feels off to me that a doctor who is benefitting from the trial is also tasked with finding the patients.
Maggie wasn’t the only one questioning Halstead’s motives as his daughter, Maria, was also skeptical and made it clear that she wanted to pull her father out of the trial.
It was never addressed if Maria had the authority to speak on Reuben’s behalf since he was technically competent enough to make his own decisions, but again, Halstead went out of his way to do the opposite of what she asked because he “knew better.”
The whole situation took a nasty turn when Reuben went into cardiac arrest, which Maria obviously blamed on Halstead. And though he redeemed himself by performing a life-saving procedure, the whole thing once again underlined Halstead’s ego and inability to respect a patient’s wishes.
It’s frustrating to watch Halstead continuously repeat the same mistakes and patterns because he is actually a good doctor who trusts his gut and his abilities.
Also, his hair was distracting me the whole episode. Whatever that mess is on his head, it needs to go!
Ethan Choi’s mishandling of the ED was to be expected. It’s never clear which Choi you’re going to get – the one that follows the rules or the one who bends them to help a patient out.
In this case, Choi was following protocol after Goodwin put pressure on him to cut costs and make decisions that will benefit the hospital.
As we’ve seen before, that often comes at the cost of patients. Even as April and Dr. Charles were informing him that something was up with Lisa, Choi wanted to discharge her because they didn’t have the “grounds” to hold her.
Thankfully, Dr. Charles was able to get through to Choi and convince him that there are just some cases where the right thing and the necessary thing are not the same.
Profits are important, but so is a patient’s health and wellbeing. If Choi wasn’t looking at it with an agenda in mind, he would have been the first to realize that Lisa’s behavior was strange and required additional attention on their part.
However, this doesn’t excuse April’s behavior after Choi pulled her from the COVID ward at all. April thinks that because she and Choi have a past that she’s privy to special treatment.
She only respects him in the role of Chief when it suits her. She took his actions personally rather than considering that he was doing what was in the ED’s best interest.
Her behavior was unacceptable and highlights how desperately she needs to learn to separate the personal matters from the professional ones.
Choi’s decision wasn’t to spite or punish her, and he made that very clear. And it’s not Choi’s place to make her feel worthy or useful. If she’s needed in a different department, that’s her purpose for the day.
The Lisa/Kelly case was wrapped up way too quickly, which stripped fans from a satisfactory ending.
I’m not saying it isn’t possible for a missing person to just walk into a hospital for treatment, but it was convenient that they were able to identify her so quickly. Where did Choi actually get that app?!
It would have been nice to get some answers about Lisa/Kelly’s case! How did she get to the hospital? Why was she vitamin D deficient? Was she being held somewhere? Who kidnapped her?
There were so many questions left unanswered!
If this was such a high-profile case, it would likely garner police and media attention. This would have made for a perfect mini-crossover with Chicago PD.
And that’s always been one of my biggest gripes with Chicago Med and the case-of-the-week formula. Sometimes, we get so attached to a patient that we want to know more and see the outcome of their storyline, but we’re left hanging instead.
Also, if Kelly was missing for 12 years, would she accept reality so quickly? Or would the trauma have more of a hold over her?
I guess we’ll never know.
Nat and Crockett’s flirtatious banter is cute, expected, and welcome.
She’s clearly trying to break through his tough exterior, which will, in turn, allow us to gain more insight into the character and his past.
Up until now, Crockett’s been this mysterious man who prides himself on being a playboy. As Natalie peels back the layers, she’s realizing that it’s his way of avoiding intimacy or getting too close to anyone.
The loss of his child likely plays into it, but this was the perfect opportunity for the series to introduce us to someone from Crockett’s past like an ex-wife or the love of his life instead of just a chick that he would casually grab Sazerac’s with.
Since Meghan didn’t really matter, her whole storyline fell flat.
It did, however, intrigue Natalie, who almost seemed jealous at times. Based on that shoulder rub and kiss, she’s opening the door for something more intimate if and when he’s ready to pursue something real.
I’m not usually a fan of ED-relationships, but this one I’m shipping simply because I think Natalie and Crockett could be good for each other. Don’t mess it up, writers!
Natalie’s case-of-the-week may have started out as impersonal, but it honed in on a few very important side-effects of the COVID pandemic.
For starters, the pandemic has left many feeling lonely and isolated. Her patient faked her symptoms so she could have someone to chat with. How sad is that?
However, it also highlighted the fact that people are not seeking out the medical attention they need.
Thankfully, this patient didn’t actually need treatment, but there are so many patients who do have symptoms and should see a doctor but refuse to because they’re afraid of catching the virus.
This means many patients are going undiagnosed or are being treated when it’s too late. Hopefully, this encourages people to seek out help if something is wrong.
And please, check in on your loved ones with a call or text just to make sure they’re doing alright!
Chicago Med seems to have found a way to address COVID and issues related to COVID without actually focusing on the virus full-time, which I’m sure is a welcome change of pace for many fans who expressed their disinterest in seeing real-life situations play out on their favorite shows.
What did you think of the episode?
Does it make you excited for the upcoming season?
Chicago Med Review – Letting Go Only to Come Together (6×11)
Sometimes the doctors at Chicago Med have to deal with cases that require a little extra brainpower.
Both Dr. Choi and Dr. Virani and Dr. Manning and Crockett teamed up to solve medical mysteries.
Choi treated a 21-year-old pro tennis player who got hit in the chest. However, his irregular heartbeat and frequent nosebleeds didn’t make sense for someone in good health.
When he wasn’t able to figure out the cause of Montez’s condition, Choi reluctantly accepted help from Dr. Virani, who he was pushing away after noticing her little fling with Halstead.
Virani proved to be useful as together, they were able to determine that the situation wasn’t related to the heart and was actually stemming from Montez’s lung condition.
Virani and Choi celebrated the win by playing a game of chess together, which made Halstead pretty jealous.
It seems as though Virani is fully aware that both men are interested in her, but it also doesn’t seem like she’s interested in either of them in a romantic way.
The two of them have butted heads professionally for years and now, they’re competing for the attention of the same woman.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Virani was just a friendly person and already had a significant other?
We don’t know much about her, so it’s totally possible!
Crockett and Manning’s relationship is heating up. He’s over for family dinner, bonding with Nat’s mom, and allegedly met Owen!
And the duo even exchanged “I love you’s.” Crockett’s vulnerability is the highlight of the season!
Manning’s relationships have always been pretty toxic and affected her personal and professional life, but with Crockett, she’s excelling in both departments.
Their romance is budding and they work really well together!
They rarely disagree on a course of treatment, even when presented with a tough-to-crack case like Lisa’s.
Lisa came in with a stack of medical records surrounding her abdominal pain that no other doctor was able to diagnose.
But nothing is impossible for Natalie and Crockett. Not only did they figure out the issue, but they also found a solution that finally eliminated her pain.
These two are like the Superman and Lois Lane of Med.
I wasn’t entirely sure what the deal was with Manning’s mother. She seemed a little uncomfortable with Crockett’s religion, but then she sent him a Persian gift basket, which almost seemed like a peace offering.
Was this simply a tool to give us more background on Crockett? Will it come into play if they eventually decide to get married?
I truly hope Manning’s mother doesn’t dismiss him because of his beliefs and culture!
Halstead teamed up with Dr. Charles to treat a patient who was experiencing seizures and seeing visions of his late wife.
The man seemed aware that his wife was dead, but that didn’t stop him from finding comfort in her presence.
Eventually, it was revealed that a tumor was causing his ghostly visions. Dr. Charles, who knows a thing or two about losing a spouse, was able to successfully convince the man to get the surgery even if it meant he wouldn’t have his wife around anymore.
Grief and loss as so powerful.
Sharon Goodwin put out a new set of rules after her son, Michael, overstepped in his pharma position, which didn’t sit well with the COO Gwen Garrett.
It’s nice to know Goodwin and Garrett still don’t get along!
Goodwin was straddling the line between protecting the hospital and her son. Her loyalties were getting a bit murky, so it was a relief when Michael announced he was leaving his job at Med.
I’d hardly call this a huge loss as the series failed to find a compelling way to work Michael into the narrative.
And then there was the tension between Lanik and April. Honestly, Lanik is such a pompous ass.
Even if April was in the wrong, I’m never excited when there’s a storyline that includes him because of his nasty attitude.
After seeing potential in April, he sent her to work the COVID ICU unit, which was a welcome change of pace for her.
April’s been drawn to the COVID unit since the onset of the pandemic, so it was nice to see her back in her element.
And I love that the series showcased that nurses have to deal with patients who are literally dying from the disease and remain in denial about it.
As she was gasping for air, Mrs. Caine continued pushing the narrative that COVID-19 isn’t real.
People can have their beliefs — it’s not as serious, mask mandates are a joke, vaccines aren’t necessary — but it’s ignorant to say it isn’t real when people are dying daily!
Still, since April knew she wasn’t going to change Mrs. Caine’s mind, she went along with it to convince her to accept help.
And when Mrs. Caine lost consciousness and April couldn’t reach Lanik, she decided to push meds without a doctor’s approval, which is a big no-no.
Here’s the thing, though… are we shocked? Are we surprised?
April has a tendency to cross lines and hope for the best largely because Choi has always given her a pass and looked the other way.
However, since they aren’t together anymore, this could really come back to bite her.
She may have saved a life, but in the process, she infuriated a doctor who isn’t the most pleasant to work with.
Will she finally face the consequences of her actions?
What did you think of Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 11? Let us know in the comments below
Chicago Med Review – So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried (6×10)
Sometimes, procedures on the fly are the best way to treat a patient.
They may pose a bigger threat, but the payoff is worth it in the end.
Marcel dealt with a patient who had much more in common with him than he initially thought.
The father, who was shot, was very adamant about not being treated due to the high cost of a hospital. He kept scolding his son in Farsi, which led me to believe that Crockett understood every single thing he said.
And turns out, he did. After initially performing the surgery and not being able to locate the bullet, he realized that the bullet moved to a different part of the body.
Not wanting to open up the man a second time, Crockett listened to Michael about using a new tool “off-label” to try to pull the bullet out. It didn’t work, but it was a valiant attempt.
It led to a riskier surgery, but it all worked out in the end. Crockett’s bonding moment with the patient also revealed a little bit about his Persian background. Eventually, he told Natalie during their date night that his real name is Darioush.
And I have to say, there’s nothing hotter than Crockett speaking Farsi.
After he connected with the patient, he also gave Sharon some useful advice about being proud of her son. Michael may overstep sometimes, but his motivations are in the right place.
Choi and Halstead butted heads with their patient, which isn’t new. A rivalry between the two, especially as they’re both interested in Sabina, has been brewing for the past few episodes.
In this case, however, Dr. Halstead was right in doing everything they could to save the patient.
Ever since taking on his new position, Choi has been playing it safe, but it’s clear that sometimes taking the risk is worth the payoff.
It wasn’t even Halstead that ignored Choi’s advice either — Maggie’s instinct told her to allow the mother to make her own decision and she’s the one that stood in his way.
And Choi might blame Halstead for questioning his authority, but Halstead was convinced to do so by Sabina.
I don’t know if I fully trust Sabina because she’s been flirting it up with both Choi and Halstead. It’s almost as if she wants to stir up a feud between them.
Choi is in charge, which means Halstead should listen to him, but Choi should also acknowledge Halstead’s ideas and suggestions.
Manning and Charles teamed to help a patient who claimed to have been mugged.
If you’re an avid watcher of the series, you knew that there was something strange about her not wanting to talk about the incident.
As Charles said, the story wasn’t adding up.
I initially assumed it was because she was either cheating on her husband or he was the one that was abusive, but it was a nice twist that it was neither. Instead, the husband who just returned from Afghanistan was going through PSTD nightmares, which resulted in him injuring his wife without him knowing.
She was lying about the incidents to protect him, but eventually, she came clean and he got the necessary help.
In a subplot, April helped save a man who was injured in a construction accident.
And though she did her best to stop the bleeding, Lanik gave her unnecessary grief for it.
Following the surgery, he apologized and admitted that she definitely saved the man’s life and should’ve considered being a surgeon, which makes me think maybe April will rethink career paths?
While the episode was entertaining on its own, it was very disconnected from previous episodes. Where was Dean Asher?
Where was the psych patient who was obsessed with Charles?
Chicago Med is usually the #OneChicago show that does well in terms of continuity, but this episode lacked it completely.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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.
New episodes of the trio of shows return on March 31, 2021.
As for the finales, NBC hasn’t announced any official finale dates.
However, according to TVLine, the current seasons will wrap up 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’s prior.
Once NBC confirms to official finale date, we’ll update this post, but at least you can find comfort in knowing that we still have a solid several weeks with Chicago’s bravest and boldest!
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