It’s always a welcome surprise when there’s good news in the ED.
And there was no shortage on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 6, which tackled many of the issues introduced the week prior including Anna’s unexpected pregnancy, Choi’s decision to fire Noah, and Auggie’s need for a liver transplant.
While things seemed bleak at first, by the end of the hour, everyone’s luck was looking up.
Dr. Charles accidentally stumbled upon family planning pamphlets that fell out of Anna’s coat, which was probably for the best because Anna really needed her dad more than she realized. That was especially true when she began bleeding and learned that she had a chemical pregnancy.
This was obviously a relief for someone Anna’s age, but it’s likely going to lead to a pretty nasty fight between Dr. Charles and his ex-wife, whose need to be in control seems to be alienating her family, particularly her daughter.
Anna didn’t even want Charles to tell her mom the truth because she was afraid of her reaction. And just imagine what that reaction will be when she thinks that Charles has been deliberately keeping something this big from her.
I love that Dr. Charles didn’t freak out on Anna even though every bone in his body was probably telling him to. Anna was already scared as it is, so it was reassuring that her dad kept a cool head and approached the situation as though she were an adult. She realized she made a careless mistake — she didn’t need to be punished for it even more.
I’m also happy that Charles didn’t seem to blame Nat at all. Would he have liked a heads up? Yes. But he also understands the situation Natalie was placed in and that HIPA required full confidentiality on her part.
Rules as rules. Some rules, however, don’t have the patient’s best interest at heart.
With his liver failing, Auggie was running out of time.
While Maggie may not be his legal mother, she is his caretaker and should have been able to sign off on a liver transplant, especially since he doesn’t have any other family around to fight for him.
It’s crazy to think that a child that has someone in his corner still might not get the necessary help because of legalities. Why is the system set up to fail those who rely on it?
The liver may have been compromised, but it assured that he had a fighting chance to deal with any problems down the line.
I can’t understand how DCFS would stand behind a rule that basically gave the A-OK to leave a dying child without any options.
Auggie is lucky to have such a firecracker like Maggie by his side. She never gave up and wasn’t willing to take no for an answer. It was sweet to see him call her “mom” and prompted her decision to legally adopt him. After all, they’re already acting like his parents!
Sharon Goodwin signed off on the surgery, which was risky, but what would it say about her if she stood by and let an innocent boy die because of some blanket rule? In this case, the rule was meant to be bent. And she’s right — DCFS doesn’t want that kind of bad PR. The public would not be kind if they found out that they stood by idly and let a child die.
Still, I don’t think she’s in the clear just yet. She’ll eventually have to answer for signing off on the life-saving surgery and overriding the rules. But for now, let’s just rejoice in the fact that Auggie is thriving!
Dr. Halstead has always been a great ED doctor, but following the rules, well, that’s not his strong suit.
When Choi went back on his word and told him he wouldn’t give him time for his presentation, Dr. Halstead blatantly disregarded his orders. He’s never been happy to have lost out on the promotion to Choi, but in this case, he also understood that he made a commitment to the trial.
I can’t say that I disagree with Halstead’s decision either. He’s passionate about saving lives and that includes getting the word out about the trial and its potential effectiveness. And as he mentioned, the trial is sanctioned by the hospital, so it indirectly benefits Choi.
Dr. Choi also wasn’t being fair to Halstead; he knew how important the presentation was to him and refused to be flexible. There was obviously a way to staff the ED and give Halstead the hour since he managed to sneak out anyway and all of his patients were covered.
I’m into Halstead considering a transition from the ED to a full-time gig with clinical trials. Maybe it really is time for a change. However, I can’t shake the feeling that Sabina is trying to rope him into something. Could it be because Halstead is always being roped into weird situations?
Also, are they ever going to go on a date? It’s so obvious that they’re into each other, let’s get this romance moving!
Choi’s been having a tough time wrangling his staff, which is only making his job harder.
The fact that he hasn’t slept and has just been running on coffee is concerning and a sign of how rigorous the job of Chief of the ED truly is.
I figured that because of the “no sleep” situation, Choi would end up fumbling and putting a patient at risk, which would question his ability to handle the job responsibilities but that wasn’t the case.
Even with an empty tank, Choi remained committed to his patients and helped the Bowmans figure out a health issue plaguing Mr. Bowman for over a year.
Bowman was continuously misdiagnosed by other doctors, which explained the aggression, irritability, and disregard for the profession, but once Choi put his mind to it, he figured it out. Isn’t it great that Mr. Bowman no longer has to suffer?
Also, how awesome is Dr. Abrams and his blunt responses?
This was also the first time in a while that April not only acknowledged Choi’s hard work but also understood how difficult his new role must be since he can’t please everyone. She saw firsthand the toll it was taking on him and likely realized she’s only been making things harder on him.
It’s unclear if the series wants to get these two back together, but their storylines continue to revolve around each other months after their split. What gives?
Manning and Crockett treated a patient who became dizzy and fell, and while it wasn’t evident on her CT, the young woman, Cindy, had a malignant tumor in her stomach.
She chose not to get it removed, which didn’t sit well with either of the doctors, but sadly, there wasn’t much they could do; Cindy made her choice, which was to live with a deadly tumor as she didn’t want to undergo all the painful treatments she’d seen her mom undergo only to pass away anyway.
Eventually, Crockett realized he needed to make it personal if he had any shot of convincing Cindy.
His speech about his one-year-old daughter being a fighter pulled at the heartstrings. You could tell it took a lot out of Crockett to relive the past and be open about it, especially since he tends to keep his personal matters under wraps.
However, it worked and Cindy agreed to fight for her life. It’s better to die trying than to not try at all.
This connected back to his visit from his ex, who left him a box of belongings and memories after she sold the house. The one box, in particular, held all of his daughter, Harper’s, things, and though he thought maybe he’d finally be able to face it, he broke down crying looking at the memories.
At this point, Crockett is my favorite character. It’s been enjoyable and revealing to peel back his layers and learn more about his past.
The episode also saw the return of Kelly Bisset, the kidnapping victim who was reunited with her mother on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 3.
In my review of that episode, I noted that the case wrapped up too quickly and left so many questions unanswered.
There was a lot of promise in revisiting the case, but sadly, it didn’t provide audiences with any of the answers like what happened to her prior to getting to the hospital, how she got to the hospital, where was she held, and who kidnapped her.
We did, however, see the aftermath and shock that Kelly endured upon returning to her childhood home, which was welcome.
She was having a hard time adjusting as she didn’t have any of the “happy memories” that her mother kept referring to and reminding her of.
The fact that she couldn’t connect or be that girl for her mother made her feel inadequate and she decided to jump out of a moving vehicle to make the feelings go away.
While talking with both Kelly and her mom, Dr. Charles realized that neither of them remembered much about Kelly’s childhood and that’s because her mother was making a lot of it up. She felt guilty for not being more present when Kelly was a child.
It was heartbreaking, but at least Dr. Charles helped both of them realize that the key to bonding now was to do less and make new memories. They could never change or recapture the past, but the future was theirs for the taking.
It wasn’t the best use of the hour, but it was nice to see the series return to a previous case and build on it.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Chicago Med Season Premiere Review – Out With the Old, In With the New (7×01)
Something felt off about the season 7 premiere of Chicago Med.
It wasn’t just the fact that Gaffney welcomed a slew of new faces, but more so that the time jump was so forced as it abruptly sent Natalie packing and reinstated Will as a doctor.
I know that the series tried their best to give fans closure following Torrey Devito’s departure, but since she already agreed to an appearance, couldn’t they have at least made the most of those few minutes of screentime?
Where was she going? Did it have something to do with her mother? And why was Will the one seeing her off? Is it because he covered for her and the stolen pills? The whole scene, much like her exit, felt rushed.
After her exit, Will decided to ask Goodwin for a second chance since Nat confessed to stealing the trial meds, and Goodwin agreed under the condition that he’d basically become a mole and corner the new doctor, Matt Cooper (Michael Rady), for upselling an unnecessarily expensive and dangerous device called the Vask Comp in order to receive kickbacks.
It definitely sounds like Goodwin is asking Halstead to just take a plunge into boiling hot water here, but what choice does he have? If he wants his old job back, he has to prove his loyalty.
And, in a way, the good outweighs the bad as the hope is that his intel will help them pull a potentially dangerous device off the market.
But why Will? Aside from the fact that he always makes absolutely nonsensical choices, he is said to have a past with Cooper, who used to date his cousin.
There’s definitely some tension between Cooper and Halstead from the getgo when the latter propositions catching up over drinks. There’s also a weird line about Cooper being a “good boy” in his marriage, which alludes to the fact that he likely cheated on Halstead’s cousin.
And considering that he’s flirting with the lady working the counter, I’d say he isn’t as reformed as he’d like people to believe.
Just what we need — another frenemy for Halstead!
The fallout of the Kinder trial has really derailed his career, and his return to the ED isn’t necessarily welcomed with open arms, particularly by Crockett, another doctor who hasn’t seen eye-to-eye with Will in the past.
Crockett was forced to rely on his former colleague when he accepted a former Kinder trial patient whose filed was locked. Halstead was the only person who had any insight into the patient’s history, but even when he tried to advise, Crockett hesitated to believe him and went with his gut instead.
It’s a valid reaction considering Halstead’s murky past, but it was also a battle of the egos.
This time, however, Halstead was right.
And while Crockett’s ego may have been bruised, he was able to own up to his mistake. Call me crazy, but I think these two just might become friends after all.
The biggest obstacle standing in the way of their friendship was Natalie, and since she left both of them in her dust, there’s really no reason to continue this feud.
I’m willing to bet that if they work together, they can do great things.
Cooper wasn’t nearly as problematic as Dr. Asher, who somehow, despite crossing every single doctor at Gaffney, snagged the Chief of ED position after Ethan’s shooting.
Not only are Nat and April gone, but Ethan’s absence from the premiere was reduced to a one-liner about how he’s in rehab recovering.
I was kind of hoping Asher wasn’t going to stick around, but with all the recent departures, Med kind of needs him.
His disdain for Dr. Charles and the field of psychology, in general, was at an all-time high. Asher is a vet, so his approach to mental health is rather old school. He doesn’t really respect any Dr. Charles’ calls, particularly when they interfere with his ability to treat a patient. Asher continued to not be impressed that Charles indulged a patient’s fantasies or delusions, though it’s clear he also doesn’t really understand the science behind psychology.
At the kickstart of the episode, they both made snarky comments to each other about the mishandling of Neil’s case, the man who believed he was living in a simulation and shot Ethan after Asher treated him against his will. The tension between them amplified when Asher treated two identical twins, one of whom needed her ovary removed. Since Jemma and Emma grew up without developing a sense of identity, they were convinced they had to do everything together in order to remain “one person.” Thus, the healthy twin also wanted Asher to remove her ovary, which was obviously unethical.
The whole relationship between the twins was borderline disturbing, and I kind of wish the series tapped into that more. However, I was impressed that Charles found a way to convince them to go through with the life-saving procedure without dismissing their feelings or beliefs.
But despite emphasizing that he’s never seen a case quite like this one in his 40 years on the job, he probably should’ve anticipated the old switcheroo.
Maybe Asher and Charkes will find a way to put their difference aside and learn from each other?
In addition to Cooper, there were two new faces making the rounds at Gaffney: Dylan Scott (Guy Lockard) and Stevie Hammer (Kristen Hager).
Scott’s a former cop-turned-doctor who loves to share that tidbit with his patients, including a young boy who was bitten by a rattlesnake as part of a gang initiation. My guess is there’s going to be some tie-in to Chicago PD at some point as he told Will that he knew his brother Jay Halstead.
Hammer, on the other hand, reminds me of Dr. Elsa Curry at times. She’s an emergency room attending that seems very perceptive.
She also has a connection to Halstead as they attended med school together, so you can probably tack her onto his long list of love interests. Sparks will fly sooner rather than later, I’m sure.
And since Halstead is a sucker for taking on his romantic partner’s burdens, it won’t be long before he gets involved with trying to help her homeless mother.
Neither of these characters have hooked me just yet, nor are they filling the Natalie and April-sized voids, but I’m not writing them off either.
Scott, in particular, has the ability to offer a unique perspective as there hasn’t been a doctor that has also been on the other side of the coin and worked the streets of Chicago.
Maggie’s storyline with her daughter, Taylor, is going to be a bigger focus this season. If I were to put my money on it, they’ll have a decent relationship by the time the season is over.
Though, I’m glad that Maggie is pulling back and following Taylor’s lead on this. Despite wanting to do what was best for Taylor, it was pretty manipulative of Maggie to get close to her daughter and withhold the truth about her identity.
Taylor deserves all the space she needs, and my hope is that the series doesn’t force this storyline.
Taylor can be curious about her mother while also resenting her for how she’s handled things up until now. And it’s not a surprise that she wants to focus on her career and not have this secret overshadow all the work that she’s doing.
What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 7 premiere?
Did you find it struggled to find its footing with the new characters or did it make you excited for what’s to come this season?
Sound off in the comments below!
Chicago Med Review – Will and Natalie Come Clean (6×15)
The secrets and lies finally caught up with Will and Natalie on Chicago Med.
In the penultimate episode of the season, Natalie’s mother was rushed to Gaffney with liver failure, which both doctors deduced was a symptom of the Kinder trial drugs they’ve been giving her.
Natalie became consumed with guilt over giving her mom the pills and decided she was going to tell Sabeena Virani the truth about what she did. Before she could get to it, however, Will came clean.
And Sabeena did not take it very well. It’s understandable since Will promised he wouldn’t do anything like this again, and she was on the brink of forgiving him and giving him another chance.
Not only was it a breach of her trust, but it could also cost her and Will their jobs.
And worst of all, it also compromised the integrity of the trial, which near the end of getting all necessary approvals.
It’s one thing for Natalie to have stolen the pills to help her mom, but it’s another for Will to help her cover it up and get more pills while knowing how much was on the line.
His actions directly affected so many people who could’ve benefitted from the medication.
Obviously, Will didn’t want Natalie to go down for what she did, so he took the blame instead, which could cost him his job and definitely cost him any chance of rekindling his romance with Sabeena.
I guess it goes to show that Natalie still means a great deal to him.
However, with Torrey DeVitto not returning for the seventh season, I wonder if she’ll find out Will took the blame and come clean instead. I don’t see her as the type of person to let someone else clean up her messes.
And if her mother doesn’t survive, she’d be so overcome with guilt that she’d likely confess and lose her medical license, which is also a great way to write her off the show. It’s the only storyline that makes sense.
Natalie also told Crockett the truth about what she did after he confronted her about whether or not she and Will are getting back together.
Crockett was definitely surprised by what she had done, but he was empathetic after seeing how remorseful she was.
I’m really digging this relationship between Natalie and Crockett, so it’s unfortunate that we won’t get to see it progress past this season.
How do you think they’re going to leave things off?
Crockett was being really hard on himself after his lung transplant patient came into the ED with pneumonia.
Since there was no reasonable cause for the illness just 8 days after surgery, Crockett blamed it on surgeon error.
Thankfully, April went against his wishes and tested the lung for COVID. Sure enough, her gut was right and the lung was infected pre-transplant clearing Crockett of any wrongdoing.
Once they were able to figure out what led to the illness, Crockett successfully performed a risky surgery that gave James another shot at life.
Yaya DaCosta, who plays April, is also leaving the show, and I’m guessing that her character exit will have something to do with her decision to go back to nursing school.
Both of the ladies will be missed around these ED halls, that’s for sure!
Dr. Choi and Dr. Asher dealt with an 18-year-old patient who was refusing brain surgery to remove a tumor, which was the only course of treatment to save her life.
It led to a bit of an altercation between Choi and Asher as the former respected the girl’s decision, while the latter convinced her parents to apply for power of attorney and make the decision for her in the case that she went unconscious.
I know Asher wants what’s best for patients, but he’s really not into allowing people to make their own choices.
It’s hard to empathize with him and his war stories when all we’ve seen is his overbearing, controlling, and judgemental behavior.
Asher ended up being able to convince the woman to get the surgery with by sharing a relatable story (that wasn’t even about his time serving), but again, I just don’t trust him or think he has good intentions.
He may not have sedated this girl to get her into treatment, but we know he’s done it before.
And that’s in addition to several other issues that have come up during his short tenure.
Ms. Goodwin exclaimed that he may be the best man for the job, but she hasn’t seen what we have.
Also, does anyone else get the feeling that he’s lying about going to therapy just to get Choi off of his back?
It was Vanessa’s last day in the ED — can you say time jump? — and Maggie was contemplating telling her the truth.
As Goodwin put it, there’s no going back from that, so it was a decision that shouldn’t have been made lightly or without Vanessa’s best interests at heart.
For some reason, Vanessa decided to bring her parents to the ED on one of her last days to give them a tour, and upon meeting her parents, Maggie found herself conflicted again.
It doesn’t seem like Vanessa knows she’s adopted, so telling her the truth would not only blow up her life but also her family’s life. And they seem like such a sweet family!
Maybe it’s comforting to know that Vanessa has good parents that love her and are proud of her.
At this point, the only reason Maggie would decide to tell Vanessa is for selfish reasons.
However, there wouldn’t be any drama if she didn’t tell her, and if Vanessa gets a full-time job in the ED (which you know she will), Maggie will be even more tempted.
I’m still of the mindset that telling Vanessa is a recipe for disaster as she will feel betrayed by Maggie.
And speaking of disasters, Ramona’s obsession with Dr. Charles could’ve gone terribly wrong at any moment, but instead, Chicago Med took a different approach and gave us a really compelling storyline with a promising resolution.
Ramona arrived at Gaffney to “hang out” with Dr. Charles, but it seemed like yet another cry for help.
Except that she wasn’t aware she wanted help in the first place, so when Dr. Charles tried to get her to open up, she admitted that her father molested her and then bolted.
Eventually, he found her contemplating suicide on the hospital rooftop.
I know I’ve said this before in a review from a previous season, but why are patients even allowed up there? This isn’t the first suicide attempt. Access should be restricted!
Dr. Charles was able to talk Ramona down, who admitted she just wanted a normal life.
In the end, he took her to a facility that specializes in sexual assault, and it was the first time Ramona felt seen, heard, and taken care of.
The storyline started off with Ramona acting kind of crazy and ended up with a woman who acknowledged her past trauma, how it affected her in the present, and the desire to get the necessary help.
Imagine that… a storyline that sheds light on the importance of mental health — what a win!
What did you think of the episode?
What will happen to Will and Natalie? Is Dr. Asher growing on you? And should Maggie come clean to Vanessa?
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.
NBC announced that the shows will officially conclude 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 prior.
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