Dean Archer is bad news for Chicago Med!
Dr. Choi may consider him as a mentor, but that’s not the vibe that everyone else is getting.
Archer was way too eager to start the job when it was offered to him, he was overly sure of himself on his first day, and he continued to act as Ethan’s superior and undermine his decisions.
It didn’t sit well with me, and it surely didn’t sit well with April, who later pointed out that Choi wasn’t following his instincts because of Archer.
Sharon Goodwin wanted someone to assist Choi since he’s been overworking himself as Chief of the ED, but it’s clear that this is going to lead to plenty of conflicts between two very headstrong men who once admired each other.
It’s a tricky dynamic to navigate as Ethan is used to Archer being a senior medical officer, but he also has to remember that he’s earned this job on his own merits.
In the teaser for next week, Archer contributes to another potential problem when he informs Ethan that Natalie and Crockett are in a secret relationship.
Back up – since when is this a problem?
Half of the ED staff from Choi and April to Natalie and Halstead have dated each other and it’s never been an issue.
The solution may simply be to report it to HR, but I don’t think Archer would be bringing it up the way he did unless he was going to press it further.
Not to mention he seemed bothered upon finding out that April and Choi were linked, and made a passive-aggressive comment about Choi allowing his nurses to pick and choose their patients.
What’s this guy’s deal?
We all saw Maggie’s storyline coming from a mile ahead but that didn’t make it any easier.
Maggie has bonded with Auggie. Along with Ben, they make the cutest little family, so the idea of having that ripped from her is heartbreaking.
However, it makes sense for the Carters to adopt Auggie so that he could grow up with Keyshawn, especially since they live all the way in California.
Maggie didn’t want to admit that letting go of Auggie was in his best interest because it hurt too much, but the kid is going to want his brother.
She also couldn’t bear the thought of losing another child. Yes, another.
Chicago Med gave a bit more insight into Maggie’s past, which included giving up a child for adoption at the age of 16.
Maggie has truly had so much heartbreak in her life, I’m honestly ready for her to just have a moment of happiness that doesn’t get torn away from her. Is that so hard?
Once she had her heart-to-heart with Goodwin in which she realized that giving up her baby came from a place of love, she knew in her heart that she had to make the same decision for Auggie.
Maggie’s storyline also connected with a patient, Tally, who brought in her injured baby after falling down the stairs. Except in an unexpected twist, the baby was a doll.
Tally’s ex-husband revealed that they lost the baby, Sarah, a year ago when Tally fell down the stairs. Since she was unconscious, he made the decision not to pursue a risky surgery that would’ve given Sarah a slim shot at surviving.
Dr. Charles diagnosed Tally with delusions stemming from not being able to make a decision to help her daughter.
It was heartbreaking to watch Tally make the decision to say goodbye to her daughter. It goes to show just how powerful grief can be.
Natalie found her mother unconscious in the bathroom and when they brought her in, she learned that Carol was suffering from heart failure.
The storyline was less about Carol, however, and more about Will and Crockett fighting for Natalie’s affection.
Will overstepped by visiting Carol, giving her flowers, and suggesting that she takes part in his clinical trial.
His intentions may have been in the right place, but it was just weird considering Natalie was in such a vulnerable position and he had pull with Carol since she had such a soft spot for him.
Crockett worried that Natalie and her mother weren’t making the best medical decision and instead, basing their decisions on what they hoped the best possible outcome would be without considering the worst possible outcome of an experimental trial.
And I have to say, I’m glad Crockett was there to bring Natalie down to Earth. She was approaching her mother’s situation with an emotional mindset when she really needed to be practical.
Crockett may be in a relationship with Natalie, but he was giving her advice as a doctor first and foremost.
Technically, one could argue that Will’s medical advice was also sound, but since he has something to gain from signing up patients for his trial, I can’t help but this he’s biased.
Also, let’s never forget how toxic Will and Natalie actually were while they were together. That hasn’t been the case with her and Crockett. They’re taking things slow, they seem to be on the same wavelength, and they were really cute together in that final scene.
Will, step back!
Dr. Charles has a new permanent responsibility now that Anna is staying in Chicago with him.
While the judge ruled in Sue’s favor, she soon realized that Anna was better off staying with her dad.
And honestly, who can blame Anna for having a better connection with Charles? He listens to her, he doesn’t judge her, and instead of punishing her, he tries to help her come up with solutions.
Of course, the fact that he’s a psychologist helps immensely, but Charles also has a better parenting style that Anna responds to.
Every time we’ve seen any interaction with Sue, she’s been kind of unhinged. I’m not surprised Anna doesn’t want to confide in her mother about anything when her immediate reaction is to have an outburst and point fingers.
Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 8 was more focused on the personal dynamics of the ED rather than the cases-of-week, which was a nice change of pace.
What did you think of the episode? Is Archer bad news? What’s in store for Natalie and Crockett? Did she make the right choice about her mother?
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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