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Chicago Med Review – For the Want of a Nail (6×09)

CHICAGO MED -- "For The Want Of A Nail" Episode 609 -- Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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Is getting a second opinion so wrong?

The egos at Chicago Med continue to reign supreme, and at this point, it’s interfering with patient care.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s a difference between getting a second opinion and sticking your nose into someone else’s business. But there’s also the way you go about it that matters. 

While Natalie and Crockett may have “double doctored” Dean Asher, it wasn’t as bad as what Dean did to Ethan. Their intentions were solely about helping the patient, while he wanted to prove a point and being right. 

There’s a difference. 

Natalie brought up Darby’s infected gallbladder a few times, but her concerns kept getting shut down even though Dean wasn’t able to find another cause responsible for the patient’s stabbing pains.

And even if the gallbladder wasn’t the issue this time, ignoring it would likely lead to problems in the future. At the very least, he could’ve given Darby the option to get a procedure so that it would be her choice. 

Dean didn’t even anything other than what he thought was right, and he simply shut it down because he already established an opinion about Natalie earlier in the day after seeing her flirting with Marcel. 

Natalie understandably took a personal interest in the case because it turned out to be someone she knew. She didn’t want her friend to be discharged only to have her come back with the same issue, or worse, in the future. 

However, when Dean crossed the line and undermined Ethan, it wasn’t because he was concerned about the patient — he was being a smug asshole. 

His attitude has been a problem since day one. This time, he got away with that type of behavior because he ended up being right about his diagnosis of Ethan’s patient, but the way he approached the whole situation was problematic. 

He told Ethan early on that he was comfortable with the chain of command, but that’s definitely not the case as threw shade and criticism at how Ethan was running the ED at every opportunity.

And bringing up Natalie and Crockett’s relationship was not coming from a place of concern for the hospital – he did it because he couldn’t keep his nose out of other people’s business. 

This man really thought he was so important that the duo purposefully conspired against him. Get off your high horse, Dean.

Chicago Med Review For The Want Of A Nail Season 6 Episode 9

CHICAGO MED — “For The Want Of A Nail” Episode 609 — Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

And while there are definitely benefits to disclosing a relationship, as we’ve seen them be problematic at times, this wasn’t about that. 

In this rare instance, Crockett and Natalie make an even better team because they are together. The same couldn’t be said for her relationship with Will or Choi’s relationship with April as they would often butt heads about patient care. 

Crockett and Natalie continuously find themselves on the same page and often turn to each other for moral support. They make a good team.

I might even go on a limb and say they are the least toxic relationship the series has ever seen, so I was not pleased with someone trying to destroy that, especially as it led to a tense moment Crockett thought she might be having reservations. 

Thankfully, by the end of the hour, she admitted she was simply hesitant to publicly disclose their relationship out of fear, and Crockett was more than understanding. He signed those papers immediately. Swoon!

Natalie’s hesitations were understandable considering her miserable track record in the relationship department, but as I’ve said, up until this point, Crockett seems like the most solid choice in awhile.

It’s entirely possible that introducing the idea of disclosing relationships will help the ED function without personal feelings interfering.

In yet another major move, Chicago Med may be introducing a longer-arc for one of its patients. 

Ramona seems like she’s going to be sticking around for a while and causing quite a bit of trouble for Dr. Charles. 

We’ve seen Dr. Charles deal with his fair share of patients that have needed to be put on an involuntary psychiatric hold, but we’ve never actually seen him fear for his life. 

But being ambushed by an unstable patient with a tendency of projecting her feelings of abandonment on her doctor’s is enough to freak anyone out. 

Within the hour, Ramona transferred the obsessive feelings she had for a doctor at East Mercy onto Dr. Charles, the most recent doctor to express a little concern over her wellbeing. 

The loss of her father really took a toll on her, but is she trying to fill a void left behind by him, or are these feelings more romantic in nature? I couldn’t quite figure it out. 

Will Dr. Charles be able to break this spell? Or will she prove to be a danger? We already know she’s more than capable of harming herself in order to get attention. 

How far will she go?

After Maggie brought up giving her daughter up for adoption at the age of 16, it was clear that the series was going to pursue this storyline, especially with Auggie moving to Los Angeles to live with his new family and his brother.

And I have mixed feelings about it. 

On one hand, it’s definitely important that Med brings attention to adoption, but on the other hand, I don’t want Maggie to pursue finding her daughter out of some twisted sense of loneliness. 

She has every right to feel abandoned and lonely right now, but maybe she needs to wait until all of her emotions about Auggie leaving subside before she makes this big jump.

She told Sharon that she’s carried the pain of giving up her daughter all this time and it’s only getting stronger, but to the audience, this is brand-new information, so it almost seems haste on Maggie’s part. 

It doesn’t feel like it’s about Maggie’s daughter as much as it is about Maggie filling a void. 

Also, Sharon brought up a good point — does Maggie’s daughter even want to reconnect with her adopted mother? What if she doesn’t know she’s adopted. 

I think Maggie has this idea that she’ll be able to make up for lost time by reconnecting, but the situation could go either way. Her daughter might resent her. And there’s no guarantee it’ll bring any closure. She needs to be prepared for all the outcomes and not just the one she wants. 

Maggie keeps stumbling into these situations where she’s reminded of all that she’s lost and given up. 

The latest case involved a young pregnant woman who couldn’t afford healthcare. Maggie met her at the thrift shop and immediately gravitated towards her, which is when she realized the woman was bleeding profusely. 

Again, it felt like the woman wasn’t going to make it and Maggie would end up with yet another opportunity to adopt a child. 

When the episode took a different direction and the woman learned that her baby had spina bifida, she blamed herself for causing her child harm and decided to contact DCFS. That’s when I thought Maggie would intervene anyway and make the decision to adopt a newborn, however, I’m glad that she chose to support Tione instead and explain that she can still care for her child through the help of many resources. 

It was a heartbreaking case cause it was clear Tione loved her child and wanted what was best for him, but she simply felt like she wasn’t giving that to him because of her financial status. No mother should have to worry about being able to provide a safe and loving environment for her child. And I wish Tione was directed to free clinics that help pregnant women without insurance. 

I can’t help but call out the scene between the two women and the questionable use of face masks. Why did Maggie enter the store not wearing a face mask? And why did Tione take hers off when asking the employee a question?

Both of those instances defeat the way face masks are supposed to work in public settings. I understand the show’s explanation that everyone gets tested before coming to the ED because a whole season with nurses in face masks wouldn’t be all that thrilling and appealing, but this was the one instance where they could’ve showed proper face mask usage and failed!

Dr. Halstead’s storyline was on the back burner for the week, which was a welcome change of pace. 

There was a brief moment where Sabina informed him that they were closing enrollment on the trial as they had more than enough data to move forward. 

Halstead didn’t seem bothered by it, but it seemed to upset April. 

Has she been avoiding reality by investing herself into Halstead’s trial? Or is she sad that her time working with Halstead is coming to an end?

Is the series pushing towards a romantic relationship between Halstead and April? Cause I’m not digging it!

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!

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Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

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Chicago Med Review – I Think There’s Something You’re Not Telling Me (911)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 11 was Ripley-heavy, but I doubt most fans minded all that much, especially as he was sidelined last week due to the flu. 

The episode not only saw Ripley catching up with his childhood friend Sully, who previously refused cancer treatment, but we also met Sully’s pregnant girlfriend, Lynne, who also clued in Hannah on Ripley’s difficult childhood—helpful, since he wasn’t forthcoming with any information when she asked. 

His past was also brought up during the deposition with Pavel’s lawyer, who tried to get him to crack while bringing up the personal matter of institutionalization to discredit him. While it certainly struck a chord, Ripley proved that he’s done the work to get through it, though Charles, who feels partially responsible for the situation in Ripley’s past and the lawsuit, took it upon himself to encourage Sharon Goodwin to convince Ripley to settle. 

He figured out that Charles must’ve said something, but it was nice to see him not get upset by the fact either. These two have come quite a long way in their relationship this season, as Charles suggested that his past is his story to tell on his own terms. 

As for Sully, his coughing symptoms only worsened, landing him in the hospital, as Rip nudged his buddy to come clean to the mom of his future child. Sully’s hesitation to seek out treatment also stemmed from his past, noting that when his father was sent to prison, it was the best day of his life and that maybe Lynne and the baby were better off without him. Naturally, Ripley pointed out that it was just the fear talking and that he needed treatment in order to be a present dad to his kid and to break the cycle of abandonment and trauma. All in all, these two have made a lot of progress. 

Lynne, thankfully, wasn’t in early labor either, so the storyline had somewhat of a positive ending, though I’m sure we’ll see more from them soon. 

Loren’s helicopter incident in the woods the episode prior was also at the forefront as he essentially told Maggie he didn’t remember what they talked about (so he has no clue he professed his feelings for her!) and tried to minimize his injuries to prove himself to Archer for the trauma fellowship. However, Archer can’t be fooled as he’s also one of the people who tried to downplay his symptoms, so he was able to detect what Loren was doing right away. And he gave him some key advice—know when to pull back and prioritize your own health first. As they say, the job will always be there, but you can’t help your patients if you aren’t helping yourself.

As for Maggie, I think she owes it to the both of them to address what was said in such a dire state head-on, but I understand wanting to give Loren space for healing and recovery. She should’ve learned from that life-or-death situation that you should never leave anything unsaid.

Dr. Charles teamed up with a new intern, Naomi Howard, who experienced a bit of a rough start due to nerves. She was assigned to a patient named Jay, who ended up being misdiagnosed with depression when he should’ve been on mood stabilizers to treat what Charles assumed was bipolar disorder. It was a pretty intense case for Naomi to witness, even if she was sitting on the sidelines for much of it, as Charles had to get to the bottom of Jay’s motivations—proving his dad wrong about his career in the arts. Thankfully, by the end of the hour, he managed to persuade him to make the necessary change to his treatment by suggesting that you don’t have to suffer for your art.

What did you think of the episode? Are you digging the flirtation between Asher and Ripley?

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