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.
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!
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.
Chicago Med Review – Out of Line (6×14)
Chicago Med welcomed a handful of new med students on “A Red Pill, a Blue Pill,” including Maggie’s biological daughter, Vanessa Taylor.
Even before her first day, we knew Vanessa’s time in the ED was going to be problematic.
Parents will do anything for their children, but in Maggie’s case, she went the extra mile. She didn’t just want to help Vanessa get ahead, she also wanted to spend time with her and get to know her.
In doing so, she made Goodwin and Choi suspicious about all the attention she was giving Vanessa, while simultaneously sabotaging in her attempts to impress Choi.
Having Maggie and Vanessa working in the same ED is clearly a recipe for disaster.
By the end of the hour, Goodwin figured out Maggie’s connection to Vanessa, and she wasn’t pleased that her employee/friend kept this from her.
As for Vanessa, she didn’t want anything to do with Maggie after being humiliated and scolded by Ethan on her first day.
Maggie’s a pretty sensible person, so it’s frustrating that she didn’t just let Vanessa prove herself. If she’s as bright as Maggie thinks she is, she would’ve made a good impression without the meddling.
There’s also the fact that Maggie’s lying to Vanessa, which is a breach of trust. If she thinks Vanessa’s upset with her now, imagine how she’ll react when she finds out the truth about their relationship.
She might even begin to doubt herself and think she only got into the program because her mother vouched for her.
Maggie wasn’t the only one letting her emotions get the best of her.
Natalie rushed her mother to the ED because of complications following her LVAD, and it was obvious that her secret was going to bubble up to the surface.
Halstead already had his suspicions when Nat began asking about specific side-effects of the Kender trial drug, but when Carol mentioned she was taking some blue pill that Natalie gave her, he basically had all the proof he needed.
Will’s reaction was exactly what I expected, and it was pretty ridiculous that Manning tried to play the victim and pretend he was being out of line with his accusations.
She was insulting his intelligence by playing down the situation.
When you’re caught red-handed, you have to own up to it, girl!
Of course, Halstead’s wrath didn’t last too long. When Carol began showing signs of improvement, he gave Natalie the drugs back and then promised to get her more.
They may want it to be their little secret, but how naive can they be?
If anyone did a little digging, they’d be able to figure it out. Halstead specifically asked Sabeena about the drugs interactions with an LVAD just as Natalie’s mom made a miraculous recovery and was being taken off the LVAD.
Crockett seemed skeptical of Carol’s improvement, and I’m pretty sure he pieced it together.
Pills don’t just go missing right around the same time a patient’s help improves in an unprecedented way!
Maggie and Natalie may have made some mistakes, but Med’s biggest problem is officially Dr. Asher.
I’ve never liked the guy, and it’s fair to say most of the staff don’t get good vibes from him either.
He’s pulled a handful of stunts with April, and now, he’s got bad blood with Dr. Charles, whom he keeps brushing off when it comes to therapy.
By not dealing with his emotions and past trauma, Dr. Asher is just letting all of his anger fester.
And it resulted in one hell of an angry outburst after he wasn’t able to treat a patient the way he wanted to.
In fact, Asher always seems to get really snippy when he doesn’t get his way.
His patient, Neil, kept refusing treatment because he thought they were in a computer simulation. That’s a new one.
It’s definitely something that would irritate any doctor, especially one who wanted to help a patient before their appendix ruptured.
However, Asher had no right to undermine Charles’s diagnosis. Asher might not believe in therapy and psychologists, but Charles is good at his job and generally knows what he’s talking about.
The fact that Asher dismissed Charles and kept calling Neil a nutjob was concerning. At the end of the day, he was his patient, and if that’s what he believed in, they needed to honor that and work around it.
It’s even more concerning that he purposefully drugged a patient to force treatment and get his way.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prove it, but Asher is now on everyone’s radar.
He’s crossed April and Charles, and he’s slowly beginning to lose Choi’s trust.
I don’t see this ending well for him unless he gets the necessary help!
Crockett had the b-line plot for the week as he dealt with a newborn that was a victim of a drive-by shooting. The storyline was heartbreaking and it was supposed to touch upon Crockett’s own loss, but with everything else going on, it just didn’t stand out.
What did you think about the episode?
Let us know in the comments below!
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