Is Will Halstead capable of making good decisions?
One of the qualifications of being a doctor is making medically sound decisions on behalf of your patients, and despite Halstead’s best attempts, you have to question where his head’s at during that conversation with Dr. Asher.
Will started off on the right foot by clearing the air with Asher, encouraging her to “get clean,” and even suggesting he would meet her for a Narcotic’s Annonymous meeting in the morning.
My fear was that Asher would leave the clinic and try to score somewhere else, which didn’t happen, but she ditched the meeting and gave Will a mouthy response about stalking her. The mood swings are understandable, so we will forgive her.
Eventually, Will surmised that he cannot stand by and watch Asher take patients while suffering from addiction so he terminated his position at the safe injection site mainly to protect them from her retaliation and arranged a meeting with her.
So far, so good.
Here’s where things hit a bit of a snag when it came to Will’s decision making.
For starters, he offered to meet Asher at a bar. Who brings an addict to a bar? Really, Will?
He then proceeded to tell Asher his plan — you turn yourself in or I will — and let her know that he’s not with the clinic anymore (though, she said she would never actually report him).
Asher lied to Will before after promising that she’d meet him at a meeting, so what makes Will so confident she will hold up her end of the deal here and turn herself in the next morning? And even so, telling the truth doesn’t cure someone’s addiction — it’s a long road.
From here it just gets progressively worse. Asher seems to be trying to manipulate him by preying on his feelings and acting touched that he cares.
“I care,” Will flirtingly tells her. Hands touch, fingers collide, and she invites him back to her place to which Halstead smiles and nods. Lord…
In some ways, Asher is kind of a patient now that he’s agreeing to help. Halstead exhibited questionable judgment when he decided to get involved with someone in a fragile mental state and someone on the verge of losing her license because he’s pushing her into a corner.
There are a few outcomes here including Asher getting emotionally attached, Asher dragging him down with him, or Asher killing him. She seems nice, sure, but she could kill him to protect her secret. It may be extreme, but we’ve seen crazier things on this show.
So, I beg you, Halstead, do not accept that invitation. It’s incredibly reckless to start a relationship with someone you barely know, who has a drug problem and doesn’t seem to want to get help on her own. She also threatened his career.
It’s noble of him to want to help someone get clean, but that’s where he needs to draw the line. It sounds like a bad movie, and Halstead needs to know that you cannot change a person that doesn’t want to be changed.
April and Ethan dealt with a newlywed couple whose honeymoon phase even got them turned on in the ED.
It’s unclear why anyone would want to get it on in a place filled with bacteria, but more power to them.
Their love story took a wrong turn when it was revealed that the woman’s rash was being caused by an allergic reaction to her husband’s sperm. I didn’t know that was possible, but you learn something new every day.
The couple’s attractiveness towards each other made April realize that she and Ethan haven’t been spontaneously intimate at all through this IVF phase, and despite his best efforts, April’s guilt serving as a bit of a block.
April’s not over Crockett as evidenced in the elevator. She so badly wants to be over him, but she tenses up every time she’s near him because that sexual energy is too much to handle. I keep saying it, but I’ll say it again, April needs to be honest with herself, come clean about her feelings, and tell Ethan the truth. Stop torturing yourself, girl.
Crockett is quickly becoming my favorite character on the series next to Dr. Curry!
There is this airiness and easiness about him that’s almost foreign in the ED. He has never once wavered on his beliefs and has always suggested that the next of kin make the decision about a patient’s health.
He doesn’t let his personal beliefs or his wants and needs as a human or surgeon cloud his judgment. He looks at facts and makes morally sound decisions, and when things don’t’ go his way, he usually doesn’t have to make some lengthy argument about why they should have. He accepts what’s happening and then makes a simple, subtle comment that puts into perspective why his decision was his decision.
That happened when he went head-to-head with Natalie about whether or not to let Kim, a car crash victim, make a medical decision about her husband.
Natalie noticed Kim was a victim of abuse and didn’t want her to make a decision she would regret, but Crockett argued that despite what happened in their private life, she was still the next of kin and those rights belonged to her.
The most frustrating part about Natalie’s argument is that she had no confirmation Kim was an abuse victim. She had bruises that aligned with the symptoms of abuse, but nothing else to go off of. What if Kim was being abused by a lover?
Eventually, the Ethics Committee voted that Kim should be stripped of decision rights and that her husband should get his leg amputated.
Kim was already a mess when she came into the hospital but she really lost it after that as she basically melted down about what her husband would do to her if he woke up without a leg and it was all her fault.
Natalie offered to “help,” but Kim pulled the plug and murdered her husband when no one was around.
As Crockett put it: an abuse victim went to jail and that didn’t seem like the right outcome.
I’d have to agree. There’s what you should do based on the book and there’s what you should do based on the case.
Kim was making a decision for her safety, and when that was taken from her, she went to the extremes. When people are left without a choice, they’re willing to go far.
And I can’t fault her for what she did. No one understands the level of personal hell and fear you live in each day. For all we know, she crashed the car on purpose.
If Natalie had just left it alone, Kim would have been free from her demons.
Natalie has always had an ego complex that reared its ugly head mainly when she was with arguing with Will over who was right. With Crockett, she gets put in her place because she understands that her outcome may not have been the right one.
Curry is my second favorite because she’s gone from this book-heavy intern to someone who trusts her own medical judgment and is learning to speak up for herself.
She still makes plenty of missteps since she’s learning, but she’s a fun character to bring into Dr. Charles’ realm because she keeps him on his toes.
The case, in particular, was unlike anything we’ve ever seen since the young boy was suffering from a rare condition.
If not for Curry’s inquisitiveness, the boy’s parents would have never known he was misdiagnosed. They would go on thinking he was in a vegetative state when in reality he was suffering from catatonia, which put his body into a state of shock caused by the paralyzing fear of his father’s job.
It was a heartbreaking situation as the father wanted so badly to be with his son but knew he had to separate himself to give him his best chance, but at least they were on a path of healing.
That’s all anyone can really ask for after leaving a hospital.
What did you think of Chicago Med? Is Halstead making a mistake if he goes to Asher’s place and hooks up with her?
Are Natalie and Crockett going to become an item? Will we ever learn about his past?
Will April come clean to Ethan?
Chicago Med Review – Just as A Snake Sheds Its Skin (7×08)
Another wild day at Gaffney Medical!
Ethan’s return to Chicago Med was short-lived. Upon returning to work, he re-injured himself, which caused him another few months of healing.
His dedication to the job, and his patients, has always been admirable, but Ethan should’ve heeded Marcel’s advice and let this one go.
He managed to help the patient avoid surgery, but he hurt himself in the process.
However, Marcel was right — if Ethan wasn’t open to seeing the danger of throwing himself back into the gig before he was ready, the responsibility laid squarely on the Chief of the ED’s shoulders.
In this case, that would be Dr. Archer, who encouraged Ethan the whole time instead of advising him to take it easy.
Marcel vouched for Ethan over and over again, so it almost feels like Archer purposefully sabotaged Ethan so he could remain large and in charge.
And the whole excuse that navy men are built touch simply wasn’t cutting it.
Archer cannot be trusted — end of story.
Marcel has been catching some heat left and right this season. but his talents are finally getting recognized.
He found himself in between a rock and a hard place between Dr. Blake and her daughter.
On one hand, he really wants to excel in his career, but on the other hand, he also wants to pursue this promising new relationship.
Unfortunately, that means he must choose between a mother or her daugther.
I love that Marcel advocated for himself when he was scolded for not jumping at any opportunity that was offered to him in transplant surgery.
It’s been made clear that the hours and dedication from those in the medical field are almost unbearable, so a day off should be warranted.
If Marcel wasn’t on call then he had every right to step out for a drink. And it was wise of him not to operate while under the influence.
On the other hand, the phrase “the early bird gets the worm” rears its ugly head. If he wants to become the best of the best, he has to make a few sacrifices along the way, including that Mezcal at the bar.
Also, how nice was it to see everyone hanging out at Molly’s again? It’s been awhile.
Sharon Goodwin hit pause on the VAS-Com investigation due to her stress, but you know Will isn’t one to follow rules and just “give up.”
You know he’s going to use that poor medical rep in some way.
However, he was really helpful with Stevie’s search for her mother.
Thankfully, she turned up on her own and didn’t start using again after their big fight.
Seeing a young girl in the drug house trying to be there for her parents was a huge wake-up call for Stevie that she finally needed to let go and allow her mother to make her own choices even if she didn’t agree with them.
She couldn’t be the one worrying and protecting anymore while her mother acted out.
The most compelling storyline, however, including Dylan, his uncle Joe, and Dr. Charles.
Dylan and Dr. Charles have grown quite close. They’ve partnered up in several episodes and have great chemistry.
So, it was upsetting to see that friendship take a hit after Dr. Charles spoke with Joe and informed the force that he thought he was a threat.
Dylan was upset with Charles for ruining a good man’s life, but Charles had a moral obligation to call it like he saw it.
And frankly, Joe was kind of giving off red flags even before he stormed Charles’ office with a box cutter.
He was definitely paranoid, he thought his Srgt. was out to get him, he was stalking him, he was close to making some serious threats, and that was all on top of his previous riffs with rookies and bar-goers.
Joe needed a serious wake up call.
Dr. Charles’s intentions are always pure — he always has the patients best interests at heart even if he has to do something that’s uncomfortable.
Thankfully, Dylan was able to acknowledge that and offered up an apology.
Hopefully, we see more of their team-ups in the future.
As for Maggie and Vanessa, well, they might be in a world of trouble.
When the hospital conducted a random drug test, Vanessa tried her best to get out of it considering she had been taking Adderall.
Eventually, her nerves got the best of her and she had a panic attack that she was about to lose everything.
Maggie couldn’t stand by idly, so she helped her daughter rig the exam by diluting her sample, which is obviously a huge no-no.
Here’s the thing — I don’t think it’s fair for Vanessa to have her whole career derailed because of Adderall, but I definitely think she needs to do more than just promise Maggie she won’t take it again.
Maggie stuck her neck out for her, so the least she could do is schedule a consult with Dr. Charles.
Imagine if someone found out that not only are they related, but that Maggie helped her cheat the test.
Sharon Goodwin would never hear the end of it from the board!
Then again, everyone seems to be covering up the fact that Cooper’s heart attack was caused by cocaine. In comparison, Adderrall isn’t that big of a deal.
Though, I really hope that Vanessa doesn’t betray Maggie’s trust. Maggie will do anything for that girl because she loves her and wants to make amends for giving her up, but she has to draw a line at some point.
What did you think of the episode?
Was Choi careless? Should Archer be investigated? Did Maggie do the right thing?
Let us know in the comments!
Chicago Med Review – Morally Compromised (7×07)
All it takes is a little bit of hope.
On Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 7, several patients received excellent care thanks to doctors that didn’t simply stick with the status quo.
It’s one thing to give out a diagnosis based on the facts that present themselves, but what makes the doctors at Gaffney so special is that they always go above and beyond.
They go the extra mile for patients. In this case, it was Dr. Taylor and Dr. Hammer, two of the newer additions to the series.
Their tenacity is impressive. Even after being told no by higher-ups and those with much more experience, they still followed their gut, which ultimately led to a higher quality of life for their patients.
And both of them were pushed by personal factors.
Dr. Hammer didn’t want to accept Dr. Abrahams’ diagnosis that her patient was never going to walk again because she didn’t want to see a 15-year-old burdened with taking care of his father for the rest of his life.
She didn’t want history to repeat itself because, since the age of 15, she’s been responsible for essentially being her mother’s caretaker.
And the work never stops. Even now, she’s rushing home to ensure that her mom is okay and taking her meds.
Of course, the guilt that she was the one to have her mom’s van towed kicked in. Confessing? Yeah, that wasn’t the best course of action considering her mom is unstable. Dr. Charles even suggested she probably has some undiagnosed mental health issues.
But what made it even worse is that Stevie’s confession came at the worst time because her mother was thriving!
Maybe she could’ve let this ride out for a little while longer? Yes, that’s likely prolonging the inevitable blowout, but it would’ve just been nice to see her mom get into a groove for a little before blowing things up again.
Of course, this doesn’t condone what Stevie did in the first place, but since the damage was already done, she could’ve at least let it play out on its own.
Stevie may want the best for her mother, but in a way, she’s just like her — she can’t get out of her own way.
At some point, it’s time to acknowledge that her mom is an adult that can make her own decisions. If she wants to live in a van on the street, that’s her prerogative.
As for Dr. Taylor, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — she’s headed down a dangerous path.
While she was on the right path trying to find out what was wrong with Astrid, she could’ve handled it better, especially when it came to Dr. Charles.
He owed her an apology by the end of it because if it wasn’t for her persistence, Astrid might’ve not had the answers she was looking for. And though they weren’t optimal, sometimes knowing is the biggest relief.
However, he’s also right to be concerned about Taylor’s pharmaceutical usage.
There’s also the fact that she projected her own insecurities and tried desperately to prove that she deserved to be there.
No one ever doubted it except for her. That’s the reason why she pushed so much for the tests. Yes, they benefitted Astrid, but they also proved to Taylor that she was “good enough” and not just there because she’s Maggie’s daughter.
She definitely needs to work through that in order to tap into her greatness.
And she probably, no, definitely, needs some sleep.
Dr. Crockett is headed towards a messy love triangle between Dr. Blake and her daughter, Avery.
I’m not surprised they both have the hots for Crockett, but it’s bound to get ugly real fast.
I have no other thoughts on the matter aside from wanting to see how this will turn out.
The only thing messier than the Vas-COM is the storyline about the Vas-COM.
After one of Dr. Cooper’s patients died, Goodwin decided that the hospital was going to discontinue using all Vas-COM machines, which didn’t sit well with the department heads. I’m surprised she was able to make that call single-handedly considering she answers to so many board members.
And one of them definitely had something to say. Unsurprisingly, Roger was Cooper’s father-in-law, so he’s likely getting his fair share of kickbacks as well. Who cares about the patient’s wellbeing when there’s money to be made, right?
If Goodwin wasn’t sure if her gut was right about the Vas-COM in the first place, that kind of solidified the deal.
Of course, then Cooper went haywire at the conference, snorted cocaine, and basically admitted to getting a bunch of stuff in exchange for pushing the Vas-COM.
He talked all about how he had to put all of his ethics aside and become morally compromised in order to live the good life, which definitely counts as a confession in my book.
And he was *this* close to confessing to his involvement in the patient’s death before he collapsed on the floor from his drug use.
I’m not sure how this will unfold, but I do know that a doctor who dabbles in cocaine is likely to lose all credibility.
As that device rep — who I don’t trust for a second — pointed out, she doesn’t want to hitch her wagon to a problematic company.
If she needed a sign to get out, this was it!
Tucked in between all these massive storylines was the return of Dr. Ethan Choi.
And though a bit rusty, he’s got it… yeah, baby, he’s got it!
When lives were on the line, Choi jumped in to intubate a patient and simultaneously got his confidence back.
I’ve definitely missed him. And now that he’s back, maybe Dr. Archer can finally disappear now? Lord knows he’s caused enough drama at Med.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comment section below!
Chicago Med Review – Change Is a Tough Pill to Swallow (7×05)
Vanessa is headed down a dangerous path on Chicago Med Season 7 Episode.
She’s an overachiever who arrives early to her internship at Gaffney and stays up all night studying for the boards, but eventually, that’s going to catch up with you.
She made a few mistakes while taking on too many patients into her rotation, and even though it ended up being something that wasn’t entirely her fault, she was very hard on herself.
Then, when she tried to help a young boy see his brother after surgery, it also backfired on her.
You’d think that after all of this, Vanessa would call it quits, but she continued to push herself and popped an Adderall to stay awake to study.
If she keeps this up, she’s going to end up in one of the hospital beds due to exhaustion.
Dr. Crockett has been running into a little “red tape” this season when it comes to other physicians and surgeons.
However, he proved that following your gut goes the extra mile.
He’s always had really great instincts, so shame on Dr. Archer for making him doubt that, brushing him off, and suggesting that he play along with the hospital politics.
No doctor that has ever tapped into hospital politics in order to get ahead is someone that’s respected or well-known for his craft.
Archer continues to prove just how unfit he is to run the ED.
Crockett’s decision to take Avery down the OR went against what Dr. Blake wanted, but it was a sound decision and saved her daughter’s life.
Dr. Blake took note and pulled him in to assist with another procedure.
Also, did anyone pick up on the vibes between Avery and Crockett? Crockett has chemistry with everyone!
Dr. Charles assisted on a family case this week when a boy was brought in with head trauma.
In a surprising twist, it was revealed that Alex, the injured kid, riled up Ryan so that he would hit him in hopes of getting some love and attention.
It was a sad realization that showed just how far some kids will go.
Ryan was getting the brunt of his parent’s affection because of his ADHD, which Charles realized was yet another misdiagnosis.
The poor kid was being pumped with Adderall, which was, in turn, making his anxiety disorder worse.
This is yet another example of why psychology and psychiatry are important in the ED.
The case resonated with Dylan, who took some time to thank his father for all the attention he put towards his medical career.
It’s nice to see these doctors outside of the hospital. His father, a cop, never held his son’s decision to change careers against him.
And it goes to show that even the smallest little gesture — like bringing Al’s beef — goes a long way.
Out of all the new additions this season, Dylan has been my favorite. And I truly enjoy all of his team-ups with Dr. Charles.
Halstead quest to unmask the darkness behind the Vas-Com continues, though, it came through a more personal case involving a patient he was assisting Stevie with.
There wasn’t a clear diagnosis for Eleanor, but her health was deteriorating. Clearly, Halstead didn’t trust the Vas-Com so he pulled it without consulting her.
Stevie doesn’t mince words, so she immediately called him out for overstepping and wanting to prove that his way was correct.
Unfortunately, she didn’t know what she didn’t know — that Halstead and Goodwin are putting together a case about the dangers of Vas-Com.
Halstead couldn’t be upfront about it, so he apologized. I think it was genuine, however, as he seems to realize just how much he steps on everyone’s toes.
Eventually, the two of them were able to correctly diagnose Eleanor with a rare disease.
Halstead was able to play off why he removed the Vas-Com to Cooper, who informed him that he put it back to monitor vital.
I may be misinterpreting this, but I think the issue is with the fact that Vas-Com kept pointing at all of Eleanor’s vitals being just fine when her health was declining quickly, right?
If so, that’s obviously a glaring issue that needs to be addressed.
Halstead is successfully getting in deeper with Cooper, who invited him to a conference to mingle with the higher-ups.
This is either going to be really great for Halstead or it’ll blow up in his face. Thankfully, he always Goodwin’s support.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments!
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