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Chicago Med Review – Halstead Proves He’s Incapable of Making a Good Decision to Save His Life (5×14)

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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?

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The First ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Crossover of 2020 Is Coming – Watch the Promo

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Chicago Fire and Chicago PD crossover Off the Grid 2020

Fans of Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire will have to wait an additional week for new episodes.

The One Chicago universe is taking a break this Wednesday (February 19) as it gears up for the first crossover of 2020.

The two-part crossover excludes Chicago Med, though the series will kick off the hour with an intense episode of its own, and instead, finds PD and Fire teaming up to respond to a national epidemic.

It even brings back a beloved PD character, although, it’s not in a way that you’d expect and might not be all that great for Roman (guest star Brian Geraghty).

Chicago Fire and Chicago PD crossover Off the Grid 2020

CHICAGO P.D. — “Burden of Truth” Episode 716 — Pictured: Brian Geraghty as Sean Roman — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

Here’s what to expect from the crossover airing Wednesday, February 26!

Chicago Fire

In a two-show crossover event with “Chicago P.D.,” a series of teen opioid overdoses sees Severide partner with Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty), but begins to suspect there’s more to the story than his old friend is telling him. Casey tries to be there for Brett as she considers her birth mother’s offer to meet.
Chicago PD
Part 2 of Crossover with Chicago Fire; Intelligence searches for the dealer who caused multiple overdoses and is connected to Roman’s missing sister. The case becomes a homicide investigation when they find the dealer’s dead body. Guest star: Brian Geraghty.
See the promo below!

Previously on Chicago Med, Will Halstead made a questionable decision when he possibly pursued a relationship with Hannah, an addict he met at the clinic. PD found Burgess recovering from her miscarriage following a violent beating from a suspect responsible for sex-trafficking innocent women.

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Chicago Med Review – Today Sucked (5×13)

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Chicago Med Pain is for the Living Review

Ethan couldn’t contain his excitement to become a father on Chicago Med Season 5 Episode 13, but his patients grounded him and showed him that parenting often comes with situations you could never imagine.

He and April got front-row seats to a devastating case that involved a parent choking out his 11-year-old son to quell his dark side and protect his 6-year-old.

Initially, it seemed like a classic case of child abuse, but Dr. Charles quickly picked up on something more sinister.

The fear that Jamie could one day kill his younger brother was valid — he’d already broken his jaw — but it also continues a problematic narrative surrounding adoptive children.

We’re all familiar with horror movies like The Orphan that paint adoptive children as deranged psycho killers with a vendetta, and while this wasn’t that extreme, it did sort of make me uneasy as to the message that was being communicated.

Maybe if Jamie hadn’t been an adopted child the narrative would have been cleaner and more punchy?

The parents were forced to make an unfathomable decision to give up parental rights over their child in an effort to give him a better life.

Chicago Med loves to give teachable moments as they pertain to the flawed healthcare system, and this was one of those moments.

A child was a danger not only to himself but to his family and the only place that could help him was a facility that wasn’t covered by any insurance and thus, the parents were left with no good outcome and Jamie was pushed into foster care simply to get the proper treatment.

It’s a situation that should never happen and yet, the fact that it’s a storyline means that it has happened before.

The whole scene with Jamie’s parents leaving him behind and Jamie realizing he’s being turned over because of the behavior he’s been struggling to control was heartbreaking.

These are the storylines that make me wish Chicago Med followed up so that we could see Jamie’s progress and if his parents kept their promise to remain a part of his recovery.

Nat and Crockett both dealt with rare cases and that commonality might be bringing them together sooner rather than later.

The series wouldn’t throw in a scene about Nat’s dating life and Crockett’s interjections if they weren’t trying to steer the ship in that direction.

Crockett has grown on me, and I can see him and Nat working in a way that she and Will never could. Plus, it could finally be the segway that allows us to learn more about Crockett’s personal life and past.

However, it will also be weird considering there’s still some tension between Crockett and April. Until she comes clean, she’ll carry that guilt forever.

Will’s illegal extracurriculars are on the verge of getting exposed after we learned that the addict patient whom he helped in the previous episode was a gynecologist at Med.

Will was just as shocked as we were and he didn’t take lightly to the realization that someone that was shooting up heroin just a few days ago was going to perform an intricate operation on his patient.

And here, for the first time ever, I have to side with Dr. Halstead.

My husband and I kind of got into a heated discussion here because he thought Halstead should mind his own business and let it go.

But let’s be honest, would you want someone who may or may not be using treating you or your family member?

I believe in second chances, but Dr. Asher never kicked her addiction to the curb, she was simply having a better day.

She might not have been using at the very moment, but that didn’t mean she wouldn’t use tomorrow or the next day and come into work confident that she can still help patients.

It’s incredibly unethical and what’s worse is that she threatened to expose Halstead’s clinic if he exposed her.

That kind of manipulative behavior doesn’t indicate that she’s someone who is taking her recovery seriously.

Halstead is risking his career, but he’s doing it out of the kindness of his own heart and because he thinks it’s the right thing to do after the board shut down his proposal of a legal on-site clinic.

Instead of people making decisions with a patient’s best interest in mind, decisions are being based on money, so self-less doctors are forced to step in.

Asher took advantage of the clinic, and yet, she’s too eager to shut it down to save herself meaning she wouldn’t even bat an eyelash at the fact that so many people wouldn’t have access to lifesaving treatment.

No doctor would make that call even if it was to protect themselves.

Something detrimental will happen as a result of Asher’s drug use, and Will will be left feeling guilty for knowing and not saying anything.

In the words of every nurse, resident, and doctor at Gaffney on this week’s episode, “today sucked.”

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Chicago Med Review – No Parent Should Ever Lose a Child (5×12)

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Chicago Med Leave the Choice to Solomon Review

Chicago Med is packing in the most drama they can in a single hour and honestly, it’s been doing well for them. 

They’re consistently delivering high-stake hours that are entertaining and involve their robust cast.

Let’s start with April, who is still really into Crockett. I mean, really. She even told Maggie she didn’t want to work with him because she can’t stop thinking about him. The girl is smitten.

She’s beginning to realize that trying to push him out of her mind by starting IVF with recent fiancee Choi isn’t the answer. Out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind.

The guilt of that single kiss is going to eat her up from the inside and eventually, she’s going to come clean. Based on how Choi reacted to the parents lying about their daughter’s smoking and vaping, he’s not going to take too kindly to being made a fool.

It would have been better for April to come clean when it happened than to walk around lying because now, it’s just going to be a lot worse.

Crockett has been a very surface character up until this episode where it was revealed that he may have a dark and painful past. His decision to save both children in the terrible bus crash stemmed from his belief that no parent should lose a child, which seems to me is something that happened to him.

The fact that he didn’t celebrate his victory but rather drowned his sorrows is very telling.

He seems like a complex character, and it’ll be interesting to dig into his life more and find out about his past.

Crockett’s best attribute as a doctor is that he owns his decisions and doesn’t waver.

When he said they were going to move the two children together like shishkabobs (the show said it, not me), that’s what they did despite objections from virtually everyone.

Crockett believed in himself, his team, and his abilities, and that they’d be able to save both children instead of picking one with the better chance of surviving.

Though it was risky and they came pretty close to losing both children at one point, Crockett came through and saved both of their lives.

Natalie played a huge role in encouraging Crockett to stick to his guns and make the calls that everyone else was too afraid to make.

I’m definitely picking up some chemistry between Crockett and Nat and honestly, wouldn’t be opposed to that relationship either. She needs someone like Crockett who will stand his ground after all the lame drama with Will. 

Speaking of Will, his heart may have been in the right place, but he’s in way over his head. with this safe injection site.

The clinic is illegal, it could cost him his career, and not to mention, it’ll be hard to keep under wraps for too long when he’s constantly bringing in addicts into the ER. Dr. Charles already figured out that he was involved.

But the biggest problem is that Halstead continuously gets too personally involved with his patients. How many times can it be stated that you shouldn’t get attached to patients?

This is especially true for addict patients. The patient he brought into the ER for a heart valve basically told Halstead he would end up using again, but Halstead ignored it because he so badly wanted to help this man.

It’s essentially a hero complex – Halstead tries to make up for all the people he couldn’t save, but this prevents him from thinking objectively.

Even after Halstead went to bat for him, his girl was smuggling him drugs. At some point, addiction becomes a lifestyle and not everyone wants to break it.

Halstead needs to be better at assessing who deserves his help and where he can make the biggest impact.

However, he did see some success with a female patient that overdosed at the clinic, which encouraged him to continue his work at the clinic.

Then there was Maggie who was looking for a donor for a sick man named Gary. While she wasn’t successful in finding one before he passed, she did mobilize a whole waiting room of people to get tested, which resulted in plenty of organ donors that were matched with those on the transplant list.

Look at Maggie doing the lord’s work! 

What did you think of this Chicago Med’s “Leave the Choice to Solomon?”

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