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Chicago Med Review – Will Halstead Continues to Make Terrible Decisions (5×15)

CHICAGO MED -- "I Will Do No Harm" Episode 515 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

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I’m going to say this, and I mean it in the best possible way, but what were the writers of Chicago Med thinking with these storylines?

Lately, it feels as if they’re trying to upstage themselves from week-to-week, and the more ridiculous the cases coming into the ED, the less we get in terms of quality character arcs and development.

On “I Will Do No Harm,” it was difficult to even take Dr. Charles and Dr. Manning’s case seriously, and it seems as though the former felt the same way based on his reactions.

Dr. Charles has seen and dealt with a lot of situations, but this was a first, and I’m wondering how the writers even came up with the idea.

The first case surrounded a woman who hired an actor to pretend to be her daughter’s father. The actor became all-consumed by the role and when she suggested he exit stage-right and disappear from the girl’s life, he felt that “wasn’t authentic” to his character so he poisoned himself so that he could die in front of his daughter and give her proper closure.

Her fake father refused to tell the doctor what he took until he realized he couldn’t hurt his “daughter” this way and came clean so that they could save him.

When Dr. Charles talked with the girl about how her father wasn’t really her father but loves her like one, she didn’t seem too concerned and that was that.

Honestly, they should have just called DCFS immediately. I kid, obviously. The little girl was obviously loved, but she’s going to need a lot of therapy to work through all of this and make sense of it once she’s older.

Also, and this should go without saying, but as someone who was raised by a single mother, there’s absolutely no reason for anyone to ever “hire” a fake father, even if you don’t have good male role models around.

The second case found April and her brother, Noah, out in the field, which was a nice change of pace. Chicago Med is set in Chicago like the other two show’s in the franchise, but they rarely utilize the city as a backdrop. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people thought the series was filmed on a soundstage somewhere in California.

It was also nice to see April work alongside someone other than Ethan and Crockett, the two men her heart pitter-patters for.

The case found Larry, doing laps around the block to keep his heart rate up until paramedics arrived.

Noah struggled slightly in the field and assumed it was a reflection of himself and his own skills, but realistically, it was an almost impossible situation.

At one point, he was asked to pull a wire through to Larry’s heart while he was running and one false move risked rupturing organs. It’s not surprising that Noah was on edge the whole time.

Thankfully, it resulted in a good save and a good day for the dynamic sibling duo. Noah needed that little boost of confidence.

Crockett and Ethan continue to work together, which really must make April beyond anxious, and their patient was a death-row inmate accused of killing a family of 5.

The death penalty is a controversial form of punishment because of how brutal and permanent it is, and we’re not going to get into all of that, but we are going to point out just how big of a hypocrite Ethan is.

There have been countless episodes where he “refused” or fought against helping a patient because they did something that he didn’t agree with morally like rape or murder, but when Crockett didn’t necessarily care to waste his time amputating this man’s arm knowing he was going to be executed anyway, Dr. Choi acted holier than thou.

Honestly, I don’t care which side Choi picks but just pick and stick to it.

You’re either a doctor who doesn’t let his beliefs and judgments influence patient care or you aren’t — but this wishy-washy, back-and-forth stuff is getting tiresome and paints Choi in a negative light.

I’m also unclear as to what happened when they did finally get the man on the operating table. Did Crockett allow him to die? Did they not do their best to save him? Was this all Choi’s fault. Can someone explain it to me?

And lastly, Will and Hannah’s push-and-tug storyline came to a head only after he’d slept with her and lost all credibility as a man, friend, and doctor.

It’s unclear why Will ever thought sleeping with Hannah was a good idea or why he thought she was stable enough to stick to the promise she made of turning herself in.

Addicts tend to be liars, and Hannah said whatever she needed to to get Halstead off of her back.

Plus, Hannah needed his help, she didn’t need him to take her to bed.

While his anger at Hannah going AWOL was warranted, it also made you wonder if Halstead had any idea about what an addict goes through because he genuinely seemed surprised that Hannah relapsed.

Come on, Halstead, get it together man. I feel like I say that every week.

His best bet was to have drug-sniffing dogs check out her car because it confirmed his concerns that she was still using and treating patients.

If he had gone to Goodwin and told her, he could’ve been discredited for a. running an illegal clinic and b. sleeping with Hannah, but since he got proof first before opening his mouth (a big deal for Halstead), Goodwin is more likely to hear him out.

It may be a hard thing to do, but it’s in Hannah’s best interest.

She kept telling Halstead that her addiction wasn’t interfering with patients, but we saw firsthand that that wasn’t the case when one of her patients came in and was forced to give birth prematurely.

The situation didn’t have to escalate as much as it did if Hannah had been around to comfort and guide her patient, but instead, they waited to the last minute risking not only the mother’s life but also the baby’s.

Thankfully, everyone made it out safe and sound.

What did you think of the episode?

How many more Crockett and Choi incidents before she tells him the truth? Does Will need to get some sense knocked into him?

Are you digging these cases lately?


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Chicago Med Review – Out of Line (6×14)

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Chicago Med Review A Red Pill, A Blue Pill Season 6 Episode 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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Torrey DeVitto, Yaya DaCosta Leaving ‘Chicago Med’ Ahead of Season 7

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Someone rush over a crash cart because this news has crushed us!

Chicago Med is losing two incredible cast members ahead of the NBC drama’s seventh season. 

Torrey DeVitto, who plays doctor Natalie Manning, and Yaya DaCosta, who plays nurse April Sexton, will not be returning in the fall, per Deadline.

DaCosta is leaving to lead Lee Daniels’ Our Kind of People, which nabbed a straight-to-series order at FOX. 

DeVitto, from Pretty Little Liars and One Tree Hill fame, will star in an upcoming indie film titled Skelly. 

She even confirmed the news to her fans on social media, writing: “Well, looks like the cat is out of the bag…All good things must come to an end.

It has been such an honor and pure joy to bring Dr. Natalie Manning to life for all of you on Chicago Med for the past 6 seasons. But it is now time for her and me to bow out and say goodbye.

Thank you to all you loyal watchers who adored her as much as I did.

I can’t wait to share what’s to come with all of you. New adventures await!”

Both DeVitto and DaCosta have appeared in the #OneChicago franchise since Med’s premiere in 2015.

Per the publication, their contracts were up at the end of season 6 and both actresses decided not to renew. 

The rest of the cast ( S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi and Marlyne Barrett as nurse Maggie Lockwood) is expected to return pending contract negotiations.

All three Chicago shows were renewed for three additional seasons back in 2020 — Chicago Fire through season 11, Chicago PD through season 10, and Chicago Med through season 8.

The current storylines have seemingly been setting up for the actresses’ exits as Manning found herself in hot water after stealing medication to help her mother, while April decided to return to nursing school. 

We’ll definitely miss DeVitto and DaCosta, but we wish them the best of luck in future projects!

You can read all Chicago Med reviews right here! 

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Chicago Med Review – What a Tangled Web We Weave (6×13)

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Chicago Med Review What a Tangled Web We Weave Season 6 Episode 13

It’s rare that a Chicago Med episode focuses on Sharon Goodwin!

We’re used to seeing her mediating problems that arise within the hospital and between doctors, but on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 13, she was in the driver’s seat… quite literally.

A car accident sent Goodwin into a spiral after she accidentally hit a young boy who was on his bicycle.

The accident made Goodwin, who is usually levelheaded, act wildly out of character as she tried to “fix” the situation. 

Dr. Choi and Dr. Charles advised her not to get involved as it was grounds for a lawsuit, but she simply couldn’t help herself.

Even when she was cleared of any wrongdoing — the police confirmed that the boy came out of nowhere and it wasn’t her fault — she was still overcome with guilt and wanted to help in any way she could. 

Confronting the mother wasn’t the smartest choice on her part. Audiences and hospital staff know Goodwin, her character, and her heart, so we know she meant well and was coming from a place of love, but to a mother whose world has just been turned upside down, it was too soon and looked like damage-control. 

No matter what led to the accident, the mom couldn’t help but blame Goodwin for what she’d done.

Things got even worse when Goodwin found out that DCFS was involved as the crash led them to the revelation that the mother was working a night shift and leaving her kids home alone.

Goodwin decided to offer the mother a custodian job at Gaffney during the day in hopes of alleviating some of the burden, which was actually a great solution and the least she could do.

Unfortunately, we never found out if they called off DCFS and if the mom was able to keep custody of her children. 

You’d think after putting so much effort into the storyline, we’d at least get to see the resolution for the family. 

The storyline briefly shined a light on the struggles of single mothers who have to work crazy hours to support their families and who can’t afford a sitter. Though I still wish there was more emphasis on how society as a whole could support moms in need so that they don’t have to get penalized by the government for doing their best. Most moms would rather not leave their children home alone but simply don’t have a choice. 

Things also aren’t looking great for Natalie Manning. 

Dr. Halstead was alerted to the missing trial drugs as they were never sent back, and when Natalie began asking too many questions, he likely figured out that she had something to do with their disappearance. Natbasically blew her own cover.

Chicago Med Review What a Tangled Web We Weave Season 6 Episode 13

CHICAGO MED — “What A Tangle Web We Weave” Episode 613 — Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr./NBC)

Why else would she ask about a random side-effect unless she had come in contact with a patient exhibiting the side-effect? 

Obviously, this isn’t just bad for Natalie, it’s also terrible for Will because, as he noted, he’s responsible for the drugs. And he’s already on Sabine’s hit list. 

I’m also surprised that Natalie thought that there would be no repercussions for her actions. 

How does a doctor simply believe that no one is going to care if pills go missing? If they weren’t sent back then there’s a huge likelihood that they got into the wrong hands. 

And since they’re part of a trial, the patient taking the drugs needs to be constantly monitored and assessed. 

In trying to help her mother, Natalie may have just made things worse, especially if Carol begins to display concerning symptoms. A persistent cough might only be the beginning.

Natalie realized that the situation was getting out of hand, so when Crockett began asking for her to be honest about what was going on, she decided to break up with him. 

I’ve said this in previous reviews, but I’ll say it again — why can’t the writers just allow for one healthy relationship? Why does every relationship need to be sabotaged?

In this case, Natalie broke up with Crockett to protect him otherwise he’d be considered an accomplice if she told him the truth, but it still sucks. 

He opened up to her, he was honest with her about his past and his trauma, and it ended with her “needing space” and breaking his heart! 

Honestly, no one was making sound decisions, which I guess made the title of the episode “What a Tangled Web We Weave” all the more fitting. 

Maggie volunteered at a college fair because she knew it would allow her to meet Vanessa, the daughter she gave up for adoption. 

The worst/best part of the situation was that Vanessa was a delight. 

Maggie should be proud that her daughter is a bright young woman that’s pursuing a medical degree. But it’s also a heartbreaking realization that you missed out on so many crucial moments in this girl’s life. 

Maggie tried to think that it was a sign that they were both in the same field, but I think that’s just her way of trying to find common ground with her daughter and hoping she subconsciously had some influence on her life.

And while it’s great that she got to meet her, it’s a betrayal of trust and one that could potentially backfire, especially as Maggie vouched for Vanessa to get a residency at Gaffney. 

You know Vanessa is going to come work at Med and Maggie will get attached.

She can’t hide her identity forever. If she’s going to be in Vanessa’s life, she has to be transparent about who she is. 

Dr. Archer continues to be absolutely terrible, and I can’t figure out his character at all.

What’s his deal?

We know he suffers from PTSD and refused to seek out therapy with Dr. Charles despite Choi’s orders, but now he’s got some beef with April for no apparent reason. 

He tried to throw April under the bus after Choi supported her treatment suggestion. It felt as though he was trying to sabotage her by forcing her to perform a procedure even as she voiced her discomfort. 

Then, when she confronted him about it, he tried to turn it around on her and blamed it on her lack of confidence. What the hell?

It didn’t really track considering he raved about how brilliant she was and offered to vouch for her to a medical director of a school. 

It was also strange that he focused on April still being close friends with her ex as if that somehow played a role in her career. 

Is he jealous? Is he smitten with April? Is he intimated? Does he want her to fail or succeed? I can’t really tell what’s going on here. 

What did you think of the episode? What’s your take on Dr. Archer? I can’t be the only one who thinks he’s been shady ever since he got hired.

Do you think Manning is going to be exposed? Is Will going to pay the ultimate price?

Will Carol’s condition worsen because of the medication?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! 


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