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?
Chicago Med Review – We All Know What They Say About Assumptions (812)
Chicago Med continues on with the humans versus AI debate—and it almost cost Dr. Archer his job.
While Crockett was hesitant about the 2.0 technology at first, he’s seen the AI machine in action a handful of times and knows that there are definitely some benefits to it. Obviously, he’s not gunning for the elimination of human doctors altogether, but he’s definitely advocating for doctors to familiarize themselves with the piece of machinery that can lend a hand and possibly boost outcomes for serious and potentially dangerous operations.
Crockett tried his best to get Archer on board on Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 12, and he eventually succeeded in getting him to put a little bit of faith in the AI, however, it quickly backfired when Archer became overwhelmed with the “backseat driver” and broke it.
And that was the last straw for Jack Dayton, who, upon finding out that Archer destroyed his very expensive piece of equipment, fired him. Dayton and Archer haven’t seen eye-to-eye, and with Archer’s vocal distaste over introducing machines, Dayton assumed Archer acted with malice.
Once Sharon Goodwin found out about Dayton’s decision, she gave him an ultimatum—if Archer goes, so does she. I was a little surprised by her desire to go to bat for Dean. I don’t necessarily think he’s worth losing a job over, but it also proves exactly why Goodwin is such a good boss—she’s there for her employees no matter what. She knows that it’s her job to protect them. Dayton knew Goodwin would be a huge loss to the hospital, so he agreed to give Archer his job back, but what happens the next time the Chief of ED decides not to play ball?
Dayton has big visions for the hospital, visions that are very modern and definitely instill a bit of fear into the staff. Everyone is so used to doing things their way—the way that they are comfortable with—so the idea of changing things up, even if it may be for the better, terrifies them. Change can be good, but it can also be scary. But what are without change? While I agree that the human approach is vital in a medical setting, there’s something to be said for finding ways to be more efficient.
A good example of that was Halstead’s partnership with Dr. Grace Song, who coded a system to help him narrow down Jason’s rare condition. Without her tech, Halstead would’ve never found the answer in time, thus not being able to save the young boy’s life. But with Song’s intel, they knew how to treat his condition—and it didn’t have to be deadly. It was a healthy partnership, even if Halstead was a bit skeptical at first.
My only hope is that the writers don’t make this romantic between Halstead and Song.
Maggie and Goodwin were witnesses to a hit-and-run, and if they weren’t on the scene, the two victims might not have made it out alive. Thankfully, they were able to render the necessary aid to hold the women over until they got to the hospital.
Maggie was personally moved by the incident as the women were in a fight right before the accident, proving to her just how fragile life is. She then visited Ben at work to apologize once again and inform him that she was going to fight for their relationship. Ben didn’t even seem phased by any of it, simply telling Maggie that she “lied to him.” I get it, Ben feels betrayed, but he could at least meet her halfway. It’s very clear that this is important to Maggie and she feels remorseful, so why can’t he even consider forgiving her? Many will say that emotional cheating is still cheating, but in this case, I think Maggie was just trying to be super careful about juggling all of these relationships, including finding a way to remain on good terms with Grant, the father of her daughter, who she reconnected with not too long ago. It was all new territory for Maggie, and while she should’ve been more honest and upfront with Grant, there was no blueprint for how to handle it all.
Dr. Asher dealt with a postpartum patient who ended up having an issue that required a hysterectomy. She was so livid after having to perform this avoidable procedure on a 26-year-old, that she barged into Dayton’s meeting demanding that he put his money to good use and sign the hospital up for a program that offers postpartum checks on mom and baby. And honestly, good for her. I don’t understand how this isn’t a normal thing in our country especially considering all the problems and issues that can arise post-delivery. Moms need support, and yet, their symptoms and experiences are often dismissed until it’s too late. It’s nice to see someone advocating for moms during the most fragile and vulnerable moments in their lives. And it seems that Dayton’s heart is definitely in the right place when it comes to the hospital even if he doesn’t know how best to roll things out or what to prioritize. Whenever a doctor yells at him with their concerns or requests, he’s responsive and helpful, which is a start.
As for the Dr. Charles storyline with Lilian, well, it was only a matter of time before their socioeconomic differences played into their relationship. She was right in questioning why Charles made it a point to tell his manager that Liliana is an opera singer—he wanted people to see her as more than just a cleaning lady. I don’t think he was embarrassed by her job, per se, but he wanted to lift her up, possibly to remind her of her worth, though it definitely backfired because Liliana seems pretty self-assured. She knows that her job doesn’t define her, which is such an important lesson for all of us to learn. It’s a reminder that even those who seem like they have it all figured out, like Dr. Charles, don’t actually. But it’s also bullshit that people were judging Dr. Charles for mingling with the cleaning staff as if they are less than. Let’s not feed into this because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the image!
What did you think of the episode? The series will return on Feb. 8 after a two-week hiatus!
Chicago Med Review – It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t (8×11)
Systems have been put in place to help society function, but we’d be naive not to acknowledge the many times that the system fails people.
Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 11 dug into those failures, not just for Black men in the city of Chicago but for anyone with a prior rap sheet or addiction.
AI has been a constant on the series for several episodes after Jack Dayton introduced the OR 2.0. There’s no denying that AI is the future as the world embraces digital more each and every day. But while AI has plenty of perks, as we saw with the surgery on Aaron, Crockett and Halstead’s patient, it can also cause harm, as evidenced by Asher’s experience.
It begs the question—where do we draw the line? At one point does it replace human connection? And what does that mean for all of us?
Asher took in a patient who was experiencing terrible pain that she attributed to endometriosis. Though the doctor ruled it out pretty early on, she wasn’t convinced that Jodie was telling the truth simply because an AI-based software flagged her as a pill seeker. As Asher later pointed out when she raised the issue to upper management, the program “sows weeds of distrust” as it makes it harder to tell if the patient in front of you actually needs help.
Asher trusted her gut, which is why she pursued Jodie’s case further rather than dismissing her, but there’s plenty of doctors who will look the other way instead when the reality is that the program is seriously flawed and doesn’t take into account the specifics of each case. In Jodie’s situation, she ended up having a tumor that was causing her discomfort. As for the pills that were flagged, they were scrips written for her dog by a vet. I’d understand if the program could analyze the circumstances, but if the program is confusing drugs for a dog with drugs for a human, well, I have to agree that it’s a serious concern that needs to be addressed. There has to be a better system.
The drug epidemic is dangerous and serious, but patient care shouldn’t fall by the wayside. And a recovering addict like Asher shouldn’t be branded a red flag for life after doing all the work to get better and back on track. The stigma shouldn’t follow her around.
While it’s entirely understandable that many doctors, particularly the older ones, would be weary of the AI, there’s a lot of benefits, particularly if you don’t rely solely on the information pumped out by a robot. Crockett’s case was a perfect example as 2.0 allowed him to perform a complex surgery that also lent itself to some social justice.
The system in this case was law enforcement who already made up their minds about Aaron simply because he matched some vague description of the offender. It was so nice to see all of the doctor’s rally around Aaron to find a solution that would get him the care he needed without breaking his trust and turning him over to the cops. Aaron had a bullet lodged near his pancreas, which he explained was a rogue bullet when he got shot during a grocery store robbery in a “wrong place at the wrong time situation.” The bullet was threatening his life, however, he refused to get it removed as he knew the bullet in the hands of the police would seal his fate. They wouldn’t try to find the right offender—they would just pin it on him.
Seeing Maggie and Will team up once again took me back to the old days, and throwing Chicago PD’s Kevin Atwater into the mix was just the cherry on top. It wasn’t a full blown crossover, but the mini-appearance was a reminder that these shows exist in the same world and they can rely on each other for assistance at times.
Atwater is not one to let down his own people, so he made it clear that surrendering the bullet was not an option for Aaron. Even the way the detectives obtained his blood—though legal—seemed shady, proving that they were convinced that they had their guy and likely wouldn’t listen to reason. And thus, Crockett, with the help of 2.0, worked his magic to go around the bullet and keep Aaron safe and sound.
After working closely with Halstead, Maggie told him about her separation from Ben. It’s heartbreaking to see her go through this, but honestly, Ben needs to man up and talk to his wife about what happened. She shouldn’t be left wondering whether she’s about to lose it all.
Archer’s son was released from prison early on good behavior, making for one sweet family reunion. And when he promised his dad that he was going to do things right this time, it was something the doctor has been waiting to hear for a while. I’ll be honest, I was concerned that he wasn’t going to survive the night and that Archer would get the call right before he was going to go pick up his son, but I’m glad that wasn’t the case. It’ll be interesting to see him navigate this new dynamic considering the duo weren’t on speaking terms for quite some time. And we all know Archer has a lot of opinions.
Justin and Dr. Charles teamed up to help Omar, one of Justin’s rock climbing buddies who took a nasty fall and broke both of his ankles. The injuries were the least of his problems as his short-term memory began to flicker in and out, revealing that there was something more dangerous at play. A few tests later and they were able to sort it all out, curing Omar’s lengthy and painful headaches while stopping a brain bleed that likely would’ve ended in disaster. It’s almost strange to say that Omar’s fall was a blessing in disguise.
The fight between “man and machine” is set to continue into next week’s episode.
What did you think of “It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t”? Do you think the doctor’s are doing the right thing by calling out the dangers of AI?
When Is ‘Chicago Med’ Season 8 Coming Back?
Chicago Med Season 8 has been on hiatus for much of December after airing its midseason finale episode on Dec. 7, 2022.
The episode, titled “This Could Be the Start of Something New,” marked Dr. Ethan Choi’s (Brian Tee) last episode after eight seasons with the NBC medical drama. Choi married longtime love nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) in the episode and together, they rode off into the sunset to start a mobile health clinic in Chicago.
The rest of the employees at Gaffney medical found out that Jack Dayton (Sasha Roiz), the billionaire whose life Crockett (Dom Rains) saved earlier in the season during a train derailment, purchased a controlling investment in the Gaffney Medical Group. It’s unclear how much control he’ll be able to exert, but no one seemed pleased by the turn of events.
So, when do new episodes pick back up? Soon!
Chicago Med, and the other Chicago shows in the #OneChicago franchise, including Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, will return on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
You can kick off the new year with all of your favorites!
The episode, Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 10, will be titled “A Little Change Might Do You Some Good.”
Here’s the full synopsis and teaser:
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