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Chicago Med Review – If You Love Someone, Set Them Free (7×17)

CHICAGO MED -- "If You Love Someone, Set Them Free" Episode 717 -- Pictured: Jessy Schram as Dr. Hannah Asher -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

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This is a first in Chicago Med history where a gang war pivoted from the streets to the hospital, but it made things all the more exciting. 

We typically just see the gunshot patients arrive at Gaffney rather than seeing the whole thing play out as part of an undercover stint. Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 17 saw the return of Milena (Riley Voelkel), an undercover cop who already established a relationship with Dr. Scott. 

Their connection was crucial to ensuring that things panned out in a way that was not only beneficial for the police department (without compromising the two undercover cops) and Goodwin’s doctors. 

Sharon Goodwin wouldn’t have even agreed to allowing plainclothes officers on-site and putting her doctors in danger, but Dr. Scott’s persuasion seemed to do the trick. And while he definitely had Stefan, the patient’s best interest at heart, he was also looking out for Milena. 

It’s nice to see a storyline span multiple episodes. Plus, not knowing who the rival gang member may have been or where he would catch  Scott and Taylor added a rush of adrenaline. 

I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering if Stefan would survive or if the gang would get to him. 

At one point, they were keeping him safe in an employee-only area, but he was bleeding out so badly that they needed to get him to the ICU. The odds weren’t great as it was either risking Stefan’s life by making the trek or sitting back and doing nothing and watching him die. 

The police escort was a bit of a joke. If you’re alerted to the fact that there is someone out there with a vendetta against a patient, you better be at the ready to serve and protect at any moment. I know, I know, it was written that way so that Dr. Scott would have to jump in and save the day, but could we not have had a little more cooperation from the cop who was just strolling without a care in the world?

Everything turned out okay, thankfully, but Sharon realized that Dr. Scott had a vested interest in the situation from the beginning and took a moment while dressing his wounds to remind him that he wears a white coat now. 

It has to be hard to shake your inner cop, so I don’t blame Scott one bit. Even when he wants to be a doctor first, he still has a cop mentality, and, in a way, it’s what protected him and Dr. Taylor in this situation. We can’t fault him for it. 

Of course, you’d be blind not to pick up on the intense chemistry between Scott and Milena. She checked in on him after the whole ordeal and well, let’s just say sparks flew. 

And yes, it’s absolutely dangerous that a doctor and an undercover cop are in bed together. I know they both love their brush with danger, but I don’t foresee this ending well. 

Just imagine the blowback if the gang found out Milena was sleeping with a former cop, let alone that she was a cop. 

This is what I call an entanglement. 

However, I am totally on board with a doctor having a love interest outside of the hospital. And if it marries the two shows in the franchise, so be it. Now, I’m just hoping we see Milena on Chicago PD!

Dr. Hannah faced some pushback from Dr. Archer on her first day back at Gaffney, and given the fact that he tends to have very blunt opinions and doesn’t hold back, it wasn’t the slightest bit surprising. 

When he informed her that she would be having weekly drug tests instead of monthly ones, it became clear that he was definitely bothered by the fact that she was a recovering addict. 

It definitely makes sense to err on the side of caution, but it’s also completely demoralizing to fail someone before you even know what they are capable of. And while I know that it’s his ED, he’s undermining Goodwin at every turn, which really shouldn’t be allowed. 

Archer actually made decisions about a patient’s treatment based on personal feelings towards Asher. That’s not cool. And it wasn’t long ago that he hated being treated differently because he was a war vet, so he should really be a bit less insensitive. 

Dr. Halstead was shocked to see Hannah back at Med and immediately made it awkward by making it about himself. Oh, Will. 

Halstead hadn’t thought about Hannah in years but the moment he saw her, he was pining. 

Hannah made it clear that she’s on a journey where she’s putting herself first, so while she acknowledged the history, she had no intention of starting things up again. Let’s hope it stays that way. 

I guess Hannah is supposed to be the replacement for Stevie, who has officially exited the series. It’s a bummer since they built up such will-they-or-won’t-they between her and Halstead only to pull the plug on that relationship completely and have him take several steps back to pursue a former relationship. They never could get Will’s love life right. 

Hannah proved that she had a patient-first mentality when she went to bat to help Claire get a uterus transplant from her sister. 

Honestly, I’m kind of on the fence about this one because I do agree with Dr. Blake that there are so many other ways to have a child. It was a risky procedure, and some might say it wasn’t worth it, but there’s also a part of me that loves how much these doctors care about the patient’s desires. 

They saw how important it was for Claire to carry a baby for herself and did everything to make it happen. 

Sometimes, it’s not only about saving lives but also about honoring a patient’s wishes no matter how much you disagree with them. 

Which brings us to Dr. Halstead’s 16-year-old patient Ivy who was refusing all chemotherapy for her brain cancer. 

When she got violently ill, they realized it was because she was being drugged with chemo against her will by her boyfriend Ben. 

Of course, that’s a huge violation of someone’s rights, but there was an added layer in that the chemo was working to shrink her tumor!

And still, she refused to get the chemo to buy herself a few extra months to a year. 

Her parents supported the decision because, at the end of the day, it is her life and one she didn’t want to live out in misery. Dr. Charles eventually accepted the decision, but Will Halstead would’ve kept pushing and pushing if Charles hadn’t stepped in and told the family that they “completely understand” and respect their wishes. 

Halstead seriously never knows when to quit, and it’s tiring. His character is tiring! His love life is tiring, his desire to override a patient’s wishes is tiring, and his inability to accept “no” for an answer is also tiring. 

And then there was Crockett and Pamela who are quickly rising the ranks as a fan-favorite couple. 

Crockett previously got personal about his life by informing her about the loss of his daughter, and in turn, she opened up to him about the fact that she chose to have Avery via a surrogate. 

It was a really big moment in their relationship as it was one of the first moments where we saw Blake open up about herself while also admitting that she may have a sense of regret about the decision she made. 

I also kind of got the feeling that Crockett and Pamela might possibly have a child together down the line.

It’s unclear if he’d be willing to have another child after all the heartache he went through, but I can see this working out long-term. 

And I love that they trust each other enough to divulge their deepest and darkest secret; the moments that have changed them as people forever. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you also tired of Will? Are you enjoying the storyline developing between Scott and Milena?

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Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

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Chicago Med Review – I Think There’s Something You’re Not Telling Me (911)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 11 was Ripley-heavy, but I doubt most fans minded all that much, especially as he was sidelined last week due to the flu. 

The episode not only saw Ripley catching up with his childhood friend Sully, who previously refused cancer treatment, but we also met Sully’s pregnant girlfriend, Lynne, who also clued in Hannah on Ripley’s difficult childhood—helpful, since he wasn’t forthcoming with any information when she asked. 

His past was also brought up during the deposition with Pavel’s lawyer, who tried to get him to crack while bringing up the personal matter of institutionalization to discredit him. While it certainly struck a chord, Ripley proved that he’s done the work to get through it, though Charles, who feels partially responsible for the situation in Ripley’s past and the lawsuit, took it upon himself to encourage Sharon Goodwin to convince Ripley to settle. 

He figured out that Charles must’ve said something, but it was nice to see him not get upset by the fact either. These two have come quite a long way in their relationship this season, as Charles suggested that his past is his story to tell on his own terms. 

As for Sully, his coughing symptoms only worsened, landing him in the hospital, as Rip nudged his buddy to come clean to the mom of his future child. Sully’s hesitation to seek out treatment also stemmed from his past, noting that when his father was sent to prison, it was the best day of his life and that maybe Lynne and the baby were better off without him. Naturally, Ripley pointed out that it was just the fear talking and that he needed treatment in order to be a present dad to his kid and to break the cycle of abandonment and trauma. All in all, these two have made a lot of progress. 

Lynne, thankfully, wasn’t in early labor either, so the storyline had somewhat of a positive ending, though I’m sure we’ll see more from them soon. 

Loren’s helicopter incident in the woods the episode prior was also at the forefront as he essentially told Maggie he didn’t remember what they talked about (so he has no clue he professed his feelings for her!) and tried to minimize his injuries to prove himself to Archer for the trauma fellowship. However, Archer can’t be fooled as he’s also one of the people who tried to downplay his symptoms, so he was able to detect what Loren was doing right away. And he gave him some key advice—know when to pull back and prioritize your own health first. As they say, the job will always be there, but you can’t help your patients if you aren’t helping yourself.

As for Maggie, I think she owes it to the both of them to address what was said in such a dire state head-on, but I understand wanting to give Loren space for healing and recovery. She should’ve learned from that life-or-death situation that you should never leave anything unsaid.

Dr. Charles teamed up with a new intern, Naomi Howard, who experienced a bit of a rough start due to nerves. She was assigned to a patient named Jay, who ended up being misdiagnosed with depression when he should’ve been on mood stabilizers to treat what Charles assumed was bipolar disorder. It was a pretty intense case for Naomi to witness, even if she was sitting on the sidelines for much of it, as Charles had to get to the bottom of Jay’s motivations—proving his dad wrong about his career in the arts. Thankfully, by the end of the hour, he managed to persuade him to make the necessary change to his treatment by suggesting that you don’t have to suffer for your art.

What did you think of the episode? Are you digging the flirtation between Asher and Ripley?

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