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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 – We All Know What They Say About Assumptions (812)

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Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 12 We All Know What They Say About Assumptions

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! 

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Chicago Med Review – It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t (8×11)

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Chicago Med Recap Season 8 Episode 11 It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t

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?

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When Is ‘Chicago Med’ Season 8 Coming Back?

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Chicago Med Recap Season 8 Episode 8 Everyone’s Fighting a Battle You Know Nothing About

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: 

Charles and Cuevas help an elderly patient and her developmentally disabled grandson; Halstead treats a swimmer with a heart condition; Marcel considers using the OR 2.0 for surgery; Asher and Lieu search for a pregnant woman lost in the woods.
 

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