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Chicago Med Review – Doctors Gone Rogue (6×04)

CHICAGO MED -- "In Search of Forgiveness, Not Permission" Episode 604 -- Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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Doctors have gone rogue on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 4!

And sometimes, going rogue seems to pay off! 

Natalie and Crockett took a huge risk for their patient; it was a risk that almost cost them their lives. Isabella came into the hospital with stomach pain that couldn’t be explained. 

She admitted to putting off treatment for months because she didn’t want to expose her family to COVID. She thought she was doing the right thing, but instead, she was one of the millions of people who was putting her life in more danger by avoiding hospitals. 

It’s a trend that’s all too familiar for doctors these days, which is why Crockett and Natalie took such an impassioned stance on her case. 

When the Head of Oncology said that Isabella’s cancer progressed too far, she was coming from a logical perspective. The surgery was risky, but what’s life without a little risk?

Basically, Isabella’s fate was to either get chemotherapy that would never work or trust a doctor who wanted to perform an experimental surgery with the hope that it would give her a second chance at life. 

Anyone facing a death sentence would likely choose door number 2. 

Unfortunately, a hospital would never sign off on such a risky procedure and thus, Crockett had to fly under the radar. 

The thing about Crockett though is that he usually doesn’t take on situations he can’t handle. If he’s committed to something, it’s because he truly believes that he can get it done. And that’s why Natalie was so willing to follow him despite knowing that it could negatively impact her career. 

Natalie is also smitten with Crockett so that may have played a role, but mostly, I think she just believed in him and wanted to help Isabella. 

As the title emphasizes, it’s a case of “do first and ask for forgiveness later.” 

And lucky for them, Goodwin was in a forgiving mood. As I said, hospitals won’t sign off on risky procedures, but they’ll gladly take the positive press from having a success story with an ex-vivo. 

For this reason, Natalie and Crockett live to see another day. And they celebrated by hooking up. There’s been so much sexual tension between the two — so many flirtatious exchanges — that it was only a matter of time. The two of them are really in-sync in both their private and professional lives. 

But did anyone else feel like this wasn’t their first time hooking up? They’ve definitely done this before, which would mean that Natalie was denying all those “moments” Maggie kept noticing and bringing up.

Regardless, I ship this couple way more than I ever shipped Manstead. Those two simply couldn’t get it right, and I will boycott the show if they ever decided to bring that pairing back together! 

The doctors at Med are plagued by their need to save every patient. It’s an honorable trait, but it’s also destructive. Just look at what it’s doing to Dr. Choi.

Choi was desperately trying to establish control during a time where everything is out of control.

He wanted the ensure the ED was running smoothly and perfectly despite being short-staffed. He wasn’t happy when Charles challenged his assessment of Todd, a body dysmorphic patient who was operating on himself. And he was beyond himself that he had to watch a patient die of COVID when he likely could have been saved with compressions simply due to hospital protocol. 

With Choi finding himself failing at every turn and feeling helpless, the pressure mounted and eventually became too much to handle. It was like a pressure cooker exploding and to be frank, I enjoyed seeing Choi snap in a fit of rage. It proves he’s human.

Plus, it helped him realize that continuing down this path wasn’t healthy. Confiding in Dr. Charles and taking a step back to assess his behavior and why he was feeling a certain way was the right move. 

Med needs a leader that cares and will show up. That trumps a leader that’s perfect any day. Amid a pandemic, half the battle is simply showing up! 

Doctors should want to save every patient, but they also need to acknowledge that it’s not possible.

Halstead kind of fell into the same category as he was trying to wrangle enough patients with heart failure for his clinical trial. 

Halstead’s motivation stems from wanting to see the trial succeed because he truly believes it can save patients. But convincing patients to embrace an experimental trial without any data, especially amid a pandemic, isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

Sadly, in order to meet his quota, Halstead had to make a deal with Dr. Mayfield, who essentially wanted kickbacks for providing patients. It’s a sad reality that not everyone is interested in helping others if there isn’t any incentive for them!

Will mentioned that this type of agreement was unethical. Could it get him in trouble? It sure seems like something that might come back to bite him. 

Maggie was solely focused on saving one very important patient: her adoptive son, Auggie, who was in liver failure. 

After Natalie told her that Auggie would have to be admitted, Maggie confided in Goodwin. As her friend, Goodwin informed her that the chances of Auggie finding a match and getting a kidney in time were slim. The system is greatly flawed when it comes to organ donations. Poor Auggie — a young boy with so much life ahead of him — needed to get sicker before they’d even look for a match. It’s frustrating and downright upsetting to see how the system repeatedly lets down those in need. 

Instead, Maggie decided to do a DNA test to see if she could find any long-lost relatives that could potentially speed up the process. What a brilliant idea. There’s a reason they put Maggie in charge. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that they are able to save Auggie!

In the words of the wise Crockett: “the world kind of sucks right now.” At least we have shows like Chicago Med to show us that we’re not alone in the battles we’re fighting. 

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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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