Ethan couldn’t contain his excitement to become a father on Chicago Med Season 5 Episode 13, but his patients grounded him and showed him that parenting often comes with situations you could never imagine.
He and April got front-row seats to a devastating case that involved a parent choking out his 11-year-old son to quell his dark side and protect his 6-year-old.
Initially, it seemed like a classic case of child abuse, but Dr. Charles quickly picked up on something more sinister.
The fear that Jamie could one day kill his younger brother was valid — he’d already broken his jaw — but it also continues a problematic narrative surrounding adoptive children.
We’re all familiar with horror movies like The Orphan that paint adoptive children as deranged psycho killers with a vendetta, and while this wasn’t that extreme, it did sort of make me uneasy as to the message that was being communicated.
Maybe if Jamie hadn’t been an adopted child the narrative would have been cleaner and more punchy?
The parents were forced to make an unfathomable decision to give up parental rights over their child in an effort to give him a better life.
Chicago Med loves to give teachable moments as they pertain to the flawed healthcare system, and this was one of those moments.
A child was a danger not only to himself but to his family and the only place that could help him was a facility that wasn’t covered by any insurance and thus, the parents were left with no good outcome and Jamie was pushed into foster care simply to get the proper treatment.
It’s a situation that should never happen and yet, the fact that it’s a storyline means that it has happened before.
The whole scene with Jamie’s parents leaving him behind and Jamie realizing he’s being turned over because of the behavior he’s been struggling to control was heartbreaking.
These are the storylines that make me wish Chicago Med followed up so that we could see Jamie’s progress and if his parents kept their promise to remain a part of his recovery.
Nat and Crockett both dealt with rare cases and that commonality might be bringing them together sooner rather than later.
The series wouldn’t throw in a scene about Nat’s dating life and Crockett’s interjections if they weren’t trying to steer the ship in that direction.
Crockett has grown on me, and I can see him and Nat working in a way that she and Will never could. Plus, it could finally be the segway that allows us to learn more about Crockett’s personal life and past.
However, it will also be weird considering there’s still some tension between Crockett and April. Until she comes clean, she’ll carry that guilt forever.
Will’s illegal extracurriculars are on the verge of getting exposed after we learned that the addict patient whom he helped in the previous episode was a gynecologist at Med.
Will was just as shocked as we were and he didn’t take lightly to the realization that someone that was shooting up heroin just a few days ago was going to perform an intricate operation on his patient.
And here, for the first time ever, I have to side with Dr. Halstead.
My husband and I kind of got into a heated discussion here because he thought Halstead should mind his own business and let it go.
But let’s be honest, would you want someone who may or may not be using treating you or your family member?
I believe in second chances, but Dr. Asher never kicked her addiction to the curb, she was simply having a better day.
She might not have been using at the very moment, but that didn’t mean she wouldn’t use tomorrow or the next day and come into work confident that she can still help patients.
It’s incredibly unethical and what’s worse is that she threatened to expose Halstead’s clinic if he exposed her.
That kind of manipulative behavior doesn’t indicate that she’s someone who is taking her recovery seriously.
Halstead is risking his career, but he’s doing it out of the kindness of his own heart and because he thinks it’s the right thing to do after the board shut down his proposal of a legal on-site clinic.
Instead of people making decisions with a patient’s best interest in mind, decisions are being based on money, so self-less doctors are forced to step in.
Asher took advantage of the clinic, and yet, she’s too eager to shut it down to save herself meaning she wouldn’t even bat an eyelash at the fact that so many people wouldn’t have access to lifesaving treatment.
No doctor would make that call even if it was to protect themselves.
Something detrimental will happen as a result of Asher’s drug use, and Will will be left feeling guilty for knowing and not saying anything.
In the words of every nurse, resident, and doctor at Gaffney on this week’s episode, “today sucked.”
Chicago Med Review – Letting Go Only to Come Together (6×11)
Sometimes the doctors at Chicago Med have to deal with cases that require a little extra brainpower.
Both Dr. Choi and Dr. Virani and Dr. Manning and Crockett teamed up to solve medical mysteries.
Choi treated a 21-year-old pro tennis player who got hit in the chest. However, his irregular heartbeat and frequent nosebleeds didn’t make sense for someone in good health.
When he wasn’t able to figure out the cause of Montez’s condition, Choi reluctantly accepted help from Dr. Virani, who he was pushing away after noticing her little fling with Halstead.
Virani proved to be useful as together, they were able to determine that the situation wasn’t related to the heart and was actually stemming from Montez’s lung condition.
Virani and Choi celebrated the win by playing a game of chess together, which made Halstead pretty jealous.
It seems as though Virani is fully aware that both men are interested in her, but it also doesn’t seem like she’s interested in either of them in a romantic way.
The two of them have butted heads professionally for years and now, they’re competing for the attention of the same woman.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Virani was just a friendly person and already had a significant other?
We don’t know much about her, so it’s totally possible!
Crockett and Manning’s relationship is heating up. He’s over for family dinner, bonding with Nat’s mom, and allegedly met Owen!
And the duo even exchanged “I love you’s.” Crockett’s vulnerability is the highlight of the season!
Manning’s relationships have always been pretty toxic and affected her personal and professional life, but with Crockett, she’s excelling in both departments.
Their romance is budding and they work really well together!
They rarely disagree on a course of treatment, even when presented with a tough-to-crack case like Lisa’s.
Lisa came in with a stack of medical records surrounding her abdominal pain that no other doctor was able to diagnose.
But nothing is impossible for Natalie and Crockett. Not only did they figure out the issue, but they also found a solution that finally eliminated her pain.
These two are like the Superman and Lois Lane of Med.
I wasn’t entirely sure what the deal was with Manning’s mother. She seemed a little uncomfortable with Crockett’s religion, but then she sent him a Persian gift basket, which almost seemed like a peace offering.
Was this simply a tool to give us more background on Crockett? Will it come into play if they eventually decide to get married?
I truly hope Manning’s mother doesn’t dismiss him because of his beliefs and culture!
Halstead teamed up with Dr. Charles to treat a patient who was experiencing seizures and seeing visions of his late wife.
The man seemed aware that his wife was dead, but that didn’t stop him from finding comfort in her presence.
Eventually, it was revealed that a tumor was causing his ghostly visions. Dr. Charles, who knows a thing or two about losing a spouse, was able to successfully convince the man to get the surgery even if it meant he wouldn’t have his wife around anymore.
Grief and loss as so powerful.
Sharon Goodwin put out a new set of rules after her son, Michael, overstepped in his pharma position, which didn’t sit well with the COO Gwen Garrett.
It’s nice to know Goodwin and Garrett still don’t get along!
Goodwin was straddling the line between protecting the hospital and her son. Her loyalties were getting a bit murky, so it was a relief when Michael announced he was leaving his job at Med.
I’d hardly call this a huge loss as the series failed to find a compelling way to work Michael into the narrative.
And then there was the tension between Lanik and April. Honestly, Lanik is such a pompous ass.
Even if April was in the wrong, I’m never excited when there’s a storyline that includes him because of his nasty attitude.
After seeing potential in April, he sent her to work the COVID ICU unit, which was a welcome change of pace for her.
April’s been drawn to the COVID unit since the onset of the pandemic, so it was nice to see her back in her element.
And I love that the series showcased that nurses have to deal with patients who are literally dying from the disease and remain in denial about it.
As she was gasping for air, Mrs. Caine continued pushing the narrative that COVID-19 isn’t real.
People can have their beliefs — it’s not as serious, mask mandates are a joke, vaccines aren’t necessary — but it’s ignorant to say it isn’t real when people are dying daily!
Still, since April knew she wasn’t going to change Mrs. Caine’s mind, she went along with it to convince her to accept help.
And when Mrs. Caine lost consciousness and April couldn’t reach Lanik, she decided to push meds without a doctor’s approval, which is a big no-no.
Here’s the thing, though… are we shocked? Are we surprised?
April has a tendency to cross lines and hope for the best largely because Choi has always given her a pass and looked the other way.
However, since they aren’t together anymore, this could really come back to bite her.
She may have saved a life, but in the process, she infuriated a doctor who isn’t the most pleasant to work with.
Will she finally face the consequences of her actions?
What did you think of Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 11? Let us know in the comments below
Chicago Med Review – So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried (6×10)
Sometimes, procedures on the fly are the best way to treat a patient.
They may pose a bigger threat, but the payoff is worth it in the end.
Marcel dealt with a patient who had much more in common with him than he initially thought.
The father, who was shot, was very adamant about not being treated due to the high cost of a hospital. He kept scolding his son in Farsi, which led me to believe that Crockett understood every single thing he said.
And turns out, he did. After initially performing the surgery and not being able to locate the bullet, he realized that the bullet moved to a different part of the body.
Not wanting to open up the man a second time, Crockett listened to Michael about using a new tool “off-label” to try to pull the bullet out. It didn’t work, but it was a valiant attempt.
It led to a riskier surgery, but it all worked out in the end. Crockett’s bonding moment with the patient also revealed a little bit about his Persian background. Eventually, he told Natalie during their date night that his real name is Darioush.
And I have to say, there’s nothing hotter than Crockett speaking Farsi.
After he connected with the patient, he also gave Sharon some useful advice about being proud of her son. Michael may overstep sometimes, but his motivations are in the right place.
Choi and Halstead butted heads with their patient, which isn’t new. A rivalry between the two, especially as they’re both interested in Sabina, has been brewing for the past few episodes.
In this case, however, Dr. Halstead was right in doing everything they could to save the patient.
Ever since taking on his new position, Choi has been playing it safe, but it’s clear that sometimes taking the risk is worth the payoff.
It wasn’t even Halstead that ignored Choi’s advice either — Maggie’s instinct told her to allow the mother to make her own decision and she’s the one that stood in his way.
And Choi might blame Halstead for questioning his authority, but Halstead was convinced to do so by Sabina.
I don’t know if I fully trust Sabina because she’s been flirting it up with both Choi and Halstead. It’s almost as if she wants to stir up a feud between them.
Choi is in charge, which means Halstead should listen to him, but Choi should also acknowledge Halstead’s ideas and suggestions.
Manning and Charles teamed to help a patient who claimed to have been mugged.
If you’re an avid watcher of the series, you knew that there was something strange about her not wanting to talk about the incident.
As Charles said, the story wasn’t adding up.
I initially assumed it was because she was either cheating on her husband or he was the one that was abusive, but it was a nice twist that it was neither. Instead, the husband who just returned from Afghanistan was going through PSTD nightmares, which resulted in him injuring his wife without him knowing.
She was lying about the incidents to protect him, but eventually, she came clean and he got the necessary help.
In a subplot, April helped save a man who was injured in a construction accident.
And though she did her best to stop the bleeding, Lanik gave her unnecessary grief for it.
Following the surgery, he apologized and admitted that she definitely saved the man’s life and should’ve considered being a surgeon, which makes me think maybe April will rethink career paths?
While the episode was entertaining on its own, it was very disconnected from previous episodes. Where was Dean Asher?
Where was the psych patient who was obsessed with Charles?
Chicago Med is usually the #OneChicago show that does well in terms of continuity, but this episode lacked it completely.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost finale time for the #OneChicago shows on NBC.
Due to production delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire got off to a late start in mid-November (instead of the usual mid-September premiere), but that pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on the quality of the episodes.
However, with shorter seasons on tap, the schedule has been pretty wonky and consisted of several breaks in between, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping up. That’s why we’re here to clue you in.
New episodes of the trio of shows return on March 31, 2021.
As for the finales, NBC hasn’t announced any official finale dates.
However, according to TVLine, the current seasons will wrap up on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, which would align with their pre-COVID finales even if the episode count is a bit shorter than in the year’s prior.
Once NBC confirms to official finale date, we’ll update this post, but at least you can find comfort in knowing that we still have a solid several weeks with Chicago’s bravest and boldest!
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