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Chicago Med Review – Today Sucked (5×13)

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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.”


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Chicago Med Review – Chasing Ghosts (6×03)

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Chicago Med Do You Know the Way Home Season 6 Episode 3 Review

New year, same problematic ED. 

Better yet, same problematic disregard for patients’ wishes from Will Halstead. Does the guy/will the guy ever learn? It doesn’t seem like it. 

While Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 3 was a solid installment for the first episode of 2021, it did raise some red flags in terms of Halstead’s involvement with the medical trial.

Halstead seems to genuinely believe in the trial, so he was coming from a genuine place when he offered it to Reuben, but he was also motivated to find his first patient with heart failure, so in a way, he wasn’t prepared to take no for an answer. 

He wasn’t overly pushy and made sure he reiterated how the trial would work twice so that it was Reuben’s decision, but at the same time, I agree with Maggie that I don’t think the man was in the right space to fully comprehend what he was agreeing to.

And personally, it just feels off to me that a doctor who is benefitting from the trial is also tasked with finding the patients.

Maggie wasn’t the only one questioning Halstead’s motives as his daughter, Maria, was also skeptical and made it clear that she wanted to pull her father out of the trial. 

It was never addressed if Maria had the authority to speak on Reuben’s behalf since he was technically competent enough to make his own decisions, but again, Halstead went out of his way to do the opposite of what she asked because he “knew better.”

The whole situation took a nasty turn when Reuben went into cardiac arrest, which Maria obviously blamed on Halstead. And though he redeemed himself by performing a life-saving procedure, the whole thing once again underlined Halstead’s ego and inability to respect a patient’s wishes. 

It’s frustrating to watch Halstead continuously repeat the same mistakes and patterns because he is actually a good doctor who trusts his gut and his abilities. 

Also, his hair was distracting me the whole episode. Whatever that mess is on his head, it needs to go! 

Ethan Choi’s mishandling of the ED was to be expected. It’s never clear which Choi you’re going to get – the one that follows the rules or the one who bends them to help a patient out. 

In this case, Choi was following protocol after Goodwin put pressure on him to cut costs and make decisions that will benefit the hospital. 

As we’ve seen before, that often comes at the cost of patients. Even as April and Dr. Charles were informing him that something was up with Lisa, Choi wanted to discharge her because they didn’t have the “grounds” to hold her. 

Thankfully, Dr. Charles was able to get through to Choi and convince him that there are just some cases where the right thing and the necessary thing are not the same. 

Profits are important, but so is a patient’s health and wellbeing. If Choi wasn’t looking at it with an agenda in mind, he would have been the first to realize that Lisa’s behavior was strange and required additional attention on their part. 

However, this doesn’t excuse April’s behavior after Choi pulled her from the COVID ward at all. April thinks that because she and Choi have a past that she’s privy to special treatment.

 She only respects him in the role of Chief when it suits her. She took his actions personally rather than considering that he was doing what was in the ED’s best interest.

Her behavior was unacceptable and highlights how desperately she needs to learn to separate the personal matters from the professional ones.

Choi’s decision wasn’t to spite or punish her, and he made that very clear. And it’s not Choi’s place to make her feel worthy or useful. If she’s needed in a different department, that’s her purpose for the day. 

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CHICAGO MED — “Do You Know The Way Home” Episode 603 — Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

The Lisa/Kelly case was wrapped up way too quickly, which stripped fans from a satisfactory ending. 

I’m not saying it isn’t possible for a missing person to just walk into a hospital for treatment, but it was convenient that they were able to identify her so quickly. Where did Choi actually get that app?!

It would have been nice to get some answers about Lisa/Kelly’s case! How did she get to the hospital? Why was she vitamin D deficient? Was she being held somewhere? Who kidnapped her?

There were so many questions left unanswered! 

If this was such a high-profile case, it would likely garner police and media attention. This would have made for a perfect mini-crossover with Chicago PD

And that’s always been one of my biggest gripes with Chicago Med and the case-of-the-week formula. Sometimes, we get so attached to a patient that we want to know more and see the outcome of their storyline, but we’re left hanging instead.

Also, if Kelly was missing for 12 years, would she accept reality so quickly? Or would the trauma have more of a hold over her?

I guess we’ll never know. 

Nat and Crockett’s flirtatious banter is cute, expected, and welcome. 

She’s clearly trying to break through his tough exterior, which will, in turn, allow us to gain more insight into the character and his past. 

Up until now, Crockett’s been this mysterious man who prides himself on being a playboy. As Natalie peels back the layers, she’s realizing that it’s his way of avoiding intimacy or getting too close to anyone. 

The loss of his child likely plays into it, but this was the perfect opportunity for the series to introduce us to someone from Crockett’s past like an ex-wife or the love of his life instead of just a chick that he would casually grab Sazerac’s with.

Since Meghan didn’t really matter, her whole storyline fell flat.

It did, however, intrigue Natalie, who almost seemed jealous at times. Based on that shoulder rub and kiss, she’s opening the door for something more intimate if and when he’s ready to pursue something real.  

I’m not usually a fan of ED-relationships, but this one I’m shipping simply because I think Natalie and Crockett could be good for each other. Don’t mess it up, writers! 

Natalie’s case-of-the-week may have started out as impersonal, but it honed in on a few very important side-effects of the COVID pandemic. 

For starters, the pandemic has left many feeling lonely and isolated. Her patient faked her symptoms so she could have someone to chat with. How sad is that? 

However, it also highlighted the fact that people are not seeking out the medical attention they need. 

Thankfully, this patient didn’t actually need treatment, but there are so many patients who do have symptoms and should see a doctor but refuse to because they’re afraid of catching the virus. 

This means many patients are going undiagnosed or are being treated when it’s too late. Hopefully, this encourages people to seek out help if something is wrong. 

And please, check in on your loved ones with a call or text just to make sure they’re doing alright!

Chicago Med seems to have found a way to address COVID and issues related to COVID without actually focusing on the virus full-time, which I’m sure is a welcome change of pace for many fans who expressed their disinterest in seeing real-life situations play out on their favorite shows. 

What did you think of the episode?

Does it make you excited for the upcoming season?


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Here’s When Last Night’s Episodes of ‘Chicago Med,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Will Premiere

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One Chicago promo ahead of November 11 premiere

Fans of the #OneChicago shows — Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire –– will have to wait an additional week for new episodes. 

NBC announced that the originally scheduled episodes were postponed from their original premiere date of Wednesday, January 6 to next Wednesday on January 13. 

The network made the decision to preempt the #OneChicago shows with continued breaking news coverage on the chaos at the Capitol after Trump supporters stormed the federal building and delayed the Electoral College vote count.

Yesterday’s premieres marked the show’s return from the winter hiatus. NBC wasn’t the only network to delay originally scheduled programming as ABC and CBS both aired news instead. 

Here are the synopsis for all three shows premiering next week!

Chicago Med:

Dr. Charles and April team up to take on a mysterious patient in the ED; Dr. Halstead is forced to make a life-or-death decision for one of his trial patients; Dr. Marcel is confronted by his past when a former acquaintance is brought into the ED.
 

Chicago Fire:

A mishap on the aerial ladder in the midst of a fire rescue leaves Mouch shaken and questioning his abilities; Kidd looks for support from Severide while Casey and Brett discuss their future.
 

Chicago PD:

Ruzek and Burgess discover a child walking alone in the middle of the street, and when they take her home, they discover that her entire family has been murdered; Upton is approached with a job offer from the FBI.
 


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Chicago Med Review – Paging the New Chief of the ED, Ethan Choi (6×02)

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Chicago Med Those Things Hidden In Plain Sight Season 6 Episode 2

Chicago Med delivered its final powerful episode of 2020. 

That’s right, the Dick Wolf series is following in the footsteps of This Is Us and returning in the new year on January 6, 2021.

“Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight” once again tackled COVID without overwhelming viewers. Now, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t want to see the pandemic playing out on your TV screen, you’re going to have to bite the bullet because the series doesn’t seem like it’s letting up on COVID-related storylines just yet. 

However, to make up for it, it’s also offering other cases and escalating tensions between characters, so there’s still something to look forward to. 

April remained in the COVID unit, and though her heart is in this fight, she’s learning that it’s a losing battle. 

She did her best to care for Yesenia, a minor, but she didn’t manage to reunite her with her mother even after getting permission from Choi. 

Not long after Yesenia went into respiratory failure, Alejandra was brought in after testing positive for COVID. It’s unclear if both these women, who only had each other, will lose their battles with the novel virus or if we’ll see them again, but it’s a situation that April is seeing all too often. 

People come into the hospital hoping that they’ll be healed, but they reach a point where there’s nothing else doctors and nurses can do for them.

“It’s never enough,” a defeated April told Choi, which seems to be a sentiment shared by all of those working on COVID’s frontlines currently as cases surge. 

Ethan Choi leveled up as he accepted the position of Chief of ED following Lanik’s departure (can’t say that he’ll be missed). 

This obviously didn’t sit well with Will Halstead, who was misguided in his thinking that he somehow deserved this because he’d been at Med longer than Choi. 

It’s important to note that being at a job longer doesn’t automatically make you more qualified. Choi and Halstead are very different people and approach medicine in a very different way. 

It didn’t even seem like Will wanted the position until Maggie and the other nurses began gassing him up, which should tell you everything. Having just gotten out of a relationship and trying to find his footing, Will was the least likely to be considered for the role. 

It’s almost as if the nurses wanted Will to get jealous that he wasn’t promoted so that he’d start a fight with Ethan.

The duo butted heads over the treatment of Will’s patient, and when Ethan was wrong in his diagnosis, Will figured this was the perfect time to confront Sharon Goodwin about not being chosen for the role. 

It’s never been more satisfying to see someone put Will in his place. 

Will, the hot-headed and impulsive doctor, somehow thought that he deserved to be the one getting promoted to a position where he’d be responsible for calling the shots. Oh, sweet Will. 

Goodwin didn’t mince words when she made it clear that he was never even considered because of how reckless he is. 

However, Choi wasn’t a great fit either. 

He’s been just as impulsive as Will, he’s unreasonable, opinionated, and wants to exert his beliefs and code on others, which we’ve seen in previous seasons. 

They’re both equally as unqualified. Goodwin should have gone with someone outside of the ED for this one. 

It was expected that they’d get into it over their patient’s course of treatment, but now, with Choi as his boss, Will can’t really stand his ground. The truth is, they both have negative qualities and ones that make them great at their jobs, so hopefully, moving forward, they learn to listen to each other and work together.

Ideally, Halstead’s skills could be better used in a different role. Perhaps he’ll find his calling (and love) by helping Dr. Virani with the clinical trial?

April attempted to use her former relationship and closeness with Choi to get her way several times during the episode. The writers either need to let this go or get them back together, but I don’t want to see April getting preferential treatment because she previously dated Choi. 

Choi was right when he rejected bringing in the mother to say goodbye to her dying daughter. With COVID, you can never be too careful. 

The protocol made sense in Choi’s situation, but it wasn’t as black-and-white with Natalie’s pregnant patient from Cook County Jail. 

Things took an ugly turn when Natalie witnessed first hand how differently she was treated for committing the same crime a Black woman did.

Both Aisha and Natalie pushed an officer — Aisha said she did it to protect her cousin, while Natalie did it to protect Aisha when the cop wanted to take her baby.

Natalie got off with a slap on the wrist, but Aisha faced an uphill battle of going back to jail and being separated from her child all because her hearing kept getting postponed due to COVID delays. 

It showed just how flawed the system is and how it doesn’t prioritize the health and wellbeing of inmates. Aisha was a victim, but her daughter was the one who would suffer the most as a result.

It was nice to see Natalie, Goodwin, and the OBGYN try their best to help Aisha, but sadly, even their hands were tied here.

Dr. Charles’ ex-wife was brought to Med after she threw up a significant amount of blood, but the storyline was pretty weak aside from the revelation that she was planning on moving her and Anna to Arizona. 

My guess is that Anna has bonded so significantly with her father that she’s going to want to stick around. Otherwise, Dr. Charles will be forced to say goodbye to another daughter, and who knows if he can handle that! 

And then there’s Dr. Marcel who refuses to get help and masks his problems and depression with wit and charm. I hope Dr. Charles doesn’t give up trying to get through to him because Marcel could use someone to help him work through all the grief that he’s bottled up inside. 

What did you think of the episode?

We’ll see you in 2020, Chihards! 


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