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 – Lying Doesn’t Protect You From The Truth (7×21)
The medical professionals at Gaffney walked away with some big lessons on Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 21.
There were some compelling cases in the penultimate episode, but a good chunk of it was also setting the scene for the upcoming season finale next week.
Dylan Scott and Milena’s story took an unexpected turn when a police-involved shooting connected to the case she has been working as an undercover.
Sam was shot while responding to a gang situation. His wife, Alice, was equally terrified as she was scared, and it became clear that she didn’t support his career in the slightest.
And on some level, I get it. Being a cop is dangerous. Every single call comes with its fair share of risk. However, how can you really love someone if you don’t support such a big part of their life? As Dylan pointed out, being a cop is in his nature, and it likely was in Sam’s as well.
When it was revealed that Sam endured complications from a previous shooting that he didn’t tell Alice about, the decision about his medical care fell on her.
Of course, she immediately gravitated towards the option that would end his career as a cop, but neither Dylan nor Ethan could go through with it as they both knew that Sam wouldn’t have wanted this.
They decided to appeal to Alice once more in hopes of changing her mind and showed her a video of the shooting. Right after being struck, Sam called out his wife’s name meaning that despite being a proud Chicago cop, he cared about her even more.
Alice knew in her heart that she couldn’t be selfish with this decision, so she reversed her decision and agreed to the thoracotomy.
As I mentioned previously, the case was connected to Milena’s undercover work. She sought out Dylan later in the evening to inform him that there was a mole within the CPD and she was made.
Dylan suggested that she crash in one of Halstead’s available units while laying low to thwart off any heat. It was also a breakthrough moment for them as she informed him that her real name was Jo. She’ll always be Freya Mikaelson to me, but I know, I know, different show.
While things seem to be safe for Jo and Dylan at the moment, I don’t believe they will stay that way. After all, one of the gang members saw her getting close to Dylan, so it’s safe to say that her cover was already burned ahead of time. Once she goes missing, I would imagine the Serbian gang would come after Dylan to get to her.
Halstead’s new apartment unit seems to be the saving grace for everyone, including Hannah Asher.
But I’m definitely on her side when it comes to all the coddling. I know Will means well because he wants to be a source of support for Hannah, but treating her like a china doll or some fragile little thing isn’t the answer.
Hannah is an independent woman who is committed to her sobriety. She can make sound decisions as a doctor, she can pay her rent, and she can speak for herself.
I swear, I go back and forth between liking Halstead and having so much resentment for his character.
I’m glad that he finally saw the error of his ways after witnessing a patient’s mother trust in her ability to care for herself and her newborn child.
It’s great when a patient also provides a teachable moment.
The patient in question was a 22-year-old hot yoga instructor who was pregnant. She was rushed to the ED by her overbearing mother after she collapsed. The mom naturally blamed the hot yoga but tests diagnosed her with a rare disease that essentially resulted in liver failure.
Asher had to deliver her 26-week-old child prematurely before rushing the young woman into a liver transplant.
Her mother immediately offered to donate a piece of her liver to save her daughter.
Crockett performed the surgery, and though it was rocky for a bit when he couldn’t stop the bleeding, Pamela was on hand to inspire him.
She was, however, sitting on the sidelines after being diagnosed with spinal compression.
Pamela initially refused to get surgery because she didn’t want to sit out for a few weeks and let her patients down, but Crockett stood his ground by telling her she couldn’t operate in this state.
Doctors really are their own worst patients. She wanted to cure herself with physical therapy, but she eventually came to terms with the fact that Crockett not only had her best interest in mind, but he also had the best interest of their patients.
And he was absolutely ready to step in and handle things in her absence.
I love their relationship because Crockett seems to ground her. It’s a good balance of personalities. Plus, he’s not afraid to stand up to her or speak his mind, and it makes things so interesting.
As for the new mom — she welcomed a beautiful baby into the world and found some common ground with her own mother. They were given a second shot at rehabilitating their fraught relationship, and nothing brings people closer than a new baby!
Speaking of babies… Maggie found herself torn by the idea of reaching out to Vanessa’s birth father.
Maggie didn’t want to spring this on him after 20 years, but she was also terrified of feelings resurfacing as she actually loved him at the time.
Sharon Goodwin suggested running the idea by Ben, but Maggie didn’t want to rock the boat and ruin the good thing they have going.
Of course, it’s obvious that Maggie will eventually reach out to Grant — she already looked him up — and it will likely cause a rift between her and Ben.
And honestly, I don’t know what Grant’s family situation is like in the present day, but I could see how this little family reunion could bubble up some feelings.
Ben is a good guy, though, so I hope Maggie doesn’t ruin anything. I do feel like it would be nice to see him have some kind of relationship with Vanessa.
Vanessa teamed up with Dr. Charles to help diagnose her patient, Lydia, who arrived at Gaffney after choking on her cereal.
Lydia explained that she had seen every specialist under the sun, but no one could properly diagnose her so she continued to feel off.
Two emotional and random outbursts led Vanessa to believe that it was a psych matter, but Dr. Charles actually realized that she had a rare form of ALS. It’s not an ideal diagnosis, but simply having one and finally having an answer after all these years gave Lydia some comfort and peace of mind.
Lydia’s talk also inspired Dr. Charles to tell his daughter, Anna, about his new relationship. Unfortunately, when he finally mustered up the courage, Anna was in a negative place because her boyfriend, Luke, broke up with her.
Yeah, no heartbroken teen wants to be put down even more with news that her father has a new girlfriend. It’s best to put that one away for another, sunnier day.
Ethan met up with the man that his late father was having a romance with for almost 50 years. And the fact that he had pictures of Choi’s whole family because he felt like he knew them was super emotional.
Choi’s father was in love, but he could never be honest about it, and they had to keep their relationship a secret for nearly five decades.
It must be such a relief to finally have Ethan over for a drink and a chat. And for Ethan, it’s a way to truly get to know his father and keep his memory alive.
On tap for next week is likely the trial against VAS-Com where Halstead plans to testify. It’s his moral obligation, but it might put him at risk. He was warned that they are going to come after him with everything they can… and Halstead has some dirt in his past that they can likely dig up. I have a feeling this might get messier than the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation trial.
What did you think of the episode? Are you excited for the season finale?
Chicago Med Review – End of the Day, Anything Can Happen (7×20)
There are moments where it definitely feels like Chicago Med is encroaching into soap opera territory, but when your show is set in an emergency room, you don’t have much of a choice but to roll with the drama.
Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 20 saw a continuation of Dylan and Milena’s romance, only this time, Dylan was pulled into her world, which put them both in the line of danger.
Milena’s boss, Nikola, requested Dr. Scott to his home because his daughter, Eva, wasn’t feeling well. Scott managed to convince Nikola and his wife that Eva needed to have surgery at the hospital to remove her appendix, but the whole entourage was around the whole time watching with prying eyes.
When Eva’s health began to decline for no reason, one of Nikola’s men started suspecting that there was something going on between Milena and Dylan.
The longing gazes, the stolen looks — they didn’t really do a good job of downplaying it.
And, of course, they chose to meet outside of the hospital in public to chat after everything was said and done.
This seems to be a common mistake in medical shows, and I just can’t seem to understand why. If Milena is working undercover, why wouldn’t she choose to meet Dylan somewhere in private and away from prying eyes? You can never be too cautious in these situations, and quite frankly, as a cop and a former cop, they are being pretty careless.
The whole situation is only going to backfire for both of them because they have now been spotted mingling. It’s clear there is something romantic happening between them, and based on Nikola’s anger towards Milena, he’s not someone that can easily forgive or forget. And there’s absolutely no way to deny what’s going on because a Serbian mob isn’t going to fall for it.
I was convinced that Dorian was Vanessa’s father, especially when they shared the same allergy.
That might’ve been too easy, however, it did allow Vanessa to inquire about her father and put a little pressure on Maggie.
It’s slightly unfair considering Maggie hasn’t kept in touch with him and they made a promise to stay out of their daughter’s life, but Maggie also put herself in this position by overstepping on a closed adoption.
She had to know that Vanessa would get curious and ask at some point.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes out that Maggie never even told the father that she was pregnant. Could locating Vanessa’s biological father cause a rift between them?
Halstead’s whistleblowing case against Matt Cooper is going to pan out in court, which he’s less than thrilled about. It seems the whole thing has been hanging over his head and not allowing him to move on.
Everyone kept mentioning the apartment complex that he purchased with the money he made after exposing Matt, and it almost seemed as though they were all accusing him of tattling in order to get ahead.
We know that Halstead never expected any monetary compensation and was simply doing what he thought was right, but it’s now this defining moment that he can’t shake.
You can expect Matt’s lawyers to also use that against him and go after him with everything they have.
Halstead eventually offered Dr. Asher an apartment in his complex, which is admittedly a good way to help someone out that needs it and making himself feel less crummy about the whole situation.
I’m still not interested in seeing things take a romantic turn between Asher and Halstead, but now that they are neighbors, you know it’s coming.
Dr. Choi learned absolutely nothing from his time away. The moment he stepped foot into the E.D., he broke HIPAA confidentiality with his patient and allowed his personal matters to impact his professional decisions pertaining patient care.
He has been a bit of a mess after finding out that his father was in love with a man because it made him question everything he ever knew about his dad.
He felt betrayed and lied to his whole life, and since his father was no longer around, he couldn’t confront him and get any clarity. He was simply left to deal with this big reveal all by himself.
When he realize his patient, who was diagnosed with MS, was going to do the same thing to his daughter, Choi needed to step in.
He couldn’t sit by idly and watch nature take its course, nor could he sit back and respect that Miles knew what was best in their situation.
He had to overstep in the kind of way that would only made Halstead proud. He never violated patient confidentiality, but he gave Anya the tools she needed to figure out what her father’s diagnosis was.
Honestly, it’s disgusting that the doctor’s at Med aren’t held accountable for these rash decisions. It wasn’t Choi’s call to make because he wasn’t living with the consequences.
People need to be able to do thins in their own time. It may have felt just like his situation, but it was completely different, and if Miles decided not to disclose his medical issue with his daughter so that she would move to Seattle for her new job, that was his prerogative.
I rarely agree with Dr. Archer, but I’m glad Ethan stepped away from the role of Chief because his judgement calls are no longer valid. I’m also glad Choi acknowledged the issue and sought out wisdom from Dr. Charles.
And finally, there was Crockett and Dr. Blake, who went to bat for a young boy who needed a liver transplant. While every hospital refused to transplant half of a liver from the boy’s grandmother, Crockett knew he didn’t want to let this family down.
The procedure, while risky, went smoothly, but Celeste’s health fainted shortly after regaining consciousness proving that something had gone haywire.
Upon opening her back up, Blake realized she didn’t clamp down hard enough on the clip she placed — a first.
While you might chalk it up to everyone makes mistakes, Pamela knew something was really wrong and she confided in Crockett that her hand was the issue. Is that you, Dr. Bell? All of my The Resident fans, you know.
What did you think is going on with Pamela? Will she be unable to operate moving forward?
It wasn’t the most thrilling episode, but it’s been a long season, so I’ll cut them some slack!
Chicago Med Review – Like A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes (7×19)
Surrogacy battles, alcohol-infused tampons, and a man on a hunger strike that eventually lights himself on fire… all wrapped up in one jaw-dropping hour.
Every single storyline was wilder than the next, which I guess is a good thing because it ensured that the audience stayed glued to their screens.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Marcel deal with a patient on his own — without Dr. Blake — but it was nice to see him out of surgery and taking the lead.
He worked alongside Dr. Charles to help Luis, a man who was going on day 36 without food in hopes of inspiring the Mayor to stop the relocation of a metal shredding company to a lower-income neighborhood.
While a noble cause, it also became rather concerning when Luis’ body began shutting down.
Mindy, the journalist telling his story, continued to egg him on, and the doctors’ hands were tied because he had decisional capacity.
Lonnie, Dr. Charles’s girlfriend, arrived on the scene because, as it turns out, she’s Luis’s longtime therapist, and she couldn’t stand by idly and watch this man sacrifice his life.
While Charles and Lonnie disagreed on the course of action — and he was vehemently upset when she got a judge’s order to overrule Luis’s decisions — it was clear that she had a point when Luis set himself on fire.
From their previous sessions, Lonnie knew that Luis was depressed and suicidal, so she felt it was her duty to help him.
When they inserted the feeding tube, Luis went to extreme measures to get his point across. His body was so weak already that he couldn’t survive having 90% of his body burned.
Lonnie tried to prevent this very outcome, and in the end, it definitely fell on Mindy, who seemed to be way over her head. She didn’t realize that Luis was manipulating her, and by loosening his restraints, she allowed him to end his life.
It was a heartbreaking case all around with no clear-cut solution or right or wrong answer.
Halstead and Asher teamed up to treat a woman that was 33 weeks pregnant. But when her blood type didn’t match the baby’s, both doctors became rather concerned.
Ingrid admitted that she was a surrogate mother, however, she went against the couple’s wishes and carried to baby to full term rather than terminating the pregnancy because of the possibility that he could have been born with a defect.
Initially, the couple was livid that Ingrid dismissed their wishes, but when the child was born healthy, they were thankful that she gave them a shot at motherhood.
It was another situation that was complicated and had no clear solution.
Ingrid fought for the baby — and he wouldn’t have been alive if it wasn’t for her, but she also signed a contract. It wasn’t her baby, regardless of what transpired.
And it’s not like the couple didn’t want the child. They made a decision based on false information. No one could fault them for that. It’s an eye-opening reminder that you always hate to cross your T’s and dot your I’s in situations of life and death.
There were no winners, but there was a happy ending. Ingrid leveled with the birth mother and thanks to a moment of pure human connection, they were able to forgive each other.
It also seems as though the road is being set for Asher and Halstead to find their way back to each other.
She’s been pretty short with him ever since she returned to Med, but she finally came around and explained that she only ghosted him because she had to work on herself and her addictions.
Dr. Scott and Maggie teamed up for a case involving a teen named Zoe who suffered from alcohol addiction.
When her parents brought her in, they were convinced she was drinking at lunch. Her blood alcohol levels pointed to alcohol being the culprit, but despite hanging a saline drip, the doctors weren’t able to get her tox levels under control.
That’s when the former cop realized that Zoe was getting drunk using a dated trend involving tampons soaked in alcohol.
Zoe confessed that she was purposefully hurting herself, the family got information about treatment, and hopefully, they’ll be able to get Zoe back on the right path.
It’s never too late to do the right thing, which was a lesson Dylan took away from the episode.
His romance with Milena was getting serious, but he also knew that it was wrong and dangerous. He spent the evening looking out the window and watching a car that was idling because he was scared that someone was following them.
Milena might not actually be a drug dealer — though, I’m honestly not convinced anymore — but she’s still bad news.
Being with him puts her at risk, and since he can’t come clean about who she really is, it definitely ruins his reputation.
I don’t think this is the last we’ve seen of her, but for now, the two have called it quits.
Meanwhile, Dr. Choi barely got his bearings before he was thrown into an intense case that connected to his father’s past.
Patrick, a patient who Choi recognized had the same tattoo as his father, arrived in the ED and truly benefitted from Choi’s incredible detective skills.
But what Choi didn’t pick up on was the fact that Patrick was his late father’s lover.
And man, that’s quite a wild secret to find out about the man you thought you knew your whole life.
It’s unfortunate that Choi will never get to hear this story from his dad, but it is a sweet way to keep his father’s memory alive and to stay connected to him.
It seemed as though Choi’s father wasn’t just a private person, he was also a very strict parental figure, so finding out that he was in love with a man must have come as a shock.
How will Choi handle this news?
Will Halstead and Asher fall back in love? Will Milena find her way back into Dylan’s arms?
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