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 – Just as A Snake Sheds Its Skin (7×08)
Another wild day at Gaffney Medical!
Ethan’s return to Chicago Med was short-lived. Upon returning to work, he re-injured himself, which caused him another few months of healing.
His dedication to the job, and his patients, has always been admirable, but Ethan should’ve heeded Marcel’s advice and let this one go.
He managed to help the patient avoid surgery, but he hurt himself in the process.
However, Marcel was right — if Ethan wasn’t open to seeing the danger of throwing himself back into the gig before he was ready, the responsibility laid squarely on the Chief of the ED’s shoulders.
In this case, that would be Dr. Archer, who encouraged Ethan the whole time instead of advising him to take it easy.
Marcel vouched for Ethan over and over again, so it almost feels like Archer purposefully sabotaged Ethan so he could remain large and in charge.
And the whole excuse that navy men are built touch simply wasn’t cutting it.
Archer cannot be trusted — end of story.
Marcel has been catching some heat left and right this season. but his talents are finally getting recognized.
He found himself in between a rock and a hard place between Dr. Blake and her daughter.
On one hand, he really wants to excel in his career, but on the other hand, he also wants to pursue this promising new relationship.
Unfortunately, that means he must choose between a mother or her daugther.
I love that Marcel advocated for himself when he was scolded for not jumping at any opportunity that was offered to him in transplant surgery.
It’s been made clear that the hours and dedication from those in the medical field are almost unbearable, so a day off should be warranted.
If Marcel wasn’t on call then he had every right to step out for a drink. And it was wise of him not to operate while under the influence.
On the other hand, the phrase “the early bird gets the worm” rears its ugly head. If he wants to become the best of the best, he has to make a few sacrifices along the way, including that Mezcal at the bar.
Also, how nice was it to see everyone hanging out at Molly’s again? It’s been awhile.
Sharon Goodwin hit pause on the VAS-Com investigation due to her stress, but you know Will isn’t one to follow rules and just “give up.”
You know he’s going to use that poor medical rep in some way.
However, he was really helpful with Stevie’s search for her mother.
Thankfully, she turned up on her own and didn’t start using again after their big fight.
Seeing a young girl in the drug house trying to be there for her parents was a huge wake-up call for Stevie that she finally needed to let go and allow her mother to make her own choices even if she didn’t agree with them.
She couldn’t be the one worrying and protecting anymore while her mother acted out.
The most compelling storyline, however, including Dylan, his uncle Joe, and Dr. Charles.
Dylan and Dr. Charles have grown quite close. They’ve partnered up in several episodes and have great chemistry.
So, it was upsetting to see that friendship take a hit after Dr. Charles spoke with Joe and informed the force that he thought he was a threat.
Dylan was upset with Charles for ruining a good man’s life, but Charles had a moral obligation to call it like he saw it.
And frankly, Joe was kind of giving off red flags even before he stormed Charles’ office with a box cutter.
He was definitely paranoid, he thought his Srgt. was out to get him, he was stalking him, he was close to making some serious threats, and that was all on top of his previous riffs with rookies and bar-goers.
Joe needed a serious wake up call.
Dr. Charles’s intentions are always pure — he always has the patients best interests at heart even if he has to do something that’s uncomfortable.
Thankfully, Dylan was able to acknowledge that and offered up an apology.
Hopefully, we see more of their team-ups in the future.
As for Maggie and Vanessa, well, they might be in a world of trouble.
When the hospital conducted a random drug test, Vanessa tried her best to get out of it considering she had been taking Adderall.
Eventually, her nerves got the best of her and she had a panic attack that she was about to lose everything.
Maggie couldn’t stand by idly, so she helped her daughter rig the exam by diluting her sample, which is obviously a huge no-no.
Here’s the thing — I don’t think it’s fair for Vanessa to have her whole career derailed because of Adderall, but I definitely think she needs to do more than just promise Maggie she won’t take it again.
Maggie stuck her neck out for her, so the least she could do is schedule a consult with Dr. Charles.
Imagine if someone found out that not only are they related, but that Maggie helped her cheat the test.
Sharon Goodwin would never hear the end of it from the board!
Then again, everyone seems to be covering up the fact that Cooper’s heart attack was caused by cocaine. In comparison, Adderrall isn’t that big of a deal.
Though, I really hope that Vanessa doesn’t betray Maggie’s trust. Maggie will do anything for that girl because she loves her and wants to make amends for giving her up, but she has to draw a line at some point.
What did you think of the episode?
Was Choi careless? Should Archer be investigated? Did Maggie do the right thing?
Let us know in the comments!
Chicago Med Review – Morally Compromised (7×07)
All it takes is a little bit of hope.
On Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 7, several patients received excellent care thanks to doctors that didn’t simply stick with the status quo.
It’s one thing to give out a diagnosis based on the facts that present themselves, but what makes the doctors at Gaffney so special is that they always go above and beyond.
They go the extra mile for patients. In this case, it was Dr. Taylor and Dr. Hammer, two of the newer additions to the series.
Their tenacity is impressive. Even after being told no by higher-ups and those with much more experience, they still followed their gut, which ultimately led to a higher quality of life for their patients.
And both of them were pushed by personal factors.
Dr. Hammer didn’t want to accept Dr. Abrahams’ diagnosis that her patient was never going to walk again because she didn’t want to see a 15-year-old burdened with taking care of his father for the rest of his life.
She didn’t want history to repeat itself because, since the age of 15, she’s been responsible for essentially being her mother’s caretaker.
And the work never stops. Even now, she’s rushing home to ensure that her mom is okay and taking her meds.
Of course, the guilt that she was the one to have her mom’s van towed kicked in. Confessing? Yeah, that wasn’t the best course of action considering her mom is unstable. Dr. Charles even suggested she probably has some undiagnosed mental health issues.
But what made it even worse is that Stevie’s confession came at the worst time because her mother was thriving!
Maybe she could’ve let this ride out for a little while longer? Yes, that’s likely prolonging the inevitable blowout, but it would’ve just been nice to see her mom get into a groove for a little before blowing things up again.
Of course, this doesn’t condone what Stevie did in the first place, but since the damage was already done, she could’ve at least let it play out on its own.
Stevie may want the best for her mother, but in a way, she’s just like her — she can’t get out of her own way.
At some point, it’s time to acknowledge that her mom is an adult that can make her own decisions. If she wants to live in a van on the street, that’s her prerogative.
As for Dr. Taylor, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — she’s headed down a dangerous path.
While she was on the right path trying to find out what was wrong with Astrid, she could’ve handled it better, especially when it came to Dr. Charles.
He owed her an apology by the end of it because if it wasn’t for her persistence, Astrid might’ve not had the answers she was looking for. And though they weren’t optimal, sometimes knowing is the biggest relief.
However, he’s also right to be concerned about Taylor’s pharmaceutical usage.
There’s also the fact that she projected her own insecurities and tried desperately to prove that she deserved to be there.
No one ever doubted it except for her. That’s the reason why she pushed so much for the tests. Yes, they benefitted Astrid, but they also proved to Taylor that she was “good enough” and not just there because she’s Maggie’s daughter.
She definitely needs to work through that in order to tap into her greatness.
And she probably, no, definitely, needs some sleep.
Dr. Crockett is headed towards a messy love triangle between Dr. Blake and her daughter, Avery.
I’m not surprised they both have the hots for Crockett, but it’s bound to get ugly real fast.
I have no other thoughts on the matter aside from wanting to see how this will turn out.
The only thing messier than the Vas-COM is the storyline about the Vas-COM.
After one of Dr. Cooper’s patients died, Goodwin decided that the hospital was going to discontinue using all Vas-COM machines, which didn’t sit well with the department heads. I’m surprised she was able to make that call single-handedly considering she answers to so many board members.
And one of them definitely had something to say. Unsurprisingly, Roger was Cooper’s father-in-law, so he’s likely getting his fair share of kickbacks as well. Who cares about the patient’s wellbeing when there’s money to be made, right?
If Goodwin wasn’t sure if her gut was right about the Vas-COM in the first place, that kind of solidified the deal.
Of course, then Cooper went haywire at the conference, snorted cocaine, and basically admitted to getting a bunch of stuff in exchange for pushing the Vas-COM.
He talked all about how he had to put all of his ethics aside and become morally compromised in order to live the good life, which definitely counts as a confession in my book.
And he was *this* close to confessing to his involvement in the patient’s death before he collapsed on the floor from his drug use.
I’m not sure how this will unfold, but I do know that a doctor who dabbles in cocaine is likely to lose all credibility.
As that device rep — who I don’t trust for a second — pointed out, she doesn’t want to hitch her wagon to a problematic company.
If she needed a sign to get out, this was it!
Tucked in between all these massive storylines was the return of Dr. Ethan Choi.
And though a bit rusty, he’s got it… yeah, baby, he’s got it!
When lives were on the line, Choi jumped in to intubate a patient and simultaneously got his confidence back.
I’ve definitely missed him. And now that he’s back, maybe Dr. Archer can finally disappear now? Lord knows he’s caused enough drama at Med.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comment section below!
Chicago Med Review – Change Is a Tough Pill to Swallow (7×05)
Vanessa is headed down a dangerous path on Chicago Med Season 7 Episode.
She’s an overachiever who arrives early to her internship at Gaffney and stays up all night studying for the boards, but eventually, that’s going to catch up with you.
She made a few mistakes while taking on too many patients into her rotation, and even though it ended up being something that wasn’t entirely her fault, she was very hard on herself.
Then, when she tried to help a young boy see his brother after surgery, it also backfired on her.
You’d think that after all of this, Vanessa would call it quits, but she continued to push herself and popped an Adderall to stay awake to study.
If she keeps this up, she’s going to end up in one of the hospital beds due to exhaustion.
Dr. Crockett has been running into a little “red tape” this season when it comes to other physicians and surgeons.
However, he proved that following your gut goes the extra mile.
He’s always had really great instincts, so shame on Dr. Archer for making him doubt that, brushing him off, and suggesting that he play along with the hospital politics.
No doctor that has ever tapped into hospital politics in order to get ahead is someone that’s respected or well-known for his craft.
Archer continues to prove just how unfit he is to run the ED.
Crockett’s decision to take Avery down the OR went against what Dr. Blake wanted, but it was a sound decision and saved her daughter’s life.
Dr. Blake took note and pulled him in to assist with another procedure.
Also, did anyone pick up on the vibes between Avery and Crockett? Crockett has chemistry with everyone!
Dr. Charles assisted on a family case this week when a boy was brought in with head trauma.
In a surprising twist, it was revealed that Alex, the injured kid, riled up Ryan so that he would hit him in hopes of getting some love and attention.
It was a sad realization that showed just how far some kids will go.
Ryan was getting the brunt of his parent’s affection because of his ADHD, which Charles realized was yet another misdiagnosis.
The poor kid was being pumped with Adderall, which was, in turn, making his anxiety disorder worse.
This is yet another example of why psychology and psychiatry are important in the ED.
The case resonated with Dylan, who took some time to thank his father for all the attention he put towards his medical career.
It’s nice to see these doctors outside of the hospital. His father, a cop, never held his son’s decision to change careers against him.
And it goes to show that even the smallest little gesture — like bringing Al’s beef — goes a long way.
Out of all the new additions this season, Dylan has been my favorite. And I truly enjoy all of his team-ups with Dr. Charles.
Halstead quest to unmask the darkness behind the Vas-Com continues, though, it came through a more personal case involving a patient he was assisting Stevie with.
There wasn’t a clear diagnosis for Eleanor, but her health was deteriorating. Clearly, Halstead didn’t trust the Vas-Com so he pulled it without consulting her.
Stevie doesn’t mince words, so she immediately called him out for overstepping and wanting to prove that his way was correct.
Unfortunately, she didn’t know what she didn’t know — that Halstead and Goodwin are putting together a case about the dangers of Vas-Com.
Halstead couldn’t be upfront about it, so he apologized. I think it was genuine, however, as he seems to realize just how much he steps on everyone’s toes.
Eventually, the two of them were able to correctly diagnose Eleanor with a rare disease.
Halstead was able to play off why he removed the Vas-Com to Cooper, who informed him that he put it back to monitor vital.
I may be misinterpreting this, but I think the issue is with the fact that Vas-Com kept pointing at all of Eleanor’s vitals being just fine when her health was declining quickly, right?
If so, that’s obviously a glaring issue that needs to be addressed.
Halstead is successfully getting in deeper with Cooper, who invited him to a conference to mingle with the higher-ups.
This is either going to be really great for Halstead or it’ll blow up in his face. Thankfully, he always Goodwin’s support.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments!
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