Chicago Wednesdays are back, baby! The action kicked off with a productive hour of Chicago Med that tested some relationships, pivoted others, and uncovered a heartbreaking scam involving a patient.
The episode didn’t miss a beat with Marcel spending the night on Dr. Pamela Blake’s couch so that he could monitor her after she was poisoned on Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 12.
Of course, he had other intentions for being sweet and attentive to her, but he remained respectful until the right moment.
For some reason, Dr. Archer decided it was a good idea to ask Marcel if Pamela was single. For someone who was against workplace romances and forced Marcel and Manning to report their relationship to HR, he has some nerve.
I guess relationships between employees are fine only when he wants to pursue a romantic relationship with a co-worker but frowned upon if anyone else does.
Marcel initially told him Pamela was taken but he eventually cleared the air and even the odds for a competition.
However, Archer didn’t have much of a shot as it’s very clear that Pamela has the hots for Crockett.
She informed Crockett that she turned down Dean’s dinner invitation, and they were off on their steamy makeout session.
And it would’ve led to much more if Pamela’s daughter, Avery, hadn’t walked in on them and questioned if Crockett stopped hooking up with her because he was sleeping with her mom.
If you felt awkward watching that unfold from the comfort of your living room, just imagine how Crockett must’ve felt.
No mother wants to sleep with the same man that her daughter slept with. And no daughter wants to sleep with a man her mother has slept with.
There are just certain lines you don’t cross.
Personally, I don’t care who Crockett decides to sleep with, but he wasn’t being upfront about it with either of them. He gave Avery Quinn the runaround every time she invited him over, and he kept his prior romance with her a secret from Pamela.
We knew this wasn’t going to end well… and Crockett went from having two incredible women to none.
I like Crockett; I think he’s a solid doctor and a good man with morals, so I’m not sure why the writers decided this was the storyline they wanted to give him.
Love triangles always deliver an abundance of drama, but a mother-daughter-lover triangle is next-level, even for Med.
Halstead is finally learning to respect boundaries, and man, I love that for him.
The old Halstead would’ve given Stevie an earful about giving her romance with her husband another try. He would’ve tried to stop her, he would’ve tried to sabotage the relationship… he would’ve done something stupid and Halstead-like.
But new year, new man! He kept his thoughts to himself, he respected Stevie’s decision, and he wished her well.
It was a nice change of pace, sure, but it was also so out of character that it took Stevie aback. Like, she stood there in the locker room wondering why Halstead was being so chill and if she should really give her estranged husband another chance. Stevie was about to remove that wedding ring and throw herself at Halstead!
Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but it was nice to see Halstead just sit this one out despite wanting to pursue a relationship with her.
And deep down, Stevie knows she’s being naive.
They’ll end up together eventually, but I like that their romantic path has twists and turns. How boring would it be if it was just a straight shot to a fairytale ending?
This does beg the question — will Halstead ever get that fairytale ending? He is out here pushing 40.
Halstead’s case was a compelling one as his patient, Lorraine, was being swindled by her stepdaughter, Cindy.
I initially thought that Cindy was Lorraine’s nurse and realized that she could take advantage of an older lady by making her think she has Alzheimer’s and drugging her with something that would make her memory fuzzy.
Instead, she simply convinced Lorraine that she had Alzheimer’s through sheer repetition. She played into her biggest fear. How cruel.
The poor woman was duped by someone she trusted!
You can always tell someone is being shady when they overshare facts. Cindy gave too many details when she first arrived at the hospital, plus, she was too eager to get out of there. All red flags. And I’m glad Halstead picked up on the red flags, looped in Dr. Charles, and that they did their due diligence.
The one with the questionable behavior was, well, Crockett… again.
Maybe I should rethink that whole “good man, good doctor” theory.
Though, I actually don’t think what Crockett did for his patient was so bad. Sure, he lied in order to induce a seizure so that he could speed up the whole process, but he only did it because he know his patient’s financial situation was dire and there was no other way to rule out epilepsy and measure brain activity.
How is what he did any different than giving a patient a placebo?
And while patients who get placebos are usually aware that they might not be getting a trial drug, if he told him the truth, there would be no way that he could trigger a seizure to get the results.
I agree with Dean that the only crime is that he was caught. He saved him time, money, and a lot of unnecessary hospital stress. That’s a win in my book.
Elsewhere, Dylan Scott and Goodwin teamed up to take care of a pregnant patient who came in with burns all over her stomach from spilling hot water on herself. They ended up diagnosing her with syphilis, which was an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved.
They initially assumed that the mother must’ve cheated hence why she contracted the virus, but when they told her the truth, it was evident that her husband cheated and infected her and the baby.
Emily’s reaction was, understandably, not pleased. There’s no coming back from that.
She kicked her husband to the curb right before going into labor from the penicillin.
This was one of those storylines that had potential, but we didn’t really see it pan out fully. We don’t know what happens between Emily and her cheating husband, and while we shouldn’t care, I’m kind of invested in whether or not she forgave him or let him meet his child. Who did he even cheat on her with? See… invested.
The case was set up so that Dylan would finally realize that he owed Carmen an apology. He felt for his patient who screwed things up because he’s been there. And seeing Carmen there with her son was a constant reminder of what could’ve been.
I don’t know where Terrell is, but it does seem like Carmen wishes that things turned out differently too.
Will they get together?
And then, there’s Dr. Charles’s romantic life, which took a front seat unexpectedly.
When his therapist of 20 years tried to terminate him as a client, I wasn’t exactly sure what the reasoning was.
Charles is a very respectful man, so I can’t imagine him doing anything to make her uncomfortable, especially after all that time.
But I never expected that she was going to confess her love for him right then and there.
And clearly neither did Dr. Charles! After his shock fades, will he decide to pursue a relationship with his former therapist?
I can see them making a really good couple; Charles deserves to find love after everything he’s been through!
And finally, Maggie’s story was hands down the most heartbreaking.
After feeling a little under the weather, Vanessa decided to run some tests and determined that Maggie was pregnant.
Sadly, her joy was short-lived when an ultrasound revealed that it wasn’t a baby causing her HSG to spike but rather a tumor.
While it was an honest mistake, I wish Vanessa didn’t get Maggie’s hopes up with the test results. I personally thought it was too good to be true knowing Maggie’s medical history and how much she wanted a child.
I felt terrible for thinking the worst — that her cancer came back — when it should’ve been a happy moment, but this show proves once again that it cannot let Maggie have even a sliver of happiness.
The only good thing is that she has been able to reconnect with Vanessa, who is now by her side throughout this whole journey.
What did you think of the episode? Was Crockett out of line personally and professionally? Did he push Blake right into Dean’s arms? Will Maggie’s mass be malignant or benign?
Will Stevie go through with her divorce? Will Charles find love again?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Is ‘Chicago Med’ New Tonight? What We Know About Season 9 Episode 5
One Chicago fans are likely itching for new episodes of their favorite dramas, but unfortunately, you’ll have to wait quite a bit for them to arrive.
The franchise is taking a brief hiatus and skipping a week (already, I know, doesn’t it feel like season 9 just started?). There will be no new episode on February 14, 2024, likely because the network figured that with Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, they would lose out on a good chunk of audience. Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5 will return the following week on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. In place of a new episode, NBC will be airing a rerun of the season 9 premiere.
Those looking forward to even more drama in the ED can check out the synopsis for the upcoming episode, titled “I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You”—Goodwin recruits Charles to evaluate her ex-husband’s memory; Archer treats one of Sean’s peers from the rehab centre; Asher treats a woman from a rural clinic whose miscarriage was improperly treated.
You can also check out a promo for the episode to keep you hanging in until next week!
Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4 Review – These are Not the Droids You are Looking For
On Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4, the ED doctors were presented with two cases that left them a little stumped, plus the new resident continued with her renegade antics, to which Dr. Archer immediately put a stop to.
Zola teamed up with Maggie to treat a patient named Floyd who had abdominal pain and nausea. But like with most of the patients that she’s encountered during her short tenure, Floyd’s insurance declined to cover the cost of some of the many tests he needed to help them come up with a treatment plan. While Maggie immediately shut down the option of “fraud,”—and bold of Zola to even suggest it—she did run some bloodwork off-site, though it didn’t reveal anything helpful. Zola then took it upon herself to ask a tech in CT to run a scan off-books, but that also came up short, so they didn’t have much of a choice but to discharge him. But Floyd was back soon after he left with persistent vomiting, and at that point, it was considered a medical emergency so his insurance had to cover the cost of surgery. While the initial suspicion was that his gallbladder was acting up, Crockett found a piece of wire from a barbecue brush lodged in his abdominal wall—a reminder that you shouldn’t use those wired brushes to clean your grill!
Zola’s behavior was reprimanded by Archer, but to go along with his new grateful outlook on life, he signed her up for ethics classes for a 10-week period rather than firing her, which is honestly, probably something beneficial. Zola doesn’t like to see people turned away from the care that they need because of red tape, which she explained stems from the loss of her neighbor when she was 16 after she didn’t see a doctor in time to fight lung cancer because of the holdups with insurance. It’s a sound reason–and her fight is admirable, which makes it hard to disagree with her at times—but rules are there for a reason. Oftentimes, there are workarounds or ways to bend them in your favor, but you can’t cross the line completely or it could cost you and the hospital.
Archer took issue with Zola, but Hannah Asher seemed to have her back, recalling how long it took him to warm up to her. Asher’s love life has been a hot topic, mostly because the series is trying to push her and Ripley together, but it was hilarious to see her navigate her first D pic, especially because it revealed that the caveman-like suitor Wyatt had some kind of lesion that looked like it might be syphilis.
She played her cards right, getting him to agree to meet her in the ED before she sent in Ripley to get him a medical diagnosis. The look on his face was priceless.
While it ended up not being an STI, it was partially the reason for her decision to cancel their dinner later that night. This was not the beginning of their love story! And, in general, D pics are a major red flag for most women, sorry, Wyatt.
It’s nice to see Asher, Nellie and Zola form a little girl group where they can chat about things like dating—hospital gossip is the best kind.
Dr. Johnson is in the building, and I’m hoping for our sake—and Maggie’s—that he sticks around. Med needs some fresh blood, and Johnson is the perfect fit. And while I loved Maggie and Ben, it definitely seems like that ship has sailed and there’s a bit of interest from Johnson, so I’m rooting for them.
Sharon’s family drama also took center stage when her ex-husband Bert and her nephew Isaiah were brought into the ED after the former fell on the latter. While it seemed like just a mere accident (and thankfully no one was seriously injured), Isaiah’s mother (and Sharon’s daughter) Tara was convinced something else was up with her dad, which Sharon dismissed initially. But when Tara provided proof of Bert opening up a closet door and forgetting where he was on Isaiah’s toddler camera, Sharon could no longer deny it, even if she wanted everything to turn out okay. Bert’s cognitive health might be declining, which will likely put a strain on her new relationship. She and Bert may no longer be together, but they remain on good terms and she cares about him a lot, so she’ll be there for the father of her children.
What did you think of the episode?
Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 3 Review – What Happens in the Dark Always Comes to Light
Things got a little messy in the ED on Chicago Med Season 10 Episode 3. Think delivering your first date’s wife’s baby messy.
Hannah learned the hard way that things can go very wrong on dating apps—and people aren’t always who they say they are. She thought she had a really great first date—aside from having to peel off to help revive two bargoers overdosing on cocaine laced with fentanyl—with Kyle, but the next day, she was ambushed at work by Kyle’s (real name Nick) very pregnant wife.
Of course, Hannah didn’t know her date had a wife, let alone a pregnant one, so it came as quite a shocker, but even as she was being accused of being a homewrecker, she put her patient first, and when the woman went into labor, she promised to help her deliver the baby safely.
Thankfully, it was just one date, so Hannah dodged a bullet (Nick didn’t even show all that much remorse aside from offering lame excuses), but it wasn’t a huge loss as even during the date, there was an exchange of chemistry between Hannah and the new doc Ripley. They make a cute pair, so I’m rooting for them, but I’m also a bit wary considering Dr. Charles’ concerns over his impulsive behavior, including the anger from his teenage years. He seems to have gotten a hold on it, but we’ll see what happens as the season progresses.
It was also the first time that Hannah worked with someone other than Archer, who is recovering from his kidney transplant with his son Sean, but it was a nice way to mix things up on the ED floor.
It was hard not to feel for Tessa, who was blindsided by her husband’s cheating, but I wish women would place less blame on other women and hold their husbands more accountable. Instead of tracking down Hannah at the hospital to call her out in front of all of her colleagues, she should’ve spoken with Nick first. More often than not, the other woman doesn’t know the full truth—and it takes two to tango.
Crockett and Ahmad were paired up once again, and she was, as per usual, up to her rogue shenanigans. Her intentions are always good with her patients in mind, but her execution could use a little work, especially when she blasted Crockett’s name on a viral social media post attacking the insurance company.
Crockett likely has a lot of opinions about how things work in the medical industry, but there’s a way of making change without poking the bear. Sometimes, it’s necessary, but you don’t always want to burn your bridges. Ahmad’s impulsivity is her weakness—and she should heed Crockett’s advice and use the people in those rooms to her advantage to make a real impact. Having Sharon Goodwin on your side is much more beneficial than making an enemy out of her. Ahmad’s unconventional approach did, however, ensure that the insurance pushed through her patient’s surgery, likely saving his life, but it was also Crockett’s speech about insurance companies crossing into doctors’ lane and the need to fight back against their prior authorization that convinced the hospital to pay out of pocket for the surgery. He’s also going to be spearheading the negotiations, which will hopefully work in the patients’ favor moving forward. It’s nice to have doctors who care.
Those two are going to be a force to be reckoned with if Ahmad learns to hit the brakes a little. She adds an interesting dynamic to the ED floor (she’s definitely a Halstead in her own right), and while I mostly like her, there’s something about her that’s just a little off. She’s too chipper, it’s bound to rub people the wrong way. You can see that this thing between them is going to turn romantic, but I wish she was a little less subtle in her eagerness to make a good impression on him.
Dr. Charles helped a patient whose wife was scared that he was depressed and going to hurt himself. She went through hoops to trick him into coming to the ED by faking a wrist sprain, but it was well worth it in the end as Charles identified his symptoms as early pancreatic cancer. But the way he thanked his wife? Asking her for a divorce! It all hit Maggie right in the feels as she’s going through a heartbreaking divorce of her own and coming to terms with the fact that Ben will no longer be her support system. I wish these two would work it out because I’m still rooting for them!
As for Sharon Goodwin, she’s finally found happiness with Dr. Washington, the head of oncology. Goodwin has always been a private person who doesn’t mix her personal life with her professional one, but she can no longer deny her feelings for him nor does she want to. By the end of the hour, she tells her beau that she’s ready for everyone to know about their blossoming romance—and no one deserves it more!
What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying the addition of Dr. Ripley and Ahmad? Are you missing the old doctors? Share your thoughts!
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