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!
Chicago Med Review – We All Know What They Say About Assumptions (812)
Chicago Med continues on with the humans versus AI debate—and it almost cost Dr. Archer his job.
While Crockett was hesitant about the 2.0 technology at first, he’s seen the AI machine in action a handful of times and knows that there are definitely some benefits to it. Obviously, he’s not gunning for the elimination of human doctors altogether, but he’s definitely advocating for doctors to familiarize themselves with the piece of machinery that can lend a hand and possibly boost outcomes for serious and potentially dangerous operations.
Crockett tried his best to get Archer on board on Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 12, and he eventually succeeded in getting him to put a little bit of faith in the AI, however, it quickly backfired when Archer became overwhelmed with the “backseat driver” and broke it.
And that was the last straw for Jack Dayton, who, upon finding out that Archer destroyed his very expensive piece of equipment, fired him. Dayton and Archer haven’t seen eye-to-eye, and with Archer’s vocal distaste over introducing machines, Dayton assumed Archer acted with malice.
Once Sharon Goodwin found out about Dayton’s decision, she gave him an ultimatum—if Archer goes, so does she. I was a little surprised by her desire to go to bat for Dean. I don’t necessarily think he’s worth losing a job over, but it also proves exactly why Goodwin is such a good boss—she’s there for her employees no matter what. She knows that it’s her job to protect them. Dayton knew Goodwin would be a huge loss to the hospital, so he agreed to give Archer his job back, but what happens the next time the Chief of ED decides not to play ball?
Dayton has big visions for the hospital, visions that are very modern and definitely instill a bit of fear into the staff. Everyone is so used to doing things their way—the way that they are comfortable with—so the idea of changing things up, even if it may be for the better, terrifies them. Change can be good, but it can also be scary. But what are without change? While I agree that the human approach is vital in a medical setting, there’s something to be said for finding ways to be more efficient.
A good example of that was Halstead’s partnership with Dr. Grace Song, who coded a system to help him narrow down Jason’s rare condition. Without her tech, Halstead would’ve never found the answer in time, thus not being able to save the young boy’s life. But with Song’s intel, they knew how to treat his condition—and it didn’t have to be deadly. It was a healthy partnership, even if Halstead was a bit skeptical at first.
My only hope is that the writers don’t make this romantic between Halstead and Song.
Maggie and Goodwin were witnesses to a hit-and-run, and if they weren’t on the scene, the two victims might not have made it out alive. Thankfully, they were able to render the necessary aid to hold the women over until they got to the hospital.
Maggie was personally moved by the incident as the women were in a fight right before the accident, proving to her just how fragile life is. She then visited Ben at work to apologize once again and inform him that she was going to fight for their relationship. Ben didn’t even seem phased by any of it, simply telling Maggie that she “lied to him.” I get it, Ben feels betrayed, but he could at least meet her halfway. It’s very clear that this is important to Maggie and she feels remorseful, so why can’t he even consider forgiving her? Many will say that emotional cheating is still cheating, but in this case, I think Maggie was just trying to be super careful about juggling all of these relationships, including finding a way to remain on good terms with Grant, the father of her daughter, who she reconnected with not too long ago. It was all new territory for Maggie, and while she should’ve been more honest and upfront with Grant, there was no blueprint for how to handle it all.
Dr. Asher dealt with a postpartum patient who ended up having an issue that required a hysterectomy. She was so livid after having to perform this avoidable procedure on a 26-year-old, that she barged into Dayton’s meeting demanding that he put his money to good use and sign the hospital up for a program that offers postpartum checks on mom and baby. And honestly, good for her. I don’t understand how this isn’t a normal thing in our country especially considering all the problems and issues that can arise post-delivery. Moms need support, and yet, their symptoms and experiences are often dismissed until it’s too late. It’s nice to see someone advocating for moms during the most fragile and vulnerable moments in their lives. And it seems that Dayton’s heart is definitely in the right place when it comes to the hospital even if he doesn’t know how best to roll things out or what to prioritize. Whenever a doctor yells at him with their concerns or requests, he’s responsive and helpful, which is a start.
As for the Dr. Charles storyline with Lilian, well, it was only a matter of time before their socioeconomic differences played into their relationship. She was right in questioning why Charles made it a point to tell his manager that Liliana is an opera singer—he wanted people to see her as more than just a cleaning lady. I don’t think he was embarrassed by her job, per se, but he wanted to lift her up, possibly to remind her of her worth, though it definitely backfired because Liliana seems pretty self-assured. She knows that her job doesn’t define her, which is such an important lesson for all of us to learn. It’s a reminder that even those who seem like they have it all figured out, like Dr. Charles, don’t actually. But it’s also bullshit that people were judging Dr. Charles for mingling with the cleaning staff as if they are less than. Let’s not feed into this because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the image!
What did you think of the episode? The series will return on Feb. 8 after a two-week hiatus!
Chicago Med Review – It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t (8×11)
Systems have been put in place to help society function, but we’d be naive not to acknowledge the many times that the system fails people.
Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 11 dug into those failures, not just for Black men in the city of Chicago but for anyone with a prior rap sheet or addiction.
AI has been a constant on the series for several episodes after Jack Dayton introduced the OR 2.0. There’s no denying that AI is the future as the world embraces digital more each and every day. But while AI has plenty of perks, as we saw with the surgery on Aaron, Crockett and Halstead’s patient, it can also cause harm, as evidenced by Asher’s experience.
It begs the question—where do we draw the line? At one point does it replace human connection? And what does that mean for all of us?
Asher took in a patient who was experiencing terrible pain that she attributed to endometriosis. Though the doctor ruled it out pretty early on, she wasn’t convinced that Jodie was telling the truth simply because an AI-based software flagged her as a pill seeker. As Asher later pointed out when she raised the issue to upper management, the program “sows weeds of distrust” as it makes it harder to tell if the patient in front of you actually needs help.
Asher trusted her gut, which is why she pursued Jodie’s case further rather than dismissing her, but there’s plenty of doctors who will look the other way instead when the reality is that the program is seriously flawed and doesn’t take into account the specifics of each case. In Jodie’s situation, she ended up having a tumor that was causing her discomfort. As for the pills that were flagged, they were scrips written for her dog by a vet. I’d understand if the program could analyze the circumstances, but if the program is confusing drugs for a dog with drugs for a human, well, I have to agree that it’s a serious concern that needs to be addressed. There has to be a better system.
The drug epidemic is dangerous and serious, but patient care shouldn’t fall by the wayside. And a recovering addict like Asher shouldn’t be branded a red flag for life after doing all the work to get better and back on track. The stigma shouldn’t follow her around.
While it’s entirely understandable that many doctors, particularly the older ones, would be weary of the AI, there’s a lot of benefits, particularly if you don’t rely solely on the information pumped out by a robot. Crockett’s case was a perfect example as 2.0 allowed him to perform a complex surgery that also lent itself to some social justice.
The system in this case was law enforcement who already made up their minds about Aaron simply because he matched some vague description of the offender. It was so nice to see all of the doctor’s rally around Aaron to find a solution that would get him the care he needed without breaking his trust and turning him over to the cops. Aaron had a bullet lodged near his pancreas, which he explained was a rogue bullet when he got shot during a grocery store robbery in a “wrong place at the wrong time situation.” The bullet was threatening his life, however, he refused to get it removed as he knew the bullet in the hands of the police would seal his fate. They wouldn’t try to find the right offender—they would just pin it on him.
Seeing Maggie and Will team up once again took me back to the old days, and throwing Chicago PD’s Kevin Atwater into the mix was just the cherry on top. It wasn’t a full blown crossover, but the mini-appearance was a reminder that these shows exist in the same world and they can rely on each other for assistance at times.
Atwater is not one to let down his own people, so he made it clear that surrendering the bullet was not an option for Aaron. Even the way the detectives obtained his blood—though legal—seemed shady, proving that they were convinced that they had their guy and likely wouldn’t listen to reason. And thus, Crockett, with the help of 2.0, worked his magic to go around the bullet and keep Aaron safe and sound.
After working closely with Halstead, Maggie told him about her separation from Ben. It’s heartbreaking to see her go through this, but honestly, Ben needs to man up and talk to his wife about what happened. She shouldn’t be left wondering whether she’s about to lose it all.
Archer’s son was released from prison early on good behavior, making for one sweet family reunion. And when he promised his dad that he was going to do things right this time, it was something the doctor has been waiting to hear for a while. I’ll be honest, I was concerned that he wasn’t going to survive the night and that Archer would get the call right before he was going to go pick up his son, but I’m glad that wasn’t the case. It’ll be interesting to see him navigate this new dynamic considering the duo weren’t on speaking terms for quite some time. And we all know Archer has a lot of opinions.
Justin and Dr. Charles teamed up to help Omar, one of Justin’s rock climbing buddies who took a nasty fall and broke both of his ankles. The injuries were the least of his problems as his short-term memory began to flicker in and out, revealing that there was something more dangerous at play. A few tests later and they were able to sort it all out, curing Omar’s lengthy and painful headaches while stopping a brain bleed that likely would’ve ended in disaster. It’s almost strange to say that Omar’s fall was a blessing in disguise.
The fight between “man and machine” is set to continue into next week’s episode.
What did you think of “It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t”? Do you think the doctor’s are doing the right thing by calling out the dangers of AI?
When Is ‘Chicago Med’ Season 8 Coming Back?
Chicago Med Season 8 has been on hiatus for much of December after airing its midseason finale episode on Dec. 7, 2022.
The episode, titled “This Could Be the Start of Something New,” marked Dr. Ethan Choi’s (Brian Tee) last episode after eight seasons with the NBC medical drama. Choi married longtime love nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) in the episode and together, they rode off into the sunset to start a mobile health clinic in Chicago.
The rest of the employees at Gaffney medical found out that Jack Dayton (Sasha Roiz), the billionaire whose life Crockett (Dom Rains) saved earlier in the season during a train derailment, purchased a controlling investment in the Gaffney Medical Group. It’s unclear how much control he’ll be able to exert, but no one seemed pleased by the turn of events.
So, when do new episodes pick back up? Soon!
Chicago Med, and the other Chicago shows in the #OneChicago franchise, including Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, will return on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
You can kick off the new year with all of your favorites!
The episode, Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 10, will be titled “A Little Change Might Do You Some Good.”
Here’s the full synopsis and teaser:
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