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Chicago Med Review – Reality Leave A Lot To The Imagination (7×13)

CHICAGO MED -- "Reality Leave A Lot To The Imagination" Episode 713 -- Pictured: Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)



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. 

Chicago Med Review Reality Leave A Lot To The Imagination Season 7 Episode 13

CHICAGO MED — “Reality Leave A Lot To The Imagination” Episode 713 — Pictured: (l-r) S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Guy Lockard as Dr. Dylan Scott — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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! 

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Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)



Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?



Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

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Chicago Med Review – I Think There’s Something You’re Not Telling Me (911)



CHICAGO MED -- "I Think There is Something You're Not Telling Me" Episode 90011

Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 11 was Ripley-heavy, but I doubt most fans minded all that much, especially as he was sidelined last week due to the flu. 

The episode not only saw Ripley catching up with his childhood friend Sully, who previously refused cancer treatment, but we also met Sully’s pregnant girlfriend, Lynne, who also clued in Hannah on Ripley’s difficult childhood—helpful, since he wasn’t forthcoming with any information when she asked. 

His past was also brought up during the deposition with Pavel’s lawyer, who tried to get him to crack while bringing up the personal matter of institutionalization to discredit him. While it certainly struck a chord, Ripley proved that he’s done the work to get through it, though Charles, who feels partially responsible for the situation in Ripley’s past and the lawsuit, took it upon himself to encourage Sharon Goodwin to convince Ripley to settle. 

He figured out that Charles must’ve said something, but it was nice to see him not get upset by the fact either. These two have come quite a long way in their relationship this season, as Charles suggested that his past is his story to tell on his own terms. 

As for Sully, his coughing symptoms only worsened, landing him in the hospital, as Rip nudged his buddy to come clean to the mom of his future child. Sully’s hesitation to seek out treatment also stemmed from his past, noting that when his father was sent to prison, it was the best day of his life and that maybe Lynne and the baby were better off without him. Naturally, Ripley pointed out that it was just the fear talking and that he needed treatment in order to be a present dad to his kid and to break the cycle of abandonment and trauma. All in all, these two have made a lot of progress. 

Lynne, thankfully, wasn’t in early labor either, so the storyline had somewhat of a positive ending, though I’m sure we’ll see more from them soon. 

Loren’s helicopter incident in the woods the episode prior was also at the forefront as he essentially told Maggie he didn’t remember what they talked about (so he has no clue he professed his feelings for her!) and tried to minimize his injuries to prove himself to Archer for the trauma fellowship. However, Archer can’t be fooled as he’s also one of the people who tried to downplay his symptoms, so he was able to detect what Loren was doing right away. And he gave him some key advice—know when to pull back and prioritize your own health first. As they say, the job will always be there, but you can’t help your patients if you aren’t helping yourself.

As for Maggie, I think she owes it to the both of them to address what was said in such a dire state head-on, but I understand wanting to give Loren space for healing and recovery. She should’ve learned from that life-or-death situation that you should never leave anything unsaid.

Dr. Charles teamed up with a new intern, Naomi Howard, who experienced a bit of a rough start due to nerves. She was assigned to a patient named Jay, who ended up being misdiagnosed with depression when he should’ve been on mood stabilizers to treat what Charles assumed was bipolar disorder. It was a pretty intense case for Naomi to witness, even if she was sitting on the sidelines for much of it, as Charles had to get to the bottom of Jay’s motivations—proving his dad wrong about his career in the arts. Thankfully, by the end of the hour, he managed to persuade him to make the necessary change to his treatment by suggesting that you don’t have to suffer for your art.

What did you think of the episode? Are you digging the flirtation between Asher and Ripley?

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