Jack Dayton turning out to be the (expected) villain of Chicago Med Season 8.
And after George’s bombshell about what Jack plans to introduce in the impromptu board meeting—turning Gaffney into a for-profit hospital—it’s a fight that everyone is gearing up for, not just Sharon Goodwin and the doctors.
Dayton’s interest in the hospital was always a bit of a slippery slope that gave everyone ample reason to worry. While it seemed as though his intentions were pure and noble at first, there’s a reason he’s a billionaire; the only thing he truly cares about is turning a profit. The little tweaks and changes he’s been making, along with rolling out the OR 2.0 and positioning the hospital as a leader in the field, was done with a larger goal in mind.
Some might say that everyone had their blinders on aside for Sam Abrams, who seemingly called it when he told Crockett that he’s been a puppet for Dayton, who will only allow the tools to be used by paying customers moving forward.
Crockett and the other doctors wanted to believe that patient care was at the forefront of the decisions, but unfortunately, the people in suits don’t care as much about that as the people in scrubs.
But will Jack Dayton get his way? Goodwin, Peter, and George all rallied to get through to board members before Jack had a chance to, but is it enough to save Med? Do they stand a chance against the all-powerful Dayton?
With changes abound, Grace’s pilot program launch also ruffled a few feathers in the ED, mainly Maggie’s as she felt as though her job was being automated.
Maggie’s concerns were understandable, and there’s a very logical fear when it comes to AI replacing people and human interactions, however, she also wasn’t open-minded to the fact that it was a launch and something that could be tweaked based on feedback. Grace may be one of Jack’s people, but she’s also a doctor who wants to use the tech to better the experience for doctors and patients alike.
While her red light that indicated noise levels may have not had the outcome that she intended, it was a work in progress, and something she was willing to compromise on by changing it out to a more neutral color. The reality is that change is always difficult, but it’s also necessary when it comes to progress.
Halstead—whose track record of dating hospital co-workers became a joke between Goodwin and Maggie—found himself caught up in the middle, proving that Goodwin may be onto something when she says she refuses to mix business and pleasure. Halstead’s relationship with Grace is evolving, so he’s supportive of her pilot program, but when he runs into a few glitches with it, he doesn’t feel comfortable pressing her after she shoots down his suggestions in an effort not to disappoint or upset her.
Giving patients a full look at their medical workup while also providing them with options about their health is wonderful, but in the wrong hands, it can also be crippling. Take, for example, Halstead’s patient, who was suffering from debilitating headaches. She wanted to find an answer so badly—and to avoid getting misdiagnosed—that she agreed to unnecessary testing simply because a tool told her that it might be worth it. Worst of all, she dismissed the advice of the doctor standing right in front of her and trusted the tech over his assessment. At this point, the tool wasn’t an aide anymore, it was causing more headaches than necessary… pun intended.
There’s nothing wrong about being an advocate for your health; it’s encouraged, in fact, but it needs to be backed up by a professional opinion as well, and Grace’s tech stripped the doctors of that authority.
When push comes to shove, will Halstead side with Grace simply because of his feelings for her?
Hannah Asher and Crockett’s patient storyline was one of the most heartbreaking to date, and it led to a vulnerable moment from Asher that then convinced her to connect with Sean, Archer’s son, to inform him about his father’s declining health.
Asher came to Sean as a friend, not a doctor, after seeing the suffering caused by a parent’s decision to not burden a child with their problems. Sarah, a pregnant mother, was hesitant about getting her symptoms checked out until her son, Ryan, forced her. By that point, it was unfortunately too late as her heart condition was too far gone and she passed away following her successful C-section. By prioritizing her children and ignoring her health, she stripped them of having a mother to grow up with.
It was personal for Asher as well because her mother died in childbirth, so she never got to know her. She didn’t want Archer to make the same mistake when it came to keeping Sean in the dark to protect him, so she took matters into her own hands. It’s definitely an “ask for forgiveness later” situation. Sean deserves to know, and he deserves to be given the choice to make his own decision rather than being treated with kid gloves because he’s a recovering addict.
Also, Asher is pushing all of Archer’s buttons, and I need them to finally admit their feelings for each other. Then again, I kind of liked her with Crockett…. so I’m open to whatever happens.
Archer’s deteriorating health also clouded his judgment with a patient, as he attempted to bully Kurt into getting a surgery he didn’t want. It was a difficult case because Kurt was suffering from a disorder that made him obsessed with wanting to be paralyzed. He even pretended to be for most of his life, with an accidental fall down the stairs causing an injury that made it possible.
I get Archer’s point of view as he didn’t want a perfectly healthy man to throw away his life—especially as his was slipping away—but Charles was right about the situation, as always. Kurt said he tried every single possible therapy available with no luck, and he was aware and oriented. They couldn’t force surgery, no matter how much it presented itself as the obvious choice. It was not their battle to fight. I loved Archie’s apology to Charles as it shows just how much character growth he’s had since landing at Med. He’s not perfect, but he can own it when he makes the wrong move.
I’m a huge fan of Dr. Charles, and I think that he was correct in everything that he said to Liliana about her swift decision to buy her friend’s house. Her judgment was clouded by excitement, and he simply brought her down to Earth by asking some logical “next steps” questions.
What I don’t understand is why they have to paint her as so clueless and dense. It’s almost as if the fact that she’s an immigrant means she’s this doe-eyed person rather than acknowledging that she’s someone who has created a new life for herself far from home and has learned to survive and thrive. She’s a capable woman who should be treated as an equal—instead, we’re constantly seeing Charles tip-toe around her afraid that he’ll hurt her feelings or come off as some dominant figure.
What did you think of the episode? Are you finding all the patient cases compelling? Do you like how they are tied in with the doctors’ personal storylines? And what do you think the move to save Med is?
New episodes won’t be on until May 3, 2023—so enjoy the break, Chi-hards!
Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5 Review – I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You
It was a rough shift for everyone on Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5. The episode focused on plenty of heartbreaking cases, which naturally take a toll on the doctors who do their best for the patients who walk through their doors.
One of the newest members of the team, Dr. Ripley, responded to help an elderly man suffering from hypothermia, who seemed disoriented and kept calling out for someone named “Betty.” While Alzheimer’s and dementia came to mind, especially due to Jimmy’s elderly age, a CT scan revealed something much more horrific: the patient was the victim of a lobotomy conducted at Med roughly 60 years ago. Ripley and Charles surmised that Jimmy was a problem child, so they took care of it by messing with his brain, not giving him a chance at a full life. Jimmy ventured to the hospital hoping to help his sister and caretaker, who took a fall at home, but by the time PD got an address, they were too late and she passed away due to natural causes. Ripley had to break the news to Jimmy, who, in his regressed state of mind, couldn’t understand what was happening—and it was gutwrenching to watch. Ripley felt so bad when he called social services, in fact, that he promised to visit Jimmy so that they could talk about Betty, knowing that the man had no one else looking out for him and was let down by his loved ones for so many years.
The case also hit close to home for Ripley, who had disciplinary issues as a teen and who felt abandoned by those who should’ve helped him, something Dr. Charles apologized for when he was his psychologist. The nature of the relationship between these two remains one of the most compelling storylines this season.
Another newbie, Dr. Zola, tapped in Dr. Marcel when Alex’s parents brought him in with concerns over his very high heart rate. He ended up needing appendix surgery, but during the procedure, they found cancer before running into some trouble with one of the drugs they used to wake him up from his anesthesia, nearly killing the 14-year-old. Zola insisted that Med pull the medication immediately, but Crocket knew that it wasn’t that easy, and after he brought it up in one of the meetings, the board decided to keep it in rotation and make a case to the FDA. When Zola said she’d pursue it further, Crockett advised her to drop it, and with all the hot water she’s gotten herself in during her short time at Med, she should probably heed his advice for now—though I do anticipate we’ll see this storyline pop up down the line with everyone eventually agreeing that Zola’s instincts were right.
Dr. Charles’ tough day also included getting his longtime friend, Bert, checked out at Sharon Goodwin’s request. Ever since Bert came into the ED after falling while watching his grandson, there have been concerns about cognitive decline, particularly since his family has a history of dementia. And since Bert is the kind of person who refuses to see a doctor, Goodwin had to get creative, though when they finally sat him down to have a chat about their concerns, he felt ambushed and bolted out. It’s scary to be told that there may be something happening with your memory, but the signs are all there and it’s important to get ahead of it. Eventually, he came around to the idea, agreeing to get further tests if it gets Sharon off of his back.
Dr. Asher took on a patient brought in by Dr. Johsnon (you know I’m happy to see him coming around more often). The couple’s dream pregnancy turned into a nightmare when the woman’s water broke at 15 weeks and the doctors refused to do a D&C for fear of legal repercussions. Instead, they sent her away and kept telling the husband that the situation wasn’t an emergency as she carried a dead fetus and developed an infection. Eventually, he trekked from his rural home to Chicago to seek out help before it was too late—and by that point, the woman had gone into septic shock. It was touch and go there as Asher tried to save the woman’s uterus while also preventing her from hemorrhaging out during the operation. Everything ended up just fine, all things considered, with the couple candidly exploring future options for their family that they were both comfortable with. Without fully touching upon the complexities of the current laws surrounding pregnancies and miscarriages, Chicago Med showed the dangers of laws that work against women, their choices, and their safety.
And finally, Dr. Archer was unable to save a patient that his son brought into the ED who was having shortness of breath. Sean, who is a counselor at a rehab facility, put all of his faith in his father, but sometimes, things are simply out of everyone’s control, which was hard for him to accept as he was full of hope and positivity, trying to help people with their second chance at life. While it’s unclear what caused Damon’s fluid in the lungs, it may have been caused by persistent drug use, which led to heart failure, and meant he was too far gone to be saved. I’m just hoping that Damon’s death doesn’t send Sean off the deep end or make him second-guess his career path—it’s just a reminder that life doesn’t always work out the way you want or expect it too.
Maggie assisted Dr. Johnson throughout his visit, all while getting her divorce papers officially notarized. When the moment finally came, it was nice to see her get the support of Asher and Zola, while also acknowledging that she has an interest in Johnson… when she’s finally ready to get back out there again.
What did you think of the episode? Did it pull on your heartstrings?
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?
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