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Chicago Med Review – I Can See the Writing on The Wall (818)

CHICAGO MED -- "I Can See the Writing in The Wall" Episode 818 -- Pictured: (l-r) TV Carpio as Dr. Grace Song, Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

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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.

Chicago Med Review Season 8 Episode 18 "I Can See the Writing in The Wall

CHICAGO MED — “I Can See the Writing on The Wall” Episode 818 — Pictured: (l-r) Emily Walton as Sarah Watson, Jessy Schram as Hannah Asher — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

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!

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

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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?

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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)

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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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