The medical staff at Med took some big risks on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 12, but will they come back to bite them?
If you were confused with the episode kicking off with Halstead and Virani in bed together, you’re not alone.
I definitely thought I overlooked something or that it was part of Halstead’s dream.
Turns out, these two are in a romantic relationship now and all the love-triangle stuff between her, Halstead, and Choi is done and over with? I guess.
It seemed rushed, but I guess the point was that it would make things much more complicated for them when Halstead finally confessed to unblinding a patient from their trial.
The confession came as Halstead asked Virani to make an exception and allow Manning’s mom, whose heart failure is getting progressively worse, into the now-closed trial.
In other words, he shot down any chance of actually convincing her, but are we surprised? This is Halstead we’re talking about — he rarely thinks things through.
There’s an uncomfortable tension between the two of them now since he broke the basic rule of clinical trials and put both of their jobs in jeopardy.
During the fancy dinner, when Halstead was propositioned to leave the ED and pursue clinical trials full-time, Virani tried to shut it down, however, he seemed to say he’d seriously consider it just to spite her.
I can’t see Halstead ever leaving his gig at the ED.
Will Virani threaten to expose him/turn him in if he tries to accept the position?
Things are about to get even worse for Halstead if anyone finds out that Manning’s mother has the drugs.
He wasn’t involved since Manning stole the clinical trial drugs from a patient who passed away in a tragic accident. She’s desperate to save her mother, and since her mother is refusing any other surgery, she decided to take a gamble and grab the drugs, which is highly illegal.
My guess is that her mother wouldn’t have qualified for the trial anyway, and after taking the pills, she’ll have some kind of reaction to them, which will reveal what she did.
And, of course, Halstead’s name is on the bottle, so it’ll look like he helped his ex-girlfriend steal them.
It’s very messy and careless! Since being paired up with Crockett, Manning’s character has made significant progress, so this is disappointing.
Crockett and April dealt with a patient who tested COVID-positive and continued to suffer from symptoms months later.
After a series of tests, April chalked it up to residue anxiety. When it ended up being endometriosis in the lungs, she felt pretty terrible about her diagnosis, yet Crockett assured her that the fact that she was basing it on something she’d experienced previously meant she had better instincts than some resident doctors.
Will this finally convince April to go back to school and become a doctor?
Crockett and April meshed well, and it’s always nice when the series allows for some fresh pairings.
In a little mini-Chicago Fire crossover, Dr. Choi and Dean responded to a call in the field to save a man who was stuck under debris following a house demo.
It’s been a few episodes since we’ve seen Dean, so I’m glad the series didn’t forget about him.
Choi realized that Dean still suffers from PTSD from his time in Afghanistan. Not only did the ride in the ambulance bring up those repressed feelings, but the moment a gang fight broke out while they were trying to save a man’s life and gunshots were heard, Dean completely shut down.
It’s completely reasonable that Choi would want Dean to speak to Dr. Charles and get some help.
They were in a life-or-death situation and he had to keep Dean calm instead of giving the patient his full focus.
Next time there’s a similar situation, Choi wants to know that he can count on Dean to keep calm and collected.
The scene also emphasized the importance of getting mental health help when it’s necessary. As he pointed out, if Dean broke a body part, he’d seek medical attention and the same should happen with his PTSD.
Sadly, Dean pretended to text Dr. Charles and deleted the message the moment Choi wasn’t looking.
Does he think that Choi won’t find out? He’s the Head of Emergency Medicine and good friends/colleagues with Charles!
For now, Charles has his own issues with the re-emergence of Ramona. You knew she was going to pop back up eventually.
When she saw Charles with his daughter, Anna, she was clearly triggered, which caused her to come to the hospital throwing up after ingesting some kind of chemical.
There was no way Ramona was going to tell the doctors what she took, but by allowing her to see Dr. Charles in order to treat her, they were kind of rewarding her reckless behavior.
Still, Dr. Charles did make some headway with her when he pried about her relationship with her father.
None of it rubbed me the right way. Ramona seemed all too obsessed with her dad, and after his passing, she transferred that obsession onto any male doctor that gave her attention.
She explained that he liked her when she was younger, but when she got older, she no longer fulfilled his needs, which again, does not sit well with me.
If her father was sexually abusing her, it would explain her current obsessions and why she does what she does to get attention.
Before Dr. Charles could really get down to the root of the problem, he was pulled away by his daughter, Anna. In that time, Ramona disappeared, and Anna felt pretty guilty afterward.
I have this terrible feeling that Ramona will somehow find her way to Dr. Charles’ house and come after Anna.
What did you think of the episode? Who was more out of line — Halstead, Manning, or Dean?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Chicago Med Review – Change Is a Tough Pill to Swallow (7×05)
Vanessa is headed down a dangerous path on Chicago Med Season 7 Episode.
She’s an overachiever who arrives early to her internship at Gaffney and stays up all night studying for the boards, but eventually, that’s going to catch up with you.
She made a few mistakes while taking on too many patients into her rotation, and even though it ended up being something that wasn’t entirely her fault, she was very hard on herself.
Then, when she tried to help a young boy see his brother after surgery, it also backfired on her.
You’d think that after all of this, Vanessa would call it quits, but she continued to push herself and popped an Adderall to stay awake to study.
If she keeps this up, she’s going to end up in one of the hospital beds due to exhaustion.
Dr. Crockett has been running into a little “red tape” this season when it comes to other physicians and surgeons.
However, he proved that following your gut goes the extra mile.
He’s always had really great instincts, so shame on Dr. Archer for making him doubt that, brushing him off, and suggesting that he play along with the hospital politics.
No doctor that has ever tapped into hospital politics in order to get ahead is someone that’s respected or well-known for his craft.
Archer continues to prove just how unfit he is to run the ED.
Crockett’s decision to take Avery down the OR went against what Dr. Blake wanted, but it was a sound decision and saved her daughter’s life.
Dr. Blake took note and pulled him in to assist with another procedure.
Also, did anyone pick up on the vibes between Avery and Crockett? Crockett has chemistry with everyone!
Dr. Charles assisted on a family case this week when a boy was brought in with head trauma.
In a surprising twist, it was revealed that Alex, the injured kid, riled up Ryan so that he would hit him in hopes of getting some love and attention.
It was a sad realization that showed just how far some kids will go.
Ryan was getting the brunt of his parent’s affection because of his ADHD, which Charles realized was yet another misdiagnosis.
The poor kid was being pumped with Adderall, which was, in turn, making his anxiety disorder worse.
This is yet another example of why psychology and psychiatry are important in the ED.
The case resonated with Dylan, who took some time to thank his father for all the attention he put towards his medical career.
It’s nice to see these doctors outside of the hospital. His father, a cop, never held his son’s decision to change careers against him.
And it goes to show that even the smallest little gesture — like bringing Al’s beef — goes a long way.
Out of all the new additions this season, Dylan has been my favorite. And I truly enjoy all of his team-ups with Dr. Charles.
Halstead quest to unmask the darkness behind the Vas-Com continues, though, it came through a more personal case involving a patient he was assisting Stevie with.
There wasn’t a clear diagnosis for Eleanor, but her health was deteriorating. Clearly, Halstead didn’t trust the Vas-Com so he pulled it without consulting her.
Stevie doesn’t mince words, so she immediately called him out for overstepping and wanting to prove that his way was correct.
Unfortunately, she didn’t know what she didn’t know — that Halstead and Goodwin are putting together a case about the dangers of Vas-Com.
Halstead couldn’t be upfront about it, so he apologized. I think it was genuine, however, as he seems to realize just how much he steps on everyone’s toes.
Eventually, the two of them were able to correctly diagnose Eleanor with a rare disease.
Halstead was able to play off why he removed the Vas-Com to Cooper, who informed him that he put it back to monitor vital.
I may be misinterpreting this, but I think the issue is with the fact that Vas-Com kept pointing at all of Eleanor’s vitals being just fine when her health was declining quickly, right?
If so, that’s obviously a glaring issue that needs to be addressed.
Halstead is successfully getting in deeper with Cooper, who invited him to a conference to mingle with the higher-ups.
This is either going to be really great for Halstead or it’ll blow up in his face. Thankfully, he always Goodwin’s support.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments!
Chicago Med Review – Status Quo, aka The Mess We’re In (7×04)
Speaking of status quo, the episode was a pretty straightforward installment of Chicago Med.
Two storylines continued to be weaved through the cases of the week: Dr. Halstead’s involvement in Vas-COM and Crockett’s mentorship of Taylor.
Dr. Halstead found himself almost crossing a line he couldn’t come back from when he considered sabotaging Dr. Neal Archer’s equipment in order to make a case for the Vas-COM.
Thankfully, he put the patient first and stopped himself from doing something pretty terrible.
But in this case, I feel for Halstead. Goodwin has thrown him into a pretty messy situation, and she hasn’t given him any instructions as to how to proceed.
Dr. Neal became an unexpected obstacle when Halstead couldn’t convince him to switch over to the Vas-COM.
Neal’s response was expected, so I don’t know why Halstead ever thought he’d be able to change his mind.
Also, Neal isn’t someone I would want to cross in this situation as he’s proven that he won’t hesitate to cause a scene or speak his mind.
Episode after episode, I find myself muttering “he’s the worst” on several occasions.
I don’t know how this is going to pan out, but I don’t see it ending well for Halstead.
Halstead had a pretty interesting case involving a frat bro with a severe stomach ache who was suffering from a tear caused by an ice cube.
A little warning for those who like to eat ice chips: watch out… one wrong move and you could end up in Halstead’s ED.
Taylor did cross a line with Crockett when she mistook his kindness for something a little more.
Who can blame Taylor? Crockett is charming as hell. He’s taken his position as an adviser to heart and wants to make sure that she doesn’t burn herself out.
There’s nothing stopping this romance either, but I can see how Crockett wouldn’t want to put himself or Taylor in that position.
However, knowing Chicago Med, it’s only a matter of time before he reciprocates those feelings.
I wish I could say that the little heart-to-heart between Taylor and Dr. Hammer was cute, but they don’t really have that relationship built up, so it was unexpected.
I wouldn’t want her to use this against Taylor in any way.
Hammer, Taylor, and Maggie teamed up to prove that a patient was misdiagnosed over 30 years ago and found that Ashley never had cancer in the first place.
She’s been living with the reality that she had a malignant tumor when it was, in fact, benign.
While it was comforting to see her finally find out the truth, it was heartbreaking to learn that she lived her whole life constantly thinking that she was going to die.
She should be able to sue that cancer center for misdiagnosis! They stole so much from her!
The best team-up on the series continues to be between Dr. Scott and Dr. Charles.
Neal suggested that there wasn’t a place for psychology in the ED, but time and time again, cases prove that it is so vital.
In fact, more emphasis needs to be put on mental health.
Scott’s situation with Roland was the perfect example of how flawed the system is.
If he hadn’t arrived on the scene, the altercation with the CPD likely would’ve ended with Roland in the ground rather than seeking the proper treatment to learn that he was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia!
It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, cops aren’t given resources to deal with mental health issues such as psychotic breaks.
They immediately reach for their weapon, and while sometimes, it’s necessary, in Roland’s case, he simply needed to be calmed down and treated like a human being.
Dr. Charles was eventually able to realize that Roland’s medication was hurting rather than helping him. Instead of schizophrenia, Roland had bipolar disorder, which explained the break.
I love that the case ushered in a storyline where Scott and Charles will work alongside the CPD as resources to reform the current practices and teach de-escalation techniques.
Simply, a better understanding of mental health could make a world of difference.
And there’s no one better, more experienced, and kinder for the job than Dr. Charles.
Finally — and this is just a rogue criticism — what’s up with all these new doctors at Med stepping on toes?
There were two doctor’s that Crockett butted heads with about treatment that just felt so out of character for the series.
It’s not nearly as compelling when he gets into it with two doctors that don’t actually have a larger presence on the show. We’re obviously always going to root for Crockett!
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Chicago Med Review – Be The Change You Want to See (7×03)
Dr. Halstead keeps on keepin’ on.
On Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 3, he successfully baited Dr. Cooper into becoming a rep for Vas-COM and reaping the rewards.
It didn’t take much convincing on his part either; all he had to do was play the “I’m poor” card, and Cooper at it all up.
Halstead’s goal will be to prove that Cooper is getting plenty of kickbacks for up-charging the device.
Leave it to Will to be the do-gooder of the hospital.
Sometimes, it’s fine, but most of the time, it backfires as it did with his patient, Candace.
Candace was an influential blogger who ended up in the ER and admitted to crying wolf about her lupus diagnosis. She claimed she was having active flair-ups when the reality was that she was in remission for years.
Halstead immediately got on his holier than thou soap box to judge her in a condescending tone. He even suggested she was taking donations and stealing them from real charities.
While the writers never cleared that up, it didn’t seem like Candace was lying to get money out of people. She simply liked the sense of community that the diagnosis offered her.
And had Halstead treated her like a human and gave her some time to explain, he would have known that.
Or, at the very least, understood where she was coming from.
Dr. Scott did that, which allowed him to provide some rational and sound advice that convinced Candace to be transparent with her followers.
Scott is really growing on me, I’ll be honest.
I love that this is the second time in a week where one of the “newbies” has called Will out on the actions that he continuously repeats (and gets away with!).
Unfortunately, by the end of the hour, Halstead had to deliver the news that Candace’s lupus was actually active again.
Dr. Scott also saved a young boy after he was shot while playing pretend with a real gun.
While he really tried to hone in on the “guns are not toys” message, the storyline was worrisome because a child that age should know better. However, it never hurts to have a little reminder!
Thankfully, Michael was rushed to the hospital in time and was on his way to making a full recovery.
The shooting took place while Dr. Scott was playing basketball with his sister — a cop — and Atwater. If this means more crossovers with Atwater, I’m on board.
Also, could this potentially be a new love interest for Atwater? He’s long overdue.
Dr. Hammer and Maggie spent the episode tending to one of the hospital’s biggest donors, but the storyline took a dangerous turn when the man, Jim, made an unwanted move on Hammer.
Despite her pleas for him to stop, Jim didn’t let up, and she eventually pushed him off, which caused him to take a tumble.
The hospital’s lawyer questioned Stevie’s accounts of the incident suggesting that a man touching her on the arm wasn’t inappropriate, but thank goodness Goodwin stepped up and emphasized that “no means no.”
Let’s start believing women!
Jim owned up to his actions only after Stevie realized that his actions were being caused by a tumor.
I’d say Jim is probably feeling like he just got his money’s worth from his donations.
Elsewhere, Crockett allowed Taylor to shadow him as he attempted to convince a young patient to get immediate surgery on a large tumor in her neck.
There’s definitely a romance brewing between Crockett and Taylor — which was confirmed by the teaser for the upcoming episode — though, I’m not sure if the feelings are one-sided.
How much older is Crockett anyway?
You know this isn’t going to sit well with Maggie, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she lets it slip that she’s Taylor’s biological mother while trying to keep Crockett at bay.
Bottom line — Maggie is going to meddle in some way that won’t sit right with Taylor.
Dr. Charles better gear up for his battle with Dr. Archer, who seems hellbent on getting rid of psychology in the E.D. According to him, it doesn’t belong in emergency treatment.
He must not realize how many cases require a consult from Dr. Charles. It would obviously be a mistake on Archer’s part, but he’s never been too fond of therapy or psychology, so this isn’t surprising at all.
Even something as simple as getting surgery on a tumor required some persuading from Dr. Charles.
A Chief of the ED that leads with emotion and personal bias isn’t going to last long at all.
The fact that he extended an incentive to the people who are able to have the highest turnover of patients is ridiculous.
Having more patients does not mean saving more lives, but it does mean carelessness. I wonder if Goodwin signed off on that.
What did everyone think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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