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Chicago Med Review – Will Dr. Choi Ever Learn? (5×11)

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Chicago Med packed in some heavy storylines into one gut-punching episode that will have plenty of repercussions in the weeks to follow.

An electrical fire at O’Hare filled the ED with a few burn victims including one man that was so far gone, they weren’t even able to identify him.

Based on the seat number and the medical convention pass in his pocket, they deduced that it was their Head of Neurosurgery, Sam Abrams.

It was a blow to everyone on the staff as the realization that Sam would never walk or operate again set in.

His wife, Michelle, was a mess and after some time, decided to pull the plug on him because “Sam wouldn’t want to live like this.”

It was a fair assessment as the odds weren’t in his favor. Crockett and Choi believed he’d be mentally okay once his brain swelling went down, but Michelle knew that this wasn’t the quality of life an independent and successful man like Sam would have wanted.

And, of course, Choi didn’t respect Michelle’s wishes at all.

Choi’s always had an arrogance about him and his ego has pushed him into corners that don’t paint him in the greatest of light, but assuming that Michelle didn’t know what she was talking about because she was his wife of three months was a new low.

How did Choi think he had any authority to speak on Sam’s behalf if he mistook Michelle for Sam’s daughter? Clearly, they aren’t as close as Choi led on and thus, Choi wasn’t equipped to be making any kind of calls for Sam.

In fact, it’s way out of line for a doctor to try to push his own beliefs onto a patient or the patient’s spouse. And that’s what they were — Choi’s beliefs of what he would have wanted versus what was in Sam’s best interest.

Choi went to great lengths to stop Michelle, who he even called money-hungry, but even the board didn’t agree with him.

And neither did Crocket, who seems to be the only doctor in Gaffney who ever practices what he preaches and stays in his own damn lane.

Dr. Choi did do one thing right and that was saving the unknown patient after realizing that Sam is very much alive.

Sure, he was a little burnt by the Hawaiian sun, but not nearly as bad as the man they thought was him lying on the table getting the plug pulled.

Everyone’s reaction to seeing Sam was the equivalent of seeing a man get raised from the dead. Technically, he was, he just didn’t know it.

And yet, Dr. Choi still couldn’t let it go.

After Michelle left the hospital, he approached Sam to inform him that Michelle was going to remove him from life support and that proposed they wait until his daughter could be there to make a ruling.

Sam echoed the same exact thoughts Michelle did — he didn’t want to live like this and he never wanted his daughter to see him this wear or bear that responsibility — meaning that Michelle knew Sam better than anyone.

When Choi suggested that Michelle was a gold-digger, Sam pointed out that she’s the one with money in the relationship after inventing the formula for a widely popular protein shake. Cha-ching.

See what happens when we make unwarranted assumptions about a person based on our own personal bias.

Choi should spend more time worrying about his relationship and less about others.

Because last time I checked, he proposed to a woman who cheated on him with the very doctor he’s been clashing with and judging without really knowing.

Passing judgment is such an ugly look on Choi.

He apologized to Crockett in the end, but a friendship between Choi and Crockett is even more dangerous than them being frenemies.

Crocket promised to keep his and April’s kiss a secret, but will he be able to lie to a colleague for long?

The longer April keeps this from Choi, the worse it’s going to be for their relationship when he finds out because the fact that she’s hiding it means that it meant more than just an in the moment kiss.

April is trying to ease her guilt and smooth things over by marrying Choi and proposing IVF, but those are just attempts at covering up the truth.

Another employee at Gaffney had an eventful day and proved that she’s a terrible person who probably deserves everything that’s coming for her.

Gwen Garrett, the Chief Operating Officer, left her baby in the car when she went to work.

If it wasn’t for Natalie finding the baby (and knocking on the window as if an infant would somehow open the door and let her in), the child would have died.

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Then, things would have been even worse for her.

Sharon Goodwin took mercy on Gwen, despite their very obvious differences when it comes to patient care. She understood that Gwen’s going through a lot with her divorce and custody battle and knew that it was an honest mistake that Gwen deeply regretted.

It’s the kind of compassion that mothers should show each other in a time where judgment for actions isn’t necessary and won’t’ change anything.

And here I thought we were making some kind of progress with Gwen; that she was being humanized from the constant profit-turning machine that we’ve known her to be.

It’s easy to make calls to protect the hospital when you’re not on the receiving end, but now that Gwen was, it was obvious how much help and support she needed.

She also wanted Natalie and Sharon to keep the secret from her husband and lie about what happened, which isn’t only unethical but it’s just wrong.

Yes, telling the husband the truth would give him a lot of pull in the custody battle to paint Gwen as a bad mother, but owning up to her mistakes was the right thing to do.

Sharon thought that Gwen would understand that. Instead, Gwen tried to “return the favor” for Sharon’s silence by pushing through Halstead’s proposal for safe injection sites at Gaffney.

Eventually, Natalie came clean to the husband who did not have kind words for Gwen and in return, Gwen pulled the plug on the proposal that would help thousands of drug users with a safe space to wean off drugs.

It was an eye for an eye with her.

She never thanked Natalie for saving her son in the first place or the hospital for showing her so much sympathy when they could have dialed up DCFS.

Gwen proved that she’s a monster through-and-through who didn’t learn from her mistakes. She doesn’t care about other people, she only cares about what’s in it for her.

I hate to say it, but I don’t feel bad for her one bit. I do feel bad about the patients who will suffer at the hands of her wrath.

Speaking of Halstead’s safe injection site, it’s a cause near and dear to his heart following the death of his patient on Chicago Med Season 5 Episode 10 who died of addiction after being hooked on painkillers he prescribed her.

It’s great that Halstead is trying to right his wrongs and take responsibility, but with the proposal shut down, he has decided to open his clinic at an unsanctioned site, which Dr. Charles informs him is illegal and could cost him his medical license.

Halstead agrees seemingly admitting defeat, but if we believed that, we wouldn’t truly know Halstead.

Instead, he went to the site and struck up a deal with his partner to move forward with the injection site.

There’s trouble ahead for Halstead,  but what else is new?

Amidst all of that action, there was an IVF switch-up storyline that found a couple from the plane crash delivering a baby that wasn’t there’s.

The baby needed a lung transplant, but only one of the parents was a donor match, which brought up the revelation that they weren’t the biological parents.

The real parents were finally tracked down (and were pregnant with the other couple’s embryo) and one of them was also a match so the “mom” that carried baby agreed to donate to save the baby’s life.

Despite the trauma that they endured due to the switch-up, everyone bonded and they came out of the situation with new family members. Sometimes, there is a happy ending.

What did you think of Chicago Med?

Are you happy Sam is still alive?

What did you think of Dr. Choi? Should April tell him the truth?

Is Gwen the worst or is Gwen the worst?

And be sure to watch all episodes of Chicago Med season 5 right now!


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Colin Donnell Reveals If He Would Return to ‘Chicago Med’

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Is Colin Donnell interested in making his way back to Gaffney? Dr. Connor Rhodes exited the series three seasons ago, but he remains a fan-favorite to this day.

Is there a chance fans might see him again on Chicago Med? In a recent interview, Donnell explained that it’s always a possibility. 

“I loved my time on Chicago Med, and I loved Andy and Diane,” the actor told TVLine, adding, “I loved our crew so much, the cast was so wonderful, and I know they’ve had a lot of comings and goings since I’ve left myself. But yeah, why ever close a door?”

As for show runners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, they are also open to Rhodes’ return if Donnell would be interested, explaining, “I don’t think you can ever rule that out.”

They continued: “Colin was a guy we loved working with. He was a very strong member of the cast for a long time, and we would welcome to see him again.”

Okay, then it’s settled—at some point, Donnell needs to grace Gaffney with his presence, especially as the series has lost so many actors this year already with Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) on his way out in the upcoming December episode.


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Chicago Med Review – April and Choi’s Big Decision (808)

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Chicago Med Recap Season 8 Episode 8 Everyone’s Fighting a Battle You Know Nothing About

Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 8 is starting to prepare audiences for Ethan Choi’s exit from the series. 

At the kickstart of the episode, Gaffney’s finest received cream colored envelopes in their lockers, which, upon opening, revealed that a wedding is on the horizon! While it feels like April and Ethan just got back together, the truth is, when you know you know. 

Choi told Charles that the second time around, their relationship is much more solid, which is largely due to the fact that following his father’s death, Choi grew up and became the man that April always needed him to be. As he realized how short life is, he didn’t want to waste anymore time. And honestly, I think that’s beautiful and realistic. Most of the time, you get wiser with age and realize just how much time was spent on things that didn’t matter.

Choi and April always had a special connection that was unfortunately ruined by the show’s need for drama. The drama was necessary, but with their relationship continuing off-screen, they can finally ride off into marital bliss!

Of course, Choi needs to have a compelling reason for leaving behind his job, and I think he’s going to try to take on a very flawed and broken system. He was especially triggered by Buddy’s case, the homeless man who was brought in after someone from the neighborhood realized that he was in need of medical attention. Buddy was, sadly, a victim of Medicaid fraud as a recruiter took him to a hospital in Wisconsin to undergo a procedure that he didn’t need for kickbacks. And once it was done, she dropped him back off without a care in the world knowing damn well that he didn’t have the resources to go to any follow up appointments or to heal properly from the procedure. All the while, Buddy was also in advanced stage prostate cancer, which is one of the most curable and treatable cancers, and no one did a thing about it. He could’ve survived and lived for many years but he was brushed off and ignored. He was failed by so many people simply because he didn’t have the means to seek out help on his own or advocate for himself. I’m not surprised that Choi was so angered by the realization. And while I don’t know what Choi is going to do to bring about the much-needed change, I know that the first step is simply acknowledging that it’s necessary. If losing Choi is inevitable, I’m just glad it’s going to be a worthy send off that remains true to his character that’s become so beloved over these eight seasons.

There was a bit of a shakeup with Asher and Nellie Cuevas teaming up together to help Gloria, a young woman who walked into the ER looking to get some clarity on what happened to her at a warehouse party.  Gloria explained that she blacked out after a single drink and had no memory of the evening aside from waking up in a room alone and with her undergarments missing. The care that Asher and Nellie extended was truly remarkable as they both felt a personal connection to Nellie—Asher having lost a college roommate who was sexually assaulted and Nellie being an undocumented immigrant who knew the dangers and the realities of the failed system all too well.

Gloria was in good hands, even though this is a situation that no woman ever wants to experience. Upon confirming that there was evidence of sexual assault, Gloria decided against reporting it or doing anything about it, which proved Nellie’s suspicions that she was undocumented herself. 

When Asher wanted to encourage her to change her mind, Nellie shut down the conversation and reiterated the fears going through Gloria’s mind as an immigrant. And everything Nellie said was totally valid, however, there’s always more sides to a story or situation. When Chicago PD’s Hailey Upton came in with another sexual assault survivor who also blacked out at a warehouse party, Asher stood her ground in her efforts to convince Gloria as she knew just how important her case could be to finding the person who did this.

Asher revealed that her college roommate experienced a sexual assault that ended with her untimely death, and after seeing the firsthand effects of what that kind of trauma can do to a person that represses it and tries their very best to “forget it ever happened,” she couldn’t stand by and watch Gloria make those some mistakes.

Asher’s story helped Nellie see the situation in a different light, and while she remained cautious and respectful of Gloria’s undocumented status, she revealed that she was a DACA recipient to assure her that if she did decide to file a report, they would protect her as they knew what she was going through. The relatability was comforting to Gloria, who eventually spoke with Upton, another agent who was in no way going to put Gloria in harm’s way. As I said before, despite the truly devastating circumstance, Gloria was in good hands.

Halstead teamed up with a new intern, Justin Leiu (The Cleaning Lady fans will recognize him as Marco!), who honestly feels like he’s going to be a really great addition to the team. Justin was sharp and on his game, and even went along with Halstead’s plan to do a trans organ exchange to help out his patient, a 15-year-old girl in advanced liver stage from a rare condition. The truth is that Halstead will do just about anything to help his patients, but this time, he was determined to keep it above board. And with a little help from Crockett, they were able to provide a solution that helped two patients in one. Crockett realized that “quid pro quo” doesn’t always have to be a bad thing if it’s done for the greater good, which convinced him to attend the executive dinner with Goodwin and billionaire Jack. Crockett really got caught up in the optics of asking someone he previously helped out of the goodness of his heart (and because he took an oath) for money, however, a few million is just another drop in the bucket for Jack. And, as it turns out, he was already expecting the ask and was even willing to go way above what they wanted because he saw value in helping Med and investing in the doctors there. At the end of the day, it’s a charitable write off for Jack, which he surely knows, and it helps so many people in the process. 

Maggie got a little too caught up taking a ride through her past with Grant, which landed them both in the ED. While it was sweet of Grant to want to show off the high school ride that he restored with Maggie, the truth is, these two can’t just be friends. There’s history and chemistry there that only spells trouble. Ben wouldn’t even be happy with the idea of Maggie riding shotgun in the car with her ex boyfriend, so I’m not surprised that she hesitated to tell him about the car accident as it will cause more unnecessary problems in her marriage. Sharon encouraged Maggie to take time and think it through, and while I would typically say that she should trust in her connection to Ben, we all saw how he reacted the last time Grant came around. I don’t think he’ll be understanding in the slightest. 

The storyline with Grant really only made sense when Vanessa was still around, but now that she’s off living her best and most authentic life, the truth is, Grant and Maggie have no reason to exist in each other’s orbit anymore. It’s probably for the best that they don’t see each other again. 

And then there’s Neil, whose painful condition following his broken ribs is clearly going to pose a problem down the line. He’s been keeping his colleagues in the dark about what’s been going on, but it’s bound to get worse and eventually, it won’t be something that he can ignore. I feel like he was trying to tell Choi about it, but when he saw how impassioned his friend was about fixing the system, he just let his problems take a backseat. 

What did you think about the episode? Are you excited for Choi and April’s wedding? Do you like seeing different doctors in the ED pair up and work together?

The fall finale of Chicago Med will air on Dec. 7, so get ready and we’ll touch base then!


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Chicago Med Recap – The Clothes Make The Man…Or Do They? (807)

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Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 7 forced a lot of doctors to get really honest with themselves and confront their own personal traumas and biases. 

Crockett teamed up with Charles to help his former patient, Renee, who received a kidney transplant while he was still working with Pamela Blake. The kidney wasn’t the issue this time, however, as Renee’s behavior was causing alarm, especially after she tried to stab herself. The doctors determined that the immunosuppressants were causing her psychosis and tried to stabilize her with antipsychotics, which simply put her into a catatonic state. 

There was no easy or ideal solution as Renee needed the immunosuppressants to keep the kidney functioning, and yet her husband couldn’t fathom a world where she would basically be a shell of the person she was before. It wasn’t the second chance that they hoped for. He figured that if it were up to her, she would prioritize her mind above all, and asked the doctors to remove the kidney and give it to someone else on the donor list. While it seemed like a crazy ask, especially as she waited six years for the transplant, it was the only way that he could get his wife back. However, Crockett refused to perform the surgery mostly due to his fear that Renee’s husband was making the same mistake he did with Pamela. He made a call for Pamela that ruined her career—Crockett also just found out she had to go to back rehab and couldn’t present at a conference because of his decision—so he was terrified that the same was going to happen in this case. Charles recognized Crockett’s hesitation for what it was and had a little heart-to-heart with him that persuaded him to do the right thing, even if he didn’t agree with it. It was a risky decision, but when Renee finally woke up, she was fully supportive of her husband’s decision, informing them that it’s exactly what she would have done if she were in the right state of mind to make the call. It was a huge relief to hear, particularly for Crockett, but the truth is that he needs to forgive himself for what went down with Pamela. He thought he was doing the right thing and now knows that he was blinded by love. He can’t keep faulting himself for it.

There’s been an uptick in psych cases this season, making Charles a more prominent figure that’s involved in every storyline. Med has always prioritized psychology, but this season has doubled down on it, right along with pregnancy cases thanks to Dr. Hannah Asher.

Asher and Halstead’s patient was brought to the hospital in the back of her neighbor’s truck when she realized she was going into labor. While everything seemed fine going into the C-section, the moment the baby was born, Maya overdosed. It was a truly bizarre twist in the storyline as Maya didn’t present as someone who was on drugs at any point.

However, she did report that she was extremely itchy, which was also the case for both Halstead and Asher, though they just chalked it up to the hazmat suits they were forced to wear since the hospital was out of scrubs. Well, it turns out, they were all exposed to the drug carfentanil in Gus’ truck, which was causing an overdose. Hannah even found Will overdosing in the room and thankfully got to him with the Narcan in time. 

It was an unexpected twist, but also one that connected back to Will and Hannah’s first time meeting where he had to Narcan her in order to save her life. Dare I say it was kind of poetic… if they were into each other that way. And while there are definitely some feelings between the two of them, I’m not sure if Hannah will act on them. When Halstead asked her out on a date, she told him that she was going to go to a meeting just to be on the safe side, which was probably for the best, but it also seemed like her way of letting him down easy and letting the past stay in the past. Maybe she is just determined to stay just friends with the doctor. 

Archer’s son, Sean, was brought to the ER after an attack at the prison that left part of the shank still lodged in his neck. While Archer was obviously emotional about the situation, he didn’t let on so that no one knew that he was related to the patient except for Choi.

Naturally, Choi knew Archer couldn’t be the doctor on Sean’s case, and when they brought in the inmate who was behind the attack, he forced Archer to step aside as well knowing that he couldn’t remain neutral in the situation. Archer did, however, save the man’s life despite knowing what he did and that he may one day attack his son in the future. He felt like a terrible dad for many years and the shame of it was weighing heavily on him, even in the present as he kept his relationship with the patient a secret. 

When Sean finally woke up after surgery, Archer told everyone he was Sean’s father, and it was sweet to see him let go of the shame, forgive himself and simply be there for his boy in his time of need. 

I loved the personal connection on this case, I just wish we got a little more interaction with Archer and Sean.

Vanessa really is gone, and that means Maggie is picking up the pieces while trying to navigate the strain of Grant’s return on her marriage with Ben. If I’m being honest, Ben is being a little petty. I get that the situation is slightly awkward, but Maggie isn’t trying to stay in contact with Grant because she loves him—it’s all for Vanessa. It’s natural that he’s going to be around in some capacity, but there’s no reason for any hard feelings. And the truth is, Ben and Grant should have met much earlier and on different terms. Maggie should have handled it better from the beginning, but there’s no reason that they all can’t be adults and just take the situation for what it is.

The promo for the upcoming week reveals Maggie and Grant get into a car accident, and naturally, that’s going to make things worse between her and Ben while bringing the former lovers closer together. 

Woven throughout the whole episode was the fact that the hospital’s CFO Fred cares more about schmoozing and playing golf than making sure the doctors actually have the equipment and scrubs necessary to work in a clean and sterile environment. Goodwin tried her best to figure the situation out, even informing him that she would be pulling all elective surgeries until they got the scrubs, but it didn’t seem to work. Gaffney ended up getting an order of scrubs thanks to billionaire Jack, who has been around ever since Crockett’s miraculous save on the train, but as Goodwin pointed out, it’s not a sustainable long-term solution. I love when Goodwin goes head to head with the suits because she’s damn good at it and they deserve to be dragged a bit to light a fire and maybe get them to provide a solution for the supply shortages plaguing the hospital and forcing the doctors to be strategic and creative when it comes to patient care. 

What did you think of the episode?


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