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.
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!
The First ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Crossover of 2020 Is Coming – Watch the Promo
Fans of Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire will have to wait an additional week for new episodes.
The One Chicago universe is taking a break this Wednesday (February 19) as it gears up for the first crossover of 2020.
The two-part crossover excludes Chicago Med, though the series will kick off the hour with an intense episode of its own, and instead, finds PD and Fire teaming up to respond to a national epidemic.
It even brings back a beloved PD character, although, it’s not in a way that you’d expect and might not be all that great for Roman (guest star Brian Geraghty).
Here’s what to expect from the crossover airing Wednesday, February 26!
Chicago Med Review – Halstead Proves He’s Incapable of Making a Good Decision to Save His Life (5×14)
Is Will Halstead capable of making good decisions?
One of the qualifications of being a doctor is making medically sound decisions on behalf of your patients, and despite Halstead’s best attempts, you have to question where his head’s at during that conversation with Dr. Asher.
Will started off on the right foot by clearing the air with Asher, encouraging her to “get clean,” and even suggesting he would meet her for a Narcotic’s Annonymous meeting in the morning.
My fear was that Asher would leave the clinic and try to score somewhere else, which didn’t happen, but she ditched the meeting and gave Will a mouthy response about stalking her. The mood swings are understandable, so we will forgive her.
Eventually, Will surmised that he cannot stand by and watch Asher take patients while suffering from addiction so he terminated his position at the safe injection site mainly to protect them from her retaliation and arranged a meeting with her.
So far, so good.
Here’s where things hit a bit of a snag when it came to Will’s decision making.
For starters, he offered to meet Asher at a bar. Who brings an addict to a bar? Really, Will?
He then proceeded to tell Asher his plan — you turn yourself in or I will — and let her know that he’s not with the clinic anymore (though, she said she would never actually report him).
Asher lied to Will before after promising that she’d meet him at a meeting, so what makes Will so confident she will hold up her end of the deal here and turn herself in the next morning? And even so, telling the truth doesn’t cure someone’s addiction — it’s a long road.
From here it just gets progressively worse. Asher seems to be trying to manipulate him by preying on his feelings and acting touched that he cares.
“I care,” Will flirtingly tells her. Hands touch, fingers collide, and she invites him back to her place to which Halstead smiles and nods. Lord…
In some ways, Asher is kind of a patient now that he’s agreeing to help. Halstead exhibited questionable judgment when he decided to get involved with someone in a fragile mental state and someone on the verge of losing her license because he’s pushing her into a corner.
There are a few outcomes here including Asher getting emotionally attached, Asher dragging him down with him, or Asher killing him. She seems nice, sure, but she could kill him to protect her secret. It may be extreme, but we’ve seen crazier things on this show.
So, I beg you, Halstead, do not accept that invitation. It’s incredibly reckless to start a relationship with someone you barely know, who has a drug problem and doesn’t seem to want to get help on her own. She also threatened his career.
It’s noble of him to want to help someone get clean, but that’s where he needs to draw the line. It sounds like a bad movie, and Halstead needs to know that you cannot change a person that doesn’t want to be changed.
April and Ethan dealt with a newlywed couple whose honeymoon phase even got them turned on in the ED.
It’s unclear why anyone would want to get it on in a place filled with bacteria, but more power to them.
Their love story took a wrong turn when it was revealed that the woman’s rash was being caused by an allergic reaction to her husband’s sperm. I didn’t know that was possible, but you learn something new every day.
The couple’s attractiveness towards each other made April realize that she and Ethan haven’t been spontaneously intimate at all through this IVF phase, and despite his best efforts, April’s guilt serving as a bit of a block.
April’s not over Crockett as evidenced in the elevator. She so badly wants to be over him, but she tenses up every time she’s near him because that sexual energy is too much to handle. I keep saying it, but I’ll say it again, April needs to be honest with herself, come clean about her feelings, and tell Ethan the truth. Stop torturing yourself, girl.
Crockett is quickly becoming my favorite character on the series next to Dr. Curry!
There is this airiness and easiness about him that’s almost foreign in the ED. He has never once wavered on his beliefs and has always suggested that the next of kin make the decision about a patient’s health.
He doesn’t let his personal beliefs or his wants and needs as a human or surgeon cloud his judgment. He looks at facts and makes morally sound decisions, and when things don’t’ go his way, he usually doesn’t have to make some lengthy argument about why they should have. He accepts what’s happening and then makes a simple, subtle comment that puts into perspective why his decision was his decision.
That happened when he went head-to-head with Natalie about whether or not to let Kim, a car crash victim, make a medical decision about her husband.
Natalie noticed Kim was a victim of abuse and didn’t want her to make a decision she would regret, but Crockett argued that despite what happened in their private life, she was still the next of kin and those rights belonged to her.
The most frustrating part about Natalie’s argument is that she had no confirmation Kim was an abuse victim. She had bruises that aligned with the symptoms of abuse, but nothing else to go off of. What if Kim was being abused by a lover?
Eventually, the Ethics Committee voted that Kim should be stripped of decision rights and that her husband should get his leg amputated.
Kim was already a mess when she came into the hospital but she really lost it after that as she basically melted down about what her husband would do to her if he woke up without a leg and it was all her fault.
Natalie offered to “help,” but Kim pulled the plug and murdered her husband when no one was around.
As Crockett put it: an abuse victim went to jail and that didn’t seem like the right outcome.
I’d have to agree. There’s what you should do based on the book and there’s what you should do based on the case.
Kim was making a decision for her safety, and when that was taken from her, she went to the extremes. When people are left without a choice, they’re willing to go far.
And I can’t fault her for what she did. No one understands the level of personal hell and fear you live in each day. For all we know, she crashed the car on purpose.
If Natalie had just left it alone, Kim would have been free from her demons.
Natalie has always had an ego complex that reared its ugly head mainly when she was with arguing with Will over who was right. With Crockett, she gets put in her place because she understands that her outcome may not have been the right one.
Curry is my second favorite because she’s gone from this book-heavy intern to someone who trusts her own medical judgment and is learning to speak up for herself.
She still makes plenty of missteps since she’s learning, but she’s a fun character to bring into Dr. Charles’ realm because she keeps him on his toes.
The case, in particular, was unlike anything we’ve ever seen since the young boy was suffering from a rare condition.
If not for Curry’s inquisitiveness, the boy’s parents would have never known he was misdiagnosed. They would go on thinking he was in a vegetative state when in reality he was suffering from catatonia, which put his body into a state of shock caused by the paralyzing fear of his father’s job.
It was a heartbreaking situation as the father wanted so badly to be with his son but knew he had to separate himself to give him his best chance, but at least they were on a path of healing.
That’s all anyone can really ask for after leaving a hospital.
What did you think of Chicago Med? Is Halstead making a mistake if he goes to Asher’s place and hooks up with her?
Are Natalie and Crockett going to become an item? Will we ever learn about his past?
Will April come clean to Ethan?
Chicago Med Review – Today Sucked (5×13)
Ethan couldn’t contain his excitement to become a father on Chicago Med Season 5 Episode 13, but his patients grounded him and showed him that parenting often comes with situations you could never imagine.
He and April got front-row seats to a devastating case that involved a parent choking out his 11-year-old son to quell his dark side and protect his 6-year-old.
Initially, it seemed like a classic case of child abuse, but Dr. Charles quickly picked up on something more sinister.
The fear that Jamie could one day kill his younger brother was valid — he’d already broken his jaw — but it also continues a problematic narrative surrounding adoptive children.
We’re all familiar with horror movies like The Orphan that paint adoptive children as deranged psycho killers with a vendetta, and while this wasn’t that extreme, it did sort of make me uneasy as to the message that was being communicated.
Maybe if Jamie hadn’t been an adopted child the narrative would have been cleaner and more punchy?
The parents were forced to make an unfathomable decision to give up parental rights over their child in an effort to give him a better life.
Chicago Med loves to give teachable moments as they pertain to the flawed healthcare system, and this was one of those moments.
A child was a danger not only to himself but to his family and the only place that could help him was a facility that wasn’t covered by any insurance and thus, the parents were left with no good outcome and Jamie was pushed into foster care simply to get the proper treatment.
It’s a situation that should never happen and yet, the fact that it’s a storyline means that it has happened before.
The whole scene with Jamie’s parents leaving him behind and Jamie realizing he’s being turned over because of the behavior he’s been struggling to control was heartbreaking.
These are the storylines that make me wish Chicago Med followed up so that we could see Jamie’s progress and if his parents kept their promise to remain a part of his recovery.
Nat and Crockett both dealt with rare cases and that commonality might be bringing them together sooner rather than later.
The series wouldn’t throw in a scene about Nat’s dating life and Crockett’s interjections if they weren’t trying to steer the ship in that direction.
Crockett has grown on me, and I can see him and Nat working in a way that she and Will never could. Plus, it could finally be the segway that allows us to learn more about Crockett’s personal life and past.
However, it will also be weird considering there’s still some tension between Crockett and April. Until she comes clean, she’ll carry that guilt forever.
Will’s illegal extracurriculars are on the verge of getting exposed after we learned that the addict patient whom he helped in the previous episode was a gynecologist at Med.
Will was just as shocked as we were and he didn’t take lightly to the realization that someone that was shooting up heroin just a few days ago was going to perform an intricate operation on his patient.
And here, for the first time ever, I have to side with Dr. Halstead.
My husband and I kind of got into a heated discussion here because he thought Halstead should mind his own business and let it go.
But let’s be honest, would you want someone who may or may not be using treating you or your family member?
I believe in second chances, but Dr. Asher never kicked her addiction to the curb, she was simply having a better day.
She might not have been using at the very moment, but that didn’t mean she wouldn’t use tomorrow or the next day and come into work confident that she can still help patients.
It’s incredibly unethical and what’s worse is that she threatened to expose Halstead’s clinic if he exposed her.
That kind of manipulative behavior doesn’t indicate that she’s someone who is taking her recovery seriously.
Halstead is risking his career, but he’s doing it out of the kindness of his own heart and because he thinks it’s the right thing to do after the board shut down his proposal of a legal on-site clinic.
Instead of people making decisions with a patient’s best interest in mind, decisions are being based on money, so self-less doctors are forced to step in.
Asher took advantage of the clinic, and yet, she’s too eager to shut it down to save herself meaning she wouldn’t even bat an eyelash at the fact that so many people wouldn’t have access to lifesaving treatment.
No doctor would make that call even if it was to protect themselves.
Something detrimental will happen as a result of Asher’s drug use, and Will will be left feeling guilty for knowing and not saying anything.
In the words of every nurse, resident, and doctor at Gaffney on this week’s episode, “today sucked.”
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