It was an “up” day for Gaffney Medical, and eventually, for Will Halstead, too.
After Vasik settled its case, both Goodwin and Halstead were given a percentage of the settlement totaling $1.2 million each.
While Goodwin decided to be charitable and donate her money, Halstead couldn’t justify doing the same.
And honestly, good for him.
For years, Halstead has had money woes; he’s been racking up debt since graduating from med school. While he didn’t bring down Vasik in order for a payout, he did risk his career and his life, so he’s entitled to some form of compensation.
And let’s be honest — over a million dollars is a ton of cash. There’s enough to go around to charity, paying off loans, and securing a comfortable lifestyle for himself so that such an acclaimed doctor doesn’t have to live paycheck to paycheck.
I personally thought he was going to get the money and the girl as it definitely seemed like he was going to try to flirt it up with Grace, who broke off her engagement and decided to put herself first for the first time ever.
I support that decision just as much as I support Will taking the money for himself.
It was clear that her relationship with her fiancee wasn’t in her best interest. We only met the guy briefly, but he definitely seemed like someone who only listened to his mother. He was more concerned about Grace’s appearance at their upcoming wedding than whether or not she was going to make it out of surgery.
No one needs that kind of toxicity in their life.
As usual, Will overstepped by trying to convince Grace not to get the surgery. When Goodwin told him to stay out of it because it was Archer’s department, he should’ve listened.
The problem with Will is that he’s a one-step forward, two steps back kind of guy. Whenever he makes any progress, he always makes a misstep that sets him back. In this case, he should’ve let Archer handle his patient.
The moment Grace needed emergency surgery, Halstead knew he messed up. Archer might not be on my list of favorite doctors, but he’s in the role for a reason. His diagnosis and course of treatment had Grace’s best interest at heart.
Elsewhere, Charles’s path crossed with Lonnie again, and it’s always fun to see Charles nervous around his crush. He’s such an established psychiatrist, I don’t expect him to get rattled by anything. But here comes a woman that he likes, and Charles doesn’t know what his own name is.
I enjoyed his story of the week as it highlighted yet another symptom caused by the isolation brought on amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been easy for shows to move past this part of history, but it’s still a lingering issue in the real world. The mask mandates might be coming to an end, but there are plenty of unspoken after-effects of COVID that need to be talked about.
It took a real hit on our mental health, and those who were living alone suffered the most as they were forced to stay at home all alone without any contact with the real world.
Abby’s delusions that mites were burrowing under her skin was a manifestation of loneliness. However, I’m glad Charles was able to get to the bottom of it and treat her properly.
The other two cases were pretty intense in their own right.
Crockett’s storyline has been hitched to Pamela’s ever since they explored a romantic relationship.
She has been pretty set on keeping things platonic after finding out that he had a little rendezvous with her daughter, but Crockett is so charming, there’s no way she could’ve resisted him for long.
Though, admittedly, the whole setup with Dr. Morris was weird. Who was he? Was he Pamela’s ex?
Why was he filled with so much anger towards Crockett?
I know some doctors have an ego complex, and it’s possible Morris simply felt threatened by a younger, better-looking doctor, but it still didn’t warrant that kind of behavior.
I wish we got more of a backstory here and that it wasn’t just a plot device for Pamela to forgive Crockett and leap into his arms while treating his battle wound.
Also, someone probably should’ve reported Morris to HR for some anger management because he definitely seems like a loose cannon.
Not to mention that the man who “doesn’t make mistakes” clearly did. And Crockett had to fix it in order to save a patient’s life. It just really seems like incomplete writing here, and maybe that’s simply the burden of cramming too many storylines and an ensemble cast into an episode.
The series is determined to hone in on the fact that Dylan is a doctor who still bleeds blue, and thus, finds himself conflicted with his career choice.
Dylan finds a ton of drugs in her bag and wants to call the cops, but Maggie reminds him that legally, they aren’t allowed to do anything about it.
He becomes even more suspicious when a man claiming to be her cousin shows up at the ED and based on his neck tattoo, he identifies him as a member of the Serbian mafia. When he vanishes with the bag of drugs, Dylan can’t help himself and calls his sister, who is still a cop, to keep her eyes peeled.
When the call lands him a visit from a lieutenant in narcotics who wants to know if Dylan can release Milena back to the streets a bit earlier, it’s clear that she’s some kind of informant working to bring down the Serbs.
And that notion is reinforced when Milena shows up at Dylan’s apartment to get her chest valve changed.
She confirms that she was also a cop, and it’s clear that this meeting is only a precursor to a much bigger storyline that will allow Dylan to flex his cop muscles while still doing no harm in the ED.
What did you think of the episode? Which storyline intrigues you the most? As always, share all your thoughts in the comments below!
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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