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 Review – We All Know What They Say About Assumptions (812)
Chicago Med continues on with the humans versus AI debate—and it almost cost Dr. Archer his job.
While Crockett was hesitant about the 2.0 technology at first, he’s seen the AI machine in action a handful of times and knows that there are definitely some benefits to it. Obviously, he’s not gunning for the elimination of human doctors altogether, but he’s definitely advocating for doctors to familiarize themselves with the piece of machinery that can lend a hand and possibly boost outcomes for serious and potentially dangerous operations.
Crockett tried his best to get Archer on board on Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 12, and he eventually succeeded in getting him to put a little bit of faith in the AI, however, it quickly backfired when Archer became overwhelmed with the “backseat driver” and broke it.
And that was the last straw for Jack Dayton, who, upon finding out that Archer destroyed his very expensive piece of equipment, fired him. Dayton and Archer haven’t seen eye-to-eye, and with Archer’s vocal distaste over introducing machines, Dayton assumed Archer acted with malice.
Once Sharon Goodwin found out about Dayton’s decision, she gave him an ultimatum—if Archer goes, so does she. I was a little surprised by her desire to go to bat for Dean. I don’t necessarily think he’s worth losing a job over, but it also proves exactly why Goodwin is such a good boss—she’s there for her employees no matter what. She knows that it’s her job to protect them. Dayton knew Goodwin would be a huge loss to the hospital, so he agreed to give Archer his job back, but what happens the next time the Chief of ED decides not to play ball?
Dayton has big visions for the hospital, visions that are very modern and definitely instill a bit of fear into the staff. Everyone is so used to doing things their way—the way that they are comfortable with—so the idea of changing things up, even if it may be for the better, terrifies them. Change can be good, but it can also be scary. But what are without change? While I agree that the human approach is vital in a medical setting, there’s something to be said for finding ways to be more efficient.
A good example of that was Halstead’s partnership with Dr. Grace Song, who coded a system to help him narrow down Jason’s rare condition. Without her tech, Halstead would’ve never found the answer in time, thus not being able to save the young boy’s life. But with Song’s intel, they knew how to treat his condition—and it didn’t have to be deadly. It was a healthy partnership, even if Halstead was a bit skeptical at first.
My only hope is that the writers don’t make this romantic between Halstead and Song.
Maggie and Goodwin were witnesses to a hit-and-run, and if they weren’t on the scene, the two victims might not have made it out alive. Thankfully, they were able to render the necessary aid to hold the women over until they got to the hospital.
Maggie was personally moved by the incident as the women were in a fight right before the accident, proving to her just how fragile life is. She then visited Ben at work to apologize once again and inform him that she was going to fight for their relationship. Ben didn’t even seem phased by any of it, simply telling Maggie that she “lied to him.” I get it, Ben feels betrayed, but he could at least meet her halfway. It’s very clear that this is important to Maggie and she feels remorseful, so why can’t he even consider forgiving her? Many will say that emotional cheating is still cheating, but in this case, I think Maggie was just trying to be super careful about juggling all of these relationships, including finding a way to remain on good terms with Grant, the father of her daughter, who she reconnected with not too long ago. It was all new territory for Maggie, and while she should’ve been more honest and upfront with Grant, there was no blueprint for how to handle it all.
Dr. Asher dealt with a postpartum patient who ended up having an issue that required a hysterectomy. She was so livid after having to perform this avoidable procedure on a 26-year-old, that she barged into Dayton’s meeting demanding that he put his money to good use and sign the hospital up for a program that offers postpartum checks on mom and baby. And honestly, good for her. I don’t understand how this isn’t a normal thing in our country especially considering all the problems and issues that can arise post-delivery. Moms need support, and yet, their symptoms and experiences are often dismissed until it’s too late. It’s nice to see someone advocating for moms during the most fragile and vulnerable moments in their lives. And it seems that Dayton’s heart is definitely in the right place when it comes to the hospital even if he doesn’t know how best to roll things out or what to prioritize. Whenever a doctor yells at him with their concerns or requests, he’s responsive and helpful, which is a start.
As for the Dr. Charles storyline with Lilian, well, it was only a matter of time before their socioeconomic differences played into their relationship. She was right in questioning why Charles made it a point to tell his manager that Liliana is an opera singer—he wanted people to see her as more than just a cleaning lady. I don’t think he was embarrassed by her job, per se, but he wanted to lift her up, possibly to remind her of her worth, though it definitely backfired because Liliana seems pretty self-assured. She knows that her job doesn’t define her, which is such an important lesson for all of us to learn. It’s a reminder that even those who seem like they have it all figured out, like Dr. Charles, don’t actually. But it’s also bullshit that people were judging Dr. Charles for mingling with the cleaning staff as if they are less than. Let’s not feed into this because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the image!
What did you think of the episode? The series will return on Feb. 8 after a two-week hiatus!
Chicago Med Review – It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t (8×11)
Systems have been put in place to help society function, but we’d be naive not to acknowledge the many times that the system fails people.
Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 11 dug into those failures, not just for Black men in the city of Chicago but for anyone with a prior rap sheet or addiction.
AI has been a constant on the series for several episodes after Jack Dayton introduced the OR 2.0. There’s no denying that AI is the future as the world embraces digital more each and every day. But while AI has plenty of perks, as we saw with the surgery on Aaron, Crockett and Halstead’s patient, it can also cause harm, as evidenced by Asher’s experience.
It begs the question—where do we draw the line? At one point does it replace human connection? And what does that mean for all of us?
Asher took in a patient who was experiencing terrible pain that she attributed to endometriosis. Though the doctor ruled it out pretty early on, she wasn’t convinced that Jodie was telling the truth simply because an AI-based software flagged her as a pill seeker. As Asher later pointed out when she raised the issue to upper management, the program “sows weeds of distrust” as it makes it harder to tell if the patient in front of you actually needs help.
Asher trusted her gut, which is why she pursued Jodie’s case further rather than dismissing her, but there’s plenty of doctors who will look the other way instead when the reality is that the program is seriously flawed and doesn’t take into account the specifics of each case. In Jodie’s situation, she ended up having a tumor that was causing her discomfort. As for the pills that were flagged, they were scrips written for her dog by a vet. I’d understand if the program could analyze the circumstances, but if the program is confusing drugs for a dog with drugs for a human, well, I have to agree that it’s a serious concern that needs to be addressed. There has to be a better system.
The drug epidemic is dangerous and serious, but patient care shouldn’t fall by the wayside. And a recovering addict like Asher shouldn’t be branded a red flag for life after doing all the work to get better and back on track. The stigma shouldn’t follow her around.
While it’s entirely understandable that many doctors, particularly the older ones, would be weary of the AI, there’s a lot of benefits, particularly if you don’t rely solely on the information pumped out by a robot. Crockett’s case was a perfect example as 2.0 allowed him to perform a complex surgery that also lent itself to some social justice.
The system in this case was law enforcement who already made up their minds about Aaron simply because he matched some vague description of the offender. It was so nice to see all of the doctor’s rally around Aaron to find a solution that would get him the care he needed without breaking his trust and turning him over to the cops. Aaron had a bullet lodged near his pancreas, which he explained was a rogue bullet when he got shot during a grocery store robbery in a “wrong place at the wrong time situation.” The bullet was threatening his life, however, he refused to get it removed as he knew the bullet in the hands of the police would seal his fate. They wouldn’t try to find the right offender—they would just pin it on him.
Seeing Maggie and Will team up once again took me back to the old days, and throwing Chicago PD’s Kevin Atwater into the mix was just the cherry on top. It wasn’t a full blown crossover, but the mini-appearance was a reminder that these shows exist in the same world and they can rely on each other for assistance at times.
Atwater is not one to let down his own people, so he made it clear that surrendering the bullet was not an option for Aaron. Even the way the detectives obtained his blood—though legal—seemed shady, proving that they were convinced that they had their guy and likely wouldn’t listen to reason. And thus, Crockett, with the help of 2.0, worked his magic to go around the bullet and keep Aaron safe and sound.
After working closely with Halstead, Maggie told him about her separation from Ben. It’s heartbreaking to see her go through this, but honestly, Ben needs to man up and talk to his wife about what happened. She shouldn’t be left wondering whether she’s about to lose it all.
Archer’s son was released from prison early on good behavior, making for one sweet family reunion. And when he promised his dad that he was going to do things right this time, it was something the doctor has been waiting to hear for a while. I’ll be honest, I was concerned that he wasn’t going to survive the night and that Archer would get the call right before he was going to go pick up his son, but I’m glad that wasn’t the case. It’ll be interesting to see him navigate this new dynamic considering the duo weren’t on speaking terms for quite some time. And we all know Archer has a lot of opinions.
Justin and Dr. Charles teamed up to help Omar, one of Justin’s rock climbing buddies who took a nasty fall and broke both of his ankles. The injuries were the least of his problems as his short-term memory began to flicker in and out, revealing that there was something more dangerous at play. A few tests later and they were able to sort it all out, curing Omar’s lengthy and painful headaches while stopping a brain bleed that likely would’ve ended in disaster. It’s almost strange to say that Omar’s fall was a blessing in disguise.
The fight between “man and machine” is set to continue into next week’s episode.
What did you think of “It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t”? Do you think the doctor’s are doing the right thing by calling out the dangers of AI?
When Is ‘Chicago Med’ Season 8 Coming Back?
Chicago Med Season 8 has been on hiatus for much of December after airing its midseason finale episode on Dec. 7, 2022.
The episode, titled “This Could Be the Start of Something New,” marked Dr. Ethan Choi’s (Brian Tee) last episode after eight seasons with the NBC medical drama. Choi married longtime love nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) in the episode and together, they rode off into the sunset to start a mobile health clinic in Chicago.
The rest of the employees at Gaffney medical found out that Jack Dayton (Sasha Roiz), the billionaire whose life Crockett (Dom Rains) saved earlier in the season during a train derailment, purchased a controlling investment in the Gaffney Medical Group. It’s unclear how much control he’ll be able to exert, but no one seemed pleased by the turn of events.
So, when do new episodes pick back up? Soon!
Chicago Med, and the other Chicago shows in the #OneChicago franchise, including Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, will return on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
You can kick off the new year with all of your favorites!
The episode, Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 10, will be titled “A Little Change Might Do You Some Good.”
Here’s the full synopsis and teaser:
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