Chicago Med delivered its final powerful episode of 2020.
That’s right, the Dick Wolf series is following in the footsteps of This Is Us and returning in the new year on January 6, 2021.
“Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight” once again tackled COVID without overwhelming viewers. Now, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t want to see the pandemic playing out on your TV screen, you’re going to have to bite the bullet because the series doesn’t seem like it’s letting up on COVID-related storylines just yet.
However, to make up for it, it’s also offering other cases and escalating tensions between characters, so there’s still something to look forward to.
April remained in the COVID unit, and though her heart is in this fight, she’s learning that it’s a losing battle.
She did her best to care for Yesenia, a minor, but she didn’t manage to reunite her with her mother even after getting permission from Choi.
Not long after Yesenia went into respiratory failure, Alejandra was brought in after testing positive for COVID. It’s unclear if both these women, who only had each other, will lose their battles with the novel virus or if we’ll see them again, but it’s a situation that April is seeing all too often.
People come into the hospital hoping that they’ll be healed, but they reach a point where there’s nothing else doctors and nurses can do for them.
“It’s never enough,” a defeated April told Choi, which seems to be a sentiment shared by all of those working on COVID’s frontlines currently as cases surge.
Ethan Choi leveled up as he accepted the position of Chief of ED following Lanik’s departure (can’t say that he’ll be missed).
This obviously didn’t sit well with Will Halstead, who was misguided in his thinking that he somehow deserved this because he’d been at Med longer than Choi.
It’s important to note that being at a job longer doesn’t automatically make you more qualified. Choi and Halstead are very different people and approach medicine in a very different way.
It didn’t even seem like Will wanted the position until Maggie and the other nurses began gassing him up, which should tell you everything. Having just gotten out of a relationship and trying to find his footing, Will was the least likely to be considered for the role.
It’s almost as if the nurses wanted Will to get jealous that he wasn’t promoted so that he’d start a fight with Ethan.
The duo butted heads over the treatment of Will’s patient, and when Ethan was wrong in his diagnosis, Will figured this was the perfect time to confront Sharon Goodwin about not being chosen for the role.
It’s never been more satisfying to see someone put Will in his place.
Will, the hot-headed and impulsive doctor, somehow thought that he deserved to be the one getting promoted to a position where he’d be responsible for calling the shots. Oh, sweet Will.
Goodwin didn’t mince words when she made it clear that he was never even considered because of how reckless he is.
However, Choi wasn’t a great fit either.
He’s been just as impulsive as Will, he’s unreasonable, opinionated, and wants to exert his beliefs and code on others, which we’ve seen in previous seasons.
They’re both equally as unqualified. Goodwin should have gone with someone outside of the ED for this one.
It was expected that they’d get into it over their patient’s course of treatment, but now, with Choi as his boss, Will can’t really stand his ground. The truth is, they both have negative qualities and ones that make them great at their jobs, so hopefully, moving forward, they learn to listen to each other and work together.
Ideally, Halstead’s skills could be better used in a different role. Perhaps he’ll find his calling (and love) by helping Dr. Virani with the clinical trial?
April attempted to use her former relationship and closeness with Choi to get her way several times during the episode. The writers either need to let this go or get them back together, but I don’t want to see April getting preferential treatment because she previously dated Choi.
Choi was right when he rejected bringing in the mother to say goodbye to her dying daughter. With COVID, you can never be too careful.
The protocol made sense in Choi’s situation, but it wasn’t as black-and-white with Natalie’s pregnant patient from Cook County Jail.
Things took an ugly turn when Natalie witnessed first hand how differently she was treated for committing the same crime a Black woman did.
Both Aisha and Natalie pushed an officer — Aisha said she did it to protect her cousin, while Natalie did it to protect Aisha when the cop wanted to take her baby.
Natalie got off with a slap on the wrist, but Aisha faced an uphill battle of going back to jail and being separated from her child all because her hearing kept getting postponed due to COVID delays.
It showed just how flawed the system is and how it doesn’t prioritize the health and wellbeing of inmates. Aisha was a victim, but her daughter was the one who would suffer the most as a result.
It was nice to see Natalie, Goodwin, and the OBGYN try their best to help Aisha, but sadly, even their hands were tied here.
Dr. Charles’ ex-wife was brought to Med after she threw up a significant amount of blood, but the storyline was pretty weak aside from the revelation that she was planning on moving her and Anna to Arizona.
My guess is that Anna has bonded so significantly with her father that she’s going to want to stick around. Otherwise, Dr. Charles will be forced to say goodbye to another daughter, and who knows if he can handle that!
And then there’s Dr. Marcel who refuses to get help and masks his problems and depression with wit and charm. I hope Dr. Charles doesn’t give up trying to get through to him because Marcel could use someone to help him work through all the grief that he’s bottled up inside.
What did you think of the episode?
We’ll see you in 2020, Chihards!
Chicago Med Review – The Things We Thought We Left Behind (7×11)
Sharon Goodwin is making a lot of enemies on Chicago Med after blowing the whistle on the VAS-COM.
It always surprises me when hospitals prioritize optics over the wellbeing of patients. I know that hospitals are a business at the end of the day, but anyone with half a brain would advise against doing a risky surgery on another patient to save the life of an alcoholic. After all, isn’t that why the rules are put in place?
Wouldn’t the hospital get blowback for trying to find a way around the rules?
And just think about how bad the PR would be if the patient died during the surgery. He might be hailed a hero, but the hospital would be bashed for negligence.
This “compliance officer” the board has brought on doesn’t seem like a good idea in the long run.
And he likely should be reminded that not all press is good press.
This isn’t the first time Goodwin has butted heads with Shensu, nor is it the last, but I do hope she eventually has the last word.
Goodwin is always at the ready to whip out a boss babe move.
Her priority has always been the patients, and she entrusts her team of skilled and qualified doctors; she’ll do anything to protect them.
When she realized that her staff was finding themselves in quite a bind because of the lawsuit, she stepped in to sacrifice herself instead.
Goodwin doesn’t need her team bogged down with paperwork that affects their decision-making skills when it comes to patients.
Halstead performed nothing short of a miracle in the field — and on his day off — when he extracted the silicone from Alexandra, another patient that was facing complications from an illegal surgery using supplies purchased off of the black market.
Halstead was even adamant about rushing her to the hospital because he was so scared of hurting the patient, but Hammer insisted that there wasn’t enough time.
He did everything by the book, and yet, he was being questioned about it rather than praised.
You want good morale when it comes to hospital staff, and doubting them isn’t the way to get there.
The frustrations poured over from Halstead to Crockett and Pamela, who found themselves disagreeing with Shensu’s PR-first approach.
Elsewhere, Dr. Scott was dealing with a case that connected to his past, which, understandably, complicated things.
He brought his ex-girlfriend’s son, Darius, who had a broken arm, but her husband, and Scott’s former best friend, was against any kind of surgery.
When he eventually agreed, Asher found a tumor. Scott wanted to extend a courtesy to the parents and get their consent for the removal, but Terrell used their history to justify his decision to request a new doctor.
Scott’s persistence eventually convinced Terrell to do what was best for his son, and even after giving Darius the best medical treatment and a fighting chance, Terrell wasn’t able to muster up a “thank you. Instead, he offered up a “stay away from my family.”
It was one of those cases that attempts to lean into the character’s past, but since we don’t actually get to follow the patient’s journey, it fell slightly flat.
Still, Scott’s one of the best additions to the series.
Hammer isn’t so bad herself, though, I’m really hoping that the writers allow her and Halstead to remain platonic.
Halstead does not have to date every single opposite-sex co-worker he comes across.
Hammer and Halstead have such a great friendship, it would be a shame to ruin it.
I also have to give kudos to Halstead for acknowledging some red flags when Hammer mentioned her divorce and avoiding the mess for once.
He could’ve easily brushed off the divorce papers and went bowling with her, but instead, he called it a night.
It’s rare that Halstead makes the right choice, but when it happens, it’s wonderful.
As for Dr. Charles, he had a tough case with a Russian doctor practicing illegally in the states because he was forced to leave his country.
It was hard to feel any remorse for the doctor because he was so adamant that he did nothing wrong when two young women almost died because of his negligence.
If he really wanted to continue practicing, he would find a way to get his license in America, but he took the easier route instead, and it cost him gravely.
There was nothing else Dr. Charles could do but report him.
What did you think of the episode?
Chicago Med Midseason Finale Review – Secret Santa Has a Gift for You (7×09)
Will Halstead and Sharon Goodwin blew the door on their VASCOM investigation wide open on the Chicago Med Season 7 midseason finale.
The storyline has been building all season long, and Will finally got the smoking gun when Jess invited him out for a little holiday date night before offering him the same deal that the company previously gave Matt Cooper.
She thought Will could be trusted to spearhead the whole fraudulent operation because of his financial woes, but little did she know that Will is a man of integrity that refused to sell out in exchange for some kickbacks!
You go, Will!
Honestly, it’s impressive how that man continues to make enemies in the ED.
Upon finding out, the board decided to fire Matt and sweep it under the rug because, you know, optics. When Will fought back, Sharon advised him to let it go and get back to doing his job as a doctor.
It was strange because she was the one that roped him into this whole mess in the first place, so she likely wouldn’t have been this spooked by the board.
But in a surprising twist, Sharon ignored the board’s advice and tipped off the FBI instead.
It was the only course of action that made sense despite the blowback that’s inevitably coming their way.
Sharon couldn’t just look the other way on such behavior even if it did attract bad press and retaliation from all those whose pockets just got hit.
If you play dirty games, you need to be prepared to pay the price.
It was also hard to believe that Will listened to her advice and sat this one out since he’s always so determined to break the rules and throw himself under the bus.
Will Sharon get fired for doing the right thing? Her job is to keep the hospital’s best interests at heart, and I think she’s doing just that by bringing attention to the fraud. Just imagine how bad it would have been if the truth got out and people found out that she knew and never reported it. Med would lose all credibility.
Speaking of honesty, Vanessa finally came clean about the fact that Maggie is her biological mom. It was a strange admission to make during a Christmas party for the hospital’s children, but at least this big lie is no longer weighing on her chest.
Maggie was the most thrilled because it means she’s finally making progress with Vanessa.
Since her arrival at Med, the two have been through a lot. Vanessa realized that Maggie is a good person that will help her regardless of the consequences. She didn’t want to ruin their relationship by being forced to constantly lie.
Dr. Charles made great strides with Dean when it came to mental health.
Dean’s attitude towards psychology and psychiatry has been deeply unsettling this season, but it seems to be a classic case of fearing what you don’t understand.
Dean saw mental illness as a weakness, which is why he has struggled to accept his own flaws and PTSD, however, Dr. Charles found a way to show him that it’s actually a strength to have the courage to lead a normal life while suffering internally.
His patients are all very brave to tackle their responsibilities when it would be just as easy, if not easier, to just give in.
More importantly, those who are suffering need someone in their corner. Imagine if they were just pushed upstairs to the mental health ward every single time instead of having someone who advocated for them and wanted to find them the right medication to help get them back on track.
Quite frankly, Dr. Charles is one of the most important people in the ED.
Hopefully, his breakthrough with Dean means that he’ll be a better boss and colleague all around. In other words, he needs to get that stick out of his behind.
Dr. Marcel’s personal life is meshing with his professional life, and it’s not going to end well for him.
Especially because he seems to be romancing a mom and her daughter at the same time.
While the handsome doc seems to be interested in Avery, he locked lips with her mom, and his boss, Dr. Pamela, first.
I guess we’ll blame it on the champagne and mistletoe? Yes, let’s do that.
Pamela said she wanted to keep things “casual,” but I feel like she’ll be singing a different tune when she finds out he is also flirting it up with her daughter.
Who are you rooting for? Pam or Avery?
Romance aside, Pam and Dr. Marcel made a good team as they advocated for Ruben, a man clinging onto his last shred of hope and in dire need of a kidney transplant.
Though things may have seemed bleak for Ruben, he survived the operation thanks to his talented team of doctors.
Meanwhile, Stevie and Vanessa helped a woman who was very ill because of a tick bite from an infected rat. The woman wasn’t homeless, but she was spending a lot of time in a storage unit after losing her job and not wanting to admit it to her husband.
The storyline is a clear example of what it means to put too much stock into your career. We are so much more than our jobs, yet we continue to define ourselves and our success by the positions we hold in the corporate world too eager to chew us up and spit us out.
She was so embarrassed to admit that her company let her go because she thought she was less of a person without her job title.
It’s such a ridiculous and dangerous reality.
What did you think of the episode? Are you glad the VASCOM storyline finally made it front and center?
Was this a worthy midseason finale for Chicago Med?
New episodes will return in early 2022, so we’ll see you soon, Cravers!
Chicago Med Review – Just as A Snake Sheds Its Skin (7×08)
Another wild day at Gaffney Medical!
Ethan’s return to Chicago Med was short-lived. Upon returning to work, he re-injured himself, which caused him another few months of healing.
His dedication to the job, and his patients, has always been admirable, but Ethan should’ve heeded Marcel’s advice and let this one go.
He managed to help the patient avoid surgery, but he hurt himself in the process.
However, Marcel was right — if Ethan wasn’t open to seeing the danger of throwing himself back into the gig before he was ready, the responsibility laid squarely on the Chief of the ED’s shoulders.
In this case, that would be Dr. Archer, who encouraged Ethan the whole time instead of advising him to take it easy.
Marcel vouched for Ethan over and over again, so it almost feels like Archer purposefully sabotaged Ethan so he could remain large and in charge.
And the whole excuse that navy men are built touch simply wasn’t cutting it.
Archer cannot be trusted — end of story.
Marcel has been catching some heat left and right this season. but his talents are finally getting recognized.
He found himself in between a rock and a hard place between Dr. Blake and her daughter.
On one hand, he really wants to excel in his career, but on the other hand, he also wants to pursue this promising new relationship.
Unfortunately, that means he must choose between a mother or her daugther.
I love that Marcel advocated for himself when he was scolded for not jumping at any opportunity that was offered to him in transplant surgery.
It’s been made clear that the hours and dedication from those in the medical field are almost unbearable, so a day off should be warranted.
If Marcel wasn’t on call then he had every right to step out for a drink. And it was wise of him not to operate while under the influence.
On the other hand, the phrase “the early bird gets the worm” rears its ugly head. If he wants to become the best of the best, he has to make a few sacrifices along the way, including that Mezcal at the bar.
Also, how nice was it to see everyone hanging out at Molly’s again? It’s been awhile.
Sharon Goodwin hit pause on the VAS-Com investigation due to her stress, but you know Will isn’t one to follow rules and just “give up.”
You know he’s going to use that poor medical rep in some way.
However, he was really helpful with Stevie’s search for her mother.
Thankfully, she turned up on her own and didn’t start using again after their big fight.
Seeing a young girl in the drug house trying to be there for her parents was a huge wake-up call for Stevie that she finally needed to let go and allow her mother to make her own choices even if she didn’t agree with them.
She couldn’t be the one worrying and protecting anymore while her mother acted out.
The most compelling storyline, however, including Dylan, his uncle Joe, and Dr. Charles.
Dylan and Dr. Charles have grown quite close. They’ve partnered up in several episodes and have great chemistry.
So, it was upsetting to see that friendship take a hit after Dr. Charles spoke with Joe and informed the force that he thought he was a threat.
Dylan was upset with Charles for ruining a good man’s life, but Charles had a moral obligation to call it like he saw it.
And frankly, Joe was kind of giving off red flags even before he stormed Charles’ office with a box cutter.
He was definitely paranoid, he thought his Srgt. was out to get him, he was stalking him, he was close to making some serious threats, and that was all on top of his previous riffs with rookies and bar-goers.
Joe needed a serious wake up call.
Dr. Charles’s intentions are always pure — he always has the patients best interests at heart even if he has to do something that’s uncomfortable.
Thankfully, Dylan was able to acknowledge that and offered up an apology.
Hopefully, we see more of their team-ups in the future.
As for Maggie and Vanessa, well, they might be in a world of trouble.
When the hospital conducted a random drug test, Vanessa tried her best to get out of it considering she had been taking Adderall.
Eventually, her nerves got the best of her and she had a panic attack that she was about to lose everything.
Maggie couldn’t stand by idly, so she helped her daughter rig the exam by diluting her sample, which is obviously a huge no-no.
Here’s the thing — I don’t think it’s fair for Vanessa to have her whole career derailed because of Adderall, but I definitely think she needs to do more than just promise Maggie she won’t take it again.
Maggie stuck her neck out for her, so the least she could do is schedule a consult with Dr. Charles.
Imagine if someone found out that not only are they related, but that Maggie helped her cheat the test.
Sharon Goodwin would never hear the end of it from the board!
Then again, everyone seems to be covering up the fact that Cooper’s heart attack was caused by cocaine. In comparison, Adderrall isn’t that big of a deal.
Though, I really hope that Vanessa doesn’t betray Maggie’s trust. Maggie will do anything for that girl because she loves her and wants to make amends for giving her up, but she has to draw a line at some point.
What did you think of the episode?
Was Choi careless? Should Archer be investigated? Did Maggie do the right thing?
Let us know in the comments!
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