Dr. Choi returned for a heartbreaking episode all around.
Usually, you can find a silver lining amidst all the grief thrown our way throughout the hour, but that wasn’t the case on Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 12.
Instead, all the storylines were a stark reminder that sometimes, life is cruel and unforgiving and it’s all out of your control.
Since I mentioned Dr. Choi, I’ll start with him. I thought his return to the series was going to be triumphant, but the storyline took a personal turn when he got a call about his ailing father.
While Patrick was adamant that he was in good health, one collapse later, and the doctors at Med were breaking the very news that Choi himself has had to deliver on several occasions — his father has cancer.
Patrick knew about the disease for months, but instead of getting the recommended surgery, he let it run its course until it was too late to operate.
I believe Choi subconsciously knew that he was having his final conversation with his father when they got into it about snow tires. Patrick yelled at his son to go get them installed, and though the outburst may have seemed strange initially, the way Choi broke down by the car seemed to indicate that he understood his father didn’t want him around when he died.
It’s that same subconscious feeling that led him to hand the phone over to Dr. Choi. He knew what the call was about, and he didn’t want to be the one to answer it.
Choi has had a bout of bad luck; this was the cherry on top. I’m just glad Dr. Charles was with him so that he could serve as moral support.
And while it might not be the appropriate time to bring this up, I can definitely see where Choi gets his stubbornness from. The man pushed through his pain and re-injured himself setting back his recovery months simply because he didn’t want to admit to himself that he couldn’t help a patient.
Med’s transplant team led by Pamela Blake took quite a hit.
Crockett witnessed the whole team falling to the ground one after the other, and it’s fair to sum up his expression as horrified.
And who wouldn’t be? The initial reaction indicated a possible gas leak caused by a terrorist attack. The dangers of how it spread and how it affected people were unclear, so it’s understandable that the fire department didn’t want to go in guns blazing.
Of course, Crockett’s concern was more personal because of his fuzzy feelings for Blake.
When he realized that the face masks were the root cause, he bolted into the room to rescue his partner.
A shot of Narcan provided the necessary relief, which also allowed Burgess (an always-welcome mini-Chicago PD crossover!) to pinpoint the culprit: Mr. McCoy, the disgruntled son of another patient who was stripped of her liver transplant at the last minute because of an infection she developed.
The suspect wasn’t shocking in the slightest considering he previously had a stand-off with Blake and felt it was appropriate to threaten her.
McCoy couldn’t see past his desire to save his mother, so he couldn’t understand that giving his mother a liver while she was battling an infection was a safety issue.
It’s also so important to note that one patient’s loss is another patient’s gain — and all of these patients have put in the time waiting for an organ donation. It’s a cruel game, but that’s why there’s a process and a list so that there’s no favoritism.
McCoy was, rightfully, arrested, and Crockett offered to take Blake home. This was definitely the wake-up call that Blake needed. She was afraid of being honest with Crockett about her feelings, so she pushed him away by any means necessary, including benching him from the transplant.
Who would’ve thought that her decision would’ve been the best thing for everyone?
Since Crockett wasn’t poisoned, he was able to push through with the transplant before the liver was no longer viable.
And with an assist from Sharon Goodwin, no less! We finally saw Goodwin scrub it, and she was a rockstar!
Goodwin is the best thing that ever happened to Gaffney. The hospital needs to acknowledge all of her efforts instead of putting profits over patients every single time and looking to make her a scapegoat.
Hammer and Halstead dealt with an unvaccinated pregnant woman who was very distrustful of doctors.
I’m not here to get into everyone’s vaccination beliefs, but in this case, those beliefs cost Lisa her life.
Hammer and Halstead weren’t able to get through to Lisa about accepting blood in the event that she hemmoraghed, but they were able to convince her to undergo an emergency C-Section, which ultimately saved her baby. I’d say that counts as a win.
However, if Lisa had simply given them consent for a blood transfusion, she would’ve likely pulled through and had a long and beautiful life with her baby.
Instead, she chalked up all of Hammer and Halstead’s concerns to “scare tactics” as if either of them benefitted from keeping her at the hospital and ensuring a safe delivery.
The worst part is that Lisa’s husband was banned from being present at the delivery because she didn’t want him pushing his beliefs onto her. His last memories of his wife are arguing with her about what’s best for the baby and watching her bleed to death.
I’m all for a patient’s bodily autonomy, but it almost doesn’t feel fair that the father has no say about decisions pertaining to his child. He had no say in protecting his child.
It’s an unfortunate situation for everyone involved.
Unfortunate can also be used to describe the situation between Dr. Dylan, Terrell, and Carmen.
There are definitely some feelings between Carmen and Dylan, but the latter has tried to remain professional in order to treat Darius.
After seeing that Darius, who is on chemo for cancer, caught pneumonia, Dylan jumped in to save him. He wanted to be there for them, including Carmen, who was an emotional mess.
But Terrell’s jealousy got the best of him and when he saw Dylan and Carmen hugging, he lost it.
The ED is no place for throwing fists, especially with your kid watching. Terrell is a grown man, so if he’s that triggered by Dylan, he should talk it out with him man-to-man.
Darius trusts Dylan, and when a kid is going through such a difficult situation, you want a doctor that eases fears and anxieties.
Terrell needs to put his own personal grievances aside if he can’t get over them for the sake of his son. Stop focusing on the wrong thing!
Though, after that outburst, maybe it’s best for Dylan to assist the case from the sidelines.
What did you think of the episode? Will Goodwin face backlash for her decision to not only overrule Shentsu’s decision about the transplant but also assist?
Will Blake and Crockett become an item? Will Choi return to the ED anytime soon?
And will Hammer and Halstead have their moment once her divorce is finalized?
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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