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Chicago Med Review – What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You (7×12)

CHICAGO MED -- "What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You" Episode 712 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

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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. 

Chicago Med Review What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You Season 7 Episode 12

CHICAGO MED — “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You” Episode 712 — Pictured: Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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?

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Chicago Med Review – We All Know What They Say About Assumptions (812)

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Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 12 We All Know What They Say About Assumptions

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! 

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Chicago Med Review – It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t (8×11)

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Chicago Med Recap Season 8 Episode 11 It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t

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?

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When Is ‘Chicago Med’ Season 8 Coming Back?

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Chicago Med Recap Season 8 Episode 8 Everyone’s Fighting a Battle You Know Nothing About

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: 

Charles and Cuevas help an elderly patient and her developmentally disabled grandson; Halstead treats a swimmer with a heart condition; Marcel considers using the OR 2.0 for surgery; Asher and Lieu search for a pregnant woman lost in the woods.
 

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