Chicago Med feels different this season.
It has nothing to do with the PPE or COVID procedures, although, that definitely brings a new dynamic to the series, it has more to do with the doctor’s being able to finally admit when they are wrong.
Halstead even apologized for jumping to conclusions! What a change.
While we’re not fully there quite yet – Natalie and Crockett disagreeing on a patient’s treatment in front of a patient is proof of that – it’s a massive improvement from the ego-driven storylines from previous seasons.
Choi judged April for putting her life on the line by volunteering in the COVID unit for three straight weeks, but eventually, he saw how important her dedication was.
April has always been a bit of a martyr who doesn’t listen to reason and puts herself into rather questionable situations, but in this case, she believed that her mission was to be there for COVID patients who didn’t have anyone else by their side.
April’s choice to risk her life was selfless. While this is just a TV show, the scenes unfolding in front of us were snippets from everyday life as we live through a pandemic.
I’ve written numerous stories of families who lost loved ones and couldn’t be there with them as they took their last breath because the possibility of exposure to the virus was too dangerous.
For those people, nurses like April are angels, who allow them to have one final moment with their mother, father, brother, sister, or husband via Facetime.
A big thank you goes out to the healthcare heroes who have lived heartbreaking moments like this in real life.
It was equally as heartbreaking to watch it play out on screen, but necessary as cases continue to surge and many people refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of COVID.
Natalie and Crockett didn’t see eye-to-eye on treatment for a young girl with leukemia. This isn’t new for them as they often disagree, but it didn’t help the patient who made it clear that he’s trying to do right by his daughter while the world is upside down. Truer words have never been spoken.
Eventually, Natalie and Crockett confessed that their personal lives affected their treatment of the patient, which always seems to be the case.
Doctors and nurses told to remain impartial, but that’s impossible as we live through such unprecedented times. They’re burdened with their own tragedies as they try to save patients and make the right calls. It was just good that they acknowledged exactly what transpired.
Will Halstead also took on a case that was a little too close to home.
The episode kickstarted with an ambulance rolling Hannah into the ED due to an overdose.
Through the course of the episode, and while dealing with a patient who seems to be in denial about alcoholism, Will realized that he and Hannah have both been in denial about her addiction.
Even worse – he’s very much intertwined in her sobriety, which Dr. Charles warned him about.
Any misstep in their relationship, like an explosive fight, set Hannah back. And, in return, Will was walking on eggshells waiting for her to relapse.
It wasn’t a healthy environment for anyone.
The only way Hannah would become sober, and stay sober, was if she did it for herself and not anyone else.
It was nice to see Will finally get some clarity and admit that he was wrong and Dr. Charles was right.
This also helped him treat his patient, who wasn’t an alcoholic but suffered from a rare condition called auto-brewery syndrome that turned her carbs into yeast and made her feel drunk.
It’s a good thing Will did some more research before jumping to conclusions and ruining this woman’s career with the FAA. The old Will wouldn’t have been so level-headed, but it takes strength to apologize and admit you were wrong. It’s the first time we’ve seen Will take ownership of his actions.
There was also a very powerful scene between Dr. Charles and his daughter Anna, who felt guilty about going out to see her friends and unintentionally getting her dad sick with COVID.
“You could have died,” she says. Living through a pandemic is scary, and it echoed a fear we’ve likely all had when it comes to our elderly parents or those who are immunocompromised. There’s fear, anger, blame, and all sorts of other emotions that are all valid.
While the episode juggled COVID and non-COVID stories well, it was focused heavily on the former, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Viewers tend to want to escape reality when watching a TV show, but a medical show simply can’t ignore the very real global pandemic that’s taken upwards of 240,000 lives. They weren’t overly realistic to the point where it was downright scary, but they did hone in on the fact that COVID affects everyone.
I’m not a medical professional, so I’m not sure if some of the scenes were dramatized for television, but regardless, everyone should take this episode to heart to fully grasp the impact of the pandemic.
It was a powerful season premiere with a final scene that was heartbreaking to watch as the doctor’s paid tribute to all those who died of COVID.
And for those who were wondering why no one was wearing masks in the ED, Wolf Entertainment cleared the air on Twitter writing: “Because all staff are quarantined and tested/sanitized each time they come into the hospital, they save the PPE for the nurses and doctors in the Covid ICU. When leaving the hospital, they wear masks!”
Because all staff are quarantined and tested/sanitized each time they come into the hospital, they save the PPE for the nurses and doctors in the Covid ICU. When leaving the hospital, they wear masks! #ChicagoMed #OneChicago https://t.co/kLMJPteemr pic.twitter.com/jH3DSsZAE8
— Wolf Entertainment (@WolfEnt) November 12, 2020
Again, this may not be realistic to how real-life hospitals operate, but I don’t think the series was aiming to downplay the severity of the virus. If I were to guess (and this is just my opinion), I’m betting that it would be hard to film a show that the audience could enjoy with the actors wearing masks the whole time.
Other Noteworthy Moments
- Will said what we’re all thinking: “I thought we’d be over it by now.”
- Sharon Goodwin and I have something in common – we have Zoom fatigue!
- Natalie left Owen with Nana and moved into a hotel aka “Club Med” so she could fully dedicate herself to her patients.
- There’s a new doctor with a British accent, Sabeen Virani, who is most definitely going to be Will’s new love interest.
- Once again, thank you to all the healthcare professionals who are putting their lives on the line day-in and day-out.
What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 6 premiere?
Sound-off in the comments!
Chicago Med Review – Will and Natalie Come Clean (6×15)
The secrets and lies finally caught up with Will and Natalie on Chicago Med.
In the penultimate episode of the season, Natalie’s mother was rushed to Gaffney with liver failure, which both doctors deduced was a symptom of the Kinder trial drugs they’ve been giving her.
Natalie became consumed with guilt over giving her mom the pills and decided she was going to tell Sabeena Virani the truth about what she did. Before she could get to it, however, Will came clean.
And Sabeena did not take it very well. It’s understandable since Will promised he wouldn’t do anything like this again, and she was on the brink of forgiving him and giving him another chance.
Not only was it a breach of her trust, but it could also cost her and Will their jobs.
And worst of all, it also compromised the integrity of the trial, which near the end of getting all necessary approvals.
It’s one thing for Natalie to have stolen the pills to help her mom, but it’s another for Will to help her cover it up and get more pills while knowing how much was on the line.
His actions directly affected so many people who could’ve benefitted from the medication.
Obviously, Will didn’t want Natalie to go down for what she did, so he took the blame instead, which could cost him his job and definitely cost him any chance of rekindling his romance with Sabeena.
I guess it goes to show that Natalie still means a great deal to him.
However, with Torrey DeVitto not returning for the seventh season, I wonder if she’ll find out Will took the blame and come clean instead. I don’t see her as the type of person to let someone else clean up her messes.
And if her mother doesn’t survive, she’d be so overcome with guilt that she’d likely confess and lose her medical license, which is also a great way to write her off the show. It’s the only storyline that makes sense.
Natalie also told Crockett the truth about what she did after he confronted her about whether or not she and Will are getting back together.
Crockett was definitely surprised by what she had done, but he was empathetic after seeing how remorseful she was.
I’m really digging this relationship between Natalie and Crockett, so it’s unfortunate that we won’t get to see it progress past this season.
How do you think they’re going to leave things off?
Crockett was being really hard on himself after his lung transplant patient came into the ED with pneumonia.
Since there was no reasonable cause for the illness just 8 days after surgery, Crockett blamed it on surgeon error.
Thankfully, April went against his wishes and tested the lung for COVID. Sure enough, her gut was right and the lung was infected pre-transplant clearing Crockett of any wrongdoing.
Once they were able to figure out what led to the illness, Crockett successfully performed a risky surgery that gave James another shot at life.
Yaya DaCosta, who plays April, is also leaving the show, and I’m guessing that her character exit will have something to do with her decision to go back to nursing school.
Both of the ladies will be missed around these ED halls, that’s for sure!
Dr. Choi and Dr. Asher dealt with an 18-year-old patient who was refusing brain surgery to remove a tumor, which was the only course of treatment to save her life.
It led to a bit of an altercation between Choi and Asher as the former respected the girl’s decision, while the latter convinced her parents to apply for power of attorney and make the decision for her in the case that she went unconscious.
I know Asher wants what’s best for patients, but he’s really not into allowing people to make their own choices.
It’s hard to empathize with him and his war stories when all we’ve seen is his overbearing, controlling, and judgemental behavior.
Asher ended up being able to convince the woman to get the surgery with by sharing a relatable story (that wasn’t even about his time serving), but again, I just don’t trust him or think he has good intentions.
He may not have sedated this girl to get her into treatment, but we know he’s done it before.
And that’s in addition to several other issues that have come up during his short tenure.
Ms. Goodwin exclaimed that he may be the best man for the job, but she hasn’t seen what we have.
Also, does anyone else get the feeling that he’s lying about going to therapy just to get Choi off of his back?
It was Vanessa’s last day in the ED — can you say time jump? — and Maggie was contemplating telling her the truth.
As Goodwin put it, there’s no going back from that, so it was a decision that shouldn’t have been made lightly or without Vanessa’s best interests at heart.
For some reason, Vanessa decided to bring her parents to the ED on one of her last days to give them a tour, and upon meeting her parents, Maggie found herself conflicted again.
It doesn’t seem like Vanessa knows she’s adopted, so telling her the truth would not only blow up her life but also her family’s life. And they seem like such a sweet family!
Maybe it’s comforting to know that Vanessa has good parents that love her and are proud of her.
At this point, the only reason Maggie would decide to tell Vanessa is for selfish reasons.
However, there wouldn’t be any drama if she didn’t tell her, and if Vanessa gets a full-time job in the ED (which you know she will), Maggie will be even more tempted.
I’m still of the mindset that telling Vanessa is a recipe for disaster as she will feel betrayed by Maggie.
And speaking of disasters, Ramona’s obsession with Dr. Charles could’ve gone terribly wrong at any moment, but instead, Chicago Med took a different approach and gave us a really compelling storyline with a promising resolution.
Ramona arrived at Gaffney to “hang out” with Dr. Charles, but it seemed like yet another cry for help.
Except that she wasn’t aware she wanted help in the first place, so when Dr. Charles tried to get her to open up, she admitted that her father molested her and then bolted.
Eventually, he found her contemplating suicide on the hospital rooftop.
I know I’ve said this before in a review from a previous season, but why are patients even allowed up there? This isn’t the first suicide attempt. Access should be restricted!
Dr. Charles was able to talk Ramona down, who admitted she just wanted a normal life.
In the end, he took her to a facility that specializes in sexual assault, and it was the first time Ramona felt seen, heard, and taken care of.
The storyline started off with Ramona acting kind of crazy and ended up with a woman who acknowledged her past trauma, how it affected her in the present, and the desire to get the necessary help.
Imagine that… a storyline that sheds light on the importance of mental health — what a win!
What did you think of the episode?
What will happen to Will and Natalie? Is Dr. Asher growing on you? And should Maggie come clean to Vanessa?
Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost finale time for the #OneChicago shows on NBC.
Due to production delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire got off to a late start in mid-November (instead of the usual mid-September premiere), but that pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on the quality of the episodes.
However, with shorter seasons on tap, the schedule has been pretty wonky and consisted of several breaks in between, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping up. That’s why we’re here to clue you in.
NBC announced that the shows will officially conclude on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, which would align with their pre-COVID finales even if the episode count is a bit shorter than in the year prior.
Chicago Med Review – Out of Line (6×14)
Chicago Med welcomed a handful of new med students on “A Red Pill, a Blue Pill,” including Maggie’s biological daughter, Vanessa Taylor.
Even before her first day, we knew Vanessa’s time in the ED was going to be problematic.
Parents will do anything for their children, but in Maggie’s case, she went the extra mile. She didn’t just want to help Vanessa get ahead, she also wanted to spend time with her and get to know her.
In doing so, she made Goodwin and Choi suspicious about all the attention she was giving Vanessa, while simultaneously sabotaging in her attempts to impress Choi.
Having Maggie and Vanessa working in the same ED is clearly a recipe for disaster.
By the end of the hour, Goodwin figured out Maggie’s connection to Vanessa, and she wasn’t pleased that her employee/friend kept this from her.
As for Vanessa, she didn’t want anything to do with Maggie after being humiliated and scolded by Ethan on her first day.
Maggie’s a pretty sensible person, so it’s frustrating that she didn’t just let Vanessa prove herself. If she’s as bright as Maggie thinks she is, she would’ve made a good impression without the meddling.
There’s also the fact that Maggie’s lying to Vanessa, which is a breach of trust. If she thinks Vanessa’s upset with her now, imagine how she’ll react when she finds out the truth about their relationship.
She might even begin to doubt herself and think she only got into the program because her mother vouched for her.
Maggie wasn’t the only one letting her emotions get the best of her.
Natalie rushed her mother to the ED because of complications following her LVAD, and it was obvious that her secret was going to bubble up to the surface.
Halstead already had his suspicions when Nat began asking about specific side-effects of the Kender trial drug, but when Carol mentioned she was taking some blue pill that Natalie gave her, he basically had all the proof he needed.
Will’s reaction was exactly what I expected, and it was pretty ridiculous that Manning tried to play the victim and pretend he was being out of line with his accusations.
She was insulting his intelligence by playing down the situation.
When you’re caught red-handed, you have to own up to it, girl!
Of course, Halstead’s wrath didn’t last too long. When Carol began showing signs of improvement, he gave Natalie the drugs back and then promised to get her more.
They may want it to be their little secret, but how naive can they be?
If anyone did a little digging, they’d be able to figure it out. Halstead specifically asked Sabeena about the drugs interactions with an LVAD just as Natalie’s mom made a miraculous recovery and was being taken off the LVAD.
Crockett seemed skeptical of Carol’s improvement, and I’m pretty sure he pieced it together.
Pills don’t just go missing right around the same time a patient’s help improves in an unprecedented way!
Maggie and Natalie may have made some mistakes, but Med’s biggest problem is officially Dr. Asher.
I’ve never liked the guy, and it’s fair to say most of the staff don’t get good vibes from him either.
He’s pulled a handful of stunts with April, and now, he’s got bad blood with Dr. Charles, whom he keeps brushing off when it comes to therapy.
By not dealing with his emotions and past trauma, Dr. Asher is just letting all of his anger fester.
And it resulted in one hell of an angry outburst after he wasn’t able to treat a patient the way he wanted to.
In fact, Asher always seems to get really snippy when he doesn’t get his way.
His patient, Neil, kept refusing treatment because he thought they were in a computer simulation. That’s a new one.
It’s definitely something that would irritate any doctor, especially one who wanted to help a patient before their appendix ruptured.
However, Asher had no right to undermine Charles’s diagnosis. Asher might not believe in therapy and psychologists, but Charles is good at his job and generally knows what he’s talking about.
The fact that Asher dismissed Charles and kept calling Neil a nutjob was concerning. At the end of the day, he was his patient, and if that’s what he believed in, they needed to honor that and work around it.
It’s even more concerning that he purposefully drugged a patient to force treatment and get his way.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prove it, but Asher is now on everyone’s radar.
He’s crossed April and Charles, and he’s slowly beginning to lose Choi’s trust.
I don’t see this ending well for him unless he gets the necessary help!
Crockett had the b-line plot for the week as he dealt with a newborn that was a victim of a drive-by shooting. The storyline was heartbreaking and it was supposed to touch upon Crockett’s own loss, but with everything else going on, it just didn’t stand out.
What did you think about the episode?
Let us know in the comments below!
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