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Chicago Med Review – Gaffney Takes on COVID-19 (6×01)

CHICAGO MED -- "When Did We Begin To Change" Episode 601 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DeCosta as April Sexton -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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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!”

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. 

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Chicago Med Review – Chasing Ghosts (6×03)

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Chicago Med Do You Know the Way Home Season 6 Episode 3 Review

New year, same problematic ED. 

Better yet, same problematic disregard for patients’ wishes from Will Halstead. Does the guy/will the guy ever learn? It doesn’t seem like it. 

While Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 3 was a solid installment for the first episode of 2021, it did raise some red flags in terms of Halstead’s involvement with the medical trial.

Halstead seems to genuinely believe in the trial, so he was coming from a genuine place when he offered it to Reuben, but he was also motivated to find his first patient with heart failure, so in a way, he wasn’t prepared to take no for an answer. 

He wasn’t overly pushy and made sure he reiterated how the trial would work twice so that it was Reuben’s decision, but at the same time, I agree with Maggie that I don’t think the man was in the right space to fully comprehend what he was agreeing to.

And personally, it just feels off to me that a doctor who is benefitting from the trial is also tasked with finding the patients.

Maggie wasn’t the only one questioning Halstead’s motives as his daughter, Maria, was also skeptical and made it clear that she wanted to pull her father out of the trial. 

It was never addressed if Maria had the authority to speak on Reuben’s behalf since he was technically competent enough to make his own decisions, but again, Halstead went out of his way to do the opposite of what she asked because he “knew better.”

The whole situation took a nasty turn when Reuben went into cardiac arrest, which Maria obviously blamed on Halstead. And though he redeemed himself by performing a life-saving procedure, the whole thing once again underlined Halstead’s ego and inability to respect a patient’s wishes. 

It’s frustrating to watch Halstead continuously repeat the same mistakes and patterns because he is actually a good doctor who trusts his gut and his abilities. 

Also, his hair was distracting me the whole episode. Whatever that mess is on his head, it needs to go! 

Ethan Choi’s mishandling of the ED was to be expected. It’s never clear which Choi you’re going to get – the one that follows the rules or the one who bends them to help a patient out. 

In this case, Choi was following protocol after Goodwin put pressure on him to cut costs and make decisions that will benefit the hospital. 

As we’ve seen before, that often comes at the cost of patients. Even as April and Dr. Charles were informing him that something was up with Lisa, Choi wanted to discharge her because they didn’t have the “grounds” to hold her. 

Thankfully, Dr. Charles was able to get through to Choi and convince him that there are just some cases where the right thing and the necessary thing are not the same. 

Profits are important, but so is a patient’s health and wellbeing. If Choi wasn’t looking at it with an agenda in mind, he would have been the first to realize that Lisa’s behavior was strange and required additional attention on their part. 

However, this doesn’t excuse April’s behavior after Choi pulled her from the COVID ward at all. April thinks that because she and Choi have a past that she’s privy to special treatment.

 She only respects him in the role of Chief when it suits her. She took his actions personally rather than considering that he was doing what was in the ED’s best interest.

Her behavior was unacceptable and highlights how desperately she needs to learn to separate the personal matters from the professional ones.

Choi’s decision wasn’t to spite or punish her, and he made that very clear. And it’s not Choi’s place to make her feel worthy or useful. If she’s needed in a different department, that’s her purpose for the day. 

Chicago Med Do You Know the Way Home Season 6 Episode 3 Review

CHICAGO MED — “Do You Know The Way Home” Episode 603 — Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

The Lisa/Kelly case was wrapped up way too quickly, which stripped fans from a satisfactory ending. 

I’m not saying it isn’t possible for a missing person to just walk into a hospital for treatment, but it was convenient that they were able to identify her so quickly. Where did Choi actually get that app?!

It would have been nice to get some answers about Lisa/Kelly’s case! How did she get to the hospital? Why was she vitamin D deficient? Was she being held somewhere? Who kidnapped her?

There were so many questions left unanswered! 

If this was such a high-profile case, it would likely garner police and media attention. This would have made for a perfect mini-crossover with Chicago PD

And that’s always been one of my biggest gripes with Chicago Med and the case-of-the-week formula. Sometimes, we get so attached to a patient that we want to know more and see the outcome of their storyline, but we’re left hanging instead.

Also, if Kelly was missing for 12 years, would she accept reality so quickly? Or would the trauma have more of a hold over her?

I guess we’ll never know. 

Nat and Crockett’s flirtatious banter is cute, expected, and welcome. 

She’s clearly trying to break through his tough exterior, which will, in turn, allow us to gain more insight into the character and his past. 

Up until now, Crockett’s been this mysterious man who prides himself on being a playboy. As Natalie peels back the layers, she’s realizing that it’s his way of avoiding intimacy or getting too close to anyone. 

The loss of his child likely plays into it, but this was the perfect opportunity for the series to introduce us to someone from Crockett’s past like an ex-wife or the love of his life instead of just a chick that he would casually grab Sazerac’s with.

Since Meghan didn’t really matter, her whole storyline fell flat.

It did, however, intrigue Natalie, who almost seemed jealous at times. Based on that shoulder rub and kiss, she’s opening the door for something more intimate if and when he’s ready to pursue something real.  

I’m not usually a fan of ED-relationships, but this one I’m shipping simply because I think Natalie and Crockett could be good for each other. Don’t mess it up, writers! 

Natalie’s case-of-the-week may have started out as impersonal, but it honed in on a few very important side-effects of the COVID pandemic. 

For starters, the pandemic has left many feeling lonely and isolated. Her patient faked her symptoms so she could have someone to chat with. How sad is that? 

However, it also highlighted the fact that people are not seeking out the medical attention they need. 

Thankfully, this patient didn’t actually need treatment, but there are so many patients who do have symptoms and should see a doctor but refuse to because they’re afraid of catching the virus. 

This means many patients are going undiagnosed or are being treated when it’s too late. Hopefully, this encourages people to seek out help if something is wrong. 

And please, check in on your loved ones with a call or text just to make sure they’re doing alright!

Chicago Med seems to have found a way to address COVID and issues related to COVID without actually focusing on the virus full-time, which I’m sure is a welcome change of pace for many fans who expressed their disinterest in seeing real-life situations play out on their favorite shows. 

What did you think of the episode?

Does it make you excited for the upcoming season?


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Here’s When Last Night’s Episodes of ‘Chicago Med,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Will Premiere

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One Chicago promo ahead of November 11 premiere

Fans of the #OneChicago shows — Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire –– will have to wait an additional week for new episodes. 

NBC announced that the originally scheduled episodes were postponed from their original premiere date of Wednesday, January 6 to next Wednesday on January 13. 

The network made the decision to preempt the #OneChicago shows with continued breaking news coverage on the chaos at the Capitol after Trump supporters stormed the federal building and delayed the Electoral College vote count.

Yesterday’s premieres marked the show’s return from the winter hiatus. NBC wasn’t the only network to delay originally scheduled programming as ABC and CBS both aired news instead. 

Here are the synopsis for all three shows premiering next week!

Chicago Med:

Dr. Charles and April team up to take on a mysterious patient in the ED; Dr. Halstead is forced to make a life-or-death decision for one of his trial patients; Dr. Marcel is confronted by his past when a former acquaintance is brought into the ED.
 

Chicago Fire:

A mishap on the aerial ladder in the midst of a fire rescue leaves Mouch shaken and questioning his abilities; Kidd looks for support from Severide while Casey and Brett discuss their future.
 

Chicago PD:

Ruzek and Burgess discover a child walking alone in the middle of the street, and when they take her home, they discover that her entire family has been murdered; Upton is approached with a job offer from the FBI.
 


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Chicago Med Review – Paging the New Chief of the ED, Ethan Choi (6×02)

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Chicago Med Those Things Hidden In Plain Sight Season 6 Episode 2

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! 


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