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 – 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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