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?
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Chicago Med Review – Letting Go Only to Come Together (6×11)
Sometimes the doctors at Chicago Med have to deal with cases that require a little extra brainpower.
Both Dr. Choi and Dr. Virani and Dr. Manning and Crockett teamed up to solve medical mysteries.
Choi treated a 21-year-old pro tennis player who got hit in the chest. However, his irregular heartbeat and frequent nosebleeds didn’t make sense for someone in good health.
When he wasn’t able to figure out the cause of Montez’s condition, Choi reluctantly accepted help from Dr. Virani, who he was pushing away after noticing her little fling with Halstead.
Virani proved to be useful as together, they were able to determine that the situation wasn’t related to the heart and was actually stemming from Montez’s lung condition.
Virani and Choi celebrated the win by playing a game of chess together, which made Halstead pretty jealous.
It seems as though Virani is fully aware that both men are interested in her, but it also doesn’t seem like she’s interested in either of them in a romantic way.
The two of them have butted heads professionally for years and now, they’re competing for the attention of the same woman.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Virani was just a friendly person and already had a significant other?
We don’t know much about her, so it’s totally possible!
Crockett and Manning’s relationship is heating up. He’s over for family dinner, bonding with Nat’s mom, and allegedly met Owen!
And the duo even exchanged “I love you’s.” Crockett’s vulnerability is the highlight of the season!
Manning’s relationships have always been pretty toxic and affected her personal and professional life, but with Crockett, she’s excelling in both departments.
Their romance is budding and they work really well together!
They rarely disagree on a course of treatment, even when presented with a tough-to-crack case like Lisa’s.
Lisa came in with a stack of medical records surrounding her abdominal pain that no other doctor was able to diagnose.
But nothing is impossible for Natalie and Crockett. Not only did they figure out the issue, but they also found a solution that finally eliminated her pain.
These two are like the Superman and Lois Lane of Med.
I wasn’t entirely sure what the deal was with Manning’s mother. She seemed a little uncomfortable with Crockett’s religion, but then she sent him a Persian gift basket, which almost seemed like a peace offering.
Was this simply a tool to give us more background on Crockett? Will it come into play if they eventually decide to get married?
I truly hope Manning’s mother doesn’t dismiss him because of his beliefs and culture!
Halstead teamed up with Dr. Charles to treat a patient who was experiencing seizures and seeing visions of his late wife.
The man seemed aware that his wife was dead, but that didn’t stop him from finding comfort in her presence.
Eventually, it was revealed that a tumor was causing his ghostly visions. Dr. Charles, who knows a thing or two about losing a spouse, was able to successfully convince the man to get the surgery even if it meant he wouldn’t have his wife around anymore.
Grief and loss as so powerful.
Sharon Goodwin put out a new set of rules after her son, Michael, overstepped in his pharma position, which didn’t sit well with the COO Gwen Garrett.
It’s nice to know Goodwin and Garrett still don’t get along!
Goodwin was straddling the line between protecting the hospital and her son. Her loyalties were getting a bit murky, so it was a relief when Michael announced he was leaving his job at Med.
I’d hardly call this a huge loss as the series failed to find a compelling way to work Michael into the narrative.
And then there was the tension between Lanik and April. Honestly, Lanik is such a pompous ass.
Even if April was in the wrong, I’m never excited when there’s a storyline that includes him because of his nasty attitude.
After seeing potential in April, he sent her to work the COVID ICU unit, which was a welcome change of pace for her.
April’s been drawn to the COVID unit since the onset of the pandemic, so it was nice to see her back in her element.
And I love that the series showcased that nurses have to deal with patients who are literally dying from the disease and remain in denial about it.
As she was gasping for air, Mrs. Caine continued pushing the narrative that COVID-19 isn’t real.
People can have their beliefs — it’s not as serious, mask mandates are a joke, vaccines aren’t necessary — but it’s ignorant to say it isn’t real when people are dying daily!
Still, since April knew she wasn’t going to change Mrs. Caine’s mind, she went along with it to convince her to accept help.
And when Mrs. Caine lost consciousness and April couldn’t reach Lanik, she decided to push meds without a doctor’s approval, which is a big no-no.
Here’s the thing, though… are we shocked? Are we surprised?
April has a tendency to cross lines and hope for the best largely because Choi has always given her a pass and looked the other way.
However, since they aren’t together anymore, this could really come back to bite her.
She may have saved a life, but in the process, she infuriated a doctor who isn’t the most pleasant to work with.
Will she finally face the consequences of her actions?
What did you think of Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 11? Let us know in the comments below
Chicago Med Review – So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried (6×10)
Sometimes, procedures on the fly are the best way to treat a patient.
They may pose a bigger threat, but the payoff is worth it in the end.
Marcel dealt with a patient who had much more in common with him than he initially thought.
The father, who was shot, was very adamant about not being treated due to the high cost of a hospital. He kept scolding his son in Farsi, which led me to believe that Crockett understood every single thing he said.
And turns out, he did. After initially performing the surgery and not being able to locate the bullet, he realized that the bullet moved to a different part of the body.
Not wanting to open up the man a second time, Crockett listened to Michael about using a new tool “off-label” to try to pull the bullet out. It didn’t work, but it was a valiant attempt.
It led to a riskier surgery, but it all worked out in the end. Crockett’s bonding moment with the patient also revealed a little bit about his Persian background. Eventually, he told Natalie during their date night that his real name is Darioush.
And I have to say, there’s nothing hotter than Crockett speaking Farsi.
After he connected with the patient, he also gave Sharon some useful advice about being proud of her son. Michael may overstep sometimes, but his motivations are in the right place.
Choi and Halstead butted heads with their patient, which isn’t new. A rivalry between the two, especially as they’re both interested in Sabina, has been brewing for the past few episodes.
In this case, however, Dr. Halstead was right in doing everything they could to save the patient.
Ever since taking on his new position, Choi has been playing it safe, but it’s clear that sometimes taking the risk is worth the payoff.
It wasn’t even Halstead that ignored Choi’s advice either — Maggie’s instinct told her to allow the mother to make her own decision and she’s the one that stood in his way.
And Choi might blame Halstead for questioning his authority, but Halstead was convinced to do so by Sabina.
I don’t know if I fully trust Sabina because she’s been flirting it up with both Choi and Halstead. It’s almost as if she wants to stir up a feud between them.
Choi is in charge, which means Halstead should listen to him, but Choi should also acknowledge Halstead’s ideas and suggestions.
Manning and Charles teamed to help a patient who claimed to have been mugged.
If you’re an avid watcher of the series, you knew that there was something strange about her not wanting to talk about the incident.
As Charles said, the story wasn’t adding up.
I initially assumed it was because she was either cheating on her husband or he was the one that was abusive, but it was a nice twist that it was neither. Instead, the husband who just returned from Afghanistan was going through PSTD nightmares, which resulted in him injuring his wife without him knowing.
She was lying about the incidents to protect him, but eventually, she came clean and he got the necessary help.
In a subplot, April helped save a man who was injured in a construction accident.
And though she did her best to stop the bleeding, Lanik gave her unnecessary grief for it.
Following the surgery, he apologized and admitted that she definitely saved the man’s life and should’ve considered being a surgeon, which makes me think maybe April will rethink career paths?
While the episode was entertaining on its own, it was very disconnected from previous episodes. Where was Dean Asher?
Where was the psych patient who was obsessed with Charles?
Chicago Med is usually the #OneChicago show that does well in terms of continuity, but this episode lacked it completely.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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.
New episodes of the trio of shows return on March 31, 2021.
As for the finales, NBC hasn’t announced any official finale dates.
However, according to TVLine, the current seasons will wrap up 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’s prior.
Once NBC confirms to official finale date, we’ll update this post, but at least you can find comfort in knowing that we still have a solid several weeks with Chicago’s bravest and boldest!
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