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Chicago Med Review – [SPOILER] Is Pregnant (6×05)

CHICAGO MED -- "When Your Heart Rules Your Head" Episode 605 -- Pictured: (l-r) Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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The line between doing the right thing and doing what you think is right becomes a bit blurry on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 5, which sees the brief return of Noah Sexton. 

An elderly couple is brought into the ED after being found unconscious due to a gas leak. 

Noah immediately recognizes that the man is Mr. Coleman, a legend in Chicago for his work opening free clinics on the South Side. 

When his wife dies, Coleman confesses to staging the whole thing so that his wife could find peace following her ALS diagnosis. Since he realized he couldn’t live without her, the plan was for them to both die and have the cause be an accidental gas leak.

Unfortunately, he didn’t die, which means that what he did is technically considered murder. 

Noah and Marcel both felt for Coleman and tried to explain that what he did was assist his wife in ending her life. However, Dr. Choi doesn’t see it that way because he follows a moral code. Not reporting it to the police would be an obstruction of justice.

Dr. Choi has been Chief for a few weeks now, and it seems that the crux of his job is to get into situations that find him pushing back against his staff. 

While it’s not a good position to find yourself in, I can definitely see Noah’s perspective. Coleman wasn’t a risk to anyone, and he wasn’t going to go out and kill other people. He was simply acting on his wife’s wish to ease her pain and suffering. 

It’s easy to judge from the outside looking in, but imagine watching the person you love wither away in pain and not being able to do anything about it. 

Noah then decided that he wasn’t going to watch a good, noble man get wrongfully punished, so he slipped Coleman a syringe with a deadly dose and looked away as he injected himself. 

The situation gets murky here because technically, Noah broke a law and should be reported, but on the other hand, he helped a man die on his own terms who didn’t deserve to rot in prison. 

The only thing Noah truly fudged, in my opinion, was not giving it his all to sell the story. Choi could never prove any foul play even if he suspected Noah of it. Noah could’ve said it was an accident and there would be no way of proving he did anything on purpose. 

But Noah put zero effort into selling that narrative and basically admitted to assisting Coleman. 

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CHICAGO MED — “When Your Heart Rules Your Head” Episode 605 — Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

April naturally got dragged into it and begged Choi not to report Noah to the police and destroy his whole medical career. 

When push came to shove, Choi couldn’t bring himself to throw Noah under the bus, but he did fire him for negligence. And Noah didn’t even try to fight that because he stood by his decision to help Coleman. 

I’d respect Choi if the decision was based solely on his opinion, but instead, he made it because he was pressured by April.

I’m not a fan of April constantly trying to leverage her past relationship with Choi to get her way. It happens almost every episode and it’s tiring. 

They have a personal relationship, but it doesn’t mean that Choi needs to take that into consideration when weighing options on how to handle an issue. 

April also went at it with Dr. Halstead when she tried to get her previous COVID patient into his clinical trial. 

She wasn’t exactly wrong about the trial being skewed and biased to exclude minorities who are more at risk for heart failure in the first place, but she shouldn’t have come at Halstead so hard. She tends to be so out of line. She blamed him as if he was solely responsible instead of acknowledging that he’s simply following the rules and trying to make a change for the better in any way that he can. 

He eventually caved and rigged Booker’s test so that he could meet the criteria for the trial, but what happens when that comes back to bite them? Guidelines are set up for a reason to protect a patient. They could’ve made an on-the-books exception, but trying to alter his tests to qualify him seems shady. 

Natalie’s case was the most interesting as it focused on Anna, Dr. Charles’ daughter. While he was embroiled in a nasty custody case with his ex, who wanted to move her and her daughter to Arizona for a job, Anna came to Natalie to get birth control pills under the radar. 

Seeing that Anna wanted to be safe without triggering her parents, Natalie agreed to run some labs on the down-low. And she realized there was no need for birth control because Anna was already pregnant. 

Now, seeing as though there’s a custody battle, Anna is definitely under 18. Because of patient confidentiality, Natalie legally cannot say anything to Dr. Charles, but Anna will eventually have to, especially when things get even more intense between her parents.

Dr. Charles is very understanding when it comes to his patients, but how will he react when he learns his baby girl might have a baby of her own?

Natalie also realized she was ready to embrace her fling with Marcel, which is awesome, but the moment was interrupted by his ex-wife, Claire. 

It didn’t seem like Claire was interested in getting back together with him, but does she plan on moving back to Chicago now that she sold her house? I have a sneaking suspicion that she didn’t come all this way just to give her ex back some of his things. 

Will she come between Nat and Marcel? Will she give us more insight into his past?

And then there’s poor Maggie, who found out that Auggie’s Hereditary and Me test didn’t return any relatives who could provide a kidney.

Maggie has gone through so much. We’re so used to seeing her as a strong-willed woman, but it was nice to see her open up to Dr. Charles and admit that sometimes, she just wants to be vulnerable.

Even when she and Ben were battling cancer, Maggie persevered and never allowed herself to be weak.

It’s nice to see this new side of her that just feels helpless and defeated because it’s normal. She doesn’t have to be strong all the time; she doesn’t always have to hold it together. And that’s especially true as she watches a young boy that she loves face death because he cannot find a donor and isn’t considered sick enough to be bumped to the top of the list despite only having a short time to live.

The system is so flawed, it’s disgusting. Will Maggie figure something out to save Auggie?

What did you think of the episode? Was Noah out of line? Should Choi have reported him? What would you have done? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Chicago Med Review – Just as A Snake Sheds Its Skin (7×08)

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Chicago Med Review Just as A Snake Sheds Its Skin Season 7 Episode 8

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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Chicago Med Review – Morally Compromised (7×07)

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All it takes is a little bit of hope. 

On Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 7, several patients received excellent care thanks to doctors that didn’t simply stick with the status quo. 

It’s one thing to give out a diagnosis based on the facts that present themselves, but what makes the doctors at Gaffney so special is that they always go above and beyond. 

They go the extra mile for patients. In this case, it was Dr. Taylor and Dr. Hammer, two of the newer additions to the series. 

Their tenacity is impressive. Even after being told no by higher-ups and those with much more experience, they still followed their gut, which ultimately led to a higher quality of life for their patients. 

And both of them were pushed by personal factors. 

Dr. Hammer didn’t want to accept Dr. Abrahams’ diagnosis that her patient was never going to walk again because she didn’t want to see a 15-year-old burdened with taking care of his father for the rest of his life. 

She didn’t want history to repeat itself because, since the age of 15, she’s been responsible for essentially being her mother’s caretaker. 

And the work never stops. Even now, she’s rushing home to ensure that her mom is okay and taking her meds. 

Of course, the guilt that she was the one to have her mom’s van towed kicked in. Confessing? Yeah, that wasn’t the best course of action considering her mom is unstable. Dr. Charles even suggested she probably has some undiagnosed mental health issues. 

But what made it even worse is that Stevie’s confession came at the worst time because her mother was thriving! 

Maybe she could’ve let this ride out for a little while longer? Yes, that’s likely prolonging the inevitable blowout, but it would’ve just been nice to see her mom get into a groove for a little before blowing things up again. 

Of course, this doesn’t condone what Stevie did in the first place, but since the damage was already done, she could’ve at least let it play out on its own. 

Stevie may want the best for her mother, but in a way, she’s just like her — she can’t get out of her own way. 

At some point, it’s time to acknowledge that her mom is an adult that can make her own decisions. If she wants to live in a van on the street, that’s her prerogative. 

As for Dr. Taylor, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — she’s headed down a dangerous path. 

While she was on the right path trying to find out what was wrong with Astrid, she could’ve handled it better, especially when it came to Dr. Charles. 

He owed her an apology by the end of it because if it wasn’t for her persistence, Astrid might’ve not had the answers she was looking for. And though they weren’t optimal, sometimes knowing is the biggest relief. 

However, he’s also right to be concerned about Taylor’s pharmaceutical usage. 

There’s also the fact that she projected her own insecurities and tried desperately to prove that she deserved to be there. 

No one ever doubted it except for her. That’s the reason why she pushed so much for the tests. Yes, they benefitted Astrid, but they also proved to Taylor that she was “good enough” and not just there because she’s Maggie’s daughter. 

She definitely needs to work through that in order to tap into her greatness. 

And she probably, no, definitely, needs some sleep. 

Dr. Crockett is headed towards a messy love triangle between Dr. Blake and her daughter, Avery. 

I’m not surprised they both have the hots for Crockett, but it’s bound to get ugly real fast.

I have no other thoughts on the matter aside from wanting to see how this will turn out. 

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CHICAGO MED — “A Square Peg In A Round Hole” Episode 707 — Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The only thing messier than the Vas-COM is the storyline about the Vas-COM. 

After one of Dr. Cooper’s patients died, Goodwin decided that the hospital was going to discontinue using all Vas-COM machines, which didn’t sit well with the department heads. I’m surprised she was able to make that call single-handedly considering she answers to so many board members. 

And one of them definitely had something to say. Unsurprisingly, Roger was Cooper’s father-in-law, so he’s likely getting his fair share of kickbacks as well. Who cares about the patient’s wellbeing when there’s money to be made, right?

If Goodwin wasn’t sure if her gut was right about the Vas-COM in the first place, that kind of solidified the deal. 

Of course, then Cooper went haywire at the conference, snorted cocaine, and basically admitted to getting a bunch of stuff in exchange for pushing the Vas-COM. 

He talked all about how he had to put all of his ethics aside and become morally compromised in order to live the good life, which definitely counts as a confession in my book. 

And he was *this* close to confessing to his involvement in the patient’s death before he collapsed on the floor from his drug use. 

I’m not sure how this will unfold, but I do know that a doctor who dabbles in cocaine is likely to lose all credibility. 

As that device rep — who I don’t trust for a second — pointed out, she doesn’t want to hitch her wagon to a problematic company.  

If she needed a sign to get out, this was it! 

Tucked in between all these massive storylines was the return of Dr. Ethan Choi. 

And though a bit rusty, he’s got it… yeah, baby, he’s got it! 

When lives were on the line, Choi jumped in to intubate a patient and simultaneously got his confidence back. 

I’ve definitely missed him. And now that he’s back, maybe Dr. Archer can finally disappear now? Lord knows he’s caused enough drama at Med. 

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comment section below! 


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Chicago Med Review – Change Is a Tough Pill to Swallow (7×05)

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Chicago Med Review Change is a Tough Pill to Swallow Season 7 Episode 5

Vanessa is headed down a dangerous path on Chicago Med Season 7 Episode. 

She’s an overachiever who arrives early to her internship at Gaffney and stays up all night studying for the boards, but eventually, that’s going to catch up with you. 

She made a few mistakes while taking on too many patients into her rotation, and even though it ended up being something that wasn’t entirely her fault, she was very hard on herself. 

Then, when she tried to help a young boy see his brother after surgery, it also backfired on her. 

You’d think that after all of this, Vanessa would call it quits, but she continued to push herself and popped an Adderall to stay awake to study. 

If she keeps this up, she’s going to end up in one of the hospital beds due to exhaustion. 

Dr. Crockett has been running into a little “red tape” this season when it comes to other physicians and surgeons. 

However, he proved that following your gut goes the extra mile. 

He’s always had really great instincts, so shame on Dr. Archer for making him doubt that, brushing him off, and suggesting that he play along with the hospital politics.

No doctor that has ever tapped into hospital politics in order to get ahead is someone that’s respected or well-known for his craft. 

Archer continues to prove just how unfit he is to run the ED. 

Crockett’s decision to take Avery down the OR went against what Dr. Blake wanted, but it was a sound decision and saved her daughter’s life. 

Dr. Blake took note and pulled him in to assist with another procedure. 

Also, did anyone pick up on the vibes between Avery and Crockett? Crockett has chemistry with everyone!

Dr. Charles assisted on a family case this week when a boy was brought in with head trauma. 

In a surprising twist, it was revealed that Alex, the injured kid, riled up Ryan so that he would hit him in hopes of getting some love and attention.

It was a sad realization that showed just how far some kids will go. 

Ryan was getting the brunt of his parent’s affection because of his ADHD, which Charles realized was yet another misdiagnosis. 

The poor kid was being pumped with Adderall, which was, in turn, making his anxiety disorder worse. 

This is yet another example of why psychology and psychiatry are important in the ED. 

The case resonated with Dylan, who took some time to thank his father for all the attention he put towards his medical career. 

It’s nice to see these doctors outside of the hospital. His father, a cop, never held his son’s decision to change careers against him. 

And it goes to show that even the smallest little gesture — like bringing Al’s beef — goes a long way.

Out of all the new additions this season, Dylan has been my favorite. And I truly enjoy all of his team-ups with Dr. Charles. 

Halstead quest to unmask the darkness behind the Vas-Com continues, though, it came through a more personal case involving a patient he was assisting Stevie with. 

There wasn’t a clear diagnosis for Eleanor, but her health was deteriorating. Clearly, Halstead didn’t trust the Vas-Com so he pulled it without consulting her. 

Stevie doesn’t mince words, so she immediately called him out for overstepping and wanting to prove that his way was correct. 

Unfortunately, she didn’t know what she didn’t know — that Halstead and Goodwin are putting together a case about the dangers of Vas-Com. 

Halstead couldn’t be upfront about it, so he apologized. I think it was genuine, however, as he seems to realize just how much he steps on everyone’s toes. 

Eventually, the two of them were able to correctly diagnose Eleanor with a rare disease.

Halstead was able to play off why he removed the Vas-Com to Cooper, who informed him that he put it back to monitor vital. 

I may be misinterpreting this, but I think the issue is with the fact that Vas-Com kept pointing at all of Eleanor’s vitals being just fine when her health was declining quickly, right? 

If so, that’s obviously a glaring issue that needs to be addressed. 

Halstead is successfully getting in deeper with Cooper, who invited him to a conference to mingle with the higher-ups. 

This is either going to be really great for Halstead or it’ll blow up in his face. Thankfully, he always Goodwin’s support. 

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments! 


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