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Chicago Med Review – Crockett and Natalie Taken Hostage and Held at Gunpoint (5×16)

CHICAGO MED -- "Who Should Be The Judge" Episode 516 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)



Alright, hear me out, Natalie and Crockett as hostages would’ve made for a good crossover episode. Right?

In a way, it sort of was a mini-crossover as Jay Halstead led the charge to find the two abducted doctor’s and bring them to safety on Chicago Med. 

Their storyline consumed much of the hour and rightfully so as it was the storyline I was mostly invested in before being completely let down by the lack of cohesiveness. I’ll get to that in a moment.

Natalie and Crockett have been working pretty closely together lately, and some sparks were flying as she began to realize that he’s a thorough and compassionate doctor. His reputation precedes him, but once you get to know Crockett, you see a different side of him.

If Natalie wasn’t considering a relationship prior to this episode, the thought crossed her mind when she found out he was safe and latched onto him. The two of them are going to share a trauma bond, which may explain why she wanted to run back into the house after she heard the gunshot go off and why she held onto him for dear life when she saw he survived, but I think there are some genuine feelings there.

Crockett has been talked up as a player who “gets around” as the watercooler talk between the nurses indicated, but again, I think we haven’t dived into the character enough or his backstory. There was one shot in a previous episode where he felt the weight of losing a child and tried to drink those emotions away, so there must be something darker fueling him.

He’s also exceptionally skilled at staying calm in stressful situations. He remained composed the whole time they were held captive and despite his fear, he made sure to keep Nat safe, which says a lot about him.

The situation the doctors found themselves in was dangerous and not ideal, but there was never any doubt that their friends at Med and PD would come to their rescue. Unless you’re willing to kill off major characters every episode, there’s only so much suspense each scene can bring to the table.

I thought that the episode would focus more on April finding out that Crockett was kidnapped and realizing that she cared more about him then her feelings let on, especially once she found out that he may have been shot inside the house.

Aside from being at the scene when Crockett was released, there was no interaction between the two of them and it felt like such a missed opportunity given how the writers have been building up their relationship and April’s guilt.

Instead, April’s guilt was funneled into agreeing to implant the next round of embryos so she could try for a child with Ethan.

She’s been trying to ease her guilt by being the perfect woman — the woman she thinks he wants — and it’s only going to lead to disaster.

The teaser for the upcoming episode shows April falling incredibly sick and finally admitting the lie that she’s been harboring. Will it break up April and Choi? My guess is that he’ll be disappointed and betrayed that she kept this lie from him for so long and tried to pretend everything was okay.

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CHICAGO MED — “Who Should Be The Judge” Episode 516 — Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)Chica

While Natalie and Crockett’s kidnapping was intense and engaging (and likely necessary to make them a romantic pairing), the motivations from the Clemons brothers were a little hazy.

The scene with his mother was just plain weird. His brother just left after they stopped his leg from bleeding, and if Tyler didn’t want them to help his dying son, who we learned was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, why did he even bring them back to the house? What did he plan on doing with them?

Why put them through all that stress if he was so willing to shoot himself.

None of it really made all that much sense, and it was unfortunate because it took away from a storyline that could’ve been truly great.

Will Halstead’s crap decisions continued as he visited Hannah in her rehab. Will disregarded the rule that visitors should wait 48 hours because it’s Will and was appalled to see her suffering. Apparently, doctors who go through withdrawal are not allowed to ease off drugs using other drugs, and that felt inhumane to Will, so he, again, disregarded the rules and took it upon himself to help Hannah.

You’d think that rules are there for a reason, but even if we were to agree with Will that the rules suck, it still doesn’t excuse his trash idea of coming to visit Hannah mid-withdrawal and offering her pills.

Even Hannah knew it was a bad idea because she basically freaked out, threw the drugs, and told him to go. She also made a valid point — he put her in there to get off the drugs and now he was trying to sabotage her recovery by giving her drugs.

His intentions may have been in the right place, but Will’s an airhead most of the time. If Hannah had taken the drugs and they were found in her system, she would’ve lost her license for good. Honestly, Will’s gotten in way over his head here cause he clearly doesn’t know anything about dealing with addicts.

The teaser for next week shows Hannah back at work and doing much better, but of course, Will takes any opportunity to make a dumb decision and asks her out on a date. The guy just can’t help himself.

Next week is also the 100th episode of the series, so they have to bring out all the drama (courtesy of Will, April, and Choi) and the big guns like Maggie’s wedding.

You might be like, “say what, Maggie’s wedding,” but yes, Maggie and Ben are engaged.

It may be quick, but it was a spur-of-the-moment decision that came after Maggie learned that she’s officially in remission!

When you’ve gone through something as serious as cancer and then learn that you’ve got another shot at life, life kind of takes on a whole new meaning.

You tend to feel the finality of life and want to make the most of it, which is what Maggie and Ben are doing. They may both be in remission, but if I know anything about this show is that it doesn’t let its characters be happy for too long.

Even when she got the good news and then they got engaged, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop.

So, if they’re embracing the “life’s short, so why not” attitude, so am I.

And Maggie deserves every ounce of that happiness! She’s been the rock of Med, the best friend and support system, and the one who always puts others ahead of herself. It’s her time to shine!

Other Med Musings

  • Family the most important. April and Choi saw that firsthand when a woman who was in dire need of a liver transplant lied to another woman about being her biological daughter. She and her friend basically scouted someone who was an organ match. The crazier part was that the woman knew it wasn’t her daughter, but she wanted a second chance so badly that she allowed herself to be preyed on. I guess no harm no foul if both of them are happy with the outcome, right?
  • Dr. Charles’ case with his schizophrenic patient was tough because it was a lesson for parents. At some point, you have to allow your grown child to make their own decisions, even if that decision is to stop taking meds and losing to this illness.

What did you think of Chicago Med?

Are you excited for the 100th episode? Who is breaking up? Who is getting together?

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Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)



Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?



Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

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Chicago Med Review – I Think There’s Something You’re Not Telling Me (911)



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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 11 was Ripley-heavy, but I doubt most fans minded all that much, especially as he was sidelined last week due to the flu. 

The episode not only saw Ripley catching up with his childhood friend Sully, who previously refused cancer treatment, but we also met Sully’s pregnant girlfriend, Lynne, who also clued in Hannah on Ripley’s difficult childhood—helpful, since he wasn’t forthcoming with any information when she asked. 

His past was also brought up during the deposition with Pavel’s lawyer, who tried to get him to crack while bringing up the personal matter of institutionalization to discredit him. While it certainly struck a chord, Ripley proved that he’s done the work to get through it, though Charles, who feels partially responsible for the situation in Ripley’s past and the lawsuit, took it upon himself to encourage Sharon Goodwin to convince Ripley to settle. 

He figured out that Charles must’ve said something, but it was nice to see him not get upset by the fact either. These two have come quite a long way in their relationship this season, as Charles suggested that his past is his story to tell on his own terms. 

As for Sully, his coughing symptoms only worsened, landing him in the hospital, as Rip nudged his buddy to come clean to the mom of his future child. Sully’s hesitation to seek out treatment also stemmed from his past, noting that when his father was sent to prison, it was the best day of his life and that maybe Lynne and the baby were better off without him. Naturally, Ripley pointed out that it was just the fear talking and that he needed treatment in order to be a present dad to his kid and to break the cycle of abandonment and trauma. All in all, these two have made a lot of progress. 

Lynne, thankfully, wasn’t in early labor either, so the storyline had somewhat of a positive ending, though I’m sure we’ll see more from them soon. 

Loren’s helicopter incident in the woods the episode prior was also at the forefront as he essentially told Maggie he didn’t remember what they talked about (so he has no clue he professed his feelings for her!) and tried to minimize his injuries to prove himself to Archer for the trauma fellowship. However, Archer can’t be fooled as he’s also one of the people who tried to downplay his symptoms, so he was able to detect what Loren was doing right away. And he gave him some key advice—know when to pull back and prioritize your own health first. As they say, the job will always be there, but you can’t help your patients if you aren’t helping yourself.

As for Maggie, I think she owes it to the both of them to address what was said in such a dire state head-on, but I understand wanting to give Loren space for healing and recovery. She should’ve learned from that life-or-death situation that you should never leave anything unsaid.

Dr. Charles teamed up with a new intern, Naomi Howard, who experienced a bit of a rough start due to nerves. She was assigned to a patient named Jay, who ended up being misdiagnosed with depression when he should’ve been on mood stabilizers to treat what Charles assumed was bipolar disorder. It was a pretty intense case for Naomi to witness, even if she was sitting on the sidelines for much of it, as Charles had to get to the bottom of Jay’s motivations—proving his dad wrong about his career in the arts. Thankfully, by the end of the hour, he managed to persuade him to make the necessary change to his treatment by suggesting that you don’t have to suffer for your art.

What did you think of the episode? Are you digging the flirtation between Asher and Ripley?

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