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.
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?
Chicago Med Review – We All Know What They Say About Assumptions (812)
Chicago Med continues on with the humans versus AI debate—and it almost cost Dr. Archer his job.
While Crockett was hesitant about the 2.0 technology at first, he’s seen the AI machine in action a handful of times and knows that there are definitely some benefits to it. Obviously, he’s not gunning for the elimination of human doctors altogether, but he’s definitely advocating for doctors to familiarize themselves with the piece of machinery that can lend a hand and possibly boost outcomes for serious and potentially dangerous operations.
Crockett tried his best to get Archer on board on Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 12, and he eventually succeeded in getting him to put a little bit of faith in the AI, however, it quickly backfired when Archer became overwhelmed with the “backseat driver” and broke it.
And that was the last straw for Jack Dayton, who, upon finding out that Archer destroyed his very expensive piece of equipment, fired him. Dayton and Archer haven’t seen eye-to-eye, and with Archer’s vocal distaste over introducing machines, Dayton assumed Archer acted with malice.
Once Sharon Goodwin found out about Dayton’s decision, she gave him an ultimatum—if Archer goes, so does she. I was a little surprised by her desire to go to bat for Dean. I don’t necessarily think he’s worth losing a job over, but it also proves exactly why Goodwin is such a good boss—she’s there for her employees no matter what. She knows that it’s her job to protect them. Dayton knew Goodwin would be a huge loss to the hospital, so he agreed to give Archer his job back, but what happens the next time the Chief of ED decides not to play ball?
Dayton has big visions for the hospital, visions that are very modern and definitely instill a bit of fear into the staff. Everyone is so used to doing things their way—the way that they are comfortable with—so the idea of changing things up, even if it may be for the better, terrifies them. Change can be good, but it can also be scary. But what are without change? While I agree that the human approach is vital in a medical setting, there’s something to be said for finding ways to be more efficient.
A good example of that was Halstead’s partnership with Dr. Grace Song, who coded a system to help him narrow down Jason’s rare condition. Without her tech, Halstead would’ve never found the answer in time, thus not being able to save the young boy’s life. But with Song’s intel, they knew how to treat his condition—and it didn’t have to be deadly. It was a healthy partnership, even if Halstead was a bit skeptical at first.
My only hope is that the writers don’t make this romantic between Halstead and Song.
Maggie and Goodwin were witnesses to a hit-and-run, and if they weren’t on the scene, the two victims might not have made it out alive. Thankfully, they were able to render the necessary aid to hold the women over until they got to the hospital.
Maggie was personally moved by the incident as the women were in a fight right before the accident, proving to her just how fragile life is. She then visited Ben at work to apologize once again and inform him that she was going to fight for their relationship. Ben didn’t even seem phased by any of it, simply telling Maggie that she “lied to him.” I get it, Ben feels betrayed, but he could at least meet her halfway. It’s very clear that this is important to Maggie and she feels remorseful, so why can’t he even consider forgiving her? Many will say that emotional cheating is still cheating, but in this case, I think Maggie was just trying to be super careful about juggling all of these relationships, including finding a way to remain on good terms with Grant, the father of her daughter, who she reconnected with not too long ago. It was all new territory for Maggie, and while she should’ve been more honest and upfront with Grant, there was no blueprint for how to handle it all.
Dr. Asher dealt with a postpartum patient who ended up having an issue that required a hysterectomy. She was so livid after having to perform this avoidable procedure on a 26-year-old, that she barged into Dayton’s meeting demanding that he put his money to good use and sign the hospital up for a program that offers postpartum checks on mom and baby. And honestly, good for her. I don’t understand how this isn’t a normal thing in our country especially considering all the problems and issues that can arise post-delivery. Moms need support, and yet, their symptoms and experiences are often dismissed until it’s too late. It’s nice to see someone advocating for moms during the most fragile and vulnerable moments in their lives. And it seems that Dayton’s heart is definitely in the right place when it comes to the hospital even if he doesn’t know how best to roll things out or what to prioritize. Whenever a doctor yells at him with their concerns or requests, he’s responsive and helpful, which is a start.
As for the Dr. Charles storyline with Lilian, well, it was only a matter of time before their socioeconomic differences played into their relationship. She was right in questioning why Charles made it a point to tell his manager that Liliana is an opera singer—he wanted people to see her as more than just a cleaning lady. I don’t think he was embarrassed by her job, per se, but he wanted to lift her up, possibly to remind her of her worth, though it definitely backfired because Liliana seems pretty self-assured. She knows that her job doesn’t define her, which is such an important lesson for all of us to learn. It’s a reminder that even those who seem like they have it all figured out, like Dr. Charles, don’t actually. But it’s also bullshit that people were judging Dr. Charles for mingling with the cleaning staff as if they are less than. Let’s not feed into this because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the image!
What did you think of the episode? The series will return on Feb. 8 after a two-week hiatus!
Chicago Med Review – It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t (8×11)
Systems have been put in place to help society function, but we’d be naive not to acknowledge the many times that the system fails people.
Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 11 dug into those failures, not just for Black men in the city of Chicago but for anyone with a prior rap sheet or addiction.
AI has been a constant on the series for several episodes after Jack Dayton introduced the OR 2.0. There’s no denying that AI is the future as the world embraces digital more each and every day. But while AI has plenty of perks, as we saw with the surgery on Aaron, Crockett and Halstead’s patient, it can also cause harm, as evidenced by Asher’s experience.
It begs the question—where do we draw the line? At one point does it replace human connection? And what does that mean for all of us?
Asher took in a patient who was experiencing terrible pain that she attributed to endometriosis. Though the doctor ruled it out pretty early on, she wasn’t convinced that Jodie was telling the truth simply because an AI-based software flagged her as a pill seeker. As Asher later pointed out when she raised the issue to upper management, the program “sows weeds of distrust” as it makes it harder to tell if the patient in front of you actually needs help.
Asher trusted her gut, which is why she pursued Jodie’s case further rather than dismissing her, but there’s plenty of doctors who will look the other way instead when the reality is that the program is seriously flawed and doesn’t take into account the specifics of each case. In Jodie’s situation, she ended up having a tumor that was causing her discomfort. As for the pills that were flagged, they were scrips written for her dog by a vet. I’d understand if the program could analyze the circumstances, but if the program is confusing drugs for a dog with drugs for a human, well, I have to agree that it’s a serious concern that needs to be addressed. There has to be a better system.
The drug epidemic is dangerous and serious, but patient care shouldn’t fall by the wayside. And a recovering addict like Asher shouldn’t be branded a red flag for life after doing all the work to get better and back on track. The stigma shouldn’t follow her around.
While it’s entirely understandable that many doctors, particularly the older ones, would be weary of the AI, there’s a lot of benefits, particularly if you don’t rely solely on the information pumped out by a robot. Crockett’s case was a perfect example as 2.0 allowed him to perform a complex surgery that also lent itself to some social justice.
The system in this case was law enforcement who already made up their minds about Aaron simply because he matched some vague description of the offender. It was so nice to see all of the doctor’s rally around Aaron to find a solution that would get him the care he needed without breaking his trust and turning him over to the cops. Aaron had a bullet lodged near his pancreas, which he explained was a rogue bullet when he got shot during a grocery store robbery in a “wrong place at the wrong time situation.” The bullet was threatening his life, however, he refused to get it removed as he knew the bullet in the hands of the police would seal his fate. They wouldn’t try to find the right offender—they would just pin it on him.
Seeing Maggie and Will team up once again took me back to the old days, and throwing Chicago PD’s Kevin Atwater into the mix was just the cherry on top. It wasn’t a full blown crossover, but the mini-appearance was a reminder that these shows exist in the same world and they can rely on each other for assistance at times.
Atwater is not one to let down his own people, so he made it clear that surrendering the bullet was not an option for Aaron. Even the way the detectives obtained his blood—though legal—seemed shady, proving that they were convinced that they had their guy and likely wouldn’t listen to reason. And thus, Crockett, with the help of 2.0, worked his magic to go around the bullet and keep Aaron safe and sound.
After working closely with Halstead, Maggie told him about her separation from Ben. It’s heartbreaking to see her go through this, but honestly, Ben needs to man up and talk to his wife about what happened. She shouldn’t be left wondering whether she’s about to lose it all.
Archer’s son was released from prison early on good behavior, making for one sweet family reunion. And when he promised his dad that he was going to do things right this time, it was something the doctor has been waiting to hear for a while. I’ll be honest, I was concerned that he wasn’t going to survive the night and that Archer would get the call right before he was going to go pick up his son, but I’m glad that wasn’t the case. It’ll be interesting to see him navigate this new dynamic considering the duo weren’t on speaking terms for quite some time. And we all know Archer has a lot of opinions.
Justin and Dr. Charles teamed up to help Omar, one of Justin’s rock climbing buddies who took a nasty fall and broke both of his ankles. The injuries were the least of his problems as his short-term memory began to flicker in and out, revealing that there was something more dangerous at play. A few tests later and they were able to sort it all out, curing Omar’s lengthy and painful headaches while stopping a brain bleed that likely would’ve ended in disaster. It’s almost strange to say that Omar’s fall was a blessing in disguise.
The fight between “man and machine” is set to continue into next week’s episode.
What did you think of “It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t”? Do you think the doctor’s are doing the right thing by calling out the dangers of AI?
When Is ‘Chicago Med’ Season 8 Coming Back?
Chicago Med Season 8 has been on hiatus for much of December after airing its midseason finale episode on Dec. 7, 2022.
The episode, titled “This Could Be the Start of Something New,” marked Dr. Ethan Choi’s (Brian Tee) last episode after eight seasons with the NBC medical drama. Choi married longtime love nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) in the episode and together, they rode off into the sunset to start a mobile health clinic in Chicago.
The rest of the employees at Gaffney medical found out that Jack Dayton (Sasha Roiz), the billionaire whose life Crockett (Dom Rains) saved earlier in the season during a train derailment, purchased a controlling investment in the Gaffney Medical Group. It’s unclear how much control he’ll be able to exert, but no one seemed pleased by the turn of events.
So, when do new episodes pick back up? Soon!
Chicago Med, and the other Chicago shows in the #OneChicago franchise, including Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, will return on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
You can kick off the new year with all of your favorites!
The episode, Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 10, will be titled “A Little Change Might Do You Some Good.”
Here’s the full synopsis and teaser:
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