All of Chicago Med is in complete disarray when season 5 premieres.
Poor Sharon Goodwin wasn’t lying when she was having a day.
The medical drama picked up right after the accident that knocked Dr. Manning unconscious while she was sitting in Will Halstead’s car, but it gave every character enough time to shine.
We said goodbye to one major character and dealt with the gruesome death of another.
Here are the biggest takeaways from Chicago Med “Never Going Back to Normal.”
1. Connor & Ava – I’m starting with these two characters because boy, things went South between them rather quickly. After Connor was investigated by Atwater for his father’s death, he aggressively accused Ava of killing his father. She denied it, and the optics weren’t in his favor when Dr. Latham walked in on Connor grabbing her by the wrist.
Someone in the hospital poisoned Connor’s father with an overdose of insulin, an untraceable compound, which made it hard to pinpoint a suspect. But Dr. Latham, wanting to quell any hostility between his two doctors, found that it was laced with chromium, which is traceable. The minute Ava realized she was going to get caught, she panicked. She begged Connor to give her one hour so she could get a head start to O’Hare and she’d be out of his life for good. At this point, she’d basically admitted to sleeping with Conrad’s father, causing the rift between them, and every other crazed and delusional thing he’d suspected her for.
Connor refused to let her get away with it, and as she called him an ungrateful prick, she slit her carotid artery and began bleeding out. Now, if you’re like me and thought that people would accuse Connor of murder, well, they probably would have but the writers were running out of time to get rid of these two characters who had run their course. Connor and Dr. Latham joined forces to operate but unfortunately, Ava passed away on the table. Connor banged his fist on the table in anger, but other than that, he didn’t seem too phased by all that just transpired with his co-worker/former lover. He got his closure, told Dr. Latham and Sharon Goodwin that he was leaving Med, and that was that.
Personally, Ava’s character was tragically ruined over the course of these few seasons. She started out as such a competitive spitfire that wasn’t privy to Connor’s charms and somehow ended up with a horror movie equivalent obsession with him that the writers said was a personality disorder. It never worked for me and I thought they ruined something that could have been a solid relationship on the series.
Thanks for all the good times, Dr. Rhodes. And RIP Ava, you batshit but brilliant doctor.
2. Natalie and Will – Natalie and Will’s storyline is playing out like some midday soap opera, but I’m not complaining. After the crash, Natalie is in pretty bad shape. Will wants to remain by her side at all times, but they force him to get checked out as he too was involved in the crash. While Will is away, Phillip swoops into Natalie’s room and tells the doctor that he’s Natalie’s fiancee, which we know is a lie because if he was telling the truth, he wouldn’t have snuck into her room to slip on an engagement ring.
There’s always been something shady about Phillip, which, much like with Ava, doesn’t feel organic. I’m having trouble buying into a narrative that a man who lost his wife and ended up a single dad would have some kind of agenda towards the doctor he fell in love with. But here we are, and Phillip is acting all shady and lying to the doctors. Maybe he’s scared of raising a child alone and thinks it’s better to just never let Natalie go? I don’t know, I can’t figure this one out.
Will comes to check up on Natalie and the two get into a loud verbal altercation in which Phillip tells him that Natalie is no longer his business. Why does Phillip all of a sudden have something against Will? Is it jealousy?
Will is crushed, and rightfully so. He was left wondering why Natalie came to his car before the accident and apologized. We know she was probably there to tell Will that she’s in love with him, but now it seems like she was there to tell him about her engagement.
Natalie regains consciousness by the end of the episode, and though she remembers people, she has no recollection of what happened. She doesn’t remember talking to Will’s ex-girlfriend who convinced her that he’s still in love with her and she doesn’t remember being in Will’s car or the accident. All she knows is that she’s recovering and that Phillip is now her fiancee.
This is dangerous because now, Phillip can say anything he wants and she won’t know if he’s lying or telling the truth. Hopefully, she remembers soon enough and realizes that she rejected him because of her feelings for Will.
Also, where the hell is Natalie’s son, Owen?
3. April & Ethan – The on-again couple successfully spares a young boy from brain surgery when they realize they mistook a tumor for an enlarged organ as a result of hypothyroidism. Look, better to catch it late than never. The young boy’s parents reveal that he was a miracle child because doctors told her she couldn’t get pregnant.
It essentially parallels April & Ethan’s storyline as they both assumed she was pregnant and were bummed to find out that wasn’t the case. After treating the boy they realized they wouldn’t mind having a child together, but as you remember, April had some pregnancy complications in earlier seasons with ex-boyfriend, Tate. Do you think we’ll get an April & Ethan baby this season?
4. Maggie – The mother hen and glue that holds the ED together found out that she has breast cancer at the end of season 4. Sharon made sure that she went to get her biopsy and the results weren’t uplifting: it was metastatic and she might need to get a mastectomy. She begs Sharon not to tell anyone at work and says she’ll get treated at a neighboring hospital so that no one finds out. Sharon warns her that the recovery process will be grueling, but Maggie informs her she doesn’t want to be looked at as the “sick” person. Get ready for an emotional storyline to come into play here.
5. Dr. Charles’ Wedding Night – Well, his wedding night didn’t turn out as planned. Following the wedding, Sharon Goodwin called everyone into the ED because of Natalie and Will’s accident. Despite having plans, Charles stuck around to help deal with the influx of patients and to be there for his co-workers. One of his patients was a young boy who they believed was overdosing. A tox report came back negative and the possibility of schizophrenia was on the table. Dr. Charles wanted to get him up to the psych ward for further examination but his grandmother refused insisting that her grandson wasn’t crazy.
Though it was a secondary plotline, it triggered me because of the massive stigma that follows mental health. A woman rather put her and her grandson in danger than allow them to take him up to a “psych ward” because of the negative connotations. Entering a psych ward doesn’t immediately make someone crazy nor does it make them lesser than. Some issues are beyond anyone’s control and shouldn’t be shamed no matter how terrifying they are.
What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 5 premiere?
Are you happy with Connor Rhodes’ exit? Did you think Ava’s death was fitting? What’s Phillip up to? Will Natalie regain her memories?
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Chicago Med Review – Out of Line (6×14)
Chicago Med welcomed a handful of new med students on “A Red Pill, a Blue Pill,” including Maggie’s biological daughter, Vanessa Taylor.
Even before her first day, we knew Vanessa’s time in the ED was going to be problematic.
Parents will do anything for their children, but in Maggie’s case, she went the extra mile. She didn’t just want to help Vanessa get ahead, she also wanted to spend time with her and get to know her.
In doing so, she made Goodwin and Choi suspicious about all the attention she was giving Vanessa, while simultaneously sabotaging in her attempts to impress Choi.
Having Maggie and Vanessa working in the same ED is clearly a recipe for disaster.
By the end of the hour, Goodwin figured out Maggie’s connection to Vanessa, and she wasn’t pleased that her employee/friend kept this from her.
As for Vanessa, she didn’t want anything to do with Maggie after being humiliated and scolded by Ethan on her first day.
Maggie’s a pretty sensible person, so it’s frustrating that she didn’t just let Vanessa prove herself. If she’s as bright as Maggie thinks she is, she would’ve made a good impression without the meddling.
There’s also the fact that Maggie’s lying to Vanessa, which is a breach of trust. If she thinks Vanessa’s upset with her now, imagine how she’ll react when she finds out the truth about their relationship.
She might even begin to doubt herself and think she only got into the program because her mother vouched for her.
Maggie wasn’t the only one letting her emotions get the best of her.
Natalie rushed her mother to the ED because of complications following her LVAD, and it was obvious that her secret was going to bubble up to the surface.
Halstead already had his suspicions when Nat began asking about specific side-effects of the Kender trial drug, but when Carol mentioned she was taking some blue pill that Natalie gave her, he basically had all the proof he needed.
Will’s reaction was exactly what I expected, and it was pretty ridiculous that Manning tried to play the victim and pretend he was being out of line with his accusations.
She was insulting his intelligence by playing down the situation.
When you’re caught red-handed, you have to own up to it, girl!
Of course, Halstead’s wrath didn’t last too long. When Carol began showing signs of improvement, he gave Natalie the drugs back and then promised to get her more.
They may want it to be their little secret, but how naive can they be?
If anyone did a little digging, they’d be able to figure it out. Halstead specifically asked Sabeena about the drugs interactions with an LVAD just as Natalie’s mom made a miraculous recovery and was being taken off the LVAD.
Crockett seemed skeptical of Carol’s improvement, and I’m pretty sure he pieced it together.
Pills don’t just go missing right around the same time a patient’s help improves in an unprecedented way!
Maggie and Natalie may have made some mistakes, but Med’s biggest problem is officially Dr. Asher.
I’ve never liked the guy, and it’s fair to say most of the staff don’t get good vibes from him either.
He’s pulled a handful of stunts with April, and now, he’s got bad blood with Dr. Charles, whom he keeps brushing off when it comes to therapy.
By not dealing with his emotions and past trauma, Dr. Asher is just letting all of his anger fester.
And it resulted in one hell of an angry outburst after he wasn’t able to treat a patient the way he wanted to.
In fact, Asher always seems to get really snippy when he doesn’t get his way.
His patient, Neil, kept refusing treatment because he thought they were in a computer simulation. That’s a new one.
It’s definitely something that would irritate any doctor, especially one who wanted to help a patient before their appendix ruptured.
However, Asher had no right to undermine Charles’s diagnosis. Asher might not believe in therapy and psychologists, but Charles is good at his job and generally knows what he’s talking about.
The fact that Asher dismissed Charles and kept calling Neil a nutjob was concerning. At the end of the day, he was his patient, and if that’s what he believed in, they needed to honor that and work around it.
It’s even more concerning that he purposefully drugged a patient to force treatment and get his way.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prove it, but Asher is now on everyone’s radar.
He’s crossed April and Charles, and he’s slowly beginning to lose Choi’s trust.
I don’t see this ending well for him unless he gets the necessary help!
Crockett had the b-line plot for the week as he dealt with a newborn that was a victim of a drive-by shooting. The storyline was heartbreaking and it was supposed to touch upon Crockett’s own loss, but with everything else going on, it just didn’t stand out.
What did you think about the episode?
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Torrey DeVitto, Yaya DaCosta Leaving ‘Chicago Med’ Ahead of Season 7
Someone rush over a crash cart because this news has crushed us!
Chicago Med is losing two incredible cast members ahead of the NBC drama’s seventh season.
Torrey DeVitto, who plays doctor Natalie Manning, and Yaya DaCosta, who plays nurse April Sexton, will not be returning in the fall, per Deadline.
DaCosta is leaving to lead Lee Daniels’ Our Kind of People, which nabbed a straight-to-series order at FOX.
DeVitto, from Pretty Little Liars and One Tree Hill fame, will star in an upcoming indie film titled Skelly.
She even confirmed the news to her fans on social media, writing: “Well, looks like the cat is out of the bag…All good things must come to an end.
It has been such an honor and pure joy to bring Dr. Natalie Manning to life for all of you on Chicago Med for the past 6 seasons. But it is now time for her and me to bow out and say goodbye.
Thank you to all you loyal watchers who adored her as much as I did.
I can’t wait to share what’s to come with all of you. New adventures await!”
Both DeVitto and DaCosta have appeared in the #OneChicago franchise since Med’s premiere in 2015.
Per the publication, their contracts were up at the end of season 6 and both actresses decided not to renew.
The rest of the cast ( S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi and Marlyne Barrett as nurse Maggie Lockwood) is expected to return pending contract negotiations.
The current storylines have seemingly been setting up for the actresses’ exits as Manning found herself in hot water after stealing medication to help her mother, while April decided to return to nursing school.
We’ll definitely miss DeVitto and DaCosta, but we wish them the best of luck in future projects!
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Chicago Med Review – What a Tangled Web We Weave (6×13)
It’s rare that a Chicago Med episode focuses on Sharon Goodwin!
We’re used to seeing her mediating problems that arise within the hospital and between doctors, but on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 13, she was in the driver’s seat… quite literally.
A car accident sent Goodwin into a spiral after she accidentally hit a young boy who was on his bicycle.
The accident made Goodwin, who is usually levelheaded, act wildly out of character as she tried to “fix” the situation.
Dr. Choi and Dr. Charles advised her not to get involved as it was grounds for a lawsuit, but she simply couldn’t help herself.
Even when she was cleared of any wrongdoing — the police confirmed that the boy came out of nowhere and it wasn’t her fault — she was still overcome with guilt and wanted to help in any way she could.
Confronting the mother wasn’t the smartest choice on her part. Audiences and hospital staff know Goodwin, her character, and her heart, so we know she meant well and was coming from a place of love, but to a mother whose world has just been turned upside down, it was too soon and looked like damage-control.
No matter what led to the accident, the mom couldn’t help but blame Goodwin for what she’d done.
Things got even worse when Goodwin found out that DCFS was involved as the crash led them to the revelation that the mother was working a night shift and leaving her kids home alone.
Goodwin decided to offer the mother a custodian job at Gaffney during the day in hopes of alleviating some of the burden, which was actually a great solution and the least she could do.
Unfortunately, we never found out if they called off DCFS and if the mom was able to keep custody of her children.
You’d think after putting so much effort into the storyline, we’d at least get to see the resolution for the family.
The storyline briefly shined a light on the struggles of single mothers who have to work crazy hours to support their families and who can’t afford a sitter. Though I still wish there was more emphasis on how society as a whole could support moms in need so that they don’t have to get penalized by the government for doing their best. Most moms would rather not leave their children home alone but simply don’t have a choice.
Things also aren’t looking great for Natalie Manning.
Dr. Halstead was alerted to the missing trial drugs as they were never sent back, and when Natalie began asking too many questions, he likely figured out that she had something to do with their disappearance. Natbasically blew her own cover.
Why else would she ask about a random side-effect unless she had come in contact with a patient exhibiting the side-effect?
Obviously, this isn’t just bad for Natalie, it’s also terrible for Will because, as he noted, he’s responsible for the drugs. And he’s already on Sabine’s hit list.
I’m also surprised that Natalie thought that there would be no repercussions for her actions.
How does a doctor simply believe that no one is going to care if pills go missing? If they weren’t sent back then there’s a huge likelihood that they got into the wrong hands.
And since they’re part of a trial, the patient taking the drugs needs to be constantly monitored and assessed.
In trying to help her mother, Natalie may have just made things worse, especially if Carol begins to display concerning symptoms. A persistent cough might only be the beginning.
Natalie realized that the situation was getting out of hand, so when Crockett began asking for her to be honest about what was going on, she decided to break up with him.
I’ve said this in previous reviews, but I’ll say it again — why can’t the writers just allow for one healthy relationship? Why does every relationship need to be sabotaged?
In this case, Natalie broke up with Crockett to protect him otherwise he’d be considered an accomplice if she told him the truth, but it still sucks.
He opened up to her, he was honest with her about his past and his trauma, and it ended with her “needing space” and breaking his heart!
Honestly, no one was making sound decisions, which I guess made the title of the episode “What a Tangled Web We Weave” all the more fitting.
Maggie volunteered at a college fair because she knew it would allow her to meet Vanessa, the daughter she gave up for adoption.
The worst/best part of the situation was that Vanessa was a delight.
Maggie should be proud that her daughter is a bright young woman that’s pursuing a medical degree. But it’s also a heartbreaking realization that you missed out on so many crucial moments in this girl’s life.
Maggie tried to think that it was a sign that they were both in the same field, but I think that’s just her way of trying to find common ground with her daughter and hoping she subconsciously had some influence on her life.
And while it’s great that she got to meet her, it’s a betrayal of trust and one that could potentially backfire, especially as Maggie vouched for Vanessa to get a residency at Gaffney.
You know Vanessa is going to come work at Med and Maggie will get attached.
She can’t hide her identity forever. If she’s going to be in Vanessa’s life, she has to be transparent about who she is.
Dr. Archer continues to be absolutely terrible, and I can’t figure out his character at all.
What’s his deal?
We know he suffers from PTSD and refused to seek out therapy with Dr. Charles despite Choi’s orders, but now he’s got some beef with April for no apparent reason.
He tried to throw April under the bus after Choi supported her treatment suggestion. It felt as though he was trying to sabotage her by forcing her to perform a procedure even as she voiced her discomfort.
Then, when she confronted him about it, he tried to turn it around on her and blamed it on her lack of confidence. What the hell?
It didn’t really track considering he raved about how brilliant she was and offered to vouch for her to a medical director of a school.
It was also strange that he focused on April still being close friends with her ex as if that somehow played a role in her career.
Is he jealous? Is he smitten with April? Is he intimated? Does he want her to fail or succeed? I can’t really tell what’s going on here.
What did you think of the episode? What’s your take on Dr. Archer? I can’t be the only one who thinks he’s been shady ever since he got hired.
Do you think Manning is going to be exposed? Is Will going to pay the ultimate price?
Will Carol’s condition worsen because of the medication?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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