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Chicago Med Season 5 Premiere – Never Going Back to Normal (5×01)

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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.

Related: Chicago Med – The Space Between Us (4×17)

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 Fall Finale Review – Natalie Remembers, [SPOILER] Kiss (5×09)

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Plenty of character’s found themselves uncertain of what their future held on the fall finale of Chicago Med.

Throughout the hour, Natalie’s memories slowly began coming back to her until she realized that’s she’s been a bitch to Will Halstead this whole time.

She didn’t go to his car to tell him about her engagement to Philip, she went there to tell him she loved him.

But you know how timing is everything? Well, her timing was slightly off.

Halstead wasn’t interested in hearing anything she had to say because he didn’t care. When she told him to “get out of her life,” Halstead did just that. And what did he find? Well, what we’ve all been saying all along: they’re better off without each other.

In a surprising twist, Halstead told Natalie that he moved on, and once he did, he realized the toxic nature of their relationship. All they do is hurt each other and that’s not what a relationship should be built upon.

When Natalie reiterated that she loved him, Will hit her with “I’m free now,” and boy, that one had to sting.

Natalie went from having two men pining over her to being completely alone.

And you know what, she should embrace that. Being alone and getting some clarity might do well for her.

I’m seriously impressed with Dr. Halstead’s realizations since, for a moment, it felt like his obsession with Nat would consume him.

It’ll be interesting to see her attempt to win him back now instead of the other way around.

Phillip’s storyline got some kind of explanation as baby Sophie was brought into the hospital and abandoned by her father.

Despite saying he didn’t have any family in Chicago, it turned out that he had a sister and brother-in-law who showed up for their niece.

And that’s when they offered up the explanation we’ve been looking for  — Philip is a pathological liar.

I knew it.

Philip only cared for Sophie because he was getting something out of it, in this case, Natalie, but once she broke up with him, he no longer cared about his own child.

Worst of all, he requested a DNR, which meant that the hospital wouldn’t be able to resuscitate the infant during surgery if anything went wrong.

Thankfully, Dr. Latham agreed to take on the surgery and it went off without a hitch.

Baby Sophie will live to see another day, likely with her aunt and uncle, though I’d love for her to get adopted by Natalie.

Is this the end of the Philip storyline? I’m glad the acknowledged that there was something fundamentally wrong with him, but I expected something more dramatic.

Natalie didn’t even process the fact that she’d been dating someone so messed up because she was too focused on getting her memories back.

CeCe is dying and Dr. Charles threw her a “bon voyage” party as a last celebration with all of her loved ones.

It’s a tough pill to swallow as we saw with Dr. Charles’ breakdown. He’s always so rationale and put together, but seeing him unable to control his emotions proved that he’s human, too.

Then, he got it together again and was strong for his wife.

I’m going to assume that when the show returns in 2020, CeCe will have passed.

However, in a surprising turn of events, Ben is doing significantly better.

At one point, everyone lost all hope and assumed that he had a few hours left to live. His counts were low and he was in respiratory failure.

And then suddenly, he made an impressive recovery, one Dr. Lanik credits with stopping the chemo so that his immune system rebooted and fought the infection.

Ben will seemingly live to see another day, which means that maybe Maggie will get her happy ending after all.

Lord knows she deserves it. She hasn’t left Ben’s side this whole time despite being sick herself.

And then, we have the mess that is Ethan and April’s relationship.

It’s frustrating that April wouldn’t just be honest with Ethan about her prognosis. It’s no secret that April has struggled to get pregnant before, so the early onset menopause wasn’t a major shock.

It’s because of April’s struggles before that Ethan is coming off completely insensitive.

Both of them agreed that maybe it would be cool to have a child together passively and all of a sudden, he has expectant father books.

He’s too pushy about it, which explains why April kept her diagnosis to herself. She didn’t want to let him down.

She was also processing what it meant for her. Did she want to spend thousands on in-Vitro to have a child? Was a child just not in her cards? Was she okay with that?

April has a lot to figure out in terms of her own future, and instead of facing it with Ethan, she ran away from it and found comfort in Crockett’s arms.

You guys, that kiss left me shook.

They have a spark, I’m not going to lie, but Ethan deserved better than to get cheated on the moment he was deployed.

If April is so unsure of what she wants, she should have broken up with him for the time being.

Instead, she cheated and from the upcoming episode promo, we see that Ethan is going to come back and propose to her.

When she finally does tell him, he’s never going to forgive her.

If the show really wants to add some soapy drama to this love triangle, April should get pregnant with Crockett’s baby after a one-night-stand.

Now that would be something.

It also didn’t help that April and Ethan were on two opposing sides when it came to their patient’s treatment.

Ethan’s patient’s death was unfortunate, but it didn’t negate the fact that they’d already signed off on giving a kidney to another patient in need.

I could understand calling off the kidney transplant if they hadn’t cut the kidney out yet, but since it was already out of the mother’s body and on ice, it only made sense to give it to the rightful recipient.

Ethan’s ethics haven’t been lining up with April’s for a while now, which only proves that they’re not as compatible as they thought.

Also, wasn’t it strange that there was absolutely no mention of Noah, his situation, or what went down with Jacinta?

April was so preoccupied with her Ethan/Crockett/pregnancy drama that she completely forgot about her brother.

From what I expected out of this finale, I was slightly underwhelmed, but there’s enough here to give us something to work with when the season picks back up in 2020.

What did you think?

Will April stay with Choi?

Are Natalie and Will done?

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Chicago Med Review – Too Close to the Sun (5×08)

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Chicago Med has taken on a rather depressing tone as of late.

Charles’ wife Cece and Maggie are both dealing with the C-word, which was bad enough, but now Maggie’s new cancer-friend Ben only has a few days to live.

Why do the writers want to see our characters suffer?

We knew from the moment Maggie met Ben that he wasn’t going to survive. It’s just the unspoken rule of television, but they could have given her at least a few episodes with him before ripping the rug out from under them.

The worst part is that Ben isn’t even succumbing to his cancer. He got measles which turned into pneumonia.

How unfortunate.

Watching Maggie desperately try to honor his last wishes was heartbreaking.

On one hand, you can call her selfish for forging Nat’s signature and trying to bring him back home. The old Maggie would have never made such a careless decision and put the public at such danger.

And it’s that same Maggie that saw all those kids playing in front of his house and brought him back to the hospital.

But on the other hand, how can we sit here and criticize a woman who is not only going through her own hardships but is now having to lose a person she cared about.

Maggie has always been in control but right now, she’s helpless.

Sadly, I don’t think her storyline is going to get more uplifting anytime soon.

April’s in too deep and Dr. Choi is catching on.

It’s unclear what really made Dr. Choi suspicious of Crockett. Towards the end, all that sexual tension between April and Crockett diminished as he seemingly accepted that she was with Choi.

However, this show thrives on drama so Choi will likely confront April about it which will lead to her confessing that something almost happened between the two of them and it’ll send their relationship in for a loop.

I hadn’t jumped on Team Crockett until this episode.

He not only proved that his gut-instinct about when to jump in and save a life was right, but he also respected Noah’s wishes and kept his secret until he was forced to tell the police.

Noah made a mistake, and it’s one he paid dearly for it.

Based on his conversation with Crockett in the beginning, it’s been a few weeks since Jacinta was admitted into the ER.

They likely thought things had died down and her gang forgot about her, but they caught her exiting Med.

It’s unclear if there’s going to be a follow up to this story, but I feel like they can’t just leave us wondering what happened.

Did Jacinta return to the gang? Did they kidnap her? Will Intelligence find her?

Does Noah need to move now?

On the relationship front, Natalie and Will didn’t even cross paths, which was a nice change of pace.

But I cannot be the only one who was surprised that he was dating some bubbly, new paramedic.

When did that happen? How did Will get over Natalie so quickly?

This, of course, messes up Lauren’s plans to pursue the doctor, and man, I felt for her.

She’s been so emotionally unattached for most of the series and the one time she opens up, this happens.

Poor Lauren.

Also, it’s so hilarious how blind Halstead is to what’s happening right in front of him.

It as obvious that she was trying to ask him to go to the concert.

Dr. Choi’s case-of-the-week was ridiculous and an exaggerated look at how badly people need validation from the social media world.

The patient only did whatever his dedicated following voted on.

Sure, making that kind of money is nice, but what kind of “fans” do you have if they chose to watch you suffer and refuse to allow you to get surgery?

The people of the internet never cared about him, and when Dr. Charles had them vote on whether or not he should jump off the ledge, 60% voted yes.

That’s so messed up.

Dr. Charles really pushed the boundaries with that out-of-the-box method, but I can’t say it wasn’t effective.

What did you think of tonight’s episode?

Which one was your favorite storyline?

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Chicago Med – Who Knows What Tomorrow Brings (5×07)

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Chicago Med has moved on from a love triangle between Will, Natalie, and Philip to an unnecessary love triangle between Crockett, April, and Dr. Choi.
And honestly, it’s not a love triangle I’m excited about.
There have been a lot of up-and-down moments between April and Choi, but they’re finally in a good place together. More specifically, a place where they’re ready to make babies.
Which, in the Chicago Med world, obviously means that something is going to come between them. That something being the newest doctor, Crockett.
He’s been making passes at April since his character was first introduced, but none of those have been reciprocated by April until the final moments of this episode.
I’ll admit, the chemistry between them was electric and way more intense that anything with Choi lately, but isn’t that always the case with a “new fling.” It’s shiny and new and not complicated.
If April had given into Crockett’s flirting, it would have been a heat of the moment thing rather than something she’s wanted and contemplated.
She pulled away… this time, but the guilt she’s feeling isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Especially not when she has to work alongside Crockett.
Will she be able to table those feelings as a one-time thing or is this going to be a relationship she considers pursuing?
And will she be honest about it with Choi? Sure, nothing happened physically but something did happen between them — emotional cheating.
The fact that April and Choi weren’t on the same page when it came to their patient’s treatment definitely played a role.
But not being on the same page is a reflection of their home life as well. They both want to have a baby, but whereas April is more about going with the flow, Choi has a whole ovulation schedule pinned up to the fridge. Definitely not subtle or romantic.
Choi continues to exemplify his most unattractive quality by making rash decisions that don’t truly benefit their patients.
Since the patient was part of the ARMY and had gone AWOL, Choi’s dedication was to the government rather than to the patient who begged him to keep them out of it.
I’m not entirely sure if it was a breach of patient confidentiality — Choi’s reasoning was valid and in any other circumstance, he would have contacted the manufacturer of the prosthetic arm.
But this case was different because the manufacturer was the army.
And for what? They didn’t have a problem treating the patient despite the advanced prosthetic arm when push came to shove with the army. Choi recognized that the decision he made wasn’t the best but unfortunately, it was too late.
The army saw the patient as an asset and investment and didn’t prioritize her health.
If April, Choi, and Crockett didn’t fight for that patient who knows what would have happened to her?
And similarly, they have no idea what will happen to her now that the Army knows she broke the rules.
Will had his most wild case involving a patient that thought he was a vampire. But it wasn’t new or riveting to fans of The Resident because the FOX show just did that exact same storyline.
I’m not even kidding — The Resident had a patient who thought he was a vampire.
A vampire storyline in a medical field is not the kind of storyline you see every day, so I almost feel like it was a knock-off, but considering how far in advance these episodes are shot, I have to assume it was entirely coincidental, which is even creepier than the storyline itself.
Anyways, much like on The Resident, the patient was in dire health and yet the patient’s girlfriend refused medical treatment on their behalf.
But unlike on The Resident, this patient also burned whenever he stepped into the sun. I know vampires aren’t real, but there was a moment I truly considered it.
Dr. Charles knew just how to get through to the patient who was only taking on a blood-sucking life to appease his girlfriend, and when the patient realized the girl wasn’t coming back for him, he realized the errors of his ways.
Finally, they were able to diagnose him with hepatitis C, which explained why he would get blotches after stepping into the sun. Whew. Chicago goes another day without nightwalkers roaming the streets. We’re safe.
The same cannot be said for Dr. Charles who was bit by the woman who likely infected her “vampire BF” with hepatitis. Was he infected?
To quote Rihanna, Maggie found love in a hopeless place. Who knew that Maggie would find love while getting chemotherapy of all places?
You never know when you’ll find ‘the one.’
Maggie and Ben clicked immediately and from there, things moved quickly. She deserves it. Maggie has never had a proper love story, but considering the fragile nature of their sicknesses, I’m terrified it’s going to end catastrophically.
I don’t know if Maggie could lose someone she just started caring about while also fighting off her own cancer.
Maybe the writers will have mercy on all of us and allow Maggie’s happiness to carry on?
There wasn’t much on the Natalie and Will front aside from him completely ignoring her wishes to “get out of my life.”
Like, Will really attempted to say hi to her after she made it clear that she didn’t want to have anything to do with him. Oh, Will, do you ever learn? Respecting someone’s space should not be this difficult.
There also wasn’t any resolution on Natalie’s memory loss, which is odd, and I’m surprised that Phillip didn’t pose an issue at all this week. The lack of follow up is hindering the progress that could be made with this storyline.
And what’s going on between Elsa and Will? Is she finally allowing her emotions to shine through? And does that mean she’ll now have a thing with Will? I’m not supporting the direction of this storyline.
Elsa’s storyline doesn’t make much sense to me and they didn’t offer much of an explanation as to why she was repressing her emotions.

What did you think of Chicago Med?

Should April pursue Crockett? Should she tell Choi?

Are Elsa and Will going to become an item?

 

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