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Chicago Med Season Premiere Review – Out With the Old, In With the New (7×01)

CHICAGO MED -- "You Can't Always Trust What You See" Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

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Something felt off about the season 7 premiere of Chicago Med

It wasn’t just the fact that Gaffney welcomed a slew of new faces,  but more so that the time jump was so forced as it abruptly sent Natalie packing and reinstated Will as a doctor. 

I know that the series tried their best to give fans closure following Torrey Devito’s departure, but since she already agreed to an appearance, couldn’t they have at least made the most of those few minutes of screentime?

Where was she going? Did it have something to do with her mother? And why was Will the one seeing her off? Is it because he covered for her and the stolen pills? The whole scene, much like her exit, felt rushed. 

After her exit, Will decided to ask Goodwin for a second chance since Nat confessed to stealing the trial meds, and Goodwin agreed under the condition that he’d basically become a mole and corner the new doctor, Matt Cooper (Michael Rady), for upselling an unnecessarily expensive and dangerous device called the Vask Comp in order to receive kickbacks. 

It definitely sounds like Goodwin is asking Halstead to just take a plunge into boiling hot water here, but what choice does he have? If he wants his old job back, he has to prove his loyalty. 

And, in a way, the good outweighs the bad as the hope is that his intel will help them pull a potentially dangerous device off the market. 

But why Will? Aside from the fact that he always makes absolutely nonsensical choices, he is said to have a past with Cooper, who used to date his cousin. 

There’s definitely some tension between Cooper and Halstead from the getgo when the latter propositions catching up over drinks. There’s also a weird line about Cooper being a “good boy” in his marriage, which alludes to the fact that he likely cheated on Halstead’s cousin.

And considering that he’s flirting with the lady working the counter, I’d say he isn’t as reformed as he’d like people to believe.

Just what we need — another frenemy for Halstead!

The fallout of the Kinder trial has really derailed his career, and his return to the ED isn’t necessarily welcomed with open arms, particularly by Crockett, another doctor who hasn’t seen eye-to-eye with Will in the past. 

Crockett was forced to rely on his former colleague when he accepted a former Kinder trial patient whose filed was locked. Halstead was the only person who had any insight into the patient’s history, but even when he tried to advise, Crockett hesitated to believe him and went with his gut instead. 

It’s a valid reaction considering Halstead’s murky past, but it was also a battle of the egos. 

This time, however, Halstead was right. 

And while Crockett’s ego may have been bruised, he was able to own up to his mistake. Call me crazy, but I think these two just might become friends after all. 

The biggest obstacle standing in the way of their friendship was Natalie, and since she left both of them in her dust, there’s really no reason to continue this feud. 

I’m willing to bet that if they work together, they can do great things. 

Cooper wasn’t nearly as problematic as Dr. Asher, who somehow, despite crossing every single doctor at Gaffney, snagged the Chief of ED position after Ethan’s shooting. 

Not only are Nat and April gone, but Ethan’s absence from the premiere was reduced to a one-liner about how he’s in rehab recovering.

I was kind of hoping Asher wasn’t going to stick around, but with all the recent departures, Med kind of needs him. 

His disdain for Dr. Charles and the field of psychology, in general, was at an all-time high.  Asher is a vet, so his approach to mental health is rather old school. He doesn’t really respect any Dr. Charles’ calls, particularly when they interfere with his ability to treat a patient. Asher continued to not be impressed that Charles indulged a patient’s fantasies or delusions, though it’s clear he also doesn’t really understand the science behind psychology. 

At the kickstart of the episode, they both made snarky comments to each other about the mishandling of Neil’s case, the man who believed he was living in a simulation and shot Ethan after Asher treated him against his will. The tension between them amplified when Asher treated two identical twins, one of whom needed her ovary removed. Since Jemma and Emma grew up without developing a sense of identity, they were convinced they had to do everything together in order to remain “one person.” Thus, the healthy twin also wanted Asher to remove her ovary, which was obviously unethical. 

Chicago Med Season 7 Premiere Review You Can't Always Trust What You See

CHICAGO MED — “You Can’t Always Trust What You See” Episode 701 — Pictured: (l-r) Kristin Hager as Dr. Stevie Hammer — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The whole relationship between the twins was borderline disturbing, and I kind of wish the series tapped into that more. However, I was impressed that Charles found a way to convince them to go through with the life-saving procedure without dismissing their feelings or beliefs. 

But despite emphasizing that he’s never seen a case quite like this one in his 40 years on the job, he probably should’ve anticipated the old switcheroo. 

Maybe Asher and Charkes will find a way to put their difference aside and learn from each other?

In addition to Cooper, there were two new faces making the rounds at Gaffney: Dylan Scott (Guy Lockard) and Stevie Hammer (Kristen Hager). 

Scott’s a former cop-turned-doctor who loves to share that tidbit with his patients, including a young boy who was bitten by a rattlesnake as part of a gang initiation. My guess is there’s going to be some tie-in to Chicago PD at some point as he told Will that he knew his brother Jay Halstead. 

Hammer, on the other hand, reminds me of Dr. Elsa Curry at times. She’s an emergency room attending that seems very perceptive. 

She also has a connection to Halstead as they attended med school together, so you can probably tack her onto his long list of love interests. Sparks will fly sooner rather than later, I’m sure. 

And since Halstead is a sucker for taking on his romantic partner’s burdens, it won’t be long before he gets involved with trying to help her homeless mother.

Neither of these characters have hooked me just yet, nor are they filling the Natalie and April-sized voids, but I’m not writing them off either. 

Scott, in particular, has the ability to offer a unique perspective as there hasn’t been a doctor that has also been on the other side of the coin and worked the streets of Chicago. 

Maggie’s storyline with her daughter, Taylor, is going to be a bigger focus this season. If I were to put my money on it, they’ll have a decent relationship by the time the season is over.

Though, I’m glad that Maggie is pulling back and following Taylor’s lead on this. Despite wanting to do what was best for Taylor, it was pretty manipulative of Maggie to get close to her daughter and withhold the truth about her identity. 

Taylor deserves all the space she needs, and my hope is that the series doesn’t force this storyline. 

Taylor can be curious about her mother while also resenting her for how she’s handled things up until now. And it’s not a surprise that she wants to focus on her career and not have this secret overshadow all the work that she’s doing. 

What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 7 premiere?

Did you find it struggled to find its footing with the new characters or did it make you excited for what’s to come this season?

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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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Chicago Med Review – Status Quo, aka The Mess We’re In (7×04)

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Chicago Med Recap Status Quo, aka The Mess We’re In Season 7 Episode 4

Speaking of status quo, the episode was a pretty straightforward installment of Chicago Med

Two storylines continued to be weaved through the cases of the week: Dr. Halstead’s involvement in Vas-COM and Crockett’s mentorship of Taylor. 

Dr. Halstead found himself almost crossing a line he couldn’t come back from when he considered sabotaging Dr. Neal Archer’s equipment in order to make a case for the Vas-COM. 

Thankfully, he put the patient first and stopped himself from doing something pretty terrible.

But in this case, I feel for Halstead. Goodwin has thrown him into a pretty messy situation, and she hasn’t given him any instructions as to how to proceed. 

Dr. Neal became an unexpected obstacle when Halstead couldn’t convince him to switch over to the Vas-COM. 

Neal’s response was expected, so I don’t know why Halstead ever thought he’d be able to change his mind. 

Also, Neal isn’t someone I would want to cross in this situation as he’s proven that he won’t hesitate to cause a scene or speak his mind. 

Episode after episode, I find myself muttering “he’s the worst” on several occasions. 

Chicago Med Recap Status Quo, aka The Mess We’re In Season 7 Episode 4

CHICAGO MED — “Status Quo, aka The Mess We’re In” Episode 704 — Pictured: (l-r) Steven Weber as Dr. Dean Archer, Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

I don’t know how this is going to pan out, but I don’t see it ending well for Halstead. 

Halstead had a pretty interesting case involving a frat bro with a severe stomach ache who was suffering from a tear caused by an ice cube. 

A little warning for those who like to eat ice chips: watch out… one wrong move and you could end up in Halstead’s ED. 

Taylor did cross a line with Crockett when she mistook his kindness for something a little more. 

Who can blame Taylor? Crockett is charming as hell. He’s taken his position as an adviser to heart and wants to make sure that she doesn’t burn herself out. 

There’s nothing stopping this romance either, but I can see how Crockett wouldn’t want to put himself or Taylor in that position.

However, knowing Chicago Med, it’s only a matter of time before he reciprocates those feelings. 

I wish I could say that the little heart-to-heart between Taylor and Dr. Hammer was cute, but they don’t really have that relationship built up, so it was unexpected. 

I wouldn’t want her to use this against Taylor in any way. 

Hammer, Taylor, and Maggie teamed up to prove that a patient was misdiagnosed over 30 years ago and found that Ashley never had cancer in the first place. 

She’s been living with the reality that she had a malignant tumor when it was, in fact, benign. 

While it was comforting to see her finally find out the truth, it was heartbreaking to learn that she lived her whole life constantly thinking that she was going to die. 

She should be able to sue that cancer center for misdiagnosis! They stole so much from her!

The best team-up on the series continues to be between Dr. Scott and Dr. Charles. 

Neal suggested that there wasn’t a place for psychology in the ED, but time and time again, cases prove that it is so vital. 

In fact, more emphasis needs to be put on mental health.

Scott’s situation with Roland was the perfect example of how flawed the system is.

If he hadn’t arrived on the scene, the altercation with the CPD likely would’ve ended with Roland in the ground rather than seeking the proper treatment to learn that he was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia!

It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, cops aren’t given resources to deal with mental health issues such as psychotic breaks.

They immediately reach for their weapon, and while sometimes, it’s necessary, in Roland’s case, he simply needed to be calmed down and treated like a human being.

Dr. Charles was eventually able to realize that Roland’s medication was hurting rather than helping him. Instead of schizophrenia, Roland had bipolar disorder, which explained the break. 

I love that the case ushered in a storyline where Scott and Charles will work alongside the CPD as resources to reform the current practices and teach de-escalation techniques. 

Simply, a better understanding of mental health could make a world of difference. 

And there’s no one better, more experienced, and kinder for the job than Dr. Charles. 

Finally —  and this is just a rogue criticism — what’s up with all these new doctors at Med stepping on toes?

There were two doctor’s that Crockett butted heads with about treatment that just felt so out of character for the series.

It’s not nearly as compelling when he gets into it with two doctors that don’t actually have a larger presence on the show. We’re obviously always going to root for Crockett! 

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


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Chicago Med Review – Be The Change You Want to See (7×03)

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Chicago Med Review Be The Change You Want To See Season 7 Episode 3

Dr. Halstead keeps on keepin’ on. 

On Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 3, he successfully baited Dr. Cooper into becoming a rep for Vas-COM and reaping the rewards. 

It didn’t take much convincing on his part either; all he had to do was play the “I’m poor” card, and Cooper at it all up. 

Halstead’s goal will be to prove that Cooper is getting plenty of kickbacks for up-charging the device.

Leave it to Will to be the do-gooder of the hospital. 

Sometimes, it’s fine, but most of the time, it backfires as it did with his patient, Candace. 

Candace was an influential blogger who ended up in the ER and admitted to crying wolf about her lupus diagnosis. She claimed she was having active flair-ups when the reality was that she was in remission for years. 

Halstead immediately got on his holier than thou soap box to judge her in a condescending tone. He even suggested she was taking donations and stealing them from real charities. 

While the writers never cleared that up, it didn’t seem like Candace was lying to get money out of people. She simply liked the sense of community that the diagnosis offered her. 

And had Halstead treated her like a human and gave her some time to explain, he would have known that. 

Or, at the very least, understood where she was coming from. 

Dr. Scott did that, which allowed him to provide some rational and sound advice that convinced Candace to be transparent with her followers. 

Scott is really growing on me, I’ll be honest. 

I love that this is the second time in a week where one of the “newbies” has called Will out on the actions that he continuously repeats (and gets away with!). 

Unfortunately, by the end of the hour, Halstead had to deliver the news that Candace’s lupus was actually active again. 

Dr. Scott also saved a young boy after he was shot while playing pretend with a real gun. 

Chicago Med Review Be The Change You Want To See Season 7 Episode 3

CHICAGO MED — “Be The Change You Want To See” Episode 703 — Pictured: (l-r) Asjha Cooper as Vanessa Taylor, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

While he really tried to hone in on the “guns are not toys” message, the storyline was worrisome because a child that age should know better. However, it never hurts to have a little reminder! 

Thankfully, Michael was rushed to the hospital in time and was on his way to making a full recovery. 

The shooting took place while Dr. Scott was playing basketball with his sister — a cop — and Atwater. If this means more crossovers with Atwater, I’m on board. 

Also, could this potentially be a new love interest for Atwater? He’s long overdue. 

Dr. Hammer and Maggie spent the episode tending to one of the hospital’s biggest donors, but the storyline took a dangerous turn when the man, Jim, made an unwanted move on Hammer. 

Despite her pleas for him to stop, Jim didn’t let up, and she eventually pushed him off, which caused him to take a tumble.

The hospital’s lawyer questioned Stevie’s accounts of the incident suggesting that a man touching her on the arm wasn’t inappropriate, but thank goodness Goodwin stepped up and emphasized that “no means no.”

Let’s start believing women!

Jim owned up to his actions only after Stevie realized that his actions were being caused by a tumor. 

I’d say Jim is probably feeling like he just got his money’s worth from his donations. 

Elsewhere, Crockett allowed Taylor to shadow him as he attempted to convince a young patient to get immediate surgery on a large tumor in her neck. 

There’s definitely a romance brewing between Crockett and Taylor — which was confirmed by the teaser for the upcoming episode — though, I’m not sure if the feelings are one-sided. 

How much older is Crockett anyway?

You know this isn’t going to sit well with Maggie, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she lets it slip that she’s Taylor’s biological mother while trying to keep Crockett at bay. 

Bottom line — Maggie is going to meddle in some way that won’t sit right with Taylor. 

Dr. Charles better gear up for his battle with Dr. Archer, who seems hellbent on getting rid of psychology in the E.D.  According to him, it doesn’t belong in emergency treatment. 

He must not realize how many cases require a consult from Dr. Charles. It would obviously be a mistake on Archer’s part, but he’s never been too fond of therapy or psychology, so this isn’t surprising at all. 

Even something as simple as getting surgery on a tumor required some persuading from Dr. Charles. 

A Chief of the ED that leads with emotion and personal bias isn’t going to last long at all.

The fact that he extended an incentive to the people who are able to have the highest turnover of patients is ridiculous. 

Having more patients does not mean saving more lives, but it does mean carelessness. I wonder if Goodwin signed off on that. 

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


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