Welcome to the Wild, Wild West… er, sorry, Gaffney Medical.
Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 3 connected back to a patient introduced earlier this season, and I’m so glad that it did because, in my previous review, I mentioned being disappointed that the series just left us hanging when it came to David’s care.
The young man, who Charles diagnosed with schizophrenia in the season 8 premiere episode, was rushed to the ED after running naked into traffic. During his evaluation, Charles and Cuevas informed David’s mother that he was suffering from delusion persecution, which is common in untreated patients. Of course, if you remember, David’s parents had a pretty dramatic reaction to his diagnosis when it was first revealed, which caused them to bolt out of the hospital, something the mother apologizes for. It’s clear now that David’s episodes are only intensifying and this isn’t something they can just turn a blind eye to. David needs real help from professionals—the reality is that he’s dealing with a mental health issue that’s not going to go away anytime soon.
All the stress caused David’s father to collapse, and honestly, if you’re going to have any kind of medical emergency, there’s no better place than the ED. While it seemed as though he had a heart attack, it was actually a tear near his heart that required open heart surgery. The poor mom was just trying to manage everything and navigate this new world for her family, but thankfully, the procedure went off without a hitch.
The tension between Charles and Cuevas came to a head when they disagreed on how to treat David. Cuevas then bypassed Charles and gave him a high dose of meds to calm him down, which upset Charles as it diminished any progress of building trust that they previously made. Cuevas, however, stood by her decision because it was the “standard care of treatment,” which honestly, infuriated Charles even more. She may not be a trainee, but it’s a rookie mistake as she looked at the patient with a one lens fits all rather than as a human being that has individual needs. She also scoffed at Charles’ approach of giving into David’s delusions because “the literature” warned against it, but Charles, who has been doing this for most of his life, knows what works in actuality better than anyone.
While Cuevas certainly rubbed me the wrong way, I was really happy to see her come around. There’s no argument that there’s a benefit to updating old and outdated processes, but sometimes, those are the ones that work best. Instead of overriding Dr. Charles, she should’ve been learning from him, asking questions, following his cues, and just absorbing the in-real-life knowledge. That’s why there are mentors and attendees and all that fun stuff.
But that’s a lesson that needs to be extended to literally most of the residents this season, including Crockett’s resident Kai. Crockett apologized to him, but you could tell that Kai didn’t learn from his mistake and still thought he knew better. I can’t wait for this to come up in future episodes.
Unfortunately, Crockett didn’t exactly make the best decisions this week, as he gave a patient steroids in order to “con” a surgery that Sam refused to do because of the risky outcomes. When Sam pieced it together, he was livid, but when he took it out on Vanessa, she was completely confused. Crockett, who was supposed to be her partner, left her in the dark completely. And when she confronted him about it, his excuse was that his status at the hospital offered him more protection so he was just keeping her out of it. It’s admirable when a doctor wants to go above and beyond for their patient, but some rules simply aren’t worth breaking. And Sam was already weary of Crockett’s judgment after what transpired with Pamela Blake. Now, it seems Crockett has two enemies in the ED…. and the list just keeps growing.
Halstead also made a poor decision when treating his patient who had a confirmed case of MRSA. Supply chain issues hit Gaffney, so a system was put in place that prevented some medications that were in demand and in short supply from being prescribed, including the antibiotic necessary for Halstead’s patient. Sharon wouldn’t budge on it either, giving him a workaround that didn’t exactly sound appealing to him. So what did Halstead do? He prescribed a medication that his patient was clearly allergic to and then promised to try to mitigate the reaction as part of some exposure procedure. It worked, but it was definitely risky, and Goodwin knew that if something had gone wrong, Halstead’s decision wouldn’t have been upheld in court. Of course, Halstead is known for making rogue decisions and getting away with it so I don’t expect this to be any different.
And finally, Dr. Choi treated a pregnant patient who refused to be treated by Hannah Asher because of her addiction. Choi didn’t fight the patient on it or question it, but when Asher found out, she was not pleased, thinking that it meant that Choi didn’t think she was qualified. That is until Liza became very sick and Asher immediately recognized her. Liza was going through withdrawals, but since she found out she was pregnant, she didn’t want them to drug test her and take away her baby. It was a heartbreaking scene, especially as Liza acknowledges her past mistakes and vowed to do better for her unborn child. And, as Choi pointed out, no one would’ve been able to connect with her the way Dr. Asher did since no one else had ever battled addiction before. I was, however, pleasantly surprised that Choi agreed to turn the other way rather than reporting Liza for using while pregnant. He’s making progress!
Asher made a comment about not wanting to be plagued by her past, but sometimes, your past really comes in handy and allows you to learn and grow while still acknowledging the road traveled.
What did you think of the episode?
Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5 Review – I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You
It was a rough shift for everyone on Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5. The episode focused on plenty of heartbreaking cases, which naturally take a toll on the doctors who do their best for the patients who walk through their doors.
One of the newest members of the team, Dr. Ripley, responded to help an elderly man suffering from hypothermia, who seemed disoriented and kept calling out for someone named “Betty.” While Alzheimer’s and dementia came to mind, especially due to Jimmy’s elderly age, a CT scan revealed something much more horrific: the patient was the victim of a lobotomy conducted at Med roughly 60 years ago. Ripley and Charles surmised that Jimmy was a problem child, so they took care of it by messing with his brain, not giving him a chance at a full life. Jimmy ventured to the hospital hoping to help his sister and caretaker, who took a fall at home, but by the time PD got an address, they were too late and she passed away due to natural causes. Ripley had to break the news to Jimmy, who, in his regressed state of mind, couldn’t understand what was happening—and it was gutwrenching to watch. Ripley felt so bad when he called social services, in fact, that he promised to visit Jimmy so that they could talk about Betty, knowing that the man had no one else looking out for him and was let down by his loved ones for so many years.
The case also hit close to home for Ripley, who had disciplinary issues as a teen and who felt abandoned by those who should’ve helped him, something Dr. Charles apologized for when he was his psychologist. The nature of the relationship between these two remains one of the most compelling storylines this season.
Another newbie, Dr. Zola, tapped in Dr. Marcel when Alex’s parents brought him in with concerns over his very high heart rate. He ended up needing appendix surgery, but during the procedure, they found cancer before running into some trouble with one of the drugs they used to wake him up from his anesthesia, nearly killing the 14-year-old. Zola insisted that Med pull the medication immediately, but Crocket knew that it wasn’t that easy, and after he brought it up in one of the meetings, the board decided to keep it in rotation and make a case to the FDA. When Zola said she’d pursue it further, Crockett advised her to drop it, and with all the hot water she’s gotten herself in during her short time at Med, she should probably heed his advice for now—though I do anticipate we’ll see this storyline pop up down the line with everyone eventually agreeing that Zola’s instincts were right.
Dr. Charles’ tough day also included getting his longtime friend, Bert, checked out at Sharon Goodwin’s request. Ever since Bert came into the ED after falling while watching his grandson, there have been concerns about cognitive decline, particularly since his family has a history of dementia. And since Bert is the kind of person who refuses to see a doctor, Goodwin had to get creative, though when they finally sat him down to have a chat about their concerns, he felt ambushed and bolted out. It’s scary to be told that there may be something happening with your memory, but the signs are all there and it’s important to get ahead of it. Eventually, he came around to the idea, agreeing to get further tests if it gets Sharon off of his back.
Dr. Asher took on a patient brought in by Dr. Johsnon (you know I’m happy to see him coming around more often). The couple’s dream pregnancy turned into a nightmare when the woman’s water broke at 15 weeks and the doctors refused to do a D&C for fear of legal repercussions. Instead, they sent her away and kept telling the husband that the situation wasn’t an emergency as she carried a dead fetus and developed an infection. Eventually, he trekked from his rural home to Chicago to seek out help before it was too late—and by that point, the woman had gone into septic shock. It was touch and go there as Asher tried to save the woman’s uterus while also preventing her from hemorrhaging out during the operation. Everything ended up just fine, all things considered, with the couple candidly exploring future options for their family that they were both comfortable with. Without fully touching upon the complexities of the current laws surrounding pregnancies and miscarriages, Chicago Med showed the dangers of laws that work against women, their choices, and their safety.
And finally, Dr. Archer was unable to save a patient that his son brought into the ED who was having shortness of breath. Sean, who is a counselor at a rehab facility, put all of his faith in his father, but sometimes, things are simply out of everyone’s control, which was hard for him to accept as he was full of hope and positivity, trying to help people with their second chance at life. While it’s unclear what caused Damon’s fluid in the lungs, it may have been caused by persistent drug use, which led to heart failure, and meant he was too far gone to be saved. I’m just hoping that Damon’s death doesn’t send Sean off the deep end or make him second-guess his career path—it’s just a reminder that life doesn’t always work out the way you want or expect it too.
Maggie assisted Dr. Johnson throughout his visit, all while getting her divorce papers officially notarized. When the moment finally came, it was nice to see her get the support of Asher and Zola, while also acknowledging that she has an interest in Johnson… when she’s finally ready to get back out there again.
What did you think of the episode? Did it pull on your heartstrings?
Is ‘Chicago Med’ New Tonight? What We Know About Season 9 Episode 5
One Chicago fans are likely itching for new episodes of their favorite dramas, but unfortunately, you’ll have to wait quite a bit for them to arrive.
The franchise is taking a brief hiatus and skipping a week (already, I know, doesn’t it feel like season 9 just started?). There will be no new episode on February 14, 2024, likely because the network figured that with Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, they would lose out on a good chunk of audience. Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5 will return the following week on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. In place of a new episode, NBC will be airing a rerun of the season 9 premiere.
Those looking forward to even more drama in the ED can check out the synopsis for the upcoming episode, titled “I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You”—Goodwin recruits Charles to evaluate her ex-husband’s memory; Archer treats one of Sean’s peers from the rehab centre; Asher treats a woman from a rural clinic whose miscarriage was improperly treated.
You can also check out a promo for the episode to keep you hanging in until next week!
Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4 Review – These are Not the Droids You are Looking For
On Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4, the ED doctors were presented with two cases that left them a little stumped, plus the new resident continued with her renegade antics, to which Dr. Archer immediately put a stop to.
Zola teamed up with Maggie to treat a patient named Floyd who had abdominal pain and nausea. But like with most of the patients that she’s encountered during her short tenure, Floyd’s insurance declined to cover the cost of some of the many tests he needed to help them come up with a treatment plan. While Maggie immediately shut down the option of “fraud,”—and bold of Zola to even suggest it—she did run some bloodwork off-site, though it didn’t reveal anything helpful. Zola then took it upon herself to ask a tech in CT to run a scan off-books, but that also came up short, so they didn’t have much of a choice but to discharge him. But Floyd was back soon after he left with persistent vomiting, and at that point, it was considered a medical emergency so his insurance had to cover the cost of surgery. While the initial suspicion was that his gallbladder was acting up, Crockett found a piece of wire from a barbecue brush lodged in his abdominal wall—a reminder that you shouldn’t use those wired brushes to clean your grill!
Zola’s behavior was reprimanded by Archer, but to go along with his new grateful outlook on life, he signed her up for ethics classes for a 10-week period rather than firing her, which is honestly, probably something beneficial. Zola doesn’t like to see people turned away from the care that they need because of red tape, which she explained stems from the loss of her neighbor when she was 16 after she didn’t see a doctor in time to fight lung cancer because of the holdups with insurance. It’s a sound reason–and her fight is admirable, which makes it hard to disagree with her at times—but rules are there for a reason. Oftentimes, there are workarounds or ways to bend them in your favor, but you can’t cross the line completely or it could cost you and the hospital.
Archer took issue with Zola, but Hannah Asher seemed to have her back, recalling how long it took him to warm up to her. Asher’s love life has been a hot topic, mostly because the series is trying to push her and Ripley together, but it was hilarious to see her navigate her first D pic, especially because it revealed that the caveman-like suitor Wyatt had some kind of lesion that looked like it might be syphilis.
She played her cards right, getting him to agree to meet her in the ED before she sent in Ripley to get him a medical diagnosis. The look on his face was priceless.
While it ended up not being an STI, it was partially the reason for her decision to cancel their dinner later that night. This was not the beginning of their love story! And, in general, D pics are a major red flag for most women, sorry, Wyatt.
It’s nice to see Asher, Nellie and Zola form a little girl group where they can chat about things like dating—hospital gossip is the best kind.
Dr. Johnson is in the building, and I’m hoping for our sake—and Maggie’s—that he sticks around. Med needs some fresh blood, and Johnson is the perfect fit. And while I loved Maggie and Ben, it definitely seems like that ship has sailed and there’s a bit of interest from Johnson, so I’m rooting for them.
Sharon’s family drama also took center stage when her ex-husband Bert and her nephew Isaiah were brought into the ED after the former fell on the latter. While it seemed like just a mere accident (and thankfully no one was seriously injured), Isaiah’s mother (and Sharon’s daughter) Tara was convinced something else was up with her dad, which Sharon dismissed initially. But when Tara provided proof of Bert opening up a closet door and forgetting where he was on Isaiah’s toddler camera, Sharon could no longer deny it, even if she wanted everything to turn out okay. Bert’s cognitive health might be declining, which will likely put a strain on her new relationship. She and Bert may no longer be together, but they remain on good terms and she cares about him a lot, so she’ll be there for the father of her children.
What did you think of the episode?
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