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Chicago Med Review – Winning the Battle, but Still Losing the War (803)

CHICAGO MED -- "Winning the Battle, but Still Loosing the War" Episode 803 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

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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?

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Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

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Chicago Med Review – I Think There’s Something You’re Not Telling Me (911)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 11 was Ripley-heavy, but I doubt most fans minded all that much, especially as he was sidelined last week due to the flu. 

The episode not only saw Ripley catching up with his childhood friend Sully, who previously refused cancer treatment, but we also met Sully’s pregnant girlfriend, Lynne, who also clued in Hannah on Ripley’s difficult childhood—helpful, since he wasn’t forthcoming with any information when she asked. 

His past was also brought up during the deposition with Pavel’s lawyer, who tried to get him to crack while bringing up the personal matter of institutionalization to discredit him. While it certainly struck a chord, Ripley proved that he’s done the work to get through it, though Charles, who feels partially responsible for the situation in Ripley’s past and the lawsuit, took it upon himself to encourage Sharon Goodwin to convince Ripley to settle. 

He figured out that Charles must’ve said something, but it was nice to see him not get upset by the fact either. These two have come quite a long way in their relationship this season, as Charles suggested that his past is his story to tell on his own terms. 

As for Sully, his coughing symptoms only worsened, landing him in the hospital, as Rip nudged his buddy to come clean to the mom of his future child. Sully’s hesitation to seek out treatment also stemmed from his past, noting that when his father was sent to prison, it was the best day of his life and that maybe Lynne and the baby were better off without him. Naturally, Ripley pointed out that it was just the fear talking and that he needed treatment in order to be a present dad to his kid and to break the cycle of abandonment and trauma. All in all, these two have made a lot of progress. 

Lynne, thankfully, wasn’t in early labor either, so the storyline had somewhat of a positive ending, though I’m sure we’ll see more from them soon. 

Loren’s helicopter incident in the woods the episode prior was also at the forefront as he essentially told Maggie he didn’t remember what they talked about (so he has no clue he professed his feelings for her!) and tried to minimize his injuries to prove himself to Archer for the trauma fellowship. However, Archer can’t be fooled as he’s also one of the people who tried to downplay his symptoms, so he was able to detect what Loren was doing right away. And he gave him some key advice—know when to pull back and prioritize your own health first. As they say, the job will always be there, but you can’t help your patients if you aren’t helping yourself.

As for Maggie, I think she owes it to the both of them to address what was said in such a dire state head-on, but I understand wanting to give Loren space for healing and recovery. She should’ve learned from that life-or-death situation that you should never leave anything unsaid.

Dr. Charles teamed up with a new intern, Naomi Howard, who experienced a bit of a rough start due to nerves. She was assigned to a patient named Jay, who ended up being misdiagnosed with depression when he should’ve been on mood stabilizers to treat what Charles assumed was bipolar disorder. It was a pretty intense case for Naomi to witness, even if she was sitting on the sidelines for much of it, as Charles had to get to the bottom of Jay’s motivations—proving his dad wrong about his career in the arts. Thankfully, by the end of the hour, he managed to persuade him to make the necessary change to his treatment by suggesting that you don’t have to suffer for your art.

What did you think of the episode? Are you digging the flirtation between Asher and Ripley?

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