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?
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 3 Review – What Happens in the Dark Always Comes to Light
Things got a little messy in the ED on Chicago Med Season 10 Episode 3. Think delivering your first date’s wife’s baby messy.
Hannah learned the hard way that things can go very wrong on dating apps—and people aren’t always who they say they are. She thought she had a really great first date—aside from having to peel off to help revive two bargoers overdosing on cocaine laced with fentanyl—with Kyle, but the next day, she was ambushed at work by Kyle’s (real name Nick) very pregnant wife.
Of course, Hannah didn’t know her date had a wife, let alone a pregnant one, so it came as quite a shocker, but even as she was being accused of being a homewrecker, she put her patient first, and when the woman went into labor, she promised to help her deliver the baby safely.
Thankfully, it was just one date, so Hannah dodged a bullet (Nick didn’t even show all that much remorse aside from offering lame excuses), but it wasn’t a huge loss as even during the date, there was an exchange of chemistry between Hannah and the new doc Ripley. They make a cute pair, so I’m rooting for them, but I’m also a bit wary considering Dr. Charles’ concerns over his impulsive behavior, including the anger from his teenage years. He seems to have gotten a hold on it, but we’ll see what happens as the season progresses.
It was also the first time that Hannah worked with someone other than Archer, who is recovering from his kidney transplant with his son Sean, but it was a nice way to mix things up on the ED floor.
It was hard not to feel for Tessa, who was blindsided by her husband’s cheating, but I wish women would place less blame on other women and hold their husbands more accountable. Instead of tracking down Hannah at the hospital to call her out in front of all of her colleagues, she should’ve spoken with Nick first. More often than not, the other woman doesn’t know the full truth—and it takes two to tango.
Crockett and Ahmad were paired up once again, and she was, as per usual, up to her rogue shenanigans. Her intentions are always good with her patients in mind, but her execution could use a little work, especially when she blasted Crockett’s name on a viral social media post attacking the insurance company.
Crockett likely has a lot of opinions about how things work in the medical industry, but there’s a way of making change without poking the bear. Sometimes, it’s necessary, but you don’t always want to burn your bridges. Ahmad’s impulsivity is her weakness—and she should heed Crockett’s advice and use the people in those rooms to her advantage to make a real impact. Having Sharon Goodwin on your side is much more beneficial than making an enemy out of her. Ahmad’s unconventional approach did, however, ensure that the insurance pushed through her patient’s surgery, likely saving his life, but it was also Crockett’s speech about insurance companies crossing into doctors’ lane and the need to fight back against their prior authorization that convinced the hospital to pay out of pocket for the surgery. He’s also going to be spearheading the negotiations, which will hopefully work in the patients’ favor moving forward. It’s nice to have doctors who care.
Those two are going to be a force to be reckoned with if Ahmad learns to hit the brakes a little. She adds an interesting dynamic to the ED floor (she’s definitely a Halstead in her own right), and while I mostly like her, there’s something about her that’s just a little off. She’s too chipper, it’s bound to rub people the wrong way. You can see that this thing between them is going to turn romantic, but I wish she was a little less subtle in her eagerness to make a good impression on him.
Dr. Charles helped a patient whose wife was scared that he was depressed and going to hurt himself. She went through hoops to trick him into coming to the ED by faking a wrist sprain, but it was well worth it in the end as Charles identified his symptoms as early pancreatic cancer. But the way he thanked his wife? Asking her for a divorce! It all hit Maggie right in the feels as she’s going through a heartbreaking divorce of her own and coming to terms with the fact that Ben will no longer be her support system. I wish these two would work it out because I’m still rooting for them!
As for Sharon Goodwin, she’s finally found happiness with Dr. Washington, the head of oncology. Goodwin has always been a private person who doesn’t mix her personal life with her professional one, but she can no longer deny her feelings for him nor does she want to. By the end of the hour, she tells her beau that she’s ready for everyone to know about their blossoming romance—and no one deserves it more!
What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying the addition of Dr. Ripley and Ahmad? Are you missing the old doctors? Share your thoughts!
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