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Chicago Med Season 9 Premiere Review – Row Row Row Your Boat on a Rocky Sea

CHICAGO MED -- "Row Row Row Your Boat on a Rocky Sea" Episode 09001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Steven Webber as Dr. Dean Archer, Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

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Chicago Med kicked off its 9th season with everyone working together to treat mass casualties following an interstate pile-up.

It was a logical way to get the whole cast in the same room and working together, especially after a nine-month hiatus due to the Hollywood strikes.

Fans have been waiting and longing to see their favorite characters back in action, so the Chicago Med Season 9 premiere delivered on full fronts.

Dr. Charles assisted in the ED, confronting a patient from his past head-on, who is now a new attending at Gaffney.

Luke Mitchell stars as Mitch Ripley, who seems to be impressing everyone on his first day of work until he has a run-in with Dr. Charles. And it’s clear that there’s a lot of unresolved resentment between the two, particularly Ripley, who believes he was overmedicated as a teen during a stint in county juvy.

Charles, however, remembers the time differently, reminding Ripley that he was aggressive and violent and that the other kids in juvy needed to be protected. Even so, he tells Ripley that he’s proud of how he turned his life around considering all the obstacles he faced, but that isn’t much of a consolation to the young doctor. 

In the end, it’s one of those situations where there are two sides—Charles’, Ripley’s and the truth. 

There’s also an interesting moment where Charles doesn’t seem to remember why he left the county juvenile center after Ripley accuses him of “booking it,” chalking it up to his rotation ending. There’s evidently much more to this storyline—and we’ve only grazed the surface, but it’s exciting that it will allow us to get to some insight into Charles’ behavior. He’s always regarded as such a hero of the hospital, but that might not have always been the case at the start of his career. And it also underscores that even the best of doctors make mistakes—they’re human.

It was a bit concerning that Ripley’s negative experience with psych unconsciously swayed his decision. He was trying to do right by Harris, whose metabolic results were concerning, and it’s great that he weaned him off the mood stabilizers in a controlled setting, but he should have consulted psych and gotten a second opinion. But alas, tension is necessary!

Archer is on the eve of his kidney transplant, and while Sean has been cleared and is ready to go, his father hasn’t exactly come to terms with the procedure or the fact that his son is donating to him. 

Most of it stems from feelings of being unworthy after claiming he was a bad father growing up. I’m happy the one thing that hasn’t changed is his friendship with Hannah, even after Sean professed his feelings for her and assumed that she was into his father. That could have made it weird, but it didn’t. Hannah didn’t even skip a beat.  Even if things get testy sometimes, she’s always there to help steer him in the right direction. And her speech during the premiere about Sean no longer wanting drugs but craving a connection with his dad was one of the best ones to date. She meant every single word because as a former addict, she knows a thing of two about feeling unworthy—Archer wasn’t doing this for himself, he was doing this for his son. This was their second chance; his redemption to be there for his son when he needs him. As she explained, if he denies him this, it would ruin him. As Sean told his father, helping people is when he feels happiest. 

Maggie Lockwood kept being reminded of how great Ben is—from patients and her fellow co-workers—until she finally cracked and told Hannah that he wanted a divorce. She’s been bottling up so many feelings inside, it was bound to come out eventually, but the one thing I hope this season does is fix things between her and Ben because they are couple goals.

As for Crockett, he was working miracles when his patient, Brice, was airlifted following the accident that pinned the car he was in under a semi, killing his father, and internally decapitated him. The only thing holding his head to his body was skin, which proved to be quite a complex and unprecedented case with a projected survival rate of approximately 5%. 

The only time the surgery to fix the issue was ever performed was on an adult cadaver, which meant they had to get pretty creative. Crockett got Goodwin’s permission to use 2.0, even though the machine went haywire and drove the hospital into bankruptcy not long ago, as it was the only shot they had of performing the life-saving surgery. When everything is working against you, you do what you have to do. 

What I loved is that they didn’t simply rely on the AI, they used it as a guiding tool, still enlisting their own research, theories and expertise first and foremost. There’s so much talk about AI these days, but it makes sense when you use it as an asset versus something that replaces humans. 

Thanks to the AI’s input, they were able to work around critical errors and save Brice’s life! 

The new owners of Gaffney should be happy, and though the business aspect of the hospital’s financial woes wasn’t addressed, it’s definitely a storyline that will rear its head this season. 

Hannah’s patient Ivy sadly didn’t make it, however, she ended up being a kidney donor to another young girl, Kayla, whose recent kidney transplant failed. It was fitting considering she loved saving people and animals—and Hannah ended up saving the hamster she had with her at the time of the accident.

For Kayla, the car crash was a blessing in disguise as doctors were able to notice that her kidney was bleeding.  

And finally, the patient that caused the whole pile-up, Judith, was so guilt-ridden, she was refusing treatment for a life-threatening hematoma, stating that she deserved to die. It was heartbreaking considering the whole accident was caused by black ice; it was something beyond her control.

Eventually, Dr. Charles was able to get through to her that the only way to one day forgive herself was to live long enough to get to that point. As far as inspirational speeches from Charles go, this one was at the top of the list, and it resonated with Judith who agreed to get treated.

What did you think of the episode? Was it good to be back again?

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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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