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?
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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