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Chicago Med Season Finale Review – What’s Crockett Marcel’s Damage? (5×20)

CHICAGO MED -- "A Needle In The Heart" Episode 520 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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Chicago Med aired its season finale, and the series was brutally cheated from a dramatic finish or compelling cliffhanger as a result of the coronavirus shutting down production and forcing a shortened season.

Not that there was anything wrong with the episode — it was a perfectly entertaining standalone episode of the series — but it didn’t meet the expectations of a season finale.

And that’s absolutely no one’s fault. Some shows were lucky enough that the last episode in their artillery had a gut-punch while others, like Med, were forced to settle for “good enough.”

The best part of “Needle in the Heart” — a metaphorical title but also one that applied directly to Charles’ patient as he was stabbing himself in the heart with needles — was that we finally got some backstory on Crockett Marcel.

I say finally because I’ve been waiting to find out more about the dark, composed, and confident surgeon since he waltzed into the ED at the beginning of season 5.

As I expected, Crockett had a pretty dark past that was unearthed when he became the prime suspect in a cold-case murder investigation that took place several years back while he was studying in New Orleans.

The cops tried to pull Crockett out of surgery and arrest him, but Sharon Goodwin did not stand for that. And she’s right. There was absolutely no reason why they can’t wait for him to save a life before trying to ruin his.

Natalie’s expressed interest and intrigue in Crockett for a while now, almost as long as I’ve wanted to learn more about him, so she didn’t believe for a moment that he would be capable of murder.

A man who dedicates himself unconditionally to saving lives day in and day out, and who beats himself up over every unsuccessful surgery is not a man that could or would harm anyone. It’s in his blood to help others.

In an effort to clear his name, she launched her own investigation that led her to Crockett’s former buddy and his patient’s referring doctor.

The doctor also didn’t believe that the murder charges could hold up but admitted that Crockett was going through a dark period at the time of the murder as he lost his 1-year-old daughter, Harper, to leukemia.

My theory that Crockett lost a child was proven right. Looking back at the season, there were a few clues pointing to it including his reaction to seeing a child dying of cancer during the kidnapping. He seemed to understand the father’s pain and feeling of helplessness. There was also the episode where he was hard on himself for not being able to save a child and spent the entire evening drowning his sorrows at the bar.

Nat then made the connection that if Crockett had donated bone marrow to save his daughter, it could have been given to someone that adopted his DNA. This was a case of mistaken DNA!

Her meticulous attention to detail and quick thinking saved Crockett. And since the cops immediately retreated, they cops didn’t have any substantial evidence against him.

Crockett was grateful for her help until he learned that she knew his secret. His whole demeanor changed at that moment and he asked her to keep it between them since people tend to look at you differently when they know the truth.

But is there more to the story? His decision to separate himself from his loss explains why he’s chipper, carefree, and gives off the impression that he’s a ladies man.

It’s likely the death of the baby fractured his relationship with the baby momma.

And his new persona is his attempt at pushing everyone away out of fear of truly committing and hurting in the same way he did way back then.

I’m not sure if this reveal will lead to a relationship between Crockett and Natalie or if it will pull them apart.

But it also doesn’t seem like Med is interested in pursuing anything between April and Crockett.

After her breakup with Ethan, April hasn’t been doing so well. And when she found out he was a hostage in a convenience store robbery, she rushed over there to make sure he was safe.

They both seem to regret how things went down and there’s a shared love between them that they can’t seem to shake, but is it enough to put the pieces back together and fix how broken they’ve been this whole time?

The hostage situation seemed written only to make April realize the intensity of her feelings, so I wasn’t too invested in it. It’s not like there was ever any real threat to Ethan.

Halstead had his first hiccup with Hannah when he realized she’d lied to him about going to a AA meeting.

Of course, given Hannah’s prior addiction, the moment she acted suspiciously, we all assumed she was on her way to get high again.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case as she came to the ER with her ex, who was also an addict.

Her decision to lie about where she was going and who she was with would have been problematic if she hadn’t come clean to Will, but she did without him even calling her out.

It seems Hannah didn’t want anything to get in the way of how great things were going, and you can understand how she would think an addict ex would make Halstead question her commitment to her sobriety.

However, I have to give a round of applause to Halstead remaining level-headed throughout the situation, not jumping to conclusions, and not doing anything ridiculously stupid that would destroy his relationship. I mean, what a glow-up!

Will has been good for Hannah’s recovery, and Hannah’s been good at keeping Will on the path of making sound life choices. I think I speak for all of us when I say, finally!

Halstead realized that sometimes people lie because they’re trying to help and protect other people like his patient who gave his uninsured friend his insurance card to treat a gnarly rash.

The friend’s intentions may have been pure, but he actually put his friend at risk because Halstead went off the insurance card holder’s chart and pushed an antibiotic that the other man was allergic to. Helping could have killed a friend in this case.

Dr. Charles learned the importance of believing and trusting a patient when they explain a symptom even if it doesn’t obviously present itself.

His patient kept sticking himself in the chest and heart area with needles to relieve a pressure that everyone kept writing off as anxiety.

At first, Charles made a similar diagnosis before realizing, thanks to his daughter, Anna’s middle-school boy troubles, that the man had a medical condition that needed Dr. Latham’s expertise.

However, the very notion of sticking needles into your heart had an underlying psychiatric reason and Charles still needed to help the patient cope with stress and anxiety.

Life is all about balance, and for Charles, his heavy and complex case was balanced out with his daughter’s pre-teen woes. She chose to skip a field trip to the museum and volunteer at the hospital instead only because she was embarrassed that a boy she liked didn’t like her back.

When you’re surrounded by pain and trauma all the time, little reminders like this tend to bring a smile to your face and even make you giggle a bit. It’s a silly worry, but one that feels just as real to Anna as the worries of all the other patients. It’s a good thing she has a psychologist for a father because she’s in for a wake-up call when she realizes life only gets harder. Knowing how to deal with a tough and crippling situation is half the battle.

What did you think of the episode?

Will April and Choi give it another go? Will Natalie and Crockett grow closer now that they have a deeper understanding of each other?

Why do we keep seeing Charles’ younger daughter?

Share your comments with us below, and also tell us what you thought about the season as a whole!

Until next time, Med fans!


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Chicago Med Review – Will and Natalie Come Clean (6×15)

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Chicago Med Review Stories, Secrets, Half Truth and Lies Season 6 Episode 15

The secrets and lies finally caught up with Will and Natalie on Chicago Med

In the penultimate episode of the season, Natalie’s mother was rushed to Gaffney with liver failure, which both doctors deduced was a symptom of the Kinder trial drugs they’ve been giving her. 

Natalie became consumed with guilt over giving her mom the pills and decided she was going to tell Sabeena Virani the truth about what she did. Before she could get to it, however, Will came clean.

And Sabeena did not take it very well. It’s understandable since Will promised he wouldn’t do anything like this again, and she was on the brink of forgiving him and giving him another chance. 

Not only was it a breach of her trust, but it could also cost her and Will their jobs.

And worst of all, it also compromised the integrity of the trial, which near the end of getting all necessary approvals.

It’s one thing for Natalie to have stolen the pills to help her mom, but it’s another for Will to help her cover it up and get more pills while knowing how much was on the line.

His actions directly affected so many people who could’ve benefitted from the medication.

Obviously, Will didn’t want Natalie to go down for what she did, so he took the blame instead, which could cost him his job and definitely cost him any chance of rekindling his romance with Sabeena. 

I guess it goes to show that Natalie still means a great deal to him. 

However, with Torrey DeVitto not returning for the seventh season, I wonder if she’ll find out Will took the blame and come clean instead. I don’t see her as the type of person to let someone else clean up her messes. 

And if her mother doesn’t survive, she’d be so overcome with guilt that she’d likely confess and lose her medical license, which is also a great way to write her off the show. It’s the only storyline that makes sense. 

Natalie also told Crockett the truth about what she did after he confronted her about whether or not she and Will are getting back together.

Crockett was definitely surprised by what she had done, but he was empathetic after seeing how remorseful she was. 

I’m really digging this relationship between Natalie and Crockett, so it’s unfortunate that we won’t get to see it progress past this season.

How do you think they’re going to leave things off?

Chicago Med Review Stories, Secrets, Half Truth and Lies Season 6 Episode 15

CHICAGO MED — “Stories, Secrets, Half Truth and Lies” Episode 615 — Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

Crockett was being really hard on himself after his lung transplant patient came into the ED with pneumonia. 

Since there was no reasonable cause for the illness just 8 days after surgery, Crockett blamed it on surgeon error. 

Thankfully, April went against his wishes and tested the lung for COVID. Sure enough, her gut was right and the lung was infected pre-transplant clearing Crockett of any wrongdoing. 

Once they were able to figure out what led to the illness, Crockett successfully performed a risky surgery that gave James another shot at life. 

Yaya DaCosta, who plays April, is also leaving the show, and I’m guessing that her character exit will have something to do with her decision to go back to nursing school. 

Both of the ladies will be missed around these ED halls, that’s for sure! 

Dr. Choi and Dr. Asher dealt with an 18-year-old patient who was refusing brain surgery to remove a tumor, which was the only course of treatment to save her life.

It led to a bit of an altercation between Choi and Asher as the former respected the girl’s decision, while the latter convinced her parents to apply for power of attorney and make the decision for her in the case that she went unconscious. 

I know Asher wants what’s best for patients, but he’s really not into allowing people to make their own choices.

It’s hard to empathize with him and his war stories when all we’ve seen is his overbearing, controlling, and judgemental behavior.

Asher ended up being able to convince the woman to get the surgery with by sharing a relatable story (that wasn’t even about his time serving), but again, I just don’t trust him or think he has good intentions. 

He may not have sedated this girl to get her into treatment, but we know he’s done it before. 

And that’s in addition to several other issues that have come up during his short tenure. 

Ms. Goodwin exclaimed that he may be the best man for the job, but she hasn’t seen what we have.

Also, does anyone else get the feeling that he’s lying about going to therapy just to get Choi off of his back?

It was Vanessa’s last day in the ED — can you say time jump? — and Maggie was contemplating telling her the truth. 

As Goodwin put it, there’s no going back from that, so it was a decision that shouldn’t have been made lightly or without Vanessa’s best interests at heart. 

For some reason, Vanessa decided to bring her parents to the ED on one of her last days to give them a tour, and upon meeting her parents, Maggie found herself conflicted again.

It doesn’t seem like Vanessa knows she’s adopted, so telling her the truth would not only blow up her life but also her family’s life. And they seem like such a sweet family!

Maybe it’s comforting to know that Vanessa has good parents that love her and are proud of her. 

At this point, the only reason Maggie would decide to tell Vanessa is for selfish reasons. 

However, there wouldn’t be any drama if she didn’t tell her, and if Vanessa gets a full-time job in the ED (which you know she will), Maggie will be even more tempted. 

I’m still of the mindset that telling Vanessa is a recipe for disaster as she will feel betrayed by Maggie. 

And speaking of disasters, Ramona’s obsession with Dr. Charles could’ve gone terribly wrong at any moment, but instead, Chicago Med took a different approach and gave us a really compelling storyline with a promising resolution. 

Ramona arrived at Gaffney to “hang out” with Dr. Charles, but it seemed like yet another cry for help. 

Except that she wasn’t aware she wanted help in the first place, so when Dr. Charles tried to get her to open up, she admitted that her father molested her and then bolted. 

Eventually, he found her contemplating suicide on the hospital rooftop. 

I know I’ve said this before in a review from a previous season, but why are patients even allowed up there? This isn’t the first suicide attempt. Access should be restricted!

Dr. Charles was able to talk Ramona down, who admitted she just wanted a normal life.

In the end, he took her to a facility that specializes in sexual assault, and it was the first time Ramona felt seen, heard, and taken care of. 

The storyline started off with Ramona acting kind of crazy and ended up with a woman who acknowledged her past trauma, how it affected her in the present, and the desire to get the necessary help. 

Imagine that… a storyline that sheds light on the importance of mental health — what a win!

What did you think of the episode?

What will happen to Will and Natalie? Is Dr. Asher growing on you? And should Maggie come clean to Vanessa?


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Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021

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One Chicago promo ahead of November 11 premiere

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost finale time for the #OneChicago shows on NBC.

Due to production delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire got off to a late start in mid-November (instead of the usual mid-September premiere), but that pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on the quality of the episodes. 

In fact, the shows have been delivering some of their strongest episodes to date! (You can check out Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD reviews now!)

However, with shorter seasons on tap, the schedule has been pretty wonky and consisted of several breaks in between, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping up. That’s why we’re here to clue you in. 

NBC announced that the shows will officially conclude on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, which would align with their pre-COVID finales even if the episode count is a bit shorter than in the year prior. 


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Chicago Med Review – Out of Line (6×14)

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Chicago Med Review A Red Pill, A Blue Pill Season 6 Episode 14

Chicago Med welcomed a handful of new med students on “A Red Pill, a Blue Pill,” including Maggie’s biological daughter, Vanessa Taylor. 

Even before her first day, we knew Vanessa’s time in the ED was going to be problematic.

Parents will do anything for their children, but in Maggie’s case, she went the extra mile. She didn’t just want to help Vanessa get ahead, she also wanted to spend time with her and get to know her.

In doing so, she made Goodwin and Choi suspicious about all the attention she was giving Vanessa, while simultaneously sabotaging in her attempts to impress Choi. 

Having Maggie and Vanessa working in the same ED is clearly a recipe for disaster. 

By the end of the hour, Goodwin figured out Maggie’s connection to Vanessa, and she wasn’t pleased that her employee/friend kept this from her. 

As for Vanessa, she didn’t want anything to do with Maggie after being humiliated and scolded by Ethan on her first day. 

Maggie’s a pretty sensible person, so it’s frustrating that she didn’t just let Vanessa prove herself. If she’s as bright as Maggie thinks she is, she would’ve made a good impression without the meddling. 

There’s also the fact that Maggie’s lying to Vanessa, which is a breach of trust. If she thinks Vanessa’s upset with her now, imagine how she’ll react when she finds out the truth about their relationship. 

She might even begin to doubt herself and think she only got into the program because her mother vouched for her.

Maggie wasn’t the only one letting her emotions get the best of her. 

Natalie rushed her mother to the ED because of complications following her LVAD, and it was obvious that her secret was going to bubble up to the surface. 

Halstead already had his suspicions when Nat began asking about specific side-effects of the Kender trial drug, but when Carol mentioned she was taking some blue pill that Natalie gave her, he basically had all the proof he needed. 

Will’s reaction was exactly what I expected, and it was pretty ridiculous that Manning tried to play the victim and pretend he was being out of line with his accusations. 

She was insulting his intelligence by playing down the situation. 

When you’re caught red-handed, you have to own up to it, girl!

Of course, Halstead’s wrath didn’t last too long. When Carol began showing signs of improvement, he gave Natalie the drugs back and then promised to get her more. 

They may want it to be their little secret, but how naive can they be?

If anyone did a little digging, they’d be able to figure it out. Halstead specifically asked Sabeena about the drugs interactions with an LVAD just as Natalie’s mom made a miraculous recovery and was being taken off the LVAD. 

Crockett seemed skeptical of Carol’s improvement, and I’m pretty sure he pieced it together. 

Pills don’t just go missing right around the same time a patient’s help improves in an unprecedented way!

Maggie and Natalie may have made some mistakes, but Med’s biggest problem is officially Dr. Asher. 

I’ve never liked the guy, and it’s fair to say most of the staff don’t get good vibes from him either. 

He’s pulled a handful of stunts with April, and now, he’s got bad blood with Dr. Charles, whom he keeps brushing off when it comes to therapy. 

By not dealing with his emotions and past trauma, Dr. Asher is just letting all of his anger fester. 

And it resulted in one hell of an angry outburst after he wasn’t able to treat a patient the way he wanted to.

In fact, Asher always seems to get really snippy when he doesn’t get his way.

His patient, Neil, kept refusing treatment because he thought they were in a computer simulation. That’s a new one.

It’s definitely something that would irritate any doctor, especially one who wanted to help a patient before their appendix ruptured. 

However, Asher had no right to undermine Charles’s diagnosis. Asher might not believe in therapy and psychologists, but Charles is good at his job and generally knows what he’s talking about. 

The fact that Asher dismissed Charles and kept calling Neil a nutjob was concerning. At the end of the day, he was his patient, and if that’s what he believed in, they needed to honor that and work around it. 

It’s even more concerning that he purposefully drugged a patient to force treatment and get his way.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prove it, but Asher is now on everyone’s radar. 

He’s crossed April and Charles, and he’s slowly beginning to lose Choi’s trust. 

I don’t see this ending well for him unless he gets the necessary help!

Crockett had the b-line plot for the week as he dealt with a newborn that was a victim of a drive-by shooting. The storyline was heartbreaking and it was supposed to touch upon Crockett’s own loss, but with everything else going on, it just didn’t stand out. 

What did you think about the episode? 

Let us know in the comments below! 


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