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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 – We All Know What They Say About Assumptions (812)

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Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 12 We All Know What They Say About Assumptions

Chicago Med continues on with the humans versus AI debate—and it almost cost Dr. Archer his job. 

While Crockett was hesitant about the 2.0 technology at first, he’s seen the AI machine in action a handful of times and knows that there are definitely some benefits to it. Obviously, he’s not gunning for the elimination of human doctors altogether, but he’s definitely advocating for doctors to familiarize themselves with the piece of machinery that can lend a hand and possibly boost outcomes for serious and potentially dangerous operations. 

Crockett tried his best to get Archer on board on Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 12, and he eventually succeeded in getting him to put a little bit of faith in the AI, however, it quickly backfired when Archer became overwhelmed with the “backseat driver” and broke it. 

And that was the last straw for Jack Dayton, who, upon finding out that Archer destroyed his very expensive piece of equipment, fired him. Dayton and Archer haven’t seen eye-to-eye, and with Archer’s vocal distaste over introducing machines, Dayton assumed Archer acted with malice. 

Once Sharon Goodwin found out about Dayton’s decision, she gave him an ultimatum—if Archer goes, so does she. I was a little surprised by her desire to go to bat for Dean. I don’t necessarily think he’s worth losing a job over, but it also proves exactly why Goodwin is such a good boss—she’s there for her employees no matter what. She knows that it’s her job to protect them. Dayton knew Goodwin would be a huge loss to the hospital, so he agreed to give Archer his job back, but what happens the next time the Chief of ED decides not to play ball?

Dayton has big visions for the hospital, visions that are very modern and definitely instill a bit of fear into the staff. Everyone is so used to doing things their way—the way that they are comfortable with—so the idea of changing things up, even if it may be for the better, terrifies them. Change can be good, but it can also be scary. But what are without change? While I agree that the human approach is vital in a medical setting, there’s something to be said for finding ways to be more efficient. 

A good example of that was Halstead’s partnership with Dr. Grace Song, who coded a system to help him narrow down Jason’s rare condition. Without her tech, Halstead would’ve never found the answer in time, thus not being able to save the young boy’s life. But with Song’s intel, they knew how to treat his condition—and it didn’t have to be deadly. It was a healthy partnership, even if Halstead was a bit skeptical at first. 

My only hope is that the writers don’t make this romantic between Halstead and Song. 

Maggie and Goodwin were witnesses to a hit-and-run, and if they weren’t on the scene, the two victims might not have made it out alive. Thankfully, they were able to render the necessary aid to hold the women over until they got to the hospital. 

Maggie was personally moved by the incident as the women were in a fight right before the accident, proving to her just how fragile life is. She then visited Ben at work to apologize once again and inform him that she was going to fight for their relationship. Ben didn’t even seem phased by any of it, simply telling Maggie that she “lied to him.” I get it, Ben feels betrayed, but he could at least meet her halfway. It’s very clear that this is important to Maggie and she feels remorseful, so why can’t he even consider forgiving her? Many will say that emotional cheating is still cheating, but in this case, I think Maggie was just trying to be super careful about juggling all of these relationships, including finding a way to remain on good terms with Grant, the father of her daughter, who she reconnected with not too long ago. It was all new territory for Maggie, and while she should’ve been more honest and upfront with Grant, there was no blueprint for how to handle it all.

Dr. Asher dealt with a postpartum patient who ended up having an issue that required a hysterectomy. She was so livid after having to perform this avoidable procedure on a 26-year-old, that she barged into Dayton’s meeting demanding that he put his money to good use and sign the hospital up for a program that offers postpartum checks on mom and baby. And honestly, good for her. I don’t understand how this isn’t a normal thing in our country especially considering all the problems and issues that can arise post-delivery. Moms need support, and yet, their symptoms and experiences are often dismissed until it’s too late. It’s nice to see someone advocating for moms during the most fragile and vulnerable moments in their lives. And it seems that Dayton’s heart is definitely in the right place when it comes to the hospital even if he doesn’t know how best to roll things out or what to prioritize. Whenever a doctor yells at him with their concerns or requests, he’s responsive and helpful, which is a start. 

As for the Dr. Charles storyline with Lilian, well, it was only a matter of time before their socioeconomic differences played into their relationship. She was right in questioning why Charles made it a point to tell his manager that Liliana is an opera singer—he wanted people to see her as more than just a cleaning lady. I don’t think he was embarrassed by her job, per se, but he wanted to lift her up, possibly to remind her of her worth, though it definitely backfired because Liliana seems pretty self-assured. She knows that her job doesn’t define her, which is such an important lesson for all of us to learn. It’s a reminder that even those who seem like they have it all figured out, like Dr. Charles, don’t actually. But it’s also bullshit that people were judging Dr. Charles for mingling with the cleaning staff as if they are less than. Let’s not feed into this because there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the image! 

What did you think of the episode? The series will return on Feb. 8 after a two-week hiatus! 

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Chicago Med Review – It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t (8×11)

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Chicago Med Recap Season 8 Episode 11 It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t

Systems have been put in place to help society function, but we’d be naive not to acknowledge the many times that the system fails people. 

Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 11 dug into those failures, not just for Black men in the city of Chicago but for anyone with a prior rap sheet or addiction.

AI has been a constant on the series for several episodes after Jack Dayton introduced the OR 2.0. There’s no denying that AI is the future as the world embraces digital more each and every day. But while AI has plenty of perks, as we saw with the surgery on Aaron, Crockett and Halstead’s patient, it can also cause harm, as evidenced by Asher’s experience. 

It begs the question—where do we draw the line? At one point does it replace human connection? And what does that mean for all of us?

Asher took in a patient who was experiencing terrible pain that she attributed to endometriosis. Though the doctor ruled it out pretty early on, she wasn’t convinced that Jodie was telling the truth simply because an AI-based software flagged her as a pill seeker. As Asher later pointed out when she raised the issue to upper management, the program “sows weeds of distrust” as it makes it harder to tell if the patient in front of you actually needs help. 

Asher trusted her gut, which is why she pursued Jodie’s case further rather than dismissing her, but there’s plenty of doctors who will look the other way instead when the reality is that the program is seriously flawed and doesn’t take into account the specifics of each case. In Jodie’s situation, she ended up having a tumor that was causing her discomfort. As for the pills that were flagged, they were scrips written for her dog by a vet. I’d understand if the program could analyze the circumstances, but if the program is confusing drugs for a dog with drugs for a human, well, I have to agree that it’s a serious concern that needs to be addressed.  There has to be a better system.  

The drug epidemic is dangerous and serious, but patient care shouldn’t fall by the wayside. And a recovering addict like Asher shouldn’t be branded a red flag for life after doing all the work to get better and back on track. The stigma shouldn’t follow her around. 

While it’s entirely understandable that many doctors, particularly the older ones, would be weary of the AI, there’s a lot of benefits, particularly if you don’t rely solely on the information pumped out by a robot. Crockett’s case was a perfect example as 2.0 allowed him to perform a complex surgery that also lent itself to some social justice. 

The system in this case was law enforcement who already made up their minds about Aaron simply because he matched some vague description of the offender. It was so nice to see all of the doctor’s rally around Aaron to find a solution that would get him the care he needed without breaking his trust and turning him over to the cops. Aaron had a bullet lodged near his pancreas, which he explained was a rogue bullet when he got shot during a grocery store robbery in a “wrong place at the wrong time situation.” The bullet was threatening his life, however, he refused to get it removed as he knew the bullet in the hands of the police would seal his fate. They wouldn’t try to find the right offender—they would just pin it on him.

Seeing Maggie and Will team up once again took me back to the old days, and throwing Chicago PD’s Kevin Atwater into the mix was just the cherry on top. It wasn’t a full blown crossover, but the mini-appearance was a reminder that these shows exist in the same world and they can rely on each other for assistance at times. 

Atwater is not one to let down his own people, so he made it clear that surrendering the bullet was not an option for Aaron. Even the way the detectives obtained his blood—though legal—seemed shady, proving that they were convinced that they had their guy and likely wouldn’t listen to reason. And thus, Crockett, with the help of 2.0, worked his magic to go around the bullet and keep Aaron safe and sound.

After working closely with Halstead, Maggie told him about her separation from Ben. It’s heartbreaking to see her go through this, but honestly, Ben needs to man up and talk to his wife about what happened. She shouldn’t be left wondering whether she’s about to lose it all. 

Archer’s son was released from prison early on good behavior, making for one sweet family reunion. And when he promised his dad that he was going to do things right this time, it was something the doctor has been waiting to hear for a while. I’ll be honest, I was concerned that he wasn’t going to survive the night and that Archer would get the call right before he was going to go pick up his son, but I’m glad that wasn’t the case. It’ll be interesting to see him navigate this new dynamic considering the duo weren’t on speaking terms for quite some time. And we all know Archer has a lot of opinions.

Justin and Dr. Charles teamed up to help Omar, one of Justin’s rock climbing buddies who took a nasty fall and broke both of his ankles. The injuries were the least of his problems as his short-term memory began to flicker in and out, revealing that there was something more dangerous at play. A few tests later and they were able to sort it all out, curing Omar’s lengthy and painful headaches while stopping a brain bleed that likely would’ve ended in disaster. It’s almost strange to say that Omar’s fall was a blessing in disguise. 

The fight between “man and machine” is set to continue into next week’s episode. 

What did you think of “It Is What It Is, Until It Isn’t”? Do you think the doctor’s are doing the right thing by calling out the dangers of AI?

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When Is ‘Chicago Med’ Season 8 Coming Back?

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Chicago Med Recap Season 8 Episode 8 Everyone’s Fighting a Battle You Know Nothing About

Chicago Med Season 8 has been on hiatus for much of December after airing its midseason finale episode on Dec. 7, 2022. 

The episode, titled “This Could Be the Start of Something New,” marked Dr. Ethan Choi’s (Brian Tee) last episode after eight seasons with the NBC medical drama. Choi married longtime love nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) in the episode and together, they rode off into the sunset to start a mobile health clinic in Chicago. 

The rest of the employees at Gaffney medical found out that Jack Dayton (Sasha Roiz), the billionaire whose life Crockett (Dom Rains) saved earlier in the season during a train derailment, purchased a controlling investment in the Gaffney Medical Group. It’s unclear how much control he’ll be able to exert, but no one seemed pleased by the turn of events. 

So, when do new episodes pick back up? Soon! 

Chicago Med, and the other Chicago shows in the #OneChicago franchise, including Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, will return on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. 

You can kick off the new year with all of your favorites!

The episode, Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 10, will be titled “A Little Change Might Do You Some Good.”

Here’s the full synopsis and teaser: 

Charles and Cuevas help an elderly patient and her developmentally disabled grandson; Halstead treats a swimmer with a heart condition; Marcel considers using the OR 2.0 for surgery; Asher and Lieu search for a pregnant woman lost in the woods.
 

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