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Chicago Med – The Parent Trap (3×17)

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Parents, everyone has them, but everyone’s relationships with them is vastly different. Some people have a more loving thing going with their folks while others don’t see eye-to-eye.

It was a pretty rough day at Chicago Med between Sarah dad’s worsening condition, Rhodes and Bekker’s romantic turmoil, Choi’s homeless patient and Halstead and Manning’s emotional troubles bleeding into their case.

We’ll start with Bob’s who is on the brink of death and still displaying clear sociopathic tendencies. It’s tough to watch Sarah grapple with how she should handle the situation. On one hand, this is her dying father, on the other hand, he was willingly estranged from her for most of her life.

“My father has clearly stated that doesn’t want me to be a part of his life, so whatever regrets I may have, I just don’t think any of them will be resolved by me talking to him,” Sarah told Charles who encouraged her to at least say goodbye.

Eventually, Noah’s patient changed Sarah’s mind when her father passed away after suffering from dementia. But her visit isn’t a blissful heart-to-heart like she hoped for. Instead, his social skills were off completely and he was very standoffish making Sarah actually regret her decision.

And in a case of terrible timing, Connor delivered the news that her father would be getting his second chance and getting a heart.

After a successful surgery, Sarah is left processing her father’s behavior with Charles and wondering what’s next. It’s a difficult situation since most people would want some kind of relationship, however, Bob is just unable to deliver or meet her expectations.

Knowing Sarah and her big, ole’ heart, she’ll likely give him one last chance even if it is to tell him she forgives him.

Connor’s competitiveness with his father continues but this time, the prize is Dr. Bekker, which is really frustrating because a woman should never be a prize nor the point of some established duel between father and son.

It was evident that Cornelious was coming onto her a few episodes back but she was oblivious to his tactics.

However, Bekker did have some fun with it withholding the truth in order to make Rhodes sweat and believe that she was actually seeing his father. There was so much jealousy exuding from him and finally, he told her that it wasn’t just because she was dating his dad, it’s because he’d prefer she didn’t date anyone.

Bekker then finally cleared it up because obviously, if she’s going to date anyone, it’s the brilliant and attractive surgeon that she has a lot of sexual tension with.

Hey writers, this is one relationship we’re actually fine with exploring.
Who knew that Dr. Manning and Dr. Halstead could get more annoying now that they’ve broken up? In TV logic, if a couple is on the outs, that probably means they’ll work really well together when it comes to treating a patient. Come on, Maggie. I thought you were better than this.
Will and Nat do not see eye-to-eye about treating their younger patient. While they both acknowledge that he doesn’t have PANDAS and that the parents are actually causing him more harm than good by relying on an opportunistic doctor, Will wants to confront and order them around while Nat wants to give them what they want and slowly change their narrative.
This leads to an unnecessary outburst from Will about how Nat is always right. And while I agree, she does always seem to have control of this situation, her approach was more seamless. She found a way to convince the mother that the boy’s tics weren’t caused by a bacterial infection but rather, a genetic condition known as OCD.
Speaking of always being right and in control, there’s definitely a reason for Natalie’s behavior. She’s a single mother who has relied solely on herself to raise a child, pay the bills, etc. In her world, what she says goes and it’s difficult to change that kind of mentality.
Did she overreact about Will’s bar hook-up when they were on a break? Possibly. But there’s also no right or wrong way to be hurt. Maybe it didn’t mean anything to Will but if she was phased by it, she needed to get over it on her own terms.
The anger Will directed at her just proved his immaturity. I’d say his whining and complaining when things don’t go his way are far worse than whatever Natalie brings to the table.
And lastly, we have Choi’s homeless patient who was diagnosed with leukemia but didn’t want to go to the hospital for more testing because, like we’ve seen before, homeless kids don’t want to be returned to their families.
Seeing Choi’s sister Em assert herself in the situation was annoying. Even after she made it clear that being homeless now gave her a different perspective, I still couldn’t get over how she just inserted herself into Choi’s dialogue with a patient and questioned everything he said. It was overbearing and my biggest pet peeve has to be a person speaking when they have no idea on the subject matter or shouldn’t really have a say. She’s not even a doctor!
And then she helped a patient that’s severly sick run away from the hospital! I don’t know Choi stayed so calm.
The only good part is that Dr. Charles was able to diagnose the patient with attachment issues so it made sense that he didn’t want to be seperated from the pup. Since his parents let him keep the dog, things will likely turn out in his favor, and yes, Em did help facilitate that, but I also think Choi would have been just fine on his own.
Sadly, that boy will never be able to actually love or bond with his adoptive parents and seeing him wince every time they tried to be affectionate was heartbreaking.
I hope they don’t make Em stick around because Choi’s comment stating “we could use you around here,” really has me worried.
As for Sharon, they’ve been setting up a conflict between her and the board for quite some time now. Given as her number one priority is patient safety and the board’s is making money, her time at Med is limited.
Although, how could a hospital board not take a fentanyl threat seriously? There were people in hazmats suits scrubbing the whole place down!
Will the staff stick up for Goodwin if need be? Will they stand by her side?
Thoughts on this week’s Chicago Med? Do Nat and Will deserve a second chance? Should she sleep with his brother to balance out the scales? Will Connor and Ava get together permanently? Will Sarah find a way to fix her relationship with her father?

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



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



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)



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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