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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 – 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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