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Chicago Med – The Poision Inside Us (4×07)

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I’m going to file this under one of Chicago Med’s best episodes of season four.

NBC promised a dramatic hour and boy, did it deliver.

Patrick, a scorned patient who became unhinged after his wife died, came to avenge her death by targeting the doctor responsible — Dr. Choi.

He unleashed a toxic chemical substance inside of Med causing the hospital to immediately evacuate under a code orange.

The toxin, which later turned out to be cyanide, didn’t have much of an effect on anyone except for Patrick and Dr. Choi, the two who came in close contact with it.

Since there is technically no cure for cyanide poisoning, the optics weren’t good for either of them.

With a limited amount of supplies, Mrs. Goodwin was forced to choose between giving the life-saving medicine to the man who unleashed the toxin or Dr. Choi.

Having her follow internal protocol was frustrating because for someone who is always willing to bend a few rules when it’s justified, she should have stuck her neck out for Choi. April had every right to be baffled by her decision.

Sure, Choi would have given the dose to Patrick but realistically, he was responsible for this mess in the first place.

I’ll never understand saving the person who doesn’t deserve it over the person who does because of some universal law.

April and Choi haven’t necessarily been together this season, but they’ve been invested in each other’s personal lives while he’s been dealing with Emily’s baby drama.

When Emily and Bernie finally left town — thank god we don’t have to deal with that storyline anymore — April tried to pretend there was nothing left between her and Choi, but if that was the truth she wouldn’t have stuck around for so long in the first place.

Though I’m really proud of her for acknowledging that she and Choi had major issues that they needed to resolve before they could ever get together again.

Speaking of Em and Bernie, is he simply leaving behind his family?

It’s always unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to make someone realize just how much they care.

The writers won’t be making things easy for April and Choi either because, despite April’s realization, they threw a curveball in the shape of his former girlfriend, Nikki.

What a cliche move on their part.

Of course, she’d still be his emergency contract.

It’s frustrating that April jumped to conclusions instead of standing her ground and proving to Choi that she was there for him the whole time.

She fought for him, and she stupidly ran back into the toxic hospital room to save his life, the least she could have done was pop her head in to see how he was doing without being intimidated by another woman by his side.

Will isn’t in the FBI’s good graces after he screwed up their plans to bust Ray during his poker night.

Though, I’m not really sure what they expected from a decent doctor who took an oath to help his patients no matter what.

Ray inadvertently became his patient and when he saw that his test results could be life-threatening, he did what every other doctor would do and brought him to the hospital.

How was he supposed to know that he wouldn’t be able to follow through on his promise and have Ray back in time for the vital game?

That’s more so a lesson in not making promises you can’t keep.

Ray’s sons are complete bafoons who clearly have no brain cells and couldn’t understand what it means to have a hospital on lockdown.

Just because you slam your fist and whine to “let your dad out,” doesn’t mean the cops and doctors will abide to your pathetic demands.

Will Ray survive long enough to get what’s coming to him?

Will is eventually going to get caught up because he’s not slick enough to keep up the charade.

Natalie has even gotten suspicious though he’s assured her on several occasions that nothing was going on.

And how is he going to explain a stomach ulcer? Yes, there are medical conditions that can cause it but it’s also a sign of severe stress.

Will can’t go on like this for much longer.

I believe Nat is going to go poking around until she finds out the truth.

Do you think they’ll even make it to the wedding? (Inside scoop: they were casting for a huge Irish party scene so I’m going to say yes, a wedding is definitely happening at some point, but it might not be a smart life decision on Manning’s part.)

Will wasn’t the only one lying to her on “The Poison Inside Us” because Dr. Charles manipulated her to perform an emergency C-section on a patient.

I don’t think there’s anything more terrifying than getting stuck on an elevator with a woman in labor.

While what Dr. Charles did was unethical and could have cost her her medical license, it did save the woman and her baby. At the end of the day, isn’t that the point?

For a pediatric doctor, I’d think Dr. Manning would be more confident. As Charles pointed out, she has great instincts so why not act on them?

In dire situations, sometimes your instinct is all you have.

After seeing his father on the hospital board, Connor figured out that he was the one who funded his new wing.

Correct me if I’m mistaken, but I thought there was strict confidentiality agreement in place when it came to anonymous donors. How could they just tell him?

However, he was more upset about Ava knowing and not telling him than he was about his dad still having a hand in his success.

Seriously, how does Ava still put up with his arrogance?

When the chemical spill shut down the hospital, Connor stayed behind with his patient and Ava in the sealed wing.

As they ran out of time to operate, Ava heroically started a blood transfusion using herself as the blood bag.

Ava rather bleed herself dry than let someone die without a fighting chance, but Connor will complain himself to the ground even after getting everything he wants!

When the hospital was finally sterilized, Connor got Ava to a bed and then expressed his feelings for her. He was so smitten by the kindness of her character, he didn’t even care that she was the one who went to his father for the money.

All he really needed to know was that she did it out of love and because she wanted to keep him from transferring to the Mayo clinic because she couldn’t bear to lose him.

All together now — FINALLY!

What did you think of the episode? Will April and Dr. Choi figure it out? Is Will in over his head? Will Ava and Connor last?

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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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