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Chicago Med – The Space Between Us (4×17)

CHICAGO MED -- "The Space Between Us" Episode 417 -- Pictured: Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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Chicago Med has a problem.

A ‘beating the relationship to death’ kind of problem.

The storylines as they pertain to the patients are riveting, yet they’re continuously utilized as a platform for relationships we’ve long stopped caring about.

This week, for example, the strongest moments of the episode came from the two cystic fibrosis patients who were cursed with the inability to touch out of fear that they would cross-contaminate each other and die.

Having just seen Justin Baldoni’s film, Five Feet Apart, these patients struck a chord with me.

When it became evident that the boy wouldn’t be healthy enough for a lung transplant, Nat and Will arranged for the two to finally have a moment together.

Not only was this the first time they touched, it was the also their last; a parting gift.

I was misty-eyed watching their first and final kiss play out knowing it was a catch-22 for the girl.

She would be taking his new lungs and wouldn’t be there when he died. But if she didn’t take the lungs, she herself would die.

Sadly, their storyline, while powerful all on its own merit, was a scapegoat for Will to have a breakthrough moment about one day getting back together with Nat.

Will, the ship has sailed my friend. Move on.

I have been done with Will and Nat since before their disastrous wedding, but I gave them a chance because the writers seemed to think that despite all their apparent issues, they would somehow make it.

Now, all I see is Will’s delusions.

Nat has moved on with Phillip and while some may say that was fast on her part, why would she keep trying with someone that clearly wasn’t meant for her?

Why would she deny a connection with someone else because the norm is to allow a certain amount of time to pass before you allow yourself to be happy again?

Maybe Will’s purpose was to show Natalie that she should move on.

Then, a car drove into the fricking ER! A whole vehicle. Bam, right through the door.

The driver passed out at the wheel while another patient was pinned under the car.

April, being the good nurse that she is, slid under the vehicle to stop the mans bleeding, but all Ethan could do was worry about her.

Yes, seeing the woman you love purposefully put herself in danger is alarming, but at the end of the day, they are there to do a job. Ethan’s patient was the man, not April, and he should have been making the calls based on his health, not his ex-girlfriend’s.

While I respect that he looked out for her, this goes way beyond just this one incident; it spans across every scene they’ve ever shared. Ethan loves April, but he also sees a helpless woman who needs his protection.

April is far from that, however.

She’s strong, she’s a fighter, and she cares about her patients more than she cares about herself.

Ethan contiously disrespects her wishes and goes against whatever she says and then wonders why she doesnt want to be with him.

These dudes at Med really need to get a wakeup call. Women have brains, they are capable of thinking for themselves and making decisions that will benefit them.

Another problem the show contiues running into is letting personal issues interfere wih patient care.

Daniel was the culprit this week as he let his emotions for his wife and feelings of helplessness cloud his judgment about a patient when he put her on a mandatory 24-hour psych evaluation.

While doctors may think they know best, ultimately, patients are responsible for making their own drcisions.

You cant keep anyone involuntarily without a good reason.

The woman may have been malnourished, but she wasn’t a damger to herself or anyone around her.

Anyone with an illness must understand what it’s like to simply exhaust all other options and latch onto the one thing that does help with the pain.

During this whole scene, I was more interested in Lauren’s take and actually found it interesting how she embraced the at-home clinical trial.

I wish they followed through on this storyline as it would have been impactful than Charles, a proressional, going against his better judgment and making emotional-laden decisions.

Even his ex-wife wasn’t interested in having him bulldoze her care, and the only way she could make it known was by physically threatening him out of the room. I now know why these two got a divorce.

Charles’ behavior to both the patient and his ex-wife mimicked Ethan and Will’s. Again, he thought he knew better than everyone else solely because he has a medical degree.

A love triangle is brewing between Connor, Ava and Robin, but Robin is clearly winning over here.

Much like Connor was impressed with Ava’s mind when he first met her, he is now kmpressed by his ex-girlfriend who found him a solution to what seemed like an unsolvable problem.

Ava is understandably bitter by this whole situation.

If you’ve ever had to work with an ex who is now infatuated with his other ex, you get it.

Ava seemingly risked everything to help Connor achieve his dreams and he turned his back on in the most brutal way — by calling her a liar, painting her as some vindictive person and accusing her of sleeping with his father.

Now look, all of these things may be true, but that simply doesn’t add up with the Ava we knew from seasons past.

She was a badass, a genius and impervious to Connor’s charm, but now she just looks pathetic whenever theys how her in a scene.

How did we get here?

And why haven’t we cleared this up?

Connor hasn’t even allowed her to speak her peace and have an adult conversation with her. He’s simply basing his feelings on how what he believes went down.

However, Ava has a tendency of making haste and vengeful decisions, so I hope she doesn’t try to take out Robin from the equation by any extreme measures.

Oh, and let’s not forget Robin has no clue Connor and Ava had a fling. How do you think she’ll react when she finds out?

Well, what did you think of the epsiode, Cravers?

Are you tired of rehashing the same relationship woes with couples who have long broken up and should have stayed broken up?

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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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