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Chicago Med – The Things We Do (4×12)

CHICAGO MED -- "The Things We Do" Episode 412 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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Chicago Med doesn’t learn from its mistakes, and because of that, it suffers immensely.

The show has a stellar cast, a solid backdrop in Chicago, and so much potential, yet it keeps tripping over itself and spinning in circles.

Splitting up April and Ethan worked in the show’s favor by allowing them to interact with characters they otherwise wouldn’t have, but we didn’t necessarily avoid the drama that’s been weighing down their partnership and caused them to get separated in the first place.

Ethan still wanted to make things right with April despite being back together with Vicky. Thankfully, April knew better than to continue this toxic love affair and didn’t give him the time of day.

Ethan should know better; if he can’t shake these feelings for April then the right thing to do is end things with Vicky not lead her on and lie to her face.

Without Ethan hogging the spotlight, Elsa was able to get some more screentime.

April’s reactions to Elsa’s inability to connect with patients or show any empathy was hilarious. It seems Elsa’s heart is in the right place and she’s book smart, she just doesn’t know how to apply it in the field.

No one blamed her for losing a patient due to an allergic reaction that wasn’t disclosed prior to treatment, but seeing as it was her first patient, her reaction was normal.

It proved she wasn’t a sociopath and humanized her.

I’d be more worried if she didn’t seclude herself in the OR room and break down crying.

In addition to April and Ethan, the other couples didn’t fare too well either.

Will Halstead should be a changed man after everything he’s been through, but he’s still just as hot-headed, self-righteous, and rash in his decision making.

No matter how many times he and Natalie try to work it out, it’s never going to work if they don’t change up their attitudes.

Their fighting started way before the gun incident, but that singular occurrence lit the flame.

When Halstead found out Natalie’s helicopter went down — seriously, could this be more overhyped for just a shoulder dislocation? — he rushed to bring over the ECMO machine.

Look, I won’t even bring up the slim chances that the helicopter and all those inside would have survived the crash.

Initially, it seemed like Halstead wanted to make sure Natalie was okay, which was fine. But as the scene progressed, I got the vibe that Halstead still thought of himself as “saving a damsel in distress.” It’s nothing new for him as he always thinks he needs to save Natalie, but it was annoying and proves he still doesn’t understand that they are both on equal playing fields and entitled to do things the way they see fit.

They butted heads over Will trying to take out a window to the helicopter, Will trying to pop her shoulder back in, and the proper course of treatment for their dying patient.

Natalie was annoyed, and then seemingly out of nowhere, she just forgave him. Sometimes, I really wonder if these characters are aware of what’s happening around them.

Did it just hit Natalie that Will went through a life-altering experience and she should have been more supportive?

Will finally told her that he thought he was going to die and his biggest fear was never seeing her again. It seemed to do the trick because, by the end of the episode, Natalie wanted Will to come back home… without the gun.

And here’s where things get messy again.

Will promised he would get rid of the gun. Actually, he caved in and agreed, but then at the police station, he couldn’t bring himself to give it away.

It underlines a major problem that’s been plaguing this relationship from the getgo — there’s no trust.

They don’t see eye-to-eye and neither of them is willing to make any compromises.

Will must be really out of the loop if he thinks Natalie isn’t going to learn that the gun is still in his possession.

I’m willing to bet that the gun will come back in a major way in the future either posing a threat to Natalie and her kid or saving them from one.

Speaking of no trust in relationships, Ava and Connor were walking on thin ice. She said he’d been distant for “weeks,” which really made me question the timeline on which Chicago Med operates.

How has it been weeks since we last checked in with everyone if Choi was trying to discuss the kiss with April? Wouldn’t they have gotten that out of the way considering they see each other every day?

It was most likely an oversight on the writers’ part but irritating nonetheless.

Ava wasn’t sure what happened that altered Connor’s demeanor so severely, but when the two didn’t see eye-to-eye about the proper course of treatment for a pregnant patient with Down Syndrome, she started to realize his personal feelings were influencing his professional decisions.

I have no doubt that Connor meant well when he fought for Barbara to make the decision about having a baby, but at the end of the day, her mother had the medical power of attorney. What she said went.

It struck a nerve with Connor because he feels like he never has a say in any decisions. Even his OR wasn’t his own achievement but rather manipulated by Ava.

It’s why he fought so hard for Barb to be able to make her own choices.

Watching the mom confess to Sharon that she chose the surgery in hopes that they’d lose the baby was hard but relatable.

She has had so much pressure and responsibility with Barbie and adding another baby, who may or may not have Down Syndrome, is a tall order.

It was a terribly powerful storyline, and I personally don’t think it had enough focus. I would have liked to see this one fleshed out a bit more.

Eventually, Connor told Ava that his father told him his version of the story and it didn’t seem like he was lying.

I don’t know who to believe. We’ve seen her father come onto Ava, but we also know Ava is headstrong and resolute. She’ll stop at nothing to get her way, which is why she always clashed with Connor in the first place.

It would be upsetting that Connor believed his father without a doubt, but at the same time, he’s right about Ava never being completely honest with him.

She even said “the ends justify the means.” What else could she have been referring to?

At this point, I don’t think it matters if she did or didn’t sleep with his dad — that’s an image Connor won’t ever be able to shake just like he’ll never shake his dad saying that Ava smells like lilacs.

Gross.

Sorry to tell you this, but I think Cava is officially over. All of these characters may be doctors, but none of them know what a healthy relationship is or what goes into one.

Dr. Charles has been getting a lot of screentime lately, but I won’t complain because at least he’s keeping the show interesting.

I love the tough love Dr. Choi showed his patient when Dr. Charles told him that in order to accept the gravity of his alcoholism, he needed to hit rock bottom, and rock bottom surprisingly wasn’t almost death by vomiting up blood.

In a shocking twist, the rock bottom moment was his wife leaving him after his son attempted to commit suicide.

Seriously, someone needs to block off access to that rooftop to anyone that isn’t an employee.

It is not okay that a little kid was able to get up there by himself!

When we first met the kid, I thought he was timid and weird about his broken arm because his father was an abusive alcoholic who broke it.

I never expected that “falling off the tree” would be code for an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Charles’ encouraging speech hit the mark. It resonated with a child who felt like there was no hope, but it also just spoke to me. There’s a reason why Dr. Charles is so good at what he does.

I’m turning the mic over to you.

What did you think of tonight’s Chicago Med? Are all the couples on here doomed?


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Chicago Med Review – Paging the New Chief of the ED, Ethan Choi (6×02)

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Chicago Med Those Things Hidden In Plain Sight Season 6 Episode 2

Chicago Med delivered its final powerful episode of 2020. 

That’s right, the Dick Wolf series is following in the footsteps of This Is Us and returning in the new year on January 6, 2021.

“Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight” once again tackled COVID without overwhelming viewers. Now, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t want to see the pandemic playing out on your TV screen, you’re going to have to bite the bullet because the series doesn’t seem like it’s letting up on COVID-related storylines just yet. 

However, to make up for it, it’s also offering other cases and escalating tensions between characters, so there’s still something to look forward to. 

April remained in the COVID unit, and though her heart is in this fight, she’s learning that it’s a losing battle. 

She did her best to care for Yesenia, a minor, but she didn’t manage to reunite her with her mother even after getting permission from Choi. 

Not long after Yesenia went into respiratory failure, Alejandra was brought in after testing positive for COVID. It’s unclear if both these women, who only had each other, will lose their battles with the novel virus or if we’ll see them again, but it’s a situation that April is seeing all too often. 

People come into the hospital hoping that they’ll be healed, but they reach a point where there’s nothing else doctors and nurses can do for them.

“It’s never enough,” a defeated April told Choi, which seems to be a sentiment shared by all of those working on COVID’s frontlines currently as cases surge. 

Ethan Choi leveled up as he accepted the position of Chief of ED following Lanik’s departure (can’t say that he’ll be missed). 

This obviously didn’t sit well with Will Halstead, who was misguided in his thinking that he somehow deserved this because he’d been at Med longer than Choi. 

It’s important to note that being at a job longer doesn’t automatically make you more qualified. Choi and Halstead are very different people and approach medicine in a very different way. 

It didn’t even seem like Will wanted the position until Maggie and the other nurses began gassing him up, which should tell you everything. Having just gotten out of a relationship and trying to find his footing, Will was the least likely to be considered for the role. 

It’s almost as if the nurses wanted Will to get jealous that he wasn’t promoted so that he’d start a fight with Ethan.

The duo butted heads over the treatment of Will’s patient, and when Ethan was wrong in his diagnosis, Will figured this was the perfect time to confront Sharon Goodwin about not being chosen for the role. 

It’s never been more satisfying to see someone put Will in his place. 

Will, the hot-headed and impulsive doctor, somehow thought that he deserved to be the one getting promoted to a position where he’d be responsible for calling the shots. Oh, sweet Will. 

Goodwin didn’t mince words when she made it clear that he was never even considered because of how reckless he is. 

However, Choi wasn’t a great fit either. 

He’s been just as impulsive as Will, he’s unreasonable, opinionated, and wants to exert his beliefs and code on others, which we’ve seen in previous seasons. 

They’re both equally as unqualified. Goodwin should have gone with someone outside of the ED for this one. 

It was expected that they’d get into it over their patient’s course of treatment, but now, with Choi as his boss, Will can’t really stand his ground. The truth is, they both have negative qualities and ones that make them great at their jobs, so hopefully, moving forward, they learn to listen to each other and work together.

Ideally, Halstead’s skills could be better used in a different role. Perhaps he’ll find his calling (and love) by helping Dr. Virani with the clinical trial?

April attempted to use her former relationship and closeness with Choi to get her way several times during the episode. The writers either need to let this go or get them back together, but I don’t want to see April getting preferential treatment because she previously dated Choi. 

Choi was right when he rejected bringing in the mother to say goodbye to her dying daughter. With COVID, you can never be too careful. 

The protocol made sense in Choi’s situation, but it wasn’t as black-and-white with Natalie’s pregnant patient from Cook County Jail. 

Things took an ugly turn when Natalie witnessed first hand how differently she was treated for committing the same crime a Black woman did.

Both Aisha and Natalie pushed an officer — Aisha said she did it to protect her cousin, while Natalie did it to protect Aisha when the cop wanted to take her baby.

Natalie got off with a slap on the wrist, but Aisha faced an uphill battle of going back to jail and being separated from her child all because her hearing kept getting postponed due to COVID delays. 

It showed just how flawed the system is and how it doesn’t prioritize the health and wellbeing of inmates. Aisha was a victim, but her daughter was the one who would suffer the most as a result.

It was nice to see Natalie, Goodwin, and the OBGYN try their best to help Aisha, but sadly, even their hands were tied here.

Dr. Charles’ ex-wife was brought to Med after she threw up a significant amount of blood, but the storyline was pretty weak aside from the revelation that she was planning on moving her and Anna to Arizona. 

My guess is that Anna has bonded so significantly with her father that she’s going to want to stick around. Otherwise, Dr. Charles will be forced to say goodbye to another daughter, and who knows if he can handle that! 

And then there’s Dr. Marcel who refuses to get help and masks his problems and depression with wit and charm. I hope Dr. Charles doesn’t give up trying to get through to him because Marcel could use someone to help him work through all the grief that he’s bottled up inside. 

What did you think of the episode?

We’ll see you in 2020, Chihards! 


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Chicago Med Review – Gaffney Takes on COVID-19 (6×01)

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Chicago Med feels different this season. 

It has nothing to do with the PPE or COVID procedures, although, that definitely brings a new dynamic to the series, it has more to do with the doctor’s being able to finally admit when they are wrong. 

Halstead even apologized for jumping to conclusions! What a change. 

While we’re not fully there quite yet – Natalie and Crockett disagreeing on a patient’s treatment in front of a patient is proof of that – it’s a massive improvement from the ego-driven storylines from previous seasons. 

Choi judged April for putting her life on the line by volunteering in the COVID unit for three straight weeks, but eventually, he saw how important her dedication was. 

April has always been a bit of a martyr who doesn’t listen to reason and puts herself into rather questionable situations, but in this case, she believed that her mission was to be there for COVID patients who didn’t have anyone else by their side.

April’s choice to risk her life was selfless. While this is just a TV show, the scenes unfolding in front of us were snippets from everyday life as we live through a pandemic. 

I’ve written numerous stories of families who lost loved ones and couldn’t be there with them as they took their last breath because the possibility of exposure to the virus was too dangerous. 

For those people, nurses like April are angels, who allow them to have one final moment with their mother, father, brother, sister, or husband via Facetime. 

A big thank you goes out to the healthcare heroes who have lived heartbreaking moments like this in real life. 

It was equally as heartbreaking to watch it play out on screen, but necessary as cases continue to surge and many people refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of COVID. 

Natalie and Crockett didn’t see eye-to-eye on treatment for a young girl with leukemia. This isn’t new for them as they often disagree, but it didn’t help the patient who made it clear that he’s trying to do right by his daughter while the world is upside down. Truer words have never been spoken. 

Eventually, Natalie and Crockett confessed that their personal lives affected their treatment of the patient, which always seems to be the case. 

Doctors and nurses told to remain impartial, but that’s impossible as we live through such unprecedented times. They’re burdened with their own tragedies as they try to save patients and make the right calls. It was just good that they acknowledged exactly what transpired. 

Will Halstead also took on a case that was a little too close to home. 

The episode kickstarted with an ambulance rolling Hannah into the ED due to an overdose. 

Through the course of the episode, and while dealing with a patient who seems to be in denial about alcoholism, Will realized that he and Hannah have both been in denial about her addiction. 

Even worse – he’s very much intertwined in her sobriety, which Dr. Charles warned him about. 

Any misstep in their relationship, like an explosive fight, set Hannah back. And, in return, Will was walking on eggshells waiting for her to relapse. 

It wasn’t a healthy environment for anyone. 

The only way Hannah would become sober, and stay sober, was if she did it for herself and not anyone else.

It was nice to see Will finally get some clarity and admit that he was wrong and Dr. Charles was right. 

This also helped him treat his patient, who wasn’t an alcoholic but suffered from a rare condition called auto-brewery syndrome that turned her carbs into yeast and made her feel drunk. 

It’s a good thing Will did some more research before jumping to conclusions and ruining this woman’s career with the FAA. The old Will wouldn’t have been so level-headed, but it takes strength to apologize and admit you were wrong. It’s the first time we’ve seen Will take ownership of his actions. 

There was also a very powerful scene between Dr. Charles and his daughter Anna, who felt guilty about going out to see her friends and unintentionally getting her dad sick with COVID. 

“You could have died,” she says. Living through a pandemic is scary, and it echoed a fear we’ve likely all had when it comes to our elderly parents or those who are immunocompromised. There’s fear, anger, blame, and all sorts of other emotions that are all valid. 

While the episode juggled COVID and non-COVID stories well, it was focused heavily on the former, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Viewers tend to want to escape reality when watching a TV show, but a medical show simply can’t ignore the very real global pandemic that’s taken upwards of 240,000 lives. They weren’t overly realistic to the point where it was downright scary, but they did hone in on the fact that COVID affects everyone. 

I’m not a medical professional, so I’m not sure if some of the scenes were dramatized for television, but regardless, everyone should take this episode to heart to fully grasp the impact of the pandemic.

It was a powerful season premiere with a final scene that was heartbreaking to watch as the doctor’s paid tribute to all those who died of COVID. 

And for those who were wondering why no one was wearing masks in the ED, Wolf Entertainment cleared the air on Twitter writing: “Because all staff are quarantined and tested/sanitized each time they come into the hospital, they save the PPE for the nurses and doctors in the Covid ICU. When leaving the hospital, they wear masks!”

Again, this may not be realistic to how real-life hospitals operate, but I don’t think the series was aiming to downplay the severity of the virus. If I were to guess (and this is just my opinion), I’m betting that it would be hard to film a show that the audience could enjoy with the actors wearing masks the whole time. 

Other Noteworthy Moments

  • Will said what we’re all thinking: “I thought we’d be over it by now.”
  • Sharon Goodwin and I have something in common – we have Zoom fatigue! 
  •  Natalie left Owen with Nana and moved into a hotel aka “Club Med” so she could fully dedicate herself to her patients. 
  • There’s a new doctor with a British accent, Sabeen Virani, who is most definitely going to be Will’s new love interest. 
  • Once again, thank you to all the healthcare professionals who are putting their lives on the line day-in and day-out. 

What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 6 premiere?

Sound-off in the comments! 


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WATCH: #OneChicago Teams Tackle COVID-19 in New Promo Ahead of November 11

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One Chicago promo ahead of November 11 premiere

Wednesday’s most watched dramas are planning their epic return. 

Ahead of the November 11 premiere for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD, NBC revealed a teaser that shows the heroes tackling COVID-19 headfirst. 

“When this community hurts, when it reaches out its hand, we pull it to its feet, and we respond,” Battalion Chief Wallace Boden states in the promo.

Med’s doctors jump into action as April tells  ex Choi that she has to put her life on the line to help patients who are “sick, frightened, and alone.”

Fire’s paramedic’s Brett and Mackey respond to a house call and run into some trouble when a man points a gun at them. 

Meanwhile, PD’s Atwater deals with the fallout of “snitching” on the police. While he explains he was doing “the right thing,” the white cops don’t seem to agree as Ray threatens to take his badge. 

Check it out below: 

Related Reads: Everything We Know About ‘Chicago PD’ Season 8 – Police Reform, COVID, and More!


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