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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 – 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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