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.
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?
Chicago Med – In the Valley of the Shadows (5×03)
Chicago Med continues its triumphant 5th season return with a third stellar episode in a row.
Doctors Orders – Dr. Charles remains pretty neutral when it comes to diagnosis patients. He never puts his personal beliefs into his clinical analysis and remains objective, yet he cannot seem to follow that same advice when it comes to his family. After Caroline takes a tumble and breaks her wrist, Dr. Charles urges her not to go through with surgery since it isn’t in her best interest. He’s echoing the sentiments of her oncologist since her immune system’s been compromised by the chemo, but Caroline is stubborn.
She doesn’t want her husband the doctor, she wants her husband the understanding human. A patient summed up Dr. Charles’ problem in the best possible way: he gives them an option to decide about treatment and then shames them for their decision.
Not that Charles was wrong in his analysis. Caroline was being stubborn and was rushing into something without considering her needs above her wants. But it’s easy for a cancer patient whose life has been turned upsidedown to want some control. That’s the part Charles was missing when speaking to his wife.
Own Up to Your Mistakes – Natalie put a patient’s life in danger when she had what most of us would call a brain fart and ordered a nurse to push the wrong drugs. We know Natalie is more than capable, but many doctors at Med have this ego issue where they won’t admit they’re struggling because it’s viewed as weaker or less than. They could sit there and dish out solid advice to every single patient, yet fail to listen to their own. It’s frustrating.
Natalie’s flub was an honest mistake, but it was one she could have paid for dearly. Will Halstead blew everything out of proportion, but he was right when he suggested taking it easy. His motives for wanting Natalie to look into a beta trail to help with her memory loss does stem from his selfishness, but it also comes from a place of concern and protection.
Will knows that Natalie didn’t come to tell him she was engaged and the sooner she remembers, the quicker they can get rid of Phillip, who honestly is growing increasingly creepy. The way he was hanging around the hospital with the kiddos gives me those Dear John vibes. Does he have any hobbies or is he leeching off of Natalie? I couldn’t shake this concerned feeling every time he was around Owen.
Will is also trying to protect Natalie from getting in trouble with the board. If she’s not properly healed and messes up with a patient, even in the slightest, it could cause some real issues for him. It’s better safe than sorry. Arguably, there was a better way for Halstead to approach the situation, but Natalie has been known to be stubborn.
What is Dr. Marcel’s Deal – Dr. Marcel is a bit of an enigma. He seems like a doctor who knows what he’s doing, but he’s been in two of the three episodes this season and the only thing that has been known is that he has an ego the size of China.
Marcel’s approach to dealing with a woman who rushed her bloody, non-breathing baby to the ER had every right to make April nervous and suspicious. April is intuitive and highly trained — she knew immediately that there was something shady about the “mother.” And yet every time, Marcel allowed the mother to refuse treatment and undermined April.
That is until April found out that Marcel gave the new mother Ativan so she would knock out and so he could illegal pull a blood sample to figure out if she had just given blood.
Maybe he isn’t such a monster after all?
The storyline with the stolen baby was disturbing only because it felt torn from the headlines. Very recently, a tragic story about a mother and her daughter killing a young mother and cutting the baby out of her womb disgusted the city of Chicago.
The worst part is that the “fake mother” was so distraught over the loss of her son, she thought what she was doing was justified.
You Need Help – Another person in the OR who doesn’t admit to needing help is Maggie. The chemo is definitely impacting her and her ability to do the job yet she refused to train a new employee to replace her.
Understandably, feeling like your replaceable especially because of a situation out of your control must suck, but Maggie’s denial was careless. She put her fellow doctors, her patients, and herself in danger. What if she fainted at the operating table and fell on top of a patient?
The job has never been easy even when Maggie’s health was at its best. There’s no need for her to do it all alone or act tough now.
Maggie’s decision to pass the torch to April was a better-suited solution and hopefully, this means she’ll finally confide in her best friend about what’s going on.
Ethically Struggling – Dr. Choi cannot seem to wrap his head around what it means to honor a patient’s last wishes.
While doctors are meant to save their patients at all costs, if someone comes in with a terminally ill disease, they have to honor the request and the DNR in place. Time and time again, Dr. Choi has challenged patients about what they want to do and how they want to do it, and it’s just getting tiring.
His patient was coherent and able to make his own decisions. If he thought cryonics was worth the risk then so be it.
Unless you’re dealing with a terminal illness, there’s absolutely no reason why you should preach about what’s right and what’s wrong to someone. These people are essentially staring down the barrel of a gun just waiting for it to fire.
And Dr. Charles was right — the patient didn’t see this solution as suicide, he saw it as the complete opposite.
What did you think of the episode? Are you digging Chicago Med this season?
Chicago Med – We’re Lost in the Dark (5×02)
Chicago Med continues to surprise and excel in its fifth season.
After a steller, albeit slightly soap opera-ish, premiere, the doctors at Gaffney brought life to a predictable and common trope.
The power outage caused by a storm pushed the doctors to their limits, and we almost got through the hour without any of their personal lives hijacking the storyline.
Almost being the keyword.
A focus on medical storylines always delivers great results and forces the ED to work together.
But things start to fall apart when the series tries to draw connections between the textbook material and what’s happening to the doctors in their personal lives.
We saw the same back-and-forth with Natalie and Will as we had in previous seasons. The addition of the brain injury causing memory loss trope paired with the possibility of Phillip being a complete nutjob was promising even if it was a bit much.
I mean, they basically sounded the alarm on Phillip in the Chicago Med season 5 premiere.
But we didn’t see any of that.
Nor did we get to see how Natalie’s injury was affecting her life outside of the romance aspect.
The whole arc was created with the sole purpose of creating more unnecessary drama between Will and Natalie.
While Natalie still had memory loss — as in she didn’t remember the proposal that never happened — there wasn’t any mention of her relationship with Phillip being off.
Will approached Natalie to welcome her back and things seemed fine between them. When Natalie told Maggie that she didn’t have feelings for Phillip anymore, a possible side-effect of her brain injuries, it seemed like a Will and Natalie reconciliation was on the horizon.
And then, like clockwork, Will pushed too far, got too invested in Natalie’s relationship, and pushed her away.
She got defensive of her relationship and without even wanting to, Will pushed her back into Phillip’s arms.
There’s no universe in which Natalie and Will’s storyline isn’t dysfunctional.
No matter how many times they try it always plays out the exact same way.
Phillip might be crazy but Will’s clinging to something he should have let go of a while ago.
On her first day back, Natalie was put under immense pressure when she was trapped in an elevator with a gunshot patient in a severe state.
She pulled through with the help of Chicago Fire’s Matt Casey, but it wasn’t without a few hiccups and headaches.
Natalie may seem fine but she’s been through a traumatic event herself — maybe she isn’t exactly ready for a full comeback.
Another person who should probably take it easy is Maggie.
If there’s anything we take away from the episode is that Maggie won’t be able to keep her chemo under wraps for too long.
Maggie doesn’t lean on people for help — she likes to be the one that people come to.
But asking for help is a necessary quality and one that she needs to embrace if she wants to beat this.
No one would look down on her. Yes, they might stop her from doing her job, but it’s best for her to take it easy.
If it had been just any other day, she could have gotten away with working her full shift.
Unfortunately, it was a long, high-stress day and the combination of chemo, doing too much, and the extreme heat took its toll on Maggie.
At the very least, she should tell her best friends April and Natalie.
They deserve to know and be there for her.
Noah’s back in the ED. His absence for the last half of the season wasn’t addressed, and he was thrown back right into the mix presenting the episode with somewhat of an ethical dilemma.
Noah didn’t agree with Dr. Marcel’s aggressive approach to selling bypass surgery to a patient.
It’s unclear if the patient’s situation was as dire as Dr. Marcel made it seem, but nevertheless, the patient agreed.
Noah seemed to have his hesitations even more so when the power went out.
If Marcel hadn’t been so persuasive, the patient wouldn’t have been in this situation.
But nothing else was explored in terms of ethics.
Noah later joined in on the surgery offering an extra hand and impressing Marcel who said he has “good hands.”
There’s no denying the whole reason for this scene was for Noah to get inspired and ditch his vision of a clinic to pursue a specialization.
While Noah stepped up to the plate during a time of crisis, poor Steve didn’t fair as well.
The medical student was thrown into the hubbub of the power outage when Dr. Choi learned he wanted to be an ED doctor and neede an extra hand.
Steve’s experience was just as traumatic as the patient’s life-or-death situation.
Seeing him overwhelmed and shocked by the situation unfolding in front of him was understandable — this was his first day!
He wasn’t ready to go into war-mode. Even experienced doctors were in panic mode.
So it was no surprise that by the end, Steve said that he was quitting despite his love for medicine.
To be fair, not every day is this intense, but the job isn’t for the faint of heart. If your heart isn’t in it, it’s probably best to find a different career path.
Dr. Choi wondered if he was too hard on the guy, but in reality, there was no time to ease him into a situation.
Despite walking him through everything, Dr. Choi treated him like a doctor and threw him in right into the action.
Steve wasn’t ready.
If that’s where this plot finished it would have been solid, but instead, the writers tried to tie it back to April and Ethan’s desire to have children.
Dr. Choi didn’t hold Steve’s hand or anticipate his needs (he was a little preoccupied) so that somehow meant that April would make a good mom cause she at least offered him a granola bar and water.
It’s a stretch to reiterate that the writers want these two to be parents at all costs.
And then there was Halstead’s patients, three girls who were suffering from seizures.
The “infection” started with one, spread to the second girl and then finally the third.
But seeing Dr. Charles lurk in the background with his brow furrowed meant that he was about to make a psychiatric breakthrough.
He didn’t believe Halstead’s theory that all these girls were infected.
They may have been exhibiting seizures and symptoms, but they were also attempting to study for AP Calculus while shaking and throwing up.
Turns out, Dr. Charles was right — the girls weren’t infected, they were simply under an immense amount of stress and were exhibiting a follower’s syndrome, which sounds like something we’d diagnose people on social media with.
The pressure to succeed will do that to you.
The moment Dr. Charles had a psychiatric theory and asked to have the girls in one room, I figured it would be something involving a placebo drug (tic tacs!) and anxiety.
What did you think of the episode?
Are you tired of Will and Natalie’s same old love story?
Do you think Maggie should come clean?
Have you missed Dr. Charles’ psychiatric diagnoses?
Should Dr. Choi and April cool it or get pregnant already?
Chicago Med Season 5 Premiere – Never Going Back to Normal (5×01)
All of Chicago Med is in complete disarray when season 5 premieres.
Poor Sharon Goodwin wasn’t lying when she was having a day.
The medical drama picked up right after the accident that knocked Dr. Manning unconscious while she was sitting in Will Halstead’s car, but it gave every character enough time to shine.
We said goodbye to one major character and dealt with the gruesome death of another.
Here are the biggest takeaways from Chicago Med “Never Going Back to Normal.”
1. Connor & Ava – I’m starting with these two characters because boy, things went South between them rather quickly. After Connor was investigated by Atwater for his father’s death, he aggressively accused Ava of killing his father. She denied it, and the optics weren’t in his favor when Dr. Latham walked in on Connor grabbing her by the wrist.
Someone in the hospital poisoned Connor’s father with an overdose of insulin, an untraceable compound, which made it hard to pinpoint a suspect. But Dr. Latham, wanting to quell any hostility between his two doctors, found that it was laced with chromium, which is traceable. The minute Ava realized she was going to get caught, she panicked. She begged Connor to give her one hour so she could get a head start to O’Hare and she’d be out of his life for good. At this point, she’d basically admitted to sleeping with Conrad’s father, causing the rift between them, and every other crazed and delusional thing he’d suspected her for.
Connor refused to let her get away with it, and as she called him an ungrateful prick, she slit her carotid artery and began bleeding out. Now, if you’re like me and thought that people would accuse Connor of murder, well, they probably would have but the writers were running out of time to get rid of these two characters who had run their course. Connor and Dr. Latham joined forces to operate but unfortunately, Ava passed away on the table. Connor banged his fist on the table in anger, but other than that, he didn’t seem too phased by all that just transpired with his co-worker/former lover. He got his closure, told Dr. Latham and Sharon Goodwin that he was leaving Med, and that was that.
Personally, Ava’s character was tragically ruined over the course of these few seasons. She started out as such a competitive spitfire that wasn’t privy to Connor’s charms and somehow ended up with a horror movie equivalent obsession with him that the writers said was a personality disorder. It never worked for me and I thought they ruined something that could have been a solid relationship on the series.
Thanks for all the good times, Dr. Rhodes. And RIP Ava, you batshit but brilliant doctor.
2. Natalie and Will – Natalie and Will’s storyline is playing out like some midday soap opera, but I’m not complaining. After the crash, Natalie is in pretty bad shape. Will wants to remain by her side at all times, but they force him to get checked out as he too was involved in the crash. While Will is away, Phillip swoops into Natalie’s room and tells the doctor that he’s Natalie’s fiancee, which we know is a lie because if he was telling the truth, he wouldn’t have snuck into her room to slip on an engagement ring.
There’s always been something shady about Phillip, which, much like with Ava, doesn’t feel organic. I’m having trouble buying into a narrative that a man who lost his wife and ended up a single dad would have some kind of agenda towards the doctor he fell in love with. But here we are, and Phillip is acting all shady and lying to the doctors. Maybe he’s scared of raising a child alone and thinks it’s better to just never let Natalie go? I don’t know, I can’t figure this one out.
Will comes to check up on Natalie and the two get into a loud verbal altercation in which Phillip tells him that Natalie is no longer his business. Why does Phillip all of a sudden have something against Will? Is it jealousy?
Will is crushed, and rightfully so. He was left wondering why Natalie came to his car before the accident and apologized. We know she was probably there to tell Will that she’s in love with him, but now it seems like she was there to tell him about her engagement.
Natalie regains consciousness by the end of the episode, and though she remembers people, she has no recollection of what happened. She doesn’t remember talking to Will’s ex-girlfriend who convinced her that he’s still in love with her and she doesn’t remember being in Will’s car or the accident. All she knows is that she’s recovering and that Phillip is now her fiancee.
This is dangerous because now, Phillip can say anything he wants and she won’t know if he’s lying or telling the truth. Hopefully, she remembers soon enough and realizes that she rejected him because of her feelings for Will.
Also, where the hell is Natalie’s son, Owen?
3. April & Ethan – The on-again couple successfully spares a young boy from brain surgery when they realize they mistook a tumor for an enlarged organ as a result of hypothyroidism. Look, better to catch it late than never. The young boy’s parents reveal that he was a miracle child because doctors told her she couldn’t get pregnant.
It essentially parallels April & Ethan’s storyline as they both assumed she was pregnant and were bummed to find out that wasn’t the case. After treating the boy they realized they wouldn’t mind having a child together, but as you remember, April had some pregnancy complications in earlier seasons with ex-boyfriend, Tate. Do you think we’ll get an April & Ethan baby this season?
4. Maggie – The mother hen and glue that holds the ED together found out that she has breast cancer at the end of season 4. Sharon made sure that she went to get her biopsy and the results weren’t uplifting: it was metastatic and she might need to get a mastectomy. She begs Sharon not to tell anyone at work and says she’ll get treated at a neighboring hospital so that no one finds out. Sharon warns her that the recovery process will be grueling, but Maggie informs her she doesn’t want to be looked at as the “sick” person. Get ready for an emotional storyline to come into play here.
5. Dr. Charles’ Wedding Night – Well, his wedding night didn’t turn out as planned. Following the wedding, Sharon Goodwin called everyone into the ED because of Natalie and Will’s accident. Despite having plans, Charles stuck around to help deal with the influx of patients and to be there for his co-workers. One of his patients was a young boy who they believed was overdosing. A tox report came back negative and the possibility of schizophrenia was on the table. Dr. Charles wanted to get him up to the psych ward for further examination but his grandmother refused insisting that her grandson wasn’t crazy.
Though it was a secondary plotline, it triggered me because of the massive stigma that follows mental health. A woman rather put her and her grandson in danger than allow them to take him up to a “psych ward” because of the negative connotations. Entering a psych ward doesn’t immediately make someone crazy nor does it make them lesser than. Some issues are beyond anyone’s control and shouldn’t be shamed no matter how terrifying they are.
What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 5 premiere?
Are you happy with Connor Rhodes’ exit? Did you think Ava’s death was fitting? What’s Phillip up to? Will Natalie regain her memories?
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