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Chicago Med – This Is Now (3×18)

CHICAGO MED -- "This Is Now" Episode 318 -- Pictured: (l-r) Torrey Devitto as Dr. Natalie Manning, Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi, Norma Kuhling as Ava Bekker, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

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To echo tonight’s sentiments, this is the world we live in.

Mass shootings are all too common and while we hear about them on the news way too often, we almost never get to see the heroes that put in blood, sweat and tears to save as many victims as possible. Chicago Med found a way to make us remember and face the reality we’re conveniently shied away from.

The mass shooting at Millenium Park required all hands on deck which was exciting for the viewers because it was a rare moment where we got to see all the cast members coming together for one common goal — save as many people as possible.

Since I’m in Chicago, this episode hit home more than any other one ever has. I work relatively close to Millenium Park so just thought of something like happening is terrifying to me. And sadly, it isn’t unthinkable.

Aside from seeing patients in pieces and bloody, much of the episode focused on trying to find the shooter who according to Halstead was hiding out in the ER.

There were a few possibilities and more than enough red herrings. From the getgo, I called that Trevor, the man who didn’t want to be saved any refused to put pressure on his neck wound, was the man responsible for this deadly chaos.

Eventually, Dr. Charles figured it out too when he heard Halstead say that the shooter also killed his wife beforehand.

Like many mass shootings, we never fully got a motive other than his wife gave him flack for being a hoarder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, maybe?

Since Charles had the team take him into surgery and he’s said to survive, it’s likely that we’ll get a follow-up episode where Charles dives in more into the mind of a mass shooter and what prompted him to hang out and watch doctors try to clean up his mess.

Chicago Med doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to following up storylines, but I do hope they make this a priority considering how impactful the narrative was.

It’s shocking that a hospital as established as Gaffney doesn’t have a mass shooting protocol in place. Goodwin and her team did an incredible job given the circumstances, though, I couldn’t help thinking that the board would still find a reason to complain. And sure enough, Stohl was running amok complaining that people weren’t signing out supplies and that they wouldn’t make the proper “charges.” Are you serious, dude? If you aren’t going to be useful, just leave!

Thankfully, the board recognized her hard work and okayed the budget for some fancy machine she had requested earlier that morning. But by that point, Sharon was fed up with being “politically correct” and really laid out all the improvements the ED needed to function under duress. Basically, she needed a whole new ED and I was like, “make it happen, y’all.”

Maggie Lockwood is the real MVP because she was on the frontlines pairing patients with doctors, managing the waiting room, training volunteers, tracking down killers. Is there anything she can’t do? Imagine if she was never reinstated, they’d be screwed without her.

Watching Dr. Latham out of his element was intriguing. He and Dr. Rhodes actually switched positions and Connor became more of the mentor teaching him how to work with a “damage control” mindset. Along with Dr. Bekker, they really did some good work. Even Noah was roped into surgery — his third time ever.

The situation was personal to Natalie since her nanny often took Noah to Millenium Park to ride his scooter. Yes, you could tell Nat was stressed out by the situation since she couldn’t reach Liz but there really wasn’t any time to let her worries get the best of her because the ED was flooding with patients. Unlike usual, she did a pretty good job of keeping her personal and professional life separate.

It wasn’t until the end that she broke down realizing Owen may have been a casualty and it didn’t even last long because Will arrived holding her son who was safe and sound!

While a touching moment and admittedly, one that brought tears to my eyes, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed at how they used Owen’s possible death as a vessel to fix Natalie and Will’s relationship. Yes, tragedies oftentimes bring people closer together and put things in perspective but all of that could have been accomplished without Owen’s involvement.

I’d hate for Will the hero to Nat’s damsel in distress especially when he wasn’t even the one who did the grunt work; he called his brother Jay who found Owen! Man, at this point I’m rooting for the other Halstead to get the girl!

Other Thoughts

  • Dr. Choi saying that this was the most gratifying moment of his career was profound. Yes, the day was tragic but it probably also reminded him of his time at war saving his soldiers.
  • After the first day she’s had, Emily will never complain about a boring ED again.
  • All the bodies piling up in the morgue because they didn’t have enough space for them was tragic.
  • As were the dead children and mother’s crying because they’ll never see their kids again.
  • I wish we elaborated more on the man who was in shock and didn’t remember a thing.

Do you think Sharon will be replaced as the Chief of Services? What did you think of the episode? Was it the most realistic Chicago Med you’ve ever seen?

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

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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 – We Hold These Truths (4×14)

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Chicago Med brought a full range of emotions on tonight’s episode.

“We Hold These Truths” was a busy episode not only for the ED but also Natalie and Maggie, both of whom were on-site when a racist drove his van into a crowd at the South Side market.

Natalie really needs to leave the house with protection. She’s been injured while out and about almost every time and forced to administer aid in the field. There was that one shooting, then the helicopter crash, and now this.

Natalie and Maggie spent most of the episode dishing out help to critically injured patients who wouldn’t make it to the hospital.

But while helping others, they forgot to take of themselves.

Natalie strained her already injured arm while Maggie ignored the pain from her kidney removal and bled out when her stitches broke.

Thankfully, both of them are going to be just fine.

In fact, Natalie may be more than fine after she openly admitted to crossing lines by giving Phillip (Ian Harding) her phone number. Being worried about him and his sick child is one thing, but Natalie is definitely interested in him.

There a promising new relationship here since Natalie can connect with Philip on loss and being an only parent, but given that he just lost his wife, I hope Chicago Med handles this storyline with sensitivity.

Most of all, I’m just glad they are finally giving up with trying to push Natalie and Will’s relationship down our throats.

Natalie is interested in another man, and Will adopted an abandoned dog. All is well in the world.

Personally, I think this dog might be Will’s strongest relationship.

Chicago Med’s timeline has been very unclear for the past few seasons, and I was surprised that Maggie already had her surgery.

Why wasn’t her selfless decision to save a patient a bigger part of the storyline? Why didn’t they show the surgery?

Over at the ED, things were just as hectic.

April was called a “bossy black woman” by the racist driver. No one even felt bad that he had an advanced stage of cancer.

Dr. Choi dealt with a gay patient that was openly coming onto him and though he seemed to handle it just fine, he was actually weirded out by the situation.

This alluded to a possible homophobic storyline that felt like it came out of left field. However, not to worry, Dr. Choi cleared things up by saying the equivalent of ‘he didn’t mind gay people cause he has gay friends.’

The whole scene felt very misplaced and made me wonder if the characters know what they are doing with Choi’s character. He’s catered to rapists and other deranged men because of his ‘a patient is a patient’ mentality, but then he tries to push off a gay patient to a student doctor.

Stop ruining this character for us!

Connor’s patient, a young woman who had just gotten into college, was found to be brain dead after the market incident.

His other patient, an older man, was pushed up to the top of the transplant list and Connor hoped Goodwin would be able to convince Jada’s mother to donate her organs.

The race-inspired storyline came full circle when Mrs. Harris refused to donate the organs because she didn’t want Jada’s organs to go to a racist white man.

Mrs. Goodwin initially accepted her decision but was able to convince her not to allow her daughter’s legacy to be one of hate.

On a personal level, Connor was thrilled to see Robin back at Med. She’d return with her mother, Caroline, who told her ex-husband, Dr. Charles, that her cancer had returned.

It’s about time we met more of Charles’ family and dug a little deeper into what made him the man he is today.

Though Robin and Connor ended on a sour note, they embraced as if no time had passed. It’s clear that both of them still harbor deeps feelings for each other, and with Robin staying in town a bit, it might lead to a love triangle with Ava.

Ava and Robin had a brief exchange in which Ava found out Robin made plans to “catch up” with Connor.

She was clearly fuming with jealousy. At this point, I don’t know what to believe about Ava. She seems competitive, level-headed and a brilliant surgeon, but there’s a side of me that believes she’s a manipulator who slept with Connor’s father and possibly gave herself HIV to win him over.

If she really is as deranged as Connor believes her to be, Robin may be in danger… again.

Robin and Caroline’s return made Dr. Charles reminisce about his wedding day, which was also the moment he became estranged from his parents who didn’t approve of him marrying a black woman.

After seeing parents lose children and children lose parents, Charles decided to reunite with his mother at a nursing home after 35 years of not speaking.

The first thing he did was show her a picture of her granddaughter.

The moment was touching and proved that it’s never too late to make amends.

Are you excited to see Dr. Charles righting some wrongs? Is Natalie going to give love with Philip a chance?

What’s up with Dr. Choi, and why can’t the series ever figure out what to do with him?

Will Ava try to sabotage Connor’s second chance with Ava?

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Chicago Med – Ghosts in the Attic (4×13)

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The employees at Med are all jaded and they all have trust issues.

Seriously, how has Sharon not benched them all yet? Especially Halstead who is openly violating therapy that isn’t elective.

Halstead is lying about his gun, Natalie is projecting her own insecurities on her patients, Choi is accusing April of possibly killing a patient, and Ava possibly gave exposed herself to HIV in order to manipulate Connor?

Dr. Charles is going to need a bigger staff to help these guys out.

Halstead is like keeps crying wolf and then is surprised by a negative outcome. I mean, how many times has lying to Natalie somehow bit him in the ass? Instead of being honest, he continues to perpetuate the lies until eventually, she had enough.

I don’t blame Natalie for finally giving up on this relationship. It was way overdue in my opinion.

Don’t even get me started on how the writers failed to address why someone targeted Halstead’s car in a lot full of other vehicles and knew to steal a gun. It would make more sense if the story had more of a purpose than just creating additional and unnecessary drama between Natalie and Will.

Natalie overstepped by digging around in her patients’ things and going behind his back to get his pills tested, however, the guy was acting really weird and withholding all information.

But if she wasn’t already skeptical of Will, maybe she wouldn’t have jumped the gun on this guy.

As Charles said, she was projecting her own worries about a significant other lying and manipulating his partner.

Natalie has giving Will so many chances to shape up. She may be overreacting about the gun, but she’s standing her ground and if Will can’t accept that then they really have no purpose in trying to make this thing work.

Dr. Choi still has feelings for April, but he has a funny way of expressing them.

Over the course of the season, he’s accused April of intentionally harming patients more than once.

The optics weren’t in her favor — she was in the man’s room, she had it out for the child molester, and there was too much epinephrine in his system — but accusing someone of cold-blooded murder was low even for Choi.

He’s lucky April’s reaction was relatively calm.

After he got proof that natural causes were to blame, Choi really wanted to extend an olive branch and be friends.

How is April just supposed to ignore the fact that he thought so lowly of her?

If he was holding out for a reconciliation, it definitely wasn’t coming after this.

But the most shocking storyline focused on Ava and Connor.

Connor is convinced Ava really slept with his detestable father in order to win him the OR and get into his good graces.

Ava is doing everything in her power convince Connor otherwise and that includes putting patients, and possibly herself, in jeopardy.

Ava accidentally cut herself while helping Connor with surgery and exposed herself to HIV positive blood. Or at least it seemed like an accident.

Ava seemed genuinely concerned about what being exposed and possibly contracting HIV meant for her career, however, by the end of the episode, a comment made by a co-worker made us a little suspicious.

The nurse mentioned that Ava is always super careful and a cut like this is unlike her.

In hindsight, the cut immediately made Connor concerned about losing Ava.

And he paid her a visit right after she was sent home as he felt responsible which she seemed all too cheery about. She even tried to use this visit to make amends.

Could Ava have deliberately sliced her hand and exposed herself to a dangerous disease just to gain Connor’s sympathy again and win him back?

And if so, how deranged does that make her?

What lengths will she go to to get what she wants?

I personally hope this isn’t the situation because Ava and Connor were cute together.

They started off with a love-hate relationship built on a rather unhealthy dose of competition but eventually evolved into one of the better couples at Med.

But they were also short-lived.

It would be a shame for all these possibilities to go to waste because Ava is somehow obsessed and unhinged.

In earlier episodes, Ava also seemed so independent and assertive that I’m struggling to accept that she’d really risk her career for a man.

Which brings us to Maggie. She got a visit from a woman named Sydney who she wrote off as a woman from her block trying to score some pills.

Admittedly, so did I. When I saw Sydney, I was sure she was a crackhead that was going to waste everyone’s time.

Sadly, Sydney was diagnosed with Sepsis and would possibly need a new kidney.

Promos for next week’s Chicago Med reveal that Maggie’s guilt is going to get the best of her and she’s going to want to donate to save Sydney’s life.

I’m not opposed to an episode focusing mostly on Maggie as she’s always a strong force for the series, however, I don’t want her to go down the road of making rash decisions and putting her career in jeopardy either.

What are your thoughts on tonight’s Chicago Med? Are Halstead and Natalie over for good? Is Choi out of line? Is Ava manipulative? Will Maggie lose her job?

 

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