As we so often see, sometimes life’s greatest lessons come from patients.
That was the case on Chicago Med this week, which found the core group of doctors learning valuable lessons from the situations their patients found themselves in.
And they weren’t easy lessons either; this was by far one of the most thrilling episodes.
Dr. Manning and Dr. Choi find themselves dealing with a heroin addicted teen who is brought into the hospital after giving birth to a baby whose placenta is still attached. “That’s not a baby, it’s a monster,” she screams as Choi declares that she is mentally unfit to care for the child.
Initially, I thought it was yet another psychotic patient that was experiencing hallucinations. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I feel like it has been Med’s crutch lately.
Dr. Charles still assisted with a consultation but his attempts were simply to get the new mother to a program for drug addicts. When Dr. Manning realized the baby was going through withdrawals, she leaned on Charles to propose that the mother hold her baby for a while.
Humans are born with coping mechanisms. When life knocks them down, they’ll undoubtedly get back up eventually. Babies aren’t prepared at all and in this instance, all the baby has ever known is his mother.
Charles was hesitant to allow the mother to bond with the baby knowing that she would have to give him up soon after. But how do you watch an innocent newborn suffer at the hands of addiction? He gave in and it worked! Upon bonding with the mother, the baby stopped crying.
Yet just as Charles predicted, the minute she began to get comfortable with the idea of raising this baby, DCFS came and took him from her causing her to have a meltdown and leave the ER without seeking any treatment. A grave mistake but unfortunately, the system isn’t set up to force people to seek help.
I don’t know much about this but I was surprised at how quickly they found a foster family for a baby born to a heroin addict.
Dr. Rhodes couldn’t get his mind off of Robin, who packed up all of her things and moved back to Minneapolis. Even when Charles told him to let it go, he insisted to take the next flight out to win her back.
Thankfully, his attention was segued to more pressing matters; a man’s leg was pinned down by a huge rock in a collapsing structure and Fire needed his help. Ava Bekker came with the assist, but given their nature, disagreed with his decision to put a REBOA in.
It was a mini-crossover as FIRE was unable to cut him free in the 30-minute window and the only course of treatment was to amputate the leg. Even though they were in extreme circumstances, accepting that your losing a limb is never easy. The patient obviously objected, but it was either cut off the leg or die. There was so much cringing happening as Rhodes sawed it off, it painted a clear picture as to why I didn’t get involved in medicine.
Their time in the field really helped Bekker and Rhodes bond. When Stohl criticized his methods, she even stood up for her partner exclaiming that he “made the right choice.”
After seeing his patient part ways with his leg when it no longer served him, Rhodes was inspired to let Robin go. My spidey sense tells me that these two are going to be getting it on very, very soon. And she’ll definitely love his “mid-life crisis” car. I know my fiancee did!
The doctors have tough days but nothing compared to Sharon Goodwin. And add on her ex-husband and his dying new lady? She definitely needs some wine. Layla came to see Halstead after experiencing some complications and gave him a DRR order. When Bert found out, he freaked out, understandably.
And what’s worse than seeing your ex with his dying girlfriend? That dying girlfriend telling you to take care of him when she’s gone. I mean, Sharon is a stronger woman then I will ever be. Goodwin pretty much stayed out of it, watching from afar as Layla recalled the DRR and then in the last moment, decided to go gracefully. It was a tragic scene to watch, despite how badly Bert hurt Goodwin. Loss, it’s something we’ll never know how to cope with. And it’s something that will make us turn a blind eye to the hurt people caused us.
All of that made Maggie question if people can really change since her cheating ex Barry keeps coming around and trying to score a date. They always say fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. He seems to be really trying but it’s a little aggravating that he expects someone to forgive his infidelity just because he’s persistent. You broke her heart, consider that for a change. Maggie is one of the strongest women on this show so hopefully, she won’t let this fool play her again.
Reese is back in the ER so I guess the fact that her outburst inadvertently saved the dudes life really helped her case. Dr. Charles feels personally responsible for her freak out and decides to place her under the guidance of another doctor.
That doesn’t sit well with Reese. Not only does the other psychiatrist have a different clinical approach, but Charles brought her into this and she wants to become just as good a doctor he is.
Sometimes, it takes almost losing something to realize just how good you had it.
Even though splitting up the mother and son was necessary, Charles knew that they would never feel whole.
So he decided against splitting up the team and offered to work with Reese again. Their back in business baby… well, almost. She needs to finish her therapy first.
As for Natalie, she made the decision to allow Will to stay the night and finally introducing him to her son!
Thoughts on this week’s Chicago Med?
One Chicago Shows Announce 2024 Premiere Dates
It’s finally happening—our favorite One Chicago shows are coming home to us!
Chihards, mark your calendars and get ready to sit down in front of the TV on January 17 because that’s when Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will make their highly-anticipated and long-awaited premieres!
It’s truly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… though I hope that turning around new episodes doesn’t mean that the actors will have to work through the holidays.
— Top 1% of Burzek shippers (@NBCOneChicago) November 20, 2023
Chicago Med returns for season 9, Fire for season 12, and Med for season 11.
Of course, the full NBC 2024 lineup will kick off on Jan 1 with America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League, which means they are wasting no time getting back into the swing of things following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike delays.
Law & Order franchises will have their moment on Thursday, Jan 18 with Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
Part 1 of The Voice returns on Feb. 26, along with BC’s new Deal or No Deal spinoff, Deal or No Deal Island.
Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I., Lopez vs. Lopez, The Weakest Link, Password, That’s My Jam and The Wall currently don’t have a premiere date.
‘Chicago PD’ Shakeup: Tracy Spiridakos Leaving After Season 11
Chicago PD fans—we’ve got some bad news coming your way.
As you await new episodes of the crime procedural, the cast is getting yet another shakeup (we’re still not over Jesse Lee Soffer’s exit in the first half of season 10, to be honest).
Variety announced that Tracy Spiridakos, who has portrayed Detective Hailey Upton since season 4, will be leaving the series. She is set to exit after season 11, though it remains unclear if she’ll be around for the entirety of the season or pull a move from Soffer’s playbook and exit a few episodes in.
The outlet notes that the decision to leave the show was entirely her own; Spiridakos has yet to confirm or release a statement of her own.
Spiridakos joined the Dick Wolf Entertainment drama in 2016 as a recurring character and was quickly upped to series regular starting in season 5. Since then she’s become an integral part of Intelligence, getting her hands dirty with Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and sparking a romantic relationship with Soffer’s Det. Jay Halstead.
While it’s a bummer, her departure does kind of make sense when you look at her overall story. Since Halstead left the city to fulfill an Army task in Bolivia and basically broke her heart, she’s had trouble picking up the pieces and finding her place. Hitting refresh—which ultimately means leaving the show—is a logical next step as there’s nothing holding her back anymore. The writers could find a way to mend Upstead with her joining Jay wherever his duties take him or she can look for a fresh start in a place that no longer reminds her of her broken marriage.
Spiridakos’ character was also involved in a rather intense case that spanned several episodes last season, so they could use that as an excuse to write her off, noting that the case took a toll on her.
The 10th season has been delayed by the writers’ and SAG-AFTRA strikes, and while writers are able to get back into the rooms and craft storylines, production remains halted. No premiere dates have been announced yet, so it’s unclear how long we’ll wait for the upcoming highly-anticipated season… and Spiridakos’ last.
Without her, there are only 4 originals left standing; In addition to Beghe, the series stars LaRoyce Hawkins (Kevin Atwater), Patrick J. Flueger (Adam Ruzek), and Marina Squerciati (Kim Burgess). In 2022, newcomer Benjamin Levy Aguilar (Torres) was upped to series regular, rounding out the squad.
The One Chicago franchise has endured plenty of loss as of late, with many notable stars exiting their respective shows, including a total of 5 characters leaving Chicago Med.
Is Adam Ruzek Leaving ‘Chicago PD’?
Following Chicago PD Season 5’s finale, it’s understandable that fans are worried about Adam Ruzek’s fate as it hangs in the balance.
Questions and concerns immediately began popping up, with many wondering if Patrick Flueger is leaving the series.
For now, it’s unclear as the episode that ended the season left things on a bit of a cliffhanger in terms of Ruzek’s health.
During the episode, Ruzek, who was working undercover for months to thwart Richard’s, a white supremacist’s deadly terrorist plan, blew his own cover to Richard’s daughter, Sam, who was trying to skip town after her dad moved up the date for his attack.
Ruzek and the Intelligence team then convinced Sam to inform on her dad and his crew in exchange for immunity for herself and her son, Callum, which she did.
He then advised them to pack up their things and head over to a safe house, which she proposed as a little getaway to Callum. Unfortunately, Cal was so brainwashed by his grandfather that he immediately called him to let him know that his mom was trying to leave.
When Ruzek approached him and saw him on the phone, Cal pulled out a gun. Ruzek tried to diffuse the situation but Cal pulled the trigger, hitting Ruzek in the abdomen. He immediately started bleeding out and collapsed to the ground. Once Sam realized what was happening, she grabbed her son and made a run for it, leaving Ruzek alone to die. Thankfully, he was able to reach Kim Burgess and within minutes, he was in an ambo on his way to Med.
Unfortunately, once he went into surgery, the doctors provided no additional updates, though Platt assured a very concerned Burgess that they got to him quickly.
It’s tough to say if Ruzek will survive, especially with so many Chicago PD and Chicago Med exits happening this year, however, Ruzek is one of the fan-favorite characters, so I can’t see him leaving the series anytime soon. He’s strong and he’s a fighter, and he has a lot to live for—he just made things official with Burgess, he’s a father to Makayla, and he’s an integral part of Intelligence.
My guess is that he will survive the surgery, but he’ll be sidelined for a bit and will likely have to go through some rehab and therapy in the same way Burgess did after her near-death experience.
This seems to be a still from an upcoming episode that shows Ruzek still alive post-surgery—though unconscious—with Burgess by his side, which is promising.
While I can’t say anything definitively, I firmly believe that Adam Ruzek is not leaving Chicago PD just yet. And we likely won’t know more until Chicago PD Season 9 returns in the fall.
You can read our Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 22 review right here.
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