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?
Chicago PD Season Finale Review – Kevin Atwater Faces a Troubling Ally From His Past (7×20)
It’s been a hot minute since we got a Kevin Atwater-focused episode, but it wasn’t surprising that he found himself torn and conflicted after being thrust into yet another black vs. blue debate.
Atwater has always known that when it comes to matters of black versus blue, there’s a bit of a gray area that doesn’t lean in his favor.
While I’ve been wanting the series to give Atwater the ability to explore different moral conflicts, at the same time, the episode was so powerful and relevant, that I can’t bring myself to complain.
It also sets up an interesting dynamic moving forward as it pins Atwater (with the backing of Intelligence) against high-ranking officials in the police force.
And it perfectly and necessarily highlights the corruption that goes on within an institution that should be (keyword) trusted by all citizens of different walks of life.
In my review of Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 13, I noted that whenever an episode focuses on Atwater, I find myself with this “pit-of-my-stomach anxiety that I can’t seem to shake,” and more than a year later, that still rings true.
As in previous episodes, LaRoyce Hawkins brought his best work to navigate a particularly layered and emotionally complex episode.
Atwater was forced to work alongside a troubling ally Tommy Doyle. You might remember him as the racist cop who previously pointed a gun at him when he was undercover, so we knew things were bound to get ugly. We just didn’t know how ugly.
Doyle went from being a street cop to a detective following his messy altercation with Atwater because clearly, Chicago rewards racist behavior.
Kenny assured Voight that the promotion was because Doyle was hard-working and didn’t have anything to do with the fact that he came from three generations of cops, but we know that’s not true.
His problematic behavior was excused and a blind eye was turned because of the people he knew.
Now, I’m not saying all of his friends and supporters are equally as racist as he is, but his father did make a rather questionable comment about Kevin’s “great Irish name,” so do with that what you will.
At first, Doyle and Atwater played nice. Doyle apologized for what happened in the past (which Atwater forgave but did not forget) and even jumped in to save Atwater’s life while undercover by standing in front of a gun.
Atwater is a good, professional cop who always puts aside his personal conflicts, so it wasn’t surprising that they swiftly took down the head of the illegal gun-trafficking ring.
Doyle figured the win called for a celebration and despite Atwater’s objections, the two went to grab “one beer.”
Man, I wish Atwater just went home to have the chill night that he had planned instead.
At first, I couldn’t figure out where the storyline was headed when Doyle began bringing up the past during their drive.
One thought was that Doyle simply putting on an act and would try to lash out at Atwater when they were alone.
Chicago PD Review – Ruzek Witnesses a Kidnapping (7×19)
Intelligence brought their A-game on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 19 as a twisted case left audiences questioning which father was the good father.
Both Wade and Gary were trying to find their children, and initially, it was difficult to see which father was doing the right thing.
From the outside looking in, Gary’s situation did not look good since he orchestrated a kidnapping to find his son, Dylan, and held Charlotte at gunpoint.
When he initially reached out for help, the cops immediately wrote him off because his son had a history of drug abuse and mental health issues.
It’s the same argument that Wade tried to make to discredit Dylan. He called him a “troubled kid” who was making up stories and even said that Gary was trying to blackmail and shake him down.
Also, let me point out that PD’s portrayal of the detective that presided over Gary’s missing person’s report was your classic slimebag in some knock off ’80s looking detective suit.
It was hilarious in contrast to Atwater and Rojas, two detectives who understand the plight of the underprivileged and less fortunate.
It’s the very reason why they didn’t immediately believe Wade was a saint simply because he had money and looked presentable.
The first warning sign about Wade was that he said he was living a good and “honest” life while still being considered the “richest man in Chicago.”
Intelligence has been in this business long enough to know that when you see a man who owns a furniture store and lives in a mansion, you should be a little skeptical.
There were a few likely scenarios that I thought would come into play like Wade being involved in some shady criminal activity or owing someone money.
Turns out, he was involved in something shady, but it wasn’t the kind of shady I imagined.
While Wade seemed like a worried and concerned father at first, the man lost all credibility when he lied to Voight about not knowing that his daughter was missing.
From that point on, Wade’s lies simply kept adding up until Voight had absolutely no reason to trust anything he said.
And for good reason. Wade’s main goal wasn’t to find his daughter or to save her, it was to protect himself and his secret. It’s exactly why he entrusted his own security guard to find Charlotte rather than getting the cops involved.
He knew if he called the cops, they would find out the truth.
It was shocking to see how many lies Wade would spin when the truth was already out there: he killed a man so that he wouldn’t be outed to his family.
You know it’s bad when the cops trust the kidnapper over you.
Wade was a disgrace of a man and father. He was going to allow someone to shoot his daughter so that he could keep his secret.
I can understand wanting to protect your family from the truth, but Wade’s secret was out already, there was no turning back, and simply telling the truth could have saved his daughter and ended this mess, and yet, he still couldn’t own up to it.
I kept thinking that the plot would take another twist and that Wade wouldn’t be responsible for Dylan’s murder, but sadly, that never happened.
Chicago PD Review – Rojas and Upton Get In Trouble with Voight (7×18)
We finally got an Upton and Rojas team up on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 18, but it wasn’t what any of us were expecting.
Both ladies tried to take matters into their own hands and ended up on Voight’s bad side, which, if you remember from my review of Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17, is not a pleasant side.
While Rojas had a few anxiety-inducing missteps this episode, which largely stemmed from a loved one being involved in a major case, much of Voight’s anger was directed at Upton.
And she deserved it.
I don’t know what got into her, but where was the Upton who always keeps Halstead in check?
Instead, she got personally involved in the case because she wanted to help Rojas and made an extreme decision that triggered Voight. (Fans were probably pleased to see that he’s still got it!)
Voight was upset for a few reasons. For starters, because Upton was a superior who should have known better.
And unlike Rojas, who immediately acknowledged that what she did was wrong and apologized, Upton never felt bad about it.
She naively assumed she had the same authority as Voight.
Her judgment was clouded by her desire to put Gael away and get Reyes the deal, so she did what she had to do and planted fake evidence without showing any remorse.
While Gael deserved what was coming, it wasn’t Upton’s place to plant evidence merely to get justice. That sets a dangerous precedent.
Cops need to be held to a standard and uphold a moral code. If Upton is so comfortable crossing this line because it benefits her and a friend, will she be able to see the line the next time around?
If she had done it with Voight’s permission, it would have been a slightly different story since Voight would have taken the rap. Plus, he’s in a position to make such calls, but she specifically went behind his back and made the decision herself without even looping him in.
Then, instead of owning up to it, she explained that she thought it was what “he would have done” knowing damn well she kept it a secret because Voight wouldn’t have allowed such behavior.
Voight has never wanted his unit to go down the same path he has, and I love that he didn’t think twice about showing her tough love.
It shows that there are some rules he won’t break, but also, that he cares enough about Upton to intervene.
Now, I don’t watch Law & Order: SVU, but it would be really great if she actually got to guest-starred on an episode since he volunteered her to the New York team. Does anyone know if that’s happening?
Since Rojas was personally involved in the case, it made us automatically more invested in the plot because the stakes were higher.
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